CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 101 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.

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 101 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
Skin Redness, Sensitive Skin, Blackheads
    3.3 oz
    Travel Size...
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.

Show details

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

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

Best AHA


I tried using others AHAs, such as skin perfecting gel (gave me little bumps that would fade off once discontinuing) and skin perfecting lotion (too sticky and it took forever to sink in skin). This one is the best. It dries very quickly and I can tell the difference in my skin the days I don't use it. It makes skin look smoother w/ an even tone. I have mild rosacea w/ normal skin.




Wow -- this is what I needed to use all along!


After a few days of using this, along with the CALM repairing serum, my fragile 60-year-old skin (I'm a redhead) has improved so much -- I'm impressed and very grateful! Full disclosure: I am new to PC's wonderful products, and started out using the BHA 2% and the AHA 8% on alternate nights. At first, they worked for me, but then I developed some irritation -- I should have "gone easy" on these products at first -- and then had to back off. Not wanting to give up, I purchased this BHA formula and noticed major improvement right away -- and the improvement has continued as I use it throughout the week, day and night, with no irritating effects. My skin looks fresher, clearer, and less red -- and I can't wait to see what happens after I've been using this even longer. Another plus: This CALM BHA 1% comes in a pump dispenser, which I like using A LOT better than than the BHA 2% that comes in a squeeze bottle and requires application with a cotton pad. Tip: I didn't want to waste the stronger BHA and AHA products I purchased from PC earlier, so I am now using them alternately on my chest area -- which really needs help with sun damage and blotches. I've been able to tolerate these products much better using them this way. I suspect I might be able to go back to the stronger exfoliates on my face after continued use with the CALM BHA 1% and I've adjusted to BHA. In any event, I wish I had tried this CALM formula sooner. I am learning! Paula's formulas are so much better than the other stuff out there that I tried without success. Thank you so much for these wonderful products!




Love how light weight this feels on my face!


It goes on very smoothly! You can put other products on over it and it doesn't pile! I hope this always stays in stock, love it!!




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


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




Confidence in a bottle!


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!




The Perfect BHA For My Sensitive Skin


I have tried numerous BHA products from Paula's Choice as well as other lines and this is the only one that doesn't cause my sensitive skin to become flakey, irritated, and dry. Since using this product, I have seen a reduction in clogged pores and it has helped to lighten some of my post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Also, I love the texture of this on my oily skin. It doesn't make my skin greasy at all like other exfoliants I have tried. Please never discontinue this product!!!!




Perfect for Sensitive Skin!


I love that Paula's Choice offers samples of nearly all of their products, because I tried the 2% BHA Exfoliant and it really irritated my skin. This, however, is absolutely perfect! I have normal to dry skin that is very sensitive, and I can use this exfoliant day and night under my moisturizer with no issues. It adds a bit of extra hydration and leaves my skin feeling so soft! Thank you for making such a gentle version of a BHA exfoliant!


Apex, NC


Great for Combo Acne Prone Skin


I have had stubborn combination/acne prone skin since I was 12 and this product has done wonders for my skin. Shortly after I began using this product I noticed a big difference in redness and acne scarring. I then began to notice a reduction in blemishes as well as fewer dry and flaky patches. In conclusion I think this is an amazing product, even the packaging is great!

Karen From Finance

St. Louis MO


Gentle and great for reducing redness


I used the old 1% Skin Perfecting lotion and liked it a lot, but I like this product better, primarily because it does an amazing job of combating redness. Works better on that score than the Calm Serum, at least for me. Like any BHA, it's slightly drying. Some days I use it only on the oiliest parts of my face, and I always need a moisturizer over it. Overall, though, it's quite gentle and seems to lend a glow to my skin. Will definitely repurchase.





3.5 101