SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Based on 2,395 reviews
Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.
  • Clears & minimizes enlarged pores
  • BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) sheds built-up layers of skin
  • Fluid, lightweight texture absorbs quickly 
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, All Skin Types, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Large Pores, Skin Redness, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads
    4 oz
    $29.50
    Travel Size...
    $10.00
    Sample
    $0.80
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Why is it different?
A unique leave-on formula that’s gentle enough for daily use on all skin types. Exfoliates dead skin cells while clearing pores for a more even, radiant tone, plus visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles to reveal remarkably smoother, younger-looking skin.

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

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What does it do?
Skin becomes dull, dry and congested when dead skin cells build up on its surface. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing pores.
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How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and/or toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
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Research
Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

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

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-994

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

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

pls sponsor me b/c I can't live without this anymore

5

I don't know about you guys, but I hate looking at reviews without RECEIPTS!!!!! yeah descriptions are great but I want to see BEFORE and AFTER results. So I'll provide one, since most reviews don't have photos. I always put this as the very last step of my skincare routine (my last step is moisturizing, then I wait for the moisturizer to dry THENNN i put the treatment on). Great about it: 1) cream is consistent; you can just put a small amount on your fingertip and dab it over the pimple or you can apply it like you would a cream over scars/pimples that pop up--well that's at least how I use it... 2) it has a matte finish so if you want to put a little bit of foundation/concealer over the pimple/scar, it wont get messy... 3) it ACTUALLY gets rid of scars/blemish/discolouration/prevents acne 4) also helped get rid of my boyfriends acne Not so great about it: 1) I actually have sensitive, dry skin. So when I first started using this I had a lot of redness and it stung my skin... I'm guessing it was too strong so I stopped using it for a bit like 2 months (I sucked it up honestly I was that desperate--but if it wasn't a really bad sting like burning my skin;noooo it was just like a 'oh it's actually penetrating my pores' type of sting feeling?? if you know what I mean). I wanted the stupid bumps on my forehead GONE because they were starting to affect my self-esteem and I hated the bumpy look when I would put my makeup on :/ 2) if you have sensitive skin this is not something you should use on a daily basis or you'll end up with round red patches on your skin by the morning (this only appeared on my skin the first few weeks of treatment then my skin got used to it) so try 2 times a week...3) putting too much product on your sensitive skin will irritate it 4) Even though it works, it takes time to see results I had to finish 2 of these to completely get rid of the bump and it was an on/off thing for me so it really depends on how dedicated you are

tene

Toronto

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amazing

5

Ok Ladies, let's be real. I am not blessed with great skin. I have a lot of discoloration on my face, especially near the cheekbones. Mostly due to sun damage from tanning during younger years which we all now know is terrible for our skin. I have tried many products that claim to improve the discoloration. All have failed, until now. I don't know what's in this product but it has made a dramatic difference in my uneven skin tone and discoloration. I can honestly say i see a 50% improvement (lighter) in the dark spots on my face I have only been using this for about two weeks. I use this in the am and pm before and after makeup and i started to use the retinol night moisturizer. Most importantly, i cover with a Paula's spf 50 sunscreen. I do not expect to have perfect, beautiful skin. But, i am so happy with the results from this product and do not want to be without it.

ShellyS

florida

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I would buy this product again

5

I've started using this product 3 weeks ago and i noticed the bumps (whiteheads/blackheads) are less, cystic pimple seem to go away faster, more even skin tone, pores seem smaller. OVERALL - much better clear looking skin. Thank you so much, Paula!!! The only downside i noticed is my face now is way more shinier than ever. I already have oily/shiny skin to begin with and do not want to use powder/make up everyday (only occasionally), but when i started using the product i have to use a powder so it's not that noticeable - that's how oily and shiny my face is. If you anyones has any suggestions to reduce the shine and oiliness other than make up, please let me know. Thank you! Caution - do not pick a pimple or bumps too deep or too much. I noticed the bumps i picked while using this product turned much darker than when i wasn't using this product before. I guess, my skin is more sensitive now. That's probably why. Also, i'm a habitual picker so that doesn't help either.

Liza

Canada

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Amazing, my face feels so smooth

5

I love this. I have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts. This doesn't dry my face out, doesn't cause breakouts and leaves my skin so smooth. I've told everyone about this product. Love it

MHamaday

Pennsylvania

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holy grail

5

I cannot live without this product! bought sample size at first and started out with using a very tiny amount, later on bought the full size bottle cause I saw an improvement even while using the product sparingly. just remember to moisturize your skin well since it can dry it out a little bit, I noticed some parts of my face tolerate it better and some worse for eg. my cheeks tend to get dry easily but my forehead not so much. either way, awesome product!

Katie

poland

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Incredible - Immediate visible results

5

Best skin care product I have ever used

dmk

seattle, wa

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This stuff is bonkers

5

I kept seeing reviews for this and I gave in, so glad I did. The texture of my skin is completely gone. I have been using it for about two weeks now and I would say my skin has changed drastically. I noticed a difference by day 3 for sure. I dont even use it twice a day sometimes and it's still amazing. Consider me a lifetime customer!

Mrs.Steele

LA

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So glad I decided to buy this!

5

I have used Paula's products for a couple of years now. I have 49-year-old, fair, normal to dry skin and take skin care seriously. I have used the AHA products and like them, but wasn't sure the BHA was for me. About 2 months ago I decided to add it in and Wow! Without causing eruptions, BHA brings up debris that is just under the surface of my skin. Older spots, even little tiny fatty deposits have been cleared up and out with no drama. Every once in a while I will take my fingers across my face and can feel where stuff is lifted out and sitting just on top of my skin to be washed or wiped away. My pores look great! I use this every other day as it is a little drying, but a layer of Resist moisturizer fixes me right up. I am able to continue using the Retinol booster at night without irritation which is a bonus for me. I was worried they would interact negatively, but this is not the case.

Amy

Northern California

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and again and again~

5

I am 58 years old and have been told I have great skin, but this product just wows me! I have used it now for 2 days and even on the first day, I was amazed by how much of a glow my skin had, that I am sure it did not have even the day before. I could not stop looking at myself in the mirror! I'm on Day 3 now and hope it just keeps getting better!

Peabo

Maryland

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Will never stop using this!

5

I am in my late 30s, and my combination skin has been prone to cystic hormonal acne since my 20s. I have tried many high and low-end skincare products, prescription topicals, prescription oral medications, facials, and laser treatments to varying effect, but nothing really helped my skin in a long-lasting way. About a year ago, I stumbled upon Paula's Choice and started using BHA 2% liquid AM & PM. I noticed changes almost overnight, and now my skin has completely transformed. The congestion around my chin has resolved, texture smoothed, pores minimized, blackheads much smaller. I've had maybe 2 breakouts in the past year, and my husband notices the difference. I don't really need foundation or spot concealer any longer, and I always used to have some blemish concealed. I've used some different toners and continue to play with different serums/boosters from Paula and others over the months, but this BHA is really what has made all the difference. It's on auto-replenish--I never want to run out and will stock pile this stuff if it ever goes off the market. I also appreciate how affordable this is. Thanks for making a great, truly effective product!

AKELL

Alaska

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