RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
Based on 337 reviews


RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
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 337 reviews


A leave-on exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid and age-fighting antioxidants that dramatically improves skin’s texture and reveals vibrant, radiant skin.
  • Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally and gently exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Water-light formula
  • Use once or twice weekly in place of daily exfoliant
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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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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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

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



I loved it


It delivers , skin feels renewed and stretched . The only concern is the size , is very small for the price ....



Very Impressive


I've been more impressed with this than any other PC product I've tried in probably the eight years I've been using the line. I just bought my first bottle a week ago and I don't ever want to go without it. I've never had luck with the lower concentration AHAs and after being pleased with the result of the bumped up BHA so I thought I would give the 10% AHA a try. While it took more than one night, I can definitely see my skin is smoother, softer and more radiant. It seems to be helping a lot with any small bumps on my face. I've been wanting something for years to brighten my dull complexion and this is finally it. I love the packaging. It's simple. I drop a few drops into the palm of my hand and using the fingertips from my other hand I apply it all over my face area by area. No product is wasted by being absorbed into a cotton pad. I wish my PC products had such simple packaging. I was using it every other night, but as of last night I'm starting to use it daily. I wasn't sure what I would wake up with the next morning, but no redness or flakiness. I'll have to keep testing it out to see what my skin can tolerate. I highly recommend this product over any other PC product.



Decent product, but I don't like that it's a liquid


The product works fairly well, but I would like it much better as a gel or lotion (like most of your other AHA and BHA products). You have to use a cotton ball/pad to easily apply, which means you waste a lot of product that gets absorbed by the cotton and not applied to your skin. You can also use your fingers to apply, but the directions to use a dime size amount of the liquid are laughable -- that's not how liquid works. Again, a lot of product gets wasted. The fact that you can't apply this without wasting a lot of it is problematic for the customer (though great news for Paula's Choice, since it means more sales). As much as I like the results this product produces, I'll be switching to another brand, so I can buy a product that is designed to be applied without waste. If you change the consistency of the product, I'll be back.




I use this weekly as a light peel


I use this product once a week as a light peel (10% feels like a very light acid concentration when you've been using exfoliants for years!:) and it made my Sunday bedtime skincare ritual my favorite. It does tingle a little bit but it suppose to! Monday morning my skin feels like brand new and soooooo smooth i love it!

Oksana Brand

Virginia Beach, VA


If I had to choose just one . . .


Think I gave this a thumbs up early on but after using it awhile, I have to write again. Despite a bit of rosacea, my skin isn't particularly sensitive. I use this 10% AHA about three times a week with no problem. It has greatly improved the texture of my skin without aggravating my rosacea. These are MY results. If your are extremely sensitive, go easy or select a product with a lesser percentage of AHA. I also use it on my formerly sandpaper elbows. They are now smooth and no longer brownish. A dab now and then on my perpetually chapped lips yielded amazing results as did a dab on my cuticles. This AHA resurfacing product combined with Retinol has made a measurably, significant improvement in my skin. These are MY results. Your mileage may vary. Oh! I am astonished as to how long the bottle lasts given the amount I use it.


Tacoma, Washington




I was looking for an alternative to the famous but pricey product, Sunday Riley's Good Genes. This does the same thing (albeit without the initial shiny "glow" that Good Genes gives you). I was using Good Genes at night and would wake up with smooth, nicely exfoliated skin (the shine would be gone by morning). This does this as good a job at exfoliating, I definitely recommend it.




Works with My Sensitive Skin


I have very sensitive skin and was very wary of trying this product out. I am so glad that I did! I use it twice a week overnight and have had great results. My skin has a clearer look and clogged pore bumps have diminished. The improvement is noticeable which almost never happens with a skin product. I need to be careful with what products I put on my face the next day (no vitamin C serum for example). The exfoliation makes my skin more vulnerable to other products but as long as I exercise some common-sense precautions (which is hard because I want to use all the serums all the time) this product is phenomenal!


San Francisco Bay Area

Love it!


This lives up to everything it claims to do.I use this once a week faithfully and upon waking up in the morning my skin looks vibrant and healthy.Leaves a natural glow.I love how it exfoliates the dead, dry skin overnight and reveals younger looking skin and looks like I got the best nights sleep.


Newport, R.I.


Miracle product


For me, this is nothing short of a miracle product. If I had to pick one item to keep from the PC collection, this would be it. It truly does resurface the skin --- in a single use. Whenever I get small bumps, spots, zits or un-evenenss due to experimenting with products that didn't work for me, I smoothe this on with a cotton ball at night, and in the morning, the problems are GONE. Truly. Spots just vanish. (It stings a bit when you put it on --- that's normal, but there is zero irritation.) I am 49 and my skin is mostly normal but very sensitive, a bit dry/tight yet breaks out easily if I use the wrong product. Most of the time, my skin is in great condition due to using only PC products, and I use this once a week to keep things silky smooth. There is nothing else like it on the market. Please don't ever stop making this.


Los Angeles


RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

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