RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA
Based on 27 reviews

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RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA

*You love this product so much that we just can't keep it in stock! But don’t worry, more is on the way. If you need your BHA fix right away, try RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA with RESIST BHA 9 for spot treatments.

RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA

Based on 27 reviews

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*You love this product so much that we just can't keep it in stock! But don’t worry, more is on the way. If you need your BHA fix right away, try RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA with RESIST BHA 9 for spot treatments.

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

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (24)
  • Non-greasy (20)
  • Softens skin (18)
  • Soothes skin (11)
  • Moisturizes (5)

Cons

  • Not effective (3)

Best Uses

  • Enlarged pores (20)
  • Daily use (15)
  • Uneven skin tone (12)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (10)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (16), Survivalist / minimalist (5), Beauty expert (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (17), Oily (6), Normal (3)

Reviewed by 27 customers

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5.0

Best I've found

By J rob

from Nevada

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores

    I spend a lot of time and money on my face (fillers, Botox, Fraxel laser, chemical peels) in addition to great daily skincare because I hate putting on makeup. My one complaint is that I could NEVER get rid of the blackheads on my nose. My facialist could barely budge them and if she did I would be in tears. They were that stubborn. Then they would reappear the next day. I had used the PC 4% foam in the past with no real luck so the search continued. (I could have cared less if it stank if it worked.)
    With two weeks of use with this new Resist 4% BHA my nose looks as good as it ever has. Are the pores completely gone? No, but they are so much better and continue to improve. I just use 2 drops for my nose and chin and then the rest of my toner, serums, and sunscreen on top. I have barely put a dent in the bottle with mostly twice a day use. I will never be without this!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Packaged great with prompt delivery, as always.

    • Skin Type:
    • Normal
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    1.0

    Really disappointed

    By Vida

    from Victoria, BC

    About Me Beauty Expert

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

      I was so excited to buy this since I love the 2% but the only effect I've noticed is I wake up with dry skin. I use it nightly for two months and have seen no change in poors or over all skin tone. I have combo, acne prone skin. When I have a pimple and use this, the pimple is often bigger/swollen. I know this has alot of great reviews. I would just warn that it doesn't seem to help with dimishing pimples.

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

      Fabulous product

      By Gloword

      from Clarksburg, MD

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Uneven Skin Tone

        When I saw this advertised as a new product on Paula's site, I decided to give it a try on the very stubborn small white bumps on my legs. To my surprise it started working overnight the first time I used it. My lifetime bumps have cleared up, including a scar I had from scratching at them. Then I tried the product on some tiny brown growths on my forehead and three long-term sun spots on my face—and they are also clearing up. Thank you, Paula, you are the best and this is a fabulous product.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Yes to all questions, always.

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

        Beautiful product!

        By Heather

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores

          This is so much better than the 4% foam which irritated my skin and smelled really bad. I use this on my oily blacked prone T zone and my skin is smooth and just about blackhead free in 3 weeks of use. I use the 9% bha for spot use on the occasional breakout. I have been using Paula's Choice products for three years now and my skin has been totally transformed. I actually get complements on my beautiful skin and I'm in my 60's!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Wonderful service and the consultants have always been so helpful whenever I had a problem or question over the years.

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

          In love!

          By Lisa

          from Lenoir NC

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            This product has really changed my skin. I have used PC products for years but this is the first time my blackheads on my nose have been significantly reduced. It has also reduced breakouts and oiliness. I use this in the AM after my Resist Weightless toner. I don't want to be without it! I am hooked!

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

            Works!!

            By Lee

            from Asbury Park NJ

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores
              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

              This is the most amazing product ever!
              I have tried everything for my super sun damaged, oily, bumpy and clogged skin, (I lived in the Caribbean 20 years ago and sun blasted myself like a fool).
              I haven't even used this for one week and I am AMAZED. Most of my clogged pores are now clear and the pore size in general have shrunk in a truly jaw dropping way.

              I use it morning and evening and it doesn't irritate my skin at all. My skin hasn't felt this smooth in 20 years.

              I plan to purchase more of this immediately so that I will never run out.
              I also think I will most likely order the BHA 9 treatment for any blemishes I may get.

              Worth every penny!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Ordered on a Saturday and it was in my box by Monday evening.
              I'm in NJ

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily
              • Age:
              • 45-59
               
              3.0

              Not as effective as 4% foam

              By diddy

              from iowa

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

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

              I was excited to try this new product as I had been using the 4% foam but was curious as to how the new compared to it. The texture of this serum is silky smooth and and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. I did not experience any irritation and it worked well with my skin care routine. That being said, the new serum is not nearly effective as the foam. I used the serum every night for over a week and the texture of my skin became more bumpy and my pores enlarged. I had been using the foam every night for over a year and consider it miraculous for improving texture and large pores. The serum is probably more suitable for sensitive or dry skin....I have EXTREMELY oily skin with rough texture and large pores. I was just curious to see how they compared....so PLEASE Paula do not stop making the 4% foam for us who have serious issues!!!!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was within a week

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

              A Godsend.

              By Flo

              from Oakland, CA

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores

                I have oily, incredibly congested skin that for some reason stopped responding to the 2% BHA quite some time ago. I then tried the 9% BHA from the RESIST line and the 4% weekly treatment but for some reason my skin really didn't respond to either of those. Instead of continuing to waste time guessing at what would work I decided to start getting professional help which got me a lot closer to the results I wanted but after a while I started to question whether I wanted to spend two and three times what PC products cost long term.

                Well, the answer to that was a resounding 'no,' particularly when I considered that about a decade ago (when I discovered PC) my skin had been flawless on the Skin Balancing System. So I came back here and saw this new product and decided to start re-incorporating PC products before my stash of products from the esthetician completely ran out.

                Thank goodness I did. This formulation is really making a difference in my skin in only two days. It literally works overnight. Clogs are clearing, skin is smoother, the breakout I was fighting has been banished.

                I don't plan to be without this stuff, ever.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Perfection.

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

                Looove it!

                By Vivi

                from St. Cloud, FL

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Softens Skin
                • Unclogs Pores

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  I have been using this product for a week and it has decongested my pores and smoothed my skin. I am a pore picker (I know, shame) and I have had nothing to purge!! And texture? Almost as smooth as my 2 year old's face. Yeah, this stuff is that good!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Normal
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44
                   
                  3.0

                  Bha 4% serum exfoliant

                  By pc

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Minimalist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Effective

                    Best Uses

                      The jury is still out on this product. One 'drop' does not cover my entire face and neck and product feels slightly greasy. As yet, I've noticed no difference in clogged pores or appearance of large pores. I use all Paula's Choice products on my skin: cleanser, toner, exfoliant & moisturizer. I've used this product 1x daily for 3 weeks followed by a Paula's Choice moisturizer with SPF 25. I will finish product b4 I decide if it's worth purchasing again. So far, dissapointed.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Excellent service/delivery.

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

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