Based on 438 reviews
This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.


Based on 438 reviews
This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.
  • Gently reveals smoother, radiant skin
  • Refines and clarifies pores
  • Gel texture hydrates and perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Large Pores, Blackheads


    3.3 oz
Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant is a leave-on, water-light formula that gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and smooth, with diminished pore size, while softening the appearance of wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Works to create a younger appearance, revealing a glowing, smoother radiance, and diminishes pores, smooths bumps, and minimizes lines and wrinkles. It also provides long-lasting hydration for healthier-looking skin. It’s suitable even for skin prone to milia.
How to use

Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Cosmetics, 2015, issue 3, pages 259-276

Product Ingredients

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (skin-renewing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (green tea/antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb/skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

My husband said my skin looked good


Need I say more? I've been using this for about a week and my husband noticed the change in my skin. Smoother, brighter, and the pores on my nose are already looking a little smaller.


Wenatchee, WA


Perfect skin


This is the #1 product in my skin care routine. I've used PC products for a couple of years now and have seen incredible improvements using the Resist line of moisturizers and sunscreen. But this product has blown everything else out of the water. I used to still get occasional zits around my cycle but those have now vanished. I recently had surgery which required to be out in public with no makeup on; as I was coming out of the anesthesia fog in the recovery room, I overheard the recovery nurse remark to my husband, "She has lovely skin, doesn't she?" This, as I was doped up, in pain, and quite possibly looking my worst, was what she said. If that's not a reason to keep using PC products, I don't know what is.




Works better on my sensitive skin :)


As much as I wanted to, I was always unable to use the 2% BHA liquid. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and even using a cotton ball to apply it could be irritating. I also hated wasting cotton balls... This gel formula however, is not irritating and goes on well under my other products. It's a life saver! Wiping out my milia and calming the pervasive redness on my chin. PLEASE DON'T DISCONTINUE!! :)




I've always preferred this to the liquid version.


I use the BHA gel twice a day, 7 days a week, all over my face and neck. The consistency is perfect, especially under sunscreen, serums and moisturizers and I don't need a cotton ball. I've been using this since it was available. Before that I used the AHA gel.

Carol K

Chicago, IL


Not sure how I didn't try this sooner


I use this product at night after cleansing and using my BR Lotion P50. I apply this as my last step and then go to sleep. When I wake up my skin is clear and smooth. I've not experiences any irritation and I have pretty sensitive skin prone to redness. Will definitely be exploring other PC products.


Los Angeles, CA


My new favorite BHA...and I've been using PC since 1998!!!


I always used the 1% BHA lotion way back when and then tried the 2% BHA liquid. My skin is not super oily and my pores are fairly small. I like to keep my skin clear and need a BHA. Over the years I have tried the 1% which is great, the 2% liquids in all formulas are nice but my skin really likes this cross between a lotion and stronger liquid..the gel! It also has wonderful ingredients like grape seed, green tea, and willow herb. I would even say it is a bit hydrating. The 2% liquid is a bit stronger say for oily skin and stubborn areas. I cleanse, tone, apply a pump of the gel which has great spreadability. Then I cocktail a drop of Calm serum, Hyaluronic booster and Peptide booster and mix in my palm then apply. My skin in the morning looks absolutely flawless.




I need this in my life at all times.


I have been using this product once a day for about a month now and I'm beyond thrilled. 'Pro' tip: Don't put it on a cotton ball or pad as this wastes so much product, instead use your (clean) hands. After washing my face with Hydralight one step face cleanser in the shower, I make sure my hands are clean, put a few drops in my hand, and apply to my face focusing on my T-zone. I don't know which product is impacting the results the most but either way, I am zit and foundation/concealer free during my period which is a freaking miracle. One thing that bugs me a tiny bit is that my hands always feel gross/greasy after application. I do find that my face feels a little weird for a bit after application but that goes away after applying my moisturizer. This combo of products is the first that has actually worked for my skin and I will not use anything else as long as these are available.


Toronto, Ontario




I read about Paula's Choice BHA exfoliants on an online forum I found after researching how to get rid of my "closed comedones". No matter how much I exfoliated, cleansed, or tried to extract whatever from these clogged pores of mine, nothing would help enough to get rid of these white bumps on my skin. That is until I tried this here product! This is officially my second day of using the gel exfoliant morning and night. My skin hasn't "purged" yet (hopefully it won't). It actually got brighter, less red, and WAAAY smoother! My closed comedones are already almost gone! I'm incredibly impressed and I feel so much more confident. I've finally found something that works! It is a little sticky, but that goes away entirely once my skin absorbs the product. As far as moisture goes, my skin is still moisturized, and my oil is actually under control throughout the day. That's without an additional moisturizer. This is truly a miracle product!

Miss Thang

Richmond, VA


Love the Texture


This is my favorite texture of Paula's BHA products. It seems to have a lot of "slip" which makes it easy to quickly spread over my face without a lot of pulling or tugging. With the liquid, I always felt like I was losing a lot of product, either by having it slip between my fingers or be soaked into a cotton ball. With this one, I feel like I get more bang for my buck because no product is wasted.

Jaclyn M

Buffalo, NY


Instant Results


I noticed a visible improvement in my skin tone and texture after just a couple of uses. I use only at night after toner and before moisturizer. I do allow 10 minutes after applying before I apply serums and/or moisturizer. I found this more effective for my skin type (normal/combo) than the 4% BHA.


st paul



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