RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
Based on 221 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.

RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

Based on 221 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, Dark Spots


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?

Restores skin texture and tone by exfoliating and fading discolorations including stubborn dark spots. 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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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

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

Outstanding Miracle Product


I had a terrible, large (1/2 inch long) spot that had developed above my eye. It was dark and made me extremely self conscious, seeing someone I had not for several years they asked "what is that?" I tried the cream with little hope, and after using it for about a year - one tube since I only used a tiny dab daily - it is faded to the point of being almost gone. I was prepared to require surgery for this, I am completely amazed.,

Pleased user



Probably my favorite Paula's Choice product!


And I've used a lot of them. My skin looks instantly better after using this. Not sure it has faded any dark spots, but I love it because it leaves my skin looking bright and healthy. Hope it's back in stock soon.




Extremely impressed with this product!!


This is *by far* one of the best skincare products I have ever used. After years of tanning in sun beds and rarely every using sunscreen, I am now suffering the consequences. I had been using lemon juice on my many dark spots daily for the last three and a half months and dermarolling my skin weekly at home for the last three months with minimal relief. So, I thought I would give this product a go--after all, the price wasn't bad at all. After THREE DAYS my dark spots peeled off like a snake molting its outter layer (which, I'll have to admit, was pretty intense!). After a week, my skin was glowing and my other, less pesky acne spots had significantly decreased in color. I had braced myself for the 8-10 week waiting period, but after using this product for about 4 weeks, I can't wait to see my skin in 10! I have just ordered my second tube, as I have been applying the product pretty heavily. I literally look forward to waking up to see what this product has unveiled! I haven't experienced any cons besides a little dryness here and there, but that's nothing that a good moisturizer can't fix. I noticed some comments about how this product caused some people to break out. As someone whom has suffered from acne for far too long, I haven't had a problem. Bottom line, I am extremely impressed with this product and cannot wait to experience more of this line! If you're on the fence about this product, just do it! You won't be disappointed!!!




This changed my skin.


I don't mean to sound hyperbolic, but this stuff changed my skin -- and fast. I'm 43 years old, and I've had melasma for at least 15 years, but it got much worse during my pregnancy. That was 7 years ago. Since then I've had a fraxel laser treatment which worked very well but was VERY expensive ($1,000), and without ongoing treatment my melasma returned in full. I've used the Obaji NuDerm prescription-based hydroquinone cream, and that worked wonders too, but it's $350 every few months for the full system. That's just too much of a financial commitment for me now that I have a child and a mortgage. It had been a few years since I finished the last of my Obaji creams, and my melasma was looking terrible, and even with makeup I was self conscious. I decided to try an over the counter hydroquinone product. I had doubts. I know Paula's Choice is very well regarded for its high quality ingredients, and the price was excellent for a tube of the RESIST cream, so I purchased it. Once my skin got used to it (light use for about a week) I began to use it aggressively. I really slathered it on, twice per day, and topped it off with lots of really good quality sunscreen during the day. I went through a tube in about 6 weeks of heavy daily use, and my skin looks fantastic. Seriously. My spots overall have faded dramatically. My skin is smooth, clear and bright. The darkest spots -- about 3 of them -- will need more time to really fade, but I truly couldn't be happier with my results. And a bonus: the milia under my eyes (there were tons of them) are nearly gone thanks to the AHAs. I can't believe I waited so long to try this stuff. I've started my second tube, which I'm using less aggressively now, but still twice daily. I'm staying on top of my sunscreen, and I expect even clearer skin in a few months. I could not be more pleased.


Portland, Oregon


Best dark spot remover ever!


I developed some stubborn dark spots on my upper arms several years ago and have tried many products to no avail. I took the advice of some reviewers and put a glob on each spot twice daily. In a few days, the areas were kind of red and when I scraped them, a layer of dark skin came off. I've backed off to once a day due to redness, but after a couple of weeks of use, the spots are at least 75% lighter. I've used both prescription Retina-A and 4% Hydroquinone on the spots with no luck, so I'm very pleased with the results of this product. Some others mentioned an unpleasant fragrance, but it is not offensive at all to me (nothing like prescription hydroquinone!!) I'm hoping to wear some sleeveless tops this summer!




Helped my melasma


I've probably spent several hundred dollars on skin lightening products and this one actually works! If you have melasma, give it a try! Didn't make my skin peel like most products


Portage Indiana




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


RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

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