RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
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RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.
  • Renews the appearance of dry, sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Lightweight, hydrating lotion consistency
  • Use once or twice daily after cleansing & toning

RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

Based on 225 reviews

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A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.
  • Renews the appearance of dry, sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Lightweight, hydrating lotion consistency
  • Use once or twice daily after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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    1.7oz
    $33.00
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    $8.00
    Sample
    $1.25

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Why is it different?
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA refines the surface of skin with exceptionally gentle and completely non-abrasive exfoliation. It also offers additional benefits, including hydration, soothing antioxidants, and a mix of fortifying skin-restoring ingredients.

This product has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

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What does it do?
Reveals youthful radiant skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This innovative daily-use formula continually revitalizes skin’s texture, visibly evens skin tone, and helps promote visibly firmer-looking, smoother skin. A specially selected mix of antioxidants helps fight the impact of free-radical damage, while ceramides and peptides bind moisture for beautifully radiant skin.
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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, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 5% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176

Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162

Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142

Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88;

Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Dimethicone (hydrations/texture enhancer), Polyacrylamide (texture-enhancing), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (texture-enhancing), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NG (skin replenishing), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (skin-soothing/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/skin-soothing), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin e based antioxidant), PEG-10 Phytosterol, Cucumis Melo (Melon Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (hydrations/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (texture-enhancings), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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Paula's Choice SkincareRESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz
 
4.1

(based on 225 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (143)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Non-greasy (26)
  • Softens skin (26)
  • Moisturizes (18)
  • Soothes skin (9)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (10)
  • Not effective (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (25)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (18)
  • Uneven skin tone (17)
  • Sensitive skin (10)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (12), Survivalist / minimalist (9), Beauty expert (7)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (13), Dry (12)

Reviewed by 225 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful for evening out skin tone

By K'

from Costa Rica

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Evens Skin Tone
  • Gently Exfoliates
  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Every Other Day Use
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

    I use this product every now and then and specially when I know that I will not be exposing myself to the sun in the next couple of days, just to avoid as much UV exposure as possible while the skin heals (I still use sunscreen while indoors). I have combination skin, and this product helps even the skin tone around my cheeks and lips very effectively. I can see a major difference by the next morning, when the skin looks radiant, more supple and even. I have been able to use this product several days in a row, but if I extend the use for too many days, I may start to see some redness and irritation. I have assessed that this product works best for me if I apply it every three days or so. I really feel like this is a very effective, yet mild, formulation, but it is always advised for anyone trying an AHA for the first time to do a patch test first and take it slowly on the first applications.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt delivery and in perfect condition. Since I do not use this daily, a bottle can last me around six months too!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Never used a skincare product that hurt me quite like this!

    By Sandy

    from Montreal

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bad Smell
      • Greasy
      • Irritates skin
      • Not Effective
      • Tingly burn on my skin that left red bumps.

      Best Uses

        Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

        This was probably even worse than Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA. My skin started going crazy when I first applied PC's BHA and AHA, but I figured it was my skin that was not accustomed to being slathered new products on it. The first application gave me a tingly/burning sensation on my right cheek - I stopped it right away and applied it once a week. Eventually, I slowly introduced both products by applying them every 2-3 days to give my skin a chance to adjust, and then slowly increased the frequency to once a day (evening). At first, I figured it just needed an adjustment period. The tingly burn persisted, so I eventually discarded the AHA altogether. Four months later, I still have weird bumps from the burning of the AHA that have still not healed. (FYI in regards to PC's BHA, I'm also getting so many blackheads appearing in random areas where my skin used to be clear?? I've got way more sebaceous filaments appearing than I did before I introduced PC's BHA/AHA). I made the mistake of buying the full-sized bottle instead of trying a sample, but the shipping was a bit pricey so I went all in and bought both bottles (also because I was so excited to try these new products that all these users have been raving about! Not to mention Paula's A++ recommendations.)

        NOTE:
        I have combination skin. My routine consists of double cleansing (Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil + Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Creamy), PC's RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA, RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA, followed by Skincare Cosmetics Retinol Antioxidant Serum, and Cerave's Facial Moisturizing Lotion (AM and PM depending on whether it's day or night), and during the day Laroche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of my "go-to" products

        By Jo

        from Virginia

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Sensitive Skin
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

          I am a big fan of this product and use it every day after cleansing. I am very sensitive to retinols and don't use them - they are just too irritating. While this can't do the same as a retinol, it does help with exfoliate and cell turnover and keep my skin looking pretty good. It doesn't work miracles but it's a good, non-irritating product if you want chemical exfoliation and can't tolerate retinols. I've been using it for many years now.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          I would never buy this product

          By MD

          from Northridge, Ca

          Pros

            Cons

            • Irritates skin

            Best Uses

              Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

              I recently purchased PC Resist Dark spot eraser 7% AHA lotion. I used it for four days, and I had no reaction to it. I wanted to use an exfoliant under the dark sport eraser, so I started using this product the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA. I immediately felt a tingling sensation, my face got completely red, and in the morning I woke up with bumps (pimple like) all over the right side of my face.
              Totally disappointed!

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Effective but non-irritating

              By Vivian

              from New Mexico

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Enlarged Pores
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                I got a sample of this with a re-purchase of my favorite PC serum. My skin had been looking dull (hence my decision to re-purchase the serum), and really needed something extra. In addition to dullness, my pores were looking larger than usual in the t-zone and I was feeling like I had texture issues. I used this one night and woke up the next day to a much-improved texture and smaller pores. This product did what it claimed to do. I have sensitive skin but I experienced absolutely no irritation and no redness. I also have dry skin, and after application, my skin felt supple and moisturized. I usually experience angry, tight skin post-AHA use, but this is really gentle enough to use daily, while still being effective enough to make a difference. I plan to purchase the full size in the near future.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Fast shipment/delivery

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Makes me red

                By Beth

                from Orange, ca

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Irritates skin

                Best Uses

                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                I have supersensitive skin and this product made my skin really red but it did plump my fine lines, it's a shame that I wasn't able to use this because I have really dry skin and it looks nice at the beginning but then my face started to get more red and I looked older so I had to stop using it . :(

                Loved the smell kinda fruity maybe?

                Service and delivery comments:

                Great!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Bad reaction - red bumps all over my face!

                By BHA User

                from Chicago, IL

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Irritates skin

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                    I use a number of PC products and am more than pleased with most that I've tried. I got a free sample of the 5% AHA treatment with my last order and thought I'd give it a try. I put it on before bed and woke with what looked like red goosebumps all over my face. My face ached for two days, and it took two weeks for the bumps to completely clear and my face to get back to normal. I've never had this reaction to anything I've put on my skin before. I've always used BHA products without issues. No plans to try AHA again after this experience.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Happy Face

                    By Mentaiko

                    from PA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Makes My Face Glow
                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Softens Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Dullness
                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                      My face loves this. Strong enough to make a difference I can feel, but balanced such that I get no irritation whatsoever. Worth every penny.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I saw the difference after 2 weeks

                      By Stephanie

                      from Chula Vista, CA

                      About Me 50's, Mid Color Complexion, Normal Skin

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Smells Great
                      • Softens Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Enlarged Pores
                        • Uneven Skin Tone

                        Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                        I decided to give this a try to improve my enlarged pores on my nose and generally give my complexion a "lift". From the start I liked the color and scent of the product. I use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. I had recently scarred my self (laceration) and was feeling down about the color of the scar. Anyway, two weeks in and I can see and feel the difference. My skin tone is more even and the pores on my nose are smaller and look, well, cleaner. I will continue to use it on the scar - I'm not sure if it will fade it or even it out, but it isn't making it worse and because the rest of my skin has improved so much, the scar is starting to worry me less. I love this product and will continue to use it.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Sensitive Eye Area, Good Everywhere else

                        By Allison

                        from Chicago, IL

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Moisturizes
                        • Non-Greasy
                        • Softens Skin

                        Cons

                        • Irritates skin

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use

                        Comments about RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - 1.7 oz:

                        I have very sensitive skin around my eyes (on the sides and underneath) and this caused that area to tingle/burn. Everywhere else on my skin seemed to do as the label claims but I won't repurchase because I see good results with the PC BHA exfoliant daily.

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