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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, 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:

82 out of 100
(Based on 137 Reviews)
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  1. Kiah K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fits in regimen for: sensitive, very dehydrated but easily congested skin
    • This is my favorite BHA. It definitely has calming ingredients in it to help reduce/prevent redness and when used regularly, this keeps my pores the cleanest I have experienced them. I tried every other PC BHA except the liquid, which I knew would be too drying. 1% Gel seemed to not do much: long term, pores gunked up again. This 2% concentration is still a little rough for me for daily use so I am experimenting alternating this after every 1-2 nights of 8% AHA (only exfoliate PM). Good so far!

  2. Ann M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favorite Paula Product
    • Started using this once a day, then twice per day. A bit of minimal purging occurred, but not too much because I've been using glycolic and retin- a (when more purging occurred). After 3 months, my skin feels so very soft and breakouts have reduced, better than the glycolic/retin-a regimen. So impressed, I bought the rest of the Advanced Kit. Love the scientific/fact-based transparent philosophy of this company. Container also saves space on my tiny counter.

  3. Jess V
    Reviewed on Monday, May 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    MOST GENTLE BHA IVE EVER USED
    • My favorite bha that Paula makes. I have very dry, sensitive skin. This is hydrating and keeps my skin smooth. Its the same ingredients as the men's sooth + smooth which is $2 cheaper so I will get that next time. I also love the fact there is antioxidants in this formula because my moisturizer doesn't have any in it. I use CeraVe moisturizing lotion.

  4. David N.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The first BHA I use
    • I started BHA with this product so I can't compare with the other. I'm on my 3rd bottle and this is not a miracle worker for me. My skin does not change noticeably. However, it cleared out most of my blackheads and is a good maintenance product.

  5. Marie M
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works great for acne; same results as CLEAR Reg Strength Exfoliating Solution
    • I've used the CLEAR Reg Strength Exfoliant for years to treat acne. I switched to this because I wanted to add the antioxidant/antiaging benefits. I've used it for several months now and I don't really see any difference from the CLEAR product. It definitely keeps my skin smooth and acne-free, and the texture is the same, but I haven't noticed any changes to my skin from the antioxidants - maybe I'm not supposed to. I will switch back to the CLEAR product which costs 1/3 less per ounce.

  6. Angela
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 05, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Too drying
    • For some reason this formula is too drying for me even though it says it's more gentle that the skin perfecting 2% bha liquid. Every time I try to use this I get small dry patches on my face. I told my friend about Paula's choice brand and she swears by this bha, but sadly it just sits in my drawer unused now. I have not noticed any difference in my small blackheads on my nose either. I'm thinking about trying the new 4% foam

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 06, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  7. rachel d.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best stuff ever
    • I have hormonal breakouts 70% of the month. As soon as one clears up I get another one. This stuff has completely calmed it down and is helping my hyper pigmentation. I use the resist foaming cleanser and skin balancing toner before I apply this. But I think that THIS is the stuff that's really making the difference. I can even feel my pores tingling when I put it on. It takes about a month to notice a difference, but it's there. Very satisfied.. Highly recommended.

  8. CHRISTINA M.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 03, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Causes Breakouts
    • While this BHA Treatment does seem to minimize the look of my pores, it caused my skin to breakout!!!! NOTICEABLY !!! I have been using PC's products for years and it has always kept my skin clear of redness and breakouts, so I was very disappointed in this product. I don't consider myself to have overly sensitive skin either. I should have listened to the other reviewers that had similar issues.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 06, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  9. Victoria C.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    breaks me out
    • I can't really review the claims of this product because every time I use this product I get small red bumps on my face. Not really pimples because they fade in a couple of days. Pretty strange.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  10. Christina S.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • I have been using this for several months, 3-5 times a week, and I love it. No stinging/burning (I have fairly sensitive skin), easy to apply, and my pores have never looked better. The best part - I no longer have to scrub my face with abrasive exfoliants to get the smoothest skin of my adult life. For reference, I am mid-30s with combo/dry skin and occasional breakouts. This (in conjunction with the Resist weekly AHA liquid) has reduced my breakouts and helped with dry patches. Love it!

  11. Junke Z.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not strong enough for me
    • At first this product helped clear up alot of my acne. It got rid of the big painful ones and the medium pus filled ones really quickly. However, it had trouble getting rid of the smaller red bumps. I eventually used more product to see if it would help; while it did help a bit, the bumps were still there so I switched to the 4% Resist foam BHA and it's been much more effective for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 30, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're sorry to hear this product didn't work as expected for you, but are glad that you found another that does!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. Angela A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 29, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Nothing special
    • I got this more than one month ago and used it 2xday with no change in the severity of my acne, blackheads and fine lines. Considering the price and the bottle size, it was a very disappointing product. Nothing special, really.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 30, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  13. Bec w
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 22, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    very good!
    • Really happy with it. Keeps my skin in good condition, has reduced redness, clear black heads on pores and I find to be moisturising for my dry skin! The 2% in the clear version were a bit too drying or irritating (mostly in the beginning when my skin was getting adjusted to it) so this one is the right BHA for me and I'm very happy.

  14. Alotta Pitts
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really effective, gentler than %4 BHA
    • I love the 4% face bomb but sometimes, I get too much and my face is red and irritated for couple of days after use. The is much gentler and is totally leaving my skin soft and my pores much smaller. I like it more than the 4% face bomb and I love that stuff. But this is superior.

  15. Alice,S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Surprisingly pleased
    • I have to admit that this is a quality product that has seemingly helped reduce both the quantity of individual breakouts and the severity of each. I am 52 and suffer from post menopausal cystic acne. This product has made a difference and I will continue shopping.

  16. Gabrielle
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 14, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I tried this product on the recommendation of a friend. I have combo skin with a massively oily t-zone. I wanted to cut back the oil, refine large pores, and prevent my mostly infrequent chin breakouts. While this product made my skin feel soft and greatly reduced my skin's oil production, it left my t-zone riddled with blackheads. I haven't had a blackhead in over 10 years and I had honestly forgotten what one looked like. I tried it again after my skin cleared up, but the same thing happened.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 16, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  17. Lauren P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amzing Product!
    • This is one of my favorite Paula's products! It's made my skin glow. I've had co-workers ask where I've been on vacation (and I've been in snowy Canada the whole time!) and I'm not even wearing foundation or bronzer! I'm hooked!

  18. Pocholo U.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 02, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    It didn't work
    • I initially tried the 2% BHA liquid for all skin types (white bottle), and had great results. I finally got to try this one after using the white bottle up. I got a really bad reaction to this one: cyctic acne and closed comedones. There's probably something different in the formulation of this one (compared to the white bottle) that doesn't sit well with my skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  19. anna b
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 28, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    disappointed
    • This stuff did absolutely nothing for my skin. In fact I got more whiteheads and blackheads while I was using it. So, it may be a good product for some skin types, but not me! I also was using the weekly retexturizing foaming treatment, and I can make the same comment about that one as well. Too bad. I would have liked for it to work.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 02, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - 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
  20. Randy, D
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome
    • I love this product and I use it everyday (twice) surprisingly this has lasted me about 1 year and half on the same bottle!! I even used throughout my 5 months on accutane. Buying again even though I still have a few weeks left on original bottle!

  21. Coral R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best!
    • This my favorite BHA that I have tried! Makes my skin so smooth and has evened out my skin tone so much! I will probably use this forever.

  22. Tatiana F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!!!
    • This is just as good as the Skin Perfecting BHA liquid except that this has added beneficial and anti-aging ingredients that soothe your skin and leaves your skin feeling so soft. This does not dry your skin at all. It's so gentle yet effective that you can even apply it around your eyes! Highly recommend for any skin type!!

  23. Kiah K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Officially my favorite BHA - tried them all.
    • I have tried all the other BHA formulas by PC, and this one is it. I have dry-combo skin that is always prone to severe dehydration (esp. in winter) but on the flip side congests very easily with the wrong products. The other liquids all felt drying; the gels, for some reason, caused flaking and some moisture imbalance; and the lotions were all too greasy to use with the moisturizers I am using. This stuff goes on weightless and doesn't strip my skin at all. I use it only at night. It's perfect.

  24. Evie Y.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This works! No more blackheads!
    • I used the BHA liquid a year ago and it irritated my skin. But I decided to try this product and it really works! No irritation, just a blackhead-free nose after only 4 days of use. Moreover, the rest of my face feels smoother and looks brighter. The pores on my cheeks are tighter. I do use the Antioxidant Serum after this and wear sunscreen during the day.

  25. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good product, but too small!
    • I really enjoyed using this product, and it gave me great looking skin, but it lasted less than a month. The picture is kind of deceiving, because when I got it, it was quite a small/skinny bottle. For the price, I was expecting almost double.

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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 3.5-4.0.

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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