Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting

2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 4 fl oz (120 ml)

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A silky, toner-like consistency enhances penetration to maximize exfoliation.

What makes this product unique?

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid rapidly exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function which leads to healthier skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smoothes the surface of skin.

Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The lightweight, non-occlusive formula allows for a faster and deeper exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it's an ideal choice for stubborn clogged pores or blackheads.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.6. Every Paula's Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

Who is this product for?

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

Warnings:

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

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Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubilizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Dispense approximately a dime-sized amount onto a cotton ball or pad and stroke over clean skin, including around the eyes (do not apply to eyelids). This product may also be applied with your fingers. For daytime, wear under a product rated SPF 15 or higher.

Note: Persons allergic to aspirin should not use a product containing salicylic acid.

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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Softens skin (16)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Non-greasy (10)
  • Soothes skin (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Enlarged pores (13)
  • Daily use (12)
  • Uneven skin tone (9)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (8)
  • Sensitive skin (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (15)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (12), Oily (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of the Best for Acne

This is my favorite skin care product, or at least in my top 3. I use it at night after cleansing and toning. I used to use it everyday but I would get...Read complete review

This is my favorite skin care product, or at least in my top 3. I use it at night after cleansing and toning. I used to use it everyday but I would get dry from it, so I use it now 4 times a week in the winter. It clears up acne, kills bacteria, diminishes oil production, improves complexion color and even-ness, and brightens my skin. All of those things in one product. Seriously, I love this. It works for my combination/oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin. I have the most finnicky skin type, but this stuff does the trick!

Also if youre looking for a salicyclic acid product please be sure to make sure the formula is in the right pH. If the acididty of the formulation is off, then the product does not work and you're not exfoliating at ALL. I have tried EVERYTHING--Neutrogena, OxyPads, Clearasail, Clean and Clear, Burt's Bees, Simple Skin, organic skin care, Eminence, Aveeno, ProActiv, etc.! I still come back to my dear olld Paula's Choice, and this product in particular.

The product can be a bit oily upon application, but it dries quickly and you can easily layer products on top of it. It works to kill bacteria, and because of it, I haven't broken out. IF you don't like the oily feeling you might get upon application, you can try the CLEAR Regular Strength exfoliating toner Paula Choice makes, but this one is stronger, and out of the two, which I have for some reason as an beauty addict, I MUCH prefer this one because it kills the acne faster and stronger.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some improvement

Reading the product information, I was hopping to get results that were listed; "exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores..."...Read complete review

Reading the product information, I was hopping to get results that were listed; "exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores..." however my pores remain the same. Skin does feel smooth and soft and some brightening with combining her cleanser as well. Just not as hoped for.

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4.0

Great stuff

By princess

from fl

describe yourself Beauty Conscious

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Evens Out Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Reduces Pore Size

Cons

  • Soso Blackhead Removal

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Redness/ Blotchiness
  • Uneven Skin Tone

Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

Best product I've ever used--and I try them all--for reducing pore size, good job on blackheads,except nose. Could do better on nose area. Great for skin tone and evening it out. Gives skin a healthy radiance. Somewhat reduces look of lines and wrinkles, but that's due to some firming. Non-drying. Works best for me if I apply straight to skin from bottle, rather than using an applicator, i.e. cotton pad. If you want really great results, use in conjunction with a weekly peel. This has reduced the clogged pores on my face immensely. It is really amazing. I do not feel the need for moisturizer, either. Give it a wk or so and use a.m. and ,if can, p.m...you will be thrilled with your healthier , prettier skin!

  • Skin Type:
  • Combination

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best acne-prevention product I own

By Nicole

from Newark, DE

describe yourself Beauty Conscious

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Doesn't dry skin
  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Prevents Acne
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin
  • Tightens skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

    I started using this product after it was recommended to me by a friend. WOW. Absolutely nothing has helped my acne the same way as Paula's Choice's BHA. I usually wash my face in the shower at night and apply the BHA with a cotton round after my face dries. In the morning, my pores appear smaller, my skin is tighter and (most importantly for me) it helps to prevent break-outs without drying out my skin.

    • Skin Type:
    • Dry

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My Staple Product

    By Rachel

    from Indiana

    describe yourself Beauty Conscious

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

      I have extremely acne-prone, oily-combination skin. I have used this product almost daily for the last 6 months, and I can't imagine going without it. I will explain what this product claims to do and what it actually does for me.
      It claims to exfoliate, reduce redness to create even-toned skin, unclog and diminish pore size, and build collagen. After using this product over 6 months, I have noticed an enormous difference in the quality of my skin. It DOES reduce my redness, making my skin tone appear more even, and it leaves my skin feeling soft, clean, and even moisturized after application. As far as pore size, I have NOT observed any noticeable difference in my pores, but that isn't a big issue for me, personally. The salicylic acid does help to calm my acne breakouts, though with the severity of my acne, I have to use an additional, stronger product to keep acne at bay. Also, I have not noticed any collagen-building effects this product claims to do. It smooths my skin, but doesn't make it appear fuller or reduce wrinkles.
      I like this product not because it does everything it claims, but because it does even more things that I need for MY skin. It gently exfoliates, smooths, and softens my skin, reducing redness and leaving my skin feeling and looking healthy and great. A bottle lasts me about two months with everyday use, which justifies the price to me. No other product has left my skin looking and feeling as nice as this, and I will continue to purchase this product for a long time.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination

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      5.0

      Great for blackheads!

      By Aimee_Anne

      from New York City, New York

      describe yourself Beauty Conscious

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Redness/ Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

        I use this at night after cleansing focusing on my t-zone. My skin tends to be a little reactive, but this doesn't bother it at all! Great for blackheads/acne prevention.

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        So-So

        By teacher

        from ithaca, NY

        describe yourself Beauty Conscious

        Pros

        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

            Though I have only used this a week or so, I find Pro-Activ a far better product. This feels gluey & doesn't dry well. Obviously, not sure of results yet, but since I have been using Pro Activ for many years, I'll just stick with what works....

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily

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            5.0

            LIT-ER-A-LLY

            By Nick

            from Philadelphia, PA

            describe yourself Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores

              Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

              This product unclogs/shrinks pores. I've used it every night before bed for about a week now. They just keep shrinking. My skin has never looked better. If there is one product to splurge on (if this is out of your normal price range), this is it.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Finally, clear skin!

              By SadieW

              from Washington, DC

              describe yourself Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores

                Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

                I have tried every product imaginable to deal with my adult-onset acne. This has really helped enormously! In the three months I've used it, my skin has gone from pretty much constant active breakouts to mostly clear, with only something coming up occasionally. My skintone is smoother and more even, and dark spots from scarring are fading. Years of using retinol and other exfoliators I believe have allowed me to use this product twice daily, though I imagine other, less abused faces might need to ease into use. This is a great product that does delivers on its promises!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Must-Have!

                By Maddie

                from Mississippi

                describe yourself Beauty Expert

                Pros

                • Non-irritating
                • Smoothing
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Acne
                  • Blackheads
                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

                  I have been using this for 3 months, twice a day, and I'm just now starting to think about reordering because a little goes a long way. I apply right after cleansing morning and night with a cotton pad (I don't use a toner but I always cleanse twice to remove all makeup). My skin immediately feels smoother and actually quite moisturized, and when used overnight with a very hydrating moisturizer my skin looks amazing in the mornings. It also works well in the mornings under makeup -- I use a lightweight gel moisturizer (also by PC) to avoid shine. Overall my skin has become very smooth, glowy, and with smaller pores. The blackheads on my nose, which I thought I'd have forever, are greatly improved, though not completely gone. My greatest skincare concern is that I suffer from mild adult cystic acne on my jawline and chin, so I am quite religious with my skincare routine, and this is absolutely a staple to me. I wouldn't credit it with curing my acne, but it definitely keeps my skin in good condition. It doesn't irritate whatsoever and it plays nicely with Paula's 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel I apply at night to my acne-prone areas. I also use this in conjuction with an AHA cream from another brand two to three times a week at night for acne scarring, and they also seem to work well together with no irritation. If you have blackheads, clogged pores, acne or just want smoother skin overall, definitely at least try a sample of this. I've tried so many skin care brands, and PC is absolutely my favorite.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination

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                  5.0

                  Not just for your face!

                  By RoseinBoston

                  from Boston

                  describe yourself Beauty Conscious

                  Pros

                  • Softens Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

                      I received a sample of this and started using it on my body first -- rough, bumpy areas on the backs of arms, butt, etc. It smoothed my skin so beautifully and so quickly (in a few days!) that I started using it on my face. Again, magic. I've never believed in any kind of over-the-counter skincare, and have always relied on prescription Retin-A to keep my skin looking good. But Paula's products, from this exfoliant to her moisturizers and toners, have completely changed my mind. Can't recommend this product highly enough!

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing!!!

                      By Amy

                      from Massachusetts

                      describe yourself Beauty Conscious

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Softens Skin
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Enlarged Pores
                        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                        • Redness/ Blotchiness
                        • Uneven Skin Tone

                        Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, 4 fl oz:

                        I don't normally take the time to write reviews on products that I've used, but I had to for this one because it is exceptional! I literally noticed results after my first use. It brightened up my skin overall, reduced enlarged pores, evened out my skin tone, & made my skin super soft. I've never used anything like it & I buy tons of beauty products so I can find my favorites. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to freshen-up their skin & I'll be buying other Paula's Choice products in the near future because of this one. :)

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Combination

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