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!)
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Fast absorbing liquid removes built-up dead skin cells and fights blackheads.
Our Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant got a new look! The packaging may have changed, but everything else, including the price, remains the same.
- 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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What does it do?
Our No.1 bestselling exfoliant around the world.
This gentle, non-abrasive leave-on exfoliant gives great results for combination to oily skin. Quickly absorbed, it removes dead skin cells both on the skin’s surface and inside the pores. 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
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. Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).
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Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.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 alternativeAs an older woman with very oily skin this product has changed my life!! My skin has never looked so good, after the first week of use I did have a small break out, I stuck with it and I now get compliments on my skin. The dreaded large pores have reduced I use a primer and my skin looks fantastic, the shine has gone and each morning its great just to touch my skin, no more oiliness, I use it with the moisturiser for oily skin, I received great advice via e mail to get me started. Thank you Paulas Choice wish I had met you soonerI've only ever felt the need to write a review on something if I felt it was a must. I have been using paulas choice for near on 6 months now and there products have completely changed my skin and my life. This liquid is a miracle worker and teamed with the retinol serum and treatment it has transformed my skin. I am in my late 20's and gave suffered from breakouts and blemishes my whole life. My diet is fantastic and I have spent thousands on products in the past and nothing has worked like paulas products. You now have a life long customer, THANK YOU.I have a combination skin with main concerns being breakouts, clogged pores and blackheads. I made the mistake of using this together with the Resist cream which also has BHA in it and after a month of this joint treatment my face became a lot smoother: my clogged pores flattened so the tiny bumps lining my face disappeared, my complexion brightened and my blackheads significantly reduced. Why this was a mistake is that too much of BHA dried my skin immensely and kept causing my skin to flake and breakout despite it looking smooth and bright.
Then I switched from the Resist cream to a simple moisturiser and continued using this BHA liquid morning and night, applied using a cotton ball, and the flakiness and the breakouts went away in 2-3 days. So this has become an important product in my skincare, it fixes big pores, blackheads and clogged pores if followed with a moisturiser.
It hasn't however removed the blackheads on my nose.After reading all these amazing reviews you might think this product is perfect but it really isn't. I have initially used it for 2 weeks and it seemed to work but after a few days I developed more blackheads and pimples than ever before in places I never had acne to begin with. Customer care advised to continue using it for at least a month and I did but it was very clear that my skin wasn't improving. It was the only thing that changed in my daily routine and I'm certain that it's made my mild acne worse. It seems like this product is unreliable when it comes to treating acne and blackheads, it may work at first but it's only temporary. It's not purging either since I've used it for over a month and when I finally stopped my skin went back to normal in less than two weeks. I'm disappointed as I can't use benzoyl peroxide because it makes my eyes swell and so this seemed like a great alternative.
Customer Care: We are very sorry this product didn`t work for you, we are very pleased that you are happy with the recommended alternative.I did ALOT of research surrounding BHA and AHA products before getting this, I guess I was a little scared it would burn my skin! I have used shop bought exfoliants - scrubs - all my life, and had smooth skin. However it never occured to me that this could damage the top layers! A BHA exfoliant seemed a good choice for my combination, breakout prone skin. After trying samples of the 1% gel, and finding it balled up/peeled off my skin, I was hopeful this liquid version, though stronger, would suit me. Luckily, it seemed to sink in nicely to my skin, not irritate it or dry it out. Or burn! I used up my samples but along with the other Paula's Choice samples I was trying at the time, I had soft, smoother skin, which seemed less oily round my t-zone. I have a full unopened bottle of this in my cupboard, waiting for my other PC Bha product I'm trying, to be used up. This is why I can't give it 5*, simply because I have not used it long enough to see real results. I am hopeful that daily use at some future date, will help further reduce the large pores on my nose and clear out the oil, for good! I am very pleased with this product so far though, thanks Paula!It works. Putting it simply. It seems to 'regenerate' and invigorate my skin. I having been trialling this for the odd spot and it always speeds up the healing process and takes the heat out of a nasty blemish. However, I have also been using t all over as a treatment every other night and the difference is really noticeable. Smoother skin with reduced redness and fewer clogged pores.
It irks me that so much gets absorbed into the cotton wool pad, so now I just use fingertips, it is ever so slightly viscous so it won't 'run away'.
Over a year ago I bought the lotion version for drier skin, but frankly I much prefer the liquid and though it may technically not be suitable for direr mature skin, I just use it less and make sure I am well nourished with the Resist Anti-Aging Retinol Serum followed by a good moisturiser.
And of course the big bonus is the absence of perfume which aggravates certain areas of my face.I'm so disappointed with the packaging of this product. As an avid traveller and a cat owner, I have quickly come to realize how badly this bottle leaks if not stood up perfectly straight at all times. I've lost a lot of product this way and is even more disappointing because this product really works for me! It has stopped and cleared all of my breakouts and helped to heal them quicker while reducing inflammation and redness. I've not broken out at all since starting to use this.
Customer Care: Thank you for your feedback. Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose. Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump.I have been using the BHA liquid for a short period of time but have seen a difference already. Although I have dry flaky skin this liquid is amazing and doesn't dry my skin out as pretty much every other lotion out there. My skin is much clearer and so much smoother it is hard to believe. I definitely recommend to try this out as I will continue using this product.More than a little dissapointed with this product, it didn't live up to the hype. I've used the product 3 times now and haven't seen the results, no difference in texture, clarity, red marks or spots. I'd been using Avon's version and found it works beautifully and immediately. I just wanted to try something different, I guess I'll go back to my usual tried and true.
I'm a fan of PC sound advice and no nonsense skin care. I ordered the trial size, which btw is a great idea and should be considered for all products. I suggest anyone wanting to trial the product does the same, order the trial size and give it a test.
So gutted it's not a winner.Ever since I was a teenager I have struggled with blackheads and spot prone skin, and found nothing that would clear it up. Add to that the progesterone implant and a tendency to pick at my skin when stressed and I've been left with a bit of a mess. At 22, and after trying countless brands of skincare, I was pretty much losing hope that I would ever have clear skin.
However, after only a few weeks of using this exfoliator, I have had no new spots, my blackheads are noticeably minimised and I have nothing to pick at (at a very stressful time, finals!). My skin is still pretty marked and probably will be for a while yet, but for the first time I have a bit of hope that it will have time to improve without break outs!
Pros: no smell, no stinging (unlike other exfoliators), skin feels ridiculously soft
Cons: none so far!I ordered the sample size. Well.. Iv used 3 sample bottles as my friend gave me 2. All 3 small bottles leak! I have to whipe a a film of my bathroom shelf everyday and must have lost a quarter of each bottle :(.
However that's my only negative. Although I hope the big bottle arnt the same.. (Yet to purchase)
I do love this. I haven't seen a difference with my blackhead situation yet after 2 months but they are quite bad. My over all skin texture is amazing. My makeup glides on and pores on my forehead don't exist! The liquid is far better if you wear makeup and the gel can feel quite tacky. Also I'm really pale so suffer from scaring from spots, big dark red/purple blotches, but this has really improved them.
Just try it! Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about the leaking bottles. We will contact you by email about this issue.I heard about this product on a lady's youtube beauty channel. I had heard about Paula's choice before I saw the video, but I was already quite fed up of trying new products.
I'm so glad I tried. I ordered several samples twice and liked the results. Now I am an addict to Paula's choice products. I do not use anything else on my face. I use this, clear cleanser, the resist toner, weekly AHA, resist moisturiser, the sunscreen and a few others and my skin has never been happier.It is the first time I buy any of Paula's choice products and what I can say so far (after two weeks using it) is that this product does really work for me.
I apply this liquid every morning as a toner and in the evening before I go to bed. When I wash my face in the evening and dry it out with a cloth, I can see there is quite a lot of dead skin coming out, so it really does exfoliate well.
It has dried out my skin a bit, but as it was quite greasy lately, it is great for me.
My skin is a bit crazy, I had serious problems with acne when I was a teenager, followed by very good skin after a few years. During the last year I was getting quite a lot of spots and unfortunately they have been leaving red marks on my skin; well, I must say that after two weeks of using this liquid, I can see that my red marks are not as strong and they seem to be fading. Of course they are not gone yet, but I feel so much better about them in just two weeks that I really have faith in this getting rid of them all in a few months.
Also, when I was getting a new spot pretty much every day before, I have had only two in the past few days, so I can really see a change. I am very excited with this product. I will definitely buy it again and recommend it to anyone with the same kind of skin as myself.I had problem with my skin since teenage ( blackheads, spots, large pores, spots) Nothing seems to works and I was feed up. I purchased this product and my skin is so much better. My pores are definitely smaller and I dont have so many blackheads. I can leave home without make up. It is good idea to sell samples of product.Thank you Paula xI am a huge fan of Paula. I find her no nonsense approach to skin care and real information enlightening to say the least. I was very excited to try this product and I have to say it has cleared my black heads and redness is lessened. However, I too have broken out in cystic spots and whiteheads from the lips downwards which is most unusual for me. I have been cautious in use and this is the only new product I've added into the mix. I will however continue to use on the cheeks and nose due to the results seen in those areas of my face and keep it away from my poor lips and jaw area!I bought this product in early 2013 and have been using it on/off until now. I first became aware of it after watching youtuber Wayne Goss' channel, and was especially attracted to the BHA as a cure to blackheads/enlarged pores on my nose. I think in truth this product is probably of high quality but seems useless on my skin. I have really been trying especially hard with my skincare for the past three months with this exfoliant. I don't over do it, applying just a thin layer after exfoliation, cleansing, toner; then applying moisturiser after this product.
I don't think it is worth paying such a high price for this product, aimed at reducing pores (the reason i bought it) as it has made no change but also I was disappointed with the amount of product i received. Although i still have some left after such a long time, that is only because in truth i will sometimes decide to include it in my skincare but soon give up after about 1/2 months.
The best advice I can give is to save your money and pay to see a dermatologist who can give specific advice to you about your skin. Hope this helps!This started of well, however i think i have used it too often, maybe 2/3 times a day? and a 2 weeks later my red marks are really irritated and sore, however it has cleared the blackheads. I've stopped using it for a bit to let it heal. This can be hard on your skin. it sucks because it started off so well!!
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience. It is best to gradually build up use of a BHA product, starting to use it a couple of times a week only. If there is no adverse reaction this may be increased to every other day at night and then, if you wish, every night. Some people increase use to twice daily (morning and night) but it really all depends on the condition of your skin. You need to experiment a bit to see what suits you best. One thing is also important: you should always wear a sunscreen during the day when using an exfoliant.i've only been using this product for a few days and its made a dramatic difference to my skin. i don't usually write reviews but this one had to be done as being an acne sufferer i've finally found something that truely works. If your skeptical about this product atleast order a sample! And if you have sensitive skin start with a lower percenage (1%). Guys this is definately the answer to clogged pores and acne its worth every single penny.I've been using this for a few weeks now and have seen no difference to my skin.
I have suffered with acne for years now so was really hoping that this may be the answer to my prays after reading some of the previous reviews. My skin has gotten any worse? It has just done nothing.
I also get quite a lot of blackheads so was hoping that it would help shift them, it hasn't at all and have in fact got a few new blackheads! I'm so upset as I was really hoping that this may be the solution that I've been looking for after all these years :(I found that just after 2 days of use I started breaking out all over.
My neck was burnt red raw where I applied the product and painful cyst like acne spots have covered my cheeks.
I have never broken out like this, all I have are stubborn blackheads but now my skin looks ruined and it hasn't made the slightest difference to my blackheads!!!
After 1 day of not using my skin is already starting to sooth itself.
Please stay away from this if you have sensitive skin!
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Please contact our Customer Care Team for further assistance and a refund.I will keep this simple...If you want to clear your skin up without upsetting it...use this in combination with the resist toner and moisturising spf...I have had acne for years and have tried everything to clear it...nothing worked until I found paulas choice.I love this toner, in the few weeks I've started using this it has stopped me from getting fresh/hormonal breakouts and has started to clear the pesky whiteheads lurking at the top of my chin.
However, as I've been applying it (with my fingers as advised in the video), it has sometimes caught the skin just outside my lip line and has caused it to go dry and flaky which never happens to me as I have oily skin (hence the 4 stars).
I still love and will continue to use this product but it's a bit annoying not to mention sore; just need to be a bit more careful in the mornings!initially I wrote a review a few months ago and I found it ineffective , I've been using this exfoliant for over 6 months snd it's amazing! It evens out skin tone., reduces redness, smoothes skin and gets rid of blemishes and mild acne marks.
It's got a nice consisticey which Is lightly hydrating! better then having dry and tight skin.
Thank you Paula don't stop making in the UK AND DONT change the formula!First off, This product is GREAT. I noticed a reduction in redness and blackheads within the first 2 days of using. I basically use this as a toner, I see no point in having a toner when using this. It can be slightly oily in t-zon once first applied but once it has been absoorbed it's fine. So maybe a toner would be good to try and reduce this problem before applying.I have seen a reduction in acne, discoluration, blackheads. I have had several STRONG 30% salicylic, 30% gycolic, 65% lactic acid chemical peels but much prefer the results from this product with no irritation what so ever.I have not found this product to be drying plus I have been using it inconjunction with Paulas Retinol (don't recommend for oily/acne skin though)
However for £23 plus shipping for the amount you get 118ml is pretty dissapointing. I have actually bought salcylic acid and tried making something similar however it's just not worth it. I'd rather spend the money and ensure the right PH etc for optimal results.So all in all, probably the best exfoliator I have tried. I have tried many (origins - modern friction, kate somerville - exfolikate, dermologica - daily microfoilant. But I much prefer this than all others, I have noticed much better results and will continue to use until I no longer see any results.I have been using this product for around 10 days, not every day, as it is too drying for my skin. Although used in conjunction with other PC products my skin seems a little too greasy. I ve been using hydralight shine free moisturiser, which leaves my skin shiny, and the resist ultra light serum, along with the resist toner. I have combination skin, which suffers from permanent blackheads on my nose, and under the skin bumps rather than spots on the forehead and around the mouth area. I can t use this product in the mornings as it leaves my skin tight, I have noticed some flaking on the chin area too.I ve been using it once a day, although not every day. I have more bumps breaking out on my forehead, nose and round my mouth than previously, and I am sure I have an enlarged pore developing on my cheek and pores around my eye orbital are appearing to be show up where I had no problem before.I ll continue to use for a little while longer to see if there is any improvement and update at that point. I m not too happy right now though. Thank you for your review and we are sorry that this product is not yet to your satisfaction.. If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application of the 2% BHA is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). We encourage you to contact customer care to discuss your routine and skin type so we can make any needed suggestions.I've currently got clogged pores and a few marks from previous breakouts; as well as oily skin, I used the bha liquid for about a week and left on overnight, the next morning my skin was silky smooth and skin looked better, it got rid of my blemish, a week on I've still got clogged pores and my skin looks congested, any blemishes I've had turned in to marks that have not shown sign of leaving, it's not really making a difference to my skin, despite the claims and money I spent?! help Paula?! Customer Care : Thank you for your review! We're sorry that the 2% BHA Liquid didn't work out for you as it has for others (we agree, that can be frustrating)! Environmental factors, other products used, or breakouts that were already on the way may have played a role in your experience. Our Customer Care will contact you to find the right solution for you.I was seriously disappointed with this product. I got it to try to reduce the large and numerous blocked pores that I've got on my nose and chin, apart from that, I rarely get breakouts.
I've actually bought this product twice, but it's only now I decided to review it. Initially, I used it twice a day every day and it completely stripped the skin off of my face. It left my nose and chin very red with flaky peeling skin and made my cheeks and jaw extremely itchy. I decided that I was using it too often and decided to give it a break. Well, I didn't go back to it and ended up just using it here and there as a spot treatment or when I remembered that I had it. During this time, it made absolutely no difference to the size or appearance of my pores. None whatsoever.
Recently I decided to give it another proper go and bought a new bottle. This time, I only used it once in the evening every other day. Well, I used it for a few weeks and made absolutely no difference to my pores again. I decided to up it slightly and use it in the evenings every day but only on my nose and chin. Sure enough, the skin went all red and flaky. Again, no improvement in the pores. Also, I found that I got an outbreak of deep spots on my chin - whether or not they were caused by the BHA I don't know, but it seems like too much of a coincidence for me.
This product really did more damage than good and I won't be using it again. In fact, not long after I stopped using this, I did find something that improved the appearance of my pore - drinking more water. I'd strongly suggest just taking a look at your diet before this product, as it could be something so simple, such as dehydration in my case, that's actually causing enlarged pores.I was dubious about trying this product, as through the years I have spent £££s on products to sort out my combined acne prone skin. I have been using this twice daily after a single cleanse in the morning and a double cleanse in the evening before moisturising. I use a few drops onto my fingertips that I rub onto the whole of my face. It has taken maybe two months before I started to notice a real difference but WOW!! I glow! My skin is even toned, clear, pores are cleaner-it didn't remove the blackheads on my nose but extraction was much easier and it takes much longer now before any come back. I have had a couple of very small spots on my chin due to hormones but they went quickly, and weren't the huge ones that stay for ages like I normally get. And the main difference for me is that I would be happy going out without any makeup on my skin, which has not happened for nearly 20years! I have been using it for nearly three months now, and have hardly touched the amount in the bottle. Please never discontinue this Paula, its a life (face) changer!Unfortunately this product was way to strong for my acne prone skin. It made my acne worse and i was told by customer service (who are amazing btw- other companies should take note), that to carry on trying it, but less frequently, maybe alternative days and see if it improves. I did this and it sort of did, but i was still getting spots and they were painful. I did however give it to my cousin, and she's found it an absolute miracle for stubborn spots around the chin. So overall, works for some and not others. My advice would be to try the 1% if your acne is up to moderate/high moderate acne and not to dive in morning and night. Instead use is maybe only at night on alternative days so your skin can get use to it as it is potent stuff. Currently i'm using the 1% lotion, even though it's for dry skin (mine is oily) but because i'm using Paula's oil control products i need the lotion just to balance my skin out. Something for some people to keep in mind.I bought this product a little over a month ago, and it is great for halting and diminishing persistent break outs. When applied it is a little sticky and shiny, but let it dry out and your skin feels smooth. I have not seen any change to the tone of my skin (since it has only been 1 month) but I do feel a sense of confidence in using it to quickly get rid of unwanted embarrassing spots. If applied under the Paul's Choice SPF15 mattifying moisturiser, it will will leave your skin feeling smooth and clean. As a black male, I would recommend this for targeting ingrown hairs and correcting visible signs of ageing.Im 21 and suffer from regular whitehead breakouts so bought this product in hope of it clearing out my pores. Within the first few days of using this product I was breaking out a little more than usual, this continued for several weeks but I thought it was my skin purging. After around four weeks of this i emailed their customer service department and they notified me that this product shouldn't induce purging so instructed me to reduce the number of applications to see if it was irritating my skin. I reduced the application to just once at night. I continued this for two weeks but got to the point where my skin was so bad i had to stop. I was getting much bigger, more frequent and more painful breakouts. Its now been several weeks since stopping and im still breaking out really badly. Not only was this product a complete ripoff it has destroyed my skin! I would advise others to take caution when using these products.
Customer Care: We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. We understand that each person will respond differently to products and ingredients. We will contact you by email.I bought this to try and help clear up the blackhead I had on my nose, but after a few months of using it my skin was worse! Like LS, I thought maybe the changes in my skin were hormonal, so continued using this up until about a month ago, but when things still didn't improve and realising my skin got worse round the time I started using this liquid exfoliant, I decided to stop using it. Now, not only do I still have the blackheads on my nose, but also on my cheeks (which I've never had before), along with small under the skin pimples and red, damaged skin. After a month of not using it, my skin is slowly starting to look better and healthier and I definitely will not be using this product again.Customer Care : We're sorry that the 2% BHA Liquid didn't work out for you as it has for others (we agree, that can be frustrating)! Environmental factors, other products used, or breakouts that were already on the way may have played a role in your experience. Either way, be sure to contact our Customer Care team for assistance in finding an alternative exfoliant more suitable to your skintype.i bought this thinking that it would help with my blackheads on my nose and give me clearer, cleaner skin. I thought £23 was a touch expensive, but if it helps to slowly clear my problems that I was seeking salicylic acid to do - it was worth it - or so I thought. I tried it consistently for a total of 2 months - initially my blackheads and pores seemed to clear up, but then in the 3rd week or so into using it, I thought I could notice more blackheads on my nose, on my cheeks (which I had none before!!), and I thought I was breaking out more than usual on my forehead as well. At first I dismissed it as my skin purging, so I persevered. Into the 2nd half of the 2nd month using it, the problems did not improve and worsened! I had the worst ever acne on my forehead (complete with cystic acne, etc), more blackheads on my nose, cheeks and chin now!! That was when I stopped using it - as this was the only new product I added to my routine other than the Resist 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment (which is excellent, and I'm still using it now. but that's another review.).
After I stopped using this, I could definitely see my skin slowly improving and going back to normal. However I still had the persistent blackheads on my cheeks that I'm still trying to clear even until now. A month after I stopped, I thought I'd give this a try again (thinking it was something in hormonal then). Again the same thing happened, more blackheads and acne!!!!!!!! I quickly stopped using it again after about 1 1/2 weeks later. I learnt my lesson this time round! This is terrible! Hence my review now. Customer Care : Thank you for your review, and we're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! There are a variety of factors that can influence breakouts, and as the 2% BHA Lotion is designed to be ultra-rich for dry to very dry skin types, it may have been too moisturizng for your needs. Please contact our Customer Care Team, they would be happy to assist you finding a more suitable exfoliant for you..I'm a man in my mid-twenties that suffers from breakouts and oily skin and this has had more of an effect on my skin than any other product. My skin is very sensitive and temperamental so I originally only intended to use it once or twice a week, but I became addicted to the extra-clean, smooth feeling on my skin the next morning so now I use it every day and it's never caused me a problem. It's noticeably improved the overall look and feel of my skin, I still get breakouts every now and then but, since the health and look of my skin is much better, they don't seem as noticeable and heal much quicker.
It's totally indispensable to me now!This exfoliant is excellent! For a while I have struggled with those little under-the-skin spots on my forehead that just never seem to go away. This exfoliant got rid of them completely and left my skin feeling so smooth! It's an excellent exfoliant! However, it's a little too potent for my skin. After applying, my skin itched and had a slight stinging sensation in some parts and my nose was left red, but that's not the exfoliant's fault. Also, due to the irritation I don't think it was as effective on my blackheads as it could have been as they've not been reduced very much. I do know that it takes time for them to go, however. In conclusion, my skin just simply cannot tolerate such a high percentage or PH of 2% liquid BHA. Instead, I will be using the CLEAR Targeted Blemish Relief Toner (it's an exfoliant) as it is 2% liquid BHA but at a milder PH.
I am going to give it five stars as I cannot fault a well formulated product based on the fact that my skin cannot tolerate the high level of ingredients in it.I have been using this for quite some time now, with mixed results. First let me tell you about my skin. I have dry skin in general, particularly my forehead and cheeks are dry and can often feel tight after cleansing and toning. I do have some congestion around my chin, get the occasional breakout around my time of the month and also suffer from the odd whitehead. I also have some wrinkles on my forehead and the root of my nose. I'm 37 and fair with some sensitivity, but nothing extreme. Generally my skin is quite clear, though, except my nose where I have A LOT of blackheads. That's where this product was supposed to come in. I like it, as it goes on easily and does not strip my skin. I was worried about that, but I do not even feel the need to put a moisturizer on straight away after this, which is unusual. It obviously has a moisturizing effect. It also makes my skin really smooth and even. I get that shine now, not oily, but the kind you try to get when you put a highlighter on. The light kind of bounces of my cheek bones. However, it has done nothing for the blackheads on my nose, which is what I wanted it for. So, only three stars. It's a lovely product, but did not quite work for me. Maybe customer care could suggest one of the other exfoliants for me to try, as I really want to get rid of them. They make me feel self conscious. Customer Care : Thank you for your review. For the dry/more sensitive skin we prefer to recommend the BHA lotion. With very stubborn blackhead we advise to consult an beautician. When the blackheads are removed the use of the BHA will prevent hem from coming back.I am now on my 3rd bottle and can't go without it. Its one of the best BHA products i've used and love that its in a liquid base, which i spritz all over my face and it slightly moisturizes my skin and calms down the irritation and gets rid of black heads. I use this after cleansing and before my acne medication and works really well. Even though its listed as an exfoliater i use it as a toner and think it is the most gentle BHA product i have ever tried, which calms intead of irritates like most products with BHA in it.
I just wanted to ask whether the new bottles can still be used with the spray pump i purchased with my previous one? Thanks Customer Care:Thank you for your nice review. We are pleased to inform you that the spray pump can be used with the new packing.I bought this having had it recommended to me via your customer service team, and it has ruined my skin! I had my acne under control, and just wanted to get rid of blackheads and acne scars. I was told this product would be perfect, so bought the full size and paid just under £5 for postage for ONE product, ontop of the £21! So, I was expecting good things, well, I am extremely disappointed! Instead of getting rid of the blackheads on my nose, it has given me blackheads and open pores on my cheeks (I've never had a problem with my cheeks - they were clear before I started using this exfoliant!) and I've developed under-skin spots on my jawline - again somewhere I've never had spots before! I have no idea how to get my skin back to its former condition! AVOID! Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While the response you have indicated is not typical, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products. For that reason, we have located your account information and applied a credit for the product.I've suffered with acne for the last 10 years. My condition got significantly better in the last three months thanks to an amazing product Channel 4 was advertising. I stopped using foundation cause my skin looked so good ^^
But still I though I need to exfoliate and reduce my pore size. That's when I came accross Paula's choice. I ordered it straight away, it arrived in no time and I started to use it. That same day I got a few tiny little white heads. I thought, oh well, unfortunate.. But with two more days of using the product, I had more and more white heads and a few became painful spots. This liquid exfoliant is quite oily.. I wonder if it clogged all my pores :(
I can't see anything else that could've caused this sudden return of my acne condition this fast. I decided to stop using it as of tomorrow and see if my face calms down. Or at least get back to being as good as it was before I used this product...
Shame!! My wedding is coming up in 3 and a half weeks and my skin got aweful from a product that I hoped would have done me good. This happened to anyone? Customer Care :Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While the response you have indicated is not typical we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products.. Please contact customer care via email or over the phone so that we can offer you a credit for this product.I just wanted to say thank you for your great products! I know you've heard it before,but my skin has changed at 360 degrees. I am using Bha 2%, glycolic acid 10%, and resist anti -aging hydrator for almost 2 months and after 3 years of testing all kind of products I can say I am happy now. I usually don't write reviews but I hope it can be useful for women that have skin problems. I was one of them ( I am 27 and I had problems since I was 24),but not any more! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! You and your team give hopes for a lot of people!!I am a black young lady with sensitive and oily skin. This year my skin has been really turbulent and even reacted to 'for senstive skin' products I bought from the high street. I tried Paula's 1% BHA (gel) and thought it was okay. But it was one of thos products which would work one day and not another. However, the liquid version is just AMAZING! After just one application, my skin looked really glowy and the scars that i had were severly reduced. What's more it evened out my skin complexion and reduced the size of the annoying spots i had on my chin. I am soooo happy as prior to this i was feeling really depressed. However, I have also been drinking herbal and green tea which has good purifying affects on skin. So anyone wishing to have the over night miracle that I had, may want to try that as well!After reading all the reviews about Paula's exfoliating products I chose 2% liquid and have not been sorry. I've had problem blackheads (and whiteheads) in my T-zone & cheeks which have drastically reduced in the month since I started using this product. I'm using it both morning and night in conjunction with Skin Balancing Cleanser, Toner, Daily Mattifying Lotion & Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum and on occasion, the Carbon Mask. I started using all of the products at the same time so I could get the best results possible and started seeing improvement the second day! I apply the BH liquid with my fingertips because I find it more effective but it's less messy with a cotton pad. I will upgrade my rating to 5 stars if and when it completely rids my blackheads.I was very excited to try this as so many reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Well... it didn't do anything for me. It was like rubbing water into my skin. No flaking or irritation (which is why I gave 2 stars instead of 1), but no effect whatsoever on my pimples and blackheads either. Waste of time and money.Great first line but it is true, I have suffered with acne/blackheads all my life due to a hormonal imbalance, and I was lucky enough to be told about Paulas choice by a friend (who has the most beautiful skin in the world!).
The product is great, I'm on my second batch of this now and my skin glows, and it has definitely got rid of most of my blackheads on the nose/chin area. There are still a few but I hope these will continue to go down now I'm on my second bottle.
You only need a small amount, I use it twice daily now and the 1 bottle lasted me nearly 6months! Brilliant value for money. It does make your skin flakey for the first couple of weeks, dont be put off though. Its worth it when your new skin underneath glows. I no longer have to wear moisturisers with a hint of tan in it because of this.The first ever product I bought from Paula's choice was the 8% AHA gel, that was good but my stubborn blackheads didn't completely disappear. I decided to try what paula recommended which was this products. So far (a few weeks in) I've noticed a bigger difference in the texture of my skin and it's much softer and more luminous. My skin is normally oily and very sensitive so this has helped to normalize my skin without causing irritation. I'm also using the skin balancing toner and serum.I have oily / combination skin and this has worked wonders on my blackheads and has removed all the tiny bumps on my skin. I did not realise how smooth my skin could be until I used this. I have only been using it for a month and can't wait to see even further improvement.This product really works ! it helps me achieve clear glowing skin , bump free !!!!! after having bad skin for over 20 years ! i just wish i had found this product years ago , and also spending hundreds of pounds on products that dont do anything , i cannot praise paulas choice products enough , everything i use is amazing and really works to make the skin look wonderfullI've been using this exfoliant for a few years now and I think it's great, although there's definitely room for improvement. First and foremost, it works! And one can't say that for most other BHA products out there. I have combination skin prone to spots and this helps to both prevent but also treat already existing spots with next to no irritation. That's great news because in the past I though that in order to manage my breakouts I had to 'burn' or 'dry them out' and that having red, peeling, irritated skin was a side effect I just had to get use to. Gladly that's not the case. The only drawback with this product is that it takes ages to dry/absorb into the skin; sometimes up to 25 minutes (especially when I apply it with my finger as opposed to a cotton pad). Which is very impractical to say the least, as it makes one's skin care routine very time consuming. I hope that this can be fixed in the future.For the first time in years I am confident that my skin will be comfortable and clear with this product. It seems to bring everything in to balance so it behaves like 'normal' skin.
Using the BHA liquid, instead of AHA's and Benzoyl Peroxide, has given me the clearest skin I've ever had with the least irritation. Even bi-weekly peels with Salicylic acid were not as effective as this. If I stop using the product for a few days, small outbreaks begin to appear so, as others have said, I am in no doubt this product is keeping my skin under control.
It is powerful, so start slowly and give your skin chance to adjust. I also find it useful to adjust my routine to the time of year as my skin is more oily in summer. After using this product, I have switched all my other skin care products to Paula's Choice. Try it, you will not be disappointed :)This product is one of the best I have ever used on my skin - I have seen such a difference in my skin since using it. I tend to suffer from those annoying spots that are just lumpy and take ages to go away but this product is ideal for getting rid of them completely and reasonably quickly. Will defintely be repurchasing!I didn't realise the difference between AHA' and BHA's until I watched Paula's videos.
I'm not sure many UK salons know the difference as BHA peels/products don't seem to be available. I had bought the only option available - expensive AHA's peels - when trying to improve my skin. I gave up when after £300 of AHA (6 week course recommended, as ever!) made my breakout worse.
I think I found out about Paula's Choice products when scouring the Acne websites and forums. My 39 year old skin now is the clearest it has ever been since I was last on full on antibiotics/the pill. For the first time in years I am happy to go out without makeup so good is the effect. It really is a unique product for anyone if you are plagued by acne and blocked pores – nothing like it on the UK high street. I started with the 1% lotion but I think I only used on bottle of that before moving on to the 2% liquid - I like the feel of the liquid better. I definitely get breakout if I don't use it regularly so I am in no doubt it is the BHA that is making the difference for my skin.
Prior to the 2% BHA liquid I had tried prescribed topicals, antibiotics and the pill for years on end (as well as every OTC topical option available). No one wants to be on antibiotics for years and I wasn't happy being on the pill for my skin.
The BHA did exactly what Paula said it would.
What are the key ingredients?
Primarily an exfoliant, helping 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.
Please note: Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).
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).
Frequently asked questions
Good to know before you start:
This product is an exfoliant and your skin has to get used to it. Build up use from once a fortnight to 1 to 2 times per day. It may take some trial and error to see what is the best frequency for your skin.
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.
Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).
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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