CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
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CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 86 reviews

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A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.
  • Salicylic acid (BHA) provides gentle exfoliation
  • Reveals glowing, hydrated skin
  • Lightweight lotion is perfect for sensitive skin
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Redness, Extra Sensitive Skin, Blackheads

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    $27.00
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Why is it different?

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a leave-on, sheer lightweight lotion with a texture that works to soothe redness and smooth away dry skin with skin-plumping hydration. It also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and lessens the size of pores.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8

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What does it do?
Gently exfoliates skin’s surface as well as inside the pores to enhance skin renewal, while hydrating and soothing ingredients promote visibly calm, even-toned skin. Skin-soothing plant extracts ease extra-sensitive, red skin for a more unified, healthier-looking appearance. Helps unclog and refine the look of enlarged pores and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. Gentle enough even for those with skin prone to rosacea.
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How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, including the eye (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (stabilizer), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Dimethicone (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Lauric Acid (skin replenishing), Sorbitan Stearate (texture-enhancing), PEG-40 Stearate (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
 
3.6

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (69)
  • Non-greasy (54)
  • Soothes skin (41)
  • Softens skin (38)
  • Moisturizes (30)

Cons

  • Not effective (20)
  • Irritates skin (19)
  • Drying (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (53)
  • Sensitive skin (53)
  • Enlarged pores (32)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (31)
  • Uneven skin tone (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (35), Survivalist / minimalist (13), Beauty expert (10), Skin care professional (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (37), Dry (19), Oily (8)

Reviewed by 86 customers

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1.0

Paula's Choice has had better 1% BHAs

By Stephanie

from Mississauga Ontario

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

  • Irritates Skin
  • Not Effective

Best Uses

    I've used PC products since 2001. They've all been great with a one or two exceptions. This is the major one. I prefer the BHA 1% with the cucumber smell a lot of people complained about. It was fantastic in every way the smell didn't bother me. I think PC should bring the other one back so there are other 1% options. There are so many 2% options not fair. There have been I think three or four formulations of the 1% BHA since PC launched her own line. The others have all been great except this one. I have rosa was and it irritated my face a little. I'm so sad.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Service superb in every way. Delivery excellent too.

    • Skin Type:
    • Dry
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    5.0

    Confidence in a bottle!

    By Lins

    from VA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clears out blackheads
    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Shrinks look of pores
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Blackheads that will not go away
    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

    I have always had blackheads on my nose, around my nostrils and around my lips. I was always self conscious about this even though I have seen worse. Before this product I had not tried anything but changing my cleansers and moisturizers in hopes of not clogging my pores. I have VERY sensitive skin and some redness on my cheeks. I was skeptical but after using the entire bottle I am a believer! This has changed my skin dramatically! My blackheads are almost 100% gone and my pores look smaller. This is another product from PC that I will never run out of. I am now finishing up the last little bit of this bottle and already have the BHA 2% Lotion in my cabinet ready to go. I use this AM and PM, I just love it! It will change your skin!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Shipping is always free and I don't ever want that to change. My orders always take between 5-10 days at the most but I plan accordingly and have no issues! Service is wonderful!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    more irritating than calming

    By stellaglo

    from vermont

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • drying
    • Irritates skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

      Ironic that this BHA product, sold as being calming, is more irritating than the other BHAs from PC. I was hoping this would replace the one with the horrifying cucumber scent (which didn't irritate, just smelled bad), but while this one has no scent, it is far more reactive than the others i've used from Paula. over the years, I think i've used them all, and by far the best one, the original 1% lotion, was the winner. but times must change, even at the expense of good products, even with Paula.
      i wouldn't recommend this product for sensitive skin.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      need the original skin perfecting 1% BHA lotion back!!!

      By mad

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me oily, redness, rosacea, sensitive

      Pros

        Cons

        • Greasy
        • Irritates skin
        • Not Effective

        Best Uses

          Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

          not good. irritates skin the original formula was 1000 x better.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for Sensitive Skin

          By roxy's mom

          from New England

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

              My combination skin tends to flush easily, especially in winter. So I tried the entire CALM collection. I don't notice an improvement in reactive redness, but this exfoliant is very gentle and soothing and it doesn't sting my sensitive skin.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Perfect BHA For My Sensitive Skin

              By Ann

              from Chicago

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores
                • Redness/Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                I have tried numerous BHA products from Paula's Choice as well as other lines and this is the only one that doesn't cause my sensitive skin to become flakey, irritated, and dry. Since using this product, I have seen a reduction in clogged pores and it has helped to lighten some of my post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Also, I love the texture of this on my oily skin. It doesn't make my skin greasy at all like other exfoliants I have tried. Please never discontinue this product!!!!

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for Sensitive Skin!

                By Rachael

                from Apex, NC

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                  I love that Paula's Choice offers samples of nearly all of their products, because I tried the 2% BHA Exfoliant and it really irritated my skin. This, however, is absolutely perfect! I have normal to dry skin that is very sensitive, and I can use this exfoliant day and night under my moisturizer with no issues. It adds a bit of extra hydration and leaves my skin feeling so soft! Thank you for making such a gentle version of a BHA exfoliant!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for Combo Acne Prone Skin

                  By Karen From Finance

                  from St. Louis MO

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Moisturizes
                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Softens Skin
                  • Soothes Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Enlarged Pores
                    • Redness/Blotchiness
                    • Sensitive Skin
                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                    I have had stubborn combination/acne prone skin since I was 12 and this product has done wonders for my skin. Shortly after I began using this product I noticed a big difference in redness and acne scarring. I then began to notice a reduction in blemishes as well as fewer dry and flaky patches. In conclusion I think this is an amazing product, even the packaging is great!

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    I have always loved Paula's Choice for there reliable shipping and packaging, and they didn't disappoint this time. As a company they have great customer service.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Gentle and great for reducing redness

                    By Scribbler

                    from Tennessee

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Soothes Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Redness/Blotchiness
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                      I used the old 1% Skin Perfecting lotion and liked it a lot, but I like this product better, primarily because it does an amazing job of combating redness. Works better on that score than the Calm Serum, at least for me. Like any BHA, it's slightly drying. Some days I use it only on the oiliest parts of my face, and I always need a moisturizer over it. Overall, though, it's quite gentle and seems to lend a glow to my skin. Will definitely repurchase.

                      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      disappointing so far

                      By Pilates mom

                      from Palo Alto, CA

                      About Me 57, formerly oily skin, now pretty much normal

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • tacky, sticky feel

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                          I have used the original 1% BHA lotion for many years and though there was a period of time when there was a strange cucumber smell, that seemed to resolve with similar feedback from many. I loved the consistency of the original version which disappeared into my skin leaving it just soft and smooth, so I could use it under Paula's sunscreen during the day and as a step in my evening routine. I was sad to see it go and hoped that this new version would be fine, maybe better, however it has a tacky feel and doesn't absorb well. I will try it for a few more days to see how it works but I'm so wishing you'd bring back the original consistency!

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