RESIST BHA Exfoliant Set
Based on 26 reviews


RESIST BHA Exfoliant Set
This two-part, leave-on BHA exfoliant regimen dramatically smooths skin and refines the appearance of wrinkles, skin texture and pore size.

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RESIST BHA Exfoliant Set

Based on 26 reviews


This two-part, leave-on BHA exfoliant regimen dramatically smooths skin and refines the appearance of wrinkles, skin texture and pore size.
  • Daily formula keeps pores from clogging
  • Weekly formula provides skin-smoothing benefits
  • Antioxidants defend against environmental stressors

*This item is not eligible for additional discounts.

Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Wrinkles, Enlarged Pores, Anti-Aging

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Why is it different?

RESIST BHA Exfoliant Set gives you two completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliants. The 2% version is for daily use and its silky-smooth liquid feel will provide skin-transforming results overnight. The 4% BHA formula is a more potent, time-released solution to go deep to exfoliate, visibly reducing problematic pores, bumps and uneven texture in half the time. Includes RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA (88 ml/ 3 fl. oz.) and RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA (30 ml/ 1 fl. oz.)

These products have an optimal pH range of 3.2–4.0
What does it do?
Addresses the problems of sun-damaged skin along with the concerns of those with temperamental normal to oily/combination skin. This power couple works quickly to unclog pores for a visible improvement in bumpy skin and enlarged pores. Both the daily and weekly exfoliants are advanced formulas that smooth an uneven skin texture, visibly improving skin’s softness, while minimizing such signs of aging as fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use

RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA:
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

RESIST Advance Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA:
Use after cleansing and toning, daily or weekly. Dispense one pump and smooth over face, neck and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.

May be used once a week or daily depending on your skin's response and your concerns. It can be applied at the same time as your regular BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly. Do not apply to lips or eye area.

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Ratings & Reviews

I will be a repeat customer!


My skin is resistant to most products. At same time it breaks out immediately with new cosmetics, cleansers, moisturizers. I do not shed skin cells normally, so have buildup causing breakouts and rough complexion.


Bristol, TN


Irritated my skin :( :(


I think I made the mistake of using the toner before the foam BHA. I woke up at 3am with itchy red burned skin and swollen eyes! I used it once before and didn't notice same reaction. I would test out on a small section before using it all over your face. Been two weeks and still have peeling on redness :( The toner exfoliant is GREAT but be cautious if you use together and make sure not to go overboard with the foam. I have combination skin and it reacted horribly.




I am in love!


As someone with oily aging acne-prone skin I had all but given up finding a product that would help with both the fine lines and the breakouts. After reading about the RESIST line I invested in this duo, and I can't believe how great my skin looks. My enlarged pores are getting smaller, my fine lines are fading, and my skin looks better than it ever has. No breakouts AT ALL. Highly recommend this. It works.


Detroit, MI


Horrible Reaction


I have never written a review before, but my reaction to this product forced me to. I normally have sensitive skin, so I usually lean towards using Paula Choice products. I had called the hotline, and spoke to a representative of how I have bumpy skin that can be easily irritated depending on the product. She suggested this combination. When I used the 2% BHA exfoliant, my face swelled up and I experienced a burning feeling. I immediately rinsed off the solution, and almost a day later, my face is still red with bumps. I do not have any type of reaction to aspirin (as the bottles warn), and have never reacted to a Paula's Choice product this way. Please, let me reiterate, if you have sensitive skin NEITHER one of these products are for you.




A love letter


This is a love letter to this wonderful set! I use the liquid daily and the foam twice a week. This is the first time since hitting puberty that I have not had a zit on my face. I am overjoyed and my confidence has sky rocketed. Yes, the foam smells like stank fish, but I really don't care cause my face loves it. Give it about a month to work because it won't happen overnight. Paula's Choice thank you.




Very Pleased


I ordered the Resist BHA Exfoliant set about a month ago. I use the daily exfoliant each night and the weekly treatment at night once a week. I wash my face and then apply one of the treatments. I use a little Corn Huskers Lotion from the drug store as my moisturizer. I will also use the PC acne treatment for any spots that pop up. I have combo skin, and since summer is here, I'm more oily. I also have random dry spots that pop up on my cheeks and chin. These products have helped with exfoliating the dryness. I haven't noticed any improvement with the oiliness, but it also isn't any worse. Before I purchased these products, some reviewers said their skin broke out after use. I was a little nervous because who wants more breakouts?! I did not experience any irritation or break outs. I'm always hesitant to try a new product because my skin has become more sensitive and easily irritated as I've gotten older. Since using it for the last few weeks, I still have small break outs but they are tiny and go away quickly. In fact, I'm probably the only one who even notices them. My skin is smoother, clearer, and more even toned. I have not noticed any difference in the small lines I've started getting over the last few years. I'm hoping with prolonged usage, the lines will smooth out. However, my biggest concern was being in my 40s and still dealing with breakouts. My makeup goes on more smoothly, looks better, and I use less. I've also gotten three compliments on my complexion; you can't beat that! The weekly treatment does have a strong fishy odor, but it goes away a few minutes after I apply my moisturizer. Once, I used it twice in one week; my skin got a little dry, so I went back to once a week and the dryness went away. I love the foamy texture, and it's easy to use. The odor is the ONLY reason I gave this set 4 stars instead of 5. If it were scent-free or had a more pleasant scent, I'd have given the product 5 stars without hesitation. I will definitely continue using this product because it's easy and effective.


Indianapolis, IN


I wish I never stopped


Im 36yrs old and have battled with acne, cystic acne and oily skin all my life. I have been a skin care specialist for Clarins and a counter manager for Lancome. My skin can be very sensitive as well. I started using the Resist line due to my age. I first only used the cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Then I started using the BHA's and immediately noticed how soft my skin was. I typically breakout when exfoliating so I was prepared to start seeing acne...but amazingly I did not break out and then I noticed that my old acne was clearing up. Aunt Flo is always good to give me cystic acne and for the first time in my life, I went through the entire flo with not one bump. I never get compliments on my skin and my husband and mother remarked how good my skin looked. I also use the benzoyl peroxide 2% treatment that Paulas Choice carries. After I cleanse, I use my BHA, then after it dries, I take a dime size of the peroxide and apply a thin layer all over my face (avoiding the eye area), I let it dry and then I apply my moisturizer. I know it's not supposed to be for this purpose but it works! It protects your skin from makeup and other agressors and at the same time it is helping clear your skin. I only use the 2% though, no higher than that. Anyways, I started thinking that there was no way that a product line is doing all this. Yes, when you suffer with acne all your life and finally find something that works, you will go into denial lol. I thought maybe it was bc I am older, maybe I grew out of the breakouts. Well, I now have 2 cystic bumps on my chin, one starting on my forehead, my skin looks extremely rough and bumpy. So that is it for me. I will never stop using Paulas Choice again! Others have stated that they do not like the smell but for me I am totally fine with it. I would rather have clear skin then use something that has fragrance in it which will break me out. Once the product dries, the smell is gone. Honestly it just smells like medicine. Please Paulas Choice do not change the formula. It is perfect just the way it is.


Asheville, NC


Great products, but not for everyone


I love mostly all PC products. This product is probably great for most people, but not for people with sensitive skin. It made my skin red, peeling and sore for about a week after use. From now on I'll stick with my normal 2% BHA exfoliant.

Mom of 3



Product works, BUT the scent...


I've been using this product for some time and just recently reordered. This new formulation seems to work like the old HOWEVER the scent on the 4% is extremely fishy (quite overpowering) and the 2% just smells odd (can't put my finger on it. I'll continue to use until finished, but I won't reorder until the scent is changed and this is already making me quite sad because it is a great product that works.


Atlanta, GA


Great for clearing pores.


I use this to keep sebaceous hyperplasia at bay. I couple this with the Resist BHA 9 to reduce the size of the larger bumps. With these three products I've been able to regain my skin's smoothness with minimal flaking and no great stress to my skin. Thank you Paula! I should note that the texturizing foam does have a strong smell but it goes away but when I put foundation/sunscreen over it it goes away.

Rainy in Oregon




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