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By Summer stein
from Denver, co
Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:
Love this aha exfoliator! At first I got super sensitive and had to build my skin up to it. I've tried other aha lines but keep coming back to this one. Love the gel and thick consistency and that it hydrates while exfoliating and brightening my skin.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Broke me out horribly
from Brisbane, AUS
About Me Oily, acne prone
Paula's Choice cleanser and moisturiser reduced my active acne to nothing over the course of a couple of months. When I introduced this I suddenly developed large cystic acne over areas that I didn't have any before even on my worst skin day. I tried this out for a month thinking that I was just purging but now my skin is painful to even lie down on when I sleep because of how bad my acne is. I was and am so disappointed especially because of how well my skin had reacted to their other products.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Formula changed :(
They have changed the formula and not for the better. I have been using this twice a week for years with great results but lately my face has has been super dry and cracking. I tried drinking more water, taking fish oil, etc then I decided to compare it to my old bottle - there was the difference they added parabens and and made a few other changes. I went back to my old bottle for a couple of weeks and my face was great again. Tried the new formula and the same thing happened dry, flaky, cracked skin, I just can't use this. I am going to finish the old formula up and I am on to a new AHA luckily there are so many available now I just hate to change from Paulas. This is a case of fixing something that wasn't broken.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I started using this over a month ago, twice a day. I put it over my BHA. It tingles a bit when you put it on. Gets tacky, then dries down. I think this has majorly normalized my skin and smoothed the heck out of it. I have real complicated skin - clogged pores, dry, but yet super oily as well! fun stuff. I think this product has helped smooth my skin, my skin has never been this smooth ever.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Burned my skin-too harsh!
By Clarissa the cook
I bought this in hopes that it would help exfoliate my skin but it was way too harsh for my combination skin. It immediately made my face red, dry, and it stung. I thought maybe I had used too much and maybe "exfoliated" too much so I tried it again a few days later and the same thing happened. I have loved using PC products but I will never use this again as it was such a waste of money.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By mountain girl
I find this exfoliant drying but get the job done.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Cleveland, OH
I have struggled for 15 years with severe acne - it's been a constant in my life. The first thing I ordered from PC was a variety of sample packets of PC AHA products - the 8% gel was the one for me so I splurged in the full-size bottle. The texture is great, and the smell is much better that the 5% that I wanted to desperately to like. The best part is that my hyper sensitive skin seems to welcome this product. Clearly it needs that chemical exfoliation to thrive. I should note that this this has not reduced the size or appearance of my poresI started using it initially after my cleanser and before my moisturizer at night. I saw huge improvements in the frequency and severity of breakouts. Now, I have the rare breakout but they're now the exception on my face, rather than the rule. The post-acne redness is slowly fading (6 months since I started), but realistically they're showing great progress. I have since added in a BHA, vitamin C, the antioxidant serums, and a more intensive moisturizer from the PC line that has helped the AHA work even better. I will never give this product up - it's a game changer for my tired skin.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Love this Gel
I have had milia (small white beads around my eyes now for a couple of years). I have tried several products, one eye peel from another company worked but they discontinued the product. This AHA 8% exfoliant has removed most of the milia. It is a gentle exfoliant, and a good size for the price. Thanks so much!!!!! Please keep making this!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Works well, yet is gentle
from Vancouver, Canada
This product is a very watery gel, and spreads very easily. It dries quickly, and does leave a slightly tacky feeling. It is effective yet gentle, and is also quite hydrating. The one gripe I have is that the pH of this product could be lower.Also, if you didn't know already, please do not use this on broken skin. It isn't bad for your skin, but it really stings.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Love this product
from Boston MA
I've been using the 8% AHA Gel for about 5 years now. I use it 2-3times per week, after cleansing my face with CeraVe SA Cleanser I like the light silky feel of the Gel and there is no 'after effect' gluey feel on my skin, as I've found with other lines. I have combination skin that turns dry during the winter months in the northeast. I am 66 and twice in the past week, I've had people looked shocked at me, when I mention my age. That's why I use PC products :-)
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