RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
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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 215 reviews

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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
Concerns:
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.

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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.

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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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Research

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-22

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2009, volume 27, issue 5, pages 495-501

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2010, volume 3, pages 135-142

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2007, issue 5, pages 854-72

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, August 2006, issue 7, pages 781-7

Indian Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2016, issue 1, 3 pages 279-287

Ingredients
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

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RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
 
3.7

(based on 215 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (115)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (35)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Works effectively (20)
  • Evens skin tone (16)
  • Non-greasy (9)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (14)
  • Ineffective (7)
  • Bad smell (6)
  • Not effective (6)

Best Uses

  • Uneven skin tone (26)
  • Brightening (13)
  • Daily use (10)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (26), Survivalist / minimalist (15), Beauty expert (11)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (35), Dry (16), Normal (12), Oily (5)

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1.0

Made my skin break out

By Kerri B

from NY

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

      Unfortunately I wanted to love this product but my skin completely broke out. The worst it has ever broken out in my life.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      4.0

      Finally helping!

      By Freshie

      from Meridian, ID

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Effective
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

        So...this took a while. I made the mistake of just using this in the evening for the first few weeks. Then I realized that it is supposed to be applied twice daily. Once I did that, I started to see improvement in the melasma on the sides of my face that has persisted since my pregnancies. I'm now about 3 months in, and while the discoloration isn't completely gone, it is much less noticable. Of course I always wear my Paula's Choice SPF 50 over it during the day. I'm glad I stuck with it. The texture of the lotion is perfect for my skin and I have never found it to be irritating. Paula makes great products and my skin just looks better and better thanks to the PC team.

        Service and delivery comments:

        As always, fast and accurate delivery.

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        Works for me!

        By Stacy

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Dark Marks
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

          I started using this twice daily on dark marks I had from hormonal acne and picking. With consistent use the marks are fading and my skin is smoother. I will continue this for 8-10 weeks but so far, very happy.

          • Skin Type:
          • Oily
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          1.0

          Disappointment

          By Lina

          from Illinois

          About Me Beauty Expert

          Pros

            Cons

            • Made it worse

            Best Uses

              Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

              I have been a long time customer. I really like the products I tried, but this eraser isn't just effective it made everything worse. I got more dark spots and the older ones got only darker. The new spots appeared on the areas where I applied the product even though I use the sunscreen religiously. I'm very disappointed.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 30-44
               
              3.0

              Broke me out

              By Sud

              from Boston

              About Me Minimalist

              Pros

              • Moisturizes

              Cons

              • Bad Smell
              • Irritates Skin
              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

                Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                It broke me out. Not f or my skin type I suppose.

                • Skin Type:
                • Oily
                • Age:
                • 18-29
                 
                2.0

                No change

                By Meg

                from PA

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                • Not Effective

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                  I really was hoping this would work on several dark spots on my face. After daily use for 6 weeks I cannot see any difference. I will use for another 6 (since 3 months is the recommended max) but am not impressed so far

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Dry
                  • Age:
                  • 45-59
                   
                  5.0

                  Love this product

                  By RAB0119

                  from Frederick, MD

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Pros

                  • Moisturizes
                  • Non-Greasy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                    This stuff is great! I've been a Paula fan for many years now. I still have one of her eye shadow trios! I use this on my hands at night.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Combination
                    • Age:
                    • 45-59
                     
                    5.0

                    Unbelievably effective

                    By 3 Little Kittens

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fades brown spots

                    Cons

                    • Bad Smell
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                    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).

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Securely packaged and promptly delivered.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Dry
                    • Age:
                    • 45-59
                     
                    5.0

                    AMAZING!

                    By Emma

                    from Calgary, Canada

                    About Me Beauty Expert

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Moisturizes
                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                      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.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination
                      • Age:
                      • 30-44
                       
                      5.0

                      Mama Mia, it works!!!

                      By Russian beauty

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Beauty Expert

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Moisturizes
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Softens Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Melasma
                        • Uneven Skin Tone

                        Comments about RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion:

                        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!

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Combination
                        • Age:
                        • 30-44

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