82%
would repurchase
3.9/5
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ingredients

Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA (water-binding agents), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Hydroxyethylcellulose,), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben (all preservatives).

Reviews

Reviews


5.0
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a year ago

This is a great substitute for the Alpha-Hydrox gel, which was discontinued. It was my holy grail glycolic product, because it stung less than the cream version, was less strong, and absorbed...

About reviewer (797 reviews)

Age56 & Over

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium

HairBrunette

EyesBrown



5.0
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a year ago

This is a great AHA exfoliant that has a 8% concentration. I have seen great results while using this. It has evened out the texture of my skin and helped bring back radiance. I use this is the...

About reviewer (785 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinNormal, Fair-Medium, Cool

HairBrown, Wavy, Coarse

EyesBlue


4.0
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4 years ago

This is an excellent exfoliant that gives visible results. The recommended use is 1 to 2 times daily, which I find is too much for this strength of product. I would use this 2 or 3 times a week at...

About reviewer (336 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinOily, Fair-Medium, Warm

HairBrunette, Straight, Fine

EyesBrown


3.0
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4 years ago

This is my first night trying this. I’ve tried the 10% weekly AHA in the past with okay result. Surprisingly this actually tingled when I put this on but it subsided. This didn’t happen with the...

About reviewer (132 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinAcne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

HairOther, Wavy, Medium

EyesBlack


5.0
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4 years ago

This AHA exfoliant is working well for me, and I alternate between it and one of the Paula's Choice BHA products to keep my pores clear. Unlike many of the Paula's Choice products, this one does...

About reviewer (474 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinAcne-prone, Fair, Warm

HairBrunette, Wavy, Medium

EyesBrown


5.0
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5 years ago

My HG AHA. I’ve been using this since I began skincare a few years ago and have been doing it regularly ever since. The bottle lasts me like.... 6-12 months of use, it lasts forever.

About reviewer (6 reviews)

Age19-24

SkinCombination, Olive

HairBlack

EyesBrown


5.0
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5 years ago

I got a deluxe sized sample of this and it's almost gone. A little goes a long way and I've been using this product a few times a week for over a month. This product does sting a little if you have...

About reviewer (3 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinNormal, Fair

HairBlond

EyesHazel


5.0
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5 years ago

The Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant is the second Glycolic Acid product I have tried, the first being The Ordinary's 7% Glycolic Acid 'toner' (which is a misnomer – it is an exfoliant). I...

About reviewer (20 reviews)

Age19-24

SkinOther, Other, Not Sure

HairOther, Other, Other

EyesOther


5.0
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5 years ago

Can't say enough good things about this product. My skin becomes congested and literally breaks out from nearly EVERYTHING. The acne and dullness became so bad it impacted my social life and...

About reviewer (2 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinAcne-prone, Fair, Neutral

HairOther, Other, Other

EyesOther


4.0
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5 years ago

Background: Sensitive skin. Have been using this exfoliant for a few weeks now. My routine: cleanser, toner, PC 8% AHA exfoliant, moisturizer with retinol. I use the exfoliant once daily as I feel...

About reviewer (33 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinNormal

HairBlack

EyesBrown


5.0
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5 years ago

This works great on my oily rosacea skin.

About reviewer (3 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinOther, Other, Not Sure

HairOther, Other, Other

EyesOther


5.0
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6 years ago

This is powerful stuff and should be used cautiously. When I first tried it I purged a lot of acne. But I kept going because I knew it's special. Now, it burns my face for a few seconds but...

About reviewer (52 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinCombination, Medium

HairBlack

EyesBrown


5.0
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6 years ago

I have sensitive rosacea prone skin and no AHA ever worked for me previously. I was very skeptical to try this one. Many were saying that it's very strong and it will most likely cause...

About reviewer (743 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

HairBrown, Wavy, Fine

EyesHazel


1.0
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6 years ago

I've tried using this one and off for about 6 months now. The verdict? It gives me extra whiteheads and burns the hell out of my skin. The packaging also broke immediately and then leaked everywhere.

About reviewer (136 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinAcne-prone, Fair, Neutral

HairBlond, Wavy, Fine

EyesGray


4.0
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6 years ago

Paula's Choice consistently formulates excellent exfoliators and this is no exception. This product comes in a gel format that absorbs rather quickly. It played well with other serums and creams,...

About reviewer (419 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Dark, Neutral

HairBrown, Curly, Fine

EyesBrown


5.0
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6 years ago

I'm so glad chemical exfoliants exist. When it comes to physical exfoliants such as those with beads, even the ones with micro-beads aimed for sensitive skin make me break out. Ever since deciding...

About reviewer (5 reviews)

Age19-24

SkinOily, Olive, Neutral

HairBrunette, Wavy, Fine

EyesBrown


5.0
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6 years ago

A very good and effective product. I’m using it daily no irritation or dryness whatsoever. I’ve tried retain A as an anti-aging and a spot remover but it was way too harsh. This really gave me a...

About reviewer (148 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair

HairOther

EyesOther


3.0
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6 years ago

This is my exfoliant that I'm comparing with Alpha H Liquid Gold (which I LOVE) - this is really nice and does what it says, the jury is still out for me regarding whether or not I'll repurchase...

About reviewer (283 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinAcne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

HairBlack, Other, Other

EyesBrown


5.0
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6 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about this product! After trying PC 2% salicylic acid I wasn't too impressed and thought twice about buying this before I saw someone selling it on ebay as an...

About reviewer (13 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair, Warm

HairBrunette, Wavy, Medium

EyesBlue


3.0
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6 years ago

I have tried the COSRX bha and the PC 2% BHA. I tried this alone and in conjunction with my PC BHA. Both strategies did nothing for me. I experienced no negative or positive effects. I would not...

About reviewer (41 reviews)

Age19-24

SkinCombination, Olive

HairBlack

EyesBlack