Based on 446 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 446 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.

Show details

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



No other line makes BHA like Paula's Choice! Other brands don't have a high enough concentration, or the pH level is off, or the product contains irritants. This BHA product was my first purchase from PC, and it made me a believer. It really helped diminish my blackheads when my usual routine was no longer cutting it. Plus, the bottle lasted for a long time. My sister is now a big fan of this, too. Bravo!

Emerald Eyes



Helped a lot with my acne !!


I love this product! I use it every night with no moisturizer just this by it's self after I was my face, I think in the beginning it might break you out just a little but use in moderation in the beginning up to everyday , it's really good it literally saved my skin!!!!




Love the gel


The texture of the gel seems to be ideal for my skin. Everyone just raves about the liquid BHA, but that version just sits on my skin and never soaks in. This gel is great and absorbs! I use this in my morning routine and AHA at night.




INCREDIBLE! Changed my skin!


WOW! I am in LOVE with this product. My new holy grail in my skin care routine! I have dry acne prone skin. After applying this once a day for a week most of my irritation is gone! It soothes and softens the skin. It even helps breakouts move along! I will use this product FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! Thank you Paula!!! It is a little sticky which is fine. I apply it at night and wait about 10 mins to apply my moisturizer over top and most of the stickiness is gone after that. Do yourself a favour and buy this!!!




Clears Bumps, Minimizes Pores


If you are looking for an affordable, effective, bang-for-your buck product that gets ride of pimples, reduces blackheads, and minimizes pores and fine lines, Paula's Choice 2% Gel BHA exfoliant is really the best. Where Paula's Choice really shines is in their affordable, effective, high-quality AHA and BHA exfoliants. I spent too many years with brail-like bumps littering my forehead. Once I started using Paula's Choice 2% Gel BHA exfoliant those bumps were gone virtually overnight! My pores and blackheads became much smaller too. The 2% BHA is silicone free and sulfate free so it neither strips nor smothers my skin. While there are some really fancy chemical exfoliants out there, Paula's Choice is the most affordable, effective option I have found.


St. Louis, MO


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



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