Based on 2,320 reviews
Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.


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
Large Pores, Skin Redness, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads
    4 oz
    Travel Size...
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.

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.
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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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

Visible Results


I rarely write reviews, but I had to for this product. To echo other reviewers, this product has made a huge difference in my skin texture and appearance. I was initially skeptical at it's reported effectiveness, as I have tried other "holy grail" products on the market and have never had the kinds of results that others report. I have hormonal acne and I've never had any other product come close to the effectiveness of this product. I've been using this stuff for a little over 2 months and since then, my skin texture and clarity have improved so much that I have been able to ditch my foundation. The redness is gone, my skin glows. My skin is clear! I use it nightly after I wash my face. Any breakouts I've had over the last few months last a day at most and they're minimal.


Chicago, IL


The queen of BHAs


I've been using this nearly every night for coming up on two years. Come winter, it can be a little drying for me, but as long as I make sure to slather on a ridiculous amount of oils and moisturizer at night, my skin stays glowy and supple year-round. This product, along with the combination of gentle cleanser, retinol, niacinamide, and lots of antioxidants, has absolutely saved my skin and nearly eliminated my acne, including cystic acne. Love this product just like almost everyone else in the world does.


New York , NY


I will be purchasing again!


My absolute favorite toner. I use it in the morning before applying my makeup and it keep my liky skin so much more matte throughout the day! I rarely write reviews haha but this line has been SO good for my skin!


New Hampshire


Wish I tried this sooner


I'm 41 years old and the past two years I really got serious about my skincare, this is absolutely amazing. My problems were uneven texture, pores, blackheads, occasionally I would get a small breakout but in my teens I suffered from acne and I had scarring, keyword had! I thought my skin was as best as it would be considering the problems I had and I would just have to be happy with what I have accomplished, not with this skin perfecting exfoliate. No more blackheads, scarring is not noticeable and all around smooth glowing skin. I've spent so much money the past two years and I wish I tried this years ago. Price is amazing for what this does . I will now look into more care products here. Tip I have found that makes a huge difference as well. Ditch the towels or rags used to dry your face after washing. It takes a bit to get used to but so much more cleaner and effective. Keep patting your face until it's just damp . That made a world of difference for me and my routine sinks in my skin so much better.


Greensboro NC


What I've been waiting for


I feel like I have been waiting for this product for years. I've tried so many different skincare lines that it's sad to think about how much money I have wasted. Some sort of helped, but I would still have persistent cystic acne on my chin. After a stressful internship that left my skin an absolute mess, I had a few weeks at the end of this summer to just leave it alone. I didn't wash it in the morning. When I did wash it, I used nourishing, gentle, natural cleansers. I let the humid summer air moisturize it. It helped surprisingly well - my skin calmed down markedly. I went back to school and was very nervous that my skin would break out again. Moreover, while my skin was generally clearer, it was now more congested (blackheads) because I was not washing it as much. I did some research and stumbled upon Paula's Choice and bought a travel size of this liquid after I read the reviews. I thought, "why not, it's only $8 and then when nothing happens at least I can say I tried it." Boy was I wrong. I haven't had a single large breakout since. I am honestly shocked. My chin acne has not come back and my skin is noticeably smoother. This stuff legitimately works. WORD TO THE WISE: I also have more sensitive skin. I recommend slowly introducing the liquid by first applying it every other night. Also, I honestly don't know what people are talking about with this "sticky" business. Apply the product with a cotton pad like the directions say. Wait 30 minutes before applying anything else. If need be, only put it on at night. I only apply the liquid every PM and I still have great results.

Ann S

Madison, WI


This is a must-have for beautiful skin!


I love love love this product. The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid was one of the first products I tried from Paula's Choice, in the trial size, and I am now never without it. I had suffered from blackheads on my nose and occasional blackheads and whiteheads on my chin and forehead. My facialist would spend 20 painful minutes squeezing out the worst of them, my poor nose! I started using this in the evening after cleansing and before moisturizing, and lo and behold - in less than a week, when I went to the mirror in the morning, the blackheads were literally coming out of the pores on my nose. I was stunned at the effectiveness. It's gentle, soothing, not harsh, and yet incredibly effective. I I use it regularly now (3-4 times a week), and whenever I have small bumps - sometimes as a result of sunscreen when I'm on vacation - this is my go-to, and they disappear within 1-2 days. Incredibly effective, incredibly helpful, and it gives a wonderful clean, fresh glow to my skin. Try it!


New York City


Best I've ever had


This is literally the best product I've ever had. I only bought it because of the 2,300 reviews it had, never bought anything from paula's Choice and honestly it works. My forehead was full of tiny bumps/pimples and blackheads on my nose for years and in 2 weeks is almost 80% gone.


Boston, MA


I will buy this product forever...


I purchased this product on a whim and I'm so glad I did. It has changed the appearance and feel of my skin dramatically! I have very large, clogged pores but after a few weeks using this, my pores are noticeably smaller and my skin looks... I don't know... cleaner? Fresher? People have commented that it's oily but, for me, it's only at application. It will absorb quickly. I actually like the way it applies to the skin very much. As the headline says, I will buy this product forever... my pores have never been smaller. Thank you for being cruelty free!!!! It doesn't go unnoticed.


Las Vegas, NV


Beauty skin care staple


I use this about 3-4x/week to keep my skin smooth/glowing, prevent black heads on my nose and help get rid of post red marks from breakouts. It doesn't dry out my skin or doesn't make my skin greasy. My skin loves it and I will never be without it. My husband even "borrows" at times so I got him his own travel size bottle. Thanks for a great product!


Medford, NJ


Love this product!!


I put this on every night before I go to bed! I have not tried putting on in the morning before applying makeup, the product is a little oily but I will try it one day. I can notice a HUGE difference. My face glows after I apply it and just how clear and smooth my face looks and feels. I have naturally large pores as well, and I have a bad habit of picking my face along with it too but really I don't anymore because this product minimizes them and I don't get many black heads anymore. I love this product and I would recommend to anyone!





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