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Resist for Wrinkles + Breakouts Exfoliant and Moisturizer Set

Wrinkles and breakouts, I’m so over you. Shrink your pores, prevent breakouts and repair the signs of aging with this powerful anti-aging pair.
Item #: 497
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Unclog pores, repair sun damage and reveal younger-looking skin.
  • Two products: Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA + Resist Clear Skin Hydrator.

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Customer Ratings:

91 out of 100
(Based on 7 Reviews)
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  1. Nadine C S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wow!!! Love these products!!!
    • I've been using these products for almost a year now. I've always had issues with my skin and couldn't or wouldn't leave the house without foundation on. Now I have no problem with it, I rarely get a pimple and when I do it seems to be gone in a day. My skin glows now and I get compliments on it all the time. This product is what I've been looking for all these years. Thanks you, Paula's Choice!

  2. Yanely M
    Reviewed on Friday, February 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • I've been using paulas 2%bha for a couple of years now with great results. I've always stayed away from moisturizer because I have oily skin and they tend to make my skin oilier, and cause more breakouts, the retinols have been the worse:(. But this hydrator, with this 2% bha is awesome. It's perfect for my skin, and I really do see that my skin glows:):) I feel like I'm finally giving my skin the full package. Thank you PC for an amazing product!!

  3. kristin l.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice product
    • I have been using these two products and one of the retinol moisturizers for about a week. I have noticed fewer breakouts as well as improved skin texture. I had a spot that I was worried about (scaly, been there for a long time no matter what I used) and noticed the other day that it is gone now. Hoping to have continued improvement in feel and appearance of my skin with continued use.

  4. Jaime
    Reviewed on Monday, December 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Oh my gosh, finally!
    • Couldn't be happier with either product. Exactly what my mid-30's, acne prone, rosacea afflicted skin needs. I'm glowing!

  5. M. K
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very good
    • I used Clear regular strength exfoliant first before I switch to Resist exfoliant. The texture is almost identical; light as water but I will use Resist exfoliant from now on as it has added benefits such as anti aging. Resist moisturizer is my second purchase. I love it! I have a sensitive skin with occasional breakouts but I had no trouble using these two products. Overall Im really happy with this set.

  6. Stacy M
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A Very Good First Impression
    • It may seem silly to write a review after only one day of use. But it usually only takes a few hours for my skin to freak out from new products with any "active" ingredients. So after two uses, I can easily give this set four stars, just for what it didn't do: NO redness, tightness, sting, itch, or oil slick... my face just feels soft and comfortable, which is HUGE for me. If it's the same in a week, I'll be back to add the 5th star. And if there's some actual improvement? Holy Grail!

  7. Tammy S
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love Love Love it
    • I recently purchased this entire line and I love it. It makes my skin feel so soft without getting that oily feeling during the day. I have sensitive skin and it has not caused any irritation at all. I will never go without it.

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What makes this set unique?
The Resist For Wrinkles + Breakouts Exfoliant and Moisturizer Set is the ideal combination for those looking to repair the signs of aging and reveal younger-looking skin. Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA has a water-light formula that smooths fine lines and wrinkles while it unclogs and minimizes pores. Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator contains powerful antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients that stimulate collagen production, repair sun damage, and fade red marks and discolorations from past breakouts.

When used together, this set will leave your skin feeling smooth with fewer wrinkles and breakouts.

Who is this product for?
The Resist For Wrinkles + Breakouts Exfoliant and Moisturizer Set is ideal for those with combination or oily skin looking to reduce wrinkles and breakouts for healthier, younger-looking skin.


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Key Ingredients: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, adenosine , epigallocatechin gallate, glucose, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, salicylic acid, antioxidant, trehalose, sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, lactoperoxidase, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, allantoin, panthenol, cell-communicating ingredients, vitamin C, oleanolic acid, polysorbate 20, glycerin

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 Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickening/skin-conditioning agent), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer (silicone texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase (skin-clearing agents), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant extract/antioxidant), Xanthan Gum (binding agent/emulsifier), Glucose (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), Ceteareth-20 (solubilizing agent), Decyl Glucoside (emulsifier), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA
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.

Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
DIRECTIONS: Apply after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating with your Paula's Choice skincare system. Dispense 1-2 pumps and apply over entire face, including around the eyes. During the day, follow with a Paula's Choice sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen; at night, for optimum results, apply after Paula's Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

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.

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 Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator:

How is the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator different from the other Paula's Choice facial moisturizers?

Resist Clear Skin Hydrator is a state-of-the-art formula specifically designed to address the advanced needs of those concerned with the frustrating combination of wrinkles and breakouts.

Resist Clear Skin  Hydrator contains a special complex of ingredients that works to repair signs of aging as it helps keep skin clear and encourage healing of discolorations (red marks) from breakouts. And because it's a moisturizer, it also provides hydration for smoother, softer, younger-looking skin.

Despite the advanced nature of this formula, it bears the formulary hallmarks of every Paula's Choice facial moisturizer. All of them are designed to supply skin with what it needs to look and feel its best.

How come Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator doesn't contain retinol?

Although retinol is an anti-aging superstar ingredient, it's important to keep in mind that it is not the only superstar to consider. Paula and her team developed this unique formula around the benefits of niacinamide with stabilized vitamin C and a specialized skin-clearing complex. Between these and other key ingredients such as antioxidants, skin that's showing signs of aging yet still breaking out is able to repair itself and help reduce signs of past breakouts. If you wish to add a product with retinol to your anti-aging routine, consider one of our serums (note that the Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum does not contain retinol).

Do I still need to use my anti-acne products with this moisturizer?

Yes. Although we'd love it if this weren't true, the fact is that it requires more than one product to keep acne in check. Essential are a gentle, water-soluble cleanser, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant that contains salicylic acid, and a topical disinfectant medicated with benzoyl peroxide. Using these types of products along with Resist Clear Skin Hydrator ensures you're combining the right ingredients to manage breakouts while also helping your skin look and act younger.

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 contaminants 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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