This stuff is awesome. I have pretty sensitive skin and was advised by my derm to start using a AHA. I tried the 10% glycolic stuff from Alpha Hydrox. Oh man that burned...and burned and burned. I then tried a 5% glycolic cream from Wallgreens. It was ok but didn't do much. I happened upon this 8% AHA from Paula's Choice and I feel like Goldilocks...this is just right. I've never used PC before, but have been so pleased. No scent, exfoliating but gentle, and awesome packaging. Also, pretty darn affordable. I'd definitely recommend this. It's really helped keep my hormonal acne under control.
Excellent product! My skin has been it's best since I included AHA/BHA into my skincare 2 years ago after reading the advice from Paula's website. My skin has since become mostly blemish free and even toned. Pimple scars and discoloration from sun damage have faded. I started with the RESIST line but decided to try this instead since it's 8% and water based. I much prefer the gel texture. In terms of pricing I think it's value for money, the gel lasts ages. You might want to try samples from her website before committing to see if it works for you.
A stellar exfoliant option from Paula's Choice. Excellent packaging, and, when compared to other AHA exfoliants, quite cheap! I usually use one pump for face, then an additional one pump for neck and it sinks in immediately and doesn't sting (although I have been using AHA's for 6 or 7 years - so my skin is used to them by now). My skin always feels soft and smooth and luminious when using this. Love it!
I only added this to my skin care routine about a month ago and I am blown away by the results. I switched to this chemical exfoliant after an esthetician suggested the the broken capillaries under my eyes may have been caused by the exfoliating scrubs that I've used in the past. I purchased this one because the reviews were good and the price point was fair. I thought it was a good place to begin my search for a new exfoliator. Honestly, it was the beginning and the end of my search. It's that good.
Not only is my skin smoother and more luminous, the dark pigmentation that developed on my jawline during my last pregnancy has virtually disappeared. I have dry, sensitive skin that is prone to redness, and this product has significantly reduced my redness. It has done all of this without ever once drying me out, breaking me out, stinging or burning. I use it faithfully every night after cleansing and toning. Then, I slather on my night cream and wake up with a fresh, hydrated, even-toned face.
I chose this product mainly to tackle pigmentation in conjunction with their 2% bha liquid to tackle my skin's clogged pores and slight acne "infestation". Bha in the morning and this product in the eve. It has been about a month and I have to say that my skin has become smoother, lighter in pigmentation spots and looking much better. Occasionally, I also use a 10% benzoyl peroxide over the counter gel to tackle the occasional tiny lumps and bumps when my skin goes ape with hormonal cycles and it just takes 2-3 days with the aha gel at night for the situation to clear itself.
I do however need to counter the drying effects of the aha with an adequate moisturizer (not Paula's choice but clarins - an excellent line). One thing I like about this aha/bha routine is that one can still continue to use their preferred skincare line without disruption to address other issues like firming, or wrinkle reduction. I don't think Paula's choice is effective enough for me where firming and fine lines are concerned. That said, an adequate enough product for lightening your pigmentation.
I absolutely love this product, have been using it for years, makes my skin nice and even and the gel feels nice on my skin, doesn't take long to dry. I am allergic to aspirin, that is why i chose AHA instead of BHA exfoliant, but i must say I have recently bought a 1% BHA and started using it on my face without any problems. In the beginning i had to order this product from Australia as Paula's Choice didn't have a distributor in New Zealand, they finally do, which is a bonus!
HG product. Has completely transformed my face. I have slightly oily skin that is prone to clogs and the occasional cystic pimple. I used BHA products in the past, only to have them stop working on me. This is just awesome. I had lots of stubborn clogs that would turn into pimples that would linger for weeks. Got rid of my stubborn clogged pores around my chin and forehead COMPLETELY. It has also left my face as smooth as a baby's bottom and hydrates my face just perfectly. Looks great under makeup. Cannot praise this product enough, I'm so glad I discovered it.
This is a very nice 8% glycolic acid based exfoliant. Before this, i used alpha hydrox's 10% enhanced cream, and although i was just introducing my skin to aha, it burned more than i liked. This doesnt burn or sting at all, the gel base is light enough for someone whose skin might be too "suffocated" by a cream base. It contains anti-oxidants to help soothe the skin too. Make sure you avoid though if any of the ingredients clog you. I know tocopherol and its derivatives clog some people. the 8% is nice for nightly exfoliation and not too high. If you're barely introducing yourself to AHA's use this only once a week (at night--never use aha's during the day) and slowly build up, as you can tolerate to 2-3 times a week, even every other or every night as you wish, watch out for over-exfoliation though and irritation, some slight stinging should be normal, redness too, but if it doesnt subside or is severe, you're having a bad reaction to it. Wash it off. You only need a little bit for your entire face, and i use this on my neck too. The price may seem steep but it comes in a 4oz bottle. I was lucky enough to score a few of these bottles for half price on one of paula's sales, when she was changing the packaging for them. Make sure you use a strong sunscreen during the day because aha's make your skin more sensitive to sun-damage, newer cells aren't accustomed the sun like older, tanned cells are. Your ss needs to have high UVA protection(PPD) as well if you want to keep the benefits of freshly exfoliated skin. love this stuff. i even use it on the backs of my arms to help reduce the appearance of my kp. it hasnt made it go away but its lightened a bit.
Will repurchase, preferably during sales, and would recommend.
I made the decision of switching to a chemical exfoliant after noticing several broken capillaries around my chin, possibly from over exfoliating when I was younger in a desperate attempt to get rid of all blackheads.
Unfortunately I'm allergic to aspirin, but I've used products containing salicylic acid before & it didn't seems to cause any problems. (still trying to get more information regarding this) Anyway, to be safe, i chose a pure AHA product.
I have combination sensitive skin so I made sure to apply only half a pump the first time. No redness occured & it didn't sting my face, it absorbed nicely after about 5 mins & I went along with my nightly routine of serum & moisturizer. I increased the amount the following night to a full pump & used it nightly for about 2 weeks. Occasionally I would use this in combination with retin A, no allergic reaction occured so I guess my skin is faily suited for this product.
To be honest I didn't really notice a big difference until I put on my foundation, but I was REALLY impressed with how easy blending has become since my skin has become smoother, no dry patches around my cheeks which is really rare! It seems to have curb the occasional breakouts on my chin & forehead as well even with reduced benzoyl peroxide usage. I used to apply BP everyday, now I only use it once every 2-3 days.
I only use this at the night & I apply Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 50 every morning since AHA increases skin sensitivity to the sun.
I will most likely repurchase since 1 bottle will probably last me a few months even with daily usage so the price (30USD) is fairly reasonable compared to the rest of PC's products which are quite costly here in Asia. continued >>
tried it for the first time today, my face felt like it was on fire it was stinging so bad! And this was just with initial contact (did not rub in product or anything) Definitely not for someone with very sensitive skin!