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High satisfaction for my first Paula's choice shopping.
from Milan, Italy
About Me 29 Years Old, Blackheads Prone, Breakouts Prone, Combination Skin, Fair Complexion
Comments about 2% BHA Liquid - 4 oz:
I never have had real acne all my life, but I always had some problems, probably mostly hormonal. I though I got through the worst of it around 16, when I used to get a semi-cystic eruption every week at least, usually on my chin or forehead or between my eyes. Of course I was not over it, as in the past two years, probably along with some hormonal reshuffling, I begin to be plagued again by big, deep, cysts. Not many, but about 3/4 per "period", which would last forever and, also because I cannot leave them alone (but I alwasy have had this behavior), left red marks on my cheeks (yes, they moved to my cheeks: forehead and chin are mostly free of problems). At the same time, being 29 years old, I start seeing that my skin is loosing its freshness and gaining fine wrinkles. I never had a very greasy sking. Probably it is combination: enlarged pores on the sides of my nose, smallish black heads on my nose, but normal to dry cheeks (yes... and I still get the cysts there!). So, after two years of suffering without doing anything (slow reactions!), I started finally doing my research and decided that the best strategy against my problems would be attacking the infected cysts with benzoyl peroxide, while exfoliating constantly with BHA and trying to fade away my old spots, while at the same time keeping hydrated (ahahahah, quite a task!). I live in Italy, where most of this knowledge and products are not easily available. At first I was only able to get a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream at the pharmacy. This already led to some improvements. From Paula's choice I bought this bha liquid that I am reviewing, together with RESIST ANTI-AGING MULTI-CORRECTION TREATMENT AZELAIC ACID, which I here mention because I used both together, so I can not completely separate the effect of one from the other. I also got a spf moisturizer, to protect my skin while using the above combination, and resist perfectly balanced cleanser. I have been using these since 2 weeks and I started seeing results from the first day. The most striking effect is the silky smoothness of my skin, most surprisingly on my nose. Also the color and complexion has improved almost immediately and I think all of this is due to the bha liquid exfoliator. I have been using it night and day from the very beginning and I never had problems. Apparently my skin is not very sensitive and was quite in need of exfoliation!! As of now I am not seeing big effects on my enlarged pores and I must say that while less apparent I still perceive the small black heads on my nose: looks like I shall never get rid of them. I am starting to see effects on spots fading, which I guess are due to the treatment. With the combined use of benzoyl, bha and the treatment night and day, I have substantially reduced my breakouts and when I breakout they go away much faster. I survived my first period without terrible skin in 2 years!! I am now starting to see that my skin is suffering a bit in terms of dryness, some dry patches were foundation pigments hold as they didnt' before, and not all of them can I attribute to the benzoyl since I am not using it on my all face. I will try to find a stronger moisturizer, maybe, or maybe I should combine the bha with aha? I might add that I am using the liquid without cotton... It feels like a big waste, so I am just dropping one drop on my forehead, one on each cheekbone, middle of the nose and chin and rapidly spread it with my fingers. It seems to work well and maybe I will also get softer fingertips :).
Service and delivery comments:
The product arrived in good condition but quite late: instead of the promised 4-7 days (actually not promised, they have a disclaimer for this), it took 21 days. This depends on the fact that they were delivering to Italy and they use the normal post which works very bad here. I guess I would be ready to pay some more to get the products with a courier, or at least I'd like to be given the choice to pay more for express delivery. In any case the customer service was totally available and helpful, offering me to waive my shipping fee, which made up for the wait!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Don't over use it
So I've been using this item twice a day for a year and still my skin breaks out occasionally. I talked to PC's team and I was recommended to use higher bha for my breakouts so I used the daily 2%, weekly one 4% and the highest one but it didn't solve my break out issue. Finally I decided to try Clinique all over treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) and after only 4 days my acnes started to clearing up. So I felt like they were just promoting their products and encouraging me buy more and more and it didn't even help but made my skin even more sensitive.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Good product but price has increased steeply
The product itself is very good. I have been faithfully using it daily for more than 2 years now. The 2% BHA liquid kept my acne prone skin clear and smooth and soft. It is an indispensable item in my skin care routine. But now I feel ransomed as its price has been increasing steadily. It was less than $20 when I first bought it. The price, as with many of their products, has increased substantially. One of Paula's Choice's selling points is that it offers quality products at reasonable prices but I felt it isn't true anymore. I live in Singapore and Paula's Choice now has a distributor here but the prices are much higher than the prices listed in the U.S. site, even after taking into account the currency exchange rate.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Change from gel to liquid BHA product
About Me Major Blackheads, Sensitive Skin, Super Oily Skin
I wanted to let Paula's other customers know my experience with the 2% BHA liquid vs the 2% BHA gel. I used the 2% BHA gel for many years and it did a very good job on my blackheads. I have had an issue with them my whole life and was thrilled when I found Paula's Choice products because they actually work. Although I use a cleanser and toner for oily skin, my pores still seemed to have too much sebum in them. I tried a sample of the 2% BHA liquid and was surprised to find that it worked better than the gel. I feel the lightness of the fluid leaves my pores clearer and the blackheads are not as visible. They also don't appear to stay very small. My skin is very, very oily and I wanted to share my experience with others who may have this skin type and are using the gel form of BHA. Give the liquid a try and see if it doesn't help.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I use this several times a week. It removes any leftover makeup. I like what it does for my skin tone. It brightens and refreshes my skin. I have dry skin. Over 50.
A True LifeChanger
This product is truly a life changer if you stick with it and are consistent with applications. I have been using it two times per day for the past two years and it has been tremendously helpful in having clearing skin and reducing the number of breakouts I get. The liquid version may get a little messy so I'd use clean fingers for application for best results. I have used many other anti-acne items and it did not have much effect on me. I truly think Paula's Choice really knows what they are doing, and they produce quality products for their customers. Unfortunately, the price increases every so often and I wish it weren't so expensive!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great product but I needed something stronger
from Washington, DC
This is a great product for someone whose main concern is to maintain clear pores (and all the other benefits from daily exfoliation). If you have a lot of closed comedones or acne I would try one of their stronger exfoliators. It's has a great silky feel that glides over skin with no irritation whatsoever. Personally speaking I just needed something that packed a little more punch to my pores. But keep in mind they were BAD. Very very congested from using the wrong products for too long. If you have relatively ok skin with slight concerns, this would be a great product for you to improve it and maintain great skin.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I use like a mask x2/weekI have very oily but mature skin
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
I'm sold, and I don't buy stuff like this often
I'm 37, and have struggled with persistent moderate-plus acne since the age of 12. If my math is correct, that's... more than a few years. Honestly, I had kind of come to terms with it, but an online acquaintance convinced me to try a BHA liquid, and recommended this one (and a PC cleanser, but that's a whole 'nother review).To say that a skincare liquid has changed my life seems really petty and vain (and is probably something of an exaggeration), but breaking out of my "need to wear make-up to cover up breakouts, but makeup makes me breakout" cycle has been surprisingly liberating. I still get the occasional hormonal breakout, but with consistent application of this fine stuff, (a) clears itself up within a day or two, and (b) doesn't leapfrog from pore to pore across my face.I'm not wildly in love with the... I don't know, whatever one might call the feeling it leaves on my skin about 15 minutes after application, but I am more than happy to push through by (a) going to bed right after my nighttime application, and (b) putting on a light moisturizer after my morning application, which seems to cut the odd feeling. In my case, the benefits more than outweigh the negatives
from Toronto, Ontario
About Me Tried It All
I ordered samples of this, as I was skeptical because it's rare that Anything works on my skin. I have had a lot of congested pores for most of my life. I've tried SO many different things. I swear after only a couple day's of this, I saw less clogged pores. It's been a little over a week now and I notice it's getting better every day. I love how it soaks right in and literally disappears. And that a little goes a long way. I also use with the RESIST Balancing Toner, I am not 100% sure which product to give the credit too but I feel it is likely this!!