Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA
3 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:07.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Those struggling with oily skin, signs of aging, breakouts, and enlarged pores at the same time, you've found your solution! This light-as-water fragrance-free exfoliant contains anti-aging and anti-acne superstar salicylic acid in a fluid formula that combines super-light hydrating ingredients with cell-communicating peptides, antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and anti-irritants to reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.

This is absolutely a multipurpose product because it fights breakouts, blackheads, and clogged, enlarged pores as it improves skin tone and texture while stimulating collagen production.

The formula is best for normal to oily or combination skin prone to breakouts, but is suitable for all skin types (even those with rosacea).

  • Effective BHA exfoliant reduces enlarged pores and signs of aging.
  • Significantly improves skin tone and texture.
  • Reduces, if not eliminates, clogged pores, breakouts, and blackheads.
  • Loaded with soothing and collagen-stimulating ingredients.
  • Light-as-water texture won't dry or irritate skin.
  • None.

Unclogs and refines pores without causing dryness; Dissolves blackheads; Repairs signs of aging; Smooths skin’s texture; Feels weightless; Stimulates healthy collagen production; Reduces redness, including red marks from acne; Ideal for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts; 100% fragrance- and colorant-free


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant),Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents),Glycereth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).

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. 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, 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. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

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.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

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

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
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This exfoliant is awesome -- I am now buying all Paula's Choice products from now on. This is a bit pricy for the amount you get but it's an amazing product

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Thank you!

My skin was always prone to acne,full of white heads, big pores, oily skin...but thanks to this product my pores have shrunk, whiteheads no longer a problem annnd my skin feels and looks awesome! I love it!!! But the problem is I am from Bangladesh and you dont get this brand here. I want to buy few bottles of this product and store it the next time I go abroad. Want to know if its ok? I means how long can I store this sealed product and will it give the same result when I use it later? Thanks!!

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hello there!  Thank you for your feedback.  Paula's Choice states that unopened this product should last 3 years :)  Once it's opened, follow the period-after-opening date on the packaging, but if they've never been opened, 3 years it is!

Best thing I've used!

LOOOVE this BHA product! I feel that it exfoliates well and calms down my red, irritated skin! I used the sample size, will definitely repurchase the full bottle

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yasmin z.

It's difficult to know how much you are using because it just slips through your fingers like water. I started a week ago with a PC Cleanser, this BHA Exfoliater, and a PC Moisturizer. I have developed two blackheads in just a week. I haven't had any for a least thirty years. Don't know which product is causing this.

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Gen G
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello and thanks for the feedback!  I'm sorry to hear that you're not happy with the results yet.  If you're able to, I'd give it another week or two and then if you're still unsatisifed, I'd encourage you to contact the Paula's Choice Customer Service Team and they could work with you to find a different product or get you a full refund :)

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