RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
Based on 245 reviews
A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.

RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

Based on 245 reviews
A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.
  • Renews the appearance of dry, sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Lightweight, hydrating lotion consistency
  • Use once or twice daily after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging


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Why is it different?
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA refines the surface of skin with exceptionally gentle and completely non-abrasive exfoliation. It also offers additional benefits, including hydration, soothing antioxidants, and a mix of fortifying skin-restoring ingredients.

This product has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

What does it do?
Reveals youthful radiant skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This innovative daily-use formula includes glycolic acid to continually revitalizes skin’s texture, visibly evens skin tone, and helps promote visibly firmer-looking, smoother skin. A specially selected mix of antioxidants helps fight the impact of free-radical damage, while ceramides and peptides bind moisture for beautifully radiant skin.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 5% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Show details
Research The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, Thornfeldt Carl MD, 2010, pages 180–181

Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118

Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176

Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162

Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142

Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88;

Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Dimethicone (hydrations/texture enhancer), Polyacrylamide (texture-enhancing), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (texture-enhancing), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NG (skin replenishing), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (skin-soothing/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/skin-soothing), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin e based antioxidant), PEG-10 Phytosterol, Cucumis Melo (Melon Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (hydrations/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (texture-enhancings), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Great product for closed comedones!


I am very thankful to have found Paula's Choice products a few years ago, and due to them have been able to clear up the moderate to severe acne I had been having for about 20 years. While I don't have too many breakouts these days (thanks, Paula!), I was noticing some closed comedones on my forehead and cheeks. I've always been a BHA kind of girl, but out of curiosity I decided to try a travel size of the 5% AHA I received as a gift with purchase, and it quickly went to work on those comedones. Within about a week they had gone down in number and now I have very few left at all. I recently finished up the travel size and have ordered the full size product so I don't have to be without it! A definite must have in my skincare routine!


Edmonton, AB


Finally, something that works!


I stumbled upon this on the verge of giving up. I've been struggling with adult acne ever since I hit my 20's and recently came to a point where nothing was working anymore. I had been using every product "meant for acne prone skin" from prescription products, bha and benzoyl peroxide just seemed to be a waste of time or cause my breakouts to worsen. I tried this product at my lowest point, I had cystic acne, and just all over scattered acne and blackheads that seemed to be never ending.. I didn't know what else to do and then I stumbled upon this! I found a sample of it I had received with my last order, and decided to give it a shot. The next day some areas my breakouts were drastically smaller while cystic acne I'd had for about a month with no signs of coming out of my face came to a head after a few days. I was ecstatic. I've tried glycolic acid products years ago but benzoyl peroxide and bha's were so engraved in my head as the "go to" acne products I had completely forgot there were other options. It's just an added bonus that this also helps with aging and dark spots etc. literally a holy grail product and light enough it doesn't bother my sensitive skin. I'm so thankful I tried this sample and will continue to purchase this product! Lifetime customer. Thank you Paula!




Greatest skin productive ever!


I get zits on my bun and this is the only thing to ever get it off

Mango Spicy

Portland oregon


A staple in my routine


PC products are plentiful in my arsenal, but this is something I won't ever let myself run out of. For me, it's the difference between good skin and excellent skin. I use it at night every 2-3 days, then layer the RESIST Barrier Repair moisturizer on top. I have good skin in large part due to lucky genes, but I've had some challenges in the last 20 years with acne, freckling and of course, light wrinkles. I consider this product one of the best bangs for my buck at managing all three of those issues. My 46-yr-old face/neck (Caucasian, combo skin) looks better than pictures from my 40th birthday, and I credit this for a lot of that. Please don't ever change this formula, Paula's Choice!




Took my acne scars away


I have oily acne prone skins and this works great for me (even though a lot of people think AHA is only for dry skin type). I've been using this product for years now, every other morning alternating with 2% BHA, and I do truly believe that it took my acne scars away, when I tell people I used to have horrible acne they wouldn't even believe me but trust me I did:( anyway! Amazing product, lightweight and absorbs quickly leaving my skin nice and smooth, my favorite from all the AHAs and just the right concentration of acid in my opinion for a daily use

Oksana Brand

Virginia Beach, VA


Favorite product


This is my absolute favorite skincare product. I use it every morning and it keeps my skin smooth and even. If I could only use one product besides sunscreen it would be this!!


Kansas city


This sure helps!


I use this every other night in the winter and every night in the summer. This has made a huge difference in the brightness of my skin. Believe me......i have went up and down the aisles at high end department stores and drug stores looking for a good AHA. I bought one 5% and went back and bought 2 more!. At first i broke out in a couple bumps but the next time i used it my skin was flawless. Of course i use a non alcohol toner before i use it.....wish i would have found this years ago. Pores smaller and lines temporarily diminished. I love the great discount around the holidays and the generous samples.


Rice Lake, WI


Amazing to use as a primer!


I love, love, love this product! You benefit from immediate softened skin. It does have a non-perfume scent, but it isn't a deterrant for me not to use. Besides, I do not have people smelling my face, but my perfume instead. If the 8 a 10% AHA effects adversely on uber sensitive skin, this might be the exfoliant for you.


Toronto, Ontario


excellent daily AHA


My skin is combo/oily and this works perfectly for me. After one use you see smoother skin-w/o stinging or irritation. I use it every morning after cleansing and before SPF + foundation/bb cream. It's light, absorbs quickly, and doesn't disturb makeup at all.


Saint Louis


Wonderful for evening out skin tone


I use this product every now and then and specially when I know that I will not be exposing myself to the sun in the next couple of days, just to avoid as much UV exposure as possible while the skin heals (I still use sunscreen while indoors). I have combination skin, and this product helps even the skin tone around my cheeks and lips very effectively. I can see a major difference by the next morning, when the skin looks radiant, more supple and even. I have been able to use this product several days in a row, but if I extend the use for too many days, I may start to see some redness and irritation. I have assessed that this product works best for me if I apply it every three days or so. I really feel like this is a very effective, yet mild, formulation, but it is always advised for anyone trying an AHA for the first time to do a patch test first and take it slowly on the first applications.


Costa Rica


RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

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