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 412 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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4.0

(based on 412 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (232)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (42)
  • Softens skin (39)
  • Soothes skin (29)
  • Non-greasy (22)
  • Moisturizes (17)

Cons

  • Not effective (11)
  • Greasy (9)
  • Irritates skin (7)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Sticky (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (50)
  • Enlarged pores (46)
  • Uneven skin tone (29)
  • Sensitive skin (25)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (33), Survivalist / minimalist (14), Beauty expert (7), Skin care professional (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (37), Oily (17), Normal (4)

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4.0

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By Savannah

from MI

About Me Skin Care Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Enlarged Pores
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    I tried a sample of this recently and I am in love!! I noticed that my makeup went on so smooth the next day and I got so many compliments. If your unsure about picking up an exfoliate, try a few samples. I did and I am down to order the full size.

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

    Got rid of my acne and blackheads!

    By Angie_taco

    from Victorville, CA

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Moisturizes
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enlarged Pores

      For those of you who say this is sticky and makes your makeup peel off, you are using this incorrectly. The trick is to first lightly spread it on and then lightly pat it on until it's absorbed. I have acne prone/sensitive/combination skin. I use to use the bha that went with the PC acne kit but I never really saw results. This product is hydrating and has saved my skin.

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

      Silver bullet for my acne...

      By delaney

      from los angeles, ca

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clears breakouts
      • Prevents acne
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Acne prevention
      • Acne treatment
      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores

      This was the silver bullet for my suddenly-acne-prone skin. I'd never had especially acne-prone skin, but all of a sudden, it descended into hell. Acne literally all over my face. I stopped counting the individual breakouts. Finally I bought a sample of the 2% BHA liquid -- and it worked like gangbusters. I did find it a little annoying to apply, and slightly drying besides, so I tried switching to the gel and that was even better. My acne cleared up within a week. I've now been using this exfoliant for a year and while I do still get acne, it's drastically reduced and nearly always due to either hormones or neglecting my skincare. It hasn't had as dramatic an effect on my pore size as I'd ideally prefer, but it HAS made a difference. As far as the tacky texture I see others complaining about -- really not an issue. It just needs adequate time to dry! I usually brush my teeth while this is settling into my skin, and by the time I'm rinsing my toothbrush, I'm ready for moisturizer.

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

      Pores Be Gone!

      By Suzy

      from East Lansing, MI

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        I switched to this product after going through a whole bottle of the popular 2% BHA Liquid and not seeing any results. This 8% AHA gel is just what my skin needed! After only a few uses my pores have shrunk and my tone has evened out more. This one's a keeper!

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

        Hello even, radiant skin!

        By Ana

        from New York, NY

        About Me Minimalist

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          I've been using this for about 2 months now. Every night after my shower this is the first thing to go on my face. I wait about 20 mins to let the product sink into my skin before the rest of my skincare follows. Overall i am noticing a more clear completion, my skin seems to be more even, and my pores have diminished in size. It does not make me break out which is a heaven sent because everything makes me breakout! its super light weight also. At first when you put it on it will feel sticky, you just have to allow the product to work itself into your skin. Within 10-20 minutes all the sticky will be gone and you can follow with the rest of your skin care.

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

          40s acne-prone skin

          By SerenityNow

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Moisturizes
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about 2% BHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

            I'm in my mid-40s and have always had acne-prone skin. After reading lots of blogs that mentioned Paula's Choice, I began using this product along with Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser, Clear Acne Treatment, and Skin Balancing Daily SPF in the morning and Skin Balancing Moisture Gel at night. I stopped breaking out and was even able to stop using spironolactone because I was so confident about how these products were working for my skin. Cannot recommend these products enough!

             
            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.

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