Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Fast absorbing liquid removes built-up dead skin cells and fights blackheads.
- Skin Type: Combination skin, Oily skin
- Concern: Breakouts , Blackheads , Enlarged pores , Redness
- Ingredients: Salicylic Acid/BHA , Green Tea Extract , Methylpropanediol View all
- Routine: Exfoliate
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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
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What does it do?
Our No.1 bestselling exfoliant around the world.
Reveal flawless skin with our bestselling leave-on exfoliant. This gentle, lightweight fluid quickly exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer, more radiant-looking skin. BHA (salicylic acid) has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness.
Fights breakouts and blackheads
Fast-absorbing liquid formula
Removes built-up dead skin cells
How to use
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 moisturiser that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.Was eager to use this after suffering a first time hormonal acne breakout. Immediate impact in partially clearing my jaw but it didn't really last long or feel effective after a a few weeks. Turned to Benzoyl peroxide and that's doing a lot better, so I'd recommend that instead for a breakout.
But it's quite good for your complexion and skin. I think I noticed an overall brightening and clearer pores. Look forward to using it again properly when my skin clears.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! It's the combination of a BHA exfoliant and a benzoyl peroxide product which has proven to be especially effective in the battle against blemishes. Be sure to contact our Customer Care for further assistance.I used this products and in less than a week I can see significant change in my skin . The discolouration and blackheads were practically gone!! And even skin tone.I have combination skin and felt I need a little boost in my skin care routine. Well this has hit just the spot! I also had a small milia on my cheek which went after a week of using!This product is amazing. My skin was glowing and felt so soft after only one use. My mum, sister and even brother noticed a difference in my skin without me telling them I used a new product. I use this morning and night along with my usual skin routine and it keeps my skin glowing!! I was skeptical at first as I saw this advertised on Instagram but it is defo worth it!!I used this for a month and have really oily and acne prone skin with chin scarring after seeing the hype almost everywhere from YouTube ads to influencers. Two stars only because it didn’t cause any irritation. Such a shame because its branded as a life changing product.
Customer Care: Hi there! We're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! Everything your skin needs cannot fit into one product. Your skin also needs beneficial ingredients supplied through consistent use of a superior skin care routine. Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.Was so excited to use this exfoliant as I had heard lots of good things about it.
Started using it for 5 days (AM only).
Day 1 was OK. By day 2, my skin felt a little dry. I ignored and tried again on day 3 thinking maybe it will take time for my skin to adjust to the product, but by day 5, I knew it just wasn't for me. However, I did see a decent amount of improvement with my breakouts and some radiance with my skin. I did take a second to think about whether I should continue with the exfoliant for a spot-free & radiant face with daily facial progressive dryness, but I just couldn't take that risk! Please note, I do use vitamin C, Alpha Arbutin, Retinol, a great moisturiser and sunscreen with my skin care and all have been a success. Niacinamide caused my face to severely breakout than normal, so that's definitely a no-go zone. I guess this exfoliant wasn't the right fit for my skincare routine.
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience. It is best to gradually build up use of an BHA product and not use too many active ingredients all at once. We encourage you to contact our customer service department for further product advice.This product is honestly incredible, I have oily/combo skin prone to breakouts and even after one use I noticed a huge difference in my skin. I use this and then the clear oil free moisturiser and I’m just obsessed. I feel confident in my own skin for the first time in a long time and have not had any breakouts since using this. I’m so impressed with this product (and brand!!) I cannot wait to purchase more!Amazing product. My skin literally looks like glass in the morning from using the night before. I have found that since using this product my skin soaks up other serums and moisturiser so much better. The overall appearance of my skin has improved drastically. I wish I could give it more stars. I will be purchasing the full size product.Couldn’t rate this product enough. In one week my skin has completely changed. I no longer have any bumps across my face. My acne has dramatically reduced and my pores are starting to get smaller. My skin is looking the best its ever been and all in one week! Highly recommendIt has made no difference to my skin and I’ve used it for 4 weeks almost and it has done nothing but damaged my skin I wouldn’t recommend it. It only feels good when u apply it but has no impact at all
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I don’t know what kind of magic this is but OMG I’m so glad Paula’s Choice bottled it! I don’t wear it every day, just on days my skin looks dull. I swipe it over my face with a cotton round at night and I swear, the next day my skin looks like glass! Have recently had a little friend join me on my forehead, swiped some over it last night and the little monster has all but gone. Only con is that it can leave your skin a little dry, especially around the nose for me but a double cleanse and your usual skin routine fixes that. I also have super sensitive skin but this didn’t irritate it at all 💪🏾I have been using this product for the past 2 weeks , I have been a facial therapist for over 12 years but with recent restrictions had alot of Breakouts due to mask wear . This product help to clear my skin and reduce the redness left behind from breakouts . I would however say to anyone , using this product twice a day can be to harsh .. I would recommend 3x weekly , if you apply in the daytime please follow with an spf , take into account also what other products you are using with this . I.e if you already use strong products like retinol or on the other hand use products which strip the skin you could see sensativaty. Fully recommend this product 😊I have sensitive skin and this product didn’t cause much irritation however i used it for nearly 4 months and no changeIt arrived today and after one use I am very impressed. My skin is glowing, I can see its brought the stuff hiding in my pores to the surface already.
My skin did feel tight, but a bit of moisturiser sorted that out.I am a bit dissapointed with the 2% Bha Liquid Exfoliant. I have used it once and my skin its all red and itchy. It may work for some people but not for my skin. Not sure how many stars to give as all of my friends are very happy with this brand. Thank God I only ordered the 30 ml Travel size bottle. I am not going to give 1 star just because I have heard only good things about it. Shame its not working for me.
Customer Care: We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to certain products or ingredients. Please contact customer care to discuss a refund or possible alternatives.I've been using it every other day for about 7 months now and my skin loves it. Will be buying more!!This stuff is absolutely amazing! This makes my skin feel baby soft and my pores omg squeaky clean!Bought the small size of this, been using it for a few days and it’s great! I know it helps clean out pores to prevent spots but my pores must have been mega clogged!! It’s brought all the spots to the surface and brightened my skin already. Definitely recommend it to anyone! I have combo skin and eczema and unlike a lot of products it hasn’t triggered an eczema flare up :)Really does make my nornally very oily (but increasingly combination - due to age) skin much clearer and brighter, but I've noticed recently that my nose has been peeling a bit. Think this is partly to do with the cold winter weather, so am throwing all the moisture at my face at the moment, which seems to be helping. I only use it at night after oil cleansing with a face sponge and I think applying the liquid format of the BHA with a cotton pad is helping to also clear up any residuals left from the oil cleansing method. I then finish up with a serum and then pat rosehip oil over the top and my skin looks great the next day.The product is excellent. I am veryy happy to use, promote and repurchase this product. Improves texture, aids the hormonal acne I often get and improves my brightness. I am black, NC50- never burns, always tan skin type.
The packaging leaks. If my bottle was knocked over and left it there, closed and sealed, the product would leak from around the lid. And I screw on the lid tightly! Have lost more product than expected through this unfortunate occurrence. PLEASE review this. Its the reason why I have given 4 stars and not 5.
Customer Care: Sorry to hear about the leaking bottle, please always feel free to contact our team in case of a faulty product. We're happy to help.I don’t normally write reviews but I had to share my experience. I’ve been using this for a few days and already my skin I so much brighter and more radiant. My skin tone looks much more even I absolutely love it and will buy again. I have extremely sensitive skin and did not have any negative reaction from the product.Ordered the travel size and been using for a few weeks now, my skin is really clear. I don't have many problems with my skin but I sometimes get small painless bumps on my forehead and didn't know how to get rid of them - they're completely gone now! Definitely investing in the large bottle, thank you!I heard about this product when people were REALLY hyping it up so I bought it and it is THE BEST product I have ever used, only used it for about 2 weeks and can already see huge results. Closes up your pores so they don’t get clogged, shrinks blackheads, helps with acne removal, overall fantastic product. Will be buying again. Really recommendI recently purchased the travel size of this to try and I love it. Only been using for a week and have seen significant changes in my skin.i had never suffered with breakouts, blemishes or acne, but for the past two years my forehead was just getting worse and i had loads of small bumps underneath the skin and was so textured. I felt so self conscience because id tried everything but nothing would work. This product I can say hands down has fully transformed my skin. I did breakout at first in the first week but soon after my spots were all clear and my skin is immaculate, smooth and clear. Love this, will definitely be repurchasing !!!It makes my T-zone oilier than it was before application, really disappointed :c Especially since I had bought the full size based on all these amazing reviews!I've used other chemical exfoliants and have had no issue. This product doesn't do anything for me but make my skin worse. Really disappointing as I wanted to love it so much but I can no longer use it anymore, feels like a waste of money!I don’t normally write reviews but as I’ve got time in the third lockdown I thought I’d share my journey with 2% BHA. I bought a small 30 mil second lockdown & omg it’s amazing stuff. I get hormonal break ounce roughly every other month quite so painful ones well this stuff calms them down gets rid of your blackheads on your nose has completely sorted out my T-zone and my skin is like glass I’ve just ordered the large 118 mil won’t ever be without this stuff now. Love love love thanks Paula 🥰Was skeptical to begin with because I have extremely sensitive skin but decided to give the travel size a go considering the good reviews. I’m so glad I tried it! I could see results within a week and after using it for around 2 months my skin looks and feels amazing. I suffer with acne, congestion and texture and it’s helped all 3 of those issues. Just about to purchase the full size now, well worth the money for amazing results!I’ve been using this regularly for a couple of months and I don’t think it’s doing much. After applying the skin is really shiny and greasy but later my skin looks flaky. I also don’t think it’s improved the textured of my skin at all, I still have to exfoliate manually as regularly as before.I’ve never left a review ever but i had to for this. I have oily skin & Suffered with spots for the past 7 years, birth control stopped my cystic acne but i still suffered with closed comedones (small flesh coloured bump under the skin which over time turns into a spot u can pop). I decided to buy this from looking at the reviews and it’s the best thing i’ve done! It works ! I haven’t had a spot since ,i just ordered my second bottle. This product cleans out your pores before it can form into a spot. IMPORTANT NOTE to use this i pour the liquid into my hands and apply to face, dont pour it onto a cotton pad this just wastes so much product and barely puts any onto your skin! I use this twice a day and it has lasted me about 3/4 months. After i put it on my face i wait until it has absorbed fully THEN apply moisturiser about 20mins later. I hope this helps anyone who says its not working for them :)Honestly, this is amazing! I bought the travel size first cos let’s be honest, the price of the full size is *eyewatering* but I would say I’m more than happy to ‘splurge’ on skincare if I know it works for me and is good. And it was! I saw a difference OVERNIGHT. To be fair, the condition of my skin is not bad, I have been on my skin care journey for 2+ years plus so it’s as good as it will ever get until I start getting peels/microdermabrasion to get rid of some old acne scars which why I say I noticed a difference overnight as the issue it fixed for me was some recent texture. The next morning my texture was gone and my skin get so smooth. However, I don’t want people to see this review and buy it thinking it’ll work overnight because of course that won’t be the case for everyone (so keep on using it if that’s you). So anyway, I say all this to say the product is really and truly good and has for me, lived up the hype and is worth the price. I also purchased the full size!Awful - I am so disappointed. I have oily skin and am prone to minor break outs so gave this a try. What followed was the worst acne of my life. I thought this may be 'purging' but it continued for longer than a month. I am now scarred... Waste of money as ended up going in the bin. Could be that it just doesn't suit me looking at other reviews? However I have now got to seek new treatment to repair the damage done - be careful.I absolutely love the product and I think it is definitely worth the price considering the results I got. I am a teen with pretty severe hormonal acne and nothing ever cleared it, not even medicine from multiple dermatologists and laser treatments. I started getting results in a week and I will say I love it but there are some things to be aware of. I have combination skin and when I first used it I used it everyday twice a day. It made my skin extremely dry, and even the thickest most hydrating moisturiser wouldn’t help. So I started to use it once a day at night which was a lot better and massaging my skin with rose hip oil. Now there are only acne scars left and every now and then one pimple but overall it’s my favourite acne product now.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. Great to hear this has helped your skin! Please note that we advise the use of the Clear Regular Strength 2% BHA Exfoliant which is a milder 2% BHA exfoliant and suitable for teenage, acne-prone skin. You may find it does not cause your skin to dry out as much. Should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team.lives up to its claims, I had severe purging/reaction to vitamin C that wrecked my skin...this cleared up all the spots and smoothed out all the bumps. my skin was more radiant after 1 week, and cleared up within 2 monthsReally hoped it would help my skin with all the amazing reviews but I’ve been using religiously for almost 4 months in my skin care routine and have seen no changes, I don’t think this helps/has helped with acne at all, currently getting over my worst break out yet and after almost 4 months have concluded this does not work for me. I am changing to an Azelaic Acid formula that contains saclic acid and hope to see better results.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this is not a good fit for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.Do I have your attention? Good!! This has to be the best thing I've ever put on my skin - ever!!
For decades I have tried almost everything (including expensive salon treatments) to no avail. So thank goodness for this product - it works and has cleared my blackheads within half a travel bottle (4mls).Customer service staff are amazingly helpful - slight confusion with the shipping address and problem resolved and they posted another straight away with no extra charge.
Product is super lightweight and quickly absorbed in to skin - awaiting long term results!I would love to love this product since a lot of people are talking about it.
It didn’t help my acne but it made it worse!! Every time I used it, new pimple came out. I was so hopeful of this product thinking my skin is just purging unfortunately, nothing great happened!
Now I need to reset to calm my acne. :(I bought this to help combat the hormonal spots on my chin. It’s has made me break out more all over my face instead, including places like my cheeks where I never normally get spots. Have been using it for 2-3 months and I think my skin is worse than before I used it.I've suffered with awful cystic acne for 25 years. Tried every prescription topical. On several types of antibiotics for several years. Most recent prescription medication made my skin worse. According to my dermatologist, I only have one remaining option, which I am unwilling to take due to its horrendous side effects.
So I hit the internet for solutions. Heard about salicylic acid. Picked the Paula's Choice exfoliant after reading the reviews. And good lord this product is nothing short of a miracle. I went straight in using it twice a day after cleansing and after a week my skin was smoother, clearer and less congested. I have been using it now for 2 months and haven't had a single cyst. My pores have shrunk. No more blackheads. My skin isn't completely clear and I still have the odd breakout, but now it's the odd pimple that disappears in a couple of days, not the horrendous red swellings that sit under my skin and hurt for weeks.
Honestly, I can't rave about this product enough. It's life changing. So grateful to Paula's Choice - please never discontinue it!I've been hearing about this BHA for years before deciding to try it on my oily/combo skin and it was instant love. I bought the trial size first to be safe and after a couple of uses I had to buy the larger size. I love the texture and the way my skin feels afterwards. Plus it does a great job of shrinking pores. I only use it twice a week as its a bit too much to use an exfoliator daily. So I know it will last me ages. I really enjoy it.I am the girl (44) with the most hyper sensitive skin, I mean I’m allergic to even “natural” products & petrified to try anything new . I purchased this for my husband initially who has skin like an old leather shoe(56 and his words). I saw a huge transformation in his skin.So I bit the bullet and tried a tiny amount and it’s a miracle!!! I can not go without this product it’s my saviour morning and even. My dry flakey rosacea prone skin glows and looks even after I’ve used it. My make up sits so much better I can never be without this. My husband who can use anything-agrees his old leather shoe face also looks much healthier and has a glow with this, when he doesn’t use it his skin looks dull!I cannot believe the miracle this product has performed on my skin. Ever since coming off the pill 3 years ago, I’ve had mild acne and always had breakouts and blackheads. Since using this product my skin is now completely clear of blackheads and I haven’t had a breakout since. I cannot believe it, I will be using this for many years to come!This is by far the BEST skincare product I have. I broke out in loads of spots over my chest and after 1 or 2 days of using this product they completely disappeared. Would 10000% recommendI think I fell for a marketing strategy and defiantly not for this product. Firstly it’s very expensive for what it actually is, and it does nothing. Not only did I not notice a change at all in my pores and blackheads but my acne actually started to get worse (can’t be sure it’s the product but it was only new product I i was using). There are so many better bha products out there for way cheaper, that actually work, and don’t come in plastic!To clarify, i know not all products work for everyone and some skin just wont agree with certain products. I just wanted to try this from all the hype its received
However, it really wasnt good at all for me. My skin type is oily with acne prone skin and its not sensitive - my skins never been irritated by anything before. I done a patch test and all seemed ok. But once put on my face the next day, i was red, sore and extremely dry. The product stripped all my natural oils leaving me so dry, my skin had to over produce so much more oil. Ive been using products for years to help balance out my oily skin, and with just one use of this it feels like how it use to be.
Ive seen so many claims that pores look smaller after one use... yeah that didnt happen, my pores actually looked worse because they were irritated (and again ive tried so many things for my skin and have never been irritated before). However after an hour or two, the pores on my nose did look much smaller, but everywhere else didnt. So for £28 for a nose blackhead reducer, its a no from me.
Its a two star because i recognise that 1) not everything works for everyone and 2) it did help blackheads on just my nose (i have blackheads all over my face)
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I started off using this product a few days a week and then built it up to every night. This product is amazing. I used to have small lumpy acne on my forehead and general acne on my chin and cheeks, and I have generally oily skin. I began to just come to terms this was what my skin was like and I wasn’t really too bothered by it. I then came across skincarebyhyram who has changed my skins life. This product used alongside a cerave cleanser and moisturiser has smoothed skin so much, my forehead is so soft as is the rest of my face. I still get the occasional spot but that’s life, but this product has definitely reduced the frequency and severity of the spots I get. If you have oily acne prone combination skin I would recommend this product so much and it’s worth every penny.I had really high hopes for this product but I’ve been using it for 3 months, and it has done nothing but break me out, all over my face. I haven’t noticed a single change and it hasn’t done a thing to prevent my acne, which I’m really sad about because the product is quite expensive.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a more suitable alternative.I’m 30 and have been struggling with jawline acne for the past 4/5 months- either hormonal or from wearing face masks. Anyway, I picked the sample size up less than a week ago and have noticed an incredible difference within days. It’s slightly drying but I tend to just apply to my jawline every evening (not mornings) and use another acid toner for the rest of my face and seems to do the trick. Spots have completely cleared up- I’m so pleased!Completely life changing. I never had much acne growing up but panicked when my skin changed to more acne prone. I tried so many things to try to get rid of stubborn texture. White and black heads. Inflamed stays. But nothing was budging it and just making it worse! This product completely changed my life and now I get so many compliments on my skin and when people ask whats the secret to smooth skin I literally just recommend this. Honestly don’t think I’ll stop using it!I wanted to love this product. I have normal/oily skin, not particularly sensitive but ouch this product really burns on me for some reason! So lucky I only purchased the travel size because it’s just not right for me. Feels like it leaves a slightly oily layer on the skin too which I’m not a fan of. I think I’ll stick to AHA products instead!After suffering from maskne recently I’ve decided to get a better exfoliant. After a lot of research I purchased this. However, after every use it has burnt my skin leaving it red and peeling 😭 which has never had enough happened before and I’ve used many products and do not have a sensitive skin. I wish I had bought the sample before purchasing the bigger size bottle 😭Have been using this product for a couple of weeks introducing it slowly not to cause irritation however...I had a work trip and took this product with me in my overnight bag only to find it spilled out everywhere in transit (I travelled by train so the bag didn’t go through a plane journey or anything). It’s impossible to pack it without closing it properly as you’d notice straight away so definitely not my fault. So please be aware that the packaging isn’t that reliable when it comes to taking it anywhere. Absolutely gutted as I bought the full size product not just the travel size one and cannot tell how much it suited my skin after only 5-7 uses to repurchase. I’m sure I cannot be the only one this has happened to, if I knew this I’d definitely transfer a small amount into a different pot so if you’re reading this let this be your lesson learned : (I strongly recommend this product, my skin loves it. After jut couple of use my face is brighter, pores are less visible and my skin has never been so smooth. I honestly love it.This is a product I didn’t know I needed. My skin on my chin has been transformed. I’m 57 and thought my chin was bumpy because of age/wrinkles but on much closer inspection and a bit of Googling, I realised I had lots of tiny sebum plugs and bumps under the skin surface. Now the sebum plugs are no more and my chin is unbelievably smoother. My only complaint is the packaging. I find the bottle doesn’t dispense well and two have leaked during transit when being delivered to me. However, customer service were amazing and immediately offered a replacement first time and a discount with the second one. I would buy this over and over again as I’m so impressed. I always thought an exfoliator had to be a rough scrub. I will never use anything else nowSince they changed the packaging this product doesn’t work as well as it used to. Its not as effective as before.
Customer Care: The formula hasn't changed!After suffering with very congested skin and trying countless products through out my teenage years, I was recommended this product by a YouTuber called James Welsh. The first few times trying it, I applied it to my skin with a cotton pad and applied moisturiser after. It completely dried out my skin and I stopped using it. A few weeks later I decided to try it again, only this time I used a hydrating toner before hand, applied this product using my palms and not a cotton pad, and followed up with a thick moisturiser. This method has worked wonders for my skin!! After using this product for around 10 weeks nearly every night, I can say it has transformed my skin and confidence. My skin texture has improved drastically, and my skin now has a glow. You will most probably go through purging with this product as I did, but stick with it and the results will be better than you could ever imagine.It has great reviews and ingredients list so I was super excited to try however I found it to be really greasy and heavy and didn't absorb into my skin well. I didn't notice any difference to my skin after finishing 1 bottleChanged my skin overnight! Having read all of the positive comments on this product, I was worried it would not live up to the hype, but it is even better than expected! For years I have struggled with cystic acne and this product has almost completely got rid of it! Cannot live without it! There have been a few occasions where for some reason or another I have gone a few days without using it and my skin reverts back to its old ways- cannot recommend it enough!!!I purchased the travel size version to try out before I purchased the larger size. I saw skin Skin care by Hyram really recommended this product and after a large stress breakout nothing was helping my skin. I suffer with very oily skin so I thought this product would do wonders for me however, it severely dried out my skin and caused a burning tight sensation after application as well as throughout the day. Instead oh helping my breakout it caused more and led to my face becoming very dry and painful. On the plus side my oil did disappear whilst using therefore my makeup lasted longer. Overall I think this product would be great to use if you’re not suffering from acne that is already painful.After coming off the pill, I have had hormonal spots all over my chin. They were really getting me down, but after just one week of using this my skin is really clearing up! So pleased, also it doesn’t sting when I apply the lotion unlike a lot of acids etc. Highly recommend! Will be buying this againI have been getting fungal acne since my pregnancy. I’ve tried soo many products to get rid of it, so glad i came across this because my skin was starting to make me feel really low. I bought the tester to try it out and now i will be purchasing the full size one. Its been 3days of using this and i can tell you my skin is looking soo much better! So happyCan deffo see it working however I ignored the advice on building up the use of BHA in skincare and went straight in with using everyday sometimes twice a day! I paid for it with a huge increase in redness and spots. Since toning back and using it when I feel my maskne needs some extra care or just once a week or so I can deffo see a difference! Just need to find something to treat the leftover redness & scarring now!
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us! Please contact our Customer Care team who can assist you with finding suitable products for your skin concerns.I'd seen this product all over youtube, and Hyram absolutely adored it too so I thought I'd give it a try. The best decision I've ever made!! I kid you not, after a couple of weeks of using this (2/3 times a week) my skin was much clearer, I had less breakouts and my blackheads were gone. I had those stubborn blackheads for over 2 years and this product got rid of them in a couple of weeks! I couldn't believe my eyes and I still can't!
Although slightly more expensive than other skincare products, this thing works. It's like magic! 10/10, would 100% recommend.I bought this because I had heard great things about the product and it was even advertised by Caroline Heron. Started using it and I have never had so many pimples and spots in my life. Forehead, chin and jaw line. Completely gutted and I have now stopped using it, hoping that my skin will clear up
Customer Care: Hi and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this was not a good match for your skin! Glad to see you already received a refund for the product. We can also assist you to find a more suitable alternative exfoliant.I suffer from cystic acne. I usually only get two or three cystic acne spots at the same time, but they still are incredibly painful and unsightly, and last for weeks. I've been using this for six weeks now. In the first two to three weeks, my skin went haywire and I broke out in so many cystic acne spots, in addition to more pimples than I normally get. I did some reading, figured my skin was purging, and continued use. Now, six weeks into use, I haven't had any cystic acne spots for a good two weeks. I did also notice, that those that I got during the forth week of use actually started to pop. If you've ever had cystic acne, you'll know how bizarre this is. I can only assume that the product was bringing all that deep rooted gunk to the surface. Anyway, I had a few burst, and since my skin seems to be doing great. I feel like years of cystic acne has finally made its way to the surface, and hopefully won't come back again. It's worth saying, I use this in the morning after cleansing. In the evening, I cleanse again, apply Simple moisturiser and then use a prescription benzoyl peroxide gel that I've been on for years. I recommend the combo of the exfoliant and a gel (prescription or over counter). It seems to have worked for me anyway. I will say, I don't think this has done much for my black heads on my nose, so I wouldn't say its a miracle worker, hence the 4 stars.I was seeing this product all over YouTube, all skincare influencers were saying that it did wonders for them, it made their pores physically smaller, it made their skin clearer, that it was the best salicylic acid product. Unfortunately for me it was hard to get my hands on since I was in a country where you can’t find Paula’a Choice products. So as soon as I got to the UK, the first thing I did was to order this product with a great excitement. I saw the reviews where people were talking about skin purging, so I decided to start using it just once a week. As soon as I started though my skin started breaking out. I thought that it was purging, so I kept using the product. However my skin kept breaking out. After that I decided to go to a dermatologist, because it was just getting worse and worse. She told me to stop using the product, as it was drying my face. I was really disappointed as I really wanted to like the product and to keep using it.
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible, more hydrating, alternative.I started using this product recently and I can see some results already!I purchased this product because it's a PC bestseller and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, the formulation was too strong for my skin. Every time I used it I ended up with dry, flaky patches - even when I reduced the frequency of use. I have now switched to the lotion exfoliant which has resolved my dry skin issues
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! We have reached out to you personally.This product is amazing!
Used regularly I can see an incredible improvement in my skin. I'm someone who has always struggled with my skin, so I can say with confidence that this stuff works.
Love, love, love!I never tend to write reviews but my experience with this product - and actually with all the other Paula's Choice products - has been SO great that I felt compelled to share it.
I have always had oily, problematic skin - large pores around my nose, hormonal acne along my jawline and cheeks, whiteheads wherever they felt like popping up etc - and was on the hunt for something that would help. This product would crop up in practically every article and YouTube video I came across when I was searching for the solution to my problems so I decided to give it a go. My skin has changed, for the better, since.
I started out by using this every other day until I felt like I built a tolerance to it and now, several months in, I apply a layer of this every evening after I cleanse. The feeling can't be described as greasy but there definitely is a sheen/slip to the face after applying this - oily-skinned people, do not fear! I have not found this to exacerbate my oil production or spots... the opposite if anything. My texture is so much smoother and clearer and this has become a staple in my routine (I have just purchased the limited edition XL size bottle as a testament to my love).
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount needed is the size of a small coin, and it’s best to apply it in a thin layer. 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).I usually do not write reviews but this product is amazing. It has reduced my pores and has made my skin flawless!I have been using this for several weeks now, and only twice a week. I feel I have more spots now then before. I am not sure if its because its clearing my pores or it is just breaking me out. Shall I stop it? Shall I continue? That is the question..
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you. We have contacted you for some further advise.I’ve been using this for a while now and the pores on my nose have become so tiny they are barely there. They were so big and looked dirty, I didn’t think I would ever shift them.
The skin on my nose peels off and underneath is beautiful, clear skin. You will need a moisturiser with this product but that goes without saying really. Try it, it’s ace.I only used this once and woke up to tiny inflamed rashes around certain parts of my face mainly around my mouth . My cheeks are also looking even more textured than they already were :( I’m so disappointed because my skin was looking better than it has in a number of years but this has just destroyed my progress
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who might be able to provide you with a refund.I didn’t have much spots before I got this product to help fix my uneven skin tone and the texture of my skin I’ve been using it for 3-4 weeks now and it has made my skin break out i will definitely not recommend this product.
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you. We have reached out to you personally.I bought this product after suffering with blackheads, enlarged pores and the odd cystic spot during the time of the month. I had read amazing reviews about this product. I have been using it for 2 weeks and I am breaking out with under the skin cystic spots which hurt. Also blackheads have reduced in size but have not gone yet. Pores have shrunk abit. Not sure how I feel about this product I just want to love it like everyone else. Will see how it goes after a few more weeks.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. 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. Give your BHA exfoliant at least a month of once- or twice-daily use before deciding whether or not it’s working for you. If it seems to be too much for your skin, decrease the frequency of use (once a day instead of twice a day, or once every other day). Should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team.This BHA has improved my skin a lot (my skin was not bad before but now it is looking fab with an improvement in some fine lines on my brow and pores on my cheeks.) My skin looks healthier and feels incredibly smooth, with this (non oily) attractive glow. I use it most nights and apply it 'neat' to my skin without a cotton pad. This way, only a couple of drops are needed to cover whole face (concentrating on imperfections). Excellent product, wouldn't be without it now. I'm using it with products from the skin balancing and resist line. I'm new to Paula's Choice, have only been using the products less than a week, but I can tell how amazing they are and definitely worth the money.Bought this for my clogged pores after seeing many good reviews from people with similar skin to mine. Been using for 3 weeks and have not seen any difference - in fact, has made my skin more sore and bumpy. Not for me :/
Customer Care: Hi Sophia! We're sorry the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.At first I ordered the travel size version of this BHA. When I first started using it, I got a few spots here and there but thought I was just purging so continued on... Also noticed that my skin was getting a little brighter... But this is now my second month and i have had massive painful spots on my cheeks and chin...My skin has never been this crazy!! I had high hopes for this because of the amazing reviews but Unfortunately don’t think this product is working for me :(
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you. We have contacted you in the meantime to explain our return policy.This product was recommended by so many people and I assumed it would work for my breakouts, my large pores, and uneven skin tone but instead my skin itches, I have more breakouts and my skin looks worse. I have oily sensitive skin. I would not recommend getting a big bottle if you would like to trial it out.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you. Usually, we don't recommend this product for sensitive skin but advise a lower strength BHA product for sensitive skin. Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.I have had acne-prone skin for a year. This exfoliant helped my skin so much. I ordered travel size to test it and now i had to order the bigger one cause its amazing! MUST HAVE SKIN CARE PRODUCT!!Since being pregnant my skin has not been the same. I heard about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant and thought I’d give it a go, because at this point I would try anything. I AM SO GLAD I TRIED IT! My skin has never been better! I cannot recommend this product enough!I brought this product as I saw it had really good reviews but soon after using it I’ve had a big breakout. I’m not sure if my skin is purging or if it’s an irritation to the product. I really thought this would help clear my skin. Maybe my skins too sensitive.
Hello, and thanks for your comments! Please know the customer care has contacted you.I bought this product with very high expectation due to so many good reviews online. I bought 30ml for trial and i am glad that i did. After 3 days using it my face skin is breaking out so badly (my forehead and around my mouth). I want to cry now. It may be good for many people but it is definitely for me.
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! Please note that the use of a BHA exfoliant needs to be gradually built up. We do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to certain products or ingredients. We have contacted you in the meantime to provide you with a refund.Seriously, I did not think that one simple product could do magic! I had used The Ordinary for a couples of weeks and my skin got soooo bad (I think the ordinary is a great brand too, I’m sure I haven’t used it properly though so my skin got a bad acne in that couple of weeks, but I know people who saw miracles in that too so please don’t take my comment in the wrong way, you won’t know until you try yourself, every person’s skin reacts in different ways). I don’t usually have acne, but I am prone to it.
As my skin got really bad, it literally got cleared only after 2 applications. I bought the smaller size in order not to have too much of it if my skin reacted to it, but I’m definitely going to buy the bigger bottle.
It’s expensive but it is 100% worth it!I never write reviews, however I felt I needed to if it encourages another person to try it as it completely changed my skin. I have tried so so many products over the years and nothing has worked. I have large pores, texture, spots and products always seemed to do nothing or irritate my skin making it worse. This product is so good my skin has never felt so soft. My make up looks so good now and I don’t feel the need to plaster on foundation all the time! :) great stuff!It immediately made my skin red noticed no difference of shrunken pores my skin is inflamed!!!This has changed my skin so dramatically. I have been on accutane twice for severely stubborn clogged pores and it took 6-8 weeks for me to see a difference with this product, and it’s been about 4 months now and my skin has never been better!!
I did experience a purge about 4 weeks in to this which I was expecting but was so worth sticking with.
I will never be without this product now, it’s saved my life!I never ever write reviews for products, but I had to for this!! I have always had breakouts, blackheads and texture to my skin, and have tried so many products to get rid of it. I have also tried eating healthily, drinking water and having a generally healthy lifestyle but haven't seen brilliant results. I used this product only 2 times and it improved my skin dramatically!! It is the best I have ever seen it and I have not had a spot since- absolute lifesaver of a product! So glad I have found it and I will be recommending it to everyone.I bought this for my blemish prone skin, but mostly for those little bumps under my skin that are all over my face (skin texture etc). I will say that I bought two travel sized bottles and I am near the end of my second one to finally see big reductions to those bumps (mostly on the temples and top of the cheeks). However I forgot to use this one day and my skin got quite a few spots so it clearly works to stop them coming through and my skin is very noticeably clearer! I would say my skin didn’t purge at all (my skin will break out if i even step outside) and I used this once or twice a week for the first week then gradually every day.I bought the trial size to help with my acne in mid-June. I don't get too many spots but I tend to get big spots when I get a flare-up. When I had first started to use it, I was quite pleased because I had dry and sensitive skin and despite being targetted towards oilier skin types, it didn't dry me out or irritate my skin. The texture was also quite nice, it was light and not sticky or tacky in any way^^.
This is, however, pretty much the only reason I didn't give it a one-star review - I haven't noticed it doing anything really and I'm more than halfway through the bottle. I don't necessarily think that the BHA liquid exfoliant is solely to blame for my increase in acne, the weathers been a lot warmer than what we're used to and we wear a mask outside but my acne has been a lot worse than it ever has :(. I'd return it but I got a free sample of another product which I had used (that and I don't want to go outside).
Sorry, I just don't think this was for me and probably wouldn't recommend the BHA liquid exfoliant to other people with a similar skin type to me.
•tHello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! The customer care team has contacted you.I recently started breaking out in spots that all clustered together on my chin and I’ve been using this for about 3 months now and my skin has completely cleared, cannot recommend this product enough 😄Unfortunately when I use this product it leaves me with something like a rash on a part of my face. I started using twice a day as directed, but felt as if it wasn’t agreeing with my skin so reduced this to once a day but to know avail. An area on my cheek was particularly bad and was red, painful and generally very irritated. At first I wasn’t sure if it was the product, but I’ve now tried it at three separate times and experienced the same issues. I don’t usually have sensitive skin, so this is unusual for me. I’m used to using all natural skincare, so perhaps chemical products like this just aren’t suited to my skin.
Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! The Customer care team has reached out to you personally.I have had acne for years and this has already made a dramatic difference to my skin, it hasn't caused any irritation and has even toned down areas of hyper-pigmentation. I will be buying the larger size!!I’ve tried so many things for my skin I have oily skin and get a few breakouts but recently my skin had been so bad so I saw the adverts for this and thought why not, it’s been two weeks and I’ve been using it every other day and oh my I didn’t think it would work but it has I have no spots and my scars are fading I am so impressed can’t wait to carry on and see how it improves even more so so happy!I have never used a BHA that doesn’t make my skin feel sore and squeak! This does absolutely none of this and I was so impressed. It does exactly what it claims while leaving a lovely soothing and soft base for your next serum, cream etc. I won’t go back from this. Thank you!!!!This product is good at keeping pores clean and reduce inflammation on existing spots. However, I must say that it makes my face a bit oily 1-2 hours after application ( I have combination skin), so I have to combine it with Niacinamide (from another brand) to help with shine but it doesn't always work. For people with combination to oily skin I'd recommend to use this product at night before using a moisturiser. Overall a good product.When I first used this product I was so scared it would brake me out because of the tingling sensation & it does take a while for the skin to get used to it so I would definitely recommend slowly introducing it into your routine - 1/2 times a week and then gradually increasing.
Now let's talk about the effects:
- I have combination skin (tends to be very sensitive in the cheeks area) and my main concern is blackheads and enlarged pores and let me tell you this product has been dealing with these concerns perfectly!
- both my pores and blackheads have reduced in size and frequency, especially on my nose where nothing has helped until now
- overall complexion is glowier and healthier
I seriously cannot stop raving about this product to all my friends & on instagram... I don't know what I would do if this product gets discontinued honestly. If you're on the fence just go for it, you won't be disappointed!!!Unfortunately every time I use this it causes me to break out even worse than normally. I usually have acne and this makes it really flare up. Not for me
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this wasn't a match for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I have never ever ever gone out of my way to write a review about a product, but this one works amazing! I have combination acne prone sensitive skin. Such a confusing skin type I know!! Around March I started breaking out like mad like never before. I made it my lockdown mission to get rid of this silly breakout and spent silly amounts of money on silly products until one day I stumbled across this genius of a product that ended by 3 month battle of getting rid of my acne , into a week. I kid you not this product has gotten rid of my acne in a week!! I still need to use it to get rid of the marks now and I use this every night and wake up with results. You definitely have to build up your tolerance to this product. I used this once very 3 days and then every other day and now every night! Hope this helps anyone. I would recommend you buy the travel size and try it out in case its not for you!This is great product. I've olny had it for 2 weeks but it has worked wonders on my acne and has really cleared it up. I am feeling much more confident in myself. When I first saw the price of the item I was skeptical whether in not I should buy it but now I can safely say it was worth my money and I would recommend this product to anyone who has trouble with teenage acne.
Customer Care: Hello and thank you for your review. Great to hear that this has worked for you! Would like to mention however that we actually recommend the milder 6201 Clear Regular Strength 2% BHA Exfoliant for teenage acne-prone skin.I never ever write reviews, however I ordered the travel size to test the product, I have been suffering with really bad cystic acne on my chin for almost 2 years, no matter what I do, how much money I have spent nothing would take it away! I cannot believe in 3 days just how amazing my skin is, the under skin bumps have gone completely, my spots have faded and even the scarring looks amazing, I am genuinely shocked at just what this product has done to my skin, i am going to order the big bottle now, I don't think I will ever be without this now, it's a game changer!!I have suffered with acne for about 7 years (mainly hormonal) around the lower cheeks and chin. Some products relieve it temporarily but it usually come back with a vengeance eventually. I tried this product after seeing it advertised and watching reviews and it's completely lived up to the hype. At first it made my skin break out a lot, but this is how it works. After a month or so my skin cleared up completely and it's remained clear, for the first time in years. I never wear foundation anymore, before I slapped it on every day without fail. This product has completely changed my skin.I was really excited to try this product after all the good reviews. I have used it for 2 months now and my skin has never looked this bad before!! Spots keeps appearing, which I know they will in the begining. But after 2 months they have not disappeared. Really disappointed as I was hoping this would be amazing for me. I am not going to buy another one.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! The Customer care has reached out to you in the meantime.Been using this on and off for over a decade. It's very effective initially and then somehow stops working after a few months, I go off it, and then a few months later come back to it and it seems to be effective again. A little bit goes a long way. I end up not using much and throwing away the big bottles when I get them so I would recommend getting the small travel bottles.I got the travel size of this to try but unfortunately it’s not for me, which I’m gutted about as it really does smooth the skin, and no stinging but it flared up my hormonal acne I had just managed to clear up, i also reacted with red spots on my t zone. I’ve used a glycolic acid for ages with no problems so I think it’s the salicylic acid my skin doesn’t like. My sister uses this and her skin is looking amazing so I’ll be passing this onto her.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I have acne, whiteheads and enlarged pores and redness caused by scarring. This product after only 3 uses completely broke me out like no other product has done before. My skin was red and inflamed and painful to the touch, with about 20 whiteheads appearing in the space of a few days. My skin still hasn't recovered from this product properly yet, I know there will be comments saying that my skin was 'purging' but honestly any product that causes that level of breakout is to be avoided by those with acne. I'm hesitant to continue using this, will my skin get used to it after a while? I don't particularly want to find out.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a refund and a possible alternative.i’m new to using acids on my face so i started out with using this product twice a week and after 3-4 weeks of using this, it leaves me with really glowy skin. I still have a little redness but I haven’t been using it for too long but so far I really love this product. Will probably end up repurchasing🥳For the last couple of years I have never had spots as such, what I did have was quite an uneven texture on my forehead. These were very small under the skin bumps (no head) and couldn't be popped. I tried severallllllllll skin care routines/exfoliating/toning/cleansing and nothing had ever worked. Recently I did some further research & found this product. I have been using it for 3 weeks and my forehead is completely SMOOTH for the first time in forever. I haven't changed anything else in my life except add this product to my skincare routine morning & night so I am certain this is the miracle worker. It is so worth the price, I will for sure be buying a bigger bottle next time (I got the smaller size just to test).It took about one month of daily use (at night) for me to see changes but OH MY GOODNESS. I suffer from persistent closed, commodonal, acne on my chin. My chin was so bumpy and I could not get these spots to go away. After about two months of daily use all of my commodones are almost gone! I love this product! If you notice your skin drying out, hang in there! Once my skin got used to this it is soft and dewy, no dryness. I normally have dry skin to begin with.I have been using this product from three weeks now and it makes a huge improvement on the texture of my skin. I suffer from acne mainly on my chicks and I have very enlarge pores there with scaring too. I was using Solution from Glossier from tow years and even tho it did improve my skin has nothing to do with what this product did for me in only three weeks. I am so happy about the result and I never felt so good about my skin, surely isn't perfect but is way better than before. I am so happy that I finally fund something that is actually working for me !Bought off a friend's recommendation and was completely amazed! New to skin care, I was shocked how good my skin could look with a good quality product! Results from day one - Ive never in 35 years felt my skin so soft, spots reduced over night, no other breakouts and make up goes on a dream! Will 100% buy again!
Also just a little shout out about Paula's choice in general - FANTASTIC DELIVERY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES! Communication was faultless and was delivered in 2 days from ordering... amazing given these crazy times! Thank you!I have combination to dry skin but have been suffering from clogged pores and occassional breakouts. The first few nights I tried this my skin became quite dry and sensitive, so maybe start slow if you're new to salycilic acid! I used this once every 3 days to begin with, now have been using it every night. The results are amazing, definitely worth the money. My skin looks so much smoother, texture has minimised, and have got compliments on my skin. It is also very fast absorbing. If you have sensitive skin like me, maybe make sure the other products in your skincare routine are gentle and fragrance free to minimise irritation.It doesn't completely keep my white heads and spots at bay but I am prone to cystic acne so I'm not expecting miracles. However I have noticed a difference in the size of my pores and I don't ever get blackheads.I have been using this product religiously for around 3 months now and my skin has never looked so clear and radiant ever. I genuinely love this product and would buy it again and again. When wearing makeup your makeup glides on effortlessly and it looks so beautiful like your skin. Your pores are completely reduced and for someone like me who genuinely had been struggling with hormonal acne for around 4 years now, Paulas choice has been one of the very few products that have worked for me and really showed a difference. Don’t hesitate to buy it! :))I started using this and initially saw great results, my blackheads were clearing and my skin texture was improving along with redness. Unfortunately, my skin is now irritated, bright red, I have breakouts all over my face which I never have and my skin is sore to the touch even when I've discontinued use. I'm in so much pain and my skin looks awful. Chemical skincare might just disagree with me, such a shame though as the initial results were great.
Customer Care: Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product didn't work for you and agree that you likely experienced an allergic reaction to one or more ingredients in this treatment. We have refunded you, but should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team.I’ve been using nearly 2 weeks and unfortunately this product caused break outs ( which I had rarely ) After first week
I kept using for another week but my skin is not very sensitive and dry, can’t use any product at the moment as everything burn my skin :(
Customer Care: Hello. We're sorry to hear about your experience with this exfoliant and that it wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.Made no difference, must say may skin broke out but I don’t know if that was just a coincidence. The product didn’t improve the situation anyway.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I have seen some reviews of this breaking people out - ingredients like in this one do tend to do that when you first use them, it almost brings 'the gunk' onto the surface. I did notice a little breaking out at first but it only lasted a week and since then this has cleared my skin completely. Works great in combination with the vitamin C serum as well. I cannot live without this now and also barely needed to use any foundation since I've been using this which is brilliant. I have oily combination skin that does get dehydrated sometimes but I have had no issues with this one. I'd recommend giving it a try persistently for a few weeks, will definitely see the results in no time!At first it really wasn't working for me, I'd use it after a hydrating serum and before a moisturiser, it stung a little and was rather drying. I tried it with a cotten pad and it really irritated my face. I had the idea to mix it in with my moisturiser and suddenly it works a treat! A few hours after first trying it this way my pores looked significantly less congested. I just add 3 drops into my moisturiser.Oh my goodness this is miracle in a bottle! I have only used it for 2 nights on my skin along with Azelaic Acid and wow, half of my blemishes acne scars have faded. This sounds like exaggeration, but no! Full blown honest! I wish i can upload pictures to shoe you guys..I have acne prone, combination skin which is super sensitive and prone to redness / rosacea and breakouts on my cheeks, jaw and chin. I'm really cautious about introducing any new products to my routine, I've been using Pai Skincare range for 6 years now, but I felt something was missing in my routine. I am super skeptical about 'holy grail' products, and I've tried a couple of other BHA products from different brands in the past which just caused me to break out. I did a huge amount of research and finally took the plunge and purchased a bottle of this BHA solution, and thank god I did. After one day of use my skin was softer and smoother, pimples that were on the verge of erupting have calmed down and flattened out, my skin tone was overall brighter and calmer (no angry red patches) and some lingering red acne scars even appear faded. I've given 4 stars because I know that I will need to use this product for a lot longer to truly get a sense of how it's going to affect my skin, but it looks promising. I'm going to use every other night at first to gradually introduce it into my routine alongside my Pai products.Love love love! This completely changed my life, throughout all my teen/early adult years I have suffered with under the skin bumps and lumps on my forehead. After trying numerous amounts of moisturises, cleansers and exfoliants and spending lots and lots of money I had given up hope. However, after seeing this product on a forum my luck has changed. After about a week of using this twice a day all the bumps had gone and I was left with a smooth feeling, smooth looking forehead. This product has left me feeling more confident and less embarrassed. I will 100% be buying this again.I had high hopes for this product but OMG it broke me out soooo badly my face and neck was covered in spots black heads and white heads my skin has never been this bad will never use this again it just ruined my skin.
Customer Care: Hi there! We're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.After so many dissapointment from other products I went through I can not be happier to find Paula's Choice.
I had combination-oily skin with massive pores and blackheads on nose and chin.
After 3 days using(and I used only once before bed)my pores shrinked already,the redness is gone,the blackheads less visible.
At the first time I used this product I had 2 big painful red spots,both dissapeared within 24 hours.When I touch the skin on my face,it is so smooth and silky plus a lot firmer.
I will never try any other product,I will stick to it!This is the only one product which works for me.
I am very satisfied,can not say thank you enough!I can’t believe how fast this has removed my pores. They have completely shrunk overnight!! I used to have quite large pores on my cheeks and now they are gone!!! My skin also looks much tighter and I’m so happy with the results so far!! Will continue to repurchase.I have suffered with oily skin for all my life and when i say oily, i mean sometimes it is impossible for my make up to stay on my face for longer than an hour. I found out about Paula's Choice through some serious internet research. I actually wanted my doctor to put me on acne medicine (to dry the crap out of my skin) but as i didn't actually have acne... they wouldn't allow me to go on them, but then i found this.
I absolutely love this exfoliant, it super cleans my skin but does not feel harsh and has never dried me out. I love it because even after i have used a face wash, this still seems to lift stubborn dirt from my skin. It's made a huge difference to the texture and look of my skin and has actually managed to control my oil levels to a point were i don't feel like ripping my skin off! (sorry if that was a bit extreme).
Yes, it's more expensive than traditional exfoliants, but i am more than happy to pay good money for something that actually works and makes a difference to my skin - to me its completely worth it. I have other Paula's Choice items too and i can't recommended them enough. They are big tubes and last a hell of a long time. I also love how you can have samples before buying the bigger tubes, not many places do this so its always worth trying.I have combination sensitive skin. Lately, I have been experiencing breakouts and my skin looks textured and congested as ever. I have been using this for nearly a month now. I never really write reviews and this is the first time for me using this product and I absolutely love it! Many of my colleagues form work and friends have noted a significant change on my skin, that is less bumps and smoother. I also use it as a spot treatment for my cystic pimple and it dries out the next day. The best part about this product is that it doesn’t sting or leave my skin red and dry. I got the travel size. Will def order againI have had oily skin all my life & have suffered over the last few years with the odd hormonal break out, within a week of using this my skin is totally clear & has never looked so good. I also have very sensitive skin so was hesitant that this could damage my skin, so I gradually built up the usage over a few weeks to now daily, I never had any reaction at all. Is it so unusual to find a product that actually makes a difference. I have always suffered with dry eczema skin around my nose & tried so many products but to no avail, it’s now totally gone.
I don’t usually write reviews but I haven’t stopped telling friends how good this is, am now looking at more of your products - this could be an expensive find!!This product has really helped to clear blocked pores and blackheads on my teenage sons nose and also calmed down the acne breakouts he has experienced for about three years now. He uses it regularly along with the Paulas Choice cleanser, toner and moisturiser as his skin did become bit dry. It is a relief to find a range of products that work.I have had moderate acne from my teens through to most of my adult life. Although it is consistently an issue- it has phases of being more or less aggravated which I can usually manage.
I’m hesitant to leave a bad review here as I really did see some lovely changes in my skin after using this product, my skin was brighter, softer and my pores had disappeared- but that was only in the areas of my face not affected by acne. On my cheeks, chin and forehead, my skin became covered in pustules, they would appear quickly but were never-ending, painful and aggravated. After using it for just under 2 months I am left with the worst pigmentation I have ever experienced with my acne.
Since stopping using the product and starting my previous spot cream again my skin has become extremely dry and sensitive, even moisturiser or wind stings and irritates
The main reason I am leaving this review is to say- be gentle with introducing this product! Especially if you have sensitive skin.
I started using it first once a day in the daytime, and then changed to at night under lots of moisturiser.
If I could go back, I would introduce it into my routine once per week, and then slowly up the amount i used. Or keep it at that.
Despite this, I really do think the product and company are a great brand and I hope to try some of their other stuff in future, but sadly this particular one did not work for me this time
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who can offer advice on an alternative exfoliant.Originally bought the lotion as my skin type is dry however the liquid is so much better if you are layering products it instantly soaks in and allows you to layer the other boosters on top easily. My fine lines are better my acne is better and my skin has a glow that I’ve never had before. Buy it you’ll love it and will have a new BFF too xxI've always had problems with my skin. I've seen many ads for this product and I decided to try it and I'm glad I did. My skin looks smoother and most of my blackheads disappeared. Worth to try this.This exfoliate surprisingly helped clear my dry, sensitive, spotty skin. I used intensively for the first week and now just once a day.
I think it is a good price as had tried lots of more expensive products that made my skin worse.Like most of you, I found this product through the endless recommendations of some of my favourite beauty gurus, and I saw ads for it - I read reviews and articles. It’s true. It’s really true what they say about this product. Personally, it has really cleared up my congested cheeks and chin. It’s great to prevent blackhead and oiliness. I recommend this for everyone as it really can make a difference.This BHA exfoliant is very effective even from first use without making skin dry/red/irritated, perhaps people saying the opposite applied it on dehydrated skin. I've noticed less blackheads, skin looking smoother, and I was impressed to see it actually reduced redness of acne scars. I wouldn't use this daily though, 3-4x/week is enough for me. It does leave a slight oily film after applying, but since I put moisturiser on afterwards it doesn't bother me.I literally can not get enough of this product. It has made my open pores less visible and has evened out my skin tone. It’s a better version of a clarifying lotion I used for years, but much better! This is a product I will keep ordering!I’ve been using PC for over 2 years now. Yes, the products are strong if you’re using the wrong ones. And yes it burns if you’re over using and not moisturising properly. I have had reactions to the 2% BHA liquid exfoliant but I was using way too much, too often and therefore irritated my skin. I stopped and used the CALM range and voila! It was perfect. I still use the BHA 2% because it simply works. No gimmicks. I am 29 and my skin is changing, fine lines appearing, and PC products though spenny have helped me massively with confidence, managing my acne and keeping it at bay and with less spots, pigmentation, scarring. PC has a range for every need, you just have to try and be mindful of your skin’s needs. They have a good CS team too who’s willing to listen and discuss what you need. I gave it four stars because I do find it rather on the expensive side for the amount of product you get but I’m happy it works.I was really looking forward to using it came up as one of the top to use when I did search. Unfortunately it’s made my skin react to it and now I have raised rash like lumps on the side of my face..
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who might be able to provide you with a refund.First of all the size is ridiculous for the price wouldn’t be so bad if it actually works...it burns&irritates the skin leaves redness&dryness doesn’t clear the skin at all makes it look worse if anything!
Customer Care: Hi, and thanks for letting us know of your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! We encourage you to contact our customer service department, who might be able to provide you with a refund and assist with a possible alternative.Firstly my skin is combination skin, with enlarged pores in the T zone and normal on the cheeks. I am 30 and have some small lines around my under eye area, forehead and on 1side of my lips.
I purchased this exfoliater in the travel size and only use 3 to 4 times a week, once a day along with a moisturiser.
Has been 3 weeks now and I am quite impressed with the results.
Only by itself managed to shrink my pores, which some seem to have disappeared, the lines under my eyes are more softened and my skin texture looks luminous, almost glass look like. Never had luminous skin like this before. For this and for all of the other benefits I am very happy with this lill magic potion. Will definitely buy again.I very rarely write reviews but this product worked wonders for my hormonal adult acne. Have been using benzoyl peroxide daily for a long time but over the last year my acne has got increasingly worse. Started using this product each morning, then benzoyl peroxide at night, and after a 4 week purge (where my skin seemed worse than ever) my skin is better than it's been in a long time with no nasty breakouts around my period. I know the same thing won't work for everyone but definitely recommend trying.this is so much better than using harsh scrubs like st ives and body shop face scrubs and a great way to finish your nighttime skin routine after removing sunscreen with a gentle cleanser to put on a humectant and moisturiser. don't use this in the day as it thins the top layer of your skin and makes you more sensitive to sun damage.I have oily skin and blackheads/congestion on my nose. I had high hopes for this product after reading reviews however it’s done nothing for my skin. I also didn’t find the product lasted. I ordered on the 8th of July and not even a month later I have none left. Would not repurchase from the brand at all. I emailed customer services who were no help at all and expected me to spend more money as they offered to suggest suitable products for my skin type. They did not offer their money back guarantee as products were empty, however I had read reviews that said to give products 2-3 weeks to work. Wish I’d contacted customer services then. It’s also made my skin oiler throughout the day.I've had stubborn little bumps on my temples and chin forever and assumed they were permanent, no matter how well and often I cleansed and exfoliated those areas. Saw the trial size on offer via FB and decided to give it a go, as heard so much about PC and this product. 30ml travel size is perfect to dispense onto a finger or into the palm of the hand and pat straight onto affected areas at night (no need to waste any on cotton pads). Bumps almost all gone within a week on temples, and chin dramatically smoother! Will keep on hand for similar outbreaks in future, or to try on other bumps and spots.Don’t usually leave reviews but felt I owe to all my fellow skin sufferers. This is amazing! Nothing usually helps my skin when I break out, acne products from budget to waaay expensive lines make it worse and sore but this makes a significant difference to healing time/redness/soreness. Even my friends noticed a huge difference in 3 days on a recent hen weekend and they asked why it looked so much be better in such a short time. Honestly couldn’t be without it and I only bought the sample size after seeing an ad on fb. A lot goes a long way. Life saver 🙌🏼Absolute love this I have struggled to find anything that actually works for my skin. So many high end products that I've used and ended up making my skin worse because of the alchol stripping my skin and making it react and oily but had seen the reviews on this and thought I'd try not hoping for any grate results as I'm usually let down, but this is actually good for your skin and dose what it claims Paula nos her stuff!! Was constantly trying to get rid of my blocked pores and greasy skin and little brake outs this had cleared my pores almost and skin is so smooth and less greasy. only had it a few days thanks Paula xxBased on the good reviews I decided to give this product a try after battling with acne in hopes it would help clear my skin. However; this did the opposite effect and actually made my skin much much worse. Really disappointed in this product.
Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible alternative.I rarely take the time to write reviews, as I never have anything too great to share. But this is one of the only products I buy over and over again. Is a miracle on my blocked pores and "bumpy" forehead. I've tried other salicylic exfoliants on the market, but nothing compares to this one! Whenever I stop using it I can really tell the difference. I recently moved to London and the hard water here was a nightmare for my skin, but once I started using my BHA again it sorted me right out.
I also love that you've listened to feedback and changed the design of the travel size bottle - the old packaging used to leak if it wasn't stored upright (which isn't exactly ideal for travel!)After breaking out severely from the resist pore refining bha I was hesitant to try this but the difference it has made to my skin is amazing. It is brighter and my blemishes have disappeared after 3 days of use. Whether it reduces wrinkles remains to be seen but I will definitely stick with it.I see a huge improvement since I started using that product. Now I can't live without it, and it's in my TOP 3 of my skincare products.This product has been a god send for my skin and in combination with other products, my skin is the clearest it's ever been! You won't see instant results but over a few months it will really smooth out the skin. I only use it at night - it takes a while to sink into the skin so not ideally for underneath make up.I bought the small version of this to test it out and have now just ordered the full size. I have combination skin and bad spots in the oily areas. I had lots of little under the surface spots on my forehead also. These are now all gone. I rarely get breakouts. My skin is soft and glowing. More inportantly, my skin stays matte throughout the day for a lot longer than it used to. My foundation does not become oily and shiny as quick as it used to. Blackheads on nose are almost non existent now. Some people have referred to this product as drying but i would disagree. I have avoided products with S acid in the past as they have dried my skin out. But for some reason this product is not drying at all. As long as you apply a good moisturiser after you will be fine. I dont need to use this everyday. I use it once every 2 or 3 days and i apply at night. Have already recommended to everyone i know. As an acne sufferer i understand the frustration of having blemished skin every day, so when you find a product like this it really is life changing and boosts your confidence so much! I keep touching my smooth forehead all the time!!Although my skin isn't terrible, it's never been anything to write home about. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and the occasional minor hormonal breakout. A few months ago I started getting closed comedones on my forehead. They just would not budge and although only mild/moderate I thought this was annoying as hell. My skincare routine was very basic: cleanser, toner and moisturiser. I've used the same products for over 20 years and have never experimented with other skin care products. With the closed comedones I decided it as time for something new. I tried 2 other skincare brands and nothing made any real difference. I tried this after some research online. Incredible! Within 24 hours I could already see an improvement. Within about three days my closed comedones had been obliterated. It was hard to believe. Three weeks later my skin is better than its ever been, and I mean, ever! All the comedones are gone. Pores look smaller and my skin looks brighter and feels softer. A word of warning: this product is really drying, so I only use it every 2nd-3rd day (took a bit of experimenting to get the right balance). It does sting a tiny bit on application but quickly settles. It also smells somewhat clinical (not unpleasant though). The results have been truly transformative for my skin. Paula's choice is my choice now!seemed to be beginning to work for about 4 weeks, then wouldn’t absorb into my skin properly, even though i was applying exactly the same amount. has broken me out into horrible nodules and whiteheads after over 5 weeks. so disappointed as this was a raved about product.I had problems with blackheads for years, ever since I was about 14 years old, mainly on my nose but a few on my chin are too. I tried all kinds of products, that I thought were good for removing dirt and sebum, but not the actual blackheads. I even used products with salycilic acid in, still nothing worked. It even effected my confidence as I could not put foundation on, without the blackheads looking noticable. Then I head about Paula's Choice and the 2% BHS liquid exfoliant. It last a long time, considering the size of the product. It was also the miracle product that helped my blackheads immensly. I do not exaggerate when I say that, because of the expense and trouble I went through trying to find products. I no longer have trouble with my nose and chin area and no longer have to use a scrup 1-2 times a week. Would certainly buy from Paula's again!So so disappointed and upset with this product. I initially purchased it for some closed comedones I had round my chin, 5 weeks later my skin is worse than ever. I continued to use it as I was sure it was a purge but has just got worse and worse so I've decided to stop. I wouldn't stick with it if it breaks you out, its not worth waiting to see if its a purge or not and you could be left with scars :(
Customer Care: Hi Ellie, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Unfortunately not everyone reacts products the same way. In the future I would like to advice you to always contact us if something like this happens.Very satisfied with the product, I wish I had started using it earlier instead of those harsh scrubs... I have normal skin with occasional blackheads and blemishes, but ever since i started using it I haven't had one blackhead on my face, even the stubborn ones on my nose seem to be disappearing! Makes my skin really young looking and tight somehow without drying it. They even started asking me for ID in the shops lately and it hadn't happened for a while (I'm 33) Thank you!Used to have really bad eruptions from having lots of closed comedones on my forehead. Using this lotion has led to absolutely minimal eruptions. Plus it has lessened the number of small closed comedones (flesh coloured) on my forehead. I have had lots of these since age 18 and at 22 this has finally started to clean them up. I only use it once a night and it works wonders. Helped balance my skin beautifully - would always recommenedCannot rave enough about this product.
Suffered from milia all my adult life, and nothing I've tried previously has worked.
Been using this product 2 weeks and already I can see a massive improvement, and my dull skin looks so much younger.
Love it!Never discontinue this! I have used the 2% BHA gel in the past but it seems that my skin likes the liquid formula better. Within a few days I could see an improvement in my skin texture and blackheads without any irritation.My skin improved within days of using this. I had quite a few hormonal postpartum blemishes around my chin and they were gone within 3 days of starting the liquid BHA. I have dry sensitive skin and was worried about irritation but surprisingly my skin has been fine with using it daily.I love how this leaves my skin - the only exfoliator that seems to strengthen my skin's natural barrier rather than disrupt it.Seen an improvement in my combination skin after using this for a few days and it got better week on week. Wasn't as effective in managing hormonal breakouts due to stopping the contraceptive pill but I intend on returning to this when I can.This product is brilliant, i used it 3 moths and my skin was so matte and the pores was smaller. When i finished the product i bought one from Chanel to try, but after 3 days of using i ordered another one from Paula's Choice ,because i did'nt expect to have such result on my skin with that from Chanel (dissapointed).
Now i'm waiting for my order, I can't wait to receive it. Thank you for this amazing product.My skin is combination-oily and I usually get hormonal acne around my chin area. I also have a lot of blackheads on the nose, chin and cheeks, so I've always hoped for a miracle product.
I like trying new products - especially when they have such raving reviews. When I first heard of Paula's choice BHA exfoliant I decided to try it.
It stung a bit during the first applications but not anymore. I usually apply it at night before my moisturiser. It's a bit weird because the face is still moist after the exfoliant application but apparently it's normal.
I've been using it for a month now. I can tell that I haven't had any acne problems since i started using it, but it might be down to a new moisturiser from Vichy that I'm using as well.. not sure.
I haven't noticed great results yet but I really want this product to work so i'll keep applying it, maybe twice a day. Not sure though if i can apply it before a vitamin c serum in the morning? Sounds a bit harsh.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review! It is fine to combine a BHA exfoliant with other (non-irritating) products that are suitable for your skin type.I have relatively problem free skin but I suffer from a few milia under my eyes. I googled this problem, and this product came up as a solution. I have used it for only a few days as directed, but this is so drying! I have flaky skin around my nose and a large dehydrated area under my eyes which looks like additional wrinkles!!
I am reluctant to use this product now. I feel quite disappointed, as the reviews are very complimentary.
Customer Care: Hello Suzie, thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to certain products or ingredients. Should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team.Sadly this has made my skin break out terribly. I have used it sparingly but every time I do, I get a whole new cluster of very big angry spots. It doesn't agree with me at all.
Customer Care: Hello Kate, thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you, but we are glad that you used our return policy.Every time I finish this exfoliant or the Resist 2% BHA I immediately get a new one, I remember 14 months ago when I tried my first bottle.. After 30minutes-ish my skin completely changed.. It had a glow, not oily. My skin just changed. It's hard to explain but this exfoliant will be with me for life!This product has improved my skin so much - not only do I no longer get serious breakouts but the surface texture looks and feels better. After years of trying out countless products to fix my bad skin, finally I've found something that works!I have tried this product first as a sample size from Lookfantastic and then I bought a full size because I couldn't not have it in my skin routine regime anymore! I can clearly see how it has already transformed my skin and I need to use less foundation to hide my pores. The skin's surface feels smoother, softer, even, pores are smaller, cleaner, the whole face in general is brighter, fresher. A trully trully fantastic product and I am so happy to have discovered it! I cannot wait to try more products of this brand. Besides this one I have already tried Anti-redness exfolation solution and the day cream with spf, all the products so far really impressed me and I am loving the option of buying a small size to check if it works for you before investing in a bigger size. Overall, love the brand from the first sight and will continue using it and recommending it to others!I started using this product about a year ago and it has literally transformed my skin. I have oily/combination skin and I used to get break outs, a lot of blackheads and bumpy whiteheads. Especially the spots on my jawline were really difficult to get rid of and they left small scars as they healed. This liquid was the first PC product I tried. I'm so happy I did because it has changed my skin completely within two months. Breakouts are literally gone, only occasional one but they heal faster now, whiteheads reduced to minimum. Skin feels smoother. I didn't get rid of all the blackheads but I that was less of an issue for my anyway. I felt tightness and stinging for first two to three days after starting using it and then it was gone. Highly recommended product. Now most of my skin care routine is from PC and I had no reaction to any of them and I think they are amazing products.I have used this product many times over a couple of years so I've had time to ponder and I also jumped ship and tried the Ordinary's salisylic acid as a comparison, during that time. My verdict is that you get what to pay for. This product is far superior in application and outcome, itdoes more for blackheads and also controls oil, as for pores, it can only improve the appearance of those enlarged because they're congested, it can't shrink large pores that are hereditary, nothing can do that though. Yes it can be drying so I use it on certain areas daily and others a couple of times a week. I also use a good moisturiser and facial oils. Considering the price compared to cheaper products that don't work, its money well spent in my book. You can always try the sample size and remember Paula's Choice offers refunds, now that's product confidence!My skin is oily and I've had to deal with blackheads for a very long time (not just a few on my nose, I mean all over my face)! But after choosing from a ton of different liquid exfoliants, this one seemed the best. I ordered it, it was shipped to me and I tried it out. After a week, my skin was so much clearer and the blackheads looked smaller and less obvious (finally!) The more I use it, the clearer my skin looks and any breakouts I have clear up in a few days, at most. If you're considering buying this - do it!I've been having the worst skin of my life since I turned 20, a year later and I've tried what felt like every brand and every product but experienced continued dissppointment. This product has completely changed the game, I was doubtful to begin with so bought the sample size, only to buy the full size 2 days later! I love that you can use it twice a day, my skin is so much more comfortable (enough to barely wear any make up) and all of my acne like blemishes are clearing up. Thank you for this amazing product I only hope these results last!I started using this product for just 3 week and excited for the result. My skin is glowing and the texture is so much better I actually see a diferencia. I definitely love it!!I wish I could give this more than 5 stars! I cannot describe how this has changed my skin. I used to always break out on my cheeks (the fleshy part) and on my chin; I gave up trying to treat them and came to a point where I just accepted that it was hormonal; I began using strong concealers to cover up my acne. This really bothered me because I have very good skin, I just always had 1 or 2 spots on each cheek and lots of spots right UNDER my chin which, thank goodness, couldn't be seen but which I knew about. Anyway... I discovered that the cheek spots were from bacteria and my chin spots were a result of plucking at my chin hair with metal tweezers. Paula's Choice liquid exfoliant has treated BOTH and I have had no spots whatsoever for the last 4 months. None. At the same time, it has really evened out my skin tone and my acne scaring (which wasn't too bad on my cheeks as I always got spots on the same place but was it quite bad on my chin). They have really faded away. I also get redness where my acne scars are, which is very noticeable after a shower, but as soon as I put Paula's Choice on, after about 5-10 minutes, the redness completely dies down. I think this might be down to the pearly sheen it leaves behind; I think it helps the light reflect off the skin which gives the illusion of a cooler skin tone, I really don't know but whatever it is, I am not complaining because it is better than having to put make up on. I have stopped using foundation thanks to Paula's Choice; I just don't need it anymore. The only downside is that I already have dry skin and this makes it VERY dry because obviously it's an exfoliant so what it does is, it dries out all the bacteria, pus and blackheads then all you see is your skin flaking off and all the dirt coming to the surface. I like to cleanse it away with Micellar water but I don't force the little flakes off and let it fall by itself because trust me, you don't want to pick at your skin when it is flaky. You will end up peeling off healthy skin which is not needed. Remember, people do not see what you see as they never really get that close to your face nor focus as much as you do. Let your skin shed off by itself.
I recently bought the gel version because people said it's just as good minus the drying out. I have to disagree. Although the gel has kept the zits away, it certainly isn't as strong as the liquid because I have seen no flaking/shedding of skin. Also, it does not help reduce redness like the liquid version. Just my opinion.
Oh, and I also want to mention that my friends have messaged me recently asking me what foundation I have used on my skin because it looks so good, haha! I just wish it worked the same on everyone but after reading these reviews, I have come to the conclusion that maybe it isn't for all skin types. Nevertheless, I would recommend everybody to try and to be patient because it took about a month for my skin to get used to this. The drying and tightness of my skin almost put me off but I stuck it out and it was worth it. Your skin gets used to it so it doesn't go as tight after a while and as for the dryness, I think it is just a side effect of it drying out all the bacteria so it is worth it. When you have a clean and beautifully even skin tone, you will get why I put up with it. Can't have it all but a little moisturiser (with SPF) goes a long way!
Asli xWould give it 10 stars if I could. I am a dark skinned black woman who had super oily skin and a severe bout of hereditary acne a few years ago (that needed antibiotics to clear up) and left me with awful hyperpigmentaion, for years I could not leave the house without make up and hated looking in the mirror, little kids would stare at me in horror when I had no foundation and I'd literally be in tears lol, anything I did would make my skin flare up and I was at the point of only using water on my face (I know gross but nothing worked)!
This has been incredible especially as a woman of colour skin care products can be so daunting because hyperpigmentation (massive black marks) can come so easily and are so hard to treat. This has cleared up so much of the scarring, I am comfortable going out with no makeup and actually receive compliments about my skin now amazingly! There is still some very faint scarring because it was very extensive but this has cleared it up massively and settled my skin so I was able to build a full on cleansing, moisturing, exfoliating and regular mask routine. I also feel like this keeps my acne at bay too even though it's not as bad as it was years ago. I've only gotten through 2-3 bottles and it's reversed years of scarring I am in awe!! I never wanted to get a full on face peel because I know a lot of black women have horror stories about them, this has been gentle but with amazing results in good time. I love this product!!
Only downside is it can be abit drying but because my face was soooooooo oily initially my face is now normal if that makes sense so worked in my favour but not sure how it would be for someone with dry skin!
Anyway from a very happy woman of colour thank you Paula!After having acne for 10 or so years, I'd pretty much given up on skin products and assumed that I'd just have to live with it. Then I heard about this 'miracle' product and thought I'd try it as a last resort, even though it's a little outside my budget. I've been using it for about a month, once a day before bed, and the results have been amazing. Not only has my problematic skin finally cleared up, but my scars have started to fade, my pores appear smaller and my entire face feels like it's been resurfaced - the texture is softer and much closer to what I would consider 'normal', clear skin. Makeup goes on smoother and my face looks fresh and glowy without it. I was worried it would run out too quickly, but after just over a month of use, the bottle is still at least three quarters full. I'll definitely be buying this again and again.The very first product i tried from this company and now i can't live without my entire paulas choice skin care routine, absolutly amazing results within weeks of using and i actually see a difference!Since I started using this a few months ago I have had NO hormonal breakouts on my chin! The effect was immediate. It is the only product I have ever used that has consistently prevented breakouts. The pores on my nose have become less noticable and my combination skin with oily t-zone is much more 'normal' now. I only use it 2-3 times a week. I'll never go back to face scrubs!this works great at bringing all those pesky blackheads or under the skin spots (not cystic acne though) up! i use it at night and by the morning whatever i have wanted to come up has done! i even used it persistently on a blackhead my facialist couldn't get out and eventually over a week it bought that up enough to extract it. never found any product like it! i only purchased the trial size however and have just ran out so will try full size. i recommend always purchasing the trial size as this isn't for everyone but it works for me. you will get some dryness but as with any product this eventually subsides. its all about persistance rather than thinking it doesn't work and giving up, you have to keep trying the product to see results. i do use a full skincare routine though so i'm not sure how my spots would be without using my lira salicylic acid moisturiser.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.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!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!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.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.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.Hi,
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.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.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.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.Blackheads reduced a great deal since i started using this !! Lovely product and consistency, keep using it for results ! Very happy :))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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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 productHaving 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.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.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. :)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.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.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
What are the key ingredients?
Primarily an exfoliant, helps to shed dead skin on the surface and inside the pore, therefore effective for reducing breakouts and blackheads. It also has soothing properties.
Green Tea Extract
Possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties and has impressive research in terms of its many benefits for skin, including anti-ageing properties.
Can enhance the absorption of ingredients such as salicylic acid. It also has hydrating properties that can leave a smooth, dewy finish on skin.
Aqua, Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Good to know before you start:
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. During the day, always use a moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. Your skin will in fact be slightly more sensitive to sunlight when using an exfoliant, so the chance of sunburn and sun damage is slightly higher.
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 ageing. Both are suitable for all skin types but best for normal to oily or combination skin.
The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant feels a bit sticky/greasy on my face. Why is that?
If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount needed is the size of a small coin, and it’s best to apply it in a thin layer. 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.
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. 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 the skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.
Is there another Paula's Choice product which is similar to the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant?
Our Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant has the same formula to our Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Solution Exfoliating 2% BHA.
This foaming cleanser removes dirt, excess oil and makeup without stripping skin.
Restore the balance of your skin with this lightly hydrating toner.
Weightless formula fights blackheads and protects skin from environmental damage.
Lightweight, mattifying lotion protects skin from signs of ageing caused by the sun.
This gel moisturiser absorbs quickly to give a matte finish, without clogging pores.
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