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Harsher than 1%
By Vegan Kate
from Livermore, CA
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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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.
Service and delivery comments:
Bottle leaked product during shipment. Need better packaging!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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
About Me Minimalist
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.
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!
My go-to when I need a touch of extra moisture
from Los Angles, CA
I've tried almost all the BHA products in the PC's line, and this is one of my favorites. It is not a daily use product for me, but it could be, depending on skin type. Since my skin is normal-to-oily with dry patches on my cheeks and neck, there are times when I need a little extra boost of moisture, but not quite to the point where I would need the 2% BHA Lotion. The product is soothing, and does reduce my red spots in short order, sometimes as quickly as over night. As others have commented, it is a little sticky. The trick for daytime use is to apply sparingly. The small amount of stickiness will be overcome by the next skin care step (eg, I use Hydralight 30SPF). The thicker texture also makes this a great product for treating small spots, or for my weekly skin care routine, where I apply a much larger amount as a kind of BHA facial mask. Overall, this product is extremely versatile--recommended!
my skin savior
from abbotsford bc
just love this product. cannot live without it. Applying this product leaves my skin sticky but i only apply at night so it doesnt matter for me. i love that it leaves my skin radient and glow and soft in the morning. i think i'll be keep using this product until i die.
Not what I had hoped for
from Brooklyn, NY
After using this product twice daily for nearly two months i'm not that impressed. It did a little good as far as skin tone goes but not anything very noticeable. It didn't help at all with the enlarged pores on my nose nor did it help with occasional pimples I got. I found the product to create somewhat of a greasy texture on my face that never really went away. I can see it being an ok product for someone looking for light skin tone help but other than that I found it to be an unnecessary step in my personal regime.
It works really fast! I have only been using this product for a few days and my skin is already improved! An added benefit is my dry patches have gone away without using extra moisturizers ! Thank you Paula!