Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice Skincare was founded by Paula Begoun in 1995. Begoun is an author, businesswoman, and talk radio host who is also known as the "Cosmetics Cop." The formulas are created based on published, peer-reviewed studies, which is central to the company philosophy that skincare ingredients need to be thoroughly researched before being made into products. All products are manufactured in the US.

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364 products

12,033 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

on 10/17/2018 8:27:00 AM


This exfoliant is perfect during winter and for people who are new to exfoliants. I find her BHA gel too stinging and not moisturizing enough (it's not drying but my neglected skin needed more moisture) so I bought this instead. It's less irritating and still exfoliates. It's more moisturizing but still not moisturizing enough because my dry flakes show through when I apply tinted sunscreen. I don't expect a bha product to be moisturizing enough though - that's more of a job for hydrating toners/essences and moisturizers.

I don't remember when I started seeing results (I avoided staring at my face closely for a few months because back then my horrible skin was sad to look at) but after four months, my skin became almost perfect. It was so smooth it reflected light like glass (I kid you not) and no acne and clogged areas at all. All my chin acne has disappeared. I say almost perfect because if I scrutinize my skin closely, I can see a few very tiny raised bumps on my nose and no amount of rubbing can remove it. Maybe retinoids would smooth it?

My routine back then for day and night: neutrogena extra gentle cleanser (sad it's discontinued), PC skin recovery toner, PC BHA Lotion, PC Anti-Aging Hydrator, PC tinted sunscreen in the morning (forgot the name. It was winter though and I mostly stay indoors so didn't see the need to slather an extra sunscreen.)

-Exfoliates well without irritating skin. Skin became much clearer after months of twice daily usage.
-Couple of plant extracts to soothe and provide antioxidants

-The first few weeks, I experienced pilling. As in, if I rub my face, I get bits of dead skin cells and product in clumps. This disappears after some time. I don't experience it these days.
- Dry flakes show up when wearing tinted sunscreen without a primer. It's not a big deal if you don't stare at it too closely. This also disappears after a while.

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Shampoo -Paula's Choice -All Over Hair & Body Shampoo


This is a fragrance free, very gentle shampoo. Maybe too gentle. It feels good on the hair but when I use it on my smelly armpits it doesn't get rid of my BO. Can confirm it is color safe like it claims to be. Also, it says it's supposed to be a body wash but it's too mild for that. I'll keep buying it because I love the accompanying conditioner and don't want to mix brands.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Conditioner -Paula's Choice -Smooth Finish Conditioner


First conditioner for me that's actually worked. It's gentle but efficient - smoothes out my thick unruly (male) hair and even adds some shine.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -RESIST BHA 9 Treatment

on 10/16/2018 11:05:00 PM


First, about me. I have large pores, oily and textured skin. Sun damaged, aging skin. I'm using Retin A but my skin is sensitive and even at its lowest dose, it's too irritating for around my nose, mouth and chin. I use Retin A on the perimeter of the my face and BHA on the middle. I use the 2% extra strength PC serum during the day.

I bought this a few years ago now and didn't really see much benefit so it's been sitting in my cupboard ever since. I recently started using a magnifying mirror, though, and nothing like doing this to really show you how big your pores are. I put this on one night, just to see if I was wrong, and in the magnifying mirror the next morning my pores were literally white and shrunk. I've used it now for a week and I got flakey so I'm using it every second night now. It works and now I've stocked up.

The texture feels like pure glycerin to me, it's quite moisturizing and only slightly irritating. As any strong acid exfoliant would be it is a little irritating if I use it every night. It's far too moisturizing to use during the day.

I love PC BHA, it's the only chemical exfoliant my skin can really tolerate. I don't love the huge price boost the products have seen in the last few years but nothing works like this does. Deciem is a joke, their BHA did nothing for my skin, not one thing. Anything else that sort of works is full of alcohol. I do wish this stuff was affordable again because right now, it's just not.

Lips -Paula's Choice -Paula's choice lipscreen SPF 50


In some ways this is a perfect lip balm. It's emollient but not greasy. It has a very high SPF. It's double the price of most lip balms but it is far better.
However, it didn't quite do it for me. I have extra dry lips particularly in the winter and I keep having to reapply this product if I take a sip of water or have a bite to eat. Jack black's 25 SPF balm is far more effective and moisturzing for dry lips.

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