RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel
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RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel
This specialized anti-aging product with salicylic acid and hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) improves the appearance of brown skin discolorations, while refining and smoothing the surface of skin.

RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel

Based on 269 reviews

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This specialized anti-aging product with salicylic acid and hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) improves the appearance of brown skin discolorations, while refining and smoothing the surface of skin.
  • Improves the appearance of dark spots
  • Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Sheer fluid gel easily absorbs into skin
  • Apply after cleansing, toning, & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Anti-Aging, Brown Spots

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Why is it different?
RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel is a highly specialized anti-aging product that works in three ways to improve the appearance of skin: the gold standard skin-lightening ingredient hydroquinone fades dark spots and discolorations; salicylic acid exfoliates to smooth skin texture; and antioxidants help nurture skin for truly younger-looking, radiant results. Special packaging keeps the key sensitive ingredients stable and effective.

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What does it do?
Restores an even skin tone by fading and lessening brown and/or dark spots. The silky-smooth, breathable gel glides on easily and absorbs without feeling sticky or greasy. BHA helps to improve the appearance of enlarged pores while plant-derived ingredients help quiet redness and calm skin. Special packaging and controlled dispensing keeps the key air-sensitive ingredients stable during use, so you’ll get maximum results from this potent dark-spot solution.

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How to use

Apply a small amount before moisturizing. Spread a thin layer over areas where discolorations are a concern. Protect skin during the day with a product rated SPF 30 or greater (essential to prevent discolorations from recurring). Results for discolorations should appear after 8–12 weeks of consistent use.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide at the same time. A temporary dark staining of the skin may occur. If accidentally used together, wash the skin with soap and water to remove the staining.

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Research

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

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

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

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2007, issue 5, pages 854-72

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, August 2006, issue 7, pages 781-7

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

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2000, issue 2, pages 85-94

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% (skin lightening)
Other Ingredients:Water, Ethoxydiglycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (fireweed extract/skin-soothing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Caprylyl Glycol (texture-enhancing/preservative), Hexylene Glycol (hydration/texture-enhancing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Sulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture-enhancing), Phytic Acid (antioxidant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel
 
3.6

(based on 269 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (41)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (22)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Evens skin tone (15)
  • Works effectively (14)
  • Controls breakouts (12)

Cons

  • Ineffective (6)
  • Irritates skin (3)

Best Uses

  • Uneven skin tone (19)
  • Breakouts (12)
  • Brightening (12)
  • Daily use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (15), Survivalist / minimalist (10), Beauty expert (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (23), Oily (11)

Reviewed by 269 customers

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4.0

Helped with cystic acne

By Sarah

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

  • Greasy

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Uneven Skin Tone

Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel:

After doing some research, I decided to try this (in combo with new toner & exfoliant) for really bad cystic acne...not only did it reduce the scarring, it helped reduce the pain and duration of the pimples from hell. Granted it took a long time to see real results on acne scars/skin tone, but now I almost never get those mountains of misery popping up anymore! 4 stars bc of the texture, but for me, 100% worth it.

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

Finally found a product that helps get rid of dark spots

By EJ

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel:

    I love the light weight formula, a little goes a long way. Stay consistent with the product and it will achieve what it says it will. I have oily/combo skin type and I've always struggled with hyper pigmentation and acne scars. this product has helped me drastically.

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

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Didn't Work Out For Me...

    By Abby

    from Miami, FL

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Ineffective
      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

        Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

        Based on the product information, it's best not to use this spot treatment with any acne medication or product containing benzoyl peroxide so I stopped using my acne cleanser which had 10% benzoyl peroxide for about a week and substituted it for the Paula's Choice Clear Pore cleanser before trying this. I have combination, acne prone skin, not super sensitive and I used this for a few days and developed a rash on both cheeks of tiny bumps. I knew it wasn't acne because they weren't able to be popped, they just sat there and were not like my regular breakout pimples. So I stopped using this gel and used only the PC cleanser for a few days before going back to my original benzoyl peroxide cleanser and in a few weeks all the bumps and acne were gone. I'm so disappointed this didn't work because I've cleared up most of my acne but the dark spots on my face are just that: DARK and horrendous and everywhere and this product brought new ones. Clear skin means nothing without an even skin tone to me. I should also note the PC cleanser did absolutely nothing for my acne...at one point it seemed to be bringing on new acne, it was only good for washing off my makeup which is pointless because I like the PC Makeup remover better for that purpose.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Hydroquinone not for my skin

        By Marie

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Beauty Expert

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

            Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

            I can't speak to the effectiveness of this product, because it left my skin extremely dry and sensitized after two days of use. I couldn't use my retinol or vitamin C serums for at least 2 weeks after, and the texture and feel of my skin didn't normalize itself until another week after that. I would recommend this to a friend with the suggestion to spot text on their wrist before using on their face, especially if they've never use hydroquinone before.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By Liz

            from PA

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Controls Breakouts
            • Easy To Use
            • Evens Skin Tone
            • Fine lines/Wrinkles
            • Lightweight
            • Mattifies/Controls Oil
            • Soothes Skin
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Breakouts
              • Brightening
              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

              I have used this product for years to help with my melasma and acne. It is a wonderful product. It does take time to work for melasma (just like any skin lightener does) but given time it's amazing! Wonderful multi product, please don't ever stop making this!!!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Wonder delivery and customer service is great!

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for blackheads

              By AJ

              from Mumbai, India

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Controls Breakouts
              • Easy To Use
              • Gentle
              • Lightweight
              • Mattifies/Controls Oil
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Breakouts

                Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

                I'm a dark skinned 41 year old woman living in a very sunny humid polluted tropical climate so I'm probably most susceptible to melasma. I have oily sensitive skin. Although I have applied sunscreen regularly since my 20s, I could have probably applied it better. I have two large brownish grey patches on either side of my face and my forehead also has lighter patches.

                I use this in the night time. I'm a bit nervous about using it in the day as it makes your skin so sensitive to the sun. Anyway in the daytime I use Vitamin C under sunscreen and I'm wary about using too many products together. I have been using it for about 5 weeks.

                I feel like this product works better on acne marks. It also works GREAT on blackheads and for preventing acne. I have found that many deep seated blackheads have come out since I started using this. Bear in mind that I have used this on blackheads and not inflamed pimples but I haven't really got any since I started using this. However as far as pure melasma patches are concerned, I'm not sure there is much improvement. The instructions say that I will see results in up to 12 weeks so I will give it a go but I did expect to see some lightening of the patches till then. In the past I have used retinol, glycolic acid, kojic acid and even Q-Switch laser without effect.

                My skin is generally quite oily but I did find this was quite drying. However, although my skin is quite sensitive, this did not cause any inflammation. I find it quite gentle and the smell is barely discernible.

                I understand from researching on the Internet that Hydroquinone should not be used interminably. I would like Paula's Choice to clarify this.

                Service and delivery comments:

                I ordered this via Amazon as shipping to India is enormously expensive. More than double the price of the product itself!

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Holy Grail for Acne Scars

                By Jes

                from Toronto Ontario

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Controls Breakouts
                • Easy To Use
                • Evens Skin Tone
                • Lightweight
                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Breakouts
                  • Brightening
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

                  I have dark ebony skin and I've been looking for something like this for years to remove my acne scars. Nothing seemed to work and finally this special serum made a difference within just 1 week! I've never seen anything like it.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Delivery was fast

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Did nothing for me

                  By Rose

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Ineffective

                  Best Uses

                  • Brightening

                  Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

                  I used this product for over a year and while it faded one freckle slightly and was a good exfoliant it otherwise did nothing for me. I no longer use this product.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  needs new packaging

                  By eve

                  from Minnesota

                  Pros

                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

                    This is a good product. It really does work well. But, PLEASE put it in different packaging! It is such a mess to use, I don't want to purchase it again. A bottle with a dropper would be wonderful and I would be a returning customer, because an effective brown spot lightener is hard to find.

                    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Reduces acne scarring but not much else

                    By Cara

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Beauty Expert

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Evens Skin Tone
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Ineffective

                    Best Uses

                    • Brightening
                    • Nighttime Exfoliation

                    Comments about RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA - 1 oz:

                    I've used this for over a year and I'm finally giving up. It does reduce the brown spots caused by acne and it's a good exfoliant. That's about the extent of my Recommendation. It doesn't get rid of sun damage, after over a year of use my stubborn freckle has barely faded and my other damage has stayed the same. It does not work on skin darnkening caused by pregnancy and menopause. It is a gel so it does not blend well with makeup and is best for nighttime only. Also, because my middle aged hormones pump out grease it's not strong enough as an exfoliant for daily use. This would probably work for you if you have young oily/ normal combination skin and a few light acne marks you want to get rid of. But for this stage in my life it does not nearly do the job. Will not be buying again.

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