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.
  • 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 PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 372 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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Paula's Choice Skincare2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz
 
3.7

(based on 372 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (195)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (64)

61%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (47)
  • Non-greasy (44)
  • Moisturizes (33)
  • Softens skin (31)
  • Soothes skin (23)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (21)
  • Not effective (12)
  • Drying (7)
  • Bad smell (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (44)
  • Enlarged pores (33)
  • Sensitive skin (28)
  • Uneven skin tone (25)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (20), Survivalist / minimalist (8), Beauty expert (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (20), Dry (9), Normal (6)

Reviewed by 372 customers

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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?

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                NEW FORMULA IS NOT A LOTION

                By d0 re

                from CA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Irritates skin

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                  I loved the previous formula because it was actually moisturizing for my dry and sensitive skin. The formula is basically just a gel, which is extremely drying and leaves my skin flaky and irritated to the point of causing breakouts. I don't know why they are marketing this to dry skin when it just exacerbates dryness.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  fast delivery

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  New formula is much more drying

                  By Kathy

                  from Indiana

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Irritates skin

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                      I've been using PC products for years now and this is the first negative review I've written for anything I've purchased. The original formula of the 2% BHA lotion was great on my dry-combination skin. But when I opened my latest bottle, I actually contacted customer service thinking I got a bad batch. As opposed to being a moisturizer-like creamy lotion, it's now much more like the gel formula with some added milky streaks. After finding out the formula was intentionally changed, I tried to use it, but my skin felt dry and itchy afterwards, even after doubling up on my moisturizer. It also leaves a tacky/sticky feel on my skin, which is ironic given that customer service told me it was was changed to leave less residue than the original (which rubbed in just fine for me). I'm very confused now on what the difference is supposed to be between this and the gel formula. My acne-prone teenager uses the gel formula on his skin to dry it out. This new lotion doesn't seem any more hydrating than that one, which is a huge disappointment after happily using it for so many years.

                       
                      5.0

                      GREAT Formula! My new BHA Go To!

                      By Cavalier Lover

                      from Houston, TX

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                        I noticed a lot of negative reviews on the new formula. If you have very dry skin, I could see why. However, for normal to oily skin, this is amazing! Unlike the BHA gel, it's leaves a matte and lightweight finish. No residue, just moisturized skin from within! Although I've never had a huge pore or blackhead problem, I do see a difference with this product. I hardly ever get breakouts! Plus, BHA is related to aspirin and it's very calming. I love it! If you aren't the biggest fan of Paula's gel, please try this!

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        I got my order within four days. Amazing!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Will the previous formula return?

                        By Michelle

                        from Vancouver, BC

                        Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                        I was about to order this based on samples I have used and realized my samples must have been the previous formula as I've had them for quite some time. Based on others' dissatisfaction, I will not order until customer's comments are positive, once again. The lotion sample I had was very nice, certainly not a gel.

                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Don't bother to buy this product

                        By Choune

                        from Mauritius

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Not Effective

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 2% BHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                            I don't know what they have changed in their formula, but this lotion does not work at all. I have been using the 2% BHA lotion (the old package) which was very effective, but this new one did not work for me. I have been using it for about 2 months and did not notice any change, no skin feeling at all!!!!

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