RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion
Based on 233 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 233 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

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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

Believe it


I was a typical teenager who ignored the advice of her mother when she told me laying out in the sun would ruin my skin. Ha! She was right. Nearing 60 I was becoming depressed about the spread of brown spots over my face. I've been using this every morning and evening and I can't believe that it actually has worked. The spots are less noticeable, are faded and are barely visible beneath tinted moisturizer. I'm now using it on my chest area and it's helping there as well. I don't expect to be perfect or wrinkle free but I do feel that theres is a softness and an improvement in overall skin tone.


San Francisco


Works well, only does so much


I gave this product 5 stars because it is effective. I have moderate hyper-pigmentation from longstanding acne scars, and have tried everything I can think of to help lighten them. I use an AHA product (not Paula's Choice) and the Skin Perfecting BHA 2% with great results but they don't do anything at all to fad the scars. I decided to try this in place of the pure AHA; I didn't want to risk too much AHA. After about 4 weeks I did notice my skin was brighter and the spots were lighter but after about 8 weeks there was no more improvement. I have managed my expectations for my dark spots but I know they can look better so I am moving on to try other Paula's products. If you have have mild discoloration or hyper-pigmentation, I recommend. If you have more severe dark spots, probably not.


Tuscaloosa, AL


So amazing


I have been using this product for 2 days. TWO! And I already notice a difference. I have a number of dark spots in my left cheek (some sun spots, some blemish scars) that I was able to see through my makeup and I wanted them gone. I have used this product only 3 times so far in conjunction with the Aveeno Positively Radient cleanser and I already see my spots fading. I highly, highly recommend this product and for under $30 it's a steal. I have to be honest, I would repurchase even if it was over $50 - it's that good. I will definitely be buying more. Thanks Paula's Choice!


New York


Definitely buy again!


I am 24 and have dark surface spots from where I break out. I bought this product quite a few months ago and it took away my spots on my cheeks within a couple weeks. I put it away and just recently I took it out again to get rid of the build up of spots and within a week my skin in glowing with no dark spots and I'm in love! I have incredibly sensitive skin which needs constant hydration due to working as a swim instructor. At the end of the day I apply this cream and right after my cleansing shower and my skin feels hydrated and happy! Intensive care lotion, oils, and gel moisturizers that I used didn't do the hydration job I needed! Couldn't be happier! Buying more products ASAP!

Jaz the swim instructor

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


See results with every use


This stuff works for sure. I have deep acne scarring and see marks fade with every application. I use it in the mornings straight on the skin under sunscreen. Be careful when using at the same time as strong Rx and other products though. At night I once put this over Paula's choice 2% BHA and Tretinoin (Retina-A) .1 and then had red irritated marks for days.

Deez N



Saved My Skin


I had a 30% TCA chemical peel done to my face back in September. Unfortunately, it didn't reach well with my skin and I was left with what looked like a severe chemical burn. Eventually my skin completely healed, but I was left with horrible pigmentation. Desperate to get rid of this and bring my skin back to what it used to be, I ordered this product. WIthin a few weeks, the dark spots completely disappeared, and I even experienced the sloughing of the spots much like other users! I was amazed! I experienced very litte, if any, irritation or dryness. Now I maintain my uber clear, bright skin by using this product every other day or so. As always, PC has rescued my skin—thank you!


Houston, TX


Coming Back for More


I didn't realize how well this product worked, until I ran out & decided not to repurchase. I could tell it worked, but because I use so many of Paula's products (I layer about 8 items every night, which is probably overkill), I really didn't know if this product was doing the trick or if it was a combination of everything. Recently, I've noticed that the 2 dark spots, which had previously significantly lightened to the point of being unnoticeable, are a bit more noticeable now. Since this is the only treatment product I stopped using within the last month or 2, I realized it was actually working! I'm coming back for more & will not let myself run out again.

Surfer Wife



This is my favorite


This is my all-time favorite product from Paula's Choice. I have used it sparingly until recently, when I decided I didn't want to use color-correcting makeup anymore. I use this product most nights after washing my face. I had been using a Paula's Choice AHA exfoliant religiously every morning (following with sunscreen) but I think this particular product works better for me. I have been using it for about a month and my skin is so much brighter and more even-toned! I have received lots of compliments from friends who noticed. One friend actually said, "Wow, your skin looks amazing! What are you doing?"


Nashville, TN


So far so good!


Only just started using so will have to give another review but I LOVE this product. My skin looked better after just a few uses and will follow up with my discoloration and write a review.




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



RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

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