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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Skin Type: Combination to Oily Skin
Skin Concern: Acne-prone | Blackheads | Breakouts | Enlarged Pores | Redness
Full product name: Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Regular Price: £25.00

Special Price: £21.25

Size: 118 ml
Item: 2010

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Shrink enlarged pores with this 2% liquid salicylic acid leave-on exfoliant that removes old skin cells both on the skin's surface and inside the pore.

  • Unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores
  • Creates radiant, even-toned skin
  • Reduces redness & builds collagen
  • 100% fragrance and colourant-free


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Regular Price: £25.00

Special Price: £21.25

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  • 30 ml : £8.00
  • SAMPLE : £0.70


  • When using a BHA product make sure you use a sunscreen during the day
  • Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) or its derivatives
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Amazing Product
Review by Bradley
Have Combo to Oily skin and this has completely changed my skin. I had being using the dermalogica gentle cream exfoliant which had AHA and a tiny amount of BHA and I was still breaking out all the time. Decided to try this and even after a few days my spots and minor acne started to clear up. My skin is glowing and the texture is so much better. Only negative is that it can makes your face feel tight but yet when you touch it, its really smooth, so make sure you apply serum and your SPF/Retinol moisture afterwards. (Posted on 13/01/2017)
Dream comes true
Review by Cassandra
My skin suffered from large pores and blackheads and it used to look quite saggy. When I tried using this product, it felt a bit irritating at first, but once my skin gets used to it, it works perfectly. I have never thought there was actually a skin-care product in this world that would work! I also use the whole skin-care routine from PC for over a year (cleanser, toner, serum, BHA exfoliant, moisturiser and spf) and I am completely satisfied with it. They are, of course, more pricey than other mainstream products but I reckon they are totally worth the investment.
On another note, my mum 'stole' a bit of this product to use over the summer and she is also in love with it. She has now turned all of her skin-care routines to PC as I have. She is 47, having a lot of acne and wrinkles but now her skin looks quite smooth.
I have to thank PC for creating wonderful products that have helped me to be so much more comfortable and confident with my skin. My skin has never looked better! (Posted on 08/01/2017)
Dream Product!
Review by Matthew
I'm a 26 year old male with oily skin that is prone to break outs. I've never used Paula's choice or a liquid exfoliant before but oh my goodness what a difference it has made to me. After cleansing and toning I put this on and from the first application within an hour any bumps I had as my skin texture smoothed right down and my pores closed up like I have never experienced before. I have been using this product for a few weeks and my skin is much improved and over time my blemishes and acne scarring has soften. I use it probably once a day or sometimes twice if I think my skin can handle it because it is naturally a little drying. Great product! I will have to buy the full size soon! (Posted on 18/09/2016)
Close, but not my favourite
Review by Marcus
I've tried many PC exfoliants with varying degrees of success as most tend to contain some form of silicone which I believe to contribute towards my acne. I've tried the 1% and 2% BHA gels and the lotion and they seemed to make my skin worse. I was dubious to try this BHA as it's ph is lower than some of the other BHA exfoliants PC offers and I thought this might be too aggressive for my sensitive skin but I'm glad to say that it didn't irritate me at all and helped reduce blemishes and the size of my pores. If you are a first time BHA and especially if you're very sensitive user I would highly recommend starting off with a milder formulation like the Calm 1% BHA and working your way up to this.

My skin is much smoother now with a lot less textural issues. Ladies,after using this for a while you will not believe how much better make up applies. My only issue with this exfoliant is how it feels on the skin once you've applied it. Due to the glycols in this it tends to leave a greasy film on top of the skin. This is a common issue and it's advised that if your skin feels greasy you've most likely applied too much. I've tried applying very little but still had a sticky, greasy residue. What I tend to do is apply it straight after cleansing at night then applying a body lotion and then going back to my facial skincare to allow it time to absorb.

It does contain green tea extract so you have some anti-oxidant benefit but it is by no means everything you could ever need to help fight free radical damage. I find this lasts around 5 weeks with nightly use but this will vary from person to person but I find it good value for money, especially in comparsion to my favourite Resist 2% BHA which is my Holy Grail exfoliant. (Posted on 09/09/2016)
Great Exfoliant
Review by Debbie
I have acne prone skin and have never used a stay on exfoliants before; I tend to use face mask but not anymore. I have seen an improvement with my skin, I have been using this product twice a day with no irritation or flakiness I also see a nice healthy glow to my skin when I use this product. I am surprised this has not finish the same time as my toner, which I got through first. I have been using this product for 10 weeks and still have more left, a little goes a long way. I have not had any breakouts since using this product that could be down to me using Paula's other products combine with this, it's a nice feeling when you see a product that actually works for your skin. I will never go without it and I have confidence in her products. (Posted on 02/09/2016)
I can't stop touching myself
Review by Andrew
I have been using this product for just over a week and I am amazed.
Initially I was a bit over-zealous and there was drying and tightness but having reduced amount I use on the cotton pad and stopped rubbing too hard - really tempting to do when you by an exfoliant - my skin is now so smooth and soft I can stop touching my cheek.
If you've seen the PC youtube live chat with Bryan and Nathan, they DO say there is an initial period of breaking out, which was indeed the case with me. Their explanation for this is that bacteria may start to feed on the dead skin clogging your pores as it reaches the surface of the skin. Looking forward to trying more from this brand. (Posted on 04/07/2016)
Great Product but you need to do things get most out of it
Review by Thomas

Had blackheads for as long as I can remember on my nose. All the products I've ever used except this one made my skin worse or flare up my past seborrheic dermatitis (Which I have cured, to all the dermatologists who said it was for life). Now a lot of complaints say that it makes their skin worse. Well from the start it will make your black heads more prominent as the acid loosens the sebum, they will start to come out faster which can lead more surface area to oxidise making them more noticeable also the acid can oxidise the oil as well, I think.

So I use a nose strip prior to starting my application to help limit this. Then I apply with a finger just on my nose like 2-3 times a day for first few days. After application, ill rinse with warm water a few hours later. This does wonders for getting rid of the blackheads quickly. Then I step it back to once in the morning and once in the evening.

I don't wash my face before hand. No need (for me at least). If I wash and put products on it increases my chances of getting irritation.

I only do this for my nose. Rest of your skin is more sensitive. This is due to the nose being the most oily. I tried this on my forehead with multiple applications and just peeled. It is strong stuff.

All the best

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you found a way to use this product and make it work for you. We hope you enjoy the results. (Posted on 07/06/2016)
Good Product
Review by Athina
I usually have oily-combination skin with blackheads.
It has helped my skin and it did refine the overall look of the pores. For a while due to birth control I experienced some hormonal acne and kept using it, so far so good. I don't know if it is the product that helped or I will experience the acne again.
It definitely helped with my pores and skin glow (less redness) after using it consistently for 2 months! (Posted on 06/05/2016)
Really disappointed
Review by Nadia
I really. really wanted it to work. I've had really congested skin, oily, with a lot of blackheads on my nose, chin and jaw line, my pores were getting bigger... After reading so many rave reviews, I decided to purchase it. It did nothing to my skin, and it actually made it worse... I skipped the face scrub when using it religiously for a month, and my skin is now more congested than ever. It actually made me cry. I am back to Vichy as it at least kept my oily skin in some kind of order. (Posted on 25/04/2016)
Unfortunately made my skin worse
Review by JS
I really wanted to love PC products after the reviews but unfortunately they made my skin worse.

This product seemed to do what it was supposed to do at first but after a few uses (nighttime, every other night or two nights, and tiny amounts) this left my skin FAR worse than it began. It became extremely rough in texture, red, bumpy, and itchy. I then used the Skin Recovery Toner to soothe my skin which AGAIN worked initially to lessen the redness and bumps but in the end created an even rougher texture wherever I used this on my skin (I didn't use this over my whole face so I know for sure it was these products causing the issue).

The same problem occurred with the Resist weightless toner. In short, I think PC products work either way, they're either work really well for you or make your skin even worse.

Customer Care: We have already been in contact with you. (Posted on 15/04/2016)
Not sure yet...
Review by Ren
I've used it now for the last 2 days (2x a day) and I can actually see some changes on my skin. I hope I'm not imaging it but I really think my pores got smaller and the skin on my nose got smoother.
BUT my big problem is - after I apply a small amount on my face, the skin becomes red and irritated which concerns me a lot. It's itchy and warmish and it disappears after 30 min or so. Should I be worried?

Customer Care: Thank you for your feedback. Please note that the use of a BHA exfoliant needs to be gradually built up to let your skin get used to the active ingredients. Start with once per 2-3 days, preferably at night for a couple of weeks and then you can use it more frequently. If redness, dryness, or irritation occurs, cut back the frequency of application. (Posted on 09/03/2016)
Review by Miya
Blackheads reduced a great deal since i started using this !! Lovely product and consistency, keep using it for results ! Very happy :)) (Posted on 20/02/2016)
Really helpful product
Review by Rose
I have used the 2% BHA liquid a couple of months now. I still have some learning about the frequency to use this. I have used this every three nights but I still experience a little flakiness from time to time. It isn't irritation though, just some dryness. Oiliness has reduced, blackheads are less visible so I'm quite happy. There are still white heads I wished I could get rid of... Too bad the 9% BHA isn't available in Europe. (Posted on 08/02/2016)
Keep repurchasing...
Review by Valentin
I use this after I shave (Once a week) and apply it using my hands. I have used it for 4 years now so have experimented with whats best for me. I tried using it more often and with a cotton pad but just ended up with clusters of pustules (irritated skin, and have tried this again and again and still happens). I do use prescription acne topical treatment at night (and tried this in the mornings) so that may have pushed my skin to react. When I stopped using it I noticed that I had more breakouts, and worse skin. But when I used it even every second day my skin reacts to it. Once a week is best for me, even though that would seem pointless; but since I have stopped trying to use it more often and stuck to my routine of once a week my skin has been at its best.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. Sometimes it just takes a bit of experimenting to find the best products or routine for your skin type or condition. Nonetheless, if you would like to discuss other possible alternatives, you are welcome to contact our customer care team.

(Posted on 14/01/2016)
Review by Dave
This did completely nothing for me and to make matters worse it made my skin flake on my cheeks and forehead.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that this product was not suitable for your skin. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Please contact our customer care department for further assistance with an alternative. (Posted on 11/01/2016)
Changed my life!
Review by Gemma
I've always had 'problem skin' growing up but at 26, I randomly started getting adult acne. I had major clogged up pores which looked like huge bumps on my chin, jawline and neck, as well as huge painful and red cystic type acne spots. I have scars from having acne as a teenager and couldn't BELIEVE I was going through acne again as an adult woman. After plenty of research and tears, I stumbled upon a recommendation for the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. I have NEVER used a BHA exfoliant before and was a bit weary about trying it but I was desperate and decided to order a sample size. I cleansed my face with my usual cleanser at night, then I used some of the BHA liquid on a cotton pad and wiped it over my face, concentrating on the problem areas - followed by my usual moisturiser. I fell in love with this product and ordered the full size and I cannot rate it enough! This product has literally changed my life. . . My skin has cleared up dramatically, I have NO bumps or clogged pores and most important of all - I HAVE HAD NO NEW BREAKOUTS AT ALL since I started using this product. My skin is smooth, soft, plump and youthful looking and breakout free. I can also see a difference in my existing acne scars, they're much less noticeable. CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! Thanks Paula's Choice - although I wish the shipping to the UK was quicker xx

Customer Service: Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear of your experience and hope you enjoy all our products. (Posted on 11/01/2016)
Great for pores but very drying
Review by Lily
I bought this in the trial size. I've been using it for a week and a half now, only in the evening. I can feel it is definitely improving the texture of mu skin - pore size is reduced and any old spots scars are slowly fading away. However, it has really caused my sin to flake (I have oily skin, so that surprised me; I also moisturize). I have seen some people say it takes time for the skin to adjust - but I was wondering how long this is supposed to last? Would the lotion or the gel be more gentle to my skin?

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you are pleased with the product and kindly ask you to contact our customer care team for a recommendation regarding the preferred texture. (Posted on 07/01/2016)
good product bad package
Review by Katrina
I am using it just about 5 days so it's early for judge but anyway I see that it's working on my skin so that's good. So disappointed just of package which was broken and lost the part of product. Now thinking maybe should order other one but feel scare for get the same one. Product is good package not.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review, we are very sorry to hear your product was damaged during transport, we have contacted you for a suitable solution. (Posted on 26/12/2015)
Day 1 and I got complimented
Review by Charlotte
Got given this as a sample and first day of using it, someone asked what makes my skin glow?
Ive got normal to dry, thin skin with tiny pores and my skin really likes this.
I do the 4 steps: cleanse, tone, BHA, serum, spf moisturiser.
My skin looks verry happy!

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear that this product is working great for your skin. Keeping a consistent routine is key. (Posted on 30/11/2015)
Review by haadiya
This along with facewash and toner has made my pores bigger. My skin more red and my skin dry and greasy at the same time. I am really really disappointed

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that this product did not work for you. We can see that our customer care team has already gotten in touch with you for further assistance. (Posted on 24/11/2015)
For long term use
Review by Ebba
I think it is an alright product, I do not see the results right away - you have to use it for a longer period to pay-off. I prefer using the Clear Extra Strength 2% BHA every other day, as it generates faster results. Although, during the colder months it can be a bit drying, which is when this product is great. I still prefer the Extra Strenght one, but I use this when I want something calmer. (Posted on 21/11/2015)
My holy grail anti-acne product!
Review by Rosa
I've used products with salicylic acid before as a preventative method to battle acne but this is the one that finally did the trick for me and keeps my skin clear for the most part. I'm guessing it might have something to do with having the right pH for the acid to work as an exfoliant. In any case, this truly works and I will keep buying it forever if I can.

I've also tried most of the other BHA products that Paula's Choice offers, but while they all seem equally effective, this is my favorite out of them all because it's a liquid. It's so light, I don't feel like I'm adding even more product on my skin. Just a swipe and I get everything I need and that's all. After applying this, my skin doesn't feel greasy or tacky whatsoever. I love it so much! (Posted on 07/11/2015)
love it
Review by Karla
so far i really do love this product ive been using it for about 3 weeks, it literally brought all the gunk in my skin to the surface, i dont think ill ever be without this product (Posted on 24/10/2015)
Too drying, not good
Review by LV
Having given this product a long time to see the results, I am disappointed to say that it has actually ruined my skin. I have oily skin and never had dry patches, but this product has made my skin really dry, make up sits badly on my skin highlighting every dry area. I have not seen any improvement to pore size either. It really is a hit and miss product.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about your experience and discomfort. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they respond to products or ingredients. We would be happy to discuss alternative products, please contact us. (Posted on 20/10/2015)
Good product
Review by Catherine
Good product. I have dark skin and this product helps to fade the hyper-pigmentation caused by acne. Don't expect flawless skin instantly as this products takes time to work, but I have noticed a real improvement in my acne, clogged pores and scaring. (Posted on 28/09/2015)
Review by SONIA
I am African, so for those wondering if it works on our skin type, Yes it does. I have skin discolouration and I have been using this product for a month now and I can see great improvement. Can't wait to see what my face looks like by the end of the year. :) (Posted on 17/09/2015)
Don't believe the hype... but do believe all the 5-star reviews
Review by francesca
They say you will see overnight results with this product. Well this was actually very true. The morning after your skin will appear cleaner, the pores smaller. After one week, the effects are amazing: I have no more visible / dilated pores, no black heads (!!!) and overall the skin feels "tighter".
I am so happy to have finally bought this product and I think I'll never want to be without it. (Posted on 07/09/2015)
Best skincare product!!!
Review by Happy
this is a product that I do not ever give up! helps to keep the pores open and clean and brighten dull skin. awesome product! (Posted on 03/09/2015)
Star product!
Review by Vanessa
This does everything I'd hoped and more. I'm almost finished my first bottle, so I'd say I've tested it for long enough to understand how it works on my skin.

My blackheads have been reduced considerably, so that they are barely visible. Likewise, my pores appear reduced. Surprisingly, this also reduces the healing time for spots, and has made my skin considerably less oily so that makeup no longer melts off my t-zone.

One drawback is that this can dry out my skin, leaving it tight and shiny looking. However, I notice that it only happens if I use a large volume of the product on my face, so that my face is noticeably wet looking upon application. If I only use a small amount on a cotton pad, I get all of the above results without unnecessary dryness. However, I will trial the gel version next.
(Posted on 18/08/2015)
Don't expect it to work
Review by Weronika
From a researcg and formulary perspective it fits the bill, didn't work for me however (as many other things, my skin is VERY stubborn!), didn't reduce pores, quite expensive, didn't do anything for my breakouts. If you have acne, and can tolerate benzoyl peroxide and it's not cystic, get a tube of "acne medication" on eBay, it's 4 dollars for 50 grams and is bound to work, unless you're cystic. Love Paula's choice!!

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry that this product has not worked for you, we recommend contacting our customer care department to discuss alternatives. (Posted on 15/08/2015)
Review by Abi89
I am in my mid 20s and am very fortunate to have relatively problem free skin - suffering only from small blackheads on my nose and chin and small hormone related breakouts each month. Recently I decided it was time I started to take extra care of my skin and decided that the addition of a liquid exfoliant was what I needed to kick my skin care routine up a notch, but this is so drying!

I started by using it at night times around 2-3 times a week, gradually increasing to every other night. I used up the trial size of this with no problems, always following with a facial oil and moisturiser afterwards. I have never applied this directly over my eyelids or lips, as instructed, but after a month of using this the skin around my eyes, lips and along my jaw was becoming dry and sore. I don't tend to suffer from dry or dehydrated skin so I put it down to overusing this product and I reduced use to every other night then back to 2-3 times a week. However, even using it once now is too much for my skin and it feels dry and tight instantly.

I am very disappointed at this side-effect because this product isn't cheap and when I was using it every other night I had noticed a reduction in blackheads.

Customer Care: We are very sorry to hear about your experience, please contact Customer Care , so we can help you find a suitable alternative (Posted on 20/07/2015)
Best skin ever!!
Review by Vivien
As an older woman with very oily skin this product has changed my life!! My skin has never looked so good, after the first week of use I did have a small break out, I stuck with it and I now get compliments on my skin. The dreaded large pores have reduced I use a primer and my skin looks fantastic, the shine has gone and each morning its great just to touch my skin, no more oiliness, I use it with the moisturiser for oily skin, I received great advice via e mail to get me started. Thank you Paulas Choice wish I had met you sooner (Posted on 15/07/2015)
Incredible. A must buy
Review by Benjamin
I've only ever felt the need to write a review on something if I felt it was a must. I have been using paulas choice for near on 6 months now and there products have completely changed my skin and my life. This liquid is a miracle worker and teamed with the retinol serum and treatment it has transformed my skin. I am in my late 20's and gave suffered from breakouts and blemishes my whole life. My diet is fantastic and I have spent thousands on products in the past and nothing has worked like paulas products. You now have a life long customer, THANK YOU. (Posted on 14/07/2015)
Works if used correctly
Review by zura
I have a combination skin with main concerns being breakouts, clogged pores and blackheads. I made the mistake of using this together with the Resist cream which also has BHA in it and after a month of this joint treatment my face became a lot smoother: my clogged pores flattened so the tiny bumps lining my face disappeared, my complexion brightened and my blackheads significantly reduced. Why this was a mistake is that too much of BHA dried my skin immensely and kept causing my skin to flake and breakout despite it looking smooth and bright.

Then I switched from the Resist cream to a simple moisturiser and continued using this BHA liquid morning and night, applied using a cotton ball, and the flakiness and the breakouts went away in 2-3 days. So this has become an important product in my skincare, it fixes big pores, blackheads and clogged pores if followed with a moisturiser.

It hasn't however removed the blackheads on my nose. (Posted on 30/06/2015)
Hit and miss, please be careful!
Review by Nick
After reading all these amazing reviews you might think this product is perfect but it really isn't. I have initially used it for 2 weeks and it seemed to work but after a few days I developed more blackheads and pimples than ever before in places I never had acne to begin with. Customer care advised to continue using it for at least a month and I did but it was very clear that my skin wasn't improving. It was the only thing that changed in my daily routine and I'm certain that it's made my mild acne worse. It seems like this product is unreliable when it comes to treating acne and blackheads, it may work at first but it's only temporary. It's not purging either since I've used it for over a month and when I finally stopped my skin went back to normal in less than two weeks. I'm disappointed as I can't use benzoyl peroxide because it makes my eyes swell and so this seemed like a great alternative.

Customer Care: We are very sorry this product didn`t work for you, we are very pleased that you are happy with the recommended alternative. (Posted on 28/06/2015)
Can't give 5* as not used it long enough for results
Review by Dawny
I did ALOT of research surrounding BHA and AHA products before getting this, I guess I was a little scared it would burn my skin! I have used shop bought exfoliants - scrubs - all my life, and had smooth skin. However it never occured to me that this could damage the top layers! A BHA exfoliant seemed a good choice for my combination, breakout prone skin. After trying samples of the 1% gel, and finding it balled up/peeled off my skin, I was hopeful this liquid version, though stronger, would suit me. Luckily, it seemed to sink in nicely to my skin, not irritate it or dry it out. Or burn! I used up my samples but along with the other Paula's Choice samples I was trying at the time, I had soft, smoother skin, which seemed less oily round my t-zone. I have a full unopened bottle of this in my cupboard, waiting for my other PC Bha product I'm trying, to be used up. This is why I can't give it 5*, simply because I have not used it long enough to see real results. I am hopeful that daily use at some future date, will help further reduce the large pores on my nose and clear out the oil, for good! I am very pleased with this product so far though, thanks Paula! (Posted on 29/05/2015)
Brilliant, effective product.
Review by Georgia
It works. Putting it simply. It seems to 'regenerate' and invigorate my skin. I having been trialling this for the odd spot and it always speeds up the healing process and takes the heat out of a nasty blemish. However, I have also been using t all over as a treatment every other night and the difference is really noticeable. Smoother skin with reduced redness and fewer clogged pores.
It irks me that so much gets absorbed into the cotton wool pad, so now I just use fingertips, it is ever so slightly viscous so it won't 'run away'.
Over a year ago I bought the lotion version for drier skin, but frankly I much prefer the liquid and though it may technically not be suitable for direr mature skin, I just use it less and make sure I am well nourished with the Resist Anti-Aging Retinol Serum followed by a good moisturiser.
And of course the big bonus is the absence of perfume which aggravates certain areas of my face.
(Posted on 11/05/2015)
Poor packaging :( great product :)
Review by T.M.
I'm so disappointed with the packaging of this product. As an avid traveller and a cat owner, I have quickly come to realize how badly this bottle leaks if not stood up perfectly straight at all times. I've lost a lot of product this way and is even more disappointing because this product really works for me! It has stopped and cleared all of my breakouts and helped to heal them quicker while reducing inflammation and redness. I've not broken out at all since starting to use this.
Customer Care: Thank you for your feedback. Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose. Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump. (Posted on 10/04/2015)
Works wonder, but texture isn't good.
Review by Daniel
The product really does what it says, I've noticed a very good improvement in skin condition. Despite this, I must say I don't like the liquid texture. It takes a long time to absorb and leaves my skin slightly greasy, even when trying to use a very tiny amount.

I had initially tried a sample of the gel formulation, which I very much liked and absorbed nicely. I imagined the liquid version would be even lighter, so I went for that one, but it wasn't so. Next time I'll be getting the gel version. (Posted on 09/04/2015)
Definitely worth the hype!
Review by Kate
I have been using the BHA liquid for a short period of time but have seen a difference already. Although I have dry flaky skin this liquid is amazing and doesn't dry my skin out as pretty much every other lotion out there. My skin is much clearer and so much smoother it is hard to believe. I definitely recommend to try this out as I will continue using this product. (Posted on 23/03/2015)
Disappointing, doesn't do what it says on the tin
Review by D
More than a little dissapointed with this product, it didn't live up to the hype. I've used the product 3 times now and haven't seen the results, no difference in texture, clarity, red marks or spots. I'd been using Avon's version and found it works beautifully and immediately. I just wanted to try something different, I guess I'll go back to my usual tried and true.

I'm a fan of PC sound advice and no nonsense skin care. I ordered the trial size, which btw is a great idea and should be considered for all products. I suggest anyone wanting to trial the product does the same, order the trial size and give it a test.

So gutted it's not a winner. (Posted on 12/03/2015)
Very Impressed
Review by Emma
Ever since I was a teenager I have struggled with blackheads and spot prone skin, and found nothing that would clear it up. Add to that the progesterone implant and a tendency to pick at my skin when stressed and I've been left with a bit of a mess. At 22, and after trying countless brands of skincare, I was pretty much losing hope that I would ever have clear skin.
However, after only a few weeks of using this exfoliator, I have had no new spots, my blackheads are noticeably minimised and I have nothing to pick at (at a very stressful time, finals!). My skin is still pretty marked and probably will be for a while yet, but for the first time I have a bit of hope that it will have time to improve without break outs!
Pros: no smell, no stinging (unlike other exfoliators), skin feels ridiculously soft
Cons: none so far! (Posted on 10/03/2015)
I think I'm not going to be able to live without it.
Review by Hollie
I ordered the sample size. Well.. Iv used 3 sample bottles as my friend gave me 2. All 3 small bottles leak! I have to whipe a a film of my bathroom shelf everyday and must have lost a quarter of each bottle :(.
However that's my only negative. Although I hope the big bottle arnt the same.. (Yet to purchase)
I do love this. I haven't seen a difference with my blackhead situation yet after 2 months but they are quite bad. My over all skin texture is amazing. My makeup glides on and pores on my forehead don't exist! The liquid is far better if you wear makeup and the gel can feel quite tacky. Also I'm really pale so suffer from scaring from spots, big dark red/purple blotches, but this has really improved them.
Just try it! Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about the leaking bottles. We will contact you by email about this issue. (Posted on 26/02/2015)
Review by Ad
I heard about this product on a lady's youtube beauty channel. I had heard about Paula's choice before I saw the video, but I was already quite fed up of trying new products.

I'm so glad I tried. I ordered several samples twice and liked the results. Now I am an addict to Paula's choice products. I do not use anything else on my face. I use this, clear cleanser, the resist toner, weekly AHA, resist moisturiser, the sunscreen and a few others and my skin has never been happier. (Posted on 20/02/2015)
Great! Will buy it again
Review by Helena
It is the first time I buy any of Paula's choice products and what I can say so far (after two weeks using it) is that this product does really work for me.

I apply this liquid every morning as a toner and in the evening before I go to bed. When I wash my face in the evening and dry it out with a cloth, I can see there is quite a lot of dead skin coming out, so it really does exfoliate well.

It has dried out my skin a bit, but as it was quite greasy lately, it is great for me.

My skin is a bit crazy, I had serious problems with acne when I was a teenager, followed by very good skin after a few years. During the last year I was getting quite a lot of spots and unfortunately they have been leaving red marks on my skin; well, I must say that after two weeks of using this liquid, I can see that my red marks are not as strong and they seem to be fading. Of course they are not gone yet, but I feel so much better about them in just two weeks that I really have faith in this getting rid of them all in a few months.

Also, when I was getting a new spot pretty much every day before, I have had only two in the past few days, so I can really see a change. I am very excited with this product. I will definitely buy it again and recommend it to anyone with the same kind of skin as myself. (Posted on 07/01/2015)
It works!
Review by Aleksandra
I had problem with my skin since teenage ( blackheads, spots, large pores, spots) Nothing seems to works and I was feed up. I purchased this product and my skin is so much better. My pores are definitely smaller and I dont have so many blackheads. I can leave home without make up. It is good idea to sell samples of product.Thank you Paula x (Posted on 02/01/2015)
Hit and miss
Review by Kate
I am a huge fan of Paula. I find her no nonsense approach to skin care and real information enlightening to say the least. I was very excited to try this product and I have to say it has cleared my black heads and redness is lessened. However, I too have broken out in cystic spots and whiteheads from the lips downwards which is most unusual for me. I have been cautious in use and this is the only new product I've added into the mix. I will however continue to use on the cheeks and nose due to the results seen in those areas of my face and keep it away from my poor lips and jaw area! (Posted on 28/09/2014)
Im suprised!
Review by Dennis
So this is the first skincare product for me, I am a student and always have wanted to buy something that helps my skin but i'ts hard to choose because there is alot of products out there. Guess i was lucky finding the right product for me on the first attempt it really makes my skin look SMOOTHER and takes away the dryness and redness away from my skin! I am truly satisfied with this product and reordering as soon as i'm out.

PAULA, YOU DA REAL MVP (Posted on 17/09/2014)
Review by Julie
i have been using this for a year now and could not be happier with the result!
Thank you! I'm addicted to your products (Posted on 08/09/2014)
Holy Grail of exfoliants
Review by Olivier
Ok, this is it. After years (and lots of money) spent looking for the perfect exfoliant, I think I found it. This stuff really works the way it says it does, namely by smoothing your skin and treating/preventing blackheads and whiteheads. The fact that it's a liquid makes it really user-friendly, especially for guys like me with a two-day beard. (Posted on 07/09/2014)
Not worth the money!
Review by Christina
I bought this product in early 2013 and have been using it on/off until now. I first became aware of it after watching youtuber Wayne Goss' channel, and was especially attracted to the BHA as a cure to blackheads/enlarged pores on my nose. I think in truth this product is probably of high quality but seems useless on my skin. I have really been trying especially hard with my skincare for the past three months with this exfoliant. I don't over do it, applying just a thin layer after exfoliation, cleansing, toner; then applying moisturiser after this product.
I don't think it is worth paying such a high price for this product, aimed at reducing pores (the reason i bought it) as it has made no change but also I was disappointed with the amount of product i received. Although i still have some left after such a long time, that is only because in truth i will sometimes decide to include it in my skincare but soon give up after about 1/2 months.
The best advice I can give is to save your money and pay to see a dermatologist who can give specific advice to you about your skin. Hope this helps! (Posted on 08/08/2014)
Good for Blackheads
Review by Umaid
This started of well, however i think i have used it too often, maybe 2/3 times a day? and a 2 weeks later my red marks are really irritated and sore, however it has cleared the blackheads. I've stopped using it for a bit to let it heal. This can be hard on your skin. it sucks because it started off so well!!
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience. It is best to gradually build up use of a BHA product, starting to use it a couple of times a week only. If there is no adverse reaction this may be increased to every other day at night and then, if you wish, every night. Some people increase use to twice daily (morning and night) but it really all depends on the condition of your skin. You need to experiment a bit to see what suits you best. One thing is also important: you should always wear a sunscreen during the day when using an exfoliant. (Posted on 23/07/2014)
Great product
Review by Mathias
I have used this for months now and it works great and is also gentle enough to use for my dry skin. I tried some BHA products from other brands but none worked as good as this. Highly recommended! (Posted on 20/07/2014)
definately worth a try
Review by Rashida
i've only been using this product for a few days and its made a dramatic difference to my skin. i don't usually write reviews but this one had to be done as being an acne sufferer i've finally found something that truely works. If your skeptical about this product atleast order a sample! And if you have sensitive skin start with a lower percenage (1%). Guys this is definately the answer to clogged pores and acne its worth every single penny. (Posted on 01/07/2014)
Review by Sophie
I've been using this for a few weeks now and have seen no difference to my skin.
I have suffered with acne for years now so was really hoping that this may be the answer to my prays after reading some of the previous reviews. My skin has gotten any worse? It has just done nothing.
I also get quite a lot of blackheads so was hoping that it would help shift them, it hasn't at all and have in fact got a few new blackheads! I'm so upset as I was really hoping that this may be the solution that I've been looking for after all these years :( (Posted on 16/06/2014)
Burning and irritating!
Review by Daz
I found that just after 2 days of use I started breaking out all over.
My neck was burnt red raw where I applied the product and painful cyst like acne spots have covered my cheeks.
I have never broken out like this, all I have are stubborn blackheads but now my skin looks ruined and it hasn't made the slightest difference to my blackheads!!!
After 1 day of not using my skin is already starting to sooth itself.
Please stay away from this if you have sensitive skin!
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Please contact our Customer Care Team for further assistance and a refund.
(Posted on 16/06/2014)
Does what it says on the tin!
Review by Douglas
I will keep this simple...If you want to clear your skin up without upsetting it...use this in combination with the resist toner and moisturising spf...I have had acne for years and have tried everything to clear it...nothing worked until I found paulas choice. (Posted on 26/05/2014)
Beautiful but be careful!
Review by Tash
I love this toner, in the few weeks I've started using this it has stopped me from getting fresh/hormonal breakouts and has started to clear the pesky whiteheads lurking at the top of my chin.
However, as I've been applying it (with my fingers as advised in the video), it has sometimes caught the skin just outside my lip line and has caused it to go dry and flaky which never happens to me as I have oily skin (hence the 4 stars).
I still love and will continue to use this product but it's a bit annoying not to mention sore; just need to be a bit more careful in the mornings! (Posted on 23/05/2014)
change of mind
Review by yasmeen
initially I wrote a review a few months ago and I found it ineffective , I've been using this exfoliant for over 6 months snd it's amazing! It evens out skin tone., reduces redness, smoothes skin and gets rid of blemishes and mild acne marks.
It's got a nice consisticey which Is lightly hydrating! better then having dry and tight skin.
Thank you Paula don't stop making in the UK AND DONT change the formula!
(Posted on 31/01/2014)
Changed my life!
Review by Alissa
This is honestly the only thing had has helped me since I got my first breakouts when I was 15. Ten years later, I discover one product that more or less changed my life. I don't have breakouts anymore but clogged pores and dull skin have always been my problems. Even my mom who is a skin therapist has been clueless about my skin, and now after some month of using this exfoliant - she can't believe her eyes. Everything is gone! My pores are clear, my skin is tight and super smooth. I usually don't write reviews but I am so grateful for this and I hope that more people discover this wonderful product. You don't have to have skin problems to use it, it will give you that healthy glow and a silky smooth feeling that so few products can guarantee. Thank you, Paula. (Posted on 30/01/2014)
Great product ...not so great value for money
Review by Kevin
First off, This product is GREAT. I noticed a reduction in redness and blackheads within the first 2 days of using. I basically use this as a toner, I see no point in having a toner when using this. It can be slightly oily in t-zon once first applied but once it has been absoorbed it's fine. So maybe a toner would be good to try and reduce this problem before applying.I have seen a reduction in acne, discoluration, blackheads. I have had several STRONG 30% salicylic, 30% gycolic, 65% lactic acid chemical peels but much prefer the results from this product with no irritation what so ever.I have not found this product to be drying plus I have been using it inconjunction with Paulas Retinol (don't recommend for oily/acne skin though)
However for £23 plus shipping for the amount you get 118ml is pretty dissapointing. I have actually bought salcylic acid and tried making something similar however it's just not worth it. I'd rather spend the money and ensure the right PH etc for optimal results.So all in all, probably the best exfoliator I have tried. I have tried many (origins - modern friction, kate somerville - exfolikate, dermologica - daily microfoilant. But I much prefer this than all others, I have noticed much better results and will continue to use until I no longer see any results.

(Posted on 08/01/2014)
Cannot live without it
Review by AAU
I was always having blocked pores problem which led to acne and acne scars. I have been using this exfoliant for almost a year now and just cannot live without it. My skin has become so clear with no acne at all. In average, acne comes around once in 2-3months. I have tried many skin care lines from drugstore to premium ones but nothing delivers as good as this one. The best product from PC that suits me and helped me. It changed my life. Even my boyfriend says I have a very healthy skin. I dont even need to use as much foundation anymore. I can just go with compact powder. Thanks PC. (Posted on 11/12/2013)
Review by Kate
I have been using this product for around 10 days, not every day, as it is too drying for my skin. Although used in conjunction with other PC products my skin seems a little too greasy. I ve been using hydralight shine free moisturiser, which leaves my skin shiny, and the resist ultra light serum, along with the resist toner. I have combination skin, which suffers from permanent blackheads on my nose, and under the skin bumps rather than spots on the forehead and around the mouth area. I can t use this product in the mornings as it leaves my skin tight, I have noticed some flaking on the chin area too.I ve been using it once a day, although not every day. I have more bumps breaking out on my forehead, nose and round my mouth than previously, and I am sure I have an enlarged pore developing on my cheek and pores around my eye orbital are appearing to be show up where I had no problem before.I ll continue to use for a little while longer to see if there is any improvement and update at that point. I m not too happy right now though. Thank you for your review and we are sorry that this product is not yet to your satisfaction.. If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application of the 2% BHA is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). We encourage you to contact customer care to discuss your routine and skin type so we can make any needed suggestions. (Posted on 26/09/2013)
No results
Review by yasmeen
I've currently got clogged pores and a few marks from previous breakouts; as well as oily skin, I used the bha liquid for about a week and left on overnight, the next morning my skin was silky smooth and skin looked better, it got rid of my blemish, a week on I've still got clogged pores and my skin looks congested, any blemishes I've had turned in to marks that have not shown sign of leaving, it's not really making a difference to my skin, despite the claims and money I spent?! help Paula?! Customer Care : Thank you for your review! We're sorry that the 2% BHA Liquid didn't work out for you as it has for others (we agree, that can be frustrating)! Environmental factors, other products used, or breakouts that were already on the way may have played a role in your experience. Our Customer Care will contact you to find the right solution for you. (Posted on 07/09/2013)
Doesn't improve pores at all.
Review by Sophie
I was seriously disappointed with this product. I got it to try to reduce the large and numerous blocked pores that I've got on my nose and chin, apart from that, I rarely get breakouts.
I've actually bought this product twice, but it's only now I decided to review it. Initially, I used it twice a day every day and it completely stripped the skin off of my face. It left my nose and chin very red with flaky peeling skin and made my cheeks and jaw extremely itchy. I decided that I was using it too often and decided to give it a break. Well, I didn't go back to it and ended up just using it here and there as a spot treatment or when I remembered that I had it. During this time, it made absolutely no difference to the size or appearance of my pores. None whatsoever.
Recently I decided to give it another proper go and bought a new bottle. This time, I only used it once in the evening every other day. Well, I used it for a few weeks and made absolutely no difference to my pores again. I decided to up it slightly and use it in the evenings every day but only on my nose and chin. Sure enough, the skin went all red and flaky. Again, no improvement in the pores. Also, I found that I got an outbreak of deep spots on my chin - whether or not they were caused by the BHA I don't know, but it seems like too much of a coincidence for me.
This product really did more damage than good and I won't be using it again. In fact, not long after I stopped using this, I did find something that improved the appearance of my pore - drinking more water. I'd strongly suggest just taking a look at your diet before this product, as it could be something so simple, such as dehydration in my case, that's actually causing enlarged pores. (Posted on 14/08/2013)
Review by eleanor
I was dubious about trying this product, as through the years I have spent £££s on products to sort out my combined acne prone skin. I have been using this twice daily after a single cleanse in the morning and a double cleanse in the evening before moisturising. I use a few drops onto my fingertips that I rub onto the whole of my face. It has taken maybe two months before I started to notice a real difference but WOW!! I glow! My skin is even toned, clear, pores are cleaner-it didn't remove the blackheads on my nose but extraction was much easier and it takes much longer now before any come back. I have had a couple of very small spots on my chin due to hormones but they went quickly, and weren't the huge ones that stay for ages like I normally get. And the main difference for me is that I would be happy going out without any makeup on my skin, which has not happened for nearly 20years! I have been using it for nearly three months now, and have hardly touched the amount in the bottle. Please never discontinue this Paula, its a life (face) changer! (Posted on 27/07/2013)
Not for me.
Review by Jay
Unfortunately this product was way to strong for my acne prone skin. It made my acne worse and i was told by customer service (who are amazing btw- other companies should take note), that to carry on trying it, but less frequently, maybe alternative days and see if it improves. I did this and it sort of did, but i was still getting spots and they were painful. I did however give it to my cousin, and she's found it an absolute miracle for stubborn spots around the chin. So overall, works for some and not others. My advice would be to try the 1% if your acne is up to moderate/high moderate acne and not to dive in morning and night. Instead use is maybe only at night on alternative days so your skin can get use to it as it is potent stuff. Currently i'm using the 1% lotion, even though it's for dry skin (mine is oily) but because i'm using Paula's oil control products i need the lotion just to balance my skin out. Something for some people to keep in mind. (Posted on 04/07/2013)
Review by Eddie
I bought this product a little over a month ago, and it is great for halting and diminishing persistent break outs. When applied it is a little sticky and shiny, but let it dry out and your skin feels smooth. I have not seen any change to the tone of my skin (since it has only been 1 month) but I do feel a sense of confidence in using it to quickly get rid of unwanted embarrassing spots. If applied under the Paul's Choice SPF15 mattifying moisturiser, it will will leave your skin feeling smooth and clean. As a black male, I would recommend this for targeting ingrown hairs and correcting visible signs of ageing. (Posted on 20/06/2013)
Breakouts Worse Than Ever
Review by Alex
Im 21 and suffer from regular whitehead breakouts so bought this product in hope of it clearing out my pores. Within the first few days of using this product I was breaking out a little more than usual, this continued for several weeks but I thought it was my skin purging. After around four weeks of this i emailed their customer service department and they notified me that this product shouldn't induce purging so instructed me to reduce the number of applications to see if it was irritating my skin. I reduced the application to just once at night. I continued this for two weeks but got to the point where my skin was so bad i had to stop. I was getting much bigger, more frequent and more painful breakouts. Its now been several weeks since stopping and im still breaking out really badly. Not only was this product a complete ripoff it has destroyed my skin! I would advise others to take caution when using these products.
Customer Care: We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. We understand that each person will respond differently to products and ingredients. We will contact you by email. (Posted on 30/05/2013)
Ruined my skin
Review by km
I bought this to try and help clear up the blackhead I had on my nose, but after a few months of using it my skin was worse! Like LS, I thought maybe the changes in my skin were hormonal, so continued using this up until about a month ago, but when things still didn't improve and realising my skin got worse round the time I started using this liquid exfoliant, I decided to stop using it. Now, not only do I still have the blackheads on my nose, but also on my cheeks (which I've never had before), along with small under the skin pimples and red, damaged skin. After a month of not using it, my skin is slowly starting to look better and healthier and I definitely will not be using this product again.Customer Care : We're sorry that the 2% BHA Liquid didn't work out for you as it has for others (we agree, that can be frustrating)! Environmental factors, other products used, or breakouts that were already on the way may have played a role in your experience. Either way, be sure to contact our Customer Care team for assistance in finding an alternative exfoliant more suitable to your skintype. (Posted on 04/05/2013)
gave me more blackheads and acne!
Review by LSL
i bought this thinking that it would help with my blackheads on my nose and give me clearer, cleaner skin. I thought £23 was a touch expensive, but if it helps to slowly clear my problems that I was seeking salicylic acid to do - it was worth it - or so I thought. I tried it consistently for a total of 2 months - initially my blackheads and pores seemed to clear up, but then in the 3rd week or so into using it, I thought I could notice more blackheads on my nose, on my cheeks (which I had none before!!), and I thought I was breaking out more than usual on my forehead as well. At first I dismissed it as my skin purging, so I persevered. Into the 2nd half of the 2nd month using it, the problems did not improve and worsened! I had the worst ever acne on my forehead (complete with cystic acne, etc), more blackheads on my nose, cheeks and chin now!! That was when I stopped using it - as this was the only new product I added to my routine other than the Resist 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment (which is excellent, and I'm still using it now. but that's another review.).
After I stopped using this, I could definitely see my skin slowly improving and going back to normal. However I still had the persistent blackheads on my cheeks that I'm still trying to clear even until now. A month after I stopped, I thought I'd give this a try again (thinking it was something in hormonal then). Again the same thing happened, more blackheads and acne!!!!!!!! I quickly stopped using it again after about 1 1/2 weeks later. I learnt my lesson this time round! This is terrible! Hence my review now. Customer Care : Thank you for your review, and we're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! There are a variety of factors that can influence breakouts, and as the 2% BHA Lotion is designed to be ultra-rich for dry to very dry skin types, it may have been too moisturizng for your needs. Please contact our Customer Care Team, they would be happy to assist you finding a more suitable exfoliant for you..
(Posted on 17/04/2013)
The best skin product I've ever used
Review by Robert
I'm a man in my mid-twenties that suffers from breakouts and oily skin and this has had more of an effect on my skin than any other product. My skin is very sensitive and temperamental so I originally only intended to use it once or twice a week, but I became addicted to the extra-clean, smooth feeling on my skin the next morning so now I use it every day and it's never caused me a problem. It's noticeably improved the overall look and feel of my skin, I still get breakouts every now and then but, since the health and look of my skin is much better, they don't seem as noticeable and heal much quicker.
It's totally indispensable to me now! (Posted on 05/03/2013)
Fantastic - thanks Paula!
Review by Lauren
I originally purchased this alongside the 8% AHA gel. Unfortunately, I was far too enthusiastic in my application of both and they ended up aggravating my skin and I cast them aside as yet another useless skin car purchase that broke me out in more acne rather than solving it.
However, I ended up using the BHA again several months done the line after I found myself desperate. And what a difference! I use this in conjunction with azelaic acid and it has turned my skin from regularly having inflamed pimples into skin that suffers only because of hormones. I use the BHA first, allow it to dry and then apply the azelaic acid and the combined effect is brilliant.
The BHA is easy to apply although the old bottle (I have yet to try the new packaging) released far too much of the product. I don't use cotton pads as it wastes too much of the liquid - I just use my fingers which is perfectly adequate. It dries quickly and doesn't irritate my skin.
It is perfect to use all over or to spot treat when I have an inflamed pustule that needs to be calmed down - it has a positive effect on redness and the application of the BHA really ensures that the spot heals quickly. If I ever suffer a breakout, the BHA is the first thing I bring out and I feel reassured that it will deal with the problem quickly and effectively. The amount of product is excellent and is long lasting, even with application every night.
My only quibble (and it is minor) is the price is very high and including the packaging, it costs me over £25! I understand shipping costs are out of PC's control but the price itself is high. I wish Paula would look at lowering the prices to encourage more customers to try her amazing range.
I would advise anyone to try this BHA....just don't go overboard with trying this and many other products at the same time or you might lose the good effects of the BHA! (Posted on 04/12/2012)
Thank you so much for this product!
Review by Paula
I've been using it for three weeks now and this is a miracle in a bottle for me! I never review any products I buy even though I am sort of a cosmetics junkie, but this is so good I had to write about it. I have combination skin that is actually quite clear (just the odd breakout, but nothing bad) and I had some blackheads on my nose. Well, HAD. They are simply gone. My skin is so very smooth now and when I see myself in the mirror I sort of look like an airbrushed version of myself.
If I could give other readers a piece of advice I would say just be patient and let the product work its magic, give it a few weeks. I almost gave up on this in the first week because when you apply it, your skin looks very shiny, almost glassy. It gets better over time. Yes, my skin is shinier now but I'd much rather have to apply blotting powder more often on my perfect skin than have blackheads all over the place.
Now I'm trying this on my boyfriend's skin. He has oily/combination skin with breakouts, enlarged pores and an uneven texture. We'll see how it goes. It's a miracle already that he's agreed to this!
To Customer Care: is it normal that skin feels shinier and/or oilier with this product? Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We can advise you to use a little bit less of the product, that should take away the shinier feeling.. (Posted on 12/09/2012)
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Review by Anthony
This exfoliant is excellent! For a while I have struggled with those little under-the-skin spots on my forehead that just never seem to go away. This exfoliant got rid of them completely and left my skin feeling so smooth! It's an excellent exfoliant! However, it's a little too potent for my skin. After applying, my skin itched and had a slight stinging sensation in some parts and my nose was left red, but that's not the exfoliant's fault. Also, due to the irritation I don't think it was as effective on my blackheads as it could have been as they've not been reduced very much. I do know that it takes time for them to go, however. In conclusion, my skin just simply cannot tolerate such a high percentage or PH of 2% liquid BHA. Instead, I will be using the CLEAR Targeted Blemish Relief Toner (it's an exfoliant) as it is 2% liquid BHA but at a milder PH.
I am going to give it five stars as I cannot fault a well formulated product based on the fact that my skin cannot tolerate the high level of ingredients in it. (Posted on 16/08/2012)
I like it, but...
Review by amymummy
I have been using this for quite some time now, with mixed results. First let me tell you about my skin. I have dry skin in general, particularly my forehead and cheeks are dry and can often feel tight after cleansing and toning. I do have some congestion around my chin, get the occasional breakout around my time of the month and also suffer from the odd whitehead. I also have some wrinkles on my forehead and the root of my nose. I'm 37 and fair with some sensitivity, but nothing extreme. Generally my skin is quite clear, though, except my nose where I have A LOT of blackheads. That's where this product was supposed to come in. I like it, as it goes on easily and does not strip my skin. I was worried about that, but I do not even feel the need to put a moisturizer on straight away after this, which is unusual. It obviously has a moisturizing effect. It also makes my skin really smooth and even. I get that shine now, not oily, but the kind you try to get when you put a highlighter on. The light kind of bounces of my cheek bones. However, it has done nothing for the blackheads on my nose, which is what I wanted it for. So, only three stars. It's a lovely product, but did not quite work for me. Maybe customer care could suggest one of the other exfoliants for me to try, as I really want to get rid of them. They make me feel self conscious. Customer Care : Thank you for your review. For the dry/more sensitive skin we prefer to recommend the BHA lotion. With very stubborn blackhead we advise to consult an beautician. When the blackheads are removed the use of the BHA will prevent hem from coming back. (Posted on 05/08/2012)
Perfect After Shave
Review by Konstantinos
Doesn't sting, it absorbs instantly and most of all keeps breakouts & irritations off the charts! Feels sticky for a couple of minutes but doesn't bother me at all!
I usually shave my face in the evening since I prefer waking up fresh and clean. I am using a couple of good drops on the entire face and the results are exactly what I need!
For any guy out-there, this product combined with one of Paula's Choice toners are simply the best 'after-shave' and/or 'moisturizer' combination you can possibly have. Specially for those with oily skin that prone to ingrown hair & breakouts. (Posted on 19/07/2012)
Felt tight on my skin
Review by Silvic
I have combination, sensitive and prone to breakouts (cloged pores). I used this instead of toner as toners burned my skin and gave me red raised spots. It felt tight on my skin so had to use serum straight away to get rid of the tightness. My breakouts reduced (to about once or twice a month) but blackheads remained. I now use RESIST AHA daily and weekly treatments (no tightness! no breakouts! no blackheads!) (Posted on 10/07/2012)
Awesome stuff
Review by Farhana
I am now on my 3rd bottle and can't go without it. Its one of the best BHA products i've used and love that its in a liquid base, which i spritz all over my face and it slightly moisturizes my skin and calms down the irritation and gets rid of black heads. I use this after cleansing and before my acne medication and works really well. Even though its listed as an exfoliater i use it as a toner and think it is the most gentle BHA product i have ever tried, which calms intead of irritates like most products with BHA in it.
I just wanted to ask whether the new bottles can still be used with the spray pump i purchased with my previous one? Thanks Customer Care:Thank you for your nice review. We are pleased to inform you that the spray pump can be used with the new packing. (Posted on 14/06/2012)
Battles bacne!
Review by Martin
I use this with a spray-thingy sold for € 2,5 for my back and the acne I have on my shoulders and my chest. I first tried the skin revealing body lotion -- but smearing lotion on your back is not as easy as it's said. Spraying BHA onto the back however is a lot easier and less prone to injuries in the neck or wrists. A bottle will not last very long, the back is a lot bigger than a face, but it's well worth it to get read of those nasty bumps. (Posted on 17/04/2012)
best product ever!
Review by Mathilda
Fantastic product i doubt i could manage without ever again! cleanes and smoothes my skin and i really notice the difference. i recommend this or the AHA gel to all my friends. (Posted on 28/03/2012)
Stay away!
Review by Courtney
I bought this having had it recommended to me via your customer service team, and it has ruined my skin! I had my acne under control, and just wanted to get rid of blackheads and acne scars. I was told this product would be perfect, so bought the full size and paid just under £5 for postage for ONE product, ontop of the £21! So, I was expecting good things, well, I am extremely disappointed! Instead of getting rid of the blackheads on my nose, it has given me blackheads and open pores on my cheeks (I've never had a problem with my cheeks - they were clear before I started using this exfoliant!) and I've developed under-skin spots on my jawline - again somewhere I've never had spots before! I have no idea how to get my skin back to its former condition! AVOID! Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While the response you have indicated is not typical, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products. For that reason, we have located your account information and applied a credit for the product. (Posted on 03/03/2012)
is it possible?
Review by Linda
I've suffered with acne for the last 10 years. My condition got significantly better in the last three months thanks to an amazing product Channel 4 was advertising. I stopped using foundation cause my skin looked so good ^^
But still I though I need to exfoliate and reduce my pore size. That's when I came accross Paula's choice. I ordered it straight away, it arrived in no time and I started to use it. That same day I got a few tiny little white heads. I thought, oh well, unfortunate.. But with two more days of using the product, I had more and more white heads and a few became painful spots. This liquid exfoliant is quite oily.. I wonder if it clogged all my pores :(
I can't see anything else that could've caused this sudden return of my acne condition this fast. I decided to stop using it as of tomorrow and see if my face calms down. Or at least get back to being as good as it was before I used this product...
Shame!! My wedding is coming up in 3 and a half weeks and my skin got aweful from a product that I hoped would have done me good. This happened to anyone? Customer Care :Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While the response you have indicated is not typical we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products.. Please contact customer care via email or over the phone so that we can offer you a credit for this product. (Posted on 09/02/2012)
Thank you!
Review by Marina
I just wanted to say thank you for your great products! I know you've heard it before,but my skin has changed at 360 degrees. I am using Bha 2%, glycolic acid 10%, and resist anti -aging hydrator for almost 2 months and after 3 years of testing all kind of products I can say I am happy now. I usually don't write reviews but I hope it can be useful for women that have skin problems. I was one of them ( I am 27 and I had problems since I was 24),but not any more! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! You and your team give hopes for a lot of people!! (Posted on 25/12/2011)
Review by lola
I am a black young lady with sensitive and oily skin. This year my skin has been really turbulent and even reacted to 'for senstive skin' products I bought from the high street. I tried Paula's 1% BHA (gel) and thought it was okay. But it was one of thos products which would work one day and not another. However, the liquid version is just AMAZING! After just one application, my skin looked really glowy and the scars that i had were severly reduced. What's more it evened out my skin complexion and reduced the size of the annoying spots i had on my chin. I am soooo happy as prior to this i was feeling really depressed. However, I have also been drinking herbal and green tea which has good purifying affects on skin. So anyone wishing to have the over night miracle that I had, may want to try that as well! (Posted on 04/10/2011)
Exactly what you want your skin to look like!
Review by Marjan
Im a 22 year old woman, previous skin condition: deep painful acne without surfacing, very oily skin all over, blackheads on nose and chin, overall large pores.
It took about 6 weeks until I noticed results and people started complementing me on my even skintone.
I use it twice a day and it leaves you sticky feeling for max an hour but afterwards my skin feels softer than ever, haven't had the need to use toner, moisturizer or scrub twice a week. Leaves a great base for foundation.
My pores have reduced remarkably, especially on my nose and apples.
The blackheads on my nose are still there but somehow they don't stand out.
As long as I stay away from chocolate, drink lots of water and use Paula's Choice, I feel super clean and beautiful! (Posted on 02/09/2011)
My skin has never looked better
Review by Shannon
After reading all the reviews about Paula's exfoliating products I chose 2% liquid and have not been sorry. I've had problem blackheads (and whiteheads) in my T-zone & cheeks which have drastically reduced in the month since I started using this product. I'm using it both morning and night in conjunction with Skin Balancing Cleanser, Toner, Daily Mattifying Lotion & Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum and on occasion, the Carbon Mask. I started using all of the products at the same time so I could get the best results possible and started seeing improvement the second day! I apply the BH liquid with my fingertips because I find it more effective but it's less messy with a cotton pad. I will upgrade my rating to 5 stars if and when it completely rids my blackheads. (Posted on 03/08/2011)
Even for sensitive skin! Saved my skin.
Review by Julia
I tried the gel some time ago, didn't like it, didn't really give it a chance either though. Another product that tells you to get rid of all the bad skin forever? Yeah right.
After months of extremely irritated skin (it's very sensitive, and I have tried a lot of different skin products the past year and a half) that wasn't able to heal itself any more and therefore wouldn't stop breaking out, I decided to give it another try and ordered the liquid samples instead. At night after cleansing, I let my skin dry completely, put the exfoliator on. You really have to learn to deal with the stickiness, but if you let it dry for some minutes before putting your moisturizer on, it won't be too bad.
After a few days my skin obviously started to regenerate and clear up (only used it at night to avoid flaky skin). Thus, I ordered the bottle and after using it for about two weeks, I start getting compliments on my skin again.
I'm usually not so much for hyping a product (or anything in fact) but you should give this a chance. The only minus would be the high shipping costs, but other than that I'm really, really happy with the BHA liquid. No, in fact, I LOVE IT! (Posted on 16/07/2011)
Review by Isolde
I was very excited to try this as so many reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Well... it didn't do anything for me. It was like rubbing water into my skin. No flaking or irritation (which is why I gave 2 stars instead of 1), but no effect whatsoever on my pimples and blackheads either. Waste of time and money. (Posted on 11/07/2011)
Saved my nose from looking like a strawberry!
Review by Jo
Great first line but it is true, I have suffered with acne/blackheads all my life due to a hormonal imbalance, and I was lucky enough to be told about Paulas choice by a friend (who has the most beautiful skin in the world!).
The product is great, I'm on my second batch of this now and my skin glows, and it has definitely got rid of most of my blackheads on the nose/chin area. There are still a few but I hope these will continue to go down now I'm on my second bottle.
You only need a small amount, I use it twice daily now and the 1 bottle lasted me nearly 6months! Brilliant value for money. It does make your skin flakey for the first couple of weeks, dont be put off though. Its worth it when your new skin underneath glows. I no longer have to wear moisturisers with a hint of tan in it because of this.

(Posted on 21/06/2011)
Review by Fio
The first ever product I bought from Paula's choice was the 8% AHA gel, that was good but my stubborn blackheads didn't completely disappear. I decided to try what paula recommended which was this products. So far (a few weeks in) I've noticed a bigger difference in the texture of my skin and it's much softer and more luminous. My skin is normally oily and very sensitive so this has helped to normalize my skin without causing irritation. I'm also using the skin balancing toner and serum. (Posted on 19/05/2011)
Excellent Exfoliant
Review by Ste
I have oily / combination skin and this has worked wonders on my blackheads and has removed all the tiny bumps on my skin. I did not realise how smooth my skin could be until I used this. I have only been using it for a month and can't wait to see even further improvement. (Posted on 03/05/2011)
cudnt be without this!!!!
Review by Rachel
This product really works ! it helps me achieve clear glowing skin , bump free !!!!! after having bad skin for over 20 years ! i just wish i had found this product years ago , and also spending hundreds of pounds on products that dont do anything , i cannot praise paulas choice products enough , everything i use is amazing and really works to make the skin look wonderfull (Posted on 06/04/2011)
Renews your skin
Review by meks
I love this product, it really makes the change.
Every time I apply it, I get a breakout of little white pimples, which are easy to squeeze and don't leave any spots on the skin. This product appears a bit oily, so it is very easy to apply on the skin. Your skin looks glowy, refreshed and nice in the morning. All the tiredness disappeares – all that is left is renewed and glowy skin. My skin is also a bit dry and flaky in the morning, so you have to use adequate ammount of moisturizer.

I use this product 2-3 times a week, which I find is sufficient, since my skin is not very problematic. Day after the use I can easily remove the pimples and blackheads on my skin.

I would prefer if this product was packed in a bottle with a pump but otherwise i can only say good things about this product. I recommend it to anybody who has problems with pimples, blackhead and can not get rid off spots left by squeezing the pimples.
(Posted on 06/12/2010)
Great but not perfect.
Review by Alex
I've been using this exfoliant for a few years now and I think it's great, although there's definitely room for improvement. First and foremost, it works! And one can't say that for most other BHA products out there. I have combination skin prone to spots and this helps to both prevent but also treat already existing spots with next to no irritation. That's great news because in the past I though that in order to manage my breakouts I had to 'burn' or 'dry them out' and that having red, peeling, irritated skin was a side effect I just had to get use to. Gladly that's not the case. The only drawback with this product is that it takes ages to dry/absorb into the skin; sometimes up to 25 minutes (especially when I apply it with my finger as opposed to a cotton pad). Which is very impractical to say the least, as it makes one's skin care routine very time consuming. I hope that this can be fixed in the future. (Posted on 24/06/2010)
Fantastic, unique product
Review by Tom
For the first time in years I am confident that my skin will be comfortable and clear with this product. It seems to bring everything in to balance so it behaves like 'normal' skin.

Using the BHA liquid, instead of AHA's and Benzoyl Peroxide, has given me the clearest skin I've ever had with the least irritation. Even bi-weekly peels with Salicylic acid were not as effective as this. If I stop using the product for a few days, small outbreaks begin to appear so, as others have said, I am in no doubt this product is keeping my skin under control.

It is powerful, so start slowly and give your skin chance to adjust. I also find it useful to adjust my routine to the time of year as my skin is more oily in summer. After using this product, I have switched all my other skin care products to Paula's Choice. Try it, you will not be disappointed :) (Posted on 28/05/2010)
one of the best skincare products on the market
Review by gill
This product is one of the best I have ever used on my skin - I have seen such a difference in my skin since using it. I tend to suffer from those annoying spots that are just lumpy and take ages to go away but this product is ideal for getting rid of them completely and reasonably quickly. Will defintely be repurchasing! (Posted on 26/04/2010)
saved by the BHA
Review by suzanne
I didn't realise the difference between AHA' and BHA's until I watched Paula's videos.

I'm not sure many UK salons know the difference as BHA peels/products don't seem to be available. I had bought the only option available - expensive AHA's peels - when trying to improve my skin. I gave up when after £300 of AHA (6 week course recommended, as ever!) made my breakout worse.

I think I found out about Paula's Choice products when scouring the Acne websites and forums. My 39 year old skin now is the clearest it has ever been since I was last on full on antibiotics/the pill. For the first time in years I am happy to go out without makeup so good is the effect. It really is a unique product for anyone if you are plagued by acne and blocked pores – nothing like it on the UK high street. I started with the 1% lotion but I think I only used on bottle of that before moving on to the 2% liquid - I like the feel of the liquid better. I definitely get breakout if I don't use it regularly so I am in no doubt it is the BHA that is making the difference for my skin.

Prior to the 2% BHA liquid I had tried prescribed topicals, antibiotics and the pill for years on end (as well as every OTC topical option available). No one wants to be on antibiotics for years and I wasn't happy being on the pill for my skin.

The BHA did exactly what Paula said it would. (Posted on 25/03/2010)
Effective and light
Review by James
This exfoliator smoothes skin effectively whilst feeling light on the skin. However, if your skin is sensitive you might want to start with a gel as this is powerful stuff. (Posted on 18/11/2009)
Exfoliant and Moisturizer Enhancer in one !
Review by Eric
This is my favourite product within the whole Paula's Choice range : it exfoliates perfectly my oily and very sensitive skin without any stinging sensation (except when I use it after shaving but the sting is very light and dissipates quickly), it reduces redness on the most reactive parts of my face and, last but not least, it dries slowly wich allows the moisturizer that follows to slip over the skin (which reduces irritation) and act better.

Thank you very very much Paula :-))) (Posted on 15/08/2009)
Best BHA product
Review by Hec
This bha product is the best one I have tried. It really erases blackheads in almost 100%, softs skin and gets rid of light dark spots. It makes the difference in a skincare treatment. Thanks a lot Paula!. (Posted on 19/05/2009)
2% BHA liquid
Review by Shelley
This is one of my favourite products by far. I recently got laser eye surgery to correct my vision and could not let water near my face. I used the 2% BHA liquid with a cotton pad and in the past week it has kept my skin free of dirt and oil. I am now back cleansing my face with water and my One Step Cleanser normal/oily skin and just love being able to use it again. This BHA liquid has saved me from getting spots and I will continue to use it forever. Please do not discontinue this or I will be very upset! (Posted on 17/05/2009)
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

BHA Advice:
To reduce skin flaking or possible irritation, some first-time users should use the BHA once a day or once every other day (preferably at night) for the first few weeks. After prolonged use (4-6 weeks), you can apply the BHA more frequently, and eventually it can be used twice a day. For some people it may only be necessary to use the BHA once a day or once every other day. The frequency of use for this BHA product completely depends on how your skin reacts so you may have to experiment until you find what works best for you. If redness, dryness, or irritation occurs, adjust frequency of application.
Additional info

What makes this product unique?
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function which leads to healthier skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smooths the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The lightweight, non-occlusive formula allows for a faster and deeper exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it's an ideal choice for stubborn clogged pores or blackheads.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8. Every Paula's Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

Who is this product for?
All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to oily or combination skin, stubborn blackheads, and blemish-prone skin. It can also be used regularly to eliminate calluses on feet, elbows and knees.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Aqua, Methylpropanediol (slip agent/water-binding agent), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent/humectant/slip agent), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizing agent).

Sources to support the claims made for Exfoliating 2% BHA Liquid:

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82; Preservatives for Cosmetics, 2006, by David Steinberg, Allured Publishing, pages 39-40; Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; and Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

What's the difference between the 2% BHA Liquid and the 2% BHA Gel?
First, texture: One is a fluid with a toner-like consistency, the other is a thicker, clear gel. Both contain the same amount of salicylic acid, though the 2% BHA Liquid contains an ingredient that allows the salicylic acid to penetrate faster and further. With the 2% BHA Gel formula, you're getting a slower release of salicylic acid. Both are great options for treating acne, blackheads, and signs of aging. Both are suitable for all skin types but best for normal to oily or combination skin.

What's the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants? Do I need both?
When properly formulated, both AHAs and BHA are brilliant options for exfoliating the surface of skin. Both AHA and BHA work to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and firm skin but each has its special qualities you'll want to consider when deciding which one to use:

+ AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.

+ BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that's clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.

+ BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.

+ BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds.

+ If your skin is sun-damaged and you're also struggling with acne or clogged pores, add a BHA product to your routine.

+ If you'd like to use an AHA and BHA at the same time, that is an option, though not really necessary. Some people find they work well when they're applied at the same time, but if you want to give this a try it is best to apply them separately, one during the day and one in the evening.

How do I use an AHA or BHA exfoliant?

+ You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.

+ You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.

+ Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.

+ Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.

+ If you're using a topical prescription product with retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, apply the BHA or AHA first.

Your AHA (glycolic acid) products have a higher percentage than your BHA (salicylic acid) products. Does this mean AHA is a stronger exfoliant?
AHA products are most effective at a 5% to 10% concentration and BHA at 1% to 2% concentration. Think about it like making bread, the amount of yeast you need is tiny in comparison to the amount of flour you use but equally important to get the results you want. The percentage of effectiveness varies depending on the ingredient. Rest assured that the BHA products are not any less effective due to lower concentrations of the exfoliant.

The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant feels sticky and kind of greasy on my face! Why is that?
If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application of the 2% BHA is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a "greasy" feel on the skin. Many customers have remarked how silky-soft their skin is as a result of using the 2% BHA Liquid, and that is the result of the humectants working with the BHA to exfoliate and hydrate the skin.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA exfoliant again?
First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of a BHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Or, if your skin seems extra-sensitive, you may want to wait and apply the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure. Salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.

Is there another Paula's Choice product similar to the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant?
Our Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is actually identical to our Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% BHA, except for the packaging and the placement in our Skin Perfecting line.

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