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Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel

Time to fade out, brown spots. Lighten discolorations and even out your skin tone with this silky gel. It improves texture and reveals younger-looking, clearer skin.
Item #: 763
  • Anti-Aging, Brown Spots
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Contains the gold standard skin-lightening ingredient, hydroquinone
  • 2% BHA targets blackheads, exfoliates skin’s surface and inside pores

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

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72 out of 100
(Based on 232 Reviews)
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  1. Natalie T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The only product that works
    • A professional in the skincare industry in both New York and now in Paris, I have tried multiple products to help with dark spots. This is the BEST product I have ever used on my skin, hands down. I no longer have any breakouts, my skin tone is even and bright, and the texture is soft and smooth. Living in Paris, I bulk order this product while I'm in the US, and have bought it for all of the women in my family. I cannot live without it. Just hoping one day Paula's Choice will ship to France!

  2. Geneva H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • Got this for certain areas where I have sun spots. I didn't notice a difference even after the whole tube. In fact, because it makes your skin more photosensitive, I was afraid this was doing more harm than good! I think, though, that it's just because I was looking at my spots every day so they seemed more obvious with time. I have sensitive skin, so I feel like it's only fair to give 2-stars because it didn't irritate me in any way. It definitely didn't work, though. Trying 25% Vit-C now!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, April 17, 2015

    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, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. L F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Dissapointed..
    • I received this as a sample. Unfortunately this one was a fail. I applied to clean skin and the gel took a while to set as it still felt damp and sticky. then I applied the mattifying sun screen which I love. Then waited for that to dry a bit. Then I applied my foundation. This where it got ugly. All of a sudden the foundation and products started to peel away, so there was this flaky mess on my cheekbones. I had to rewash my face and reapply all without the gel. I guess it is just for night use.

  4. Ann K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for my acne
    • I love Paula's Choice samples sizes! That's how I first tried this product and within three days I noticed a reduction in the redness of my acne. I have fair skin and had acne on my cheeks and jaw before using this product. I ordered the full size and have been using it daily for a month and my acne is gone. The acne spots(dark pink/purple pigmentation) were lighter - but not gone. Then I received a sample of the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment and that really helped my spots to disappear.

  5. Devanand
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    This Stuff WORKS!
    • I'm giving it 4 Stars due to the tube packing, which is a bit messy to use AND which can let air into the product when being squeezed out. An airless pump tube would be great. Next, I've had this product for about 2 weeks now and I'm starting to see a difference on my face. My skin is olive/brown - depends on the weather. From time to time I get inflamed whiteheads which lead to dark spots and within this short period of time, BAM!! those spots - looking less dark, skin tone - cleaner/smoother.

  6. Diane
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING!
    • My fair skin has numerous dark spots all over my face, and large patches along my jawline. Samples of this showed improvement almost immediately, so I bought the full size to replace my BHA 2% gel. I don't expect my dark spots to disappear overnight, but they are certainly fading and the texture of my skin is much improved. Wish it came in a larger size for those of us who must use it all over the face, rather than as a spot treatment. I also use 15% vitamin C for a one-two punch.

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product
    • This is a great product. I have experience using prescription strength 4% hydroquinone and this produces similar results. The exfoliation is a great feature as well.

  8. ADS
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good product for the pores
    • I have been using this for almost 2 months and I actually have noticed a decrease in the size of my pores, especially on my nose. I noticed that my pores were cleaning themselves out, to put it nicely. Not like a breakout, but I could use an extractor to push gunk out. Unfortunately the couple of spots I have haven't lightened like I'd hoped. I use it several times a week so perhaps more diligent use would show more improvement. I'll keep using it though for the improvement in my pores.

  9. Regina
    Reviewed on Friday, March 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Product question
    • Is this good for treating dark circles under eyes? I had a sample size of this and it seems to have helped. How does this compare to resist pure radiance skin brightening treatmnent for under the eye area?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 09, 2015

    Hello, and thanks for the question! It can be helpful, depending on the cause of your dark circles. If they are the result of sun damage, then this can definitely help!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. natalie
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It works!
    • I'm so happy I found this product. After about a month, I have noticed my acne scares are getting lighter. I'll be purchasing my second tube, hopefully my scars will disappear almost completely. I highly recommend!

  11. MDK
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best part of my PC routine
    • This is my ne plus ulta skincare product. For me the combination of skin lightener + exfoliant is convenient, so I use it all over, as I have quite a few brown spots. And they are lightening! I have no problem with the texture - it sinks right in - and found that storing the tube standing "cap up" prevents too much from coming out. Any extra I rub on the back of my hands anyway. It is also the only BHA product that has visibly reduced the pores on my nose. Wonderful!

  12. Katarzyna
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really works!
    • I am so glad that I decided to give this product a try. It works beautifully on my skin making it so radiant and absolutely clear! The gel formula is just perfect, and the size of the product is so genours since you need just a little bit. After just few weeks I have noticed a big change of my post acne discolorations. They are fading! And finally I feel comfortable not to wear any makeup :) Thank you Paula, I am a huge believer in your products :)

  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Product Comparison
    • I initially wanted the 7% AHA gel but it seems to not be available in the full size. Would this work just as well? I only require this for the skin lightening properties to fade some scars.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, January 16, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your question - yes, it should work just as well!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  14. Anne L.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 12, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    How to not waste product :)
    • I see many comments about the large opening in the tube--at least the older one. What I've found works best for me is to store the tube with the cap down, then hold it straight up when I open it. There's almost always enough gel that oozes out & is just enough for me. You do need to be careful if you squeeze it; you'll get a lot really fast! Tilting the tube slowly & letting it run out works . The product works well. I've seen a marked difference, but it took a few months. Need diligence...

  15. SUE M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    half the size for same price but great product
    • I am giving this 5 stars as it is an awesome product. I use it as my daily exfoliant (and dark spot reducer!) over my entire face and neck. So the change in packaging so that it is half the size of the original but the same price, is not great for me. I always felt I was getting 2 for 1, BHA exfoliation and hydroquinone for reducing dark spots. And the product does both those things. Now definitely not getting 2 for 1. Been using it for many years & will continue as it does work wonders.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

    Thank you for contacting us regarding the size change for our RESIST Triple Action Dark Spot Erasers! We’d be happy to explain the reasons behind this decision. This change was made for the following reasons:

    • We found that most of our customers use these skin lighteners to spot-treat rather than apply all over the face, and much of the former size was wasted before it could be completely used.
    • Customers not using this product within a year of opening were likely to see diminished effectiveness due to hydroquinone’s tendency to destabilize after this time.
    • Both formulas have become more expensive to make, so rather than keep the size the same and raise the price (and with the above facts in mind), we made the more practical decision to downsize to ensure the product remains just as effective from first use to last.

    Please understand that Paula and our product development team make these choices after very careful deliberation—and both of these skin lighteners formulas remain among the least expensive on the market, plus they provide an exfoliant benefit, something few other skin lighteners do.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  16. fenfang y.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 05, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    My freckles are not fading away!
    • Bought it for fading my freckles on my cheeks which were caused by too much sun exposure. I have been using it for 2 weeks yet nothing's happening.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us! Brown spots usually take quite some time to start fading, so not seeing results in two weeks is perfectly fine! You should start seeing some improvement after about six weeks.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  17. CATHRINE W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    commenting on packaging
    • I have high hopes for this product (just purchased it) but I have to say that the opening on the tube is very large. It's so easy to squeeze out too much. Packaging like the Clinical Scar-reducing serum would make it easy to dispense just enough - or just a smaller hole in the tube.

  18. Ali M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally....
    • I had 3 rounds of Fraxel laser which left me with some hyperpigmentation ( a possible side effect). I tried non-hydroquinone products first to try and clear the hyperpigmentation, but had little to no success. Within 2 weeks of using this product, my "finer" hyperpigmentation was literally gone and the rest is still fading. This product is not drying as I thought it might be and my skin glows. Thank you so much! I love your products! No nonsense skin care that works AND is affordable!

  19. Nancy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Seeing results @ 10 days
    • I bought it for a brown spot on the bridge of my nose. I use it 2 or 3 times a day. Today is Day 10 and the spot is lighter already. I am in my mid 60's, get that tight stretched dry taut feeling across the high cheekbone area, and was concerned the gel would make my nose feel taut, but no problem. (By the way, the opening of the tube is a bit large, so take careful control to squeeze a tiny dab out.)

  20. Amanda A.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Works great but note the new smaller size for the same price
    • I like this product and have been using it for a while but was very disappointed to get my latest order and see the product size has been cut in HALF with NO change to the price. My last order in January for this was for 2 oz and I paid exactly what I paid for this 1 oz tube ordered in late October. Will be rethinking whether it is worth double the price per ounce...

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    Thank you for contacting us regarding the size change for our RESIST Triple Action Dark Spot Erasers! We’d be happy to explain the reasons behind this decision. This change was made for the following reasons:

    • We found that most of our customers use these skin lighteners to spot-treat rather than apply all over the face, and much of the former size was wasted before it could be completely used.
    • Customers not using this product within a year of opening were likely to see diminished effectiveness due to hydroquinone’s tendency to destabilize after this time.
    • Both formulas have become more expensive to make, so rather than keep the size the same and raise the price (and with the above facts in mind), we made the more practical decision to downsize to ensure the product remains just as effective from first use to last.
    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  21. Esther A
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 02, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Does not work and does not get absorbed
    • I have been using this gel for over two months for my brown spots, twice daily, but no results whatsoever. It actually seems they got worse. The product is also not user friendly, is not absorbed well by skin. Very dissapointing.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, November 03, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry this product didn't work for you, and can certainly assist you with a refund or exchange. Do keep in mind that no skin-lightening product can work to its full potential unless you apply sunscreen to the affected areas every day, no exceptions (one bout of UV light exposure can undo weeks of improvement).

    —Admin
  22. Rafaella S.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Glad I didn't give up on it!
    • I bought the Triple Action for acne marks and I will tell you it probably won't work for that. Don't buy the BHA for this reason (for some people it does work though). My skin was irritated when I started using the BHA (first time BHA user). But you need to give it more time! I wasn't going to, but someone told me to do so. I'm glad I did. I do see my marks brighter in general (but not spectacularly so), it clears up my breakouts in a heart beat now, but not much improvement on my blackheads :/

  23. Kathleen (Kitty) W.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Like it!
    • Really like it better than the 7% (or 9%?) bha gel. I like the feel of this much better. It is not as sticky as the 7%. But, the opening in the tube is too big!! A lot of product can be wasted. Must be very careful

  24. NICOLE
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works great for me!
    • This product works like no other. I live in the Florida Keys and spend a ton of time on and in the water. Despite using lots and lots of sunscreen, I still get dark spots developing. This product seems to be the only one that fades them. Yes, it goes on slimy but quickly dries and then you can put moisturizer right over it. I've been using PC products for years; they are going to keep me from turning into a piece of dried up leather down here in the Keys!

  25. Kelly N
    Reviewed on Monday, September 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works like an eraser!
    • I had brown discolouration on my forehead that this took away within two weeks. This product has also been working well on the discolouration on my nose. I am blown away how well this has worked for me.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel is a unique treatment for those struggling with discolorations and breakouts. 2% hydroquinone lightens sun-damaged areas while 2% salicylic acid exfoliates to reduce blemishes. This anti-aging lightener restores an even skin tone by fading skin discolorations caused by the sun or hormones. The silky, breathable gel texture is ideal for normal to oily skin. The formula glides on easily and absorbs without feeling sticky or greasy. Special packaging keeps key sensitive ingredients stable and prevents product discoloration. You'll see improved skin texture and clarity.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.5-3.9.

Who is this product for?
Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel is formulated for anyone struggling with skin discolorations, uneven skin tone from sun damage, and breakouts. It is best suited for normal to oily or combination skin.

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

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel

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; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001, page 429; and Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Cosmetic Dermatology Principles and Practice 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, Leslie Baumann MD, 2009, pages 150–151 and page 316.

Key Ingredients: Epilobium angustifolium extract, licorice extract, hydroquinone, superoxide dismutase, aloe juice, salicylic acid, Aloe barbadensis, allantoin, glycerin, anti-irritant, BHA (beta hydroxy acid), dipotassium glycyrrhizate

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% (melanin inhibitor)
Other Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol (solvent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/water-binding agent), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritants), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (skin-conditioning agents), Hydroxyethylcellulose (gel-based thickener), Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite (stabilizers), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Polyquaternium-10 (thickener), Phytic Acid (antioxidant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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 Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator 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.

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

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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