Resist BHA 9

Blackheads and bumps, be gone.This concentrated, leave-on acne spot treatment clears up stubborn blemishes and unclogs and shrinks pores.
Item #: 773
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Calms redness and fades marks from past breakouts

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

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Customer Ratings:

77 out of 100
(Based on 564 Reviews)
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  1. Kirsten P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Sebaceous Hyperplasia, yer outta here!
    • LOVE this stuff! I have a few spots of sebaceous hyperplasia (which I thought were just acne scars until I read about it on this site!) and after 3 consecutive nights of treatment they are already noticeably diminished! I used the BHA 9 as a spot treatment on top of the 2% BHA. So happy I got this product. Will absolutely buy gain!

  2. DEBORAH
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for sebaceous hyperplasia & milia
    • Just a dab on milia makes them disappear. A dot on tiny, yet noticeable to me, sebaceous hyperlasia along with a touch of PC Clinical Retinol on top every few nights keeps these in check, too. Another great product to normalize extreme combo skin! Thanks!

  3. Maureen H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Was super excited to try this!
    • I recently received this in the mail. Unfortunately, one of the samples came out of the little package they arrive in & there were grease/oily stains on the shipping box. I tried my other sample and it seems to work well. But unless I can buy it in a store, it's too expensive to risk losing some product during shipping for me. I'd give it a 5/5. It certainly does what it claims. Shipping is my 3/5 determining factor.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Please contact us to resolve this issue; we're happy to send another sample (no charge).

    —Admin
  4. Shaela D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impulse purchase, but glad I got it.
    • I have been using this stuff on a few troublesome spots that pop up at night, and by morning it has reduced in size and the swelling has went down a LOT. There will still be a small bump, but nothing like it was before. It's a small tube, so you only need the smallest drop for your spots. I do wish the pump was made a little better, because sometimes I feel like I waste product when you push all the way down. It dispenses too much! I would love to see them fix this, especially for the price.

  5. Christina S
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Ok product
    • I love Paula's products, though not a huge fan of this one. I really wanted it to work, and I have tried it a bunch of times, but I do not find that it reduces cysts (perhaps it is not meant to). I'm not sure that it affects smaller blemishes either, on me at least. It is too irritating if I use it more than 2 nights in a row, and my skin is pretty tough. Also the packaging is not ideal, too much comes out with each pump so it is wasteful. I probably would not purchase this one again.

  6. LAURA M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Magic bullet
    • This is interesting stuff. I don't think it really helps with a a big cyst or pimple on the face, but if you have those annyoing millia near your eyes it seems to gently do the trick. It also cleared up plantar warts on both my kids. I think I applied it once or twice on them. Toes were a peely mess, but then the warts miraculously disappeared.

  7. Terrie O.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Worth every penny!
    • This product cleared up my stubborn acne within 24 hours and I had been struggling for months. Red acne scars lightened dramatically within 3 days. Best Paula product I've used.

  8. Kay M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 31, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Best thing EVER for my milia!
    • Recent convert, & learning how much & often to use, BUT, I've had a bad case of milia many years & this is the only product I've found that brings them to the surface! They almost want to jump out! A miracle! I still extract some, but so so easy now. Agreed, the pump is wasteful, but I have a perfume decant kit & transfer a bit to a tiny spray bottle & it works great! I keep it cool & in the dark too so problem solved! Think I'm on my way to being milia free : ) Yippee!

  9. Jintana W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Formula
    • I received this initially as a sample in my Birchbox. It got rid of the blackheads and milia on my nose in 4 days. Amazing! So I ordered the full size recently and I, too, am dismayed by the packaging. I did find a solution, however. I pump it into the sample vial I got in my Birchbox. No waste! I'm glad a repackaging is happening but it's upsetting to find out after you've already made the investment. I wish I had known in advance, I would've waited to order.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! Waiting for the repackaging would've been a long wait, so it's good you took the plunge now! We're not anticipating a new component for BHA 9 until next year. Glad this product is working so well for you!

    —Admin
  10. S G.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Too liquide
    • Great product although too much liquid is coming out of the container each time and you can not control the amount. Therefore lots of product is wasted. Also since it is so liquid it cause dripping of the product and does not stay on spot. Over-whole it does the work but I had to already order another one because so much is coming out even if not needed and it is expensive.

  11. Nicholas K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works well, but price and packaging keep me from repurchasing.
    • This does what it claims and I love how smooth it makes my skin feel and look. However, the fancy little dispenser makes it difficult to control how much product comes out. Also, at $40 for about 1/3 of an ounce (so $120 per ounce!) it's not as affordable as the other PC products I use. I've had success with a few products from other brands that cost more per bottle, but I actually get more product per dollar when I buy them. Let's put this stuff in less fancy packaging and lower the cost!

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

    Thanks for your comments! We are working on securing new packaging for this product and are considering offering a larger size, as well. As this is a very concentrated treatment that does not require much product to be effective, we will be keeping the size less than one ounce.

    —Admin
  12. Ria M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Pain & Gain
    • I use the 2% Liquid BHA & 8% AHA Gel for my closed comedones. It's been a few months & things have improved, but I have some very old deep clogs which didn't budge. I tried this product because I would definitely classify them as "stubborn." This stuff is amazing. The worst clogs are on my chin and forehead, and BHA9 is causing them to come to a head one at a time. It's bittersweet because the clogs end in painful breakouts, but I'd rather have them out than in & deal with the scars w/ C15.

  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good content, bad packaging
    • I love this product. It does what it says on my skin. However, I can't give 5 stars for it as the packaging is kind of hopeless.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 21, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We realize that some people do not like the packaging for this product, and are pleased to inform you that we will be changing it in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we appreciate your ongoing feedback for the products themselves and their packaging. We always take ALL customer feedback into account.

    —Admin
  14. Laura T.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • I bought this product with great hope. Unfortunately after using it consistently, I did not see any change at all in my skin. It was a bummer.

  15. Tasha, L
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Clears blackheads
    • I don't usually write reviews, but I know how important they are for people with troubled skin. Let me just say that BHA 9 is the ONLY product I use for blackheads. I use it as a spot treatment each night, and my blackheads are pushed to the surface in a matter of weeks. Some take longer than others, but if you are patient and consistent, even the pesky ones will surface. The only downside is the price of this item. Nonetheless, this is my all-time favorite skin product, no question.

  16. Courtney K
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    BHA 9 Bottle Leaks
    • I had used this product a few times and really liked it. I moved it to my bathroom drawer where it was being stored laying flat. I went to use it tonight and the bottle was empty. Be sure to store in the upright position! I lost 3/4 of the bottle.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    We're so sorry this happened! Please contact us at your convenience for a resolution.

    —Admin
  17. Cindy E
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I have never written a review ever!
    • BHA 9 works! It works so well that I felt compelled to write the first review ever in my life. I have been using the product for three weeks with the Skin balancing Toner and the results are awesome. I had always received complements on my skin, but in my 50's I developed Sebaceous Hyperplasia -- lovely donut shaped white pumps and I tried everything to reduce them. Well I felt so great about my bare skin this weekend I ran some errands with no makeup. Thanks for a great product!

  18. Laura
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great stuff but . . . .
    • I have sebaceous hyperplasia, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. (I know a big mess) so I need exfoliation! First, because of the dispenser there is no "spot" application-only full face. The morning after I notice that my sebaceous spots seem to shrink and it exfoliates beautifully! I cannot use it every night as it is strong AND because it is expensive for only a few applications. I save it for once a week. I'd give it a 5 if it was in a better bottle, more product, and better price.

  19. GraceS
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 05, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed with no results
    • I bought this a few months ago because I have pretty bad acne scars which I thought this would help due to the high BHA concentration. In the beginning I used it every other night thinking it would take time for it to work. However I did not see any results to my scars, therefore I diligently increased application to every night thinking I would see results if I applied it on every day. unfortunately this just didn't work for me, I am disappointed because of the high expectation I had.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014


     

    —Admin
  20. Kristi C
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • I tried two bottles of this stuff using once nightly in combination with the Clear line of products but it didn't seem to touch my acne or sebaceous hyperplasia.

  21. SR
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Hasn't worked so far!
    • I used this diligently every night for a month for sebaceous hyperplasia but unfortunately it didn't seem to make any difference to them. maybe I should have given it more time but decided to purchase the retacnyl (retin A) for them instead which I had been holding off on buying as I wanted to try the BHA 9 first. Not sure if I could use both products together? At the moment just using the retacnyl alone. Pity, love many other of Paula's products!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! BHA 9 may be used with retinoid products, but because this combination increases the risk of side effects such as flaking and dry patches, you'l want to pay close attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of use accordingly.

    —Admin
  22. Rose S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I purchased this product based on it's claims to remove stubborn imperfections. I've have very deep rooted blackheads on my nose since my early adolescence. I applied this to my nose nightly for 2 weeks in hope to finally rid my blackheads on my nose and nothing. I had some new blackheads form on my cheeks earlier this year and this did get red of those. Also, I used it the first night on some huge pimples and they went away, but now it's like my skin is used to it and it does nothing anymore.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We wish this was the same quick fix product for everyone, but some people will need to be more patient, particularly if you have stubborn, longstanding blackheads. Keep using it, and you should begin to see better results!

    —Admin
  23. Allen
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    I'm yet to comprehend what this product does
    • I have stubborn blackheads on my nose and I was hoping that by using this product on a weekly basis, it will take care of my problem. Well, my blackheads persisted so I am not sure what stubborn imperfections this will get rid of for you. Fortunately, the comedone extractor works wonders on blackheads but I was really hoping to switch to a 9 % BHA exfoliant instead. I also don't like the consistency of this and how it gets disposed from the pump and it's expensive too!

  24. Chantal S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    not for me
    • i was super excited to try this. the clear line had gotten my breakouts in check but still get the hormonal breakouts. when i got a few on my chin, gave this a try after multiple reviews of people saying this worked wonders…not for me. it made my chin so dry and broken, and it burned terribly. now after a month, my chin is still super sensitive and dries up for no reason. lets mention that i have oily-normal skin, never in my life have i had dry skin. this only made me peel and nothing more.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Thanks for your review! It seems you've had difficulties with many of our products, and perhaps Paula's Choice isn't the right line for you. That's why our team continued to review products from over 300 other brands, so our customers always have alternatives also worth buying. Please contact us for assistance with returning any of the items you've been displeased with.

    —Admin
  25. Jenny
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product, not so great dispenser
    • I love this product. If I have a pimple, I simply apply this at night and in the morning it's much smaller / no longer noticeable. I agree with the previous reviewer that the dispenser needs work. It always dispenses far more than I need, and I've not found any way to control the amount. There's a problem with the mechanism - it feels like it sticks, and requires too much pressure to dispense. The glass tube that the sample comes in was much easier to use. The product itself is great though.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist BHA 9 is a first-of-its-kind spot treatment specially formulated to address your most stubborn skin imperfections. The technology behind BHA 9 is indeed unique, allowing for a controlled, sustained release of salicylic acid without diminishing any of its effectiveness. In fact, you will have enhanced results without dryness or irritation! BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections has a pH range of 3.2-3.6.

BHA 9 can do all of the following:
  1. Unclog pores with the first use
  2. Diminish white bumps
  3. Minimize enlarged pores
  4. Refine and smooth skin's texture
  5. Minimize sebaceous hyperplasia
  6. Smooth and soften dry, rough patches
  7. Help balance oily skin
  8. Fade red marks from breakouts
  9. Reduce breakouts

Who is this product for?
Resist BHA 9 is designed for anyone who has struggled with stubborn skin imperfections who wants enhanced results over and above the treatments they've been using.

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

Sources to support the claims made for Resist BHA 9

The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, 2010, page 110; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, McGraw Hill, Baumann, Leslie, MD, 2009, pages 150–151; Dermatologic Surgery, April 2009, pages 638–644; Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, March-April 2005, pages 87–90; Pharmazie, March 2005, pages 215–220; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November 2004, pages 519–531; and Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research, Volume 3, 2003, pages 101–105.

Key Ingredients: Boerhavia diffusa root extract, Avena sativa, glycerin, arginine, sea whip extract, salicylic acid

Product Ingredients:

Propylene Glycol (solvent/penetration enhancer), PEG-75, PEG-8 (thickeners), Water, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/time-released exfoliant, 9%), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract), Sea Whip Extract (soothing plant extract), Arginine (amino acid/skin-conditioning agent), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: At night, apply as a leave-on spot treatment for stubborn imperfections. Dispense a very small amount of Resist BHA 9 onto a clean fingertip, and massage a thin layer over affected areas. Suitable for use around the eyes, but avoid contact with eyelids and do not apply along the lower lashline. For best results, use after cleansing and toning, but it can also be used as the last step in your skincare routine. Experiment to see which method works best for your skin concerns. May be applied on its own or over a Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting exfoliant. May be applied over larger areas if needed. Reduce frequency of usage if irritation or flaking occurs.

PRECAUTIONS:

This product contains 9% salicylic acid. Please note:

  • Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin
  • If you experience irritation, rinse from skin and discontinue use
  • Avoid direct contact with eyes
  • Protect skin with sunscreen daily
  • Ask your doctor before using on children
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor before use

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.

What is the strength of BHA 9?

BHA 9 contains 9% salicylic acid in a unique formula, time-released to prevent irritation without sacrificing the result of its 9% strength. This allows even those with sensitive skin (perhaps even those who cannot tolerate our 2% BHA formulas) to reap the incredible results possible with BHA 9.

Is BHA 9 just a spot treatment or can I use it all over my face?

A thin layer of BHA 9 may be applied all over your face if needed, but you would want to use it first over smaller areas where stubborn imperfections (for example, blackheads that have not responded to a BHA exfoliant with 2% salicylic acid) are an issue to see how your skin responds.

How often can I use BHA 9?

We recommend applying BHA 9 once a day preferably in the evening, after cleansing and toning. Many will find that their imperfections respond favorably with less frequent usage, such as 2-3 times per week. For best results, experiment to determine the frequency of application that works best for you.

Is it OK to use BHA 9 if I am also using a skin lightening product that contains hydroquinone?

Yes. Apply the BHA 9 to affected areas first and follow with the skin lightening product where needed. Finish with your Paula's Choice serum and moisturizer. During the day, follow with a product rated SPF 15 or greater.

Can BHA 9 be applied at the same time as my retinol or prescription tretinoin product?

Yes, but for use with prescription retinoids, check with your doctor first. If you decide to try the BHA 9 use it as part of your evening skincare routine. Apply a thin layer of BHA 9 first, as either a spot treatment or all over your face and then follow with your retinol or prescription retinoid product, and finish with serum and/or moisturizer. Pay close attention to how your skin responds.

Can I use the BHA 9 at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA or AHA products?

Yes, though for some skin types applying two exfoliants at the same time increases the risk of irritation and that is never the goal. It is also fine to apply any of our BHA or AHA products to areas of your face where you are not applying the BHA 9 exfoliant, or you can alternate by applying your regular exfoliant in the morning and BHA 9 at night. BHA 9 was designed to be a spot treatment though lots of people are having great success using it all over their face and chest.

Is BHA 9 recommended for use around the eyes?

Yes, but only up to the orbital bone area (the bony ridge that stops just before the immediate undereye area). Do not apply BHA 9 to the eyelid or underbrow area.

Can BHA 9 be used on the body?

Yes. BHA 9 is excellent for treating stubborn imperfections on the body, too, especially white bumps, breakouts, and stubborn blackheads or patches of persistent keratosis pilaris. It is slippery so you would want to be careful what you wore to go to bed.

Will BHA 9 help fade acne scars?

Regular use of BHA 9 will help fade pink, red, or brown marks (known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) from acne breakouts, but will not affect deep or pitted scars such as those that can occur from cystic acne.

I have eczema. Can I use BHA 9?

Yes, but to start, apply this treatment to stubborn imperfections only, once daily or a few times per week, morning or evening. If applying over patches of eczema, pay close attention to how your skin responds. If signs of flaking or dryness occur, do not continue applying BHA 9 to these areas or reduce frequency of application. Follow with an emollient moisturizer.

I have rosacea and/or sensitive skin. Can I use BHA 9?

Yes, but to start, apply this treatment to stubborn imperfections only, once daily or a few times per week, in the evening. Pay close attention to how your skin responds. If signs of flaking or dryness occur, do not continue to apply BHA 9 to these areas or reduce frequency of application.

Is BHA 9 better than the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid exfoliant?

Not necessarily better, but it is stronger and designed to be a targeted treatment. BHA 9 is designed for stubborn imperfections (blackheads, white bumps, red marks from acne, sebaceous hyperplasia) that have not responded well (or at all) to one of our Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants with 2% salicylic acid. BHA 9 is a potent treatment that for most will work best when applied to problem areas. For routine, daily exfoliation, continue to use one of our other BHA exfoliants on other parts of your face, neck, and chest.

How come BHA 9 is not part of the Clear line of anti-acne products?

Paula feels strongly that the benefits of BHA 9 are great enough to extend it beyond keeping acne breakouts under control. It is an excellent spot treatment for many types of skin issues such as sebaceous hyperplasia which primarily affects women over 40 who have oily skin and that wouldn't fall under the category of acne. Without question, BHA 9 can benefit acne-prone skin and can be used as part of a Clear routine if a stronger exfoliant to treat areas with stubborn imperfections, including Resistant blackheads and white bumps (milia) is needed.

What is the strength of BHA 9?

BHA 9 contains 9% salicylic acid in a unique formula, time-released to prevent irritation without sacrificing the result of its 9% strength. This allows even those with sensitive skin (perhaps who even cannot tolerate our 2% BHA formulas) to reap the incredible results possible with BHA 9.

What is the pH of BHA 9?

Resist BHA 9 has a pH range of 3.1-3.6, just like most of our other BHA exfoliants.

What's the difference between BHA 9 and your skin-lightening products?

The salicylic acid in BHA9 fades discoloration by increasing skin cell turnover rate, while key ingredients in Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment and our hydroquinone-based skin lighteners work to interrupt the pathways in skin that melanin (skin pigment) needs to form the discolorations. Used together on dark spots, these products will have a complementary, synergistic effect. And don't forget the sunscreen, a must when figting brown spots and uneven skin tone.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA exfoliant again?

First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of a BHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Or, if your skin seems extra-sensitive, you may want to wait and apply the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure. Salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.

I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.

This product is packaged in an airless pump dispenser which utilizes a vacuum system to dispense and keep the contents fresh. Airless packaging helps to keep air and contaminates out of the product, which enhances the formula's stability and effectiveness.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

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