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Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

Good, good morning. This leave-on 10% AHA exfoliant reveals dramatically younger-looking skin. Overnight.
Item #: 765
  • Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
  • Best for Dry Skin; Suitable for All Skin Types
  • Brightens & evens skin tone on face, neck, and chest
  • Stimulates collagen production without irritation

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Customer Ratings:

91 out of 100
(Based on 266 Reviews)
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  1. ELISA M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wow
    • Started using this about 8 months ago and it has made a huge difference in my skin. My skin feels very smooth and soft.

  2. Reagan, Rowland
    Reviewed on Monday, March 23, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    excited
    • I just ordered this today! Obviously I haven't received it yet, but I'm so excited to dry it. Since I hit my 30's (I'm 31 now) my skin has become so dry! Feeling optimistic that this will help! Excited to try more things. Just told a friend about them tonight!

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 21, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Helps repair my skin
    • I have damaged skin from years of acne, and this has really helped clear my dark spots. It does take some time, but it has been really effective. Thanks, PC!

  4. Lauren B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 08, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A difference after one use!
    • I ordered the sample size of this to make sure it was not to strong for my sensitive skin. Well, I used it and left it on overnight and my skin just felt so smooth the next morning! This in combination with the resist antioxidant serum has my skin feeling and looking great. I just ordered the full size.

  5. Mick
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    What I was missing!
    • I've recently started using retinol products with great results, but had some very minor flakiness going on that was never an issue before. Low and behold, the exfoliation from one use of this 10% AHA is what I missing. I have slightly sensitive, slightly reactive fair skin, so I've always been little nervous when it comes to chemical exfoliators. This tingles a bit after application, but is not uncomfortable and goes away after a few minutes. I left it on overnight and woke up glowing!

  6. Andrea E.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 27, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Don't think so
    • I alternate this with the 5% Resist AHA and I just don't see a big difference after proper use for over 3 months. I had brown spots on the upper left of my face (from driving w/o sunscreen when I was young, the dermatologist said!) and they are still pretty much the same. I just haven't seen the results I expected in terms of that, or of pore clearing.

    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
  7. Punky B.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Transformed Skin
    • I really love this product. I use it about twice a week (every 4 days or so), and it has really softened my skin and greatly improved the texture of my skin. It is not irritating at all. I can sometimes feel it tingle a bit in certain areas, but it is not irritating at all. This is an excellent product, and I imagine I will be keeping it in my routine for years to come.

  8. willo L.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Nice addition to BHA routine
    • I've been using PC products for about eight months now. The Resists BHA exfoliant is my "can't live without it" product, though I've NEVER stuck with a "complicated" facial routine before in my life. (Gentle cleansers, yes, but everything else ended up irritating my sensitive yet oily/combo complexion.) After seven mild months, now I'm in my 1st winter with PC. I had a touch of flaky skin from the dry air, and I added this to my weekly routine. It itches a little, but I'm smooth by morning!

  9. Heather N
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love!
    • I've worked out a little system with this! First night I use TX system retinol level 1 (this product is strong! Start at level 1) Second night I use this AHA to slough away all the skin from the retinol. Third night I use 2% bha gel, lotion or cream depending on if I'm oily, normal or dry. I also wash, tone and moisturize with a variety of Paula's choice products. Just have to find which ones are right for you.

  10. Susannah K
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Cant wait till the next time i apply it!
    • Ive been excitedly expanding my Paulas Choice collection & this remains my favorite so far. I cant wait till that time of week to apply it. Im only 26 but spent way too much time in tanning beds. Started w/ the 2% bha & decided to try AHA's. This did itch on my first application but woke up amazed at the result. Literally glowing. I can now apply 2x a week w no irritation & use the 5% smoothing treatment and body treatment. Just ordered my 33 y.o brother some samples!

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, February 16, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    OK/decent
    • I'm glad that it doesn't bother my skin or cause any reactions for me. I use it once a week and I think it's doing something?? My skin is not quite as glowing as it used to be after using an exfoliating scrub I used to use - however, I'm reading that scrubs may not be the best thing for our skin. I have a sample of the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and will try that next.

  12. Victoria H.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love It!
    • Tried a sample size and had a slight tingly feeling all over my skin which quickly went away. In the morning my skin was even more soft and smooth with visibly reduced pores. This did not irritate my very sensitive skin or cause any issues. I love the big size for the price...getting a product like this anywhere else would cost twice as much for less product. I can't stress enough how happy I am that I found PC.

  13. Serena C.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite skincare product ever.
    • I love what this does for my skin. You notice results quickly - smoother, brighter skin - but with time, I found my occasional breakouts all but disappeared. Pores are smaller, skin tighter. I'm in the minority in that I use this pretty much every night since my skin can tolerate it, along with bha 9 on my nose and chin. The first skincare regimen I've stuck it because the results are so noticeable. Feel confident buying this - you won't regret it!

  14. Holly V.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miraculous!
    • I have oily, acne prone skin that is nonetheless prone to bouts of extreme dryness and flakiness when I use products geared towards oily and acne prone skin. So, in an effort to correct the after-effects of a failed acne treatment, I used my sample of the 10% Weekly Treatment. Plumper, firmer skin almost immediately! The next day my skin was smoother, clearer (the acne had faded and shrunk significantly), and the residue of flakiness was gone. Glory hallelujah, I've got a staple product!

  15. Eden K.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It's like I have a new face!
    • Though my face isn’t very sensitive, I do have oily combination skin and have been struggling for many months with closed comedones all over my jawline and cheeks. I’ve tried the PC’s lesser AHAs and though I saw some positive effects (more even skin tone, a definite increase in softness), the comedones would not budge. This 10% AHA is a godsend (though I’m happy I worked up to it with the 5% and 8%). I can report a 90% reduction in closed comedones and some fading PIH a month and a half later.

  16. Andrea
    Reviewed on Monday, January 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderfull Treatment
    • I received a sample of this and I must say it did wonders for my skin. I have sensitive, acne prone, combination skin and it didn't irritate at all which I was afraid of. I saw immediate results, especially with some stubborn post acne breakout spots and my skin was glowing and soft the next day. Fine lines also looked to have 'tightened' the morning after using it. I will definitely be purchasing a full size once all my samples run out and have already recommended to my mom.

  17. Maria
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    fantastic product
    • An excellent result with my face and neck. even with my daughter's acne

  18. Barbara D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A wonderful and amazing product !
    • I have been using this product for several months and I am amazed how wonderful it makes my skin look. I would recommend this product to everyone. I use it once a week and it is enough to make my skin glow.

  19. Sarah
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Facial in a Bottle
    • I have sensitive, acne prone, combination skin and have had amazing results with this. I use this about twice a month when I notice my skin could use a little extra help. I apply this, the ultra-light antioxidant serum and the hydrator moisturizer and my skin looks fantastic in the morning- like I had a mini peel. My face is soft, my fine lines around my eyes soften, skin is bright and any hyper-pigmentation from previous breakouts almost invisible. I love the way this product transforms my skin

  20. Kathryn
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Love it
    • They weren't kidding about the "Overnight" bit. This stuff produces noticeable results in one use. I apply a few drops to my face and neck, and in the morning my skin is clearer, brighter, and just... better. Anything claiming to work so quickly usually makes me suspicious but I fully agree in this case. I use it up to 3x/week and it hasn't caused irritation or dryness yet. When I do run out (which I anticipate will be a while from now as a little goes a long way) I will definitely repurchase.

  21. Stacy S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great weekly treatment
    • This product does work for great for me, but I have to be careful with how I use it. After some experimenting with it, I've found that using it overnight or more than once a week did leave me with a few pimples. But using it almost as a mask once a week left my skin soft, glowing, and clear. I will continue to use it this way and can definitely see a repurchase in the future. Especially around winter when my skin is super dull!

  22. Ryan H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Staple in my Paula's Choice routine
    • Using this product has provided immediate results. My skin is noticeably brighter, smoother, and more refined - it surprised me how well it worked after one use. Even my co-workers noticed that I am "glowing." The bottle is small but you really only need a couple drops on a cotton ball, so it will last a very long time. The only downside is the smell but it goes away quickly. This will definitely be a staple in my routine - I love it so much I will use it 2-3x per week.

  23. Stephanie C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works for sensitive skin!
    • I have dry and sensitive skin and AHA is a must to avoid flaky and dull skin. In conjunction with sunscreen (every single day regardless of season) my freckles have reduced to almost invisible, over the course of 6 months. The initial feeling had quite a burn to it, but that subsided immediately. If you've never used glycolic acid before you should know it does NOT leave your skin red, peeling or irritated. You will wake up with brighter skin and sebaceous filaments (blackheads) invisible.

  24. SELINA S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Makes skin so soft
    • I have used this 1x week for several weeks and absolutely see a difference in my skin. Upon morning cleansing after leaving on overnight, my skin is baby smooth and feels plumper. I rated this 4 stars because I am slightly bothered at bedtime as my face does stick to my satin pillowcase, and I am not crazy about the initial smell. The bottle is very small, but then a little goes a long way so it's a good value. But these are minor annoyances when compared to the results. Well done! Thx!

  25. Makenna M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Weekly Treatment!
    • I use this once a week religiously. I was a little scared of doing a "peel" like this as I thought it would feel irritating or have some unwanted side effects (sensitivity, etc.). Nothing could've prepared me for how amazing this stuff is. There is no irritation or anything of the sort, and when I wake up the morning after, I can see a visible difference in my skin. Reduced pores, reduced fine lines, and if I have any active acne, it always makes it smaller. I am in love! Will repurchase.

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What makes this product unique?
This exclusive, extraordinary resurfacing treatment is an exfoliant formulated to reveal youthfully radiant skin overnight. It couples age-fighting antioxidants with 10% glycolic acid—ingredients proven to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkles. A unique liquid delivery system, along with innovative soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients, guarantees impressive results that are visible from the first application. In less than two weeks your skin will experience improved texture, color, tone, and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin becomes firmer and is better able to further resist the signs of aging.

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this weekly treatment is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line for younger-looking, firmer skin. This AHA exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5-3.9.

Who is this product for?
Anyone concerned with the signs of aging, sun damage, and desires to improve the texture, tone, and elasticity of skin on the face, neck, and chest.

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: Vitis vinifera, green tea, Ulmus fulva bark extract, slippery elm bark, glycerin, antioxidant, vitamin C, licorice extract, borage seed extract, chamomile, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, glycolic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Borago officinalis extract, Avena sativa, grape seed extract, Lamium album flower extract, anti-irritant, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, white nettle, AHA, allantoin, Camellia sinensis, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, burdock root, willow bark

Product Ingredients:

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).

DIRECTIONS: Apply once weekly, only at night, in place of your daily exfoliant. After cleansing and toning, apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Leave on overnight or rinse after 10 minutes. 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. If you're using a prescription retinoid product (i.e. Renova) apply the exfoliant first and allow it to set, then apply the retinoid product. Follow with a serum and/or moisturizer.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 10% 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 25 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.

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

Yes, but we do not recommend doing so until you've seen how your skin responds to this treatment. Overuse may not provide better results; most people will find using this at night either once a week or up to 2 or 3 times per week produces great results, and you can use another Paula's Choice exfoliant on other nights. If you have advanced sun damage 4 or 5 times week may be extremely beneficial.

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 but up to 4 or 5 times per week. Since we do not advise using other exfoliants at the same time that you apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on nights you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. In the morning, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment should be applied after cleansing and toning. Follow with a serum and/or moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 25 or greater.

How does the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment differ from Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel?

The Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is a specialized AHA product that not only contains a higher concentration of glycolic acid than our 8% AHA Gel, but also includes a penetration enhancer to help it work faster and deeper. Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment also features a unique delivery system and is formulated with several potent anti-irritants and antioxidants such as green tea, which is proven to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Can I use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with one of the Resist skin lighteners?

Yes, but not at the same time. This is because both of our Resist skin lighteners contain an exfoliant (the Lotion has glycolic acid and the Gel has salicylic acid). If you're using one of our Resist skin lighteners, you may apply it in the morning or on the nights you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

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

We do not recommend the use of any other exfoliant, including Paula's Choice BHA products with salicylic acid, be applied at the same time as Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. Doing so increases the risk of irritation that excessive exfoliation can cause and irritation is never the goal. It is fine to apply any of our BHA products in the morning or on the nights you are not applying Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

Is 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 Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment to the eyelid or underbrow area

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

Upon application to cleansed, toned skin, some people may experience a small amount of tingling or feel a stinging sensation. This is normal and it should dissipate quickly and stop with ongoing use. If the tingling or stinging sensation does not stop or worsens, or if your skin becomes red or feels like it's burning, immediately rinse Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with plain water and gently pat dry. Should this occur, ongoing use is not recommended. You may want to try another Paula's Choice exfoliant and our Customer Service team is happy to help you select an alternate option.

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 this AHA treatment. We recommend proceeding with caution, and only applying Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment once per week. You would apply it before your prescription retinoid product and either rinse the Resurfacing Treatment after 10 minutes or wait until it has absorbed before applying your prescription retinoid.

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.

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