Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

3.9

992 reviews

72% 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).


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This left my face really shiny and i fel like i still had something on it. I have oily/combo skin.



Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

So I bought this about a year ago, and have finally ran out of it. I didn't buy back ups because I am pretty lazy on my skincare except for moisturizer (I use Avon Anew products or Olay).
Anyway, I used this every 2 or 3 days after a shower at night. Then I'd moisturize. My skin has been soooooo amazing!!!!

Until now. Today is about a month since I ran out of this magic elixir. I didn't realise or appreciate it's awesomeness until it left me! Like the song says "You don't know what you've got til it's gone"
Well, I think it refers to this product. I have these tiny painless bumps on my skin on my forehead that aren't pimples, they can't be squeezed. They are the same colour as my skin and just look 'bumpy'.
I have been getting random pimples popping up on my cheeks, chin and jawline. Not little pimples that I can pop! No no! Big bumps that ache and sting at the same time!
Over the last few weeks, for the first time in forever, I am constantly getting these aching pimples. Not all at once though thank goodness. Atm I have one on my cheek.
My skin is also rough, when I put on moisturizer and swipe down and up on my cheek just near my nose, it feels really rough. I am also splotchy.

I ordered from the US website and it arrived in about 10 days from memory. Now, there is an Australian site, but it is sooooo expensive! (I am on maternity leave and not getting much of an income atm so I am a bit broke!)

The good news is, this stuff works! I didn't appreciate it until I didn't have it anymore. I remember how stoked I was when I first used it... I want that back again!!
The bad news... Your skin will probs hate you if you don't have it anymore. I have honestly never used anything as effective. 😢😢😢

P.S my skin is still s***. Nice and hydrated, but s***. Btw I have dry skin, not acne prone but I get whoppers every now and again.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought 30ml trial size while window-shopping and honestly this product is AMAZING!!! Yes it does not give you instant effects right away, but after a month. Make sure you apply twice a day with SPF50 sunscreen in the morning and moisturiser at night and be patient when breakouts happen; it will work so well for acne/rosacea! Will go for full size soon :)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love the brand, this specific product, and the customer service. I tried it in my twenties, strayed away, and happily returned to this amazing, faithful product. It gives a youthful flush without harming your skin.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

GAME. CHANGER. Hands down what saved my skin. Batteling with sensitive ance prone skin is a b*tch. I tried it all. Reading loads of reviews and watching a hell lot of youtube videos trying out everyones recommendations and nothing worked.

PS! This made my face WORSE at first. I believe it would've been a cleaning process? My skin got super dry (never had that issue before!) and I got a lot of pimples. But they went away super fast and I was moisturizing with an heavy moisturizer (avene cold cream!) and now my skin is PERFECT. I never thought I would be able to love my skin again. This does it all. My skin is SO SMOOTH! Not a single mark in sight and my acne scars? They are fading. No dryness either. Literally the best product I've tried.

HOLY GRAIL!


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I didn't get any positive result from this product after almost finishing half a bottle hoping my skin will get better...i didn't help with the texture of my skin plus giving me a lot of irritations and bumps....I had to stop using it....i tried to use it also on my chest for breakouts and it also didn't do anything but giving me more breakouts....so over all this didn't do any good for me at all....!! will try the clear liquid version for my body but i think 2% bha is too heavy for my facial skin....


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I use the BHA Liquid 2% twice a day, but recently ran out and forgot to reorder. I figured I would use one of the BHA Lotion 2% samples that I recieved in my last order to hold me over until my liquid came in. HUGE MISTAKE. My entire face is covered in extremely painful cysts. I have no idea what aspect of the lotion is breaking me out but 5 new cysts popped up yesterday and another 4 this morning (I didn't even use it last night!). Nothing else in my routine has changed either but I have never broken out this bad/quickly from a product before. Stick to the liquid if you have any type of sensitive or acne prone skin!

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought the 2% BHA liquid (which I LOVE and shall never live without!) a couple of months ago and have tried both the gel and lotion samples myself and I can say that the lotion formula is definitely geared towards normal to dry skin. The lotion was much too heavy for me but my sister enjoyed the sample so much that she asked me to buy her a bottle. The 2% BHA lotion has improved her skin so much, I decided to rate it as a 4/5 (instead of a personal 3/5 for me). Therefore, keep in mind which formula would be best for your skin type.

Now, the reason why it is not 5 stars: my sister has stopped using this lotion and has replaced it with my RESIST 2% BHA Body Treatment. It works just as well for her and it is sssooo much cheaper. I think the 2% BHA lotion designed for the face is around 3.3oz for $28? That hurt my wallet. The RESIST 2% BHA Body Treatment is a full 7 oz for $25. And it worked wonders on my KP. I would just buy the body treatment instead.

All PC products are currently 15% off, free shipping. I am not too sure when the sale ends, yet you can usually find discount codes online or chat with one of their rep (either by calling or online live chat). They are very helpful in case you have a product question and are more than willing to give you a discount code if you ask nicely. It worked for me just yesterday. You can also use the discount link below. It takes you directly to the PC site and gives you a $10 discount, as well as allows me to get a discount on my next purchase. It's a win-win.
https://goo.gl/zOBCb5

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Other

I've been using this product for about 5 months now and it has done wonders for my skin. I have acne prone skin as well as dry skin and using this did not irritate or dry out my skin.

Before using this, my skin was filled with blackheads and whiteheads as well as pimples. After using this regularly for a little more than a month, my skin was clear of blackheads and whiteheads. The pimples had significantly reduced are, but are still occasionally popping up. This works wonders for blackheads and whiteheads, but if you are looking for a miracle product to get rid of acne and pimples, do not put your hopes on this product.

For regular price, I feel this is quite expensive so personally I would not purchase at full price. However, I had a referral code which gave me $10 off my purchase combined with 20% off during a promotion which brought the price down to $12. To me, this is a steal!

If you're a new customer and would like $10 off your order, feel free to use my code below to save: https://goo.gl/fjIZ0C

Overall, I definitely recommend this product to those who are suffering from blackheads, whiteheads and acne prone skin. I would rate this a 5, but I subtracted 1 because at regular price, it is pricey.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I really prefer this one over the liquid version (which is sticky and gross). This lotion is so nice and gets absorbed into the skin really quickly. My skin looks more delicate and soft if that makes sense. I do think its a bit expensive but I like it and would recommend this over the liquids any day.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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