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more irritating than calming
Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:
Ironic that this BHA product, sold as being calming, is more irritating than the other BHAs from PC. I was hoping this would replace the one with the horrifying cucumber scent (which didn't irritate, just smelled bad), but while this one has no scent, it is far more reactive than the others i've used from Paula. over the years, I think i've used them all, and by far the best one, the original 1% lotion, was the winner. but times must change, even at the expense of good products, even with Paula. i wouldn't recommend this product for sensitive skin.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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need the original skin perfecting 1% BHA lotion back!!!
from Ontario, Canada
About Me oily, redness, rosacea, sensitive
not good. irritates skin the original formula was 1000 x better.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good for Sensitive Skin
By roxy's mom
from New England
My combination skin tends to flush easily, especially in winter. So I tried the entire CALM collection. I don't notice an improvement in reactive redness, but this exfoliant is very gentle and soothing and it doesn't sting my sensitive skin.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The Perfect BHA For My Sensitive Skin
I have tried numerous BHA products from Paula's Choice as well as other lines and this is the only one that doesn't cause my sensitive skin to become flakey, irritated, and dry. Since using this product, I have seen a reduction in clogged pores and it has helped to lighten some of my post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Also, I love the texture of this on my oily skin. It doesn't make my skin greasy at all like other exfoliants I have tried. Please never discontinue this product!!!!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect for Sensitive Skin!
from Apex, NC
I love that Paula's Choice offers samples of nearly all of their products, because I tried the 2% BHA Exfoliant and it really irritated my skin. This, however, is absolutely perfect! I have normal to dry skin that is very sensitive, and I can use this exfoliant day and night under my moisturizer with no issues. It adds a bit of extra hydration and leaves my skin feeling so soft! Thank you for making such a gentle version of a BHA exfoliant!
Great for Combo Acne Prone Skin
By Karen From Finance
from St. Louis MO
I have had stubborn combination/acne prone skin since I was 12 and this product has done wonders for my skin. Shortly after I began using this product I noticed a big difference in redness and acne scarring. I then began to notice a reduction in blemishes as well as fewer dry and flaky patches. In conclusion I think this is an amazing product, even the packaging is great!
Service and delivery comments:
I have always loved Paula's Choice for there reliable shipping and packaging, and they didn't disappoint this time. As a company they have great customer service.
Gentle and great for reducing redness
I used the old 1% Skin Perfecting lotion and liked it a lot, but I like this product better, primarily because it does an amazing job of combating redness. Works better on that score than the Calm Serum, at least for me. Like any BHA, it's slightly drying. Some days I use it only on the oiliest parts of my face, and I always need a moisturizer over it. Overall, though, it's quite gentle and seems to lend a glow to my skin. Will definitely repurchase.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
disappointing so far
By Pilates mom
from Palo Alto, Ca
About Me 57, formerly oily skin, now pretty much normal
I have used the original 1% BHA lotion for many years and though there was a period of time when there was a strange cucumber smell, that seemed to resolve with similar feedback from many. I loved the consistency of the original version which disappeared into my skin leaving it just soft and smooth, so I could use it under Paula's sunscreen during the day and as a step in my evening routine. I was sad to see it go and hoped that this new version would be fine, maybe better, however it has a tacky feel and doesn't absorb well. I will try it for a few more days to see how it works but I'm so wishing you'd bring back the original consistency!
I love how gentle this BHA is
By Linda L
from Azusa, CA
I have been using the 2% liquid BHA for over a year now and loving it. My skin was upset recently because I was trying on different skin products. So I decided to give the Calm line a try and got this bha along w the other Calm products. I so love how gentle this feels on my sensitive skin. I love the light lotion like texture, because I have very dry skin to begin with. I love the fact it doesn't give me redness (on my acnes) after application.. it calms my skin. I often have redness on my acnes when I use the 2% bha. I feel the 2% bha is more effective in combating bumbs and blackheads (obviously because of higher concentration). So I still use the 2% bha from time to time at night time because my nigh time moisturizer is heavier than day time.
Wow! Works as promises!
By Paula's Choice Fan
from South Hadley, MA
This is my favorite Paula's Choice product. I've only been using it a few weeks but I've seen noticeable improvement in my skin's texture, softness, more even skin color and fewer breakouts. I found that the Paula's Choice 2% BHA product was too drying for my skin but this 1% formulation with the skin calming ingredients is just perfect for exfoliating my moderately sensitive skin. It really does work like magic. My skin has taken on a slight glow from using it. Love it!