Tested on animals:No
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.