CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 95 reviews


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 95 reviews


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
Redness, Extra Sensitive Skin, Blackheads

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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

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.
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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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

Not as good as the old 1%BHA lotion


This isn't as effective as the previous skin perfecting 1% BHA lotion formula. I have oil buildup and blackheads with this. 2% BHA irritates my skin typically, but I might go back to it to be able to use the skin perfecting line instead of this one. Please bring back the skin perfecting 1% BHA lotion!!




Not Great


My skin has never been prone to breakouts, but like many of the other reviewers this caused my skin to breakout badly. I even waited a week after the first breakout while my skin calmed down and tried again but had the same result.


Vancouver, BC


Best BHA product


This is an excellent BHA lotion. It doesn't cause any skin irritation on my sensitive skin and it has nearly eliminated blackheads, breakouts and rough patches. I use it once per day. Keeps my skin super smooth. It's the best skincare product I've ever used!


South Hadley, Massachusetts


Good once it soaks in


Feels soothing on sensitive skin. Smells a little medicinal due to the salycilic acid. Goes on sticky but skin feels smooth once it soaks in. Pores on my nose do look smaller. A little goes a long way!




Love it.


I love this new formula. The old one broke me out, made my skin drier, irritated. So far this is gentle and soothing, non irritating. And seems to be doing a fair job in exfoliating. Ty




Won't be buying this again!


This product makes my skin sticky. The old formula needs to be brought back because my skin did great with if. Something I find noteworthy is that the ingredient list is totally false on the website, comparing it to the actual bottle! I don't want aluminum on my skin and it's in this awful new formula!


Charlotte, NC


Inflamed my sensitive skin


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.


St. Paul, MN

Did not work for me


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.


Altamonte Springs FL


Causes more skin sensitivity


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.


Orange County, CA


Paula's Choice has had better 1% BHAs


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.


Mississauga Ontario



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