RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
Based on 239 reviews


RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
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 239 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/Very 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.

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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



I have been a PC customer since its inception. I loved the products AND the simplicity of the containers. I could get every minute bit of lotion or serum out of them! Now some of them are impenetrable, like this one. I cannot cut into it to get the last drop of an expensive product! In the beginning, PC STOOD OUT IN THE CROWD OF COMPETITORS because your products were no hype and simple. With success now you want to be like the competitors! Some years ago I noticed a big change in packaging -- your packaging department wants to make the products look fancy like the competitors, but they forgot what's important -- FUNCTION. Your packaging department needs a make-over, not the containers. Please return to the simple containers.


San Diego, CA


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!




Pump broke


My pump also broke after a short period of time. Am using a q-tip now - now sure how that will work later on. Products are great - just disappointed about the pump. All other products seem fine. Will definitely continue to use. Wonderful products.


Johnson city, TN


Defective pump


The product seems really nice but the pump doesn't work. I have to open the bottle and dump the product out on my hand to use it. I haven't been using it long enough to determine how well it works.


Philadelphia suburbs

Pump also broke


Seems to be a good product - ordered a while back (not sure when). But the pump broke a few weeks ago - very hard to get out without a pump. Everything else seems to work fine. I do like all the products here in spite of the pump problem.


johnson city, tn

Pump broken


I cannot attest to the product itself as my item arrived broken. My rating applies to packing that is faulty. Out of my 5 purchases from PC, 2 arrived unusable due to broken pumps. Very frustrating.


Denver, CO


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


Causes breakouts overnight


I received this product in the RESIST travel kit and was super excited about an exfoliant like this. I have used the 9% BHA and the 5%AHA resurfacing products before and my skin reacts very well to those products. Not so with this product. I had breakouts within 6 hours of application. I thought to myself "maybe it is stress of travel", and tried again a few weeks later at home. The product caused breakouts again.


San Francisco, CA


RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

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