Pore Size Does Matter

Pore Size Does Matter

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid shrinks pores by removing old cells both on the skin's surface and inside the pore, revealing younger-looking skin.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Trial Size

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  1. Lauren H
    Reviewed on Monday, February 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Can't Live Without This
    • I cannot say enough about this product! I have always had large pours and congestion and NOTHING tackles these issues the way this product does. I try other products as my skin ages a bit to see how they will preform and I ALWAYS come back to my BHA liquid. My skin just isn't the same without it. I've turned my sister and cousin onto it to who are acne sufferers. Thank you Paula!

  2. Chris L
    Reviewed on Monday, February 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    This product does what it says
    • This product absolutely does what it says--it has significantly diminished the size of my pores, removed stubborn blackheads, and made my skin feel incredibly smooth. I have tried everything from every brand at every price point--from Clinique and Estée Lauder to La Prairie and La Mer--and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results I've achieved with this product in mere DAYS. Most other lines I've tried have ended with disappointment, but not this one. Fantastic. And Paula's reviews are spot-on!

  3. Angela M
    Reviewed on Monday, February 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Wow.
    • So, I absolutely love this stuff! I can see why it's rated one of their most popular products. I am 43 and have worse breakouts that I EVER did as a teen, and now wrinkles & sun damage to boot. Yay. Skin is mostly oily w/ slight dryness in winter on cheeks. I find that in a few days, this product smooths the skin, starts dissolving blackheads, and seems to calm redness & irritation. I use a toner first, then put a few drops in my hand & smooth on w/ fingertips. Even fingers are smoother!

  4. JENNIFER T.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Holy grail product
    • I have been using Paula's Choice products for more than 10 years and would not hesitate to recommend this. It has kept my skin free from acne and makes my skin look and feel amazing! It's a holy grail, never be without product!!!

  5. Marina D
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    I don't know how I lived without it
    • This product for acne is like a turbocharger for a car engine. I didn't see any results in the beginning, but over time I saw significant decrease in the amount and duration of break outs. It also helps in decreasing redness/ irritation caused by break outs and benzyl peroxide use. I use the 10% benzoyl peroxide on my T-zone 2x/day (no joke) and the flaking is minimal (really!!!). As an added bonus, it gives skin that healthy "glow." It's definitely a staple in my skin care regimen.

  6. Marina D
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    I don't know how I lived without it
    • This product for acne is like a turbocharger for a car engine. I didn't see any results in the beginning, but over time I saw significant decrease in the amount and duration of break outs. It also helps in decreasing redness/ irritation caused by break outs and benzyl peroxide use. I use the 10% benzoyl peroxide on my T-zone 2x/day (no joke) and the flaking is minimal (really!!!). As an added bonus, it gives skin that healthy "glow." It's definitely a staple in my skin care regimen.

  7. Britton B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Buy this.
    • If there's one thing I couldn't live without, it's this product. It's helped me immensely with the condition and clarity of my skin. Blackheads are rare for me now and when the rare bout of hormonal acne pops up it heals much faster when using this product. I just put a little in my hands and smooth it over my face. Magic.

  8. keegan w.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Did nothing for me.
    • The pros about this are that its gentle on your skin, does not contain alcohol, and is easy enough to apply as it's a liquid. The cons are that I've used it faithfully for nearly 3 mos and have not seen ANY improvement in my acne, blackheads, pores, wrinkles, fine lines, etc. Maybe it's just me / my skin, I don't know. But I am disappointed for sure.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 17, 2014

    Hello! We're sorry to hear of your experiences with the 2% BHA Liquid, and that your results didn't match those of other users. There may be a few reasons why you didn't get the results you had hoped for, and we would encourage you to contact our Customer Care Department for assistance with refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  9. Victoria
    Reviewed on Monday, February 10, 2014
    80 out of 100
    Brighter, smoother skin
    • This is the only BHA exfoliant I've tried to treat acne that has had a dramatic affect on my skin, as it is now noticeably smoother and brighter. My blackheads are gone and I have not had any cystic breakouts in over a month. Unfortunately I have still been getting regular acne pimples occasionally but the scars clear up faster than before. It does dry out my skin a bit so I have only been using it once a day, but overall am happy with the results and will continue to use it.

  10. Katie V.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    LOVE LOVE LOVE
    • This is the closest thing to a magic eraser you will ever find!

  11. Katie N.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    I love this stuff!!!
    • This stuff is awesome!! Now, I only use it at night because twice a day was too intense for my skin, but wow it is great! I really helps control breakouts and doesn't dry my skin out. I love it!

  12. Christin
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Repeat Customer
    • I have been using the 2% BHA liquid for about a year now, and I have noticed SUCH a difference in my skin since! It keeps my sensitive and break-out prone skin clear and smooth, and I have truly noticed that the redness and irritation has diminished. The biggest proof of how well this product has worked for my skin is when I run out of it. I just re-ordered, but have been without it for about 2 weeks and my skin is not as clear and smooth as it was. I'm hooked!

  13. Alicia M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    A+
    • Although I tend to have normal to dry skin, I use BHA products by day and AHA products in my night routine. I find the BHAs help keep black heads at bay and negate my hormonal related breakouts. That said, I ordered samples of Paula's various BHAs formulas and this one is by far my favorite. Non irritating and fast absorbing, it's an A+. I will definitely be buying the full size!

  14. Kayla
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Love this product!
    • I have been using Paula's Choice products for about 10 years now (since my early 20's), and when I first started buying them, there were very few items. This is one product I have been using consistently all that time. I constantly get compliments on how smooth my skin looks. I get red marks very easily after the smallest pimple, and this helps smooth those away more quickly. I also think it helps keep the fine wrinkles away longer because mine have not progressed yet!

  15. Carrie
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Believe the hype!
    • I've struggled with hormonal acne since my teens; I'm now in my 30s. Nothing's been able to really clear up my skin, and I still get breakouts along my jawline every month. I was skeptical of this product, but I've used it for a month now, and it has unclogged pores that have been clogged since I was 12 years old! Along with the 2.5% BP, it's keeping my skin clear. New acne is smaller and less frequent, and vanishes/heals quickly. Basically, I'm in shock--the good, repurchasing kind.

  16. Lette S
    Reviewed on Friday, January 31, 2014
    80 out of 100
    Nice Texture
    • I haven't used a toner since I was a teenager and stopped using seabreeze; this is a world away. Amazingly, it feels like it leaves my skin just moisturized enough rather than stripped bare. Really enjoying it. (I can't give it five stars yet because it hasn't totally resolved the acne spots on my chin, but the rest of my face looks very good)

  17. Lynn F.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 31, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not good for my acne
    • This product feels good on my face, I don't use it regularly because I THINK its not helping my breakouts at all, I am 50 and I have had skin issues since I was 10. So to find a product that actually works on me is like getting hit by lightening. But this product does not burn in anyway, And it for sure helps with pours and makes your skin softer.

  18. D
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    80 out of 100
    Good
    • I purchased this for both me and my two sons. I have persistent clogged pores on my nose, and they have tiny white bumps. Although it has not eliminated the problems, it has reduced them. I have also seen my redness on my cheek diminish - I've been using Finacea for Rosacea on one cheek and this on the other cheek. It seems this works better.

  19. Jessica
    Reviewed on Friday, January 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Seems to be balancing my skin's oil production!
    • I'm been using this product nightly for about two weeks under one of Paula's serums at night. Before my purchase, my skin was horribly unbalanced - breakouts and oiliness I haven't had in 6 years. I was trying to use up a bunch of old products (BAD IDEA - just throw old stuff away!!!) This product seems to be balancing my skin's oil production without aggravating it at all. I'm really impressed & will keep it as my BHA treatment. Used under a serum I don't notice any film or residue.

  20. INGRID B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    This is great!!!
    • I had the most stubborn blackhead exactly in the center of my forehead; 4 visits to my esthetician did not remove the little bugger. After some research I decided to try this product and I am happy to report that a couple of weeks after beginning use, the third eye I had in the middle of my forehead is gone….GONE!!. As an added bonus, my skin has not felt this soft and looked this radiant in many years. This is an awesome product, do not hesitate to give it a try!!

  21. TC
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    very good for acne
    • Works very well at clearing up acne on face and body. Leaves skin looking smooth. My only complaint is that it leaves a sticky film.

  22. Anna F.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Best of the best
    • An absolute essential in your skin care routine, hands down!

  23. Sandy D
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR PRODUCTS
    • I have tried everything from Creme de La Mer to Drug Store products and finally I have a found products that I am thrilled to stick with because the results are real. Thank you Paula for the great products that truly transform and help my skin. I went from dryness and irritation due to cold weather in Canada to wonderful even and hydrated glowing skin in an instant. you have a customer for life! thank you again for saving my skin :)

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, January 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Love/Hate
    • I love the immediate results I get from this. It quickly diminishes pores and minimizes blemishes. However, I've experimented with varying frequencies of use, daily, every other day, weekly; but it always reaches a point where my skin gets too dry and easily irritated from it. I also don't get the same benefits as I do when I use it daily. I thought I had found a solution when I switched from the Skin Balancing SPF moisturizer to the Hydralight one but now after 2 weeks my skins too dry again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Hi there! There are a number of solutions, but it depends on what products you have in your routine. Please contact our Customer Care at custserv@paulaschoice.com and they'll be happy to help tweak your routine so you can find that perfect balance!

    —Admin
  25. Adynathor
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    Surprisingly good
    • I've been using this product for two days now, and I've already noticed my pores getting smaller. It does leave an oily feel and look on the skin but it goes away once I put on my foundation and makeup. I live in a place with very hot and humid weather and it does not make my skin oily. I'm very surprised by the results, I recommend it and will keep using it.

  26. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    So far, so good
    • In just a little over a week of use twice a day, I've noticed that my blackheads have just about disappeared. I am usually that person that is sensitive to treatments but this product causes absolutely no irritation to my skin. I tend to have red skin and it has calmed down, too. I highly recommend this liquid. It's awesome!

  27. CoCo
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 28, 2013
    100 out of 100
    Excellent !!
    • I've used this BHA 2% for +3 months. I got redness initially but my skin has been used to it gradually. The most remarkable difference is the my blackheads were diminished. I have not been aware of it until recently. Also, I accidentally found that a sebaceous hyperplasia over my right cheek was disappearing too!! I have it for years, and it was refractory to the treatment at the dermatologic clinic. So I just gave it up and left it alone. Now I am happy it almost disappears. Great product!

  28. Helen C
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 21, 2013
    100 out of 100
    Love it!!!
    • This literally transformed my skin. I have been using it for about 4 months, and have not had a single breakout. My complexion glows and I my sunspots and acne scars have tremendously been reduced. My fiancé steals my bottle because it works so good! This is my Christmas present to all my sisters!

  29. Franca D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    100 out of 100
    THE BEST SKIN CARE LINE, PERIOD!
    • I have used Clinique, Clarins, Kate Somerville, Olay, Perricone, Dr. Gross, Dr. Brandt, Serious Skin Care, Philosophy, and so many more. PAULA'S CHOICE IS THE BEST SKIN CARE I HAVE EVER USED. I am 45 years old and NOW I have acne. Lately every other brand irritates my skin. After carefully reviewing and sampling Paula's products, (thank GOD for the sample sizes and free shipping) my skin is finally calming down and looks and feels amazing. With these products I see results immediately.

  30. Jessica B.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 16, 2013
    100 out of 100
    MVP of skin care
    • I use a LOT of Paula's Choice products, but this is by far the product that makes the biggest, most immediate difference. I see results overnight. When I get lazy and don't use this for several days my skin gets dull; after a few nights of use, my skin is visibly brighter and tighter-looking, with less visibile pores, and it feels softer and smoother to the touch. The liquid version is my favorite because it soaks it fairly quickly and I can apply other products over it.

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function which leads to healthier skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smooths the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The lightweight, non-occlusive formula allows for a faster and deeper exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it's an ideal choice for stubborn clogged pores or blackheads.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8. Every Paula's Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

Who is this product for?
All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to oily or combination skin, stubborn blackheads, and blemish-prone skin. It can also be used regularly to eliminate calluses on feet, elbows and knees.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Why exfoliate?
When pores get clogged they stretch out, making them look bigger. They can also appear bigger with age and accumulated sun damage. The good news is that you can get younger-looking skin. Skin that may have you (and others) thinking you’ve turned back time.

No, you can’t really stop time, but great exfoliation can seem a tiny bit like a miracle. However you describe it, our leave-on exfoliating formulations made with BHA (salicylic acid) get rid of old skin cells you don’t want hanging around. They do this on the skin’s surface, and inside the pores where clogs begin. Leave-on exfoliation shrinks enlarged pores, smooths wrinkles and reveals younger-looking skin—all without harsh scrubbing.

What makes BHA work?
Our leave-on exfoliating formulations made with BHA (beta hydroxy acid also known as salicylic acid) get rid of old skin cells you don't want hanging around. They do this on the skin's surface, and inside the pores where clogs begin. Leave-on exfoliation shrinks enlarged pores, smooths wrinkles and reveals younger-looking skin—all without harsh scrubbing.

  • Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning, do not rinse.
  • Follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

DIRECTIONS: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

All product claims are supported by the following research:

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2006, pages 416–421; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82; Preservatives for Cosmetics, 2006, by David Steinberg, Allured Publishing, pages 39-40; Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; and Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Key Ingredients: methylpropanediol, salicylic acid, green tea, BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

Product Ingredients:

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).

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