CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 108 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 108 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



I deal with redness, mild rosacea, and clogged pores. This stuff visably reduces redness which has been really hard to do with products that also treat acne! I got great pore unclogging results with the 2% bha liquid but this product gives me those results PLUS the anti redness. Love it!!


Portland, OR


Amazing Product


I rarely review skincare products because there's usually nothing good to say about them. But I'm so thrilled with this regimen that I have to share it. I've known about Paula Begoun for years, beginning with her book "Don't go to the cosmetic counter without me", and another book about blue eyeshadow. However it wasn't until just recently that I learned she has a line of skincare products. I grew up in the era of tanning beds. From my 20s into my mid-30s, I used tanning beds at least 4 times a week and laid out in the sun as much as possible. With my natural skin tone being just about the color of parchment paper, I really did some damage, especially to my neck and décolletage. For years that area has been red, blotchy, itchy, and I actually have extremely red vertical grooves leading from the base of my neck into my décolletage. I consulted a dermatologist who told me it would cost about $3000 for laser treatment of this area. Looking for something less expensive I hit the internet and stumbled upon Paula's Choice. They have an email address that you can use to ask for recommendations. I emailed them my whole neck/décolletage problem and didn't really expect to receive a reply….but I did! The wonderful person who responded to me recommended the Calm lotion to start prepping my skin, and then adding in Boost after a week or so. I am truly amazed at the results. I'm still on my first bottle of each product and the red, blotchy skin is healing and fading very nicely. The grooves are almost entirely gone and now I don't have be embarrassed about my damaged skin, which I used to cover regularly with a scarf. I'm in my early 50s now and my skin looks better every day. I use the Calm in the morning, and at night I use the Calm followed by Boost. On the weekends I try to use Boost both morning and night. I want to thank Paula and her team for creating such truly amazing products.


Lebanon, NH




Gentle exfoliation and decrease in redness! Love this product!




Could see improvement after first use!


I have a lot of redness particularly on my jawline along with bumpy textured skin in the same area. I wanted to try an exfoliatant to even my skin texture but needed something gentle enough for my red skin. This stuff delivered! My skin texture improved immediately and was much softer and smoother!


North Carolina


My favorite exfoliant


I have sensitive skin and thankfully one that is not prone to black heads and I do not have large pores, but an exfoliant is a must have in a skin care program. This one fits my needs the best and I will be staying with it until the Resist line comes out with.a 1% strength.






My skin loves this stuff! I've never liked the feeling of applying BHA, but this formulation feels amazing on the skin! I saw results after the first use. This is a must have in my routine and is definitely an underrated product!


San Antonio, TX


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



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