SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
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SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 377 reviews

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This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.
  • Gently refines and clarifies pores
  • Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Moisturizing lotion hydrates skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant has a light lotion texture that softens and hydrates skin as it gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This lotion creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and unbelievably smoother, with diminished pore size and less visible wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

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What does it do?
Exfoliates dead skin to reveal the healthy-looking radiant skin hiding underneath. This optimal form of gentle exfoliation renews skin’s youthful-looking texture, shrinks pore size, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lightweight, hydrating emollients soften skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft without flaking or redness.
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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

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, Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant), Lauric Acid (fatty acid), Allantoin (soothing agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (plant-based antioxidant soothing agents), Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Xanthin Gum (thickener), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbent slip agent), PEG-40 Stearate (thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives)

Ratings & Reviews

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3.7

(based on 377 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (197)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (65)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (51)
  • Non-greasy (47)
  • Moisturizes (35)
  • Softens skin (33)
  • Soothes skin (25)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (22)
  • Not effective (14)
  • Drying (7)
  • Bad smell (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (48)
  • Enlarged pores (34)
  • Sensitive skin (30)
  • Uneven skin tone (26)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (22), Survivalist / minimalist (10), Beauty expert (7)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (22), Dry (12), Normal (6)

Reviewed by 377 customers

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1.0

Very disappointed with new formula

By Lisa

from Chicago

About Me Minimalist

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not Effective

Best Uses

  • Daily Use

The BHA 2% is one of my top favorites and when i reorder it and applied it on my skin I had to do double check to see if I had not received the wrong product. I did not like the way it felt and now I'm having skin problems. I have to redo or change products to achieve what I thought I had found what worked for me. Very bummed out have to start all over again. Please go back to the old version!

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

This is a very good product!!

By Lou in the Beach

from Toronto, Canada

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Absorbs well. No sticky residue.
  • Great texture
  • Lightweight
  • Neutral smell.
  • Non-Greasy
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

  • Not particularly moisturizing

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Redness/ Blotchiness
  • Sensitive Skin

I have fair skin that is dry, sensitive and aging. I have just recently started using this product. I love that it goes on smoothly, absorbs well, and keeps my skin clear of small breakouts. It does not irritate my skin and that is very important to me. I much prefer the texture of this lotion over the BHA 2% Liquid. I do not find it particularly moisturizing, but it does not dry out my skin, and I am happy to use a dedicated moisturizer when necessary. I use this product once a day in the evening.

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

A great addition to my skin care

By shopping diva

from Fair Oaks, CA

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/ Blotchiness

    I ordered this because I use I was curious and thought it would be a good addition to my Paula's choice skin care. I use the 8% BHA exfoliant liquid at night and the Retinol lotion. My skin is dry. I wasn't sure how often I could tolerate the AHA lotion and when I started with twice a day it was too much for my skin. I found that using the lotion in the morning and the BHA exfoliant at night worked out best for me. My skin is much smoother and my makeup goes on well over it (I use an SPF moisturizer on top of the AHA lotion during the day).

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

    Definite Difference in Texture from the old version

    By Mediterranean Maven

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      I've been a Paula's Choice customer since the products first were offered, so I've experienced all of the changes to the product lines over the years. I've used the 2% BHA Lotion for many years, especially since my skin became drier as I approached menopause. Although I loved the old version, the big difference with this new version is the texture. The new version's texture is less dense and more like a hybrid between a gel and a creamy lotion. On the plus side, it layers much better in my opinion than the old version, meaning that it layers well over the Skin Recovery Toner and a combination of Skin Recovery Moisturizer (non spf version) and a drop of Hyaluronic Acid mixed together can be applied over the BHA without balling up. That combination of products has been effective at keeping my skin hydrated and smooth. Since my skin is dry, however, I have found that this BHA with the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 applied over it is just too drying for me. Hope this helps those with dry skin considering this product.

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      2.0

      Does not work for my skin type.

      By JB

      from palm coast, Fl

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin
        • Not Effective

        Best Uses

          I've been using PC for years and love most of the products. I use the 1% lotion during the day and the 1% gel at night but must of ordered the 2% lotion by mistake. It's to drying and after two days of using it my face is already breaking out. I have sensitive, combination skin.
          I don't have the original box or invoice making its hard to return, especially when you have to pay the shipping cost to send it back.

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

          My Absolute Skincare Must-Have

          By Molly

          from Charlotte, NC

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Moisturizes

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores

            Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

            This has 100% changed my skin- my pores are so much smaller and my skin is smoother overall. I didn't think that I would ever be able to change my pore size and that it was genetic but this product changed it all. I have grown to love my skin more and more since using this and now I can't live without it!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Loved the old formula - please bring it back!

            By Michigan Girl

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Drying
              • Irritates skin

              Best Uses

              • It USED to work GREAT

              Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

              I have used this product with excellent results for YEARS. It was lightweight, non-greasy, moisturized perfectly - and it WORKED to improve my skin. I had no idea the formula had changed until my last re-order - it's not a change for the better, PC. The new formula makes my dry skin tingle and burn, and does not moisturize at all. I have emailed to ask what in the product lineup does what the old BHA 2% Lotion used to do and have received no reply!

              I can understand that PC wants to appeal to different skin types but this re-formulation has basically removed the best option for my skin type. Is there some reason you can't offer both formulas? Remember "New Coke"? Please bring back my 2% LOTION. This gel stuff is not good for me.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              No good compared to old version

              By Melissa

              from AZ

              Pros

                Cons

                • Sticky! Feels awful on skin.

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                  At first I thought this would be OK, but I've been using it for a couple of months now and have decided that I, like so many others, want the old version back (which I had been using for years.) This new version leaves a very sticky and icky feeling on my skin and it is most definitely not moisturizing...feels like it's doing nothing for my skin. Will not be reordering unless PC goes back to the old version. What a disappointment.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Do not like the new formula

                  By TB

                  from USA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Irritates skin

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                      I was not aware of a change in the 2% BHA formula when I recently re-purchased. This new formula makes my skin burn, my skin feels extremely dry and tight, and my skin has started to peel. I have tried moisturizing after using the product with no change in results. Please bring back the old formula, it was effective and gentle enough for every day use!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Just not as good

                      By 4lifeinnh

                      from New England

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Irritates skin
                      • Not Effective

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                        The old version was a holy grail product for me. I never thought I would be without it. I'm just finishing a bottle of this new version and I hesitate to reorder it. It's not as effective. My skin is not as smooth or as moisturized as it was using the old one. So often companies will change a 5 star product to "improve" it but alas, it's not as good. WHY? PC, you can see from the reviews that those of us who used the old version, are not liking this new version. Keep this version and label it for normal to oily skin and bring back the old version and label it for dry skin. PRETTY PLEASE?

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