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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:

84 out of 100
(Based on 103 Reviews)
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  1. Amelia R
    Reviewed on Friday, December 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good Product
    • I like this product... but I don't like that it costs more than the other BHA liquid and then I get less product. I expected I would get at least the same amount of product (4oz). Needless to say I didn't notice a huge difference so I'm going back to my regular 2% BHA liquid.

  2. autumn
    Reviewed on Monday, December 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This changed my skin.
    • I recently started using this with my 2 holy grail products (Missha's Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, and Elta MD's UV-Clear sunscreen for acne- and hyperpigmentation-prone skin). After adding Paula's Choice products, specifically this exfoliant, my results from other products started to gain speed, and my skin is now the best it has ever looked in my life, since I ruined it with Accutane as a teenager. This exfoliant refines my skin, clears pores, and makes my skin 'glow.' Recommend.

  3. Susan
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    What a difference!
    • I recently purchased the sample bottle and have been using for nearly a week. I can already see quite a difference in the appearance of enlarged pores on my nose, which is where I was having problems. The real pleasure comes from how much smoother my face feels and appears. I'm hoping the benefits will continue as I keep using this product. Will definitely be buying the full sized bottle when I place my next PC order. Maybe BHA is the answer for me since the BHA body lotion is another fave.

  4. setb
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Duplicate
    • Great product! However, it is the exact same formula as the "new" Mens Soothe and Smooth. So save yourself a buck and purchase that one…..

  5. JULIE K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE??
    • I've never RAVED about a beauty product before. Any product. I love PC's products and have used them for several years. My skin looks good most of the time and I have no doubt that PC products help it. But, like others, I have issues/bad habits. Like picking at my pores--especially on my nose. NOTHING ever helped--masks, scrubs, Biore strips, etc. So I picked. And picked. Probably 20 minutes per day! NO MORE! Clean, clear, smaller pores. What am I to do with those 20 minutes now? :-D

  6. Janice
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Want to like it, but don't think it's for me
    • I've been using this product every other night, and only in a small quantity. I put some of the liquid on the palm of my hand and use my fingers to apply it to my face. The first thing I noticed was that it made my face incredibly red, so it looks like a sunburn. I decided that since I had never tried a BHA product before, it would just take my skin a few uses to get used to this new product. However, with more uses, the redness still continues, and lasts an entire day.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    Hello,

    We're sorry to hear that this product did perform as expected for you. Please feel free to contact our Customer Service department for an exchange or refund.

    —Admin
  7. Kelly S.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Maybe not for me
    • I really liked this exfoliant for the first couple of days that I used it. Overall I would say it works quite similar to the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid plus the added benefit of quick drying. Or so I thought it was an added benefit- I believe this has caused my lips and surrounding skin to become very chapped. I keep it away from my lips as much as I can during application, but that's hard when my chin and nose are problem areas. I really wanted to love it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can help assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. autumn
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I like it so far...
    • My skin: breakout-prone, especially on jawline and cheeks; dehydrated and oily at the same time (overproduces oil to combat dryness lucky me), sensitive, redness-prone, and my skin is lazy and doesn't exfoliate itself. I use this after using a toner, and pour a little into my hand and dab it on. I LOVE the way this feels on the skin, it's liquidy and absorbs right away. Instantly my skin feels smoother and pores look a tiny bit smaller. I really like it so far, hopefully the results continue.

  9. paula
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    not what i expected
    • This product is not for me. I got this a few weeks ago and was anxious to try this because I am over 40 and thought it would help with some of my wrinkles and course my acne. I have not seen any difference in my skin. I was using the BHA 2% liquid which I loved! It made my pimples go away quickly and left my skin glowing. This product not so. I so wanted to like this but not so.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for sharing your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. Anna S
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 06, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Disappointed
    • I'm not sure if my skin has become "resistant" to salicylic acid after 2 decades of use, but this does not seem to affect my skin at all. I get good results from the 2% gel, though the sticky nature of the gel is rather annoying. I really love the ease of use and the way it feels on my skin when dry (like nothing!) This formulation would be much easier to layer with other skin care products, as well. This is the only PC skin care product that has not performed as described.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello and thanks for sharing your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  11. VERONICA S.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 05, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I bought this because at the time it was more on sale than the BHA Liquid. It felt amazing and I was really liking it, but after a few days my pores were excessively clogged. I kept using it hoping it was coincidental or just a "purge", but it just kept getting worse. My skin was rough and ruddy looking and every pore on my face felt disgusting. Stopped use and back to normal. I seem to just have bad luck with PC products that contain lots of antioxidants. Get the same reaction from all of them.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. Randall C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    YES
    • After stumbling across PC earlier this year, my skin has never looked better, thanks in large part to this exfoliant. It's gentle (supremely sensitive skin, here), it's effective, and leaves my skin super smooth and prepped for anything. Sadly, the pores on my nose suffered from excessive pimple popping in my teen years, but this treatment makes them almost disappear. Gonna try the 4% foam next. A million times thank you!

  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved me from the Dermatologist
    • I've been using it for over a month now and cannot express how thankful I am for this product! I use morning and night as directed and during the day I dab a little extra directly on the breakout areas. My acne is almost completely gone with no new outbreaks and the redness is diminished to the point where I barely require any makeup. Non irritating- no redness, no itching, no flaking.

  14. Rachel B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Sensitive skin users beware
    • I've been using this along with the Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser and I think this one is what's giving me problems. I bought these two after I'd been having some hormonal breakouts and enlarged pores that I wanted to take care of and after a month I saw little to no difference. In fact, after using this stuff my face felt like it had a weird film on it and it also makes my face more dry and itchy even though I still moisturize. I've also had scattered breakouts an my forehead and temples.

  15. kelly l.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    works for me!
    • I used 2 sample packets of this and I really did see a difference in the pores around my nose. Really impressed!

  16. Alex F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    must have!!
    • Short and sweet review My skin problems: sensitive skin, cystic acne, blackheads on cheeks and noticeable sebaceous filaments My skin problems after: N/A This is the holy grail. I used to be a product freak and would return a good portion of products for making my acne worse or giving me a rash. Not this stuff. I've been using it 3 months with zero sensitivities. Finally a product that does what it says.

  17. Jasmine
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail bha exfoliant!
    • Prefer this over the original 2% bha. This is weightless and doesn't leave any visible residue on skin. The other 2% bha liquid left my skin looking dull and old (I have oily skin, enlarged pores, blackheads) but this one seems to smooth the skin texture and decrease any bumps on the surface. It has not reduced my pores and I still have blackheads especially on my nose but I've only been using this a couple weeks, so fingers crossed that even better results come with long term usage

  18. Jamie
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't work for me...
    • I've been using the Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment With 2% BHA for about one month now and I'm just not seeing results. I've had a few breakouts since I began using this product and, while I don't think the product has caused them, I'm disappointed that it didn't seem to have prevented anything. I've recently been doing some research and trying to improve my skincare regimen, but I haven't been having luck with PC products so far.

  19. Lisa
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works for Whiteheads
    • I'm on my second bottle now and this has really helped to keep my skin clear of whiteheads. I used to get really deep ones that would stick around for months at a time. After using this consistently, they never came back. I switched to the regular BHA Exfoliant at one point but did not care for the texture. The Resist BHA is much lighter and feels like water. There is an occasional tingling sensation but most times I don't feel anything. I apply every morning after applying the Resist Toner.

  20. Rachel
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Does Not Help Mild Acne
    • I have used this for about 2 mo. to give it a chance to actually work. I had high hopes, however it has done NOTHING to help my mild adult (maybe hormonal) acne! I also tried the 2% gel and no luck. I do believe they both give your skin a slight glow & make pores appear slightly smaller, but I purchased thinking I had finally found something for my 40 yr. old skin w/ the PERSISTANT mild acne mostly on my forehead. So sad it didn't help.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, November 21, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for reaching out to us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team to see about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  21. ambar a.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 14, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Did not work at all!
    • I struggled with clogged pores for a while now and after reading such good reviews on this product I decided to give this a try. It's been over two months and I have seen NO improvement. If anything I noticed I was getting red inflamed marks and tons of blackheads. My skin is WAY worse than it was before! I would NOT recommend this product at all! Im a loyal customer of Paula's Choice, but this product was a waste of money

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, November 17, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your feedback - we're sorry to hear this product didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for informatoin about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  22. Erin R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    And I thought my Clarisonic made my pores look good!
    • Pretty much exactly what it says in the title. After a couple weeks of using this twice a day, my pores have never looked better. Thanks, Paula!

  23. Noor Anggerainie A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfect for acne prone skin
    • This exfoliant makes my acne go away (except the monthly hormonal acne). It also a time saver. Unlike the BHA 2% liquid, this dries faster and I can apply my sunscreen or treatment right away. Please don't ever discontinue this product.

  24. ELIZABETH D
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A minor miracle
    • I have recently entered perimenopause (too soon, in my opinion, buts that's another subject), and along with other hellish hormonal symptoms, I've started to breakout like a 14-year-old. I've been getting several cystic pimples around my chin and blackheads everywhere about a week before the beginning of my cycle. I tried everything to no avail. I got PC's resist pore refining treatment about a week ago and my skin cleared up within a few days! My skin looks brighter and moisturized. Thank you!

  25. Pota
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Nothing else like it!
    • I have very sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin and this is the only thing that can keep the redness and breakouts away, while exfoliating to reveal younger looking skin. I was using Retinol products and all of a sudden became allergic after years of usage. This product has all the great effects of the Retinol, minus the annoying side effects. I don't know what I would do without this. Thanks Paula!

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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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