RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA
Based on 411 reviews


RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA
A weekly, concentrated leave-on exfoliant with BHA that dramatically improves the appearance of skin texture, pore size, and bumpy skin. It attacks the signs of sun damage and aging to reveal beautiful and healthy-looking skin.

RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

Based on 411 reviews


A weekly, concentrated leave-on exfoliant with BHA that dramatically improves the appearance of skin texture, pore size, and bumpy skin. It attacks the signs of sun damage and aging to reveal beautiful and healthy-looking skin.
  • Improves the look of skin after one use
  • Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Diminishes the look of tiny, hard, white bumps
  • High-performance liquid-to-foam formula
  • Use once or twice weekly in place of a daily exfoliant
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Wrinkles, Enlarged Pores, Anti-Aging, Bumpy Skin

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Why is it different?
RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA is a leave-on, weekly-use solution for those struggling with advanced signs of aging, pronounced bumpy skin, and problem pores. The advanced, antioxidant-infused formula in a unique liquid-to-foam texture soothes and revitalizes skin.

This exfoliant has an ideal pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Delivers smoother, visibly younger-looking skin overnight. Specialized technology encapsulates the anti-aging and pore-reducing BHA for time-released delivery—so you get dramatic, non-irritating results without flaking skin. Also helps to visibly calm redness and revive skin’s firm appearance for a more youthful look. It’s even suitable for skin prone to milia.
How to use
Use at least once weekly, at night. After cleansing and toning, dispense one pump and smooth treatment over face, neck, and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine.

May be used once a week or daily depending on your skin's response and your concerns. It can be applied at the same time as your regular BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly. Do not apply to lips or eyelids eye area.

If eye contact occurs, hold eye open and rinse immediately and thoroughly with plenty of water for at least 20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first five minutes, then continue rinsing the eye. Consult your eye doctor immediately for care advice.

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Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol

Ratings & Reviews

There is something wrong with this product


I have tried many Paula's Choice products and love everything except this. It is dangerous. I kept breaking out in rashes and after several trips to the doctor's office for cortisone and steroid creams to calm done the reaction and severe swelling I finally made the connection and it was this product causing all the problems. I don't have any issue with the other BHA products including the 4% treatment but this foam is evil!


Ontario, canada

Amazing results if you get past the Smell


First: this product smells bad. Slightly fishy or something. There are no perfumes or dyes in P.C. products which is what I love about them. Therefore, if you can get past the smell— this product is fantastic! It is a higher concentration of BHA so take it slowly and don't mix with anything else on your skin (niacinamide, retinol) until you know how your skin reacts to the 4% alone. The product is in a foam which I think is wonderful because it doesn't leave a greasy slick after feeling which I don't like. The other 4% BHA newer product feels greasy and slick (similar to BHA-9% which is a great product in smaller areas, like over the nose!). It leaves skin retuxtured to soft exfoliated skin. I use it 1-2 days a week at night. After applying I wait about 10-15 mins until it's completely dry then apply a serum or moisturizer at night. Worth the money. I'm on my third bottle.


Cape Cod, MA

Something has changed


since the previous bottle I had of the Resist 4% bha foaming treatment which I used on face and chest without any adverse reactions in the past. I repurchased a few months ago (saving it for warmer weather) and applied it to my chest as per the directions and it caused itchy bumps and welts by the next day wherever I spread it. This rash lasted for over two weeks before calming down and has left red marks; no product has ever done that, including retinoids and other bha/aha products. I won't take the chance of using it on my face now. I have used PC 2% bha liquid and the 2% Resist over the years successfully and now I wish I bought one of those instead. I don't know what has changed about this product, but I will not buy or use it again unless the issue is fixed.

Brooklyn Gal

Brooklyn, NY

Love. Better than the 4% treatment


I absolutely love this and it gives me immediate results. I use it once a week as a leave-on and once a week 30 minutes before a clay mask. It makes my pores look clear and tight. I love it much more than the 4% treatment which is more expensive and I have never noticed any results from it. 1 to 1.5 pumps is really all you need so it lasts a very long time. I hope you never discontinue it. I feel so bad for the people who have a bad reaction to this. Everyone should always spot test new products a few times before putting it all over your face. Keep it far away from the eye area. You can also use it as a mask, leave on for 30 minutes then rinse off. It could also help to not put it on damp skin as that would make you absorb it more quickly.



Love love!!


Really helped my bumpy skin in just a few days!


Denver co

This product is liquid GOLD


I love this stuff! I use it on my face, all over my arms, upper back, and chest (for Keratosis Pilaris and adult-onset acne). I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY and have never had ANY irritation issues or a rash from this... I have sensitive skin as well, BUT I know my limits, I know what my skin can handle, and what it cant. I believe some people who only want to complain about products that WORK just dont know their skin very well......... I love it sooo much and I always have a back up on-hand. The only thing that bothers me is the packaging. The pump gets stuck down but never comes back up, so I have to manually pull it up after every single pump, but when I do it manually this way, the pump does not refill with product properly. I have tried rinsing the dispenser under warm water but it still repeatedly gets stuck after every "pump". I have tried reaching out to customer service multiple times about a refund or replacement but I have been ignored, which is disappointing because I have spent so much money on PC products and am a loyal customer... ***Another packaging fail is the BHA 9% that REALLY needs an upgrade because that one is terrible too and it's every single time, not just an "off" bottle, so I refuse to repurchase BHA 9 until they change the packaging because these are not cheap and I do not want my hard earned money to be wasted like this due to faulty packaging.***



OMG RASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I absolutely adore Paula's choice but THIS product is AWFUL!!! I am not sure WHY this is not working. I use the other BHA products with NO incidences. This one literally 5 minutes after applying it leaves me burning and red. My face broke out so bad it took TWO weeks to calm down. I decided to give it one more try and 1 hour later I had red blotches and a bumps. I quickly washed my face off but the damage was done. I have a red patch on my left cheek. I truly believe this product should be pulled. There is a quality control issue with it. Look at all the reviews. it is not just me!! This one because i bought it over two months ago will be going in the garbage!!!!


West Palm Beach

Not sure about this product anymore


I once loved this product and it was great, got awesome results. Something seems off with this product now, because ever since I used this recent purchase, my face and eyes got skin texture changed. So i thought maybe this was a one time thing big mistake....i used it again and got an even worse experience. My eyes were swollen shut burned my skin, very itchy. I don't know how but did they change the formula? This was a very bad experience.


Oakville, Canada

This product ruined my skin


I have never used an exfoliant, and have always had healthy skin, but decided to try given all the hype on the PC website, to see what I was missing. The website advises that everyone can and should use a regimen of BHA and AHA. I purchased this product and then forgot to use it. I recently started to use it and to my dismay my skin was red the next day and sprung a scaly patch in one localized area. I waited a week and tried it again, and was rewarded with a huge pimple. I thought I would try it one more time, since too much time has elapsed for me to return it, and kept it to one small area--but this time, I broke out so badly I will never touch this product again. Please be sure to spot test this product before using, and make sure you do this before the return window closes! I am so upset that my normally beautiful skin looks so red and feels so irritated and that I wasted my time and money!

Skin Care fan

New York


Cleared my butt acne!


This not a joke review. I've suffered with butt acne for years!! I used this a couple of times after I got out of the shower and now I don't have to use any longer because the acne on my butt has not returned.

Angie the taco eater

Victorville, CA


RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

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