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disappointing so far
By Pilates mom
from Palo Alto, Ca
About Me 57, formerly oily skin, now pretty much normal
Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:
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!
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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.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Please bring back the Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion
from Villa Park, IL
I have tried to use this several times but I find it too drying and irritating. I also break out every time I use it. I never had any reaction to the previous formula. I have tried all of the 2% BHAs that Paula's Choice offers and my sensitive skin can't tolerate them. I even tried an AHA but it was also too strong for me. I have never written a product review before but I am hoping that it will help bring back the old formula!! I can't find any other product (Paula's Choice or another brand) that even comes close.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Orange, Ca
My sister ordered this as a gift for me and needless to say this was so drying! Not to mention irritating please Paula bring back the regular Bha 1 this new one is nothing like the old one.You should let the customer decide on what hey want to try not force it on them by discontinuing what people already love.
New and SO improved!
from Oakland, CA
About Me Acne Prone, Fair Skin, Hormonal Acne, Sensitive Skin
I was a diehard PC 1% BHA lotion fan for years, to the point that I had a small meltdown when they told me that they were making changes, and that the new version would be from the CALM line. Let me just say: this product is hands-down SO much better for treating acne, clearing redness from recent breakouts, and PIH from older ones. I noticed the difference after one application, and even tried going back to the old formula for a few days to make sure I wasn't imagining things. There was no denying that this new formula is everything. Thanks, Paula!! :)
Not for sensitive skin
By Hey Girl
from San Francisco, CA
I have mild acne and slight redness on my upper cheeks, and was looking for a product that would gently exfoliate and clear my skin. This product was extremely irritating, even when I only used it every other day.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Please bring back the old Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion!
from Pittsburgh, PA
About Me Combination Skin, Sensitive Skin
I've been using the (now, mostly discontinued) Hydralight system for two years now, and it did wonderful things to my sensitive, combo skin. I had stocked up a while ago, and much to my dismay, the 1% Skin Perfecting BHA Lotion and Hydralight Moisture-Infusing lotion were discontinued! I'm extremely happy Paula's Choice brought back the Hydralight One-step Cleanser, but I am really missing my 1% BHA lotion. I tried this new Calm Redness Relief formulation, and have been using trial packs for several days now. It definitely does not feel the same as the old formula - it leaves my face slightly greasy (although moisturized) and doesn't seem to sink into my skin like the old formula did. I also broke out after switching to this formula, and it does not seem to be getting better with time / the "getting used to it" factor. The 2% BHA lotion and gel are both too harsh for long-term use on my skin, and so switching to those isn't really an option. I have not tried the 2% BHA liquid, but I feel like I may have to since the Calm Redness Relief is not working for me. If anything could be done to bring back the old 1% lotion formula, I would be so happy!
Better than expected
from Hartford, CT
Based on the reviews, I ordered a few samples of this and also the 2% BHA liquid. My skin definitely prefers the 1%. I am fair with semi-sensitive skin and some ruddiness, but I have started to get clogged pores and realized I needed an exfoliator. The 2% was too much for my skin - even just two uses (days apart, too) my skin became dry. With the 1%, my skin felt moisturized and smoother and I was able to use it every day. So I am back to buy the larger size of the 1%. I also preferred the 1% lotion texture to the 2% liquid - so much easier to put on.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Please bring back the old formulation.
from Miami, FL
I have ultra sensitive skin and was so excited when I tried the old formulation of the 1% BHA and it did exactly what is said it would and with NO irritation or other side effects. I didn't mind the smell because it worked. When I ran out and went to reorder I was devastated to learn that the formulation had changed. I ordered the new Redness Relief hoping it would be just as good, it is not. Very drying and does not help with redness as it claims to. PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD FORMULATION OF THE 1% BHA, it was perfect as it was.