RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Based on 49 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 49 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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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

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


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



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