Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

3.9

966 reviews

73% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Squalane (emollient), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willowherb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (anti-irritant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (antioxidant plant oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (non-volatile plant oil), Beta Glucan (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Acacia Senegal Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum (thickeners), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Ethylhexyglycerin (skin conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate (preservatives).


on 2/24/2015 8:04:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have acne prone, sensitive, extremly oily skin that is covered in clogged pores. Using this together with Paula's AHA made a huge difference in my skin. It has never ever been so smooth and pores are so much less visible. I am switching between those two every other day. I am so happy that I finally discovered something that is working for this type of skin, and yes, I will repurchase as soon as I run out of it.



Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

What a great product. Since stopping using harsh cleansers with polyethylene beads or apricot kernal/walnut shells this product has been my go to exfoliant next to the liquid BHA from PA. Overnight skin is calm, soothed, moisturized and my black heads and pores seem much smaller. Highly Recommend! GO PA!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 1/23/2015 12:18:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I initially bought this a while ago, but didn't start using it regularly until recently. The trick with this is to use a little bit every day - you won't see much effect if you only use it once in a while. I mix a little bit (one pump) in with my morning moisturizer, and I find my skin is much smoother and softer, and I have less flaky skin build-up. Bonus for no animal testing and scent-free.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I've been using this for 11 months now and I really like it. I was having very bad breakouts on my chin for a year and I had awful blackheads on my nose so I decided to try it out. I use it on my chin and nose every evening. I started noticing results after around a month. I still get occassional zits on my chin but it's so much better than how it was. And it also made my blackhead a lot less visible!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 12/27/2014 8:35:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Ok, I will preface this comment by saying I actually don't like most PC products. I have purchased and sent back MANY PC items because they break me out. However this product is one I cannot live without! It has cleared up my skin like nothing else I've ever used. My skin went nuts after I stopped nursing and I spent the better part of last year battling acne. This stuff has cleared up my skin 100% in a very short amount of time. Definite HG item for me.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 12/13/2014 5:51:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Firstly my skin routine ->. I use darphing cleansing gel with lilly.
Toner-> nights pharmacy recipe (salisilic acid 3+ resorcine 3 + distill water 100 + eu de rose 100 + alcoll 200 )
Mornings -> Witch Hazel
As a moustrizer, nights-> Paulas choice %2 salisilic acid lotion exfoliant.
Mornings ->Darphin hydraskin light. Also because now is winter I added darphin hydraskin serum to my routine.
My skin is so allergic. I react almost to everything. Also when I had a reaction, it didnt go away at least a month. Allergic pills doesnt work, I usually have to get cortisone enjections to calm my skin down. Also somehow I am acne prone. Also I have occasional bumps on my left upper cheek ( near the eye) and on my nose which can not be diagnosed by many doctors. They agree it is some sort of eczema. These bumps are red and the redness of these bumps came from the blood that inside. I mean when you managed to dry it from outside, after the skin peel of on top it, you realize it didnt dry. It starts to bleeding. I know strange. I am trying to deal with this problem for over 4 years and I am really tired. By the way I live in Turkey. And this paulas choice lotion finished my second problem ->plugged enlarged pores all over my face which tend to be become a pimple easily. If I dont count 3 red dots on my left side, my skin is clear now. My pores are cleaner now. Of course I get occasional breakouts but they are managable. And I have never seen my skin that much clean at least for 5 years. Also this product didnt cause me any allergic reactions.By the way IIive in Turkey. We dont have paulas choice in Turkey. Because of the custom restrictions , I cant order it online either. I either use a forward company and pay them a little fortune (40 pound) , or I request to my friends who is going to france, usa etc. Paulas Choice please COME TO TURKEY


on 11/18/2014 8:29:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Even though I have sensitive to dry skin this works incredibly well on my blaon my nose and chin. Can't live without it. I Use all of paulas products and my 51 year skin has never looked better.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 11/10/2014 11:25:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have blackheads on my nose and this product is much better than most others-and I've tried them all. From steaming my face and then squeezing them,(they come back) scrubs,(they come back), foaming cleansers, clay masks, Clarisonic...you guessed it-they come back. This product minimizes the pores and with diligence gets rid of a few of the smaller ones. I use either the Claisonic or a exfoliating wash-not at the same time, a few times a week. Then I put a few drops of Paul's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA lotion on a Q-Tip,(this way you don't waste the product) -it does take a while to dry. As it's drying I notice my pours are remarkably smaller. I use this every day.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This product came recommended (plus the website really gives good 'sell') and it is affordable. But it really doesn't do much. It is thick but not really moisturising. It gave my little white-heads under my chin/neck but doesn't really improve skin with regular use. Won't buy again, and actually will be hard pressed to finish the pump I have now.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 9/23/2014 1:32:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I usually don't have problems with BHAs, my skin's liked them in the past and has reacted well to them. This product broke me out no matter how much or little I used. A bunch of little whiteheads would surface in tight patches in my normal breakout spots and spread. This was the only new addition to my routing besides the Paula's Choice Resist Vitamin C Serum, and I use that now as part of my normal morning routine without issue.

The bottle is alright, with a hole to dispense liquid on cotton.
The smell is something to get used to, but not something unbearable.
The feel is a bit slimier than I expected of a liquid treatment.
The cost is good for the amount of active product.
The ingredients show no know irritants for my sensitive skin (and I research everything I put on my face diligently.)

Will NOT buy again. I've switched to sulfur-based treatments since my skin seems to react to them immediately without causing further acne. Sulfur soap for breakouts, gentle facial cleansing liquid with a konjac sponge otherwise, PC's Resist serum, PC's Resist moisturizer or a thicker night cream, Queen Helen's Mint Julep mask every other week, and Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion for spot treatment.

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


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