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Over the past 9 months, I have cycled through nearly all of the Paula's Choice BHA treatments. RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA ended up being my favorite. It is also the same product as PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. The product is a water-weight liquid, has a neutral scent, and soaks in very quickly, leaving the skin slightly plumped and ready for the next skin care step. Its consistency is such that I can use it as a toner and treatment in one step, and benefit from anti-aging ingredients, gentle exfoliation, and a touch of moisture for my normal-to-oily skin. It is wonderful under my sunscreen in the AM, and does not contribute to any extra oiliness or shine. I have never had any irritation from this BHA, and in fact find it slightly soothing. It has been best for regular maintenance of clear pores rather than an antidote for severely clogged skin or spot treatments. Although the price might seem high, my 3oz bottle lasted more than 6 months with daily use (once per day). I have repurchased the men's version of this product because it was slightly cheaper per oz at the time I bought it. Below are my rankings for various qualities I was seeking in a BHA treatment (1 = best, 5 = worst). Even though RESIST is not at the top of all the categories, I found it hits the sweet spot for my skin due to its balanced formula, anti-aging ingredients and versatility for daily use. Bottom line, I have found this product is a great skin-supportive formula for a complexion that has breakouts or clogged pores mostly under control, which perfectly describes my skin. Highly recommended! Gentleness 1) Calm 1% lotion 2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth 3) Clear 2% regular strength liquid 4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion 5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel Effectiveness 1) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel 2) Clear 2% regular strength liquid 3) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth 4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion 5) Calm 1% lotion Texture and ease of use in daily skin care routine 1-2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth or Clear 2% regular strength liquid 3) Calm 1% lotion 4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion 5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel
Los Angles, CA