SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
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SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
A moisturizing AHA lotion exfoliant that gently removes built-up layers of dead skin to reveal remarkably smoother and softer skin.

SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion

Based on 13 reviews

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A moisturizing AHA lotion exfoliant that gently removes built-up layers of dead skin to reveal remarkably smoother and softer skin.
  • Combines 8% glycolic acid with antioxidants
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrating lotion helps hold skin's moisture
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion is a lightweight, moisturizing AHA exfoliant that combines 8% glycolic acid with a customized mix of calming, anti-aging antioxidants and nourishing plant oils that soothe, smooth, and dramatically soften dry skin showing multiple signs of aging.

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

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What does it do?
Exfoliates built-up dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. Its hydrating formula helps preserve skin's moisture balance as it brightens a dull, uneven complexion. Research-proven glycolic acid is joined with antioxidants and a complex of smoothing plant extracts to noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving skin looking firmer and radiant.
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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

Journal of Dermatological Science, June 2017, pages 238-248

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2015, pages 21-26

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, December 2014, pages 9-17; and November 2010, pages 135-142

Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products, January 2012, pages 9-10

The Journal of Dermatology, January 2006, pages 16-22

Food and Chemical Toxicology, November 1999, pages 1,105-1,111

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (exfoliant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Beheneth-5 (emulsifier), Behenyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol/emollient thickener), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (emollient thickener), Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate (emollient emulsifier), Undecane (emollient), Phospholipids (skin-replenishing fatty acids), Allantoin (skin soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (soothing plant extract), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant skin-replenishing emollient), Bisabolol (soothing plant component), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (burdock root; antioxidant and soothing plant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice-derived soothing agent), Panthenol (hydrating B vitamin), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Tridecane (emollient), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (emollient), Sclerotium Gum (emulsion stabilizer), Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate (emulsifier), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (11)
  • Non-greasy (11)
  • Moisturizes (7)
  • Softens skin (6)
  • Soothes skin (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Fine lines/wrinkles (7)
  • Uneven skin tone (7)
  • Daily use (6)
  • Enlarged pores (5)
  • Sensitive skin (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (5), Survivalist / minimalist (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (5), Dry (5)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

My skin has never looked better

By Ginamg

from Texas

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

    I've been using Retin A from France for about a year. My skin is very sensitive to it. I kept wishing I could find a product that would exfoliate and deal with aging (37 yo) but also something I could wear under makeup and sunscreen. This is it, no doubt! My skin hasn't looked this smooth and soft and even in a very long time.

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

    GLOWING

    By megehend

    from Ann Arbor, MI

    About Me Beauty Expert

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Dullness
      • Whiteheads/Sports Acne

      Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

      In the last year or so, my skin has undergone a sea change: from typical early adult occasional pimples to just tons of whiteheads. I began an intensive workout regimen earlier this year and with it came sports acne anywhere I sweat. My forehead, my chest, my back. Everywhere. Never having really struggled with acne I was devastated. I had been using PC BHA exfoliants for both my face and body for several years, but found they weren't working any longer. I ordered a few samples of the AHA body exfoliant and noticed an immediate improvement there. I was hesitant to switch my face products as well, because I feared it might be drying, but then came this product. Holy moly. This is a must have if you have sports acne. My skin has cleared in the three days I've been using it and I am literally glowing. GLOWING. Coworkers, friends, and family have all made comments that I look "lit from within". I will never be without this product again.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      3.0

      Be careful if you have rosacea

      By Viz

      from BALDWIN PARK, CA

      Pros

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin

        Best Uses

          Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

          After reading other reviews, I thought I could use this lotion instead of AHA gel, which was much more burning to my rosacea. Unfortunately I was wrong, as soon as I put it on, it stings, even though not as bad as the gel, but still, I have to washed it off right away. I'm sure it's good formula and everything, but just be very careful and get some sample before you buy the regular size.I'll just give mine for my mom to use.

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

          Not allergic to it. Yay!

          By Liz

          from Orange, Ca.

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

          • Not moisturizing enough

          Best Uses

          • Redness/ Blotchiness
          • Sensitive Skin
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

          Well I gave it 5 stars first of all because it is the first Aha that I'm not allergic to. I just don't know how moisturizing this really is because I have not found a night cream yet and I know that if you are using any Bha or Aha you have to have constant moisture.
          My skin is dry, red, acne prone and super sensitive, yup im blessed I know. Anyhow definitely calms my skin but still a little drying.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Always on time.

          • Skin Type:
          • Dry
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          3.0

          Very good but...

          By EloVA2017

          from Virginia

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

            Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

            To start I adore PC products and own quite a few of the lines offered. I have found my favorites and the recipe that actually works for me. At 51 I have been told I have skin of a 32 year old and in all honesty I have PC to thank for that. Now regarding this product, it is good but not my holy grail. It is however non irritating and non greasy so my only reason for the 3 stars is that I actually feel the 5% AHA product does more for "my" skin than this higher 8%. I can actually see a brightness and feel a softness to my skin the very next day when I use the 5% compared to this product. It could be just my skin as everyone's skin is different or maybe that I need to continue to use it and wait and see If I notice a difference. Otherwise, I think I would stick to the 5%, not always is the mindset of "more is better" a necessity. It is however light, non irritating, easy to smooth over skin, non-greasy and can be used both night and day for those reasons this is worth ever cent and of course PC places nothing but top notch ingredients in their products. So just because it might not be for me does not mean it won't be someone else's magical lotion.

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

            Finally an exfoliant I can use!

            By Pixiesdust13

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

              I've tried every PC exfoliant to date, and they all caused irritation to my dry and breakout prone skin. Not this gem!!! I can use every night (I apply after the vitamin C and Omega serums to help minimize irritation). Breakouts are subsiding, skin clarity is improving, and my makeup (PC Resist tinted sunscreen) is going on so much nicer since using once a night. Thanks, PC!

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 30-44
               
              3.0

              Potentially excellent product if used with care

              By PortlandPolly

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

              • Irritates Skin

              Best Uses

              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

              I have dry, sensitive skin that runs a bit oily on my t-zone. I also have acne scaring (minor discolorations, pitting). I used this as an attempt to smooth out my complexion. While at first it seemed pretty benign aside from some mild tingling upon application, it was only after using for a couple of weeks that I noticed my skin has become incredibly dry and felt like sandpaper! This was too strong to use on my neck which became cracked and peeling. While I did appreciate the texture and the fact that this product contains moisture and other skin beneficial ingredients, I have decided AHAs are too strong for my skin and am returning to Paula's 2% BHA to keep my pores clear and complexion smooth. While i would not advise against its use (we all have different skin and different needs), I would caution to beware if you have dry and/or sensitive skin and use minimally at first (may be a couple of times per week) and build up to a routine that your skin can tolerate.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Excellent as always!

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

              Best new product ever!

              By JudyMarlene

              from N.S. Canada

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

              I have been using Paula's products for years and have always been a huge fan of the BHA 2% lotion. I decided to try the 8% lotion and I am so glad I did.
              I am 60 years old (61 next month) and have always struggled with oily combination skin- the BHA products have kept my skin clear and I'm able to use them even when winter dries my skin a bit. I've always been an active outdoors person so I have a bit of sun damage especially above the eyes where my sunglasses don't cover and the top of my forehead - I have used prescription Viamin A creams that didn't do as good a job as the AHA products and without irritation. I can't say enough good things! My skin is pretty tolerant so I use the 8% twice a day with no problems ! I would definitely recommend all of Paula's products!

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

              Great for sensitive dry skin

              By CJS

              from Las Vegas

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion:

                I tried all of the versions of Paula's Choice BHA exfoliants and pretty much gave up on the idea that exfoliants would work for my sensitive skin without drying it out terribly. I then saw the 8% AHA exfoliant in the gel version and gave it a try -- this did not dry out my skin as badly as the BHA exfoliants had. Add in the moisturizing lotion properties of this new 8% AHA version, and it's an effective exfoliant for reactive, dry skin that does not cause dryness.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Always wonderful customer service with Paula's Choice.

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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Thought I could not use exfoliator

                By Ida

                from Boca Raton

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                  Comments about SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion - 3.3 oz:

                  I have not used an exfoliator that did not irritate my skin in years. They were all too drying- or the products in cream form just made me feel greasy. This goes on beautifully, and leaves my skin smooth without any residue to interfere with next steps. Very effective exfoliation with no negatives. Love it.

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