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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:

88 out of 100
(Based on 49 Reviews)
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  1. Jill M
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Skin finally under control
    • I noticed a difference immediately with this product. First, my skin was softer over night. Like baby soft. And i'm in my 30s, so that's a big deal! Second, areas that would have minor breakouts (around nose, mainly) have disappeared. Third, after a month, even my persistent spots (chin!) are clear. They were a little worse at first, but now are totally clear. If I get a clogged pore, now it extracts easily - my unpredictable combo skin is acting much healthier and more normal. It's amazing!

  2. DEBORAH
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Even better than regular 2% BHA
    • This is gentler on my extreme combo skin than the regular version, by I which I used to swear. While a bit more expensive, I can use it just once a day and find I have less flaky skin overall while it still clears my pores just as well. Glad there's a version with extra beneficial, soothing ingredients available! Loving it.

  3. Monica E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    2nd Holy Grail!
    • I am keeping this review extra short and simple- If you are on the fence about trying this product, its about time you jumped over the fence to a clearer lovely skin! thanks Paula's Choice! Monica

  4. Edith, P
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!!!
    • This stuff clears my acne and it has anti aging ingredients so it's perfect!! I no longer have to choose between treating my acne or preventing wrinkles....paulas choice is one of a kind because of that! I have done much research and there is no other products like this at this price! Thank you for transforming my skin w PC products!

  5. SUET YIN C.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Instant results
    • I noticed that my skin was smoother and tone was brighter after just one application. I waited a week before reviewing to see if this product was effective in refining my pores and it did! I still have some stubborn blackheads on my nose bridge which might require a more potent BHA but I am very pleased with this product!

  6. willo L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No irritation, better skin texture
    • I waited 4 weeks to review. I'm 39 with good but oily/combination SENSITIVE skin. Sensitive skin products often are ultra-hydrating & break me out. I started using drugstore products recommended on Beautypedia last year & was pleased. Finally took the plunge and bought PC toner and the BHA exfoliant I obviously needed. After 4 weeks, I've had zero breakouts/irritation reactions and my sebaceous filaments (nose/lip) look better. I'm trying C serum next. 3 oz bottle is ideal for travel (TSA limit)

  7. Ruth B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Dissapointing
    • 2 weeks of use am and pm. No difference in pore size, pore sebum, blackheads or changes in fine lines (don't expect changes in deeper lines). I have new breakouts and had been breakout free for months. After reading reviews of my usual BHA containing alcohol, decided to try PC and this particular product based on it's reviews. Typically I use product for at least 4 wks prior to review but considering breakouts am considering a different PC choice. Rated 2 stars - does not irritate.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Thanks for your review! You may need to give this product a bit more time, and the breakouts you're seeing can be a side effect of using a well formulated BHA exfoliant. Essentially, the exfoliation causes contents deeper in the pore to become dislodged, leading to a potential breakout that, over time, would've happened (the BHA just pushes it to the surface faster). If you remain unhappy, please contact us to discuss a return and complete refund.

    —Admin
  8. HEATHER E.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Another Excellent BHA
    • Over the years, I've used just about every exfoliant made by PC. I didn't like the feel of the gels or lotions. The original 2% BHA liquid worked great but was sticky. I switched to the Clear Regular Strength exfoliant and loved the truly watery texture. This product has the same texture with added beneficial ingredients, though I'm not sure they are worth the price increase (3oz/$26 vs 4oz/$22) if you are also using a serum/cream. For minimalists, this is a great one-stop BHA/toner/treatment.

  9. Shirley A.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful!
    • This is a wonderful product. I was using the 1% BHA lotion and worried this would dry me out. It didn't at all. I use it morning and night along with other RESIST light products, and my combo/oily skin is finally clear. It's compatible with my prescription retinoid cream too. I highly recommend.

  10. Mary J.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Like this BHA
    • I like this BHA. I was using the other 2 percent BHA liquid for a long time. I wanted to try this for the anti aging benefits. After using it for one month I have decided I like this one better. The fluid is very light on the skin and doesn't cause any redness like the stronger BHA product sometimes did. I haven't noticed any change in pores yet, but there's been no worsening in my acne since switching either. I am going to keep using this for a while to see how my skin responds.

  11. LAURA M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not any better than the others
    • I found this more drying than the other BHA 2% formulas. I also find it very confusing that there are so many products that seem to be serving virtually the same purpose. I love PC and have used it faithfully for years, but it has gone into overload as of late.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! We're sorry this BHA exfoliant + anti-aging treatment didn't work to your satisfaction. We do offer quite a few BHA exfoliants, mostly becuase so few other companies do and we like to give our customers options. Different skin types, different concerns, plus personal texure preferences (liquid vs. lotion vs. gel or cream) explain why our exfoliants have expanded.

    —Admin
  12. Victoria
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Doesn't control acne
    • I recently switched to this from the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid that worked great for controlling my hormonal acne breakouts and blackheads. Since switching, I have had continual breakouts and my skin no longer feels smooth. This product does not appear to be as effective an exfoliant for me and isn't worth the extra money.

  13. megan v.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Can't live without it!
    • I started using this less than a week ago, and I can already tell a huge difference in my skin. I am 39 years old and have oily/acne prone skin. After the first 1-2 days of use, I noticed my skin was so soft and smoothe, and my oil production now seems under control. I can't live without this stuff - if anyone tried to take this from me I'd wrestle them to the ground! Doesn't irritate my skin either! I am so impressed with Paula's Choice products I plan to place another order today.

  14. Tiffany
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is the best!
    • I love this exfoliant, it is my favorite so far! It really makes a difference in my acne prone, but sometimes dry skin. I have noticed far fewer breakouts and an improvement in my overall complexion. Definitely will repurchase!

  15. Blaire B.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Meh.
    • I started using this with the Pore Reducing Toner a few weeks ago. I can't say I've really seen a reduction in my pores or in the number of blackheads I was hoping to eliminate. However, I have been broken out with actual pimples consistently since I started using it - and I have never in my life had an issue with pimples.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, August 01, 2014

    We're sorry this exfoliant and the toner aren't working well for you. Please contact us to go over your routine and/or discuss a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  16. Vanessa B
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle Worker
    • I use the 2% twice a day and I actually use the 4% foam EVERY night. I know it isn't recommended, but my usually sensitive skin can handle it and it is such a miracle worker. If a reactive blemish is coming on, this dynamic duo calms my skin and treats it quickly. My skin is clear and glowing. It has never looked better. I see the set is listed as out of stock as I write this. I hope they will continue to offer it as I am now addicted.

  17. Peggy C
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Leaves my skin sticky
    • I ordered this because the Daily Treatment with 5% AHA has not been available. I do not like this product. It leaves my skin feeling sticky all day. I have oily/normal skiing and the 5% AHA worked much better. I will not order this again.

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

    Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry this exfoliant did not meet your needs in terms of its finish. Please contact us to discuss a return or exchange, particularly once the Daily Smoothing Treatment is back in stock.

    —Admin
  18. Christopher M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic
    • Every time I use this my skin gets a little better!

  19. Tommy N
    Reviewed on Friday, July 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WOW!
    • This stuff is freaking amazing !!! Unlike the 2% BHA liquid which feels heavy on your skin this feels like NOTHING !!! Usually I only used the 2% BHA liquid at night cause it makes me really oily but this stuff I can use Day & Night. AMAZING !!

  20. Green V.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best BHA of Paula
    • I have used 2 % BHA Liquid which stung my face,Clear Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant was OK,vResist BHA 9 Treatment gave me redness and peeled skin. BUT the New Resist 2% BHA is perfect for me! It works perfectly for my oily, combo skin with its light texture and it has all the anti stuff I am looking for. Perfect!

  21. Katrina B
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product with a slight downfall
    • I've used the 2%BHA for years now but I'm a sucker for new products. This is a very light exfoliant. I find it feels like I'm adding nothing but my skin shows that it's doing something. The only downfall with it is that when I apply it and accidentally breathe through my nose (while applying) it smells very pungent. HOWEVER the smell doesn't last at all on the face, and I'm happy at the results I've had with it,but I always remember to hold my breath when I apply it close to my nose.

  22. Kevin
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Stick to the original 2% BHA
    • My pores are exactly the same months after. 2% bha liquid = BETTER, this a milder 2% bha even when used twice daily, results not as good as LIQUID even when used with PC serum and toner.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product didn't exceed your expectations. It isn't as potent as the 2% BHA Liquid, which is designed for more stubborn breakouts. The RESIST daily BHA exfoliant couples salicylic acid with a great range of anti-aging ingredients to provide gentle exfoliation + firming.

    —Admin
  23. ALDO G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not a match
    • Tried to switch from using Bha 2 % liquid to this. Big mistake for me. I started breaking out after a week. I wanted the extra anti-aging benefits but I guess this wasn't it for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work as well as you had hoped, but you can still get lots of great anti-aging ingredients from other Paula's Choice products such as serums and toners. It's also fine to use this exfoliant in the morning and apply the regular 2% BHA Liquid at night for more "intense" exfoliation. That may work very well for you!

    —Admin
  24. Susanna in Seattle
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Genius product
    • This is by far the best Paula BHA product I have tried. The 2% BHA Liquid was ok but only for night time use; this product is great for both day and night - it's feather light and leaves no tacky feel. Best of all? My skin is showing noticeable improvement after only a short time of use. Definitely a winner!

  25. Erin S
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So happy
    • I was a bit hesitant to order this, because I had tried so many salicylic acid products in my teens and they always irritated my skin. But after hearing too many good things about BHA exfoliants, ordered, received (seriously fast shipping!), and I am so happy with it!!! Zero irritation whatsoever; feels just like water!

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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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