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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:

82 out of 100
(Based on 128 Reviews)
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  1. Christina S.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • I have been using this for several months, 3-5 times a week, and I love it. No stinging/burning (I have fairly sensitive skin), easy to apply, and my pores have never looked better. The best part - I no longer have to scrub my face with abrasive exfoliants to get the smoothest skin of my adult life. For reference, I am mid-30s with combo/dry skin and occasional breakouts. This (in conjunction with the Resist weekly AHA liquid) has reduced my breakouts and helped with dry patches. Love it!

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

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

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

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

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

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

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

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

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

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

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

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

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

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

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

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

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

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

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  11. Randy, D
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome
    • I love this product and I use it everyday (twice) surprisingly this has lasted me about 1 year and half on the same bottle!! I even used throughout my 5 months on accutane. Buying again even though I still have a few weeks left on original bottle!

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

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

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

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

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

  17. Marcela
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 25, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't work
    • I'm 33 years old, who still suffers from break outs, cystic acne, who is also concern with aging skin. I have red spots left from old blemishes, that take a long time to heal. This product has helped with the skin tone nut not with preventing blemishes. I even bought a second bottle trying to give it a fair shot, however, I still have congested pores, new blemishes and cystic acne around my chin. I also bought the night moisturizer that goes with this line but didn't notice a change.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 26, 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
  18. Ann B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Holy Grail BHA product!
    • Love this stuff, am on my third bottle! I used it every morning after cleansing my face, before I put makeup on. I used to use the BHA 2% liquid and loved it too, but love this more because it does not leave a residue on my skin. I simply pour a little bit into my hands and apply it to my face and neck. I have bad nose blackheads, and this stuff keeps my nose blackhead free. This keeps my skin SO clear, I have not had any breakouts since I have been using this. Can't live without it!!

  19. Clara
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product!
    • I love this product! In fact, I'm very pleased with all of PC's products I have tried. I have bought numerous brands and I can honestly say....these are the best. No need to look any further! For the first time in years, I am enjoying a clearer complexion, smaller pores and skin free of irritation.

  20. M.B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Worth sticking with it
    • I have just about used up my first bottle of this and am about to buy another. It took a LONG time to start seeing any results. For the first month or so, it seemed like my skin was breaking out more, not less. But it's now been almost three months of consistent daily use and I think this is keeping the breakouts down. I still get some blemishes here and there, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be before I started using this. So, it's worth sticking with it!

  21. Jennie M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Like better than Skin Balancing formula
    • I tried the skin balancing 2% BHA one also and I like this one better because it is more of a water-like consistency and doesn't leave any feeling of residue on my skin. The skin balancing one has kind of an oil texture on the skin. So that's why I like this one better. Doesn't dryout or sting or anything.

  22. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    High Hopes
    • I read all the comments on this website and I was struggling with getting this or the 2% BHA gel and decided this might be for me. I haven't seen much difference and I'm very disappointed. I might try the BHA 2% gel but I haven't made up my mind yet.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 12, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - 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
  23. Jemah H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Prefer the original 2% BHA formula
    • This formula did not work for me at all. When I initially made my order I didn't realize that this was a different formula of the regular pore refining 2% BHA, which I have used for many years and really like. This formula has left my sensitive acne prone skin irritated and broken out. So if you have previously used the old BHA formulas and are interested in this Resist version I recommend that you try the sample size first.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  24. Green V.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Forever the best
    • Can"t say more about this toner, its the best and my favourite. Light but full of good stuff. Wish it was a bigger bottle though.

  25. Zoe M.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 02, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Improved texture, Decreased oil
    • Pros: Decreases redness with my pale, sensitive skin; Reduces break-outs; Removes blackheads almost as well as 10% AHA; can be used daily. Cons: Price and fairly meager amount of product. This product has eliminated my use of the Pore-Refining toner which never did much, though I really liked the ingredients. I do find this drying, but using the Resist Clear moisturizer afterward leaves my skin softer than ever and the two together have done wonders. Less is more with this product, IMO.

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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: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article

How is this Resist BHA exfoliant different from your Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants?

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment is the first daily-use BHA product that combines a light-as-water texture with 2% salicylic acid, anti-aging peptides, repairing ingredients, and antioxidants. Together, this liquid exfoliates, improves multiple signs of aging, clears blackheads, bumps, and other breakouts, and reduces redness and enlarged pores. It is the daily exfoliant step in our Resist routine for those with combination to oily skin, and is specially formulated for those struggling with wrinkles, enlarged pores and breakouts—all at the same time.

There are so many different BHA exfoliants! How do I choose the best one for me?

Choose the best BHA for you based on your skin type, concerns, and texture preferences. Liquids and gels are great for oily or combination skin; lotions are ideal for normal to dry skin or combination skin with drier areas.

If I use Resist BHA 9, do I need this, too?

If you’re using BHA 9 as a spot treatment, then yes, your skin will benefit further from daily application of Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment on your face, neck, and chest. If you are routinely applying BHA 9 over your entire face, then you likely don’t need to add this exfoliant, too.

I have rosacea; can I use this product?

Yes. Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment contains several ingredients that work to reduce inflammation and enhance skin’s healthy function. Plus, salicylic acid (BHA) is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can reduce the redness and blotchy skin tone associated with rosacea.

How would I use this if I’m also using the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam?

Assuming you’re using the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam as a once-weekly treatment at night, you’d simply apply Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment that morning, and then twice daily on the days you won’t be applying the Weekly Retexturizing Foam. Optional: You can experiment with applying the Daily Pore-Refining Treatment just before the Weekly Retexturizing Foam. This can provide a “peel-like” action that may produce better results than using either exfoliant alone. Pay close attention to how your skin responds and stop combining use if you see signs of irritation (flaking or increased sensitivity).

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