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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Shrink enlarged pores with this 2% liquid salicylic acid leave-on exfoliant that removes old skin cells both on the skin's surface and inside the pore.
Item #: 201
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Creates radiant, even-toned skin
  • Reduces redness & builds collagen
  • Unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores

Please Note: Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

85 out of 100
(Based on 657 Reviews)
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  1. Natasha T
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 18, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    No difference
    • Disappointed. I've been using this (along with other PC products) once a day for 5 days and there has been no reduction in the blackheads on my nose and chin (which is the whole reason I got this product). The only thing it's done is made my nose dry and flaky, so I guess technically its made my nose worse.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Lenny
    Reviewed on Friday, December 12, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    question
    • I just used this once a day (night time) two nights in a row. Then I realized that it actually reddened my acne. How can I fix this? I followed with my usual Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Super Multi Cream.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 15, 2014

    Hi there! We suggest discontinuing use of the Kiehl's products, as both contain fragrant ingredients that can potentially irritatoin that the BHA Liquid will exaggerate.

    —Admin
  3. Bonnie R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    too strong for me
    • I was trying to find a replacement for my beloved Murad Acne Exfoliating Gel, but this is too strong for me and makes me red and flakey. My skin isn't particularly sensitive, but it just couldn't handle this. I'm going to try a more gentle product salicylic acid to help with my clog-prone skin.

  4. Leslie
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not Sure
    • Used for 3 months - initially broke me out but made skin smooth. Helped with breakout healing time but didn't do much to prevent new breakouts. I've stopped using this and I can't tell any difference so it doesn't seem like the product was doing much... also my pores never seemed smaller or more refined with this product. It makes me sad because the idea of an exfoliant seems logical and beneficial... maybe I was doing something wrong?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can help go through your skin care routine with you and possibly determine how to make it more effective!
     

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Scout H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent!!! Just what I needed!
    • I had clogged pores that looked bad especially when I put foundation on---after three days of using this product, my face is much clearer and the pores are small and clean. I've been using Paula's Choice for a couple of years now and I"m very particular about my skin (I've had skin cancer and some major surgery on my face). This product has given me the most visible results of any of the products I use.

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This works well for acne
    • I have dry, sensitive skin and have had very bad acne in the past. Im 18 now and after using this product for roughly a year i know for certain its whats keeping my skin clear, i break out when i stop using it and even though ive tried other products with salycylic acid nothing has ever gave me good results, except this product. I think its the liquid form that soaks in deep to unclog pores whilst still being relatively gentle on the skin.

  7. JIAJUAN Z.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Terrible reaction
    • I have sensitive skin,and before I tried this product,my skin was pretty good,the only concern is the appearence of pores,so this product sounded perfect for me,sensitive skin safe,and works for pore problems .BUT I had a terrible reaction to the 2% BHA liquid.After I tried it last week, itchy, red,burning skin covered in tons of tiny bumps,even now,still not calming down,I really felt so disappointed,I have never had a reaction like that before.:(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    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 for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. Sonya N.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Makes my skin decent. Best I've ever used.
    • You can tell a difference in one night. My skin likes this stuff. Lessens the size of my pores and makes my skin look smooth.

  9. hong,carr
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    2% BHA liquid
    • I just have a question that can I use this product with my current Olay products like serum and night cream. Is that too much to use this product, serum and moisturizer at the same time?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 04, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for the question! It should be just fine to use all of them together.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Broke Me Out
    • Stay away if you have active acne, since this broke me out even more. Wouldn't even give this away.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 04, 2014

    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 for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  11. Madeline H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Salicylic Acid IS Good!
    • I knew that salicylic acid was supposed to be an exfoliant and one of the best ways to treat acne, but I avoided any products that contained it because every product with salicylic acid dried my face out causing flakes and did nothing for my acne. Then I found Paula's Choice and learned all about harsh ingredients, alcohol, and proper pH. This stuff does work! In combination with PC cleanser, toner, and moisturizer my face is smooth and flake free and my cystic acne is under control! Gentle too!

  12. CAROL C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is my fountain of youth.
    • I have been using this product faithfully for a few years now. I just turned 59 and my skin has never looked better. It is moist, dewy and line-free. Due to budget issues I have had to eliminate some items from my skincare regimen, but I will never, ever give this up. I have not found anything else like it out there. Thank you Paula for this miracle product.

  13. Tina M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best seller for reason
    • This is magic in a bottle. This summer I had my first signs of perimenopause in the form of hormonal acne. Turned to my teen's products, which only exacerbated the problem, drying my skin so much that it was sore to the touch. I've been on 0.02% trentinoin for 2 years so I knew I had to add something else. Perhaps my skin was no longer exfoliating properly and thus, this lead me to exfoliants. This in the morning and the 8% AHA at night have transformed my skin to the best condition EVER.

  14. Haley D.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product!!
    • This product is Great! Literally the first facial product that has worked for me. I have dry, acne-prone, sensitive skin, and this product didn't irritate at all. Yes, I experienced a few days of "purging" but afterwards, my skin was (and still is) practically blemish free! I'm so happy I finally tried this product. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with acne, blackheads, or just wants an exfoliant to help with skin texture; it works!

  15. Kristal O.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The only thing that works!
    • I cannot say enough good things about this product, I have been using it for the past year and have seen an incredible change in my skin. It is the only thing that has kept my cystic acne at bay.The only downfall is a little bit of extra dryness around my chin, easily remedied with extra moisturizer. Love this product, totally recommend!

  16. Nicole K
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Game Changer
    • I never bother to leave reviews, but this product is worth it. I have battled mild/moderate acne for 16 years. This products works quickly, is gentle, easy to use, fairly priced, and my skin loves it. For the first time since puberty, my skin is SMOOTH and soft without having to endure drying side effects, even desert- dry weather. Blemishes are almost totally eliminated and pores have been drastically reduced. I use it all over my face in the PM, and just on "problem" areas in the AM.

  17. SEUNG J.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    got more break outs
    • I was so excited when i ordered this since it's one of famous items from paula's . Unfortunately it was a bit hurt when I put this product on,felt like a sunburn-hurt. I thought my pore was getting tighter but as time goes by I noticed more black heads and break outs. My skin got more drier after using this product. I'm sad about this famous product didn't work on my face...

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work out as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  18. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Eyelid lift
    • I was doing a search for something that could help lift the eyelid area. I saw a recommendation on Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid advising to apply to the eyelid area sparingly with a qtip. Well, I tried it and IT WORKS. I can see an improvement in the firmness of my eyelids after about 2 weeks use. I apply twice daily using just my fingertip. This product will keep me from having to pursue more invasive procedures for a while. Refreshing to find products that actually do what they say they will.

  19. Siouxi V.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Skins Best Friend
    • This chemical exfoliant is effective and calming. It regulates my skins texture and suppleness. If I've been neglecting my skin I don't worry at all because I know that if I make sure to swipe this all over my face at least two days in a row, my skin will go back to being its bright, smooth self. I know I can rely on this, and thus I'm never anxious about my skins appearance anymore which is a life saver. Also, when using it I never EVER break out.

  20. Sophia S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm impressed.
    • I only used PC's 2% BHA for 3 days (2x daily), and I'm already seeing positive result! I got this group of acne on my forehead a month ago after trying a skin lotion that had very strong fragrance for only 1x. It kept fighting to come back. I never experienced acne like this before. Now it's finally started to really disappear. I'm not so worried about the holiday season approaching anymore. I know it's still too early to give it a fair review, but I just feel overjoyed! Thank you Paula!

  21. AS
    Reviewed on Monday, November 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finishing trial size, see a big difference!
    • I was graced with adult acne and erupted in closed comedones (CCs) around my jaw/mouth. They would grow into big papules and left some pretty bad PIH. My usual 5% BP did nothing and they were spreading! I started using PC 2% BHA liquid nightly for the past few months. All my CCs from the outset have flattened! I still get 1 or 2 new bumps/month but they go away a lot faster now. I will definitely keep using the BHA, and will be adding PC 8% AHA gel to fade the PIH (will review this combo soon!)

  22. Laura H
    Reviewed on Friday, October 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is awesome for pores!
    • I love this product for my large congested pores. It has worked wonders!! I also have dry skin and since this is a liquid and not a gel or cream, I am comfortable layering my moisturizers over it. Seriously, the price is amazing for such a large generous size. Before I found this BHA liquid, I was using Blue Plasma, just OK -but expensive and smelly. This is superior for treatment of pores in every way!!

  23. Gigi G.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    best best best game changer and keeper
    • That is a product that is essential to me. I use it every other night in combination with retinol and wow! Smooths skin! It so much better than physical exfoliation for my sensitive skin. Thank you for this perfectly formulated product with the right texture. On the minus side, it is a bit pricey but still better than any high end exfoliator out there. I have to add that Paula is great about her promos. THANK YOU for that and the wealth of knowledge you are bringing to us :-)

  24. Happy Customer
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    If you can't tolerate retinols, give this a try.
    • No matter what strength or type of retinol product I tried, it made my face raw and my pores look huge. I ordered the sample size of BHA for blackheads on my nose. Hesitantly, I went ahead and applied it all over my face. The first time, I was a little red, so I used it every other day for a week or so. Now I use it every night with zero irritation. My skin is looking softer and smoother after only a couple of weeks, and much to my surprise and delight, my pores are almost invisible!

  25. Alexis L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!
    • I have been using this product for about 6 months and it is the best product ever. I have large blackheads on my nose and cheeks and the first time I used this product I noticed a reduction in the appearance of them immediately. I have very sensitive skin and it does not irritate it. I have been getting compliments left right. Please don't ever stop making this product, there is no other like it!!!!

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates both the skin's surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin's appearance, feel, and function which leads to healthier skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smooths the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The lightweight, non-occlusive formula allows for a faster and deeper exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it's an ideal choice for stubborn clogged pores or blackheads.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.5-3.9. Every Paula's Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

Who is this product for?
All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to oily or combination skin, stubborn blackheads, and blemish-prone skin. It can also be used regularly to eliminate calluses on feet, elbows and knees.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Sources to support the claims made for SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid exfoliant

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2006, pages 416–421; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82; Preservatives for Cosmetics, 2006, by David Steinberg, Allured Publishing, pages 39-40; Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; and Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Key Ingredients: methylpropanediol, salicylic acid, green tea, BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

Product Ingredients:

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: 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.

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.

What's the difference between the 2% BHA Liquid and the 2% BHA Gel?

First, texture: One is a fluid with a toner-like consistency, the other is a thicker, clear gel. Both contain the same amount of salicylic acid, though the 2% BHA Liquid contains an ingredient that allows the salicylic acid to penetrate faster and further. With the 2% BHA Gel formula, you're getting a slower release of salicylic acid. Both are great options for treating acne, blackheads, and signs of aging. Both are suitable for all skin types but best for normal to oily or combination skin.

What's the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants? Do I need both?

When properly formulated, both AHAs and BHA are brilliant options for exfoliating the surface of skin. Both AHA and BHA work to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and firm skin but each has its special qualities you'll want to consider when deciding which one to use:
  • AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
  • BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that's clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.
  • BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.
  • BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds.

If your skin is sun-damaged and you're also struggling with acne or clogged pores, add a BHA product to your routine.

If you'd like to use an AHA and BHA at the same time, that is an option, though not really necessary. Some people find they work well when they're applied at the same time, but if you want to give this a try it is best to apply them separately, one during the day and one in the evening.

How do I use an AHA or BHA exfoliant?

  • You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
  • You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
  • Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
  • Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
  • If you're using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, apply the BHA or AHA first.

Your AHA (glycolic acid) products have a higher percentage than your BHA (salicylic acid) products. Does this mean AHA is a stronger exfoliant?

AHA products are most effective at a 5% to 10% concentration and BHA at 1% to 2% concentration. Think about it like making bread, the amount of yeast you need is tiny in comparison to the amount of flour you use but equally important to get the results you want. The percentage of effectiveness varies depending on the ingredient. Rest assured that the BHA products are not any less effective due to lower concentrations of the exfoliant.

The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant feels sticky and kind of greasy on my face! Why is that?

If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application of the 2% BHA is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a "greasy" feel on the skin. Many customers have remarked how silky-soft their skin is as a result of using the 2% BHA Liquid, and that is the result of the humectants working with the BHA to exfoliate and hydrate the skin.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA 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 a BHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Or, if your skin seems extra-sensitive, you may want to wait and apply the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure. Salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.

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