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Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel - Trial Size

Skin Type: Normal Skin | Dry Skin
Skin Concern: Anti-Ageing | Brown Spots | Wrinkles
Full product name: Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant Trial Size
Size: 30 ml
Item: 1907

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Exfoliate dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.

  • 8% glycolic acid leaves skin smooth and glowing
  • Lightweight gel formula contains soothing anti-irritants
  • 100% fragrance and colourant-free


Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

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Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant Deluxe sample
Better than retin A
Review by Michelle
This is excellent stuff - 8% is the perfect starting place. It goes on beautifully any d does exactly what it says in the tin! In fact I found this more affective than prescriptive retin A as it is less harsh and results show much quicker! Perfect! What I wouldsay though is to stop this product a week before your holiday abroad if your going to be in the sun a lot, even if you wear sunscrean - accidental sun exposure especially in a hot climate will really hurt your skin using gycolics. (Posted on 21/05/2016)
After cleansing your face and applying toner (if needed), squeeze a dime-sized amount of Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel onto your fingertips and apply a thin layer over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with the eyes (but it can be used around the eyes).

First-time users may notice a slight stinging sensation, which is normal. To avoid irritation, some first-time users should use the AHA solution 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 AHA more frequently, and eventually it can be used twice a day. However, for some people it may only be necessary to use the AHA once a day or once every other day. The frequency you should use Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel completely depends on how your skin reacts so you may have to experiment with this product. If redness, dryness, or irritation occurs, cut back the frequency of application or discontinue use.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

AHA Advice:
If you are wondering which type of exfoliant is best for you, remember that a well formulated AHA works best on the surface of the skin and minimally penetrates the pore. That makes AHAs better for sun damaged skin and for exfoliating surface dryness. BHA is lipid soluble, which means it can penetrate into the pore making it better for breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, and oily skin.

There are many options for how to use these kind of products. Many people use it in combination with Paula's Choice 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion (using the BHA on blemish- or blackhead-prone areas and the AHA on sun-damaged skin; or use one at night and one during the day), while others prefer one exfoliant over the other. The one you should use depends on what you are trying to achieve.

If dryness or irritation appears, do not give up, first decrease use to every other day or just once a day and you can have beautiful results.

Some people want to know if they can use a scrub while using an AHA or BHA. Occasional use of a gentle scrub or a soft washcloth can be great for some skin types. Just be careful to gauge how your skin reacts before adding this once or twice a week step into your routine.

Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel can also be used on the elbows, feet, or knees. It is a multi-purpose exfoliant that works almost anywhere you have sun damaged or dry skin!

Aqua, Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/Soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), (water-binding agent), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Sodium PCA (water-binding agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Polyquaternium-10 (thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Sources to support the claims made for Exfoliating 8% AHA Gel:

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

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.

Can the AHA and/or BHA products be used during pregnancy or while lactating?

Although topical exfoliants should not pose a problem for pregnant woman, we do recommend asking your doctor before using any product you are concerned about.

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