SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
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SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.
  • Gently reveals smoother, radiant skin
  • Refines and clarifies pores
  • Gel texture hydrates and perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant

Based on 406 reviews

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This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.
  • Gently reveals smoother, radiant skin
  • Refines and clarifies pores
  • Gel texture hydrates and perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads

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    $29.00
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    $0.80

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant is a leave-on, water-light formula that gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and smooth, with diminished pore size, while softening the appearance of wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

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What does it do?
Works to create a younger appearance, revealing a glowing, smoother radiance, and diminishes pores, smooths bumps, and minimizes lines and wrinkles. It also provides long-lasting hydration for healthier-looking skin. It’s suitable even for skin prone to milia.
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How to use

Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Cosmetics, 2015, issue 3, pages 259-276

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (skin-renewing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (green tea/antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb/skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

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Paula's Choice Skincare2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz
 
4.0

(based on 406 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (227)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (38)
  • Softens skin (35)
  • Soothes skin (26)
  • Non-greasy (21)
  • Moisturizes (14)

Cons

  • Not effective (11)
  • Greasy (9)
  • Irritates skin (7)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Sticky (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (46)
  • Enlarged pores (40)
  • Uneven skin tone (26)
  • Sensitive skin (24)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (31), Survivalist / minimalist (12), Beauty expert (7)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (34), Oily (16), Normal (3)

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5.0

Pores be gone!

By Sailor girl

from San Diego

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Reduces pores
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

    This product claims that it creates more radiant skin, minimizes fine lines, and reduces pore size. My 5-star rating is based mostly on its amazing effectiveness at reducing the appearance of pores on and around my nose. I am in my 40's and have suffered all my adult life from "sebaceous filaments", a natural byproduct of our pores--and not to be confused with black heads--but unsightly nonetheless. I have tried so many products over the years from scrubs, masks, and drying solutions to procedures like microdermabrasion and microneedling. I even tried a range of other PC products (2% BHA liquid, Resist, etc.) but found that nothing worked. I always ended up having to manually extract them, which only lasts a few days and is TERRIBLE for your skin (we all know this). It wasn't until I recently started to experience scarring on my nose from collapsed pores (which is why you should NEVER squeeze them!!) that I knew I had to renew my search for a solution. I came across this product in the gel form and though skeptical about its claims, I decided to give it a shot. Had I written this review in the first 1-2 months, I would have given it less stars because the effect was not immediate. But now in my 3rd month, I woke up one day recently to find that the filaments and congested pores around my nose are almost completely gone! This makes my pores appear about 1/2 their usual size and the skin is so smooth it feels like velvet where it was once grainy and textured. I also have combination skin and my oily zones have been less active with this product, which is a nice bonus. Bottom line, I will continue to use this product as long as my skin tolerates it and responds. As to complaints that this product is "sticky", I just advise that you wait 10 mins for it to absorb before applying any other products. However, I only use it at night for that reason (who has 10 minutes to spare in the morning when you're trying to get out the door?) and it works just fine.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothing else like it

    By None

    from Texas

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Redness/Blotchiness
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

      I have used this product and the liquid but my fave is the gel. Several times I tried different,cheaper, products then I come back.the original reason I tried it was because rosacea was driving me crazy...the awful redness and even the flushing! This worked....but it is pricey!! I think it really is great for large pores too.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery can't compare to Amazon of course but about average

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Never leave a good thing!

      By Brooke Brandon

      from San Francisco, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Redness/Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

        I'm sure all of you women can relate. Something new hits the market and you want to try it, the last year I have bounced around skin care brands looking for some options that were more budget friendly after being a pretty avid Paula's Choice user and then one of those pesky Facebook memories popped up from two years ago and I couldn't believe how smooth, refreshed and supple my skin looked. At that time I was using the Paula's Choice Resist (Light) line. I knew I had to return to using Paula's Choice immediately. After trying some products from The Ordinary, I found myself with milia around my eyes (white bumps) and I was appalled. I read over and over again that they are really hard to get rid of topically and I was thinking I was going to have to shell out big money to see a dermatologist. After incorporating the Skin-Balancing Cleanser and Toner into my routine along with the 2%BHA gel I am happy to report that the milia is completely gone and suppleness as found it's way to my skin. For those of you on a budget the 2% BHA Gel last longer than the liquid and does an impeccable job. It's great for those with oily skin! Just a little tip.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Great. I ordered the products through Paula's Choice Amazon page and shipping was free!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Game Change!

        By Ehouston

        from Houston, TX

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Cost Effective
        • Effective
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores
          • Redness/Blotchiness

          Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

          I have struggled with acne since my early teens. Now at 24, I found a regime that really works for me. I use this product with PC's Clear Benzoyl Peroxide 2% Gel. Using these in conjunction with each other has really cleared up my skin. I still deal with the occasional cyst or irritation from shaving, but both products are fantastic.

          The BHA Gel goes a long way, honestly, I barely need two pumps of the product. It has great coverage. I have combination skin and in the summer humidity the gel is really helpful.

          Service and delivery comments:

          The PC standard shipping is incredibly fast. If I order in the morning, I usually get my products in two days.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Routine user for 2+ years now!

          By love thy self

          from PA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • helps acne
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • ance
            • Daily Use
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

            I've been using this for 2+ years now. This was one of many things I've tried from Paula that I actually stuck with. This has helped my acne tremendously, I used to get horrible cystic acne and little bumps on my forehead and I never thought anything would help until I tried this. This has really really helped the bumps and the deep cystic acne. When they talk about this giving you hydration... I honestly don't think so. I still have dry skin and sometimes continue to struggle with it because most moisturizers still break me out. This does reduce the redness in acne scars as well. I love this stuff and I just re-ordered some so i'm all set for a couple of months. This lasts super long too. I use 2 pumps once a day and it lasts 2+3 months. I would also say this doesn't feel too light when it's first applied but your skin does soak it up in 20 minutes or so. I wouldn't lay down immediately after putting this on if you are looking to use this in a night time routine.

            Service and delivery comments:

            paula's choice costumer service is excellent as well!

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Buy a sample before splurging on the full-size!

            By Ann the Acne-Prone

            from Fremont, CA

            Pros

              Cons

              • Greasy
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                It's easier to apply with your fingers than a liquid BHA, but the gel texture is just so sticky, greasy, and nonabsorbent that I can't possibly wear it under makeup. If I try to blend out my foundation, the layers of skincare underneath pills and rolls up, all because of this. I'd much rather use Paula's Choice liquid BHA.

                I give an extra star because, as a BHA, it is an effective product. It's just not for daytime use.

                Luckily, I bought this in a sample packet so I know I won't be buying the full-size product. I highly recommend interested buyers do the same.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Reordering!

                By Yves Saint Lauren

                from Baltimore, MD

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                  I have used this product as well as the BHA liquid and I, by far, prefer the gel. This does leave a semi-tacky residue on the face but it's perfect for clearing out pores and reducing congestion. It absolutely works. That's why I'm repurchasing. I didn't notice as much of a different with the liquid BHA.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not good for aging skin

                  By Jill

                  from Portland, OR

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Dries out skin

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                      I liked the gel the first couple days, then the slight wrinkles around my mouth multiplied and my skin became dry. The BHA is too strong for dry, post-menopause skin.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      So impressed!

                      By gaelic81

                      from Benson, NC

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Softens Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Enlarged Pores
                        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                        • Sensitive Skin
                        • Uneven Skin Tone

                        Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                        I upgraded to this product from the Calm 1% BHA, which was not strong enough for me. This product has made a noticeable difference in my skin texture in 48 hours. I am shocked at how smooth my face feels! I have rosacea with combination skin and I don't find this drying or irritating.

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Worth the money!

                        By Alina

                        from Canada

                        About Me Acne Prone

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Moisturizes
                        • Softens Skin
                        • Soothes Skin

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Textured Skin

                        Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                        Ive used this product nightly for a year now (theres probably about a month or month and a half left). When I started using it my skin was really textured and I had breakouts almost all of the time.

                        Now almost all of the texture on my skin is gone, I don't have breakouts nearly as often and plus my skin is a lot more radiant. I started to see results in about 2 weeks.

                        I really like the gel texture, it's a lot nicer to rub into the skin than a liquid would be, and I don't ever accidentally spill any, like I might with a liquid. I use this at night after I double cleanse my skin, wait 20 minutes and then put on a moisturizer.

                        This is one of my favorite beauty/hygiene products and I'm definitely repurchasing! It opened my eyes up to paulas choice and I will probably try other of her products now!

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