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My Favourite Paula's Choice Product!
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:
I absolutely love this product! Out of all the PC products I use, this one has had the most noticeable effect. I can't recommend it enough. It helps to clear or heal my acne overnight and if I get a blemish it heals fast. It also clears my pores and makes my complexion look great. Prior to discovering Paula's Choice I struggled with acne all my life. Now finally I have clear skin. I experimented with the various products until I found the perfect routine. I have sensitive skin and I live in Toronto where the winters are cold. In the winter I adjust my routine if my skin is dry. These are my favourite products:Morning:CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser or CALM Redness Relief Cleanser (winter)CALM Redness Relief TonerCLEAR Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment With 2.5% Benzoyl PeroxideCALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion ExfoliantCALM Redness Relief MoisturizerEveningCLEAR Pore Normalizing CleanserCLEAR Regular Strength Acne ExfoliantSKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel ExfoliantorRESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Worth every penny!
from Las Vegas, NV
This 8% AHA Gel is good stuff!! I still use my 2% BHA to keep my blackheads under control but this stuff makes my skin look flawless! I am 24 years old but already have discoloration from not wearing sunscreen. This product is fantastic and because of it I don't wear any face makeup ever! P.S I only wear this at night and sunscreen during the day always!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Beauty Expert
I have used AHA products in the past. I ran out of a 2% glycolic gel in another brand that I use and decided to try this one. I did not see any noticeable results at all. With my other 2% AHA I could see results the next morning, my skin would be glowing. I used this a couple of days in conjunction with the RESIST Weightless toner and developed a horrible, itchy, red rash all along my neck. These were the ONLY two products that I had recently changed/added in my skin care regimen. I have sent this products back for a refund. I was not up for trying to eliminate the use of one product and risk for this rash to occur on my face. It was worth a try though.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
A good place to start if you have never used an AHA before.
By Denise C.
from San Diego, CA
This gel has a very thin consistency that leaves skin silky right after applying it. I apply this twice a day, right after Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has absorbed well and before applying Skin Recovery Antioxidant Serum with Retinol. At the time I started using this AHA gel, I had gone without using my favourite Alpha Skin 10% AHA lotion for quite some time because of an eczema flare up and extreme dryness all over my face. As my eczema cleared, I figured going back to 10% would be too harsh so I opted for PC 8% AHA gel. After using for a couple of weeks I felt my skin get a bit softer (mostly because of the "silky feel" after applying), but not all that smoother. As I would run my fingers over my face, my skin still felt rough almost like a layer of dry dead skin. I switched back to my 10% and that did the trick. Decided to try out the 8% just for maintenance but my skin did not maintain it's smooth texture while using PC 8% .I will say, this is a good place to start if you have never used an AHA before. Does not irritate sensitive skin :)Also, It did not work well under my mineral spf nor my foundation. It peeled/balled up :( a bummer for sure.Overall I think it's too gentle of a formula and just didn't work well with my other post-skincare products.I would return this if I still could.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Honolulu, HI
I really wanted this to work for me. I have sensitive skin and it is hard to find an exfoliater that works without irritation. This burned immediately and turned my skin red. I tried to use this product multiple times but sadly my skin is too sensitive.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from San Antonio, TX
I was using the 2% BHA but I switched to this. Great move. At first I could only use this every other day because it made my skin peel a little. Gradually, I got to using it every night and that's where I'm going to stay. I'm 66 and this makes my skin feel like glass. I haven't changed anything else in my routine; so, it has to be this. Amazing! I've started putting it on the backs of hands at night and it's helping there, too. Can't recommend this more highly.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Back to BHA for me...
from Charlotte, NC
First of all, the 2% BHA liquid is LIFE-CHANGING. No single product has ever had a bigger impact on my skin. Switched to this 8% AHA gel when I got pregnant, and I can't wait for it to be gone. It tingles a little on contact, which is normal but still not pleasant. Also has a bit of a foul smell in my opinion. But besides those things, I just don't feel like it's doing anything at all for my skin. Once it's gone, I will not be repurchasing. I will just go exfoliant-free until I can start back on the BHA. Maybe I'm just spoiled to that one -- literally feels like wiping water on your skin, no smell or irritation at all, but has a huge impact. Highly recommend the BHA liquid over the AHA gel if you're deciding between the two!!
(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic! A PC Classic!
from San Francisco, CA
About Me Minimalist
Incredibly effective product that really can change your skin. A PC classic, this is the first PC formulation I used, and I continue to have to have it for my skin a decade later. It really can improve your skin in many ways, and it can start doing it literally overnight. I can't say it's a miracle for deeper wrinkles, but it does somewhat soften fine lines. What it excels at is even toning and giving a clean and more youthful glow. It's only after you start using an exfoliant such as AHA and see the results, that you suddenly realize how long have I been walking around like that--dull, perhaps flakey and more tired looking? Yikes!This gel formula has been great on my dry skin (which is usually not the case with gel formulations for me), and while not as silky as a serum, it does seem to help moisturizers, immediately following, to spread easier and more evenly. The bottle lasts forever too--6-10 months depending on frequency.Because of Paula's teaching with this product (formulated at a lower pH to keep the glycolic acid active) I started to learn about what was in cosmetics, and about what made an effective formulation, and about what my skin needed. Then I started to purchase skin care products based on research and results, and NOT hype. Thanks to Paula and her team for this marvelous product, and so many others as well, and for teaching us a more effective ways to combat aging other than jar packaging containing "miracle broths", or "wonder melon extracts"...
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Why did I wait so long to try? Game changer! Better than bha
from OH - Ohio
Since I have combo skin I went for BHAs first but I didn't see results. I have been using PC products for years and it's the only skincare I use. About 6 months ago I bought the 5% AHA product, I did see minimal results, more than with BHA, but not enough for my liking so a month ago I decided to try a stronger formula with the 8%....OMG...amazing results and within a week! This is the first product to drastically minimize the size of the pores on my nose, chin, & t zone. My skin is so smooth and even and my foundation goes on so much more evenly and flawless. I actually use less now. I'm amazed with the results and I actually cocktail this with the 5% most nights rotating with the 1% retinol. The 8% gel spreads well and a very little goes a very long way so excellent value. I will never stop using this. I just ordered the new niacinamide 10% today which I'm hoping to boost all my other products as well. This is the first PC product that seriously has wowed me the most and provided the most noticeable results. Thank you for an excellent product!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This product is amazing. I got the sample first and saw results from just using that for a few days. I have seen a huge decrease in blackheads and the texture of the skin on my chin has improved drastically. I bought this product to use instead of the BHA, which I also have, since I am breastfeeding. This works even better for me than the BHA, which is surprising since I have combination skin. Definitely give this one a try!
Service and delivery comments:
After using a sample, I bought the full size product. Unfortunately the bottle I received was damaged, possibly due to extreme heat. The cap also did not fit on the top. Still love the product, though.