PC4MEN Soothe + Smooth
Based on 21 reviews
Change your thinking about after-shave. Address those bumps, help stop skin from looking older, calm redness and soften skin, all in one non-irritating, fragrance-free formula.

PC4MEN Soothe + Smooth

Based on 21 reviews
Change your thinking about after-shave. Address those bumps, help stop skin from looking older, calm redness and soften skin, all in one non-irritating, fragrance-free formula.
  • Combats multiple signs of aging
  • Minimizes pore size
  • Soothes redness & softens skin
  • Water-light, non-irritating formula
  • Use once or twice daily after washing or shaving
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
    3 oz
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Why is it different?
PC4MEN Soothe + Smooth is like no other after-shave you’ve ever used; it's gentle and fragrance free, yet delivers dramatic results with its combination of potent exfoliating and anti-aging ingredients. This water-light fluid calms redness, doesn’t sting even a little, softens skin, vanquishes redness, and minimizes signs of aging.
What does it do?
Quickly makes red bumps less visible, calms razor sting, unclogs pores, and diminishes the signs of aging—all in a completely non-irritating formula. The watery texture makes it feel like there’s nothing on your face, yet the fast-penetrating formula delivers powerful benefits, making skin quickly look and feel softer and healthier.
How to use
Use twice daily after cleansing or shaving. It can also be used on days you don’t shave. For daytime, follow with PC4MEN Daytime Protect SPF 30. At night, follow with PC4MEN Nighttime Repair.

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Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Trehalose (hydration/skin replenishing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (texture-enhancing), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (texture-enhancing), Glycereth-26 (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Hits the sweet spot


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


Can't live without BHA


I am 56 with combination skin. My t-zone gets oily but my cheeks and jaw can get so dry that my skin itches. I've tried AHAs but they irritate my skin or cause excessive dryness. I have always had clogged pores/small blackheads on the sides of my nose, and 2% BHA solves this problem completely. I actually prefer the texture of Paula's BHA gel but I use Smooth and Soothe (which is the same formula as Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment) because it has peptides and I wanted some peptides in my regime. Amazingly, this product actually helps my dry skin. After I wash my face I used to have to apply moisturizer while my face was still wet. If I let my skin dry before moisturizing, it would feel dry and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Now I pat my face dry, use the resist toner and this BHA liquid, and I can actually wait a while before using moisturizer on my cheeks and eye area. My t-zone doesn't need anything more than the toner and BHA. This BHA liquid is actually hydrating and makes my skin feel so soft. But the best part is that it clears my nose pores. I apply it with my fingers which can be tricky because it's watery. I would prefer a gel, but this is a very minor problem compared to the huge benefits. Oh, and I get the occasional pimple, but this BHA causes them to resolve really quickly (in a day or two). Even the "deep" pimples rarely make it to the surface and if they do they usually go down before they form. I can't remember the last time I had a real pimple and I know it's because of this BHA.




PC Virgin


I am brand new to Paula's Choice. I purchased the PC4Men line based on the recommendations of the helpful customer service agent. After the first use I noticed too many improvements to mention. The reason I wanted to write a review for this product is because of my stubborn blackhead I have had since high school. I have been using this twice and day for less than a week AND THEY ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE!!! I live in Louisiana where the climate can be described as muggy (wet fog) with an aroma of swamp. I have to say, I'm a Pauliever. PLEASE NEVER STOP MAKING THIS PRODUCT. My skin looks so wonder and I just feel better about my appearance.


New Orleans, Louisiana


Use it daily


I use this everyday as it's exactly the same as the resist bha product but 4 bucks cheaper per bottle. It really makes a difference in the pores and blackheads in my t-zone. It's not heavy or greasy at all. I apply it with a cotton pad and it works well.

J Allison



Great for Him !


Got this for my boy friend along with the earth kit . Work really well together. very light weight which is very important to him . Excellent for sensitive skin too. I have been using the bottle for a couple of years from PC, glad now my boy friend is using it.


Bath, UK


Every guy needs this


For anyone who gets ingrown hairs, you know what a pain it can be. This product is amazing at treating and preventing this problem and you can use it on all your trouble areas on your body, not just your face. It's as light as water and dries instantly. I will be honest... I have extremely dry skin and I have never found any AHA or BHA exfoliant to ever be soothing (even at the lowest concentrations). In fact, I find it extremely drying. I've experimented by using it with the lowest frequency possible and I find I still get irritation. But if it works, it works. And this product works! So if you have oily skin, this is perfect for you. But for those unfortuate men (and women) that have dry skin, just make sure to apply a good moisturizer afterwards! Seriously, every guy needs this.




Brilliant aftershave and exfoliant in one


This is absolutely terrific stuff. It does what it says on the bottle: it soothes and smooths. Paula's Choice has always done superb BHA exfoliants, but this one is really in another league. Absolutely weightless and totally effective. Cannot recommend it enough!

Patrick M


Not even a little greasy


Easy to apply and not greasy. Felt good to use.

John B


No more razor burn!


I'm on my second bottle of this stuff and it works great. I had resigned myself to only shaving at night because I didn't want to deal with razor burn and bumps during the day, but in the morning there would still be some irritation. PC4Men Soothe + Smooth took all of that irritation away and I could not be happier. If I could I would give it 6 stars! Nice work PC!



A must-have for clearer skin.


There are 2 superstars in the Paula's Choice 4 Men collection: the shaving cream and this. As far as instant results go, this delivers smooth, bright, blemish free skin. I consider this the best product you can buy anywhere, at any price point, for clearer skin. I have been using BHA's from Paula's Choice for 15 years, but this formula is my favorite. It's light as water and perfect after shaving. It really does improve skin dramatically after only a few uses. (Get the shave cream, too).




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