RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Based on 45 reviews


RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
This super-concentrated exfoliating cocktail dramatically smooth away visible sun damage and other advanced signs of aging, revealing more radiant, visibly younger skin with just one use.

RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA

Based on 45 reviews


This super-concentrated exfoliating cocktail dramatically smooths away visible sun damage and other advanced signs of aging, revealing more radiant, visibly younger skin with just one use.
  • Four alpha-hydroxy acids reveal firmer looking skin
  • Beta-hydroxy acid clears & visibly minimizes pores
  • Lightweight, milky liquid
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin
Anti-Aging, Wrinkles

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Why is it different?
Our unique blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) + beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) efficiently exfoliates away the layers of visible sun damage. This powerful formula is efficient enough to use once a week, but gentle enough to apply as often as you want.
What does it do?
By combining glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric acids' (AHAs) unique skin refining and renewing properties, you’ll see dramatically renewed skin tone after one application. Peptides and ceramides reinforce what makes skin naturally resilient helping chamomile, grape seed extract, green tea and other antioxidants protect against further environmental damage. Allantoin, oat extract and licorice soothe skin after treatment.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after desired cleansing and/or toning. Dispense one pump and smooth over face including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
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Key Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Lactic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (texture enhancer), Malic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Tartaric Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture enhancer), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsifier), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent), Sodium Bicarbonate (pH adjuster), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

The texture is wrong.


I have all PC resist line and it doesn't deliver . As much as I wanted to love them all, the cream is to light , this runny lotion is left on my face like a masque , it doesn't absorb into the skin , can't use make up or moisturizer on it . The liquid form is much better but the bottle is to small. The 2% one does nothing to your face , is to light.

Anna D.


This stuff is amazing!


My skin was already improving dramatically after using PC products for several months, and then I decided to add this to my routine just to see how it was. Oh my god - I'm glad I did. I use this after cleansing, toning and exfoliating with the 2% bha liquid, and then follow this product with my essence, serum and moisturizer. After using this product my skin always looks like I just had a facial done at a spa or something. It's amazing. I've already purchased back up bottles so that I dont run out. I can't stress how much I love this product.


Dallas, TX

This is a great product!


I have been using this for about 2 months now and I am genuinely impressed. There are noticeable results already to the texture and tone of my skin. I am very picky about the products I use on my face and this is a winner. I would definitely recommend.


San Francisco

Already ordered my second bottle!


I must admit that I'm really enjoying the Paula's Choice RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA. Since I added this to my routine I've had noticeable reduction in blackheads and breakouts, especially around the chin area. My skin is a lot smoother and I've had less flaky skin than before. The one thing I did add shortly after I started using this is a sleeping mask every night to help lock in moisture. If you are new to AHA's and BHA's you will want to start slowly, like every third day and build up, or perhaps mix a couple drops into a light serum until your skin fully adjusts to the addition of chemical exfoliants to your skin care routine. I also always notice better results with chemical exfoliants versus manual exfoliants. Love this product, have already ordered my second bottle as a backup.


Minneapolis, MN

I am new to the Paula's line of products


I can't believe how wonderful this Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA is. The product makes my skin look so smooth and glowing. I am also using the Clinical 1% treatment, and I have found it to be a great product also. I have much sun damage from my younger years of tanning, therefore I knew I needed something stronger. I am so glad I decided to try Paula's Choice products. I have spent sooooo much money in the past on garbage products that do nothing! I am glad I took the time to read the reviews from Paula's Choice site. That is what convinced me to try her products. Every product I have used from her line I have liked and not had any bad reactions on my very dry sensitive skin. Wonderful products!!!!!

picky lady


The Perfect Exfoliant


I've been using the 10% Advanced Smoothing Treatment for about 3 weeks now. I bought it to replace a much more expensive AHA/BHA blend, and this is the perfect replacement for less than half the price, plus it has peptides and ceramides so it's a more multipurpose product. I cannot use 2% BHA daily because I have very sensitive skin, but my skin also tends to be breakout prone and oily/normal. In my mind they are underselling this product by targeting it only to dry/normal skin! I love that this is a silicone free serum that leaves my skin super smooth, firm, and clear. If I am having a breakout it I use the 2% BHA once or twice a week in place of this. Only suggestions I would make would be to use a pump instead of the dropper, but the dropper isn't too bad--I like it better than the wide dropper bottles. This is absolutely one of my favorite PC products ever.




My new favorite PC product


I've been us PC products for several years now and have been a very happy customer. But the Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA is my absolute new favorite. I expect all of PC products to smooth my skin and correct unevenness, but this took it to a new level. The biggest result I saw (within 2-3 days) was a significant reduction in my skins crepey appearance. I had started seeing crepeyness under my eyes and especially on my throat a few months back. And now it's gone. Just gone. Don't know how long I can expect to set back this inevitable part of ageing, but for the moment, I'm thrilled.


Southern Illinois


Exceptional Exfoliant


The combination of acids is what makes this product great for me. The 2% BHA liquid is my tried and true, but I'm glad I tried this product because I really do see a difference in my skin after a few uses! I have sensitive and blemish prone skin, and after uses this product nightly, my acne lesions healed. I will continue using to brighten the PIH associated with acne. I did experience a slight sting but it subsided and left no signs of irritation. I recommend!




Incredible product with fabulous new packaging!


My husband uses this product, and now with the new packaging he asked me to write a review in his behalf to rave about the product itself and the new, fabulous packaging. After adding the AHA 10% at nigh to the BHA 2% liquid which he has used in the AM for years, he realized that his face/neck became even smoother so shaving was easier than ever. The PC 2% BHA had always helped after shaving, but with the addition of the AHA 10% at night, he is able to achieve a smoother and closer shave without any red bumps. As far as the packaging..... wow he excited when I gave him this new bottle! He loves the fact that there is a dropper versus the former pump since it released too much product which was wasteful. He also loves the fact that he can visibly see how much product is in the bottle so he won't run out without notice. (I personally did not mention a review on my own behalf since I unfortunately cannot tolerate this product with my ultra sensitive skin, but I receive great results from the BHA 2% liquid and AHA 8% lotion once per week.)


Livingston, NJ


Soooo wanted to love this product!


I LOVE PC and the Resist line, but this product just does not work for me. It stings my skin quite a bit and and my face gets very red. So disappointed. Going back the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA. Although I am concerned from the reviews that the new formulation of Skin Perfecting 2% BHA is not as good. Help!

Skincare Junkie

Houston, Texas



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