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Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

Dull skin, your days are over. Our leave-on exfoliant reveals healthy, new skin as it builds collagen and evens out skin tone.
Item #: 766
  • Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
  • Best for Dry Skin; Suitable for All Skin Types
  • Evens out skin tone

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Customer Ratings:

84 out of 100
(Based on 163 Reviews)
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  1. Rachel D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite from the Resist line
    • This product makes my skin feel fresh and invigorated. When I run out of it I notice the difference and at this point it seems my skin craves it. I'm 39 and I don't use make up and get compliments on my skin which is directly related to this and some of Paula's other gems. My skin is fair (Irish) combination w/minor breakouts at times. When I follow a regimen of Paula's products I notice breakouts happen a lot less and I get the "glow". Thank you, Paula!

  2. Rosie S
    Reviewed on Monday, November 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing product
    • I've been using this nightly for about a month and a half now and I'm starting to see fantastic results. My hyper pigmentation from old acne has almost completely disappeared and my skin just glows! I've still got large pores and overall the texture of my skin isn't great, but it's slowly improving. Definitely be sure to leave plenty of time (20+ minutes) after the application of this product before you add moisturizer.

  3. Ali
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Great Product, Can't use it due to packaging..
    • Smooths skin, good for sensitive, keep it away from your eyes, good starter exfoliant i have had this product for two months and the bottle mustn't be half empty and the pump DOES NOT WORK. after pumping it for about 5 minutes following instructions NOT to open the bottle, i had to in order to get the product out. now when i put the lid back on it explodes all over the bathroom. i'm not impressed with this packaging and feel i must have gotten a bad bottle. what a waste of my money!!!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - please contact a member of our Customer Care team to find out information for a possible exchange or refund in this case.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. kathy M
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    packaging
    • I recently purchased the resist kit - let me say i love the product !!!My skin has never looked better - I am having a problem with the pump bottles (for the aha and the night lotion) after a few uses they stopped working and had to take the tops off and use without the the pump!! its a shame because the products are great!!! - i just purchased the 8% aha instead (in the white bottle) because i have bought that before and the dispenser is much easier to use!!!

  5. Zbridget
    Reviewed on Friday, October 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    great product
    • This is hands down, by far the best exfoliant I have ever used. It is not drying, makes my skin smooth and silky. I notice the difference the most when I don't use it. This is a winner with me! I have used PC products for over 10 years and I love the quality and research that goes into her products.

  6. Kristina O.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Face is Baby Bottom Smooth!!
    • I love this! I have ultra-sensitive skin with eczema and react to lots of product ingredients. Happily this is not one of them! My face is ultra-smooth, clear, and glowing! My only complaint about this product is the orange tint, it gives the appearance of a bronzer on my fair skin. Due to this, I only use the product at night.

  7. Shell
    Reviewed on Friday, October 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It works!
    • I got this over the summer and love it! It left my skin supper soft and blemish free. I was a little worried because I have rosacea, it dose sting a little but never irritated my skin.

  8. Cindy A.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this stuff!
    • I have been using this product for nearly a year and I love it! Please don't stop making this ever! I mix a tiny bit in with my moisturizer and it keeps my skin flawless! I have always had dull, sensitive skin and nothing worked without breaking me out. This keeps my pores clear and my skin just glows--that is the honest truth! I just love this product Paula, thank you so much!!

  9. Nancy P.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best AHA product I've ever used
    • I've used many of Paula's products for years and I'm just now getting around to reviewing them. This is a staple. I apply it every second morning, alternating with PC 2% BHA Liquid. I find it helps keep my prescription-retinoid flakes at bay. (I recently started using her 10% AHA product once a week at night -- with great results.) I have tried many AHAs over the years. These two are the best!

  10. Elba L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thsi one is my favorite
    • I have slowly started a large collection of PC products- I have like 10 items and all aiming at anti aging some for my dryer days and others products to target my oily days. This item right here is by far my favorite of them all and I can use on either an oily day or dry day- anytime I use this I wake up with glowing skin. I used to think exfoliating meant scrubbing your skin until it bled! I truly don't even know how such a light weight creamy lotion can exfoliate but it does. I just love it

  11. Theresa K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I bought samples of this and the 8% Aha (I have used the 2% Bha for several months but thought I might try this since I have dry skin). The 8% seemed Ok (used it for 2 weeks), but 3 days after using the sample of this product I am getting bigger red bumps+cystic acne. The other stuff in it must be irritating my skin. Either that or Aha doesn't work on my skin (I have super sensitive dry skin+ closed comedones). Had big hopes for the AHA so I am disappointed :-(

  12. Eileen T.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Won't go without it.
    • You know how there are lots of products you use because everyone says you 'need' this or your routine 'must' include XYZ but you can't really tell what it does? This isn't one of those products. I put it on overnight and the next morning I can see a clear improvement in my skin. Before this product I would slap on all kinds of heavy moisturizers to try and cure my dull and dry skin. With this AHA I only use a very light moisturizer for the SPF it provides and have soft, plump, bright skin.

  13. TM
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So far, so good
    • I heard great reviews of this brand and decided to give it a try. I have only been using this product for about 3 days now and my dry skin is gone. My face is extra soft and I even went without foundation yesterday. I didn't feel the need as my skin looked fine without it. Will repurchase again.

  14. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Tacky. Caked on. Turned my skin orange!
    • I've been experimenting with different PC systems. I had the highest expectations of the Resist line, but this product is terrible. Firstly, it feels like you are putting a mask on your face. It feels tacky and heavy. Adding a serum and moisturizer afterwards is too much. This doesn't happen with other exfoliants. My fair skin changed enough with the colorant that my lipstick shades were off. Lastly, I broke out along my nose and mouth. This is a true disappointment.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 29, 2014

    We're sorry this product didn't work out for you. Please contact us to discuss an alternative exfoliant and/or receive a refund.

    —Admin
  15. CHER
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    EVERYDAY USE!
    • I use Paula's products in my daily routine, and I think this is my new favorite! I am 65 and have very dry skin. I bought this hoping it would help retain the moisture in my skin, which it seems to do. Keeps my skin smooth and soft throughout the day. I use this twice a day after I cleanse and before I use a serum. Works great for me!!

  16. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for daily use
    • I was using Olay Night Resurfacing Elixir, but wanted opaque packaging. I tried the 8% gel, but find this to be more moisturizing and gentle for daily use. So my AHA routine will be daily use of this product and the 10% AHA once or twice a week. Leaves skin smooth, radiant, and glowing! Yay! One note - I was initially taken aback when I opened the sample at the color of this product (a dark tan color). Wasn't sure if it had gone bad. But that's its normal color, so don't be alarmed!

  17. Amy H
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Dissapointed
    • I love all of Paula's products, but unfortunately this one did not work for me at all. I gave it about 5 weeks and during that time all I did was break out. I've never had a product do that to me before so I'm not sure why it had such a negative effect on my skin. Within a few days of stopping the product my skin was back to normal. I'm glad most of the reviewers had great results - I just wish I had been one of them!

  18. Quintin
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Does what it says!
    • I am impressed with this exfoliant! I haven't had any irritation from it at all. And my skin tends to not like exfoliants. I've been using it for about a week and there's already a big improvement in my red marks from my past breakouts.

  19. Patricia G
    Reviewed on Monday, August 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Should the color be sort of copperish?
    • I purchased this product sometime ago and recently started using it again. I cannot recall if when new it was clear or if it was sort of copperish in color. Would you please let me know. Every time I apply it it sort of modifies the natural tone of my skin. Is this what I should expect?

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

    Yes, this product's color can range from a very light peach to a more salmon-y pink hue. This is due to the curcuminoid antioxidants it contains, which impart a natural coloration to this anti-aging exfoliant.

    —Admin
  20. Evie
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Evens skin tone, makes skin softer
    • This is a great AHA product. Most AHA moisturizers are too harsh for me but not this one. After using it for two days, my skin feels very soft. My skin tone is more even and pores seem smaller. It is not greasy or sticky. I have normal to oily skin and this moisturizer does not make my skin oilier.

  21. Seth A.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 25, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Big Suprise
    • Great product… I think…. I can't remember. Always out of stock… which seems to be the trend lately with PC. Outsource, get cheap… and look what happens

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! It's a great opportunity to clarify that we're not outsourcing this product. The out-of-stock situation is due to a few key factors, including an ingredient supply issue that, unfortunately, is beyond our control. We are working daily with the lab that makes this exfoliant for us to ensure that they are able to get it back in production as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated!

    —Admin
  22. Susan
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing stuff
    • Ok, when i Woke up this Morning and looked in the mirror, i thought oh my, i did Not remove my foundation properly yesterday Night as my Skin looked so nicely Even toned ! But to my Big surprise it was very well cleaned ! I am amazed amazed what this exfoilator did to Even Out my Sun damage and red Spots ! I use it together with the extra light anti oxidant Serum and just since Not Even three ! Weeks! Thanks so much for such amazing products ! You have won certainly a Customer :-) !

  23. Pamela J.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product!
    • This has to be the best product I've found for helping improve skin condition and reduce wrinkles. I am sold!

  24. Lauren R.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle formula
    • I'll keep this short and sweet. I have dry sensitive skin with dark spots from old breakouts just that stay there. THIS STUFF WORKS. I've tried so many different products to "brighten" and even skin tone. Buy this, you won't be disappointed. ALSO, pair with the 10% for faster results. Thank you PC!

  25. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product!
    • I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. I use this product at night, on my cheeks and up to my temples. It helps keep my skin smooth, clear, and baby-soft, and it doesn't make me break out at all. It is a staple in my night time skin care routine.

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What makes this product unique?
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a must-have exfoliant for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It features 5% glycolic acid with a 0.50% boost of pore-penetrating salicylic acid. This anti-aging exfoliant reveals youthfully radiant skin and counteracts sun damage—without redness or irritation! The innovative daily-use formula continually renews your skin's texture, evens skin tone, smooths fine lines, and stimulates healthy collagen production via exfoliation and by delivering a potent blend of antioxidants that help fight free-radical damage.

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this silky treatment doubles as a lightweight moisturizer and is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line This AHA exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5-3.8.

Who is this product for?
Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid can be used by all skin types and is ideal for anyone concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, Thornfeldt Carl MD, 2010, pages 180–181; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

Key Ingredients: epigallocatechin gallate, cell-communicating ingredients, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Cucumis melo (melon) fruit extract, ceramide 2, antioxidant, palmitoyl oligopeptide, allantoin, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, caffeic acid, AHA, bisabolol, salicylic acid, vitamin E, glycolic acid, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane

Product Ingredients:

Water, Glycolic Acid (AHA exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent and penetration enhancer), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 2 (skin-identical ingredient), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuoylmethane (anti-irritants/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide (film-forming agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Apply daily after cleansing and toning. Dispense 1–2 pumps and smooth over entire face. Follow with Paula's Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and/or Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer or Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. First-time users should apply once daily, preferably at night. For maximum results, alternate with Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA once per week. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 5% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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 should I alternate using Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is recommended for use at night, at least once but up to 4 or 5 times per week depending on how your skin responds. Since we do not advise using other exfoliants at the same time as Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on night(s) you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. In the morning, if desired, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment after cleansing and toning or you can limit use of the Daily Smoothing Treatment to nighttime (this is best for first-time users). For daytime, follow with a serum and/or moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater.

How does the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment differ from the Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant?

While both of these products are AHA exfoliants, the texture and overall formulas differ. The Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment is an advanced AHA lotion that contains 5% glycolic acid and numerous antiaging ingredients designed to improve wrinkles. The 8% AHA Gel contains 8% glycolic acid formulated in a silky gel base with soothing agents and antioxidants. Both are excellent products but Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment offers additional benefits that go beyond what our 8% AHA Gel does, especially if wrinkles are a chief concern.

Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with one of the Resist skin lighteners?

Yes, but not at the same time unless they are applied to separate areas of your face. This is because both of our Resist skin lighteners contain an exfoliant (the Lotion has glycolic acid and the Gel has salicylic acid). If you're using one of our Resist skin lighteners, you may apply it in the morning or on the nights you do not apply the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or apply the skin lightener only to discolorations and apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment over the rest of your face.

Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA products?

Yes, but ultimately it is not necessary to use an AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time. Exfoliation is a balancing act that requires not tipping the scale so the potential for irritation outweighs the benefits. Using multiple exfoliants at the same time increases the likelihood of irritation and doesn't necessarily provide greater benefits. If you'd like to use a BHA product and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, we recommend applying one in the morning and the other in the evening. Which one you apply when is a matter of personal preference.

Is Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment recommended for use around the eyes?

Yes, but only up to the orbital bone area (the bony ridge that stops just before the immediate undereye area). Do not apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment to the eyelid or underbrow area.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my AHA exfoliant again?

First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of an AHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to wait until skin has returned to its normal texture and color. This may mean waiting a few days or, depending on the depth of the peel or laser procedure, it may mean waiting several weeks. Both peels and laser procedures can temporarily leave skin extra-sensitive, so if in doubt it's best to wait rather than rush things. Once you begin using your AHA exfoliant again, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of use accordingly. Discontinue use if you notice signs of irritation.

I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.

This product is packaged in an airless pump dispenser which utilizes a vacuum system to dispense and keep the contents fresh. Airless packaging helps to keep air and contaminates out of the product, which enhances the formula's stability and effectiveness.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

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