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Resist BHA Exfoliant Set

For Wrinkles + Breakouts

Item #: 496

Wrinkles and breakouts have met their match. This two-part, leave-on exfoliating duo is my secret weapon. One for daily use; one for weekly.

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores, clears breakouts, reduces wrinkles and signs of aging
  • 2 products: Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 11 Reviews)
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  1. Lynne W.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 05, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Truely amazing for blackheads!
    • I began using the Resist for oily skin line 10 weeks ago for blackheads and breakouts that have plagued me since I was a teenager. I am now 65, have always used sunscreen and have few wrinkles even at my age. What a miracle the BHA's are! After going through the "purging" process where old deep blackheads looked worse as they worked their way out I am finally just about clear. I used the 2% twice a day for the first month then I added the 4% foam at night every other day to speed the process up.

  2. DianaD
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • I have been using these products faithfully for a month in conjunction with the cleanser (also unbelieveable) and the moisturizer, and my skin hasn't felt so amazing in 15 years! My hormonal breakouts diminished within 10 days and the tone, softness and plumpness of my face is amazing. I would definitely recommend this entire product line!

  3. jj v
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Brightened skin; Killed breakouts
    • I only used this duo for 3 days, then applied Clinical Retinol+Vit C...Voila! Totally brightened my complexion and killed 2 hormonal acne breakouts. I am no stranger to high concentration of Salicylic acid peels(20%), so at 4%, I don't get a a bad reaction and it seems I finally found the optimum concentration for my skin.

  4. Deborah M
    Reviewed on Friday, December 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Truly a dramatic improvement in my skin!
    • I used the foam twice in seven days and the 2% lotion on the other five. On day 8, after dabbing on concealer in a couple of places, I noticed that for the first time in literally years I had no need to use foundation!! The results for me were truly dramatic -- clear skin and greatly diminished pores. With a tiny dusting of powder my skin looked fabulous! Now I can finally do what makeup artists recommend - use only a bit of foundation or concealer and only where absolutely needed. Great!

  5. G.L.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    favorite products
    • This duo is the best products I have.I started with the 2% BHA for the hormonal acne. My acne has improved a lot. I decided to get the 4% BHA weekly treatment which I use twice per week and absolutely love it!I've also used the 4% BHA on my arms for KP and my KP is almost completely gone and I only used it 2-3 times on my arms.The wipes that PC sells for KP didn't do the job like the 4% BHA did.I have acne-prone skin which gets dry in the winter and this duo does not irritate my skin.

  6. JO D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really works
    • My skin looks fresher and clearer. Thrilled about this duo.

  7. Julie T.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Incredibly Effective!
    • These two exfoliants are my favorite; the Resist line offers the additional anti-aging benefits I now require. The weekly BHA is an incredible boost to my normal routine & I use the Resist Daily Pore Refining 2% BHA in my morning routine. I find the Resist Daily Pore Refining 2% BHA provides me the perfect feel on my skin in the morning while still keeping my cycstic acne & oiliness in check. I will never be without these two powerhouse products!

  8. Ezinne, m
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    A terrible mistake
    • This duo totally destroyed my already fragile face. I got cystic acne all along my jawline using these products. I stopped using them and my face is slowly getting better. I really wanted them to work.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 15, 2014

    Thanks for your review! What a terrible experience. Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange, and know that what happened is highly unusual.

  9. Ashley M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 11, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Breakout City!
    • I love the moisturizers in this Resist line, so I thought I'd try out this duo. Bad mistake. After a week of using these, my face was covered in painful, cyst acne. I tried to fight through it but it was too much. I stopped using these two and went back to my normal routine and my face cleared up in a few weeks. It's too bad, I really wanted to like them.

  10. Ranessa K.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Awesome duo!!
    • I have battled painful, large cystic acne for years, and these 2 products have helped me tremendously! I still get occasional breakouts (around that time of the month) but they heal quicker and are not anywhere near as painful and large as they once were. The "dynamic duo" hasn't completely eliminated my whiteheads, but still, my skin has improved by leaps and bounds! Thank you Paula!!!

  11. Barbara I.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • Paula has really hit it out of the park with this amazing duo! I'm post-menopausal and have that odd pairing of wrinkles/acne, making choosing treatments difficult. I love the Resist line, and with the addition of this BHA exfoliant set, I no longer have to make the choice of which condition to treat because it addresses both. I don't usually use words like "overnight results" lightly, but I can honestly say I saw a huge improvement overnight in acne and overall skin texture. I'm stocking up!

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What makes this product unique?
The Resist BHA Exfoliant Set is a two-part system to deliver smoother, younger looking skin for those with oily, breakout-prone skin. The combination of 2% daily and 4% weekly beta hydroxy acid treatments improves skin’s texture, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing breakouts, as well as works to unclog and minimize pores. Both products are also packed with anti-irritants and skin repairing ingredients to reduce redness and soothe skin.

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this set is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line. May be used with any other Paula's Choice cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers.

Who is this product for?
Resist BHA Exfoliant Set is ideal for those with oily, breakout-prone skin who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, as well as enlarged pores, blackheads, redness, and acne breakouts.

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.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, March 2013, pages S38-S41; Skin Research and Technology, May 2013, pages 125–130; ; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2012, pages 141–152; Journal of Chromatorgraphy, April 2010, pages 2,441-2,446; Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2010, pages 446-449; Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065 and April 2000, pages 333–337; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298–1,307; 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: nordihydroguaiaretic acid, polysorbate 20, panthenol, grape seed extract, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, trehalose, licorice extract, safflower seed oil, sodium hyaluronate, green tea, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, burdock root, allantoin, olive oil/olive fruit oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract, matricaria flower extract, slippery elm bark, salicylic acid, white nettle, glycerin, adenosine , sodium ascorbyl phosphate, borage seed extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, oleanolic acid

Product Ingredients:

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:
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).

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:
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.

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:
DIRECTIONS: Use at least once weekly, at night. After cleansing and toning, dispense one pump and smooth treatment over face, neck, and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.

May be used once a week or daily depending on your skin's response and your concerns. It can be applied at the same time as your regular BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly. Do not apply to lips or eyelids.

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.

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:

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.

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment is ideal for normal to oily or combination skin struggling with wrinkles, enlarged pores, breakouts, and rough, uneven skin. Pair this with any of our Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants to see a significant improvement in all of those concerns.

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).

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:

Can I use Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment with my regular BHA exfoliant? What about combining it with Resist BHA 9?

Yes, but this isn't necessary to get great results. However, depending on the amount of sun damage you have or if you have stubborn breakouts and clogged pores adding this treatment to your regular BHA exfoliant can enhance the results.

If you'd like to use two BHAs at the same time, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of usage accordingly. When using Weekly Retexturizing Foam with one of our Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants, apply the Skin Perfecting exfoliant after Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment. If using with Resist BHA 9, apply that spot treatment before or after applying Resist Weekly Retexturizing Treatment.

How frequently can I use Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment? Is using it every day too much?

Most people concerned with signs of aging plus clogged pores/breakouts and oily skin will find that using this treatment 1-3 times per week is perfect. However, you may apply it more often if desired, based on how your skin responds. For some skin types and skin problems it can be helpful to use this treatment up to 5 times per week. For example, those with very oily skin, stubborn clogged pores, or a rough, bumpy skin texture may find more frequent use is preferred. Applying every night is an option, too, but most will find this is overdoing it, especially if you are also using other exfoliants

If you are struggling with very stubborn acne or other types of breakouts, you may find nightly usage works beautifully for a brief period of time. Once the breakouts are under control, you can reduce frequency of application or begin using one of our other, lower-strength BHA exfoliants daily to maintain the results.

What’s the difference between Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment and Resist BHA 9?

Both exfoliants have time-released delivery systems to ensure great results without irritation and both contain salicylic acid, though in different amounts (4% for the Weekly Treatment and 9% for BHA 9). Beyond the percentage of salicylic acid, the other differences are texture, with the Weekly Retexturizing Treatment being liquid-to-foam and BHA 9 being a serum-like fluid.

Finally, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment is designed for using all over the face, neck, and chest while Resist BHA 9 is meant to be a spot treatment for stubborn imperfections, not an all-over exfoliant. Both work to address multiple concerns, including signs of aging, and both may be used as needed to solve such issues as clogged pores, blackheads, white bumps, and for smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.

Can Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment be used on the body, such as for dry, cracked heels?

Yes! This treatment may be used on areas of thickened, built-up skin on knees, feet, elbows, etc. At night, apply a thin layer and follow with an emollient moisturizer. The next morning you’ll wake up to dramatically softer, smoother skin!

I have KP (keratosis pilaris) and products with 2% salicylic acid haven’t helped. Will this work?

Quite possibly, yes! It’s worth a try because this is a stronger BHA exfoliant formulated in a unique delivery system to ensure dramatic results without irritation. Every Paula's Choice product is sold with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

Can Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment be used with skin-lightening products?

Yes. Whether the skin-lightening product contains hydroquinone or other lightening ingredients, it will help to enhance the effectiveness of your skin-lightening product. At night, apply the Weekly Retexturizing Treatment first, and then follow with your skin lightener, serum (if used), and your moisturizer.

Will Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment cause my skin to dry out?

Although it's possible that some who use this product too frequently or combined with other exfoliants may notice some flaking or sensation of dryness, when used as directed Resist Weekly Retexturizing Treatment won’t leave skin feeling dry or looking flaky. It contains several ingredients that help skin retain moisture—you’ll be surprised at how unbelievably smooth this treatment makes your skin after just one night’s use! If you remain concerned about dryness, follow application with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

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