Resist Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA

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Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

Lighten up, already. Correct dark spots, even out skin tone, and refine your skin's texture. This silky lotion reveals younger-looking skin. Things are looking up.
Item #: 762
  • Anti-Aging, Brown Spots
  • For All Skin Types
  • Contains the gold standard skin-lightening ingredient, hydroquinone

Why is this full-size product out of stock?
We had an unforeseen issue occur concerning this product's formula not being ideally compatible with its packaging. As a result, we are sourcing a new component and expect to have this skin-lightening lotion back in stock within 3-6 months. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

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Customer Ratings:

74 out of 100
(Based on 142 Reviews)
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  1. Jen W
    Reviewed on Monday, July 21, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works - give it some time
    • This product worked very well for me. It took some time - several months to see results but they are there! I have dark spots from too much sun over time and was using this product on my decollete. It has done a very good job of lightening the spots and I am back to order more.

  2. Lisa T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Effective and an added bonus!
    • Nearing the end of my 1st tube and pleased with the results (at least 50% fading with once per day use) + moisturizer/sunscreen). I have a large dark spot under my eye in just the right place to look like I have a black eye. After many discourteous comments asking "what happened to your eye?" I got tired of it & decided to try this. I no longer get comments and don't need a concealer. And even better -- I discovered this is also very effective at quickly reducing the itch of bug bites!

  3. FW Pang
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 05, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    No effect
    • I used this faithfully every morning and night, however, it did not seem to help with fading my dark spots at all.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We trust you were also diligent about protecting your skin from UV light every day by applying a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and taking care to avoid direct sun exposure. These are essential tactics to ensure the success of any skin-lightening product. Regardless, we're happy to provide a refund for this product, so do let us know if you'd like to go that route.

    —Admin
  4. Mara S
    Reviewed on Friday, June 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Just one sentence
    • This thing really works. Period.

  5. Jess B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing product
    • I am one of those women lucky (?) enough to be covered in freckles, and I've tried tons of products to try to even out my skin tone. I have never seen results even close to the results I've gotten from this! My freckles aren't gone and it did take time, but they are much lighter and it also cleared my past acne marks. My friends have been asking what I've been doing differently!

  6. Tanya Z.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product
    • My skin has always been partial to AHA products, and this one did not disappoint. I have been using BHA 1% and 2% creams and serums since the beginning of the year to get rid of stubborn whiteheads and breakouts. My skin was not liking it, got all flacky and broken out, but I persisted in hopes that it will eventually help. So, after 4 months, I got an AHA product instead, and the difference was remarkable. All of sudden, my skin is more even toned, smoother, and nearly all whiteheads gone.

  7. rocio h.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Worked for me
    • I recently began using this product thanks to a friend who recommended this line, (using it for 3 weeks now) one week into using it i saw my brown spots/acne scars deminish before my eyes. i saw instant results plus i love the way my skin looks and feels. I used this in combination with another PC product which I believe helped me see quick results. I even kept a picture diary to make sure this was the right product for me since I had already been using other products and had NO results

  8. G E
    Reviewed on Monday, May 19, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't Work
    • I wanted this to work. I have been using faithfully everyday since I got it back in Nov. Unfortunately, my brown spots have not even faded slightly! Love my other Paula's Choice products but I just am not having any success with her lightner.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Hi there! We're sorry this didn't work out for you, unfortunately not everyone responds to 2% hydroquinone, or some may find that a stronger, prescription option is necessary.  We would recommend contacting our Customer Care team for assistance and tips on how to get the most out of your products, as well as help with a refund or credit.

    —Admin
  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    HappyGoLucky
    • I really wanted this to work for me. I love other Paula products... but this one feels heavy on my skin. It made me break out. :( So, this lightened my skin pigmentation, but I quickly realized it was causing acne which then caused many more dark spots! This item just sits in my shelf now, should have returned it...

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, May 07, 2014

    Hi there! We're sorry the RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA didn't work out for you! However, we should note that this formula is best for dry skin not prone to breakouts (as AHA can't treat this concern). With those who are prone to breakouts, we suggest considering our RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA instead! Either way, we recommend contacting our Customer Care Team, who will be happy to assist with a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  10. SUSAN M.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 21, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Dry Patches in Skin Folds
    • I used a tube of this product but it did not diminish my age spots and it left hard dry patches in the folds from my nose to my outer lip line and in the crease in my chin under my lower lip. I switched to the BHA version and it did not create this dry skin problem.

  11. Constance P.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Glorious! Amazing! Holy Grail product!
    • My *only* complaint?! That you guys can't keep this in stock! My blotches are hormonal (spank you very much, Mother Nature!) and a result of being a former sun worshipper. This light weight, soothing lotion zaps my blotches and fades them (while making the rest of my skin bright and even toned) wonderfully! I saw results in as little as a week! Paula has made my skin look so much younger, so much healthier, so much more wonderful to live in! Love, love, love, LOVE Paula! Please restock! {heart}

  12. Patricia K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 15, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Use with Caution
    • I got this a long time ago but didn't think to review it until now. I am a new committed fan of Paula's Choice. I want to say that it did reduce the opacity of my dark spots but I can't say for sure because I had to stop using it. I applied 2x a day (as instructed on the back) but after 4 weeks I noticed that it really dried out my skin (scaly and flaky). I still believe in you PC! My skin just didn't like this one.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 17, 2014

    Hi Patricia! We're sorry the RESIST Dark Spot Correction 7% AHA wasn't a fit for you! Please contact our Customer Care Team and they would be happy to help with a refund, exchange as well as recommendations for other treatments that will better address your concerns.

    —Admin
  13. Joanne D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Photoshop in a Tube
    • I love the smell. This makes my skin look perfect. I tried the sample then got the full size. Want smooth even skin? Get this.

  14. Latasha J.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • I had clusters of dark marks left behind from a freak breakout a couple months back. I bought a few samples to try and used them consistently twice a day. My dark marks faded considerably with a few of them completely disappearing. The only downside to this product for my skin is that I had to take a break after a month of use because I noticed small bumps forming where I applied it. Besides that, I love this product will definitely be repurchasing.

  15. Carole B.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    THIS STUFF WORKS!!!
    • I have spent literally thousands of dollars on various professional treatments and products to fade dark spots I earned from way too many years in the sun. This product actually greatly reduced or eliminated them. One does need to be patient, as it's no overnight miracle cure. The cream IS strong and a bit irritating at first but if that is what it takes to get the job done, so be it. I have very fair, sensitive British skin and use Paula's fabulous Skin Recovery line every day. Love it!

  16. Brooklyn Mermaid
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WOW! "What a difference a month makes"
    • I have been using the product for about a month after experimenting with so many products that did not work. I use the product at night before bed with the C12 and Skin Recovery Antioxidant serum. I cannot believe the different! Amazing! I have had serious sun damage and discoloration due to menopause. Now my skin color is uniformed and even. I can't say enough about how this product as well as the PC line has improved my skin. I had considered going to the derma. to have my skin resurfaced.

  17. Suzanne F
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 18, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    I didn't like it
    • I am bummed this did not work for me. I bought the Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum and Paula's Choice Skin Recovery. I think I have narrowed it down to this product that is making my skin look horrible. I have always only used a gentle soap and a moisturizer on my face. As I'm getting older (49) decided maybe I need to do more. After 2 weeks of using this product My pores look huge ( I have never had noticeable pores before.) My skin just looks BAD. I will be returning this.

  18. Magaly C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 22, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS!!!
    • I have being battling with post acne marks for a little over one year now. I finally decided to give this a try with no hope that it would work. Well I was proved wrong! In less than a month I have seen results! My marks are slowly disappearing, the texture of my skin is soft and looks a lot more healthy, and I feel once again so much more confident without makeup. Even my boyfriend noticed that my skin was starting to look more even and healthier. I would totally recommend this to anyone!

  19. Neo S
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 21, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Ineffective product
    • Purchased it mid October and used it religiously as instructed. (twice daily and applied sunscreen). The affected areas where I applied it turned red initially, then extremely dry and returned to their former state. After nearly two months of use, I discontinued use and sought help from a dermtologist.

  20. SALLY M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 07, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    back for more
    • Thought it didn't work that well. Then I ran out. Spots are more prominent now.While it did not eradicate my spots it certainly faded them.I'm giving 5 stars because it does what it says:fades dark spots.And I only used a few times per week. This time will use daily.Can't afford laser treatment.This must be the next best thing.I won't be without it now. Dark spots are so aging.Will keep this site updated after using every day.

  21. Kristen P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works
    • I had patches of melasma all over my face (caused by pregnancy). After two months using this, my melasma is barely visible. My husband even noticed. I think I look so much younger now! I used this in conjunction with a retinal product and I think that boosted its effectiveness.

  22. DEB S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 10, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love the Product, Hate the packaging
    • This is one of my favorite PC products but I hate the packaging. Hard to control it out of the tube and it usually oozes out too much product no matter how timidly I try to dispense it. I would really appreciate this being in an airless pump so it wouldn't be such a mess.

  23. Kaysha
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 26, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works, but irritates my skin
    • I was afraid this would irritate my rosacea prone sensitive skin. I have been using this product for about one week and have decided to return it and purchase the BHA lightening product instead. This product has been irritating my skin enough to not only make it red, but also to make my usually flaky dry skin rather oily(I actually had to blot. Twice. That has never happened to me.) Hopefully the lighter gel with the less irritating BHA will be more suitable for my skin.

  24. Lori B.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 14, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Slight improvement
    • I was hopeful that this product would help with my freckles that have morphed into unattractive age spots over the last couple of years. I believe they may have faded 10% but I might be imagining even that. I am a fan of the other products I have been using over the last 4 months but this one, not so much.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Thanks for your feedback! Be sure you've given the product three months of once or twice-daily use before making a final decision. Also, be sure you protect your skin every day with a good sunscreen; skipping this step even once can undo weeks of progress! Any skin-lightening routine must include daily (rain or shine, clouds or not) sun protectoin, or you won't get the results you want.

    —Admin
  25. B
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It Worked for Me
    • Having tried numerous products and regular deep facials (including a horrible chemical peel) I am pleased to say that this product has made a huge difference in the dark spots I've battled for 8 yrs. Used as directed, twice daily. Yes, it has a smell but hey, it's small potatoes compared to the outcome. After about 5-6wks I've worked down to applying once a day and am using less foundation now. Feel confident enough to go outside "bare" again!. So glad I took a chance on this product!!

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion is a specialized anti-aging product that works in three ways to improve the appearance of skin: hydroquinone fades dark spots and discolorations, glycolic acid exfoliates to smooth skin texture, and antioxidants help repair sun damage for younger-looking, radiant skin. Special packaging keeps key sensitive ingredients stable and prevents product discoloration.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.1-4.1.

Who is this product for?
Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion is formulated for anyone struggling with skin discolorations, uneven skin tone from sun damage, and rough skin texture. It is best suited for normal dry skin.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

Cutis, April 2008, pages 356–371 and August 2006, pages S6–S19; Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy, September 2006, pages 121–127; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, July 2006, pages 223–230; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2006, pages S272–S281; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September–October 2005, pages 592–597; Experimental Dermatology, January 2005, pages 34–40; April 2003, Supplemental, pages 57–63; and January 2003, pages S43–S50; Cancer Letters, December 2002, pages 125–135; Journal of Dermatological Science, August, 2001, Supplemental, pages 68–75; Molecular Carcinogenesis, July 2001, pages 152–160; and Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001, page 429; and Cosmetic Dermatology Principles and Practice 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, Leslie Baumann MD, 2009, pages 149–150.

Key Ingredients: glycerin, sodium PCA, allantoin, vitamin B5, lactic acid, AHA, squalane, hydroquinone, Rosa canina, bisabolol, hydrogenated lecithin, rose hip oil, panthenol, vitamin E, glycolic acid, tocopheryl acetate

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% (melanin inhibitor)
Other Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha-hydroxy acid/exfoliant) Dicaprylyl Maleate (thickener/emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (thickener), Ethoxydiglycol (solvent), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Lactic Acid (water binding agent), Cyclopentasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Stearic Acid, Isostearic Acid (thickeners), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (thickener), Cyclohexasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Oil (plant oil/emollient), Squalane (emollient), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E/antioxidant), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Kojic Dipalmitate (emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (thickener), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite (stabilizers), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply once or twice daily to cleansed, toned skin. Spread a thin layer over areas where discolorations and breakouts are a concern. During the day, follow with the appropriate Paula's Choice sunscreen (essential to prevent discolorations from recurring). At night, follow with Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and/or Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. Results for discolorations should appear after 8–12 weeks of consistent use.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone (the active ingredient in our Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser Lotion & Gel) and benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in our Clear Skin Clearing Treatments) at the same time. A temporary dark staining of the skin may occur. If accidentally used together, wash the skin with soap and water to remove the staining.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

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 is the difference between the Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion and Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel?

The main differences are texture (gel vs. lotion) and the type of exfoliant included in the formula. Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel was designed with normal to oily skin in mind, so it contains salicylic acid (BHA) which is preferred over AHAs for that skin type. Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion contains glycolic acid and is ideal for someone with normal to dry skin. Both work to provide smoother, younger-looking skin.

Can I use an AHA or BHA in combination with either one of the skin lighteners?

Using an additional exfoliant may not be necessary with either skin lightening product, because both already contain them. However, if you prefer, you can alternate use of one of our AHA or BHA products with either skin lightener. If you're spot-applying one of our skin lighteners, then you can apply your regular AHA or BHA exfoliant to the rest of your face.

At what point in my routine do I apply the skin-lightening product?

Whether you're using our Resist Triple-Action Lotion or Gel, either product should be applied to dark spots or uneven areas twice daily after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. In the morning, follow with serum and moisturizer with sunscreen. At night, follow with serum and moisturizer.

If you're using a prescription retinoid product at night, apply that first, then follow with the Dark Spot Eraser.

I have heard/read from sources that hydroquinone is carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and the FDA wants to ban it. What does Paula think of that?

Paula has written about this topic on her Web site and in her books, but the summation is that the negative research about hydroquinone and the frightening assertions being levied in the media are not related to how this effective ingredient is used in skincare products sold in the United States. It has been, and still is, the most effective topical agent for fading and/or eliminating sun- or hormone-induced brown skin discolorations and there is copious research to support this conclusion (Sources: Cutis, August 2006, Supplemental pages 6–19; Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy, September 2006, pages 121–127; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, July 2006, pages 223–230; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2006, Supplemental, pages 272–281).

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