RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Based on 66 reviews
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 66 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 Skin
Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
    1 oz.
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.
This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–4.0.
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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PRS Global Open, December 2016, page e1152

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublication; February 2015, pages 455-464; and October 2009, pages 327-345

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2015, issue 8, pages 21-26

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, December 2014, pages 9-17; November 2013, pages 281-288; and November 2010, pages 135-142

Dermatology Research and Practice, May 2012, ePublication

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, April 2007, pages 651-663

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

White flakes gone


I had white flakes on my skin that would show up when I put foundation on. A consultant recommended this product and it got rid of the problem. I use it everyday.




A complex and efficient AHA formula


RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment provides my skin a sufficient AHA concentration to see results (10% works better for me than 8%), while having an elegant silky texture. I like the more robust complex formula, with additions of BHA, antioxidants, ceramides, peptides and other wonderful things for my skin. I have combination skin and I use an AHA treatment twice a week (I use a 2-4% BHA the other nights), to improve my skin tone, exfoliate my skin and make it look more radiant and firm. I also have sensitive skin and while this product causes a mild stinging immediately when applied, it doesn't lead to irritation and discomfort (but other people might find this treatment too strong). I personally didn't noticed any pore minimization, but I already have a good skin care routine in place and sometimes is hard for me to see even better results when adding a new product. I do feel it's an efficient product in improving the look of my fine lines and helping my skin repair from sun damage (from long hikes) and acne spots). As with latest Paula's Choice products, the texture is very elegant, milky but somewhat silky, lightweight (you can layer it with itself and other products).

Ana, P.

Santa Clara, CA


This product is amazing!


I've used this serum about 4 times and the tiny little bumps that drove me crazy have vanished! My acne scars have even lightened and my skins texture as a whole is smoother. I'm 27 so I don't have mature skin quite yet but I am quite sensitive and have redness throughout. This AHA combo really helps with that too!




Makes a difference in small wrinkles!


Sometimes I forget to use this on a weekly/regular basis as I get overconcerned about my daily routine - but when I do use this I notice immediately the next day how much healthier my skin looks and feels. I have very sensitive skin and this doesn't bother it at all. One of my coworkers mentioned how nice my skin has been looking - better than a few years ago when we first met - and I'm quite sure it has to do with me starting to use Paula's Choice on a daily basis. This item is in the weekly routine - but makes a big difference. This is worth adding into your skin routine.

Amy G

Dixon, CA


I too was annoyed at the change


But I do think this new formula is better than the previous one. I use a 2% BHA underneath it (just as I did with the previous formula). I think this new formula is more moisturizing so it helps fade acne scars and uneven skin tones faster. I can see what people are saying about skin not feeling as "tight" but I think that's a good thing. My skin feels soft and bouncy instead of "tight." Also, this formula does not sting! Packaging is annoying and I feel like I'm going to run out of this way faster than with previous formula.


Boston, MA


This AHA works for me


I cannot use the other PC AHAs on a daily basis but I can use this one every day. It seems strange that I can use a 10% product but cannot use PC's 5% and 8% AHAs every day. I guess it is because this one is a combination of AHAs, which works better for me than just a straight 5% or 8% glycolic acid. I have always been sensitive to gycolic acid products and could only use them once or twice a week. I can definfitely see a difference in the clarity of my skin from daily use of this product versus just once or twice a week. Thanks again for another great formulation, Paula!


Denver, CO


Amazing product


My first purchase from Paula's and I am in love with it .Amazing formula specially for my sensitive acne prone skin .makes the skin smooth,helps with acne scars,moisturizing ,no fragrance ,no silicons,clean ingredients ,reasonably priced what else can we need from our skin care .will use it for life .Special Thanks to the R&D people for coming up with such a great product .


North Carolina


Favorite product!


I can't say enough good things about this product, this is my favorite Paula's choice product in terms of immediate results. Oily skinned folks don't be fooled by the fact that it's recommended for dry skin it will not make your face oily. My skin feels so soft even after just one use, my pores look smaller and my blackheads on my nose are less visible and My skin has a sort of brightened effect. I have only been using this product for a couple of weeks (just twice a week I think more would be unnecessary). I use the 2% bha in between this product and I think it works better now that the surface skin isn't in the way. Fingers crossed that continued use helps with my sunspots.




A convert from a longtime BHA user!


I've been using Paula's BHA products for many years, and on the (very) rare occasions that I've run out, I've felt I let my skin down! I just can't imagine a day without exfoliation! (ha ha!) I have moderate rosacea (which is kept at bay by PC products), and I always thought BHA was better for rosacea than AHA, but when this "combined" product came out, I just had to try it. Wow! My skin has never felt better! It really seems to "smooth" my skin more than just the BHA products. And I love the texture -- others have commented that it's maybe too "liquid-y," but I love the fact that it kind of "glides" over my skin. And I don't use cotton balls -- I just use my fingertips to spread it. I highly recommend it to moderate rosacea folks like myself who have stuck with BHAs over the years. It's one of the few products that I really "stock up" on so I'll never, ever run out!


San Jose, CA




In the past I have used the 8% AHA gel and this new product has blown all other Paula's Aha and BHA products away! At first I started using it too frequently and it did sting my face a little bit but then I started using it every other night in rotation with the 1% Clinical Retinol she makes and my skin has never looked better in 10 years! I am now on auto replenishment for both products because these are two powerhouses that have made my pores smaller, have helped with fine lines and wrinkles, milia, the texture of my skin is amazingly smooth, my makeup goes on amazing now. This is the first PC Product that has wowed me in a while. I use nothing but PC skin care but this product has gone above and beyond. I think it absorbs into the skin better than the 8% gel it's silky smooth and I just am so thrilled with the results. If other exfoliants haven't worked for you give this one a try but don't go too crazy with it at first. I would definitely use it every couple days at first to see how your skin reacts. Well done Paula and please continue to make!





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