Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing Set

Wrinkles and uneven skin tone, you won’t get me down. This two-part, leave-on exfoliating duo is my secret weapon. One for daily use; one to use weekly.
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Customer Ratings:

89 out of 100
(Based on 103 Reviews)
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  1. Jill K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this duo!
    • My skin love AHA products and these two are no exception! I use the 10% twice a week at night and the 5% all the other nights. This duo has left my skin so smooth and clear. Love Paula's products!

  2. Kerri
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I started using these products about a month ago, my skin has never looked better. I am 40 years old and has suffered with oily skin, enlarged pores and blackheads. My skin is pretty much clear, pores are definitely smaller, and my skin seems less oily. I highly recommend both of these products for people that suffer with the same issues with their skin.

  3. jen
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Team of AHA's
    • This is a great team to use weekly. I use the Resurfacing after cleanse and tone - and then use the moisture barrier and an added moisture barrier. I do use one a week and my face eel great in the morning. I only use it once weekly I have normal skin. it works well to smooth the skin. I do not see any other benefits with wrinkles or skin tone. Just smoother skin. My skin feels better when I wake up.

  4. Max B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Life Changing
    • Cystic acne, scarring, fine lines, dark spots, dullness, roughness, enlarged and clogged pores. You name it, I have it. BHA wasn't working so I tried glycolic. Within one week, my fine lines and dark spots have DRAMATICALLY decreased and my skin is so radiant. My pores are a lot smaller and 3 cysts I had (which usually last 3-4 weeks) are nearly gone. The formulation is impeccable as well; not only do you get glycolic acid with the correct pH, but also tons of antioxidants and skin goodies!!

  5. LAURA F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Smooth Skin
    • I love all of the Resist products, but I suspect these two products are the ones most responsible for the way my skin looks now; smooth, wrinkle-free and clear. I started getting comments about my skin about two months after I began using them, and I've never looked back (I was 55 at the time, so that's noting short of a miracle). My skin loves AHA - I can use the 10% solution several times a week without a problem. Now if only there was a 20% solution...

  6. CARMEN K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 16, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Combo That Works
    • As a mature woman I need all the help I can get to keep my skin healthy and healthy looking. This resurfacing duo helps in doing just that. I'm very pleased!

  7. Jessica F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 19, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    LOVE IT
    • I actually began using both separately before I knew they were a set. At the age of 28 I got adult acne. This was so stressful seeing that I never had acne all throughout my teen years. After years of pro activ, that stopped working. These are my holy grails for skin care. The magic it does. It literally makes my pimples shrink overnight. My skin is so awesome. I will be buying these products forever. LOVE LOVE.

  8. Erin G.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Worth every penny!
    • The absolute best team for exfoliation without dryness! I used to be in love with Clinique's original turnaround cream (discontinued) & thought I'd never find another as good. I love being wrong! This is not as good...it's better! Perfect for normal, combination, and dry skin. I thought I always had sensitive skin but either it's not that sensitive or Paula is just that good.

  9. Sara M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 23, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice Product, A Little Pricey
    • I tried a sample of these products and really enjoyed them. The texture was different from the other AHA formulas by PC. In the end I chose to go with the 8% AHA gel because I felt I got more for my money. I did, however, really enjoy using this combo and would recommend it to anyone.

  10. CHRISTINE P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 28, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A magic combo!
    • I'm in my late 30's, have always struggled with acne, but then recently moved to a desert climate, so now I'm struggling with dry skin as well. This has been an amazing add on to my skin care--I don't break out, it exfoliates, doesn't dry out my skin, and my acne scars and wrinkles are fading! I use it at night, the 2% BHA I use during the day, and my skin is beautiful. I've stopped using foundation, just the Barely There tint with spf, because really, now that's all I need!

  11. Deb
    Reviewed on Monday, March 04, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good Results, Nice Texture
    • I've been using Alpha Hydroxy products for a while on my 50+skin but these two products work much better for me. The texture is nice and light and doesn't break out my skin and after using for only a few days I saw great results. My skin seemed smoother, and fine lines and wrinkles had plumped up and looked much less noticable. My once-oily skin that is now part-dry and part-oily did not break out at all. Really recommend this.

  12. maria
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 17, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazed!!
    • I cannot believe how well this system works! I have only used the weekly treatment once and the dark spots on my forehead lightened severely! I was not expecting that. After one week of using the daily AHA, my skin is radiant and fresher looking. I am completely amazed. I've tried so many different lines and have never seen results like this. Thanks Paula!

  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 14, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I have really dry skin and live in a high desert climate. Something in the resist line bugs my skin. I have tried using it on 3 different occasions for a few days each time. I got weird almost blister like patches. I do not have this reaction to other PC AHA products or moisturizers. I am uncertain which caused the reaction (moisturizer or smoother or resurfacer) because I was unwilling to keep having this reaction. When it happened once I thought other things may have been happening. I put it away for months and then tried again. Why the third try? I guess I am stubborn and unaccepting that my skin wouldn't get the amazing boost. I bought the products over a year ago. I am sticking with other skin care products in the PC line.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 18, 2013
    Thank you for your review! It seems that the duo may have been too potent for your skin-type or routine (depending on how it was used). Please contact our Customer Care Team and they would be happy to assist in finding a better AHA or BHA fit and/or in an exchange!
    —Admin
  14. Tabi
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 09, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing Results!
    • Everything I know about exfoliation and its importance I learned here on Paula's website. I had never used an exfoliant before. What a difference it makes!! My skin is brighter and looks so much healthier since I began using this system. I had to start off slow with it however. In the beginning, everyday use was uncomfortable. So, I opted to use every other day till my skin became used to it. Now I use it everyday and the 10% on the weekends. If you have not been exfoliating.. you are missing the biggest superhero of your regimine! Brighter skin, more radiant, and it looks healthier. The greatest advantage of this system is that it helps all the retinols and other products to penetrate your skin and work their magic! Thanks again Paula, I am in love with your products.

  15. deb r.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 30, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great products
    • This product has been a dream come true. My skin was so flaky I would even say parts were even scaly. It was awful and my makeup looked terrible too of course. Now I have no flakes. I experienced no adverse reaction and my skin can be sensitive. More moisturizer is not the answer. This is!

  16. Cathy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not thrilled.. no results
    • My boyfriend and I have been using this for over 2 months now. We were hoping that it would help to reduce his wrinkles and to make us both look more youthful. At first, we thought it was actually working, but now it's pretty obvious that it was just wishful thinking. We haven't seen a difference. In fact, I found a new wrinkle on him! I'm not sure if AHA is right for us. I had ordered the 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant sample and it did wonders for me overnight, so I'll try ordering a bottle of that once we're through with this. I would not recommend this. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you have not noticed better results. The amount of time it will take to see improvement really can vary from person to person and ultimately depends on the extent of the condition or concerns they are trying to address. Some consumers will notice results promptly while others will notice results over a period of time such as months. Exfoliation is certainly important to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles but in order to provide more of a benefit you would need to add in more product to make it a complete anti-aging routine. Please contact customer care so that we may discuss your skin type and suggest the best routine of products to try to offer a more noticeable difference.

  17. Amy
    Reviewed on Friday, July 27, 2012
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Exacerbated Skin
    • I have been using these products for a few weeks, but they seemed to make me break-out. How disappointing. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While this response is not typical, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products. For that reason, we have located your account information and applied an in house credit for the product which may be used on a future phone order. We suggest trying a BHA exfoliant which is able to penetrate the pores in order to prevent blemishes. Please contact customer care with any questions.

  18. Claire
    Reviewed on Friday, June 08, 2012
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not sure it's doing anything, and hard to put on
    • I don't know if I just need more time to adjust, but these products still sting a little to use (not outrageously painful or anything, but definitely stronger than just a tingle), and don't really seem to be doing anything. I also don't really understand how to put on the weekly resurfacing treatment. It's got the viscosity of water; how am I supposed to realistically measure out a dime-sized amount, and then get all that product from my cupped palm to my face, in an even layer? I just slap it on and try to spread it as fast as I can, but it's suboptimal, as application methods go. That said, I will keep using this set and see if time gives me better results and less sting. Customer Care Response: Thank you for sharing your experience, Claire! It seems you are having trouble figuring out how to apply the RESIST 10% AHA: its liquid formula is what gives it its potency, and you may apply it with a cotton pad, or dispense into your palm, smooth your hands together to dispense and them smooth over your face to apply! Either way works just as well. However, if you have uncomfortable stinging, it is best to discontinue. If you like, we would be happy to process a refund for you, just email us at custserv@paulaschoice.com and we will make the arrangements!

  19. Marcia
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Skin Looks and Feels Amazing
    • All of Paula's skin care products have been really great for me. I use the Resist line and am thrilled with the results but I especially love the Weekly Skin Resurfacing Lotion. I use it twice weekly and although my skin looks wonderful I can see even more improvement the next day. I highly recommend this line and this product.

  20. Linda
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 19, 2012
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Ok....but not great
    • I have been using this product in over 2 months now... and I can honestly say that I do not notice a difference besides having more dryness of skin. But of course that is to be expected with these products. I still have wrinkles and dark spots that wont fade. But I will continue to use this until the bottles are empty. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you have not noticed better results. The amount of time it will take to see improvement really can vary from person to person and ultimately depends on the extent of the condition or concern they are trying to address as well has how they are using the products. Some consumers will notice results promptly while others will notice results over the course of a few weeks or months. Ultimately, we would love for you to continue use the products to see how they will work for you but in the meantime will credit you for the products and encourage you to contact customer care so that we may discuss your skin type and how the products were being used.

  21. Yung
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 06, 2012
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    not bad
    • this is not bad, unfortunately, it does ball out if i pair it with the AHA Lightening Lotion Customer Care Response: Thank you for your comments. Both the RESIST Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing System products as well as the RESIST Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion contain an AHA exfoliant. When using both products at the same time, if applied over the entire face, this can cause irritation. If the textures together are balling up it may be due to how you are applying them. If you would like to contact our customer care team we are more than happy to discuss some different options for you. We look forward to assisting you and helping you to find the best products for your skin!

  22. Sandy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Smooth Flawless Skin
    • This product truly does resurface your skin! My skin is smooth and flawless looking from using this product combo.

  23. V.T.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Game changer!
    • This was the first PC products I have ever used and I must say, they are nothing short of a miracle. I am in my early 30s, have had acne since my teens, have tried EVERYTHING and nothing has ever worked as quickly or as effectively. My skin has improved incredibly in just over a week's time - the texture 1000x smoother (I was also using a scrub most days - I have tough skin), my breakouts are less, and hyperpigmentation (my biggest issue) has dramatically lessened. And so affordable! Trust me, I've spent thousands of dollars on Rx creams as well as the best designer serums and PC is the best by far. The daily smoothing treatment smells like Mr. Bubbles which is such a treat lol! My only issue is that the pump for the daily smoothing treatment was broken upon arrival of my package and I have to shake the product towards the top in order to pump it out. Customer Care Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We are sorry to hear about your cap arriving broken. Please know while this can happen from time to time it is not typical. We are sending a replacement out to you right away. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our customer care team. We are always happy to help!

  24. Lise
    Reviewed on Friday, March 30, 2012
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    RESIST Skin resurfacing
    • I do love this system, I've been using for a long time, along with the BHA 2% liquid alternating depending on how much congestion I have. I am a licensed Esthetician and love PC products, I do have to disagree with daily exfoliation though, in my opinion and personal/professional experiences it's too much. Everyone's skin is different, but PC products are a good choice.Love having access to product reviews and have referred many clients to Paula's Choice..

  25. Brianna V.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 19, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Match Made in Heaven
    • Oh my gosh, it's a slippery slope! You start with just one PC product and love it so much that you try another, and another, and before you know it the only thing more impressive than your collection of PC products is your FLAWLESS skin! These two exfoliants are just wonderful for tackling sun damage, fine lines and dullness. I use the 2% BHA gel at night and alternate with the 10% Weekly AHA about 2 or 3x per week. I use the 5% daily AHA during the daytime and it has a beautiful, silky texture that absorbs quickly with a matte finish and works REALLY well under makeup.

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What makes this set unique?
The Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing Set is an effective, yet gentle, 2-part resurfacing system formulated to reveal younger-looking skin. The unique combination of 5% daily and 10% weekly alpha hydroxy acid treatments actively exfoliates skin while delivering a potent blend of restorative ingredients, plus essential antioxidants to stimulate healthy collagen production. Within a few days your skin will experience renewed texture, color, and tone, as well as a reduction in the appearance of sun damage and fine lines. Over time skin will feel more toned and better able to Resist the signs of aging!

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this Set is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line. Each of these exfoliants have a pH range of 3.2-3.8. May be used with any other Paula's Choice cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers.

Who is this product for?
Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing Set is ideal for anyone concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, loss of firmness, and uneven or dull skin tone. This high performance, concentrated set is great for all skin types.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, Thornfeldt Carl MD, 2010, pages 180–181; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

Key Ingredients: ceramide 2, burdock root, anti-irritant, vitamin C, white nettle, Glycyrrhiza glabra, epigallocatechin gallate, slippery elm bark, grape seed extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, Avena sativa, green tea, Vitis vinifera, Lamium album flower extract, Borago officinalis extract, salicylic acid, Ulmus fulva bark extract, bisabolol, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Camellia sinensis, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, borage seed extract, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, antioxidant, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, chamomile, willow bark, glycerin, allantoin, glycolic acid, licorice extract, AHA, caffeic acid, Cucumis melo (melon) fruit extract, vitamin E, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane

Product Ingredients:

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
Water, Glycolic Acid (AHA exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent and penetration enhancer), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 2 (skin-identical ingredient), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuoylmethane (anti-irritants/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide (film-forming agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
Water, Methylpropanediol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritants), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant),Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (anti-irritants), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant) Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
DIRECTIONS:
Apply daily after cleansing and using a non-BHA Paula's Choice toner. Dispense 1–2 pumps and smooth over entire face. Follow with a Paula's Choice Resist Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and/or Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer. First-time users should apply once daily, preferably at night. For maximum results, alternate with Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA once per week. Avoid direct contact with eyes. May be alternated with a Paula's Choice BHA exfoliant, if desired.

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
DIRECTIONS: Apply with a cotton pad or clean fingers only at night after cleansing and toning. Use a dime-sized amount over the entire face. It can be left on or rinsed off after 10 minutes depending on your skin's sensitivity. Follow with a Paula's Choice Resist antioxidant serum and/or moisturizer. On the night(s) you use this treatment do not use other exfoliants or scrubs at the same time. In the mornings you can use other exfoliants as per your normal routine.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: These products contains 5% and 10% concentrations of glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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 does Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid differ from the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel?

While both of these products are excellent AHA exfoliants, the texture and formulas differ. Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a creamy, lightweight lotion meant to be used every day in combination with the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The 8% AHA Gel is the preferred option for someone with normal to oily skin.

How does Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid differ from the Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel?

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is a specialized AHA product that contains a higher concentration of glycolic acid and a delivery system that enhances penetration.

Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with either of the Resist skin lighteners?

Yes, but not at the same time unless they are applied to separate areas of your face. This is because both of the Resist skin lighteners contain an exfoliant. You can apply your Resist skin lightener in the morning or at nightwhen you aren't applying the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment. You would not use it on the days you use Resist Weekly Smoothing Treatment.

Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA products?

Your skin really only needs one exfoliant at a time, whether it is an AHA or BHA. However, some women tell us they see great results from using both an AHA and a BHA so you may want to experiment to see what works best for you. If you'd like to use a BHA product and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, we recommend applying one in the morning and the other in the evening. Do not use either on the nights you use the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

Is Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 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 either product to the eyelid or underbrow area.

What if the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is too strong for daily use on my skin?

Because skin can respond differently to alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) treatments, first time users should start by applying the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment once per week (morning or evening) and then gradually work up to daily use. Next, try adding Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment and use once per week in the evening, as your sole exfoliant. Do not use any other exfoliant (including a scrub) at the same time you apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. Of course, you should stop using any exfoliant if signs of irritation or redness occur.

Is it OK to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment more than once per week?

Yes, but you need to judge frequency of use based on how your skin responds. Some people find that using this at night either once a week or up to 4 times per week produces great results. Those with advanced sun damage may need to use this Treatment 4 or 5 nights per week for best results.

How should I alternate using Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment?

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is recommended for use at night, at least once or up to 4 times per week. You can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on nights when you do NOT apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

What if my skin experiences a stinging or tingling sensation from Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?

It is normal to experience a small amount of tingling. It should dissipate quickly and stop altogether with ongoing use. If the tingling or stinging sensation lasts for more than a few minutes, rinse the product from your face, discontinue use, and return the product for a full refund. Keep in mind that sensitivity can occur if you are also using products from other cosmetic companies that contain irritants, are highly fragranced, or are too drying for your skin type.

I am using a prescription retinoid product (i.e. Renova, Retin-A). Is it OK for me to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?

Yes, but be aware that the prescription retinoid may increase your skin's sensitivity to any AHA treatment. We recommend testing Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment on a small part of your face at first to see how your skin reacts. If your skin responds positively, you can apply it before your prescription retinoid product and then rinse the Resurfacing Treatment after 10 minutes. Finish by applying your prescription retinoid product. If desired, follow with a Paula's Choice serum and/or moisturizer. Because exfoliants make your skin act and look younger, they can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. It is always essential to use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure, regardless of your skin type or the skincare products you use, but even more so when using an exfoliating treatment.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my AHA 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 an AHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to wait until skin has returned to its normal texture and color. This may mean waiting a few days or, depending on the depth of the peel or laser procedure, it may mean waiting several weeks. Both peels and laser procedures can temporarily leave skin extra-sensitive, so if in doubt it's best to wait rather than rush things. Once you begin using your AHA exfoliant again, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of use accordingly. Discontinue use if you notice signs of irritation.

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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