Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

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Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment With 2% BHA

Wrinkles and breakouts at the same time? Not anymore. This lightweight leave-on exfoliant removes old cells on the skin’s surface and inside the pores, while repairing signs of aging.
Item #: 782
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Leave-on exfoliant unclogs & shrinks pores
  • Stimulates collagen & smooths wrinkles

Please Note: Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

91 out of 100
(Based on 34 Reviews)
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  1. Vanessa B
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle Worker
    • I use the 2% twice a day and I actually use the 4% foam EVERY night. I know it isn't recommended, but my usually sensitive skin can handle it and it is such a miracle worker. If a reactive blemish is coming on, this dynamic duo calms my skin and treats it quickly. My skin is clear and glowing. It has never looked better. I see the set is listed as out of stock as I write this. I hope they will continue to offer it as I am now addicted.

  2. Peggy C
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Leaves my skin sticky
    • I ordered this because the Daily Treatment with 5% AHA has not been available. I do not like this product. It leaves my skin feeling sticky all day. I have oily/normal skiing and the 5% AHA worked much better. I will not order this again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry this exfoliant did not meet your needs in terms of its finish. Please contact us to discuss a return or exchange, particularly once the Daily Smoothing Treatment is back in stock.

    —Admin
  3. Christopher M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic
    • Every time I use this my skin gets a little better!

  4. Tommy N
    Reviewed on Friday, July 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WOW!
    • This stuff is freaking amazing !!! Unlike the 2% BHA liquid which feels heavy on your skin this feels like NOTHING !!! Usually I only used the 2% BHA liquid at night cause it makes me really oily but this stuff I can use Day & Night. AMAZING !!

  5. Green V.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best BHA of Paula
    • I have used 2 % BHA Liquid which stung my face,Clear Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant was OK,vResist BHA 9 Treatment gave me redness and peeled skin. BUT the New Resist 2% BHA is perfect for me! It works perfectly for my oily, combo skin with its light texture and it has all the anti stuff I am looking for. Perfect!

  6. Katrina B
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product with a slight downfall
    • I've used the 2%BHA for years now but I'm a sucker for new products. This is a very light exfoliant. I find it feels like I'm adding nothing but my skin shows that it's doing something. The only downfall with it is that when I apply it and accidentally breathe through my nose (while applying) it smells very pungent. HOWEVER the smell doesn't last at all on the face, and I'm happy at the results I've had with it,but I always remember to hold my breath when I apply it close to my nose.

  7. Kevin
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Stick to the original 2% BHA
    • My pores are exactly the same months after. 2% bha liquid = BETTER, this a milder 2% bha even when used twice daily, results not as good as LIQUID even when used with PC serum and toner.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product didn't exceed your expectations. It isn't as potent as the 2% BHA Liquid, which is designed for more stubborn breakouts. The RESIST daily BHA exfoliant couples salicylic acid with a great range of anti-aging ingredients to provide gentle exfoliation + firming.

    —Admin
  8. ALDO G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not a match
    • Tried to switch from using Bha 2 % liquid to this. Big mistake for me. I started breaking out after a week. I wanted the extra anti-aging benefits but I guess this wasn't it for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work as well as you had hoped, but you can still get lots of great anti-aging ingredients from other Paula's Choice products such as serums and toners. It's also fine to use this exfoliant in the morning and apply the regular 2% BHA Liquid at night for more "intense" exfoliation. That may work very well for you!

    —Admin
  9. Susanna in Seattle
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Genius product
    • This is by far the best Paula BHA product I have tried. The 2% BHA Liquid was ok but only for night time use; this product is great for both day and night - it's feather light and leaves no tacky feel. Best of all? My skin is showing noticeable improvement after only a short time of use. Definitely a winner!

  10. Erin S
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So happy
    • I was a bit hesitant to order this, because I had tried so many salicylic acid products in my teens and they always irritated my skin. But after hearing too many good things about BHA exfoliants, ordered, received (seriously fast shipping!), and I am so happy with it!!! Zero irritation whatsoever; feels just like water!

  11. S. Lana P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Water-like consistency
    • Yesterday I received bunch of PC products. Since I have tried it only twice there's not much effect yet, but I can definitely say something about how it looks and feels on my skin. No odor - great! Water-like consistency - easy to apply, sucks right into my pores. Leaves no shine or oily/greasy afterlook. I finish it up with my favorite moisturizer + Resist C15 Super Booster (day time) - Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum + Resist C15 Super Booster (night time).

  12. Adina
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great
    • I have never in my life used a BHA. I tried this for the first time and I like how fast it absorbs. I wear a lot of foundation, not everyday though. So this is a major plus. I may go ahead and purchase the 4% foam once my skin gets acquired to this and the 1% retinol treatment. I really like this and I'm looking forward to seeing some positive results from my old blemishes and those monthly cystic acne spots.

  13. Adina
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing
    • I'm new to Paula's Choice. I have combination-oily skin (more oily in summer), acne prone, had cystic acne but now it comes and goes, & large pores. I tried this out even though I got the Skin Balancing Cleanser, I saw 5 star reviews and wonderful things about this vs. the Skin Balancing Toner. I am SO happy I ordered this. It feels like heaven on my skin. It is not drying whatsoever, it feels moisturizing, extremely smooth and silky and a milk texture. Beautiful. Thank you. My new staple item.

  14. RonT
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No more ingrown hairs / razor bumps
    • I'm an African-American male and have issues with razor bumps and ingrown hairs on my neck and back of my head/ neck. I tried Tend Skin for many years but hated the smell and the product left my skin very dry. I have been using this product for the past 3 weeks in conjunction with the PC Resist kit with fantastic results. Razor bumps have practically disappeared. FINALLY!!! I can now shave on a regular basis and maintain a clean look. FYI, this product is the same as PC4Men Soothe + Smooth

  15. Stan
    Reviewed on Friday, June 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Haven't broken out in weeks
    • Since the day I got this I haven't gotten a single red blemish. My favorite cleanser lost effectiveness and this is exactly what it needed. This is the only bha I can use without dryness or horrible flaking. I find this moisturizing even. Hopefully I will see even more results with continued use like blackhead reduction and pore size

  16. Victoria G.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 20, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    NOT FOR ROSACEA SUFFERERS!
    • My rosacea had been gone for over a year, since I started using Cera-Ve facial cleanser as recommended by Paula. Unfortunately, I used this Resist exfoliant and after just one application I experienced a major flareup of rosacea. I normally use the Clear Regular Strength and have never had a problem with that. I would not recommend this product if you have rosacea.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We'r sorry your experience with this exfoliant wasn't pleasant. It seems your rosacea-prone skin can tolerate salicylic acid, so we suspect something else in this formula caused the flare-up. One of the most frustrating aspects of rosacea is that even benign ingredients can cause flare-ups, often out of the blue. Please contact us for a refund or exchange; we're happy to help!

    —Admin
  17. Ana Z.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I have been using this for a couple of months now, and made my hubby use it too. He has wide pores on his nose and has to scrub them a lot to get rid of the "tails". Since he's been using it, his nose is clear and smooth and pores are smaller :) I am happy with this product too, as I stopped using any scrubs (I used to use baking soda paste) and the skin is much smoother and clearer. Together with lifestyle changes, this product helps me keep my acne at bay. As always, an amazing PC product!

  18. Sara
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Definitely an improvement
    • I've used the Regular Clear BHA for the past two years because my skin couldn't tolerate the 2% liquid. However, this is fantastic - sinks in like the Reg. Strength but is definitely more effective. I have milia and sebacious hyperplasia that look smaller within two weeks of use than they have with 2 yrs of the other, not to mention smaller pores on my nose. It also imparts more moisture than the Reg Clear but without any residue or oiliness. I will certainly continue to use.

  19. Clint P.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Drastic improvement on already perfect Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
    • I thought the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid exfoliant was perfect, but this product is an improvement on a gold standard by containing more beneficial ingredients with a water-light texture! I no longer feel the need to use a separate toner before my exfoliant!

  20. KRYSTAL k
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Glad I tried this
    • I didn't think I needed to try this since I already have the 2% BHA liquid, but I'm so glad I did... This sinks in extremely fast. Perfect for daytime.

  21. Benjamin D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    100% weightless
    • Cannot believe it! Within moments after applying, this fantastic exfoliant had dried without a trace. Unlike the 2% BHA liquid I did not have that slightly heavy, oily feeling (I didn't mind anyway since I only use at PM and layer other products). My new holy grail!

  22. Wendy L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fabulous, FABULOUS!
    • This product is nothing short of amazing. I have had red little bumps/pimples on my forehead for years - after 3 nights of using this product, they're completely gone. Vanished. My forehead is incredibly smooth and soft. I'm all verklempt. Wow!

  23. CAROLE J.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Buy this, you won't be sorry.
    • Thanks Paula. First you educated all of us with your fabulous newsletters, books and web sites, then you've been doing your own research to create excellent beauty products. This is THE ONE for -- ahem -- older skin. I had been using the CLEAR system but tried several Resist products, which are much more appropriate for "mature" folks. The texture of the new Resist product is perfect -- very light, dries in a reasonable time, does what it claims. Another great hit for us and Paula's team. Yay!

  24. Karen I.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!!!
    • This is the best, so forget the rest. Of the 2% BHA's that is. Awesome, great job!!!

  25. Jonathan R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Utterly fantastic
    • Well it goes without saying that I owe the best skin of my life to Paula and her words of wisdom. However I attribute my fantastic skin primarily to the regular use of the BHA 2% liquid which worked so miraculously on my skin that I could hardly believe it (i.e. very acne prone). However at times it was a little too intense for me to use twice per day. Yet the new Resist 2% BHA is fantastic - completely different texture but all the same benefits and more. Really a fantastic innovation!

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What makes this product unique?
This daily-use liquid exfoliant is ideal for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts. It dramatically improves skin's texture by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as unclogging and minimizing pores. Star ingredients such as salicylic acid and antioxidants deliver effective pore-penetrating exfoliation while stimulating the production of skin-firming collagen, so you’ll see fewer breakouts and wrinkles. The unique light-as-water liquid feels completely weightless, yet is specially formulated to be non-drying. Anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA has a pH range of 3.5-3.9.

Who is this product for?
This product is ideal for those concerned with wrinkles and breakouts. Its weightless formula is especially suited for individuals with oily or combination skin, enlarged pores, stubborn blackheads, or breakouts who also want to have younger-looking skin.

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

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2011, pages 483–490; Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

Key Ingredients: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, allantoin, oleanolic acid, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, salicylic acid, glycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, panthenol

Product Ingredients:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant),Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents),Glycereth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: Dispense a dime-sized amount onto a cotton ball or pad and stroke over clean skin, including around the eyes (do not apply to eyelids or along the lower lash line). This product may also be applied with your fingers. Do not rinse off. Follow with your favorite Resist serum, moisturizer, and/or other treatment products. For daytime, always wear under a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article

How is this Resist BHA exfoliant different from your Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants?

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment is the first daily-use BHA product that combines a light-as-water texture with 2% salicylic acid, anti-aging peptides, repairing ingredients, and antioxidants. Together, this liquid exfoliates, improves multiple signs of aging, clears blackheads, bumps, and other breakouts, and reduces redness and enlarged pores. It is the daily exfoliant step in our Resist routine for those with combination to oily skin, and is specially formulated for those struggling with wrinkles, enlarged pores and breakouts—all at the same time.

There are so many different BHA exfoliants! How do I choose the best one for me?

Choose the best BHA for you based on your skin type, concerns, and texture preferences. Liquids and gels are great for oily or combination skin; lotions are ideal for normal to dry skin or combination skin with drier areas.

If I use Resist BHA 9, do I need this, too?

If you’re using BHA 9 as a spot treatment, then yes, your skin will benefit further from daily application of Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment on your face, neck, and chest. If you are routinely applying BHA 9 over your entire face, then you likely don’t need to add this exfoliant, too.

I have rosacea; can I use this product?

Yes. Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment contains several ingredients that work to reduce inflammation and enhance skin’s healthy function. Plus, salicylic acid (BHA) is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can reduce the redness and blotchy skin tone associated with rosacea.

How would I use this if I’m also using the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam?

Assuming you’re using the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam as a once-weekly treatment at night, you’d simply apply Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment that morning, and then twice daily on the days you won’t be applying the Weekly Retexturizing Foam. Optional: You can experiment with applying the Daily Pore-Refining Treatment just before the Weekly Retexturizing Foam. This can provide a “peel-like” action that may produce better results than using either exfoliant alone. Pay close attention to how your skin responds and stop combining use if you see signs of irritation (flaking or increased sensitivity).

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