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 384 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 384 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (199)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (67)

61%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (53)
  • Non-greasy (49)
  • Moisturizes (37)
  • Softens skin (35)
  • Soothes skin (26)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (23)
  • Not effective (16)
  • Drying (8)
  • Bad smell (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (51)
  • Enlarged pores (35)
  • Sensitive skin (30)
  • Uneven skin tone (27)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (26), Survivalist / minimalist (12), Beauty expert (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (26), Dry (15), Normal (6)

Reviewed by 384 customers

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3.0

Used to be 5 stars

By carolinesays1

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

I've been using the lotion for 7 or 8 years and it perfect - very moisturizing, soothing, and always kept my skin clear (I'd only break out when I wasn't using it). My last old bottle finally ran out (it takes me about a year to get through one) and I've been using the new formula for 3 or 4 weeks. Since 2003, I've tried almost all of the the PC AHAs and BHAs and I think the 2% BHA lotion was the only really moisturizing one of the bunch. I'm quite disappointed that the new formula is lighter in texture and lost some nice ingredients.

What was the reasoning for changing a great formula after so many years? One thing that I'm finding really annoying about PC is that formulas are changed and products dropped and there isn't enough information about why and when. I would have purchased a few samples of this before committing to a whole bottle if I had known. More communication, please!!

Service and delivery comments:

Delivery is always quick. No complaints here.

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

Please bring the old formula back

By JS

from Ohio

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Irritates Skin
    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

      My daughter and I loved the old formula! I have been using it for 2-3 years. It did work well for my skin and my daughter's clogged pores. I ordered this one not knowing it's a new formula. I pumped it out and realized it's not the same. I tried it on anyway and it gave me big painful nodule. I stopped and the nodule disappeared, then tried again, and same thing happened. It did not work for my daughter either. it does not do anything for her clogged pores at all. After this one, I will not purchase it again!

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 45-59
       
      2.0

      Stingy!

      By Kaye

      from Illinois

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Reviewer

      Ok so i've been using this product for about 2 wks. I purchased this to help with my large pores. I am
      Not a big fan of the scent but i can deal With that BUT the first time i ever used this my face was stingy and itchy. I continued using it thinking its just an initial reaction and that it will get better. I feel my skin tighten the next morning a little itchy so i make sure i mositurize every time. But almost 2 wks and it still stings and burns. I stopped. Such a waste :(

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

      Obsessed with New Formula

      By Yung Beauty

      from Texas

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        I love the new formula so much!!! I always used the old one and thought it was great, but sometimes wish it was just a little more. So this one is perfect. Makes my skin much softer and brighter than before.

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

        Moisturizing

        By TMM

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores

          I have used bha 2% gel in the pm each day for years even though I have dry skin on cheeks and under eyes and oily to normal in t-zone. Looking for something more moisturizing, I thought I would try the bha 2% lotion and am glad I did. It has boosted my moisture and helped the dry areas without causing problems in my t-zone.

          I think I will stick with the lotion for Fall and Winter and use the bha 2% gel in the spring and summer. During the am I use aha 8% gel but am tempted to buy the aha 8% lotion and see if I like it.

          I posted a picture, I am 52 and people are surprised to find out I am that old. I have used PC for years, I am thinking about 12 or 13 years and it has made the difference.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Quick delivery.

          • Skin Type:
          • Dry
          • Age:
          • 45-59
           
          3.0

          A good product but radical change from previous version

          By Mark

          from Hyde Park NY

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            The previous version was truly for dry skin only. It was thick (almost to the point of hard to get to sink in) and rich. Obviously, thick creams like the older version can be just what dry skin needs. Understandably, customers who purchased it for years will be shocked that the new ge-lotion texture is slightly hydrating but certainly not moisturizing. It's a sort of medium weight good for everyone between slightly oily to slightly dry. But since PC has so many BHA products that benefit those with oily to normal skin, I wonder why they completely got rid of the old formula and replaced with this one. That being said, those who hate the liquid BHA's but don't want a heavy product, this is for you. But for me, I'm better off using the wonderfully priced BHA for the body as it provides almost the same level of hydration as this product for a fraction of the price. I do love the pump bottle for this product. It dispenses exactly the same amount with each pump and there is no product waste. It last a long time.

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

            Bring back the old formula!!!!!

            By RobBob

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • drying
              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

                This has been the #1 product in my skin care lineup for years. It's what made me a PC fan and has kept me a PC fan. I've ordered so many bottles of this, I didn't even think to read the reviews and was shocked when my new bottle arrived....I thought I had gotten the wrong product! Please bring back the old formula! This new product is tacky, gel like and extremely drying. The old lotion was the perfect level of moisture for dry/combo skin. I'm also a bit irked that there was no mention of a new formula on the description of the product. I feel duped by a company I have put so much trust and loyalty in. PC product development...please read the reviews and bring back our old product...or market it for a combo/dry skin type. This new version is simply terrible!

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

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