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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Can't get past the smell
from Chatham, NJ
Comments about RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foam 4% BHA - 1.5 oz:
The product works, but I can't use it anymore. I'm very sensitive to fragrances and this product simply stinks. The fishy smell doesn't fade on me, either. The last time I used it, I had to wash it off after about 20 minutes because the smell was giving me a headache. I threw the rest of my bottle away. I love most PC products, but this one doesn't work for me.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from Chicago, IL
I have had this product for a couple of months. I read reviews about bad reactions but wanted to try it out anyway as Paulas Choice has a great return policy. The first few times I used it there was no reaction. It left my skin smooth and bright and I was very happy. But then my skin started to respond differently. When used it, I started having pink, itchy, dry reaction. I cut down my use and even tried using only 1/2 a pump, but still didnt help. Last night I used it again and rinsed off after leaving on for 1 hour to see if it would help. I woke up with a red face looking like I have sunburn and it itches. I will be returning this. I dont know if this an allergic reaction of if this us supposed to work like a chemical peel??? That being said, I am still a fan of Paulas Choice products and love everything else I have purchased and will continue to purchase this brand, just not this particular product.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
First Bad Reaction
from Alberta, Canada
I was using this BHA foam for months with no adverse reactions. However, I did read one other reviewer's comment that she noticed a reaction when she added retinol to her routine. I have been using retinol for years and was recently using the 1% Retinol Booster mixed with my nightly moisturizer. After going through a few bottles of that, I decided to try a stronger retinol product and ordered the RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum and have only been using it 3 times a week instead of every day. Anyway, I went to use this BHA foam again (I was only using it once every 1-2 weeks), and the next morning, I noticed something was wrong right away when I started rubbing my eye and all of the skin sort of around and below my eye started burning horribly. I went and looked in the mirror, and my skin was very red, irritated & painful. The worst of it was below my eyes, though, and I'm pretty sure that was my fault as it says right on the bottle not to use on eyelids or eye area, and from reading a few of the reviews, some other people made that mistake. I was trying to avoid my eye area, but I obviously got some of the foam a little too close to that very thin skin just below your eyes. A couple days ago, I went for a facial and they actually used a salicylic acid foam that was very similar to this, but she ONLY applied it to my T-zone, mainly my nose and then washed it off after a bit, and I think that's how you need to use this. I wouldn't leave it on overnight, and because it is so much stronger, only apply it to the areas that are more oily and that you need to exfoliate. I did not use this on my neck and chest area as directed, thank God. I also noticed directions say to use one pump, and you really don't need that much. A little goes a long way, and I think applying it a little too overzealously (along with using the stronger retinol product) is part of that caused my minor chemical burn. It does smell bad, but the smell goes away as soon as the product dries
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Really works to improve look of pores!
from Toronto, Canada
This product is just wonderful and delivers all that it promises. I have enlarged/clogged pores on my nose and they look dramatically better the next day after applying this product. I do use it all over my face however for exfoliation, and my skin feels really soft and smooth because of it. I do have to agree with others that the smell is kind of bad when you first apply it, otherwise I would give this 5 stars. But it dissipates very quickly and the results are totally worth it. I have never encountered any irritation from this, but I am careful to use it just once a week in winter, then twice in summer.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not for me
By Terrier mom
from Albuquerque, New Mexico
I have used PC products for a while now, and I have never had a reaction to any of them. I find them very soothing to my skin. However, this particular product produced an allergic-like reaction. Before purchasing, I did read some reviews that indicated it caused reactions for some people, but I honestly just did not believe that I would have any problem.I used the product, left it on all night, and awoke in the morning scratching my neck before realizing that I had this itchy rash all over my face and neck, and I was red like a tomato! My eyes were extremely puffed up and itchy as well. This rash did not go away quickly either, but lasted for about 4 or 5 days! When I say itchy, I had to purchase some OTC steroid cream to stop the itching because it was driving me crazy.As I said, I have never had ANY bad reaction from any other PC product, and I will continue to use them just as I have. Just not this particular one. I am still surprised by this reaction, but out of all the products I have tried, I am lucky to have only had one bad reaction. Some others mentioned the smell, but I really did not notice the smell at all.Be careful using this one though, the idea of trying it for just a few hours may work, but I don't think I want to try it again.
from Hastings, MN
I don't have particularly sensitive skin, so when I use this product I use it twice or three times weekly in place of my normal exfoliant. I will apply at night and wake up in the morning with pores that miraculously look cleaner and smaller! I have two complaints, however - the size of the bottle, and the AWFUL fishy smell. I'm not typically sensitive to the smell of fragrance-free products, but this one is absolutely horrifying. I almost feel self conscious whenever I wear this to bed with my fiance haha. I would truly love if there was any way to reformulate this product so it doesn't smell like fish, because it is truly effective on my pores.
By Vee Cee
from Overland Park, KS
The minute I pumped this product on to my cotton pad I was overwhelmed with an extremely fishy odor. I still use the product and have no adverse reactions to it. I have used this product up to 3 times a week when my skin is especially clogged and still had no reaction. As for performance, I see no difference when using this product versus the 2% Perfecting BHA. Due to the fishy unpleasant odor I would not buy this product again. Was this a bad batch or does this product just smell naturally?
from Gainesville, FL
I don't know if they changed the formula, but I used to use this without a problem. However, I ordered a new bottle and used it and it burned my skin. My skin was flaking for nearly two weeks!Then I tried it again, to make sure it was the foam. And my face has been itching since. I'm not sure what happened, but basically my skin gets very dry, red and itchy whenever I use this. I don't know if it's the specific bottle I got, but I will not be repurchasing.
About Me Fair Skinned 50s
I experienced a severe reaction to this as others did. It was like a chemical burn with red patches, itching, and fluid-filled blisters. It feels and looks like I have a bad sunburn. My husband has very thick, oily skin and after discussion he thought he would like to try it since his skin is very different from mine. This morning he said his face felt a little tight but no other reaction. He is going to try and use it weekly to see if it helps his oily skin and blackheads. This product may have a very limited audience that can tolerate it.
Nothing has ever cleared and clarified my acne scarred and blackhead/whitehead prone skin like this stuff but as stated in numerous other reviews, with time I'd develop flakey red welts across my eyelids.My daughter had similar fantastic clearing and started showing similar eye reactions by the end of the bottle.Yes, it also smells a little odd before it dries but that didn't bother me.I've just checked in and seen suggestions to only leave on for a few hours and I'm almost tempted to give it another shot since I loved the this foam so much before.There is nothing else in the PC line that has ever caused this reaction and I'd love to know when the developers can remove whatever is causing us so much irritation and perfect this formula,
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