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PC4Men Soothe + Smooth

Kick breakouts to the curb. Slow aging right down. Reduce redness, unclog pores, and dissolve blackheads with this water-light liquid. Use it after cleansing or shaving. Watch red bumps, breakouts and signs of aging disappear.
Item #: 872
  • Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Evens out skin tone, fights signs of aging
  • As seen in Men's Health

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Customer Ratings:

81 out of 100
(Based on 14 Reviews)
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  1. Justin M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for blemish prone skin
    • I have normal skin that can sometimes get oily in certain areas, but after a round of accutane my skin is pretty "normal". I still get breakouts from time to time and have had great luck with Paula's 2% BHA liquid. I decided to give this a try since I get razor bumps sometimes after shaving and thought this would help more than the BHA liquid. I could not have been more wrong. After 2 weeks using this I have worse razor bumps and some acne breakouts on my forehead and cheeks. Will be exchanging.

  2. Alex M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    • I tried the sample version of this product. This is a liquid, runny formula. No aroma, absorbs into skin. If it does dry skin, it's barely noticeable. I have horrible skin. Sometimes it's greasy and sometimes it's dry. I can never tell its mood. However this was good for my skin, I'll buy again.

  3. c3r3br0
    Reviewed on Monday, March 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No more razor burn!
    • I'm on my second bottle of this stuff and it works great. I had resigned myself to only shaving at night because I didn't want to deal with razor burn and bumps during the day, but in the morning there would still be some irritation. PC4Men Soothe + Smooth took all of that irritation away and I could not be happier. If I could I would give it 6 stars! Nice work PC!

  4. CHRIS
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It's OK...but I don't like the liquid format
    • I've used most of PC's exfoliants and personally I prefer the gel textures or lotions best. This is a gentle and effective exfoliant but I do not like the liquid toner texture; I'd much prefer something with a bit more substance post-shave. It may also be slightly drying for my skin, though that could be the winter weather! Please consider alternative texture(s) Paula.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments! We're always looking at developing products for a variety of skin types, so we will take this under consideration!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. PC user for +12 years
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    • After giving the entire bottle a try, down to the last drop, unfortunately, my husband only has complaints for this product. It does not deliver as advertised. It stings on every use and leaves my husband's skin slightly irritated, and never once took away any red bumps. This is the only product in the men's kit that is full of disappointment. We will try another brand.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for your husband. Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  6. Ryan H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very effective
    • Noticed smaller pores and more refined texture after one use. I use the 2% BHA Liquid in conjunction with this as I appreciate the stronger salicylic acid in that product to combat my comedones from excess sebum. I'm unsure if I would purchase this again since I really like the 2% BHA Liquid Liquid and don't know if I need both... but if you care more about anti-aging properties + smaller pores, this is a great product.

    Reviewed on Friday, October 31, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Please make a lotion! This is too watery for a male product.
    • I got this sample for my husband and was disappointed in the texture. My husband is not the type to use a cotton ball for his face lotion. That somehow crosses the manliness line. Please make an aftershave lotion for the simpler man, lol.

  8. Christina M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Five Stars All Around!
    • Five stars all around! Texture: light-weight, absorbs quickly, invisible finish. Truly fragrance free. Non-irritating: I have SUPER sensitive, reactive skin and this product has not bothered my skin at all (it's a miracle!). Effective: blackheads reduced, pores less visible, skin is smooth and soft, acne is improving (using it 1-2 times/day). Just be sure to use sunscreen daily if you decide to use this product; the BHA makes skin more vulnerable to sun damage. Thank you Paula's Choice team!

  9. Jordan, H
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for On-Camera Lifestyles & Careers
    • For an active, 23 year old male model with congested pores, blemishes, and sun damaged skin, this product is absolutely remarkable. It took me 3 tries until I found the best PC BHA product for me. I first tried the CLEAR BHA, then the 2% BHA Liquid, and now this. THIS is the best for every skin concern that I have. It instantly calms and soothes my skin and refines my pores. Light as water, I just dab it onto my face with clean fingers and I wake up to perfect skin ready for the camera.

  10. Justin H.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very effective, gentle exfoliant
    • I used to use the 2% BHA liquid which worked ok, but it tended to be a little sticky and sometimes irritated my skin. This stuff works a lot better because it has a lighter consistency and goes on very easily with no irritation. I've noticed a big improvement in my skin in terms of how clear it is and it calms my skin and reduces redness. I'm very happy with this product because it does exactly what it's supposed to.

  11. Patrick M
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Brilliant aftershave and exfoliant in one
    • This is absolutely terrific stuff. It does what it says on the bottle: it soothes and smooths. Paula's Choice has always done superb BHA exfoliants, but this one is really in another league. Absolutely weightless and totally effective. Cannot recommend it enough!

  12. Justin B
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best of the PC4Men
    • By far the best product (Soothe and Smooth) in the group in my opinion. I also use it after shaving my head (bald look).

  13. John B
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Not even a little greasy
    • Easy to apply and not greasy. Felt good to use.

  14. DUSTIN R.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A must-have for clearer skin.
    • There are 2 superstars in the Paula's Choice 4 Men collection: the shaving cream and this. As far as instant results go, this delivers smooth, bright, blemish free skin. I consider this the best product you can buy anywhere, at any price point, for clearer skin. I have been using BHA's from Paula's Choice for 15 years, but this formula is my favorite. It's light as water and perfect after shaving. It really does improve skin dramatically after only a few uses. (Get the shave cream, too).

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What makes this product unique?
PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is a liquid treatment product that improves a man’s skin in numerous ways. Going far beyond a traditional after-shave (who even uses those anymore?) Soothe + Smooth quickly reduces red bumps, razor burn, clogged pores, breakouts, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging.

The light-as-water texture makes it feel like there’s nothing on your face, yet the fast-penetrating formula delivers powerful anti-aging benefits that effectively smooth your skin so it looks younger. Works quickly to unclog pores plus reduce blackheads, white bumps, and breakouts without causing dryness.

This product contains no added dyes, is 100% fragrance-free, has a pH range of 3.5-4.0 (to ensure exfoliation occurs), and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.

Who is this product for?
PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is recommended for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Soothe + Smooth

Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

Key Ingredients: dipotassium glycyrrhizate, palmitoyl oligopeptide, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, oleanolic acid, allantoin, panthenol, trehalose, salicylic acid, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, nordihydroguaiaretic acid

Product Ingredients:

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 (anti-aging 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).

DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily after cleansing or shaving. It can also be used on days you don’t shave. For daytime, follow with PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30. At night, follow with PC4Men Nighttime Repair.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your PC4Men products can be found in our Men's Skincare article.

Is this just a fancy after-shave? I don’t think I need that…do I?

You can think of this as an after-shave, but we’d rather you didn’t! That’s because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is so much more! Yes, it soothes skin and reduces redness right after shaving, but it also helps fight breakouts, signs of aging, and significantly improves skin texture—something no other post-shave product can do! Soothe + Smooth is for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts. It’s formulated for all skin types.

Do I need this if I rarely shave or use an electric razor just to keep my beard trimmed?

You can still benefit tremendously from daily use of PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. It should be applied all over your face and neck, morning and night, to keep your skin clear, smooth, and younger-looking. Soothe + Smooth also works great for facial redness, whether from shaving or other issues like acne or rosacea. After using it for a few days you will see the results in the mirror!

Why do I need to follow with sunscreen during the day? Is it really that important?

You may not be used to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, but if you’re interested in keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and a leathery, mottled texture, daily SPF is a must. We know men don’t want a daytime product that they can feel on their face, which is why PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 practically disappears on skin. You won’t know it’s there, but you’ll see the difference today and years from now.

Also, because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth exfoliates skin, it’s important to keep this new, healthier skin protected from UV damage. Think of it like staining your deck to protect the wood, it’s far better to prevent and stop damage than to deal with deteriorating wood later.

How is PC4Men Soothe + Smooth different from the other Paula’s Choice facial exfoliants?

Our PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is actually identical to our Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA but packaged to be part of the PC4Men line. We chose to use this formula for the guys because of its anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients that work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Simply put, it’s a great formula to use on freshly shaved skin. This product is also completely weightless and is specially formulated to be non-drying.

What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?

No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (re: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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