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By Nurse Jen
About Me Beauty Expert
Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:
Did not help reduce size of pores or clear up skin. Actually made my skin break out.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from Irvington, NY
About Me Beauty Conscious
I had given this a few months, hoping I'd like it. But nope-- causes my skin to feel dry and break out. Definitely a big disappointment.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Bring back the old formula
About Me Minimalist
The previous formula was lightweight and perfect for my skin. I used it multiple times a day. This new formula leaves a sticky finish and does not absorb like the previous 1% lotion. Really disappointed and I will have to find a different moisturizer.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
irritated my skin
By Yikes Ang
from United States
I have very dry sensitive skin with chronic eczema and occasional breakouts. I'm not sure whether I have rosacea but I have mildly red cheeks pretty much all the time, so I really wanted to try a gentle redness reducing BHA exfoliant. Another brand's redness reducing cleanser turned my cheeks red so I was hoping PC would come through for me. Unfortunately it didn't. This exfoliant exacerbated the redness of my cheeks – I looked sunburned! Luckily I'd bought a sample size so it wasn't a big deal. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably stick with the sample size to see if it irritates your skin... because it definitely might!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Haven't noticed a difference
from ND, USA
I've been using this once a day for seven months and I have not noticed a difference in my large pores or sebaceous filaments. I have red blotchy areas on my cheeks that this product also did not help. I do like the texture and the fact that it absorbs quickly. It wears well under other skincare products and makeup.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Finally, a BHA product I can use!
from New Orleans, LA
I've ordered samples of all Paula's Choice BHA products throughout the years. None of them seemed to be a good fit for my ultra sesnitive rosacea affected, acne prone skin. The other ones did help with the breakouts, but made my skin super irritaed and red, not a great tradeoff. This one is the perfect balance for me.The addition of green tea and licorice are definitely a plus. I love that these two ingredients make a frequent appearance in the Calm Line for Normal to Oily skin.This helps with breakouts, rosacea, flaky skin from Benzoyl Peroxide, hyperpigmentation/red marks from past breakouts, and it adds a little boost of moisture with its silky and lightweight lotion texture. If I put an extra dab on red marks, they're almot gone by the time I wake up in the morning!There is also a pretty decent amount in the bottle. I'll definitely be repurchasing this one often. Please don't discontinue it!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Gentle and effective
from Minneapolis, MN
My favorite BHA exfoliant. I previously used the 2% liquid BHA, however it was too drying for my skin. This product is less irritating and my skin is noticeably more even and smooth the next morning. It can still be slightly drying, so I take a break in between uses and apply a heavier moisturizer.
Nothing but good things!
from Los Angeles, CA
I started using this product about a month ago, and I'm so happy I found it. Before I started using this I've never used a BHA product, so when I started applying this everyday my skin had to adjust. But once it adjusted it works magic on my skin. I never have patchy skin like I used to prior to purchasing this, and it's always so soft now. It is a life saver!
By Curly Girl
from Atlanta, GA
I absolutely LOVE this exfoliant! I have been searching for years for the perfect exfoliant and this is it. I had been using the Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment (2% BHA) and was generally happy with it, but wanted to see if there were something better. Most of the others I had tried were too sticky or heavy. This new Calm version for oily/combination skin is a light lotion that disappears into the skin and leaves a beautifully soft finish. I'd say it's slightly moisturizing, but without being heavy. I use it at night after Hydralight cleanser and Skin Balancing toner and sometimes follow with a small amount of Skin Recovery serum for a bit of Retinol. One other comment: I'm not a big fan of pumps, but have only had this one clog one time. I recognize the benefit of pumps in terms of stability, but would love some other packaging style. This is certainly not a deal-breaker for me though, especially since this one works well.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Very irritating and dryness
from Toronto Canada
Very displeased with this product. Does the exact opposite of relief of redness. Even with an oily/combination skin it dried my skin way too much.
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