RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA
Based on 127 reviews
When it’s time to take it to the next level, this powerful-yet-gentle, antioxidant-rich exfoliant goes deep to unclog pores for smoother younger-looking skin.

RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA

Based on 127 reviews
When it’s time to take it to the next level, this powerful-yet-gentle, antioxidant-rich exfoliant goes deep to unclog pores for smoother younger-looking skin.
  • BHA clears & minimizes the look of congested pores
  • Antioxidants visibly fight signs of aging
  • Lightweight serum texture for all skin types
  • Apply after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Large Pores, Anti-Aging, Bumpy Skin

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Why is it different?
The unique, high-concentration of 4% BHA goes deep to exfoliate skin quickly so problematic pores, bumps, and uneven skin texture are improved in half the time. The time-released formula delivers dramatic results, while antioxidants revive skin’s firm appearance for a more youthful look—all with a luxe serum texture that glides over skin for a soothing finish.
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What does it do?
Skin becomes dull, dry and congested when dead skin cells build up on its surface. BHA (beta hydroxy acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing pores. Antioxidants step in to further reduce visible signs of aging.
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How to use
Use after cleansing and toning, daily or weekly. Dispense a few drops and smooth over face, neck and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.
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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-22

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Adenosine, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Ratings & Reviews

Great for Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin

5

I've been using this for approximately three weeks and I'm very pleased. I just use this on my t-zone and around my mouth-areas where I tend to break out. This product has really helped decrease my acne and scars from previous acne. I really like it. It feels greasy when you first put it on, like it wouldn't be good for acne prone skin. However, it sinks into the skin and really makes a difference. My skin just looks way better.

JaneAustenite

Maryland

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This Stuff is Amazing

5

This is the best exfoliant I've tried. Even my most sun-damaged skin in my chest area is beginning to look smooth and youthful. There is absolutely no irritation, as well. I love the dropper bottle forces you to use just the right amount so there's no waste with this valuable serum.

Amy

Missouri

BHA Holy Grail!

5

Absolutely love everything about this product! It is more gentle on my skin than any other PC BHA, despite being the strongest at 4%... I have used it 4-5 times a week for over a year now and my combo/oily/acne-prone skin looks lovely :) PLEASE MAKE THIS PRODUCT IN A TRAVEL SIZE!!! My evening skin care routine: PC Cleansing Oil and PC Clear Cleanser (I double cleanse) PC Resist Weightless Toner (PC Skin Balancing Toner is my 2nd choice) PC Resist 4% BHA, of course Clinique DD Moisturizing Gel (actually prefer PC Skin Balancing Moisture Gel but Clinique is excellent/bigger/costs less)

Andrea

NC

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Cleared my stubborn pores!

5

I usually use 2% BHA, which has really kept my pores under control and well managed for the last few months. However, I noticed I still had some persistent blackheads on my nose, as well as a few on my chin. After a single use of the 4% BHA gel, I woke up the next morning to these blackheads being totally gone. I'm hoping to buy this for more regular use on these problem areas. I have combination skin, so regular use all over my face may be a little much for the drier parts of my face.

Marie

Cincinnati, OH

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Simply the BEST product for my skin EVER!

5

I'm in my 60's with combination skin that still breaks out from time to time. Plus, I have bad reactions to about 1/2 the products I try but I've done well with Paula's Choice products. After using (and liking) the 2% BHA for awhile, I tried this one and could not be happier. The difference in my skin is nothing short of amazing! Friends and even my husband have noticed and commented on how nice my skin looks. I have no breakouts at all and the texture is fresh and youthful. I started by using the 4% once a day and did so well on it, I now use it morning and night. Bottom line is that no other product has ever made this much difference in my skin. I just reordered and and plan to never be without it. I like the fact that it's less sticky too than the 2% BHA. Very nice feeling on my skin and it soaks in quickly.

Katty

Missouri

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This is the product that banished my acne!

5

This product is gold. I've struggled with a lot more acne than I ever had before after moving to a humid climate. My pores were always congested, my face would have been a worthy investment for an oil baron, my forehead was covered in tiny bumps, and I had at least one new whitehead every week in addition to an increase in standard flare ups. It was a nightmare. I've been trying to get my skin back to normal for months since then, but between the new sweat, stress, and layers of concealer and powder every day, my skin just could not get a break. Enter Paula's Choice BHA! I purchased the 4% while a promotion was running and also got a travel sized 2% BHA to try as well. I tried the 4% first. I put a thin layer over my entire face (for me that's four pumps - note that a pump is not the same as a dropper-full) before bed and washed it off the next morning. And voila! I saw instant results! It was the most incredible turnaround any skin product has ever given me. Many of the forehead bumps were completely gone or diminished, I had no new spots for the first time in who-knows-how-long, and old spots were faded. My cheek pores looked as clear as though I had been swimming in the ocean for a week! Even my boyfriend commented on how nice my skin looked and heaven love him, he's not very observant. In comparison, I saw no change in my skin when using the 2% BHA formula. Since then with the 4% my skin quality has improved dramatically. It has been several months now, and after tinkering with my overall routine, here is the regimen that saved my face: AM: Clearasil daily face wash ($5) Paula's Choice Resist Ultralight Antioxident Serum (recent addition, but I like it so far!) Neutrogena Hydrolauronic Acid Gel Moisturizer ($16) PM: Clearasil cleanser again Alternating nights: Neutrogena Retinol Night Cream ($12) or this product. On nights I use this product, I use a $3 Freeman charcoal sugar scrub mask the next morning after cleansing to further decongest pores.

Kate

Tampa, FL

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IF YOU HAVE MILIA, BUY THIS!

5

I have struggled with milia on my cheekbones my whole life and this is the first product I can see results with. After just a week this product was bringing my milia to the surface and popping right out! Will definitely purchase again.

Sam

Ct

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Love this product

5

Only wish the 9% BHA came in a container like this one.

KatByteK

NC

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Love this.

5

I didn't necessarily buy this for a large pore problem. I just bought it to try it. It's very refining. My skin looks is so refined using this. Love it. Noticed a big difference immediately.

Melanie

Provo, Ut

Excellent product

5

I purchased this for the first time in October, 2017, the bottle lasted until February with consistent use every other night. At first I noticed some little bumps on my cheeks, contacted customer service and was told that it may be the formula exfoliating the skin and bringing up all the stuff from underneath the skin. I kept using it and WOW! the bumps slowly went away, my pores definitely look smaller and my skin feels SUPER SOFT AND SMOOTH! I am on my second bottle and will continue to purchase this product.

UV

Tampa, FL

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