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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Hits the sweet spot
from Los Angeles
Comments about PC4MEN Soothe + Smooth - 3 oz:
Over the past 9 months, I have cycled through nearly all of the Paula's Choice BHA treatments. RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA ended up being my favorite. It is also the same product as PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. The product is a water-weight liquid, has a neutral scent, and soaks in very quickly, leaving the skin slightly plumped and ready for the next skin care step. Its consistency is such that I can use it as a toner and treatment in one step, and benefit from anti-aging ingredients, gentle exfoliation, and a touch of moisture for my normal-to-oily skin. It is wonderful under my sunscreen in the AM, and does not contribute to any extra oiliness or shine. I have never had any irritation from this BHA, and in fact find it slightly soothing. It has been best for regular maintenance of clear pores rather than an antidote for severely clogged skin or spot treatments. Although the price might seem high, my 3oz bottle lasted more than 6 months with daily use (once per day). I have repurchased the men's version of this product because it was slightly cheaper per oz at the time I bought it.Below are my rankings for various qualities I was seeking in a BHA treatment (1 = best, 5 = worst). Even though RESIST is not at the top of all the categories, I found it hits the sweet spot for my skin due to its balanced formula, anti-aging ingredients and versatility for daily use. Bottom line, I have found this product is a great skin-supportive formula for a complexion that has breakouts or clogged pores mostly under control, which perfectly describes my skin. Highly recommended!Gentleness1) Calm 1% lotion2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth3) Clear 2% regular strength liquid4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gelEffectiveness1) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel2) Clear 2% regular strength liquid3) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Calm 1% lotionTexture and ease of use in daily skin care routine1-2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth or Clear 2% regular strength liquid3) Calm 1% lotion4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Can't live without BHA
About Me Minimalist
I am 56 with combination skin. My t-zone gets oily but my cheeks and jaw can get so dry that my skin itches. I've tried AHAs but they irritate my skin or cause excessive dryness. I have always had clogged pores/small blackheads on the sides of my nose, and 2% BHA solves this problem completely. I actually prefer the texture of Paula's BHA gel but I use Smooth and Soothe (which is the same formula as Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment) because it has peptides and I wanted some peptides in my regime. Amazingly, this product actually helps my dry skin. After I wash my face I used to have to apply moisturizer while my face was still wet. If I let my skin dry before moisturizing, it would feel dry and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Now I pat my face dry, use the resist toner and this BHA liquid, and I can actually wait a while before using moisturizer on my cheeks and eye area. My t-zone doesn't need anything more than the toner and BHA. This BHA liquid is actually hydrating and makes my skin feel so soft. But the best part is that it clears my nose pores. I apply it with my fingers which can be tricky because it's watery. I would prefer a gel, but this is a very minor problem compared to the huge benefits. Oh, and I get the occasional pimple, but this BHA causes them to resolve really quickly (in a day or two). Even the "deep" pimples rarely make it to the surface and if they do they usually go down before they form. I can't remember the last time I had a real pimple and I know it's because of this BHA.
(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
from New Orleans / Monterrey, Mexico
I am brand new to Paula's Choice. I purchased the PC4Men line based on the recommendations of the helpful customer service agent. After the first use I noticed too many improvements to mention. The reason I wanted to write a review for this product is because of my stubborn blackhead I have had since high school. I have been using this twice and day for less than a week AND THEY ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE!!! I live in Louisiana where the climate can be described as muggy (wet fog) with an aroma of swamp. I have to say, I'm a Pauliever. PLEASE NEVER STOP MAKING THIS PRODUCT. My skin looks so wonder and I just feel better about my appearance.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Use it daily
By J Allison
About Me Beauty Conscious
I use this everyday as it's exactly the same as the resist bha product but 4 bucks cheaper per bottle. It really makes a difference in the pores and blackheads in my t-zone. It's not heavy or greasy at all. I apply it with a cotton pad and it works well.
(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Great for Him !
from Bath, UK
Got this for my boy friend along with the earth kit . Work really well together. very light weight which is very important to him . Excellent for sensitive skin too. I have been using the bottle for a couple of years from PC, glad now my boy friend is using it.
(15 of 23 customers found this review helpful)
Good product but in need of a proper applicator
from Houston, Tx.
The product was great, but I was disappointed when it ran out so quickly. This problem had nothing to do with the package. It was the applicator's fault. I used a cotton ball and it absorbed a majority of the juice so then I used a thin cotton pad, and it was more effective. The problem they had in common was that they tore apart on the subs of my facial hair. If you would work your magic and design a special applicator for us guys, I'd like that.
(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Every guy needs this
For anyone who gets ingrown hairs, you know what a pain it can be. This product is amazing at treating and preventing this problem and you can use it on all your trouble areas on your body, not just your face. It's as light as water and dries instantly. I will be honest... I have extremely dry skin and I have never found any AHA or BHA exfoliant to ever be soothing (even at the lowest concentrations). In fact, I find it extremely drying. I've experimented by using it with the lowest frequency possible and I find I still get irritation. But if it works, it works. And this product works! So if you have oily skin, this is perfect for you. But for those unfortuate men (and women) that have dry skin, just make sure to apply a good moisturizer afterwards! Seriously, every guy needs this.
(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Not for blemish prone skin
By Justin M.
I have normal skin that can sometimes get oily in certain areas, but after a round of accutane my skin is pretty "normal". I still get breakouts from time to time and have had great luck with Paula's 2% BHA liquid. I decided to give this a try since I get razor bumps sometimes after shaving and thought this would help more than the BHA liquid. I could not have been more wrong. After 2 weeks using this I have worse razor bumps and some acne breakouts on my forehead and cheeks. Will be exchanging.
(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
By Alex M.
I tried the sample version of this product.This is a liquid, runny formula. No aroma, absorbs into skin. If it does dry skin, it's barely noticeable. I have horrible skin. Sometimes it's greasy and sometimes it's dry. I can never tell its mood. However this was good for my skin, I'll buy again.
(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
No more razor burn!
I'm on my second bottle of this stuff and it works great. I had resigned myself to only shaving at night because I didn't want to deal with razor burn and bumps during the day, but in the morning there would still be some irritation. PC4Men Soothe + Smooth took all of that irritation away and I could not be happier. If I could I would give it 6 stars! Nice work PC!