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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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 2214 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1305)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (542)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (157)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (109)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1073)
  • Softens skin (934)
  • Non-greasy (771)
  • Soothes skin (604)
  • Moisturizes (428)

Cons

  • Greasy (140)
  • Irritates skin (127)
  • Not effective (90)
  • Heavy (39)
  • Bad smell (31)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (1088)
  • Enlarged pores (884)
  • Uneven skin tone (689)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (499)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (485)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (730), Survivalist / minimalist (406), Beauty expert (151), Skin care professional (25), Combination skin (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (784), Normal (216), Dry (184), Oily (145)

Reviewed by 2214 customers

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4.0

I have VERY sensitive skin and it worked well for me!

By Mallory

from Michigan

About Me Beauty Expert

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    I have put this on a cotton pad and lightly wipe this all over my face and then I use the serum as well and it works great!!

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

    Others have noticed the improvement in my skin!

    By Nancy

    from New Jersey

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Brightens complexion
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      This is a game-changing product. After using this for a couple of months, 3 different people commented about how good my skin was looking. This was the only thing I had added to my nighttime cleansing routine, so I know it was because of adding this. I use this as the last step, focusing on my forehead, nose and chin where my pores are enlarged. I feel that my skin is clearer, brighter and smoother. I like many of the Paula's Choice products I've tried, but this is definitely my favorite.

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

      I buy this again and again :)

      By MaddyOliver

      from Regina, Sask

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Redness/ Blotchiness

        Love love love this product! I haven't gotten one pimple when I use the BHA daily! :)

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

        I use wear makeup now

        By Angelina

        from Brooklyn ny

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          I love this product I use this pm and the bha Paula's choice 8% in the am I must tell you I wear LESS MAKEUP NOW I can't thank Paula's choice enough my skin has never ever looked this good please buy this and try it

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

          excellent product.

          By Steph

          from North Ridgeville Ohio

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              I have been using this product for a couple of years, off and on. I use this when my skin starts getting dull, and I use it when I feel a blemish starting. I love that you can put this on and forget about it. I wake in the morning with refreshed skin AND no blemish!

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

              My most favorite Paula's Choice product

              By Shiny Girl

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                I have been a Paula's Choice customer for 2 years now. I like many of this brand's products, but BHA exfoliant is the most favorite so far. I had been struggling with adult acne for many years and had spend a lot of money on various products. When I started using this exfoliant, I saw the improvement within the first month. I couldn't believe that adding this product to my daily cleansing routine would make such a change. Not only have I been able to control my acne, but also my skin got smoother and the tone got more even.

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

                Amazing

                By Ju

                from Pueblo, co

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    I have stubborn blackheads on my nose and as long as i use this as directed they are MUCH MUCH improved. This stuff is my secret weapon.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Normal
                    • Age:
                    • 18-29
                     
                    1.0

                    Dries out Skin

                    By Andrea

                    from Montreal, Canada

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Dries out Skin
                    • Irritates Skin
                    • Not Effective

                    Best Uses

                      I have dry skin and large pores. I was hoping this would help with both skin issues. I have seen no difference in pore size and to make matters worse, my skin is drier than it was before! I've used this product for a little less than a month and my skin is getting worse as the weeks pass. I now have flaky dry skin on my cheeks, chin, and around my nose. My skin also feels very tight. When layering a moisturizer over it, I also had areas that were crumbly; perhaps I needed to wait longer before applying another product, but it made my face feel dirty. bottom line, if you already have skin on the dry side, I DO NOT recommend this product. Will continue using silk naturals AHA as my skin seems to be fully moisturized and zero dry spots.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      delivery was faster than expected, pleasantly surprised.

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

                      One of the best skincare purchases I've made

                      By Drinks too much coffee

                      from Boston, Ma

                      About Me Beauty Conscious

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Moisturizes
                      • Smells Great
                      • Softens Skin
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                      • Greasy

                      Best Uses

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

                      I use this morning and night. I have to say, I prefer the effect I get in the morning.
                      I only use cleanser at night, then the Paula's Choice exfoliant, then moisturizer.
                      Morning, I rinse well with water (cleansing collagen cloths if I'm feeling greasy), use toner, exfoliant and a shine reducing moisturizer with spf.

                      If I'm in a rush, I just use the exfoliant and aloe vera.

                      This product makes my forehead look like it is made of glass. The smoothness comes about within an hour of application. I love this stuff.

                      It would have gotten five stars, but is a bit greasy at first. Shisedo shine reducing moisturizer counteracts this perfectly though.

                      I bought a half dozen travel size ones for gifts for friends.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Great and fast.

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

                      I would buy this product again....and again

                      By Bryce

                      from Rochester, NY

                      About Me Beauty Conscious

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                        • Sensitive Skin

                        I have been using Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liguid for a month. My skin looks much younger and wrinkles are less noticeable. I combine this with Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum or Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum during warm months. In late fall through early spring I combine it with Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer. I am in my mid 70s. Wrinkles are a reality, but Paula's products minimizes their appearance. I have used Paula's line for 40 years. They are the first thing I pack when traveling. Beautypedia is my Bible for cosmetics. Thank you, Paula and staff, for your help through the years. My beauty secrets: wash your face again in the afternoon and reapply lotions and cosmetics, drink several glasses of water daily, and fruits and vegetables are your friends.

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

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