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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    $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®

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4.3

(based on 2209 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1301)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (541)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (157)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (109)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1070)
  • Softens skin (929)
  • Non-greasy (769)
  • Soothes skin (600)
  • Moisturizes (426)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (1084)
  • Enlarged pores (880)
  • Uneven skin tone (687)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (497)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (484)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (729), Survivalist / minimalist (404), Beauty expert (149), Skin care professional (25), Combination skin (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (783), Normal (216), Dry (180), Oily (145)

Reviewed by 2209 customers

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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+
             
            5.0

            IF ITS IRRITATING, DON'T GIVE UP; go 1%

            By P.C. Believer

            from Bolton Canada

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores
              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

              I have to say 3 things:
              1- exfoliating is critical
              2- if irritating, call customer service and know there are alternatives! Maybe AHA is better, a lower dose. Just don't believe it's not a necessary step to your end goal, which is better, beautiful skin
              3- Paula is a genius. She provides a myriad of research, and her customer service "family" is another amazing resource!
              She is quite grounded and in fact, where she could be a monster due to her success, I can tell you having spoken to her "Directors of first impressions", aka CSRs, beauty assistants, a free and well educated resource when you call, will attest when she walks through the office, is down to earth. She began all of this because she went through horrible skin issues from extreme acne to painful eczema. I highly recommend visiting YouTube for Q&As, interviews. If not for P.C., World reknown Wayne Goss has been quietly using her products for over 20 years.
              And although she has written too many best sellers, you needn't read them - just call and ask.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Consistently fills orders without errors. Thank you for allowing my inner beauty shine with the confidence of my awesome skin!
              One thing further; I have read a few comments where one star given, and commenting on "being stuck with no refund" Did you even contact P.C.? I have had nothing but excellent things to say if I have ever tried a new product that wasn't necessarily for my skin!

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

              Sensitive & loving this BHA so far

              By Becky

              from Kentucky

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Enlarged Pores
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Redness/ Blotchiness

                I've used Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid every other night with no irritation so far--received my order a few days ago so will update if a problem occurs. I read a complaint that this product was greasy, didn't make sense but to my surprise it did feel a bit moist or 'greasy' after I applied it and my PM moisturizer--within minutes it all penetrated, leaving my skin soft & supple. Two nights later I waited for the BHA to penetrate, feel asleep so no PM moisturizer--for some people it may be enough without PM moisturizer. I am sensitive but this BHA has been great so far. I'm actually Normal-Dry BUT can be a bit Combo during Ky summer humid weather and when in Florida. Regardless of the climate I've always had to use a cleanser for dry sensitive skin, otherwise I'm left taut and feeling irritated. For years now I've used PC Skin Recovery Cleanser, also the SR Toner. Although sensitive I still need a BHA. This 2% liquid formula has proved gentle for my skin with an every other night PM application. NOTE: I ordered the travel size to try, great size to give you time for trial & error.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Quick delivery, thanks PC.

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

                broke me out

                By Nikki

                from San antonio

                About Me Minimalist

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                • causes cystic acne
                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                  This product broke me out in cystic acne just like the bha gel..im sad i couldnt use both and i have them in their regular sizes..

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

                  Wonderful product

                  By Deb

                  from Berlin, NJ

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Non-Greasy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Enlarged Pores

                    My 13 year old daughter has your typical teenage breakouts. Also breakouts on forehead from sweating due to playing sports. I started her using this product 2 months ago nightly. She has not had a breakout since. Will never be without BHA 2%

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

                    This is magic!!!

                    By Evelyn

                    from Fresno, CA

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Softens Skin

                    Cons

                    • Sticky

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Enlarged Pores
                    • Sensitive Skin
                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    I have been breaking out for as long as I can remember...I tried every product I could get my hands on. I've even used prescribed Differin and that worked, BUT this is soooo much better! No redness, no flakiness from dry spots AND CLEAR SKIN!!! This BHA Exfoliant and PC Blemish Treatment is all I need now. I have the best skin ever. My skin has never been this clear. I'm slowly, but surely stocking up on PC products. I'm definitely a fan. I recommend it to everyone that crosses paths with me! lol Paula's Choice has the best products out there at reasonable prices. Worth every penny.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Fast delivery.

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

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