RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Based on 59 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 59 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


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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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

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!




Excellent product!


I have been using the 2% BHA liquid and recently switched to this product. I felt a slight tingle with this product (especially on acne spots that are healing) but it only lasted for a few seconds. My skin has tolerated nightly use of this product with no redness or flakiness. This product works better than the 2% BHA liquid. But, instead of giving up on the BHA, I layered these two products (BHA first, let dry, AHA last) and miracles happened! I'm glad I can continue to use both products at night. I already use Paula's Clear Skin (2.5% benzoyl peroxide) in the morning and do not layer any other products with active ingredients because I want to make sure my acne is being treated effectively. Together, these three products now make up my daily routine. I have had zero new breakouts and hyperpigmentation from past spots is fading quickly. If you have acne prone skin, benzoyl peroxide and acids are an excellent combination. Paula's products are superior to any other products I have tried and do not irritate my sensitive skin. I'm so grateful and I wish I had tried these products sooner. Highly recommended!


Lacey, WA


Perfect combination of exfoliation and moisturizer!


I absolutely love this product. I use the 10% liquid once a week and had been using the weaker formulation during the week. I've replaced the daily with this new product and can really see the difference in my skin. I've been using Paula's Choice since they were first offered and my skin (I just turned 65) looks much younger because of these products. There is a firmer tone and glow to my skin. It looks healthier - and it was good before, but now you really notice. Simple to use - as always the perfect and effective delivery system. Can't wait for it to come back into stock!




A magic potion


My skin positively loves this. I've mixed separate Paula's BHA and AHA for years hoping to achieve what this has done in a few weeks- plus it's one step vs two. The texture is a watery gel with great slip and dries beautifully leaving no tackiness. I have redness and minor rosacea on one cheek and this takes most of the red out and smooths bumpiness literally overnight. 2% BHA liquid alone never made this much of an improvement to that pesky cheek. The rest of my face is dry with uneven tone and a few sun spots. The sun spots aren't much changed (yet) but, my skin is brighter and more even overall. It seems to have improved the absorption of the rest of my products too- I need less moisturizer for my skin to feel comfortable and I haven't had a flaky patch since starting this. The lines I could see and feel on my forehead are much better- even when I raise my brows. I'm truly impressed. I know that we're not technically supposed to use acids on the eyes, but I've been smoothing what's left on my hands over my lids and they're noticeably smoother and less wrinkly. It's so gentle, I only get minor stinging around my nostrils or on an active flare up and only for a few moments. 5+ stars. Thank you Paula and team, please make this forever!




A Great Surprise


I use many PC products, including the Resist AHA 5 and 10 percent solutions, and I was not expecting to notice much difference with this new formulation. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I use a few drops on my face and neck each evening now, and I saw a difference in my skin after about 10 applications. I started using this every other night because I have sensitive skin, but was able to add nightly after a few applications. The biggest difference is that my skin has more clarity, feels softer and I've no little breakouts at all (which has been a problem from time to time). I am 62 years old with very dry skin (except my nose), so it is nice to use a product that makes a visible difference. CON: My only problem with this solution is the packaging. I can't for the life of me figure why PC packaged this in an old-school dropper bottle instead of the nice, air-tight pump the Resist 5% AHA is packaged in or a container similar to the Drunk Elephant Framboos serum. The pump on the top of my bottle doesn't work very well, and I cringe every time I have to open the bottle to use the dropper. This formula is too lovely to expose to air every day!!!

Teddy's Mom

Wichita, KS



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