Resist BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections is a spot treatment formulated specially to address stubborn skin 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 irritation 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 anti-irritant and soothing plant extract to ensure even those with sensitive skin can reap the benefits.
Speaking of benefits, what exactly does BHA 9 do? It unclogs pores, diminishes white bumps, minimizes enlarged pores, refines skin texture, minimizes the skin condition sebaceous hyperplasia, smoothes dry, rough patches, helps balance oily skin, fades red marks from breakouts, and, in general, helps reduce persistent breakouts. 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 treatment 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 treatment 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 so as to not release a full pump of product. (The company is working on transitioning the packaging to a completely different type of component that's easier to control.)
Formulated for all skin types, this is suitable for acne-prone skin, eczema, and rosacea (assuming you know your rosacea-affected skin can tolerate salicylic acid).
Bonus: Although the claims don't specifically state that BHA 9 treats blackheads, it absolutely does! Up next, world peace.
- Helps reduce persistent breakouts and unclog pores.
- Diminishes blackheads and fades acne marks.
- Minimizes and potentially controls sebaceous hyperplasia.
- Smoothes dry, rough patches.
- Powerhouse formula is surprisingly gentle on skin.
- Pump can be tricky to master.
Resist BHA 9 is a salicylic acid-based spot treatment designed for anyone who has struggled with stubborn skin imperfections or wants enhanced results over and above the treatments they've been using. It is compatible with any other skin-care products, including skin lighteners, prescription retinoids, over-the-counter anti-acne or retinol products, and regular skin care such as moisturizers and serums. Works to improve skin in numerous ways, and may be used once daily or less often (depending on your concerns).
Propylene Glycol (solvent/penetration enhancer), PEG-75, PEG-8 (thickeners), Water, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract), Sea Whip Extract, Arginine (amino acid/skin-conditioning agent), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).
Disclosure: Paula Begoun is 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.
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. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!
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. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.
Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. 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 (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)
Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.
For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.
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.