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
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  1. Lori P.
    Reviewed on Monday, November 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Overnight miracle
    • No matter how hard I try to exfoliate, cleanse, treat etc I still get a pimples on my chin area. These turn into pea size red sores. This product will almost clear it up over night. It is fabulous. I bought my sister a tube too. The pump is a little awkward. It is very hard to get just a small amount out. I end up shooting out more than I need. I wish the packaging could be a little better. It really does help my blemish and red marks literally over night.

  2. JoAn
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not for me I guess,
    • I have a number of acne around my mouth area. I tried an acne product containing BHA first but, it didn't work. Then, I read good reviews from here about this product with 9% salicylic acid, and decided to use it. I have been using it for more than three weeks now, and it hasn't done anything to my acne yet. I also still get new acne which is frustrating when this product is fairly expensive (I am sure there is a reason for it but anyway). Hope this product works for you. =(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, November 21, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you as expected! We encourage you to reach out to a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. Joey W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle Potion!!
    • This liquid is magic! I am 33 and have never had any sort of acne, UNTIL the last year. Switching BC has wreaked havoc around my mouth and chin area for months. Both sides of my mouth were EXTREMELY red and several bumps would pop up nightly. Just as one would start to clear, others would emerge. I was given Retin A- too drying. I tried every high-end product in Sephora. NOTHING worked til this. The texture of my skin returned completely back to normal within days, NO more breakouts or redness!!

  4. CARRIE
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent!
    • This is a must have. My super sensitive skin had no adverse reaction and cleared up beautifully. I agree the packaging needs improvement as a full pump is way too much product. You only need a small amount, a little drop goes a long way! It's worth every penny spent. Thanks for another remarkable product Paula!

  5. Elaine L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Effective Product, Not So Great Packaging
    • This is an effective blemish spot treatment. I like the sleek packaging. The problem is that the pump dispenses way too much product no matter how gently you press it. It dispenses enough product to cover your entire face when all you need is a dab or two for spot treatment. I feel like I'm wasting more that half the product every time I use it.

  6. Fluffamundo
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Magic Potion for Breakouts
    • This product is fabulous! It really stops pimples FAST. When you feel one coming on, just dab a bit of this on the spot and OVERNIGHT the blemish will start to shrink. And if you have serious blemishes, this will clear them up fast -- a couple of days. BUT ... it's 9% BHA .... very STRONG stuff. So be really careful about combining with Retinol, or other anti-acne products, such as benzoyl peroxide products.

  7. Jimmy, N
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 02, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Tap it out
    • This dissolved my stubborn blackheads which just wouldn't budge. I did knock off a star because as others have pointed out the pump is almost impossible to press on without giving it a full pump which is way more than a pea sized amount. I found a trick around it though! If you just tap on it a very small amount will come out.

  8. Samantha P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 01, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    bad bad bad
    • This product made my skin breakout horribly! My skin was previously clearing up and then I used this and bam full on painful acne all over my face... :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, November 03, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this happened, and it's highly unusual. Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  9. Zoe G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Better than medical treatment
    • I have been plagued with sebaceous hyperplasia on my cheeks for several years. Impossible to expel with facial extraction, peels or microdermabrasion. One derm treated with cauterization. Disaster! Not only did the bumps not go away, but they became redder and more apparent. My research lead me to Paula and BHA 9. A teensy $5 sample lasted me a week and showed immediate improvement! I ordered the full size product and highly recommend.

  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    H G Product! Nothing like this!!! A +
    • Oh My GOD! This is AMAZING, i suffer of really block pores in my cheeks area, it seems like little bumps and i can't get rid of them. i try retinoid prescript with a dermatologist, tazorac, aczone, diferin and extractions nothing works. The BHA in only one application i can see improvement at the second day i have only a few left. OMG i only buy the sample size because i was so upset that nothing works for me but i am going to buy the full size. This is amazing! Thanks Paula Choice! :)

  11. Ildy L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    a+ for blackhead removal
    • Over the past month my chin has been an absolute mess of blackheads, even one that became inflamed and turned into a whitehead. I was trying to use the bha lotion in order to calm this down and hopefully get rid of it but it wasn't working. So I ordered a sample of this and tried it out. It definitely worked better over my moisturizer, but within 3 days all my blackheads softened the point of extraction! When I run out I'm definitely purchasing the fullsize for emergencies

  12. Derick G
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    does it really clears the milia
    • I was thinking about buying this product, but before I wanted to know does it really clears white bumps under and on the eyes (milia) because I had these white bumps on my eyes for years now and I don't know how to get rid of them.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Hello! This product is not meant for use on eyelids or immediately under the eyes. The bumps you're dealing with most likely aren't milia; rather, they're xanthomas, which you can read about and see picture of here.

    —Admin
  13. Ashley P
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    LOVE THIS!
    • I've been using this with PC Extra Strength Clear Line for several years and my skin has never been more clear! still have the occasional small pimple but not the large, painful, red ones. stopped using BHA for a few weeks because I lost it. last week I had one large pimple and this week I had two more. As compared to a pimple I've used the BHA on, these pimples are much more painful and noticeable. Also noticed that my skin has become very oily again. Ordered it & will not go without it again!

  14. kc
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    blackhead improvement
    • my nose is no longer speckled in small black dots (& just to experiment, i stopped using it for a day or two & noticed them coming back). doesn't do much for shrinking pores or speeding up blemish disappearances, though.

  15. Serena C
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 12, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    It works
    • I can't say that my skin magically looked better after using this, but when my bottle ran out, after a few days my pores looked bigger and my skin looked worse. So I bought another bottle begrudgingly, it looked better, and now I sit after a week without it wondering why my skin doesn't look as good as it has so I'm buying another. I put it on my nose, a bit on my cheeks and my chin every night.

  16. JESSIE C.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed
    • I experienced no irritation from this product, but whatever it was supposed to do, it didn't. I also noticed that it came out of the tube different colors. Some days it was a little thick with a little yellow-orange color, and other days it was clear and watery. Shaking it up didn't seem to make any difference.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're concerned about the color and consistency changes you noted with this product, as that's not normal. Please contact us to provide further details and we'll be happy to provide a refund or exchange, too!

    —Admin
  17. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 09, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works!!!
    • This product is amazing! I have cystic acne & it helps to keep it under control & helps with the red scarring slowly but surely! Only thing is the container...it's horrible. If you press it a bit too hard it comes out toooo much & wastes the product! They need to fix that. Other than that I love this!!!!

  18. Emily S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Continued Improvement after 6 Months
    • To those who have tried this product without success, I would recommend sticking with it and combining the product with a retinoid. I use BHA 9 lightly in the morning on my sebaceous hyperplasia, over moisturizer and under sunscreen and makeup. At night I use it in combination with Retina A Micro 0.1% or RAM 0.04%. Twice a week I use the BHA 4% Foam, layer some BHA 9 on SH, and then the Retina A. With consistent usage, my SH has improved quite significantly. Keep at it. It works!

  19. Stelle
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    10+ stars
    • Amazing product!! Clears blemishes overnight - would highly recommend this product & Paula's products in general. I have never used such a great skincare line and for my 47yr old skin, it absolutely loves her products!:)

  20. Katie V
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Nothing Special
    • Didn't fix my problem areas, but didn't make them worse either. This product was recommended to me by a PC customer service person, but it didn't get rid of blackheads or enlarged pores it just kept things stable I guess. The pump was also very hard to use. Overall I'd say definitely not worth the 30-40 bucks because it worked the same as the 2% liquid exfoliant did for me.

  21. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Awesome product, poorly functioning container
    • Fantastic product! I can really notice a difference after using it. Takes time to absorb into the skin, but I would still buy it again. I really Hate the tube though, it wastes product by pumping out too much and its a difficult pump. For how much it costs, the ease of the tube is an aspect that would keep me from using it everyday and even buying it again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 29, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We are in the process of seeking new, easier-to-use packaging for this product. There's definitely a bit of a learning curve with the pump!

    —Admin
  22. Laura M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Use while pregnancy
    • I love this product. It has reduced my milia. Only concern I have about this product is can it be used during pregnancy?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 29, 2014

    Hello,

    Thank you for your feedback. BHA 9 would not be reccomended to use during pregnancy. You can read more details about this and other products you can and cannot use during pregnancy here.

    —Admin
  23. Susan b.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I think it's working!
    • It's hard to know for sure after a couple of weeks using the sample, but I think I'm seeing a reduction in the size of a raised red spot in my inner arm. Stubborn blackheads around my nose also seem to be improving a bit. Using it on a couple of flesh-colored bumps, but not seeing any change with those... The consistency of the product makes it easy to target tiny spots; I dot it on with a fingertip and it clings, spreads just a little before it dries and disappears.

  24. kjh
    Reviewed on Monday, September 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    can i give it 10 stars?
    • Goes well beyond HG status! No way I can rave enough about this. My skin has (expletive verb, past tense) since my 20s. I'm now approaching 66, and between this beauty + the 2% salicylic, it's much, much better. I'm allergic to benzoyl peroxide + have tried every high end salicylic known to man (or Sephora!) Paula won me over with the info about the necessary pH for SA to work. Topical ATBX did NOTHING. This works! Goes deep. PC has THE BEST topical face care in the industry!

  25. Kayli G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 20, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Doesnt work for me
    • Interesting product, but I'm not sure its working. I've been using it for a while now and I haven't noticed changes from it.

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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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