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.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant

Based on 424 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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    3.3 oz
    $29.00
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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).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.1

(based on 424 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (240)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Softens skin (45)
  • Soothes skin (34)
  • Non-greasy (28)
  • Moisturizes (23)

Cons

  • Greasy (11)
  • Not effective (11)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Irritates skin (7)
  • Sticky (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (59)
  • Enlarged pores (55)
  • Uneven skin tone (35)
  • Sensitive skin (28)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (36), Survivalist / minimalist (19), Beauty expert (9), Skin care professional (5)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (41), Oily (21), Dry (5), Normal (4)

Reviewed by 424 customers

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4.0

Price worthy

By Sophia

from Stockholm

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

  • Drying

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Enlarged Pores

This is a really good product for a good price. I use it morning and evening everyday, except for once a week when I use Weekly resurface AHA-peeling from the Resist line. My skin feels really smooth, has improved glow and I do believe it has made my pores appear smaller as well.

  • Skin Type:
  • Combination
  • Age:
  • 30-44
 
4.0

I like it more than liquid version.

By Marek

from Poland

About Me Skin Care Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Tends to ball up under certain moisturizers

Best Uses

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

One pump is enough for my whole face, and it's spreadability is amazing. My face doesn't feel tight and it soothes my skin more compared to the liquid version. Sadly, it doesn't get rid of my blackheads just like liquid version, but I feel like when I use the gel, the breakouts are under control, my skin tone is more even and it produces less oil.

  • Skin Type:
  • Oily
  • Age:
  • 18-29
 
5.0

good stuff

By 28/M

from Seattle, WA, US

About Me Minimalist

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enlarged Pores

      I have been using this for about 6 months. I first tried the 2% BHA liquid last year but I found that cotton balls were the best way to apply it for me, and I didn't like that in my routine. The gel is perfect because I can rub it in with my hands after cleansing and before moisturizer, twice per day. If I remember right, I didn't see results for the first three weeks, so just stay disciplined about it. I also started out using it every other day and slowly worked up to twice per day. I used to get about 10 blackheads per week and now I usually only see 1 per week. No change in the appearance of large pores, but I am logging in to buy an AHA just for nighttime use and see if that helps. Just had to stop by and let you know I like it a lot!

      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      Miracle worker!

      By Obsessed with Skin Care

      from Sacramento, California

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Milia

      Oh. My. Goodness. I've been using Paula's products for a couple of years now, but this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. My main skin concern is always fine lines, but I bought this particular product because I read it could help with milia. I had one little bump under my right eye for over 2 years. I went to the doctor, but she wouldn't treat it because it was too small. I've had milia bumps before that I got rid of by mercilessly picking at them. I'm not proud of it and I know it's terrible for my skin, but I wanted them gone. I couldn't do that with this one because it was too close to my eye. So I was stuck with what looked like a whitehead under my eye and I hated it. I started using the 2% BHA gel about 2-3 months ago. I use it morning and evening, one pump every time, always careful to put a thin layer over the milia. After a few weeks of use I figured it wouldn't make the milia go away, but continued to apply the gel over it just in case. GUESS WHAT? A few days ago I was feeling the bump with my finger when it seemed a little harder and bigger than usual. I grabbed my mirror and realized the bump was coming out!!!! By itself!!!! The bump is completely gone!!!! I could not believe it. After trying so many different products and home remedies, the battle was finally over. I will be forever thankful to this product and I will not stop using it, as I know I'm prone to milia. I highly recommend it!

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery is always prompt.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      I think this is better for dryer types

      By H

      from NY

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enlarged Pores
          • Redness/ Blotchiness
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          I do think this might be marketed to the wrong skin type. Oily types probably wouldn't like the way the gel sits on the skin. I have dry skin and love the formula. It's the least drying. . It brings down the redness It's not drying . I never had an issue with silicones. The BHA does penetrate deep in the pore.. I am not using this for ance. I use it for redness that is caused by clogs. That sebum makes me dryer and keeps eats all moisturizer. So this ends up helping my moisturizers work. I was so surprised that BHA and in gel form worked so well for me. . Most other actives are hard for me to use very often but this I can use 3 to 5 times a week. Never stop making it.

          I also find it easy to apply the gel. It doesn't run down my fingers and I can tell where it is. I have been using this for about 5 years. It does coat the skin with a gel. I don't mind that and even find it soothing, slightly protective as a dry person. I use quite a bit of serums and moisturizers on top, which all penetrate fine.

          I wish you stil made the 1% option. I started with that and I like to alternate strengths. I have tried to find a replacement for the 1% and haven't. I tried the 1% lotion and found it irritating. The liquid is way to drying. The Resist is a nice option but again drying.

          If you are dry but have redness and clogs you might give this formula a shot.

          • Skin Type:
          • Dry
          • Age:
          • 60+
           
          3.0

          Too slick for oily skin

          By Teri

          from Hebron, KY

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Moisturizes

          Cons

          • Greasy
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            I was not crazy about the texture of this formula. It seems slick and makes my face feel oilier in the morning when applied at night and forget about using in the morning with oily skin. I have used the liquid in the past but due to the watery consistency it is not always easy to apply. I decided to give the gel a try for ease of application. Easier to apply but not compatible with my skin.

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            5.0

            Eliminated my redness and breakouts

            By Terry

            from San Francisco

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Eliminates redness
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin
            • Stops breakouts

            Cons

            • Gel texture heavier than expected

            Best Uses

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

            I'm over 60, and have dry, sensitive that is constantly prone to breaking out. I also have a lot of redness in my face although my dermatologist isn't sure it's Rosacea. Whatever it is, this product reduces it unbelievably! Between that and preventing breakouts, I can't remember when I've seen my skin so calm, so clear and so EVEN. I don't say this lightly but this stuff is a miracle! Because this has a gel texture I've been using it at night after I cleanse my face instead of in the morning when I'll be applying my makeup but this morning I accidentally put it on but then put primer foundation over it and proceeded as usual. My skin looked great! I haven't used it long enough to know if it will affect fine lines and while that would be a bonus, I'm already in love with this formula. I've tried the liquid version and am not nearly as impressed. Just having the redness/congestion gone has made me look much younger.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Super fast!

            • Skin Type:
            • Dry
            • Age:
            • 60+
             
            4.0

            Good Product but do not notice more moisture

            By Michele B.

            from Salt Lake City, Utah

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              I bought this because I live in a dry environment, and the description says it helps moisturize skin. I had been using the Paula's Choice BHA 2% liquid, and wanted to try something similar, so switched to the lotion. Both products seem to work fine, but the new lotion which is supposed to be for dry skin seems to actually dry quicker, and leave my skin needing more moisturizer than the liquid.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Perfect!

              • Skin Type:
              • Dry
              • Age:
              • 60+
               
              5.0

              I have been repurchasing this since 2013

              By Sg

              from Dubai

              About Me Minimalist

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

              • Greasy

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores

              I used to get huge cystic came. But using this exfoliant has changed my skin. Will never be without it.

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily
              • Age:
              • 30-44
               
              5.0

              Don't know what I would do without this

              By Nellie the Esthetician

              from Buffalo, NY

              About Me Skin Care Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                I was using the 2% lotion before this but for whatever reason it just wasn't agreeing with my sunscreen. I liked the idea of a gel because it'd be a bit more lightweight and it was clear. I use one pump of this day and night and it melts into a watery texture as I spread it in. After I apply it, I brush my teeth to let the tacky finish dry down and I like to give it the opportunity to sink in before I add other products so as not to affect the pH. This has done wonders for my acne, large pores, congestion, overall tone. So incredibly effective but gentle. You won't be disappointed. Also one bottle lasts me just about a year with two pumps a day!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 18-29

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