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Resist BHA Exfoliant Set

For Wrinkles + Breakouts

Item #: 496

Wrinkles and breakouts have met their match. This two-part, leave-on exfoliating duo uses beta hydroxy acid to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. One for daily use; one for weekly.

  • Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles
  • Normal to Oily Skin; Combination Skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores, clears breakouts, reduces wrinkles and signs of aging
  • 2 products: Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

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What makes this product unique?
The Resist BHA Exfoliant Set is a two-part system to deliver smoother, younger looking skin for those with oily, breakout-prone skin. The combination of 2% daily and 4% weekly beta hydroxy acid treatments improves skin’s texture, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing breakouts, as well as works to unclog and minimize pores. Both products are also packed with anti-irritants and skin repairing ingredients to reduce redness and soothe skin.

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this set is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line. May be used with any other Paula's Choice cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers.

Who is this product for?
Resist BHA Exfoliant Set is ideal for those with oily, breakout-prone skin who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, as well as enlarged pores, blackheads, redness, and acne breakouts.

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.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, March 2013, pages S38-S41; Skin Research and Technology, May 2013, pages 125–130; ; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2012, pages 141–152; Journal of Chromatorgraphy, April 2010, pages 2,441-2,446; Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2010, pages 446-449; Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065 and April 2000, pages 333–337; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298–1,307; 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.

Product Ingredients:

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:
Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), 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), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents), Glycereth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent).

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:
DIRECTIONS: Use at least once weekly, at night. After cleansing and toning, dispense one pump and smooth treatment over face, neck, and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.

May be used once a week or daily depending on your skin's response and your concerns. It can be applied at the same time as your regular BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly. Do not apply to lips or eye area.

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.

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:

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.

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment is ideal for normal to oily or combination skin struggling with wrinkles, enlarged pores, breakouts, and rough, uneven skin. Pair this with any of our Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants to see a significant improvement in all of those concerns.

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).

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA:

Can I use Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment with my regular BHA exfoliant? What about combining it with Resist BHA 9?

Yes, but this isn't necessary to get great results. However, depending on the amount of sun damage you have or if you have stubborn breakouts and clogged pores adding this treatment to your regular BHA exfoliant can enhance the results.

If you'd like to use two BHAs at the same time, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of usage accordingly. When using Weekly Retexturizing Foam with one of our Skin Perfecting BHA exfoliants, apply the Skin Perfecting exfoliant after Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment. If using with Resist BHA 9, apply that spot treatment before or after applying Resist Weekly Retexturizing Treatment.

How frequently can I use Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment? Is using it every day too much?

Most people concerned with signs of aging plus clogged pores/breakouts and oily skin will find that using this treatment 1-3 times per week is perfect. However, you may apply it more often if desired, based on how your skin responds. For some skin types and skin problems it can be helpful to use this treatment up to 5 times per week. For example, those with very oily skin, stubborn clogged pores, or a rough, bumpy skin texture may find more frequent use is preferred. Applying every night is an option, too, but most will find this is overdoing it, especially if you are also using other exfoliants

If you are struggling with very stubborn acne or other types of breakouts, you may find nightly usage works beautifully for a brief period of time. Once the breakouts are under control, you can reduce frequency of application or begin using one of our other, lower-strength BHA exfoliants daily to maintain the results.

What’s the difference between Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment and Resist BHA 9?

Both exfoliants have time-released delivery systems to ensure great results without irritation and both contain salicylic acid, though in different amounts (4% for the Weekly Treatment and 9% for BHA 9). Beyond the percentage of salicylic acid, the other differences are texture, with the Weekly Retexturizing Treatment being liquid-to-foam and BHA 9 being a serum-like fluid.

Finally, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment is designed for using all over the face, neck, and chest while Resist BHA 9 is meant to be a spot treatment for stubborn imperfections, not an all-over exfoliant. Both work to address multiple concerns, including signs of aging, and both may be used as needed to solve such issues as clogged pores, blackheads, white bumps, and for smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.

Can Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment be used on the body, such as for dry, cracked heels?

Yes! This treatment may be used on areas of thickened, built-up skin on knees, feet, elbows, etc. At night, apply a thin layer and follow with an emollient moisturizer. The next morning you’ll wake up to dramatically softer, smoother skin!

I have KP (keratosis pilaris) and products with 2% salicylic acid haven’t helped. Will this work?

Quite possibly, yes! It’s worth a try because this is a stronger BHA exfoliant formulated in a unique delivery system to ensure dramatic results without irritation. Every Paula's Choice product is sold with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

Can Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment be used with skin-lightening products?

Yes. Whether the skin-lightening product contains hydroquinone or other lightening ingredients, it will help to enhance the effectiveness of your skin-lightening product. At night, apply the Weekly Retexturizing Treatment first, and then follow with your skin lightener, serum (if used), and your moisturizer.

Will Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment cause my skin to dry out?

Although it's possible that some who use this product too frequently or combined with other exfoliants may notice some flaking or sensation of dryness, when used as directed Resist Weekly Retexturizing Treatment won’t leave skin feeling dry or looking flaky. It contains several ingredients that help skin retain moisture—you’ll be surprised at how unbelievably smooth this treatment makes your skin after just one night’s use! If you remain concerned about dryness, follow application with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

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