Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA

Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA


75 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals


Water, Glycolic Acid (AHA exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent and penetration enhancer), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 2 (skin-identical ingredient), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuoylmethane (anti-irritants/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide (film-forming agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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on 8/3/2017 8:16:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Used to love this, but the last 2 times I purchased, my skin broke out. Won't be using again

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

It is so gentle that it is useless... There are much better AHA products out there that are more effective. This one is a waste of money. If your skin is sensitive, use a product with lactic acid instead. If your skin is not sensitive, then there is no value in using this one.

on 2/25/2017 3:48:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Cool

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is another excellent product from Paula's choice! It can be really hard to find an effective daily exfoliant that is not too harsh or drying. This formula is very elegant. Not only does it have AHA at an effective pH it also includes peptides, ceramides and antioxidants. It has the texture of a light moisturizer and it absorbs into the skin rather quickly. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized but not too heavy. It has helped greatly with the dry, rough textured skin on my cheeks and it also helps fade stubborn hyperpigmentation. I used two pumps once a day and it lasted 3 months. This is a definite repurchase!

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

on 1/27/2017 8:05:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love this stuff. I drift away, but keep coming back. It makes my skin subtly different, in a great way. It is less irritating than almost everything else I try, bra 1 and 2%, retinal, retin a, vitamin C, etc. try sticking with it and not adding other products at the same time. Slow and steady wins the race.....

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I didn't like it!

I got the travel size as part of a promo when I ordered my other Paula's choice products for free. Which is great, because if I had to pay for the full size I would've been dissapointed for wasting my money. First off, this stuff smells funky. I can't describe the smell but it's just strange and I don't like it, but thankfully it dissipates after I apply my serum and moisturizer on top. I used this in the PM because I use my PC bha in the AM. I think this irritated my skin because when I woke up the next morning I had red bumps on my face! And it made my face feel scaly.
So this is definitely a pass for me.

2 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 10/21/2016 3:35:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this product. It works (use at night and wake up to fresh looking skin) and it smells lightly like melons despite being fragrance free.

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1 of 1 people found this helpful.

on 4/13/2016 8:00:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I bought a sample. After three uses couldn't see any positive difference in my skin. I've tried to like PC products but they always make my skin only drier :(

on 4/2/2016 11:51:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown


Inoffensive Scent
Softens Skin



Best Uses

Daily Use
Rough Skin

I have an olive complexion with some sensitivity, and normal-oily combination skin that can get very greasy in the T-zone. I was fairly convinced that BHA was needed to clear out my clogged pores, and have been trying all the PC BHA exfoliants to find the right one for me. While I was ordering samples, I figured I would also try the AHAs to see what they were about.

To my surprise and delight, AHA seems to be very effective on my skin! I have already tried (and wrote positive reviews for) the 8% and 10% AHA treatments. Over the last couple of days, I have tried Resist 5% Daily AHA, and like it very much as well.

Resist 5% AHA has a pearly-brownish color with an inoffensive natural scent that reminds me of B-vitamin complex. The product spreads very easily, soaks in quickly and is non-irritating. The scent dissipates right away. It doesn't leave me greasy at all. It does dry a little bit sticky in some areas, but any lingering stickiness completely goes away if other non-sticky products (eg serum) are subsequently applied. Since it is a lower concentration, I didn't get the dramatic overnight effects I saw with the 8% and 10% products. However, Resist 5% AHA is gentle enough to be used daily, and I did see noticeable improvement in my skin texture after 2 days of using it 1x per day.

Although AHA seems to be marketed towards those with dryer skin, it might be just the thing that is needed for rough patches that don't seem to respond otherwise, even if you have oily skin. It is great that PC offers samples--I probably would have overlooked this great product otherwise! I definitely would consider a full purchase of this product.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

on 3/10/2016 1:48:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is probably my biggest HG product. I have found nothing like it, and believe me I have tried (like when PC inexplicably is out of stock for weeks at a time). It is a light, silky (but not occlusive and silicony) concentrated lotion (so a little goes a long way) that leaves my skin glowing, even-toned, and a bit firmer. When I go without it I see significant worsening of my skin--it looks duller, fine lines are more apparent, and it has less elasticity (e.g., when I smile, my nasolabial folds are more apparent). So I think it is a superb all-around anti-aging product with numerous benefits. I have tried replacing it with products that have glycolic acid as the main ingredient, but they never work the same, so I believe what Paula claims about all the other beneficial ingredients in the product (e.g., antioxidants). The container is well designed so that it dispenses in a controlled manner. I guess the only negatives are that you can't tell when you're about to run out, and it is not cheap. But it is truly worth the cost.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

on 2/20/2016 4:23:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I am almost 66, i used to have combo skin but now it's dry, and i have rosacea on my cheeks, nose, and chin. So i use an BHA exfoliant on the areas with rosacea and on my neck, décolletage.

I use this on the dry areas of my face with dark spots. I apply with my fingers to the dry areas of my face. I use this AHA morning and night. It works well, doesn't irritate my skin, and helps my dry skin feel softer and smoother. If i use too much it can feel tacky, so i recommend not slathering it on. I just use a partial pump and spread it around well. And I avoid areas with rosacea because they are a bit sensitive.

The texture is like a thin lotion, it is slightly rose-beige in color, but blends invisibly into my pale skin. It has an odor from its skin care ingredients, but no added fragrance ingredients, which is one reason i really like Paula’s products - many do have odors from their ingredients, but none have perfumes, and i hate the scent of perfumed products and perfumes are skin-irritating, and i sure don’t need more irritation.

The pump generally works well and helps protect the product from the air, but does leave a few day's worth of product in the bottle, so i unscrew the cap to get the last little bit out.

While i use several other skin care products, at night i end my routine with a light moisturizer and during the day with an all-mineral SPF 50 sunscreen because my rosacea has made the skin on my cheeks and nose rather transparent.

After trying several drugstore brands and far too many crazy expensive high-end brands, I now use primarily Paula's Choice skin care products, and I'm very happy with most of them. The prices are mostly quite reasonable, there are frequent discount offers, and for me, in California, i get my package within 2 or 3 days.

AHA’s exfoliate and help attract moisture, so they are good for dry skin. Some people with combo skin may like it too, but everyone’s skin is a little different, so if you’re wondering about this, try a sample first. People with oily skin or frequent breakouts may find a BHA exfoliant with salicylic acid more effective.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

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