RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
Based on 210 reviews


RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
This specialized anti-aging product with glycolic acid and hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) improves the appearance of brown skin discolorations, while refining and hydrating the surface of skin.

RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

Based on 210 reviews


This specialized anti-aging product with glycolic acid and hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) improves the appearance of brown skin discolorations, while refining and hydrating the surface of skin.
  • Improves the appearance of dark spots
  • Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Sheer fluid lotion easily absorbs into skin
  • Apply after cleansing, toning, & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Anti-Aging, Brown Spots

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Why is it different?

RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion is a highly specialized anti-aging product that works in three ways to improve the appearance of skin: the gold standard skin-lightening ingredient hydroquinone fades dark spots and discolorations; glycolic acid exfoliates to smooth skin texture; and antioxidants help nurture skin for truly younger-looking, radiant results. Special packaging keeps the key sensitive ingredients stable and effective.

What does it do?

Absorbs into skin and lightens stubborn brown and dark spots, improves skin texture, and softens skin texture. The combination of hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and antioxidants pack into one product the most effective ingredients imaginable for a younger clearer complexion. You will experience radiant, smoother, and lighter skin color after just a few weeks. You’ll get maximum results from this over-the-counter solution.

How to use

Apply a small amount before moisturizing. Spread a thin layer over areas where discolorations are a concern. Protect skin during the day with a product rated SPF 30 or greater (essential to prevent discolorations from recurring). Results for discolorations should appear after 8–12 weeks of consistent use.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide at the same time. A temporary dark staining of the skin may occur. If accidentally used together, wash the skin with soap and water to remove the staining.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains 7% 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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Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Hydroquinone 2% (skin lightening)
Other Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha-hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Dicaprylyl Maleate (texture-enhancing/emollient), Ethoxydiglycol (texture-enhancing), Glyceryl Stearate (texture-enhancing), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Lactic Acid (alpha hydroxyl acid/exfoliant), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Isostearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (texture-enhancing), Cyclohexasiloxane (hydration), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Squalane (skin replenishing), Dimethicone (hydration), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (dog rose extract/plant oil/emollient/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E/antioxidant), Panthenol (hydration), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sodium PCA (hydration/skin replenishing), Kojic Dipalmitate (skin brightening), PEG-100 Stearate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative), Benzoic Acid (preservative), Sodium Bisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Sulfite (stabilizer), Sorbic Acid (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews



Excellent product. I have fair skin and fairly sensitive. I purchased to remove a couple of sun spots. I used aggressively for two months, day and night all over face. Sun spots gone and entire face brighter in appearance. Highly recommend.




Excellent product


This product saved my acne dark face is spotless and smooth. Thank you Paula's Chioce because I have use hundreds of products, but not works for me. I go out without power now.



Unbelievably effective


I'm a very fair-skinned person who'd developed dark-brown patches on my neck. (Before treatment, if you saw just my neck, you might think I was a brown-skinned person with a pink area of vitiligo at the front of my throat.) When visiting a dermatologist's nurse practitioner about an attack of acne rosacea, I asked him about the brown patches, and he shrugged and said he couldn't do much about that. He seemed to think they had more to do with rosacea than melasma-type discoloration. After reading the reviews for the product, and having an excellent experience with PC's Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, I decided to roll the dice and try the Triple-Action Dark-Spot Eraser. In light of the nurse practitioner's comments, I thought it'd be a waste of money for my neck, but I was hopeful about the spots on the backs of my hands. I wish I'd taken photos before I started using it, because the patches on my neck have REALLY faded. They haven't vanished yet, and because of the underlying redness they might never disappear -- but the reduction so far has been dramatic. I apply a heavier layer than recommended but haven't experienced any irritation. As for the backs of my hands, the spots there have all but vanished. A few more weeks and I expect they'll be completely gone. The one downside is the smell. During application, the stuff smells like pickle brine -- yuck. The odor dissipates almost immediately, though. And to be honest, I'd rather smell pickles for a few seconds than a gagging floral odor that lingers (Olay, I'm talking to you).

3 Little Kittens

Atlanta, GA




This treatment is amazing! After reading the reviews, I tried an "intensive" application for about 2 weeks. I put it all over my face twice daily, and at night I really globbed it on a large brown spot on my cheek. First, my spot actually got worse! It was darker, red, and almost flakey or scaley. I was kinda freaking out and decided to backoff using it for a bit. THEN- here is the exciting part- about 4-5 days later, a large brown piece of skin flaked off!!! I still have a small light patch but it is at least 75% lighter. Now I am doing the intensive application again in hopes it will lighten even more. have used Paula for 15 years now with excellent results! Here is my routine for my Sensitive/ Combination/ Acne Prone/ Skin: 1- Skin Balancing Cleanser 2- Skin Balancing Toner 3- Liquid 2% BHA (Sunday night I swap it for the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment) 4-Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment- if needed 5- Skin Lightening Treatment 6- Resist 1% Retinol Booster 7- Vitamin C Serum I usually wait 2-3 min in between steps make sure everything really soaks into my skin.


Calgary, Canada


Mama Mia, it works!!!


I decided to try this product after eyeing it for some time. I love Paula's, but so far none of her targeted solutions have been able to lighten my mild brown patches. This product was my last ditch effort before seeing a dermatologist for a solution. I have been using this cream for only two days now, applying twice daily, and I'm ASTONISHED by the results!!! I thought it would take weeks to see any improvement but my patches are visibly, undeniably lighter already!! I'm going to continue using twice daily and hopefully they can fade away completely. Words cannot describe how amazing it feels to have hope that I can fade this away. My wedding is only a few months away and I'm going to feel so much more beautiful without my patchy cheeks. Also, I didn't experience any of the peeling or irritation that a few other reviewers have mentioned. I'm just thrilled with this product, as I am with most Paula's products. Get this cream, pair it with the BHA liquid and thank me later!

Russian beauty



This is the only spot remover that works


You do have to use daily and it takes a while to see results. Removing spots is not an instant fix. Follow the directions and use as listed and it will work wonderfully!






I have used PC products before and have always been happy with the results. I read one specific review of this product that stated she "over used" and the results were amazing and I have to agree - I had 2 specific sun/age spots that were marginally hidden with makeup and after "over using" this product for about 2 weeks - the spots are significantly reduced to almost gone. I am not suggesting you over use this like I did (it did burn slightly because of the way I used it but it was well worth it because of the results!) I now use the product as directed because I no longer have to over use it and my skin looks great!


New York


Faded my blotchy sun damage and surface acne scars!


I'm fair-skinned and had quite a noticeable amount of blotchy sun damage on my face, along with scars from every darned pimple I'd ever had. I read a review on here of this product stating you have to use it every day, preferably twice a day if you can, but it will work. Lo and behold, one tube in and the spots have faded considerably! Some have disappeared altogether, some are so light they're easily covered, but either way, I'm no longer embarrassed to show my face. I'm lucky enough not to have had a reaction to it like some folks, and mine doesn't smell at all.


Alberta, Canada


Fades the spots....over time.


I've been using this product twice daily for about 6 weeks and I'm finally seeing some noticeable fading of a couple pinkish-brown spots that had taken up long-term residence on my face after over aggressive picking at blemishes. I will continue to use and hope the fading with continue too.

Paula's Choice Product Fan

South Hadley, MA


Excellent product; works as stated


I am a fair-skinned, 52 year old with auburn hair, brown eyes who began noticing a small dark area on the bridge of my nose. Probably due to menopause. Within days of using this product as directed, a very small amount combined with a moisturizer in the am and when I went to sleep, the results were obvious and outstanding. I do not notice an odor when I use this product. While I love the outdoors I am not a sun worshipper and have always protected the beautiful skin I've been blessed with. I have always been more than pleased with all the products I have purchased from Paula's Choice upon discovering them while listening to a local radio show here in Mpls years ago. From superb product development to excellent customer service this company is a woman's best friend. Thank you!


St. Paul, MN


RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

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