08.30.2016
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RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections
0.3 fl. oz. for $43
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Last Updated:08.30.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections is a spot solution formulated specially to address stubborn imperfections with a 9% concentration of salicylic acid (also known as BHA).

That's a higher-than-usual percentage, but the time-released formula prevents sensitivity without sacrificing the results of its 9% strength. As with all Paula's Choice exfoliants, the pH is within the range salicylic acid needs to exfoliate.

The fragrance-free formula also includes an soothing plant extract to ensure even those with sensitive skin can reap the benefits.

Speaking of benefits, what exactly does BHA 9 do? It helps stubborn clogged pores, refines skin texture, minimizes dry, rough patches, and improves the appearance of fine lines and signs of aging. Quite a list there! We're happy to report it really can do all those things (at least for most people) due to its powerhouse formula.

BHA 9 has a serum-like texture that is dispersed via a pump applicator, and a surprisingly small amount of product can do its magic. Whether applied as a spot solution or to larger areas at night, a little goes a long way.

The fluid consistency is on the thick side, which makes applying this spot solution easier, although it can leave a shiny/greasy-feeling finish if you're overzealous. The pump can be tricky to master at first (dispersing more product than you may need for smaller areas), but you can readily control that by depressing with a softer touch to not release a full pump of product.

Pros:
  • Helps improve the look of clogged pores.
  • Improves uneven texture and tone.
  • Smooths dry, rough patches.
  • Powerhouse formula is surprisingly gentle on skin.
Cons:
  • Pump can be tricky to master.
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RESIST BHA 9 is a salicylic acid-based spot solution designed for anyone who has struggled with stubborn skin imperfections or wants enhanced results over and above the solutions they've been using. It is compatible with any other skincare products and works to improve skin’s appearance in numerous ways, and may be used once daily or less often (depending on your concerns).

Ingredients
Propylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), PEG-75 (texture-enhancing), PEG-8 (texture-enhancing), Water, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant, Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Butylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant), Sea Whip Extract (skin-soothing), Arginine (hydration/skin replenishing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer).
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.


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Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.