Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel

by Paula's Choice Skincare  Skin Perfecting
$26 - 3.3 fl. oz.
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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel is similar to the Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel, but has twice the concentration of salicylic acid for those with stubborn blemishes or blackheads. This is suitable for all skin types, but best for combination to oily skin. Potent anti-irritants work to calm redness and reduce inflammation.

Skin looks and feels smooth, soft, and even-toned. Exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore lining with a 2% concentration of salicylic acid (BHA). Water-based, non-occlusive gel formula is quickly absorbed by the skin. Salicylic acid has natural anti-inflammatory (soothing) and antibacterial properties. Excellent for all skin types, especially normal to oily skin with stubborn blemishes and blackheads. 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, (solvent/water-binding agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Hydroxyethylcellulose (gel-based thickener), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (anti-irritant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting agent), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Disclosure: In addition to reviewing thousands of cosmetic products from hundreds of brands over the past 30 years, Paula also has her own line of products called Paula's Choice. Paula and her team's goal is to help you find the best products possible for your skin whether they are from Paula's Choice or some other product line. Paula's commitment to this is so strong she is the only cosmetics company owner in the world that recommends products other than her own. Paula and the Paula's Choice Research Team formulate our products to meet or exceed the criteria we use to review products from every other brand on this site. We review all products the same way using the same research, objective comments, and praise no matter whose product it is.

Paula's Choice was created in 1995 in response to the many readers who asked Paula to develop her own products. Given Paula's unique overview of the cosmetics industry, 30+ years of research, and earnest desire to help people find the best products for their skin-care needs, creating her own products was a natural extension of her work. Paula's Choice range of products are designed to meet the needs and preferences of just about every skin type and concern imaginable using only proven ingredients substantiated by published research.

Paula's Choice products provide:

  • State-of-the-art formulas based on reliable, published skin-care research
  • Proven effective solutions for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin
  • Gentle yet effective products for those seeking a natural skin-care routine
  • Fragrance-free formulas (because it is what's best for your skin)
  • Cruelty-free formulas: Paula's Choice does not test on animals during any stages of product development—nor do we contract with third parties to conduct animal testing on our behalf
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  1. Mariya p
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • I have this gel and so far so good as it is improving my skin's texture, but I do have a question. Do Aha/ bha products sensitise the skin?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! AHAs and BHA do not make skin more sensitive per se, but when the unwanted, extra layers of dull skin are shed, the new skin beneath will be more sensitive to sun exposure. This is easily circumvented by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, which is essential for healthier, younger-looking skin.

  2. Stephanie K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    My nose has no blackheads now!
    • I use this just on my nose and chin (I use the AHA exfoliant on my cheeks and neck) and it has made a tremendous difference. My nose has never been smoother and using this product has all but eliminated pimples.

  3. John R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Gel is the way to go!
    • Overall there are MANY more pros for this product than cons! Pros: -- Portion control is easy with the pump action. 2 pumps covers my entire face and neck! And that helps the product last longer! -- Easy application with the gel. It glides on very smooth and evenly. -- Non-iritating -- It reduces my pore size and inflammation from flare-ups Con: -- It makes my skin look really glossy until it dries. It can also be slightly sticky. But hey.... it's a gel :)

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 20, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    The best formula BHA
    • After trying the cream and the liquid. The gel formula is superior It absorbs in and there is no waste. It's tacky for a minute or two, then dries to leave my skin feeling soft. (I have dry skin) My s/o suffers from acne and using this has reduced the flare ups.

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