SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid
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SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid
Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid

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Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.
  • Clears & minimizes enlarged pores
  • BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) sheds built-up layers of skin
  • Fluid, lightweight texture absorbs quickly 
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, All Skin Types, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores, Redness, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

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    4 oz
    $29.00
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    $9.00
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    $0.80

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Why is it different?
A unique leave-on formula that’s gentle enough for daily use on all skin types. Exfoliates dead skin cells while clearing pores for a more even, radiant tone, plus visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles to reveal remarkably smoother, younger-looking skin.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8.

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What does it do?
Skin becomes dull, dry and congested when dead skin cells build up on its surface. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing pores.
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How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and/or toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid 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

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

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-994

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

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
 
4.3

(based on 2195 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1293)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (540)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (156)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (105)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1061)
  • Softens skin (922)
  • Non-greasy (764)
  • Soothes skin (597)
  • Moisturizes (423)

Cons

  • Greasy (137)
  • Irritates skin (123)
  • Not effective (86)
  • Heavy (39)
  • Bad smell (30)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (1076)
  • Enlarged pores (874)
  • Uneven skin tone (684)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (492)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (481)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (718), Survivalist / minimalist (402), Beauty expert (148), Skin care professional (25), Combination skin (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (779), Normal (215), Dry (173), Oily (143)

Reviewed by 2195 customers

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5.0

Unexpected improvement in scar!

By JPM

from Pittsburgh

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    I bought this product in the hopes that it would unclog a few stubborn, congested pores that have hung around on my otherwise nice skin for years.

    It hasn't unclogged those -- yet. What it has done is made my skin smoother, plumper and younger looking. I feel like this took a few years off, and I have been using retinol since I was 16.

    The most surprising thing it did was completely plump up a depressed scar on my face from a car accident 10 months ago. My orbital bone was broken (subsequently repaired via surgery), and I had a small "line" type of scar, and worse, a 1/2 inch depressed "crush injury" next to the line. My plastic surgeon told me that this depressed area would never get better. I used this product all over my face for a week and the depressed area has completely filled in. I was planning on getting a dermal filler in December. I can cancel that appointment. This was completely unexpected and I am so happy. I'm going to use this for life. Thank you.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Great service and delivery, as always.

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

    Love this product and use it q12h every day.

    By ER

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      I love this product, and I don't say that about many facial products. Even after I clean my face with facial soap, I use this twice daily and a significant amount of dirt will be on the cotton swab. I feel like my skin is much healthier with this product.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      1.0

      Scary Product - Made Skin Breakout with Painful Bumps, Lumps

      By Jill

      from VA

      About Me Minimalist

      Pros

        Cons

        • More Skin Breakouts After Using Over 6 months

        Best Uses

          Would give Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid no stars if I could. It ruined my skin after using it for more that 6 months. Stopped using this. Started using Clinique's Clarifying Lotion, and my skin is beginning to heal after just a few days. Have 1-1/2 bottles of Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid left that I've put in the trash along with all other Paula's Choice products because I don't trust Paula's Choice products or ingredients after having such a bad experience with this product. Very foolishly continued to believe Paula's claims that this product would work if I just gave it more time to work. However, it only made my skin worse with very painful breakouts, skin growths, whiteheads, lumps and bumps after using it for more than 6 months. Scary product that made skin worse.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
           
          5.0

          Stay the course!

          By Northside

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            I started using the 2% BHA morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing/SPF. I have a lot of clogged pores around my jawline/mouth (self diagnosed as hormonal), but the really closed comedones were impossible to get rid of permanently (some would be easily extractable after that time of the month had passed). I have combination skin and was on Accutane a few years ago for some serious cystic acne. The 2% BHA has honestly done wonders for my skin, including improved texture and tone. Do you ever notice super tiny pores on the corners of your mouth? Used to be able to extract those on my own but now the BHA just kills whatever is hiding in there. Fair warning, I definitely experienced a "purge" while my skin adjusted to the formula. A few more cystic, under-the-skin pimples, and some whiteheads. I think a well made BHA was missing from my routine, and there was a lot that needed to come out first. I'm about a month into use and the purge has definitely passed. Still a few closed comedones but I imagine those will fade as well. My friend recently commented that my skin was glowing and flawless and it's been a while since I could say I agree with her! Stay the course while your skin gets used to the product! Just order another bottle because this is probably my new holy grail product. Thank you PC!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was prompt

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

            Have used since it first came out...years ago!

            By Katie

            from Ohio

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              I now reach for this every night as my exfoliant beyond all other formulas and textures. It layers so well. I have begun applying it over my Skin Balancing Toner but use my fingers. I then layer the Brightening Essence, the Niacinamide Booster. My skin never feels dry. The results are stunning. My pores are small, clear, and my skin texture is so smooth. Once a week, I use the Resist 10% AHA.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Fast

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

              Miracle In A Bottle

              By MadsTheNurse

              from Little Rock, AR

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              I am absolutely in love with this product! I have random spurts of hormonal acne that won't go away no matter what I do, that was, before I used this! I have basically used everything under the sun, including topical prescriptions from my dermatologist, when that seemed to stop working, I did my own research and I came across Paulas Choice. This stuff is a miracle in a bottle, within a couple days my skin began clearing up! It is not too harsh on my skin, I use it as a part of my nightly routine and put it under my serums (also from PC). If you are debating on getting this, do yourself a favor and just buy it.

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

              Deserves its place as longtime #1 bestseller!

              By Megan McInnis

              from Seattle (Issaquah)

              Verified Reviewer

              I've been using this, along with the Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, ever since it came out (10, 20 years ago?), and people are shocked when they find out I'm 50; they say I look more like early 30s. And, once in a while, I even still get carded.

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

              Works Very Well, But a Little Greasy

              By Sydney

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Effective
              • Lightweight
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

              • Greasy

              Best Uses

              • Bumpy Skin
              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores

              This stuff really is amazing. I am prone to skin colored bumps on my forehead, which i have been informed are clogged pores with skin grown over it, or closed condemones. After some research, I decided to order the travel size of this product. It has been about 2 weeks since I started using this product and i can really see a difference on my forehead and nose. The only con, however, is the oiliness when you first put it on, and if that would really bother you I recommend the gel as it doesn't have that effect (I ordered a sample and I'm considering switching to the gel). But definitely try out this product especially if you have really bad clogged pores.

              Service and delivery comments:

              The item did get shipped to the wrong place on accident (which I'm​ not sure if that was on the post office or PC), but accidents happen and the shipping was still fast regardless.

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

              Excellent product for KP

              By Ashley

              from Canada

              About Me Beauty Expert

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                I've suffered with KP on my upper arms for years and I attribute this product for clearning it up within just a few weeks of regular use.

                I use Herbivore bamboo charcoal soap along with a Korean exfoliating cloth on my arms in the shower. It creates some redness but my skin can handle some abrasion. After I pat dry and use the 2% bha liquid by pouring some on my hands and applying it on my upper arms.

                This method has not only smoothed the bumps and reduced the amount of KP on my arms, but has been clearing up the scars on my arms from picking at the KP.

                I've spent so much money on countless products but nothing has worked as well at this. I hope this post helps another KP sufferor. Thank you Paula's Choice for such a wonderful product.

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

                Super☆ Product FOREAL

                By Uniqueness

                from NC

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bumps
                  • Enlarged Pores

                  I absolutely am in love w/ this prod frfr. It IMMEDIATELY diminishes my painful bumps! I can exfoliate often so I use it abt 5x a wk. It's liquid, not thick nor tacky feeling to me. Has absolutely no smell (tk goodness!l, Does Not dry my oily skin out bt adds lustre to it. This compounded w/ retinol does make my face itch so I alternate. I do sometimes use it w/ benzoyl peroxide w/ no problems. I don't have sensitive skin. Tk uuuu PC!!!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Yes it delivered qkly & undamaged.

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

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