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Too greasy to use
from vancouver, wa
About Me Minimalist
Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:
Leaves a very greasy residue behind. Makes you look like you use crisco for facial lotion
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Worked after one use!
I got the sample size of this with an order from PC. Used it at nite after washing and when I looked in the mirror in the morning my pores looked smaller, used again the next nite and noticed the same thing. It is sticky when you put it on and that does go away. It is SO RARE to find a product that actually does what it says. I have thrown away so much money believing companies claims that their products work!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
A well formulated product
from California, USA
This product has given me great results in smoothing out the texture of my skin and seriously reducing the appearance of my pores, I'm assuming by dissolving oils and makeup that were stuck in there. I have combination skin that's oily mostly on my nose and some parts of my forehead. I had struggled for a long time with small, sometimes red bumps on my forehead and occasionally cheeks that were probably just really clogged pores that would turn into pimples occasionally. I felt like I was always battling with my skin just to keep it under control. I used a lot of cheap drugstore salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide products that would give me results for a few days then my skin woes would return. The overall texture and tone of my skin was uneven and dull. I've been using this BHA gel now for a little over a week and am very pleasantly surprised by the results, especially so soon after starting use of the product. I apply it at night after I wash my face and then let the gel dry/soak in, then add my moisturizer. It is a bit drying, but some good moisturizer or facial oil afterwards takes care of that. I don't think using it during the day would be that great, because my skin is still kind of shiny after the gel soaks in. But it would be doable probably. I do think my skin went through a bit of an adjustment period, like a day or two, because I got a couple of funny pimples that are a little different than the ones I usually get, but I was also just starting my period so it's possible that the root cause was hormones. Either way, my skin is uber smooth and I can barely even make out the pores on my nose/cheeks anymore, and the texture of the skin on my forehead is the smoothest I've seen it in years. This product has also really allowed me to pare down my skin care routine. Overall I'm super pleased with the results.
from Los Angeles CA
I bought this along with their hydra light kit with the RESIST Anti Aging Clear Skin Hydrator back in 2013 when I was around 16 and like it a lot. Before I had started to use it I had really bad acne, I actually hated looking in the mirror and tried to convince my mom to let me stay from school as I lost pretty much all my self confidence, I had these huge cysts right around my jaw line, cheeks, chin, and a couple on my upper lip. When I first started to use this I should've started slow and worked into it as I had never used any type of Salicylic acid before or should've started on the 1%, anyway for the first 3 weeks my acne had gotten a lot worse (my skin was probably getting used to this) but I still continued using it. At 4 weeks my acne finally started to go down, no more pain and less whiteheads. 5 weeks into using this I was left with the Post acne red marks but was happy i no longer had those huge cysts and the marks wasn't to big of a deal for me. At 2 months I was basically clear no acne and acne marks were basically faded away (was recommended the Resist Anti Aging Hydrator along with this exfoliant to help fade the marks by an employee over the phone who was extremely helpful). One thing I didn't know at the time is you have to keep using it or acne is coming back, stopped using it and over the summer my skin was so bad again and was going to re order but I got an appointment with a Derm. Well its 2016 now and going to re order this again (price went up alot, was 18 when I purchased the First time and is now 30, oh well).
Service and delivery comments:
They have great delivery times as well.
Harsher than 1%
By Vegan Kate
from Livermore, CA
About Me Beauty Conscious
Was disappointed when PC discontinued the 1% BHA gel. I still have 1 bottle left and I use it twice daily. It really keeps my skin clear. The 2% is just too harsh for my skin so I only use it every other night. That does save me money so I can't complain! It's just too harsh for daily, much less twice daily use.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great, but bottle sucks
About Me Skin Care Professional
I can never travel with the full-size or trial-size bottles of BHA cuz they all leak! What I do instead is stock up on the sample packets and bring those for short trips. Wish they would fix the packaging so this great product isn't wasted.I love both the liquid and gel BHA. I find the liquid BHA too drying to use every day, but besides the dryness it does a great job at keeping acne at bay and giving your skin a glow that makes you look years younger.
Bottle leaked product during shipment. Need better packaging!!
Smoothing and Clarifying
from Upland, CA
About Me Beauty Expert
This product has been life saving when it comes to calming my severe adult cystic/inflamed acne. I have incredibly sensitive skin, and this is one of the few products I've found that actually improves my acne and overall skin texture without irritating. For some strange reason the PC salicylic acid liquid formula breaks me out, but this gel formula works wonders on my skin. The only downfall of this product is that unfortunately it doesn't wear well under make up, something about the texture causes it to break up and look cakey within a few hours after application, so I only use this product at night. I alternate this gel nightly with my prescription Tretinoin cream. Once in a while I'll use both at the same time before bed, but often that will cause a bit too much irritation for my sensitive skin. Overall my skin texture has improved dramatically. My pimples heal quickly and I've noticed a significant reduction in my redness and break outs. After applying this at night, I wake up with my skin looking calm and refreshed. Great product PC!
Makes me break out
from San Francisco, CA
I bought this in combination with the toner, and the first day I used it my skin looked better. I used both according to the directions (apply after washing face and using toner, before any spot treatments), but my skin steadily got worse. I started breaking out all over. I assumed it was natural but then stopped using the exfoliant and my skin instantly grew less red and the break-outs began to subside. This product is clearly not right for me, which is disappointing because it went on so smoothly.
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can help you with a possible exchange or refund.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Prefer the liquid
from Ontario, Canada
I love the 2% BHA liquid and thought I would give the gel a try. Unfortunately, it did nothing for my skin and I felt as if the benefits I had seen from the liquid disappeared. Thinking it may just be my imagination, I went back to using a sample of the liquid and immediately saw a positive difference. The BHA is great, but I guess for my skin type, the liquid is more effective.
Love This BHA
from Salt Lake City
I struggled with breakouts from my mid teens through my early thirties. I purchased this gel after hearing a makeup artist recommend it. It is the only product that has consistently kept my skin clear. I have been using it for four years or so. I have repurchased this item from Paula's Choice many times and I will not be without it. Thank you PC for letting me have clear skin as an adult! I use this 4 or so times a week after I cleanse and tone with Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Toner. I'm so grateful to have these products!