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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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77 out of 100
(Based on 664 Reviews)
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  1. LAURA P.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 17, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A MIRACLE PRODUCT!!!
    • After using BH9 &BP on my entire face several nights in a row, I could literally see my pores purging out all of the blackheads & whiteheads. I got over-zealous & ended up over-exfoliating my skin, so I need to find the right balance of usage for myself . However, I have never seen a product work so well in such a short amount of time. My pores have shrunk considerably &, for the first time in my life, my skin is actually smoothing out in both tone and texture.

  2. Jessica L.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally a product that has changed my skin!!!
    • I never really leave product reviews just due to the fact that they never really give me eye opening results, but this product has left me speechless. I do like all of Paulas Choice products, but this product has completely changed my face! I use it all over my face at night and in the morning my face is glowing and my once rough, large pore skin is gone. I am in awe. I have used many many peels and products over the years and nothing has come close to what this has done. Completely happy!!

  3. Dan M
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Like so far
    • I actually like this product so far... However it's literally the worst packaging I've ever come across for a face product. It squirts out so fast even when you try to dispense a small amount. It makes me sad every time because I see how much product is being wasted when it shoots out (even when I gently press). This packaging needs to be fixed because it is a good product. Sad half my money is literally going down the sink :(

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It's like goo gone!
    • This product is like goo-gone. I apply it and the next day or in a couple of days the pimple peels off revealing new skin that has no spots left behind. I have combination skin. Very oily forehead and dry under eyes. Dark Indian skin. If I ever get a pimple you can be sure my skin needs to keep a forever reminder of it. This helps reduce that but there are some that still are still stubborn. Skin is complicated we can't say that the product is not working because I have seen how well it works.

  5. Joey
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressed
    • I'd almost ordered this product many of times and GLAD I finally did. After using only a week I see minor changes in discoloration. I am mid 40's and have breakouts on my chin that will not go away for months. SO....I usually end up picking at them (yes, I know your not suppose to) which in turn leaves dark red marks some that I've had for quite some time. The red marks have lightened noticeably and the pimples are gone. The pump on this is terrible-its hard to only get a small amount out.

  6. Angela
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 05, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    No changes yet....
    • I have been using this product for quite some time now along with the skin perfecting 2% bha and although I have fairly clear skin I do have teeny tiny blackheads on my nose and chin that I can't seem to get rid of. I have also tried the 1% bha lotion and the resist 2% bha. None of which can't seem to clear up my stubborn blackheads. I'm glad others are getting great results with this but maybe mine are just too deep to clear out. I will continue to use the rest of the bottle and see...

  7. Kelly E.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this product!
    • This product is wonderful. While the pump dispenser is not great, I find if I push it really slowly it helps to only dispense a tiny amount which is really all you need. I like to use it when I feel a zit coming. I put a tiny drop on the area and by the next morning the zit is mostly gone. Works faster than any other spot treatment. I just love it.

  8. Diane
    Reviewed on Friday, April 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Holy Grail Product
    • 2% BHA gel wasn't quite doing the job, but BHA 9 eliminated an inflamed sebaceous hyperplasia (or something like it) that my dermatologist said she could only cut out and leave a depressed scar or do nothing about. It took some time, but a 1/4" diameter bump next to my nose completely gone! My skin looks amazing! Blackheads & enlarged pores almost invisible. BHA & careful use of a comedone extractor has made all the difference. Paula's products & advice work!

  9. J. C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Brilliant formula. Impressive results.
    • I am 64 yrs old with sensitive, combination skin. For the past 8 months, I have applied one pump of BHA 9 all over my face 3-4 times a week after cleansing and toning. I have had no adverse reactions; milia under my left eye have disappeared; white bumps on my left cheek are gone and those on my right are disappearing; red marks have faded. My skin texture is smoother and more refined; my skin tone is more even. BHA 9 has exceeded my expectations. Truly, it is a multitasking powerhouse.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 02, 2015

    How wonderful! We're blushing from all the compliments. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    —Admin
  10. BAM
    Reviewed on Friday, March 27, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Hmmm...
    • I've used this for quite some time and the major complaint I have is the inability to dispense a small amount without wasting. I began to have occasional cyst-like acne that I've been using this on, as well as the small blackheads next to my nose. Cannot say that this product did anything that my dollar store benzoyl peroxide cream has not.

    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 product 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
  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Niiiiiice!
    • This product kills any upcoming pimples for me. I slap on a little bit on each pimple in progress, and a couple hours (or overnight for more stubborn pimples) later it's flatter. Maybe not gone completely, but after a 2nd or 3rd application - it's gone and flat! I apply twice a day for big stubborn pimples, once a day for smaller ones. Leaving it on (as a last step in skin care) overnight seems to have the best benefits for me. Best BHA product here. hands down!

  12. S.C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really works!
    • I was skeptical at first, as this seemed too good to be true, but it really has helped clear up alot of my old acne scars and unidentifiable bumps. Is a bit pricey for the amount you get, but a little goes a long way. I do wish the formula was a little thicker so it doesn't slip through your fingers so easily and the pump has to be pressed all the way down to get any. Sometimes too much comes out at once, but the product itself is a winner for me.

  13. Derp
    Reviewed on Monday, March 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I love this sooo much!
    • This is perfect for those who have combination skin, who don't mind a slippery texture. I love this texture! I can't seem to use Rx retinoids, my skin becomes red and raw no matter how little I use. It does the same thing with AHAs. My skin loves BHAs and with PC, they are not alcohol based or drying. So, for anti-aging, blackheads, uneven texture, this is ideal for me, I love it.

  14. Sara L
    Reviewed on Friday, March 20, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Can this be used daily?
    • Can this be used daily? I don't know if it's safe, but I use this nightly. I struggled with deep cystic acne for years, and using this daily has stopped the cysts from popping up. They were so painful, and lasted weeks. They sometimes erupted, and oozed while I was talking. It was so embarrassing. Thank goodness for this product. I'm just a little worried this might be making my skin overly sensitive to the sun, since I use it so much. Did nothing for my dark spots or purple/red acne marks.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, March 20, 2015

    It is safe to use daily, just make sure that during the daytime you are also using an SPF product!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  15. Minne Mom
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Red Bumps -Be Gone
    • This product has reduced those pesky red bumps on our skin, we get from aging. A dermatologist can remove the red bumps at $100 a pop, or use the BHA each day to see them reduce and eventually go away altogether. It takes a WHILE but it works. I have many of those red bumps GONE and many that are slowly fading and getting smaller. I wish there was a way to buy more of this in larger quantity? I go through the tiny bottles quickly. Thank you Paula's Choice!

  16. J.C.O.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 12, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    give it time
    • Waited a month to review. Used for what I assume to be a "flat wart" on forehead. Applied 2-3 times a day with a clean, plastic wand applicator, from an empty perfume sample. Turned red, slightly itchy, but bearable. Every 3-4 days exfoliated or peeled off a layer. Now over 50% smaller. Have a second sample to use & I am hoping to eliminate completely!

  17. Victoria N
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thank You!!
    • This is my new favorite PC product! The other BHA products didn't seem to work for my acne, black heads, or old acne red marks. This product does it all for my skin though! Also, the texture was no problem at all, I actually prefer it to all the other options because I have dryer combo skin and didn't like how drying the foam was. Plus, there's no fishy stink like with the 4% BHA foam. Thank you for a great product!

  18. Diana
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Available in Europe?
    • Hi Paula's Choice team, Is this product also available for purchase in Europe/Denmark? I would really like to purchase it and at the same time avoid the high duties charges. Thanks in advance! Diana

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    It isn't available in Europe yet, but an international version should be available there later this year!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  19. Lisa
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    wonderful as part of a system for occasional cystic acne
    • I buy the trial size, which lasts awhile as a targeted treatment for stubborn acne. I have sensitive skin and it works great when I dab on bit of the C15 and then a bit of the BHA 9. I think the vitamin C booster makes my skin less sensitive to the extra strength level of BHA 9. It is a fair price but still expensive, so I buy the trial size, which I can get to last - as an emergency spot treatment - for 3 months. It does not seem to work as fast as when I first bought/tried it, but still great!

  20. Taryn V
    Reviewed on Monday, March 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thank you for another great product!
    • I'd say about 90% of my more surface acne disappears overnight with this product. Those that do not disappear heal significantly. When I was experiencing painful, long-lasting jawline acne (no more, thanks to PC Extra Strength Kit!), I would put it on painful spots that would occur before bumps appeared. No more pain and the bumps never appeared!

  21. Ann K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works great for me
    • I had an "undergrounder" on my chin for 2 months. How embarrassing is that. I tried other topical exfoliants and steaming, but this lump was deep. I had had a sample size of BHA9 but only got to use it once- (and knew that it worked) but dropped the rest down the drain! I finally was able to purchase full size, and after 3 days of using it, I woke up on 4th morning to finally being able to have the pore unplugged, without any trauma to my skin. This is going to be my go-to product for blemishes

  22. ATHENA M.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 23, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Did nothing for me
    • I am an avid Paula's choice user for skincare and aside from Estee Lauder Perfectionist and a couple other things, I only use Paula's Choice on my skin. I was hoping this would take care of the persistent bumps I have in the crease of my chin and the clogged pores on my nose but this did not do anything. A total waste of $$.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, February 24, 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 informatio on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  23. Crystal W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't Work For Me
    • I really wanted this to work for me, a PC representative recommended it for me and I've given it a fair chance but it has done absolutely nothing for my pore size or blackheads. Its quite expensive and you get way more than you need from the pump. I won't purchase this again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 23, 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
  24. S.S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    BHA9
    • OMG ! Here is my story. I had some bumps on my forehead (like 5) that would just not go away. I have not had acne for 35 years so I am not sure exactly what they were caused by. I tried everything to get rid of them. They have been around for like 2 years ! I tried Witch Hazel, rubbing alcohol, Apple Cyder Vinegar, Baking Soda, Clearasil. Nothing worked. In one day (1) the bumps immediately went away using the BHA9 ! I was so happy with the results. Thanks for a fantastic product !

  25. patricia
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • I bought this for the blackheads on my nose and I saw no improvement after using everyday. Super disappointed. The consistency of the product didn't bother me like others mentioned as a complaint, but the pump was a little tricky you end up with more product than you need in a single pump and it tends spray out if you're not careful.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, February 18, 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
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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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