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on 11/8/2015 2:49:00 AM
More reviews by Rumrumrum
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I'm so excited about this products that I almost dont know where to start. I'll try to relax.Cons: NOTE: these almost dont matter because the product is so good. -You get so so little for the price. The good thing is you can buy it a dermstore.com or paula's choice's website for 20-30% off and using ebates you can get up to 42% off. I never ever buy this full price. -It's hard to control how much product you're getting out which is problematic because this product is marketed mostly as a spot treatment to be used sparingly or as needed. -Can be harsh for first time users and gave me a very slight itchiness the first few times I used it. Take a patch test, please!-This is awkward to wear under makeup so I only use at night. -Texture is weird because it can kind of condense on your skin. I pat it in and then in another 15 minutes I have to pat it in again. I don't know how else to explain it but it's a small price to pay for such results.Pros:-Works on discoloration, small scars, bumps, milia, acne, blackheads & wrinkles (but I dont use it for the later even though I see some difference in smoothness of my skin.)-Works QUICKLY. I see significant results overnight. My red spots are less red (BHA is anti-inflammatory made from the same stuff you use to remove inflammation inside your body with aspirin)-If I use this a couple of times a week I find that my face is almost constantly clear & it actually helps with my acne marks. -Works incredibly well with other exfoliants & seems to be the final push to better skin. I use AHAs almost every night and sometimes I find that I plateau with them. AHAs work on the surface of the skin but BHA (this product) works deep inside the pore which makes it so amazing for acne. The BHA helps the AHA get in a little deeper and together they make a dynamite duo.-Doesn't seem to bring my marks to a head. Most of my BHA products push the pimple to the surface and although that looks unpleasant it's really the fact that it looks so tempting to pop that bothers me. This isn't the case with this product. I find that my marks just look smaller, less red, less angry.-Easy to travel with.This is marketed for small areas but I can't help but use this all over 1-3 times a week. I love to use it more often to give my skin a boost once a month and then use it as needed or once a week until the next time I give my skin a boost. It's so expensive to use it like that but it's one of the few things that consistently gives me great results. I used 8% and 15% salicylic acid peels and this is much easier to use and more effective from what I see. My skin is resilient and it's hard to find something that's tough enough but not harsh and harmful. This kicks acne ass. It has helped my very stubborn blackheads on my chin, the dead and acneic skin that builds up on the side of nose from wearing glasses all day, and it also creates a better canvas for my AHA to penetrate better. It's hard to find a product that not only works amazingly on its own but is so good that it improves other products as well. I will 100% buy this and keep buying it until they stop making it. I pray they never do.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 7/27/2015 10:52:00 PM
More reviews by bluezinnia
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I had a stubborn milia spot on my cheek that just wouldn't go away, and after about a year of dealing with it I found a 20% off sale on this product, so I took a chance on it. Within 48 hours not only was the spot gone, but you couldn't even tell it had ever been there. Such results count as a minor miracle in my book. It also helps with clearing stubborn pores on my nose and making them appear smaller. The only things I can fault it for are these: The price, and the fact that enough comes out of the container with one pump that I can cover half my face with it. I understand that Paula's Choice is working on changing the packaging so that doesn't happen in the future.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/19/2015 3:34:00 AM
More reviews by RhymesWithHiya
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
I will concede that this stuff got rid of a stubborn milium (apparently the singular of "milia" - I learned a new word and now, so have you!) under my eye. As far as skincare concerns go, this is basically about as trivial as things get and I *fully* admit that. It was basically a completely innocuous little white bump, visible to no one but me. I almost think that if maybe my skin gave just a little bit more of a stink about things, it would've flamed up, appropriate cells would've waged war against it, and it would've been gone in short order. But no, I have passive skin that's just like, meh, whatever, we don't care, no inflammation for you. So, on and on it lingered. For months. Silly, annoying little white lump, smaller than the head of a pin. WHY?!!! I ended up Googling around, first to figure out what it was and then to find a product that might treat it. Self-diagnosis: milia (albeit just the one, so "milium" in this case).Product: BHA 9 Treatment (the only thing I found that explicitly promised to treat milia). I hate ordering stuff online, but I bit the bullet. Placed the order and received it within a week, I think. Applied it. Applied it again the next night. Maybe a couple of times again. And then, finally, the bump disappeared completely! Success!HOWEVER!!!!!!!!! Yup, major caveat coming right up.This stuff is $40 for 0.3oz...or, over $130/oz!!! Blargh!Not cool, Paula's Choice, not cool at al :(. The main active in this stuff is salicylic acid, which is pretty darn basic as far as active ingredients go. You guys know that, I know that, and frankly, Paula's Choice isn't exactly clueless in this department. I have no idea why they think this is worth $130+ per oz.I'm giving this three lippies only because it worked, but don't plan on purchasing again at the current price.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 5/30/2015 2:06:00 AM
More reviews by sekkisei
Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I followed and used the product as instructed religiously. The product did nothing for me, except reddened and irritated my face. My pore size did not shrink. The amount of blackheads on my nose did not reduce. I did nothing for my milia. I was really disappointed as $40 for 0.3 oz/<9 mL is rather expensive. It was also not easy to control the amount that got pumped out of the tube; I often got more product out of the tube than I needed. The paints/prints on the tube also disintegrated, which made the tube looks rather nasty. I submitted a review on PC website. Guess what, more than a week has passed and my review has not been published, nor have I received a response from their customer service team -- as the customer service responses to negative reviews on their website would imply. I thought they really cared about their customers. Call me naive, but I used to think that PC was different and would allow honest customer reviews (whether bad or good) to be posted on their website. I guess I was wrong.While I think PC have/make some good products, after this and another experience with her products, I do question PC's integrity.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 5/25/2015 5:15:00 AM
More reviews by cath07
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
My HOLYGRAIL skincare product. Use it almost every night as daily exfoliant and BHA 2% in the morning gives me acne-free face that I always dream of. As I'm not using this as a spot treatment but as an exfoliant, the size that I get in 1 product is too little. The size that comes with its price is the only downside for me but for its result in my skin, I'll take it any day :)
on 3/11/2015 4:14:00 PM
More reviews by kmclallen
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
OK -- I've given a few reviews but I have to say that out of everything I've ever used on my sking this is my HG of skin care. I always have a backup, if I miss a couple of nights I break out big time, but I can clearup my skin quickly when I resume using it. This keeps my skin clear -- no doubt. I started with the 2% BHA which I still use in the morning and then I tried this to see if this was too strong. I started just using it on my troubled spots and they cleared up within a couple of days, I think it worked so well because I used the 2% BHA to get my skin used to it. I didn't start using it every night but I slowly put it on my entire face with no bad reactions, then I slowly increased the frequency and now I use it every night on my entire face it has made a world of difference with no burning or drying out my skin, I do use moisterizer (cetaphyl cream), if my skin is sensitive or needs a break I will cut out the 2% BHA in the morning for a day or so but have not had to stop this product any time, there are times I don't need moisterizer it is hydrating enough. I will probably have two backups on hand in case the zombie apocalypse actually happens. No joke...
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 12/14/2014 4:30:00 PM
More reviews by LiL_Laurie
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I bought the sample size of this first and within a few days use i am hooked! This is the best spot treatment i have ever used, it reduces the size of pimples within 24 hours (or brings them to a head for you to pop) without drying... it fades the redness and smooths the skin so that i can cover it up with makeup and not have it look flakey. I also put it on some post-breakout red marks and it is doing a great job at fading those too.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 12/4/2014 7:05:00 PM
More reviews by CobraRose
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
I have very oily skin and stubborn clogged pores on my nose. PC 2% BHA liquid improved the situation significantly, but not completely, so I tried BHA 9. The packaging dispensed at least twice as much as I needed at a time, and the texture was even slimier than the 2% liquid. I would have put up with these drawbacks, but it also caused a stinging sensation--which the 2% did not--and didn't work much better than the 2%. That being said, PC BHA is the only product that has had any effect on my blocked pores at all.
on 8/9/2014 1:25:00 PM
More reviews by Eire1
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
I HAVE THE DELUXE SAMPLEI used this about twice this week and I've seen some results, but it has not entirely been successful (yet.) I used it on some whiteheads I developed one of my whiteheads looked bigger than usual, and distorted with uneven ridges. My first time after applying this it reduced to a normal sized whitehead. My second use was a tiny reduction in the pore neck around the pimple. Granted the second time I used it my acne flare was not as bad. I had a slight pain- like someone stuck a needle into my pore; luckily though this only lasted for one second. I got the same sensation my second use but the length of irritation was somehow even shorter. All exfoliants whether mechanical or acid based can irritate the skin to a degree as they remove dead skin cells , so I don't mind some irritation with an exfoliant. The anti-irritants will reduce irritation in this too; I could tell because my irritation was short and miniscule. Now onto the packaging...First off the deluxe samples packaging is pretty poor. An ample enough amount is offered and it can last 2 weeks if you use it sparingly, but the liquid is in a glass tube with a cap .The tube is slid between a carboard mini booklet. Be careful when you use this as it can easily spill as there is no stopper. The texture is oil like, but if you ' spot treat' it you forget it's there.There doesn't seem to be any antioxidants, but there are some anti-irritants, and a peptide which I thought was a cool idea because peptides have potential as skin cell communicators.If you are wondering what the number 9 is for, it's not for antioxidants, but rather the number of skin problems a BHA can hope to address. The directions advise using this as a leave on 'treatment', but that advice is contradicted in her book.
on 7/25/2014 3:48:00 PM
More reviews by SummerDay89
This was a disappointment. Firstly, you can't just squeeze it out drop by drop, it just comes out in a huge glob. Secondly, it stung and I use Tactuo on my skin (Tactuo is a prescription grade retinoid) so I know it's not a sensitive matter. Finally, it was sticky feeling without seeing an improvement in blackheads or milia. I did however hear great reviews on her BHA foam, but that's currently on back order :(
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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