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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
Enlarged Pores, Redness, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

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    4 oz
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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.

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

Thank you Paula's Choice!


I just wanted to thank the Paula's Choice company for an amazing product. I have struggled with bad skin since middle school, been to the dermatologist many times, and have tried so many drug store acne products. Nothing ever seemed to work. I thought I was doomed with bad skin forever. I heard of the amazing reviews of this product and decided to try it for myself. It is actually worth the hype! It is just about the only product that has ever helped clean my skin and do what is promises to do.

Mary K.




This product is incredible!! I've seen such a huge improvement in my skin's redness and acne. One word of warning- my skin did "purge," for get rid of excess oil which caused breakouts when I first started using. No breakouts since!


Greenville, SC

I wish I never bought this


The worst product I've ever used. I have minor to none acne and slightly dry skin and after using this my skin has never been this worse since I was in middle school. It's gotten very dry and irritated and it constantly feels super dry throughout the day .I'm hoping to return this product.


Ottawa, Ontario

Love love love!


Normally I do not write reviews but reading the ones for the bha liquid is what made me buy it and couldn't be happier! My skin is clearer, brighter, softer and looks the best it has in years! I have always struggled with acne and not anymore! I have been using it for almost 3 months and see a huge difference. Thank you!!


Geneva, IL

Did not work for me


I used this for a month once a day every day for closed comedones around my mouth and chin. I found that it did absolutely nothing for them and made areas that I never have breakouts on start to have breakouts. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me :(



Seriously a Miracle Worker


Anyone out there with combination skin knows my daily struggle. I couldn't find a product that worked for my sometimes oily, sometimes dry, acne prone, and pore covered skin (and usually all of these at the same time)!! When I started Paula's Choice YEARS ago, I started with the entire Skin Balancing line, which included this. THIS was the miracle worker in the group. You could tell that it was getting rid of my acne, my pores, my oily forehead and my dry cheeks. It was making my skin PERFECT and balanced. This BHA will compliment every skin type and can be added to any routine. You'll thank Paula for the rest of your life!

No-Make-Up Jenna

Warren, Michigan

Great for everything


This is perfect for my combination, sensitive, acne prone skin. It has helped keep my breakouts at bay while improving my skin's texture and hyperpigmentation marks. This should be a staple in everyone's skin care regimen!



Cleared my skin!


It took about a month for my skin to get used to this product, it was slightly sensitive to it at first. I used to have small whiteheads/acne all over my forehead and after a new weeks of use they are completely gone! I still do get the larger pimples that I'm used to, but I do see a huge improvement in my skin.


Guelph, Ontario

Excellent as aftershave


I use a 20% salicylic acid for exfoliation of my face, so this isn't strong enough for me. I got a travel size as a gwp that sat on the shelf until it occurred to me to put it on my bikini area. I reliably get red bumps after I shave and these can get really inflamed if I don't manage them. This works well to keep them under control. I use it on my underarms also as an aftershave. It calms the inflammation right down. I read a reviewer who said it may alter the ph of that area, keeping smelly bacteria from forming. Not sure I'm ready to go w/o antiperspirant in TX in summer, but it does keep these tender shaved bits from breaking out.

Miss Conduct


LOVE this product!


I've always had good skin, but noticed as I turned 65 last year that my skin seemed "dull" and those pesky tiny lines were starting along my cheeks. After reading the reviews for Paula's Choice, I decided to give the exfoliant a try and couldn't be happier. It takes 2 seconds twice a day, followed by a very good hyaluronic acid serum, and my skin has a glow I haven't seen in quite some time. I'm not sure if it's actually reducing my pores, but they look much smaller, while those tiny lines have also diminished. I am now a consumer for life!




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