RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
Based on 347 reviews
A leave-on exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid and age-fighting antioxidants that dramatically improves skin’s texture and reveals vibrant, radiant skin.

RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

Based on 347 reviews
This product has been discontinued, but our new & improved RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA is available here. The new formula is gentler and easier to apply, with a more advanced delivery system for even greater results, sooner.
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging


    2 oz

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Why is it different?
RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA is the ideal solution for those concerned with visibly improving multiple signs of aging and sun damage to create a significantly smoother, younger look.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

What does it do?
This powerful formula with glycolic acid works overnight (almost like magic) to reveal youthful, smoother, and more radiant-looking skin. A unique liquid delivery system plus innovative soothing ingredients provides gentle, yet impressive results. You’ll see a visibly improved texture, color, and tone, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin’s appearance becomes firmer looking and maintains its beautifully smooth texture. Suitable even for skin prone to milia.
How to use
Apply once weekly, only at night, in place of your daily exfoliant. After cleansing and toning, apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Leave on overnight or rinse after 10 minutes. On the night(s) you use this Treatment do not use other exfoliants or scrubs at the same time. In the mornings you can use other exfoliants as per your normal routine. If you're using a prescription retinoid product (i.e. Renova) apply the exfoliant first and allow it to set, then apply the retinoid product. Follow with a serum and/or moisturizer.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 10% 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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American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 2, pages 107-29

Food Chemistry, 2010, volume 119, pages 643-647

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

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

Plastic Surgical Nursing, April-June 2012, issue 2, pages 71-2

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, pages 455-461

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin-soothing), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidants), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews



Why would you discontinue a product with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars?? I've been using this product for years because of its effectiveness and uniqueness. There are no other products on the market in this price range that actually work. Please reconsider!!




(344) 5* Reviews! And discontinued! Why???


Loved this product. Now it is discontinued. The new replacement "Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA", is in a dropper type bottle. I will not be purchasing because, I do not like dropper-like bottles, I do not want BHA, & it does not come in a Travel Size . I have been using Paula's Choice almost exclusively for 10 years, but I am now searching other avenues for products from other companies, that suit my needs better. I certainly appreciate everything I have learned from all of Paula's information. But I cannot comprehend why a product with 5 star reviews was discontinued.


Sahuarita, AZ


Please bring it back!


This is the one product that made a true difference in appearance almost immediately. Please bring it back!

Stephanie F.





I AM SO SAD this has been discontinued!!!! The new 10% AHA is NOT a replacement for this, as it is completely different ingredients! I do love the new 10% AHA, but that also contains BHAs... which my pregnant self can't use. :( This treatment has been a LIFESAVER for my pregnant skin and I am so, so sad that it has been discontinued. The 8% AHA gel and lotions just weren't doing the trick, but this did. PLEASE bring it back.. or let me buy all your remaining stock!! :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( Looks like I'm on a hunt for a new AHA, and unfortunately it won't be from Paula's Choice. So sad.

Katie C.

Chicago, IL

Recharges skin


I love this product and use it almost every other day. It gives my skin a glow the next morning, and it also helps control my acne way better than BHA, which makes me break out. It definitely helps even my skin tone.




I LOVE this product


This is my favorite PC exfoliant. It's effective enough to tackle my clogged pores and gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin and doesn't dry it out. I use it once a week as directed and use a BHA during the week, but honestly have not found a BHA that I like. I wish that PC made a similar product in BHA form!


Oakland, CA


Will definitely be buying this again !!!!


So let me start out by saying I suffered from clogged pores for the last few years. I started getting acne as an adult due to bad habits like not taking my makeup off at night, NEVER cleansing my face etc. When you're young you don't think. I have tried everything and now know AHA is my best friend when it comes to clogged pores/unattractive bumps. I ordered this stuff and use 3 times a week (because my skin can handle it). I put it on at night, and the next morning it's like a miracle. My stubborn bumps needs more treatment so I don't just use this. I use a zinc bar (which is holy grail), Murad aha bha exfoliating cleaner, and also use the knock off of diffrin which was prescribed by my doctor. All of these have been working wonders. You do purge at first. I think I purged for like two months on everything because my skin was so congested but it's starting to calm down. Paula's choice 10% aha helps keep it calm so much. It completely takes away my bumps and gives me soft skin the next morning. I really love this stuff. I want to also try Paula's choice aha 8% lotion after to see how that goes.. Overall great product! If you suffer from bumps BUY!


Cleveland, Ohio




I love how it softens my skin after just one use! Makes my skins glowy, plumper and younger looking overall. I use it twice a week.




Lives up to the hype


I have sensitive, dry skin. Sometimes it gets dull & rough, with tiny white bumps. When I put this on at night, and lather up with some good moisturizer- it makes my skin glow! Evens complexion and makes my skin soft. Love it.

Tennessee Girl



Effective, Fairly Gentle, Affordable Exfoliant


My skin, for some reason, does not do well with BHAs. Unfortunately, a lot of formulations out there contain a mix of BHAs and AHAs. I like that this formulation keeps it simple with just the glycolic acid and some soothing, beneficial ingredients. It does sting upon application, but it is bearable and dissipates within a minute or two. I agree with other reviewers that the liquid consistency can be tricky. What I've learned is to hold the bottle horizontal to one of my cheeks and then tip it slowly to let a few drops out. I rub those in and then tip the bottle on the other side of my face to gently let out a few more drops. Then I do my forehead. It's actually pretty simple this way and eliminates the need for a cotton ball (which made me feel like I was wasting a good deal of the product). As far as results, my skin looks brighter by morning, fine lines are plumped, and skin is smoothed. I use it once a week. Also, Paulas Choice has some of the best customer service around. As long as they keep making this, I'll be buying it. I




RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

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