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Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment With 2% BHA

Wrinkles and breakouts at the same time? Not anymore. This lightweight leave-on exfoliant removes old cells on the skin’s surface and inside the pores, while repairing signs of aging.
Item #: 782
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Leave-on exfoliant unclogs & shrinks pores
  • Stimulates collagen & smooths wrinkles

Please Note: Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

87 out of 100
(Based on 76 Reviews)
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  1. Nancy T
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Love it, but pricey
    • I really like the results from using the Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment. However this product does not last as long as it was suggested it would 2-3 months. I use it sparingly on a cotten pad twice a day and it's only been two weeks and already I can tell that this is certainly not going to last that amount of time. I'm truly confused as to the small amount of product for the price it is. I want to continue with it but I don't know if I can keep up with a constant 3-4 week order of it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! This leave-on exfoliant should last at least two months even with twice daily application to the face. You do not need a lot of it to get great results and, if it helps, it's also OK to dispense a tiny amount of this into the palm of your hand and then apply to your face with clean fingers instead of a cotton pad.

    —Admin
  2. GENA L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I absolutely love this product! I had originally ordered the AHA weekly treatment for bumps/hormonal acne on my jawline. The AHA treatment wasn't helping and possibly making it worst. After speaking with cust serv, it was suggested I try this product. I've been using it 2x/day for the past 3 weeks and the bumps are nearly all gone. This product is amazing! And I also have to say that customer service was excellent with the refund for the AHA product that I was unhappy with. I love PC products!

  3. Nancy P
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Every Second Day
    • I use this product every second day, alternating with Paula's 5% AHA lotion. I had been using her original 2% BHA liquid for years and it is wonderful. I simply like this one better. I prefer the consistency and the lighter feel on the skin. An HG product for me.

  4. Judith A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Very disappointed
    • After reading so many positive reviews, I ordered the cleanser, moisturizer and pore refining treatment. I am in my 60's and still suffer from occasional breakout and (wrinkles!!!!). I thought that these products would be perfect for these problems. I have been using them, and nothing else, for 4 weeks now and not only haven't I seen any improvement, but also I have been breaking out in areas that were always pimple free! My pores do not look one bit smaller and my face looks blotchy .

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    We're sorry these products don't seem to be working for you. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  5. I.G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    best
    • This is my favorite Paula's Choice product, I am on my second bottle, is the only exfoliant I ever need this days, I have used AhA 5 and 10 percent before that now I only use this product to have my face glowing, smooth and acne free, thanks for making this product is everything I was looking for.

  6. Ruth B.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Amazed - 2nd Review
    • I rated on Aug 12 with 2 stars after 2 wks of use with no improvements and some breaking out. Decided to continue and saw positive results after 2 months -no blackheads, congested pores! The thin consistency is easy to apply - a few drops on clean fingers 2x/day and dab on face (so product isn't used up on a cotton ball); doesn't pill under makeup. White bumps on chin are smaller, tool I will rate 5 stars if they clear! Skin is oilier, maybe because my pores are no longer blocked!

  7. Hannah D.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this!
    • I think I like this even more then the original 2% BHA liquid, it seems to absorb faster and not leave a sticky residue on the skin. I would prefer a less hassle cap but it is a great product.

  8. Van D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Beautiful glow
    • I use it day and night with a cotton ball and shortly after notice a brighter, healthy glow skin tone. Scar seems to fade faster too. Wonderful, wonderful product. I purchase from Paula mostly every month from my first order, may be 4-5 months ago. Love every single product. Every penny is well spent. Monthly specials make it even better. Thanks a lot.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I started using This product about 2 weeks ago while I was on vacation. It is wonderful. My skin is much clearer and smoother. It is also soft and my middle-aged acne has dramatically improved. I am so glad Paula has added this to her skin care line.

  10. Jussie
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Roseacea miracle!
    • Having been on antibiotics for a couple of months and seeing little improvement in my roseacea, I turned to the internet for help. I Trust Paula's products from previous experience so looked to her range for help. Well, I didn't expect what's happened. 3 days after using this product my skin is better than it's been in months. There is little sign of the bumps and redness, with noticeable improvement by the day. I can't recommend to fellow sufferers enough the use of this product. Thanks!

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I started using This product about 2 weeks ago while I was on vacation. It is wonderful. My skin is much clearer and smoother. It is also soft and my middle-aged acne has dramatically improved. I am so glad Paula has added this to her skin care line.

  12. Jill K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love Paula's BHA Products!
    • I've always had acne prone skin and have issues most of my life finding something that worked consistently to keep my face clear. I originally bought the 2% skin perfecting liquid BHA and it was great, but this is even better because it seems less irritating. I use this in the morning and AHA at night and my skin looks smooth, clear and just generally awesome!

  13. Irina
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Just great
    • This product is just great. I've been struggling with acne for more than 3 years (I'm 26 now) and I've tried LOTS products. This is the only one that changed my appearance dramatically. Over the course of one month my skin became smoother, no black spots and some very ugly acne scars were gone. The packaging is great, you can use it without having air/skin touch the product.

  14. Gina C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fabulous!
    • I'm 40, always suffered from acne since my teens. I love this product! No more shiny face..:-) Cleared my blemished skin and does not irritate my extremely sensitive skin. 5 stars! Thank you Paula & Co.!

  15. KIMBERLY M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love it! Wish it had a roll-on applicator.
    • I'm still on my first bottle and am already loving the results! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because applying it can be awkward, due to how watery the product is. I would love it if it came with a roll-on applicator, similar to roll-on deodorant. Then it would be perfect!

  16. Kelly p.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great use with PC Benzoyl Peroxide
    • I have tried all the BHA's PC makes and this works the best for me by far. I apply a thin layer of this at night and top off with PC regular strength acne treatment (2.5% BP). Keeps my skin beautiful, the best it has looked in years!

  17. KRISTINE K.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product!
    • I love this product! It works even better than the skin perfecting 2% liquid since it dries very quickly. I don't have to wait forever for it to dry before I can proceed in my skin care routine. I've been using Paula's Choice products for years and they keep getting better. They're the best on the market at a reasonable price.

  18. Wida C
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I hate my white bumps. I asked their customer service how to handle my complicated skin, it is sensitive, oily, dry with some acnes and white bumps all over my face. One of their suggestion is this product. I actually bought all the products that they suggested, and it works so fine on my complicated skin. I hardly have any more white bumps! I have sensitive skin, but this product doesn't irritate my skin at all. I truly love this one.

  19. Holly C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome :)
    • I love this stuff! I was using the 2% BHA liquid but for me it was a little drying and felt oily on my skin. So I switched to the 2% Bha lotion and did really like that, but still wasn't completely happy with it. My skin is combo oily so its really hard to find what works but this stuff is PERFECT!! I pour a little in my hand and apply it to my face and it just sinks right in. I don't feel anything on my skin but it works so good at keeping my skin clear!! This is the Best BHA ever, I love PC!!

  20. Irice C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Nope!
    • I switched to this from the regular liquid 2% in hopes of getting additional anti-aging benefits, but after consistent use (at least 2 months) I noticed how sensitive and red my skin would become, leaving me with sunburned-like patches on my cheeks. I decided to go back to my old skincare routine and voila, all better! Maybe it works for others, but sadly, not me. Too bad I bought two bottles when it went on sale :(

  21. Simon C.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 05, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not working for me, at all
    • I've used the old 2% BHA Liquid (4 oz of which costs less than 3 oz of this!) for the better part of 7 years. The old 2% is easy to apply and it works quite well. For me, the extreme wateriness of this new product made it virtually impossible to apply without it going everywhere. So a warning for people who want to use this to keep their backs clear: it'll go everywhere and you'll go through the bottle real fast. Fwiw, I also find that it is less effective than the old product. Disappointed.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 05, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! We wanted to clarify that the size of this exfoliant is due to its more expensive formula. Compared to our original 2% BHA Liquid, this RESIST formula has many more anti-aging ingredients. It is best for facial use on those struggling with breakouts, large pores AND signs of aging. For treating the dreaded "bacne", the 2% BHA Liquid is a much better choice. Due to the liquid nature of this RESIST exfoliant, application with a cotton pad is recommended. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange. We want to make sure you're using the best exfoliant for your needs!

    —Admin
  22. Jordan
    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.

  23. Brianna V.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    ultra-light and silky
    • I love the 4% BHA Foam for once a week deep pore cleansing, and this one is my every day exfoliant. I've tried all of PC's different BHA formulas and this one is definitely the most elegant. It feels completely weightless, like the Clear Reg. Strength but even lighter, and doesn't leave me shiny or sticky feeling. I love that this contains a few more bells and whistles than the other BHA's. It's perfect.

  24. Emily G.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 29, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • This BHA did not work for me. I'm 30 and I've struggled with acne in the past, but over the last two years had it under control. I broke out the with tiny pimples all over my cheeks and huge painful acne all over. I was hoping it was just an initial purge but it continued the entire 4 weeks and finishing the entire bottle. I don't know how much longer I could have stuck it out but since the bottle is finished I won't be ordering more to find out. Not the best for me.

  25. Yin Chun C.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally!
    • I've always wanted to solve my 'strawberry-like' nose, as having lots of black heads could be frustrating. I came across with this product when I was googling for solutions. My skin looks brighter and I don't often have breakouts after using this for around a month. I'm so grateful that my nose now looks much clearer with lesser blackheads. The only problem is that I couldn't get it in Malaysia. The postage fee from US to MY is so expensive. :'(

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What makes this product unique?
This daily-use liquid exfoliant is ideal for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts. It dramatically improves skin's texture by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as unclogging and minimizing pores. Star ingredients such as salicylic acid and antioxidants deliver effective pore-penetrating exfoliation while stimulating the production of skin-firming collagen, so you’ll see fewer breakouts and wrinkles. The unique light-as-water liquid feels completely weightless, yet is specially formulated to be non-drying. Anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA has a pH range of 3.5-3.9.

Who is this product for?
This product is ideal for those concerned with wrinkles and breakouts. Its weightless formula is especially suited for individuals with oily or combination skin, enlarged pores, stubborn blackheads, or breakouts who also want to have younger-looking skin.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2011, pages 483–490; 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: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, allantoin, oleanolic acid, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, salicylic acid, glycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, panthenol

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 (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: Dispense a dime-sized amount onto a cotton ball or pad and stroke over clean skin, including around the eyes (do not apply to eyelids or along the lower lash line). This product may also be applied with your fingers. Do not rinse off. Follow with your favorite Resist serum, moisturizer, and/or other treatment products. For daytime, always wear under a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

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

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).

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