SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel
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SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel
A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.

SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel

Based on 291 reviews

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A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.
  • Revitalizes uneven skin tone
  • Smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • Weightless gel texture perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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    $29.00
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    $0.80

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel is a completely non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that gently and naturally helps shed built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This unique formula revitalizes skin’s surface, creates noticeable radiance, smooths the appearance of wrinkles, and makes your skin look and feel remarkably soft. With ongoing use, it can help promote firmer-looking skin.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

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What does it do?
Combines the exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid with a sheer weightless gel formula that provides long-lasting hydration and dramatically improves the smoothness of skin. It also contains skin-soothing plant extracts and antioxidants. You’ll experience a more even, brighter skin tone and a feeling of firmness.

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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, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 8% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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Research

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2009, issue 5, pages 495-501

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2010, volume 3, pages 135-142

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (chamomile/skin-soothing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin replenishing), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.2

(based on 291 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (194)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (28)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (64)
  • Non-greasy (60)
  • Softens skin (46)
  • Moisturizes (17)
  • Soothes skin (15)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (14)
  • Not effective (13)
  • Bad smell (4)
  • Sticky (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (56)
  • Uneven skin tone (43)
  • Enlarged pores (35)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (33)
  • Sensitive skin (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (42), Survivalist / minimalist (11), Beauty expert (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (36), Dry (23), Normal (5)

Reviewed by 291 customers

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5.0

Amazingly fast shipping!

By Bonita

from San Jose

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Using this to help with cystic acne!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Amazingly fast delivery! Chose standard shipping and received item in 2 days to California. Extremely pleased, thank you!

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

    Holy Grail

    By lovepink

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      I initially had the sample of this product and had to get the full size. I've been using this for two months now and combined with the other PC products I've been using- my skin has never looked better. Only started using PC skincare about 6 months ago and I wish I started using this line sooner!!

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

      Serious game-changer

      By Tammy

      from Toronto

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Brightens
      • Smoothes skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        I've been using this product for over a year now, yet I've yet to wake up in the morning and not be amazed at how bright and smooth my skin is!! I stockpile this as I don't ever want to be without! ;)

        Service and delivery comments:

        The packaging is suitable for the product. Delivery is pretty fast to Canada and comes in a small box so that everything arives free of damage.

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

        Great product for sensitive skin prone to dryness

        By CShannon

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Sensitive Skin

          I have tried most of Paula's Choice BHA exfoliants in all of the varying formulas, and all were too harsh for my skin, which is sensitive and on the drier side. I thought I'd give AHA exfoliant a go, and this one really works. The gel formula did not cause me any dryness or breakouts, and it is effective at improving skin texture.

          And thank you, Paula's Choice, for the variety of quality products and the generous exchange policy that allows people to try products until they find what works best for them.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Paula's choice has the best customer service -- I've been very happy with their return policy and their responsiveness to questions.

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

          Love this product

          By MitchiP

          from Alberta, Canada

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Moisturizes
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

            I alternate this product, in the mornings, and the 2%BHA in the evenings and have found this combination works best for my skin.
            I have rosacea and very dry, sensitive skin. I find this product is very hydrating and absorbs well, which is why I choose to use it in the mornings.

             
            5.0

            Effective and light textured

            By Sheila

            from Toronto

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Non sticky finish

            Cons

            • Not good for sensitive skin

            Best Uses

            • Aging skin
            • Dry skin
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

            I have used PC products for years especially the BHA as my skin was acne prone. However with age my skin has gotten drier so I thought I could benefit from an AHA instead. I now alternate this product with the PC 2% BHA a few times a week. It tingles a bit but doesn't leave my skin red. I especially like how it quickly absorbs and leaves a non-sticky finish so other products can be applied immediately after. It does achieve its intended purpose leaving my skin feeling smooth the next morning. However I can see that this glycolic acid may be irritating for sensitive skin as for me it stings more than high percentage vitamin c serums or retinol products.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            So glad I came back

            By Jack

            from Revelstoke, BC

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

              I used Paula's choice products for many years, but took a break after my skin became really sensitive and I had a reaction to a bha product. I've been trying to do the 'natural' thing for over 2 years and have been failing at dealing very well with the flaky dry patches on my face. Nothing worked. I ordered this product after reading the reviews and... it sounds far fetched, but I am honest in saying that my skin texture improved overnight. The flakiness is gone and I have this awesome smooth skin surface. As for the natural thing I was trying to do, I still do that for some of products, but Paula meets my needs for nothing extra added (like fragrance) and the science to back up the claims and be an effective product. I'm back baby!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Yes, super prompt. I only wish I didn't have such a big mark up in price with the currency conversion and $5 brokerage fee (Canada)

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Holy Grail Product

              By Sarah Lisa

              from Toronto, Canada

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                I have been using Paula's choice exclusively for a couple years now and it has improved my oily, acne prone skin significantly. I have always used the 2% BHA liquid because of my skin type but have recently started incorporating this AHA gel into my routine and it has made a world of difference. While the BHA cleared up my acne, the AHA has helped to take my skin to the next level in terms of improving texture and evening out my skin tone. My pores are smaller and any bumps that the BHA didn't take care of are certainly addressed by this product.

                 
                3.0

                Doesn't work on my sensitive skin unfortunately

                By Emily

                from Seattle

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                • Irritates skin

                Best Uses

                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                I don't feel like this product is bad just bevause it didn't work for me. I know a lot of people in the beauty community that love this. For me, I felt like it caused some irritation even when I only used it every other day. Also, I didn't really see it help much for those small comedones which I guess is my main concern. I think retinol works better for me because it helps tackle pore issues.

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Exfoliator

                By Savannah

                from Michigan

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about 8% AHA Gel - 3.3 oz:

                  I love using this AHA exfoliator. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin if I use it once or twice a week. It makes my skin so smooth and my makeup goes on flawlessly.

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