CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
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CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 92 reviews

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A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.
  • Salicylic acid (BHA) provides gentle exfoliation
  • Reveals glowing, hydrated skin
  • Lightweight lotion is perfect for sensitive skin
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Redness, Extra Sensitive Skin, Blackheads

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    $27.00
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Why is it different?

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a leave-on, sheer lightweight lotion with a texture that works to soothe redness and smooth away dry skin with skin-plumping hydration. It also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and lessens the size of pores.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8

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What does it do?
Gently exfoliates skin’s surface as well as inside the pores to enhance skin renewal, while hydrating and soothing ingredients promote visibly calm, even-toned skin. Skin-soothing plant extracts ease extra-sensitive, red skin for a more unified, healthier-looking appearance. Helps unclog and refine the look of enlarged pores and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. Gentle enough even for those with skin prone to rosacea.
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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 eye (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

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

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

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

Ratings & Reviews

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3.5

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (73)
  • Non-greasy (57)
  • Soothes skin (41)
  • Softens skin (40)
  • Moisturizes (30)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (22)
  • Not effective (20)
  • Drying (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (53)
  • Sensitive skin (53)
  • Enlarged pores (32)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (31)
  • Uneven skin tone (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (41), Survivalist / minimalist (13), Beauty expert (10), Skin care professional (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (40), Dry (21), Oily (9)

Reviewed by 92 customers

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1.0

Gave me a severe headache

By Anna

from Oslo, Norway

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

      I used the product for two days, allthough I immediately got a headache when I put it on on the first morning. I washed my face and got better, but I wanted to try again. The reason I continued was because it cleared up some hormonal acne and redness real quick, which I was desperate to get rid of. It didn't disappear, but seemed much calmer and diminishing. On the second day of using it my headache got so bad I spent most of the day on the couch, rubbing my forehead. It felt as though I had been poisoned, with nausea and aches in my body as well. I washed my face and was better the next day. Don't think I will try it again. I really wonder what ingredient is causing the headaches.

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

      Please bring the 1%BHA Gel back!!!

      By Andrea

      from Mississauga, Ontario

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

      • Needed antibiotics to undo my rosacea flare!

      Best Uses

        Before it was discontinued, Paula's 1% BHA gel fit beautifully into my routine - I used it once a day at bedtime under my prescription rosacea creamy "gel" and results were predictably beautiful. People couldn't believe I have pustular rosacea. I'd tried another PC formulation - the 2% BHA gel - but it was too harsh on my rosacea, even when I reduced to twice weekly usage, In general, liquid formulations are too harsh (I go flaky), plus they require dispensing onto a cotton pad leads to applying friction to my super-sensitive skin. Lotions, even lightweight ones, tend to lead to clogging of my very fine pores unless I forego layering other products like antioxidant serums or moisturizer. I love gels that glide over the skin surface under my good ol' fingers. So I was wary of switching to this replacement "lotion" product. Since it was marketed as "Redness Relief", I gave it a try. Over the course of a year, I ended up starting and stopping it 3 times. Each time, the lotion either clogged my pores with pustular folliculitis AND/OR exacerbated my rosacea with the return of pustules - both eruptions looks very similar. Chances are there was an interaction effect between infection from folliculitis learding to rosacea flare. So I stopped and restarted three times just to be certain this product was the cause, which it was (since I only changed one product at a time). The last eruption was the worst and the pustules were robust even after stopping the product. I had to see my dermatologist, who prescribed a 3-month course of antibiotics "to settle this rosacea flare". So, overall, I'm warning against this product if you have fine pores. That said, Paula has been the only company I've found to offer an effective and safe exfoliant option for my skin (at a reasonable price!) and I'm grateful for that. But now I don't have my exfoliation option anymore and will begin the ridiculous search I was on before I found the PC 1%gel. Please bring your 1% BHA GEL back ...

        Service and delivery comments:

        All good ...

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        1.0

        So disqppointed

        By Nina P

        from Bossier, LA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

            Have been a loyal - and delighted - PC customer for years. Although not every product has worked brilliantly for me, I have never been truly disappointed before. When I was diagnosed with Rosacea six years ago, I switched to BHAs from AHAs and used the 1% during the day, the 2% at night and the 9% as a spot treatment when milia popped up. I never experienced any irrittation at all and the lotion formulations were soothing and hydrating for my tight dry skin. This one stings, makes my skin feel extremely tight and, today, caused terrible redness. In the past, I was able to get my early morning workout wearing only the 1% and do my complete skin routine after. With this, I have to load up on serum and moisturizer and leave off the Vit C booster because of the irritation, all before hitting the gym. Am thinking I will switch to an AHA during the day.

            • Skin Type:
            • Dry
            • Age:
            • 60+
             
            1.0

            Inflamed my sensitive skin

            By Jesse

            from St. Paul, MN

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Softens Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

                It increased my redness. I was hoping I could use it on my sensitive skin. I guess it just works for some and not others.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 45-59
                 
                1.0

                Did not work for me

                By Pat

                from Altamonte Springs FL

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                  I loved the feel of this lotion, but shortly after I started using it, I developed a significant breakout on my cheeks. I rarely have breakouts, and never as significant as this. I didn't put 2 and 2 together so I thought the lotion would help clear it up. It got even worse as I used it more. It felt like a burning under the skin, getting ready to erupt. I stopped all use and by day 2 it didn't hurt but was still raised and somewhat irritated. This product obviously works for most users and reactions are very individual. So for me - it doesn't work and in fact makes things worse.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Service and delivery are always timely and arrive in perfect condition.

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

                  Causes more skin sensitivity

                  By KylieJoe3

                  from Orange County, CA

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Non-Greasy

                  Cons

                  • Causes Redness
                  • Irritates Skin
                  • Tacky finish

                  Best Uses

                    I purchased this product to calm my sensitive skin, reduce pore size and lightly moisturize my skin. However, it causes my skin to immediately turn red and burn, plus it leaves a tacky finish that is not complimentary when applying foundation.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Oily
                    • Age:
                    • 45-59
                     
                    1.0

                    Paula's Choice has had better 1% BHAs

                    By Stephanie

                    from Mississauga Ontario

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                    • Irritates Skin
                    • Not Effective

                    Best Uses

                      I've used PC products since 2001. They've all been great with a one or two exceptions. This is the major one. I prefer the BHA 1% with the cucumber smell a lot of people complained about. It was fantastic in every way the smell didn't bother me. I think PC should bring the other one back so there are other 1% options. There are so many 2% options not fair. There have been I think three or four formulations of the 1% BHA since PC launched her own line. The others have all been great except this one. I have rosa was and it irritated my face a little. I'm so sad.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Service superb in every way. Delivery excellent too.

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

                      Confidence in a bottle!

                      By Lins

                      from VA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Clears out blackheads
                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Shrinks look of pores
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Blackheads that will not go away
                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                      • Redness/Blotchiness
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                      I have always had blackheads on my nose, around my nostrils and around my lips. I was always self conscious about this even though I have seen worse. Before this product I had not tried anything but changing my cleansers and moisturizers in hopes of not clogging my pores. I have VERY sensitive skin and some redness on my cheeks. I was skeptical but after using the entire bottle I am a believer! This has changed my skin dramatically! My blackheads are almost 100% gone and my pores look smaller. This is another product from PC that I will never run out of. I am now finishing up the last little bit of this bottle and already have the BHA 2% Lotion in my cabinet ready to go. I use this AM and PM, I just love it! It will change your skin!

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Shipping is always free and I don't ever want that to change. My orders always take between 5-10 days at the most but I plan accordingly and have no issues! Service is wonderful!

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      more irritating than calming

                      By stellaglo

                      from vermont

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • drying
                      • Irritates skin

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                        Ironic that this BHA product, sold as being calming, is more irritating than the other BHAs from PC. I was hoping this would replace the one with the horrifying cucumber scent (which didn't irritate, just smelled bad), but while this one has no scent, it is far more reactive than the others i've used from Paula. over the years, I think i've used them all, and by far the best one, the original 1% lotion, was the winner. but times must change, even at the expense of good products, even with Paula.
                        i wouldn't recommend this product for sensitive skin.

                        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        need the original skin perfecting 1% BHA lotion back!!!

                        By mad

                        from Ontario, Canada

                        About Me oily, redness, rosacea, sensitive

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Greasy
                          • Irritates skin
                          • Not Effective

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant - 3.3 oz:

                            not good. irritates skin the original formula was 1000 x better.

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