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Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA
Rating
1.5 fl. oz. for $35
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This liquid-to-foam exfoliant contains 4% salicylic acid (BHA) encapsulated in a time-release formula to provide gentle yet effective exfoliation. The texture is ideal for those with combination to oily skin.

This concentrated product helps reduce the signs of aging plus breakouts and can help minimize enlarged pores by unclogging them and can stimulate collagen production for firmer skin!

Even more to love: The formula contains a beneficial mix of soothing plant extracts and antioxidants, which help reduce the signs of inflammation behind rosacea and the redness that accompanies acne.

This is meant for use as a weekly treatment, either with your regular exfoliant or in place of it. As with all Paula's Choice products, RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment with 4% BHA is fragrance-free and formulated without the irritating ingredients so often seen in products meant to reduce clogged pores and breakouts. It's also formulated within the ideal pH range salicylic acid needs to be effective.

Pros:
  • Specialized treatment for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts at the same time.
  • Soothing agents calm redness.
  • Helps reduce pore size.
  • Liquid-to-foam texture ideal for combination to oily skin.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foam is an innovative treatment that delivers smoother, younger-looking skin overnight. Specialized technology encapsulates anti-aging superstar salicylic acid for time-released delivery—so you get dramatic results without flaking or signs of irritation. The unique liquid-to-foam texture feels water-light yet is packed with soothing ingredients that reduce redness, calm inflammation, unclog pores, and reduce symptoms of rosacea.

Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Dimethyl Isosorbide (solvent), Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine (antistatic agent), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliant), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidant), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Major (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (anti-irritants), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oils/antioxidants), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

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

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.

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.

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08.11.2015
Absolutely Amazing!

I have little bumps and clogged pores on my forehead, face and around my eyes since my early 20's from sebaceous hyperplasia. Nothing I've tried including laser,reduced their size. I tried this initially by applying it for only 1 hr. and was amazed by the results! I now apply it every other day for a bit longer each day and even apply it with a Q-tip around my eyes. I am thrilled to report that it is working! Even my sister noticed a difference! Thank you so much for another great product!

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Emily C.
07.30.2015
Smoother, clearer, brighter

Made a tremendous difference in the texture and "brightness" of my skin. I use it once or twice per week. I use AHA other nights. It did cause a tiny bit of redness, sensitivity near eyes when first started using it. Nothing major. probobly bc I wasn't used to BHA. Fabulous product with visible results. Always use the night before a "big day"

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Lindley
06.05.2015
Great Stuff

I wrote a review of this product in my own blog and it is amazing. I use it three times a week, and it really does get rid of those blackheads on my nose. I'm a UK buyer, so I had to purchase it from the Nordstrom website, but the extra duties and shipping costs were worth it. It does have a fishy scent to it which is due to the formulation, but it lasts for seconds, so that doesn't really make it a concern. This has become my favorite product, it has outdone the BHA 2% liquid. A fab product.

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Mahtab Nejad
03.21.2015
re: veronica

Aspirin allergy can cause salicylic acid reaction.

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alisha
03.08.2015
Zero effects

I've used al of PC BHA products in every form, this is the only PC BHA product that did nothing, zero, nada. It was like putting water on my face. At that price tag and amount I have no idea why this product exists.

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Poesha
03.09.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there - I'm so sorry to hear about your experience on this product.  Most people love it!  I will e-mail you privately to follow-up regarding a return or exchange.  :)

-Beautypedia Team

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02.11.2015
A Miracle

If I used this weekly I'm sure the results would be phenomenal. That said, every time I use it before bed, I wake up with skin that looks like I spent a ton on a facial.

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Denise
01.27.2015
Excellent Product!

This is my new BFF. I alternate this 4% foam in pm (too sticky for day) with Resist 2% every other night (note: layering on top of 2% irritated my skin). After a month of use, no reduction in pore size but beautiful clear pores and noticeable decrease in oil production not achieved with Resist 2% alone. Very strong fragrance during application-quickly dissipates to an awful odor-but worth it. The smell didn't transfer to pillowcases. I continue the 2% in the am. No more extractions!

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Ruth B.
09.13.2014
Biggest bang for the buck

This is the product I don't want to be without. It provided next-day results of smoother, softer and more refined texture of skin on my face, neck and kp arms. I haven't noticed much difference around my creased under-eye area, but as far as texture, I get compliments all the time.

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Lizanne
08.04.2014
Severe reaction

I have been using Paula's Choice products for many years and been completely satisfied. I get many compliments on my skin. However, after using the retexturizing foam, I woke up the next morning in pain with my face beet red and badly swollen, especially my eyes and lips plus hives around my neck. It lasted days; very painful, then itchy and finally peeling. My doctor said it looked as though I'd been burned. It seems to have left my skin hyper-sensitive and now I'm very wary of what I can use.

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Veronica
08.04.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product isn't working out well for you. The side effects you experienced are not typical. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange.

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04.08.2014
Really works.

I work for a very big makeup company. The place I work at has the best products available. And that place is Sephora. I really like this product. Hands down, I wish I could sell it.

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Sara
02.08.2014
Amazing

My scabs from acne and pimples looked better after first use and even better after the second use. A little goes a long way.

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Racer
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