RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA
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RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA
When it’s time to take it to the next level, this powerful-yet-gentle, antioxidant-rich exfoliant goes deep to unclog pores for smoother younger-looking skin.
  • BHA clears & minimizes the look of congested pores
  • Antioxidants visibly fight signs of aging
  • Lightweight serum texture for all skin types
  • Apply after cleansing & toning

RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA

Based on 14 reviews

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When it’s time to take it to the next level, this powerful-yet-gentle, antioxidant-rich exfoliant goes deep to unclog pores for smoother younger-looking skin.
  • BHA clears & minimizes the look of congested pores
  • Antioxidants visibly fight signs of aging
  • Lightweight serum texture for all skin types
  • Apply after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Enlarged Pores, Anti-Aging, Bumpy Skin

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Why is it different?

The unique, high-concentration of 4% BHA goes deep to exfoliate skin quickly so problematic pores, bumps, and uneven skin texture are improved in half the time. The time-released formula delivers dramatic results, while antioxidants revive skin’s firm appearance for a more youthful look—all with a luxe serum-gel texture that glides over skin for a soothing finish.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–4.0.
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What does it do?
Skin becomes dull, dry and congested when dead skin cells build up on its surface. BHA (beta hydroxy acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing pores. Antioxidants step in to further reduce visible signs of aging.
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How to use
Use after cleansing and toning, daily or weekly. Dispense one pump and smooth over face, neck and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.
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Research

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

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-22

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

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

Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/hydration), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Salicylic Acid (exfoliant), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring/hydration), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Non-greasy (12)
  • Softens skin (10)
  • Soothes skin (7)
  • Moisturizes (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Enlarged pores (12)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (8)
  • Uneven skin tone (8)
  • Daily use (7)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (7), Survivalist / minimalist (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (10), Oily (3)

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5.0

New favourite BHA product

By Alex

from Canada

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Non-irritating
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    This product is great! I have had no bad effects since I began using it about 3 weeks ago. I've been applying this every second night, which has kept my skin smooth and clear. I got similar results when I used the 4% BHA foam for several years - and I still think that's a great product, too - but I prefer this serum texture better.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    HOLY GRAIL, BEST BHA EVER, SO MUCH BETTER THAN 4% FOAM

    By Dani

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Absorbs Quickly
    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Non-irritating
    • Spreads easily

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Clogged pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Uneven Skin Texture
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      I was very nervous to try this product--I had terrible, awful reactions to the 4% BHA Foam and had to send it back. I've been using Paula's Choice 2% BHA products (including the BHA 9) for 17 years now, so my skin is used to and has always responded well to them. Nevertheless, I've never been able to improve certain clogged pores/small bumps. With this 4% treatment I saw noticeable improvement after just one use. After several weeks of use, the improvement is, quite frankly, dramatic. 90% of those stubborn bumps are gone, and the other 10% are smaller and less noticeable. I'm in my early 40s with acne-prone, combination skin, and I've had zero breakouts-- this is especially amazing on my chin, which usually has always got something going on, whether it's a couple smallish zits or a large, painful hormonal cyst. And all of this with zero irritation--I've even been using my normal prescription tretinoin gel after with no problem. I love Paula's Choice products in general, and this is my favorite thing by far--please, please don't stop making it.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      So happy I found this

      By Brooke

      from Georgia

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Doesn't cause breakouts
      • Dries easily
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        I am SO happy to have found this and it's quickly become my second Holy Grail product from Paula's Choice. I began using the 2% BHA liquid and was STUNNED within one week at how quickly it worked on my skin, shrunk my pores and helped acne fade. Adding this product has led to even more results in the past month. I have severely acne-prone skin - absolutely everything seems to make me break out, especially anything that would classify as a "serum." I bought this product without there being any reviews and took a chance, hoping it would be just as great as it's 2% BHA sister. Thank goodness I did! I wash with the Clear Cleanser, followed by the Clear Regular Strength Toner, 2% BHA, 4% BHA and let that soak in before applying any additional treatment. This has worked wonders for my skin...it is SO SOFT, my pores are shrinking, my acne breakouts have greatly diminished, my post-acne marks are fading and my skin has NEVER peeled or flaked from this. Will never go without!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        5.0

        This is a great new product

        By Pawith

        from Georgia

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          I love this new product and encourage you to give it a try. I use it in the morning and evening and it works much better for me than the foam.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 60+
           
          5.0

          Another homerun for Paula

          By sarah heart

          from St.Peters ,Mo

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Moisturizes
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

            Love the new 4% BHA serum. Have been using every am (as I use Rx tretinion at night). Unclogged the pores on my chin and nose. Have been a long time fan Paula's 2% BHA liquid but now that I'm older the clogged pores are drier and more stubborn. Going forward, will concentrate on areas of clogged pores as it is expensive to put all over my face every day.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 60+
             
            5.0

            Best exfoliant yet!

            By Larry

            from New York, NY

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores
              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
              • Oily skin
              • Redness/ Blotchiness

              A few drops each night after the Resist toner and I wake up with incredibly smooth, balanced and glowing skin. It is the best (at least for my skin) exfoliant Paula has developed yet!
              Highly recommend to anyone with combo/oily skin, Just a miracle!

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

              Lovely Texture!

              By Rebekah

              from North Dakota

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores
                • Sensitive Skin

                I have only been using for a few days, so I can't say yet to the long term benefits, but I know they will be great.
                I had no trouble with the 4% foam, smell or use, but I am a bit of a sucker for new products.
                This new 4% is luxurious and light. Very easy to use twice a day and I've had no irritation. It just seems like another one of PC's great serums.
                I did need something more advanced than the 2% BHA, and something less potent than the 9% BHA for daily use.
                This fits perfect into my routine!

                Service and delivery comments:

                I live in ND and all my products show up very promptly.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                5.0

                Another winner!

                By Jo

                from MO

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Absorbs Well
                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Smooths Skin
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                  • Redness/ Blotchiness
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  I cleanse with Resist Balanced Cleanser and tone with Resist Advanced Repleneshing Toner. I then use the 2% BHA gel morning and evening, and the 4% BHA foam every other evening in place of the 2% gel. After using the new 4% BHA treatment in place of the foam for 3 weeks now, my pores look smaller and my face smoother, softened, and more even toned. I have combination, sensitive skin, and with this product I've had ZERO negative reaction. It's super lightweight and melts right into skin leaving it slightly matte with no sticky or oily residue. I notice no smell. I follow with Clinical 1% Retinol or Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum, Vitamin C Booster, and Hydralight Lotion. I have an intensive routine because of sun damage, melasma, and some acne scarring. At 50, my skin is really shaping up. This is another winning product in my skincare arsenal.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Always fast, correct, and no damages!

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

                  Excellent product, terrible packaging!

                  By RoxyRoller

                  from Calgary, AB

                  About Me Skin Care Professional

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Enlarged Pores
                    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    I personally had no problem using the 4% BHA foam every third day, but anything more frequent, like the other reviewers, the foam was too irritating. I've been using the new 4% BHA lotion every night since it arrived (two weeks ago) and I have noticed a huge improvement. Facial skin texture is smoother, my acne outbreaks cleared up quicker, red marks from acne blemishes have faded much faster, and pores look tight and smooth. My only issue, as with most of the PC serums and boosters, is the packaging. Why not use a pump for this product? The screw off top with the plunger/dropper applicator is annoying and it wastes product. I mix my PC serums and boosters and having them packaged with a pump applicator would be ideal. A pump would allow me to get all the product out of the bottle, and that's not the case right now with the eye dropper applicator being used by PC. Nothing is more frustrating then throwing away product because it cannot be reached at the bottom of the bottle.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Product usually take a 1.5 weeks to get to my home in Canada.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Combination
                    • Age:
                    • 30-44
                     
                    4.0

                    Looks like this might be a good alternative to the 4% foam

                    By Mom of twins

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • whiteheads

                      I am one of those people who cannot tolerate the Paula's Choice 4% BHA foam. I suffer with sebaceous hyperplasia, however, and the 4% BHA foam was the only product that made a huge difference in shrinking those lesions. However, I could not tolerate waking up in the morning with swollen eyes and hives. One use of the foam and it would take me weeks to recover. I was so happy that Paula's Choice has brought out a new version of the 4% BHA. I used it for the first time last night (I only washed my face and put this product on before I went to bed.). All was well this morning, thank goodness. While the sebaceous hyperplasia lesions were not as reduced as they would be when I used the foam, they had definitely shrunk. I think I'm going to go slow on this product, however; maybe use it every other night. This is a definite alternative for anybody that cannot tolerate the foam.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Received my item in a little less than a week with all in good order.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Oily
                      • Age:
                      • 45-59

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