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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 111 Reviews)
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  1. Ann B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Holy Grail BHA product!
    • Love this stuff, am on my third bottle! I used it every morning after cleansing my face, before I put makeup on. I used to use the BHA 2% liquid and loved it too, but love this more because it does not leave a residue on my skin. I simply pour a little bit into my hands and apply it to my face and neck. I have bad nose blackheads, and this stuff keeps my nose blackhead free. This keeps my skin SO clear, I have not had any breakouts since I have been using this. Can't live without it!!

  2. Clara
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product!
    • I love this product! In fact, I'm very pleased with all of PC's products I have tried. I have bought numerous brands and I can honestly say....these are the best. No need to look any further! For the first time in years, I am enjoying a clearer complexion, smaller pores and skin free of irritation.

  3. M.B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Worth sticking with it
    • I have just about used up my first bottle of this and am about to buy another. It took a LONG time to start seeing any results. For the first month or so, it seemed like my skin was breaking out more, not less. But it's now been almost three months of consistent daily use and I think this is keeping the breakouts down. I still get some blemishes here and there, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be before I started using this. So, it's worth sticking with it!

  4. Jennie M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Like better than Skin Balancing formula
    • I tried the skin balancing 2% BHA one also and I like this one better because it is more of a water-like consistency and doesn't leave any feeling of residue on my skin. The skin balancing one has kind of an oil texture on the skin. So that's why I like this one better. Doesn't dryout or sting or anything.

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    High Hopes
    • I read all the comments on this website and I was struggling with getting this or the 2% BHA gel and decided this might be for me. I haven't seen much difference and I'm very disappointed. I might try the BHA 2% gel but I haven't made up my mind yet.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 12, 2015

    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 assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  6. Jemah H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Prefer the original 2% BHA formula
    • This formula did not work for me at all. When I initially made my order I didn't realize that this was a different formula of the regular pore refining 2% BHA, which I have used for many years and really like. This formula has left my sensitive acne prone skin irritated and broken out. So if you have previously used the old BHA formulas and are interested in this Resist version I recommend that you try the sample size first.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    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 about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  7. Green V.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Forever the best
    • Can"t say more about this toner, its the best and my favourite. Light but full of good stuff. Wish it was a bigger bottle though.

  8. Zoe M.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 02, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Improved texture, Decreased oil
    • Pros: Decreases redness with my pale, sensitive skin; Reduces break-outs; Removes blackheads almost as well as 10% AHA; can be used daily. Cons: Price and fairly meager amount of product. This product has eliminated my use of the Pore-Refining toner which never did much, though I really liked the ingredients. I do find this drying, but using the Resist Clear moisturizer afterward leaves my skin softer than ever and the two together have done wonders. Less is more with this product, IMO.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…..

  13. 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

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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

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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: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 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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