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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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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

Not for me, unfortunately


I've used acids plenty in the past, both AHAs and BHAs, but unfortunately this formula was not for me. I have combination, acne-prone skin and was looking for something to help my closed comedones and hormonal breakouts. I wouldn't say my skin is overly sensitive, but I'm always cautious and introduce products slowly. I used it the first evening I got it and applied it lightly all over my face with a cotton pad, let it dry for about 10 minutes, and then followed up with a hydrating serum and moisturizer over the top. I skipped application the next day and just cleansed and moisturized as usual. When I woke up on the second morning after application, my skin was a flakey, patchy mess! I had so many dry spots both over active acne and around my nose, chin, and forehead. I have never experienced such intense irritation and dehydration from an acid before, let alone a gentle BHA and on the first use! I really had high hopes for this product thanks to all the wonderful reviews, but unfortunately this formulation was a disaster for my skin. I'm so thankful that I didn't try to apply two days in a row - so just be sure to introduce this slowly and be cautious of a delayed reaction like my skin had.

Flakey Face


On the road to holy grail...


I have only been using this for just over two weeks, but I have to share my thoughts. I think it is everything it claims to be. I am a skeptic on products, I do not purchase many new ones, and do my research. I looked into this product for a long time before I purchased it, but I am so glad that I did. My skin was at a crossroads. I was still breaking out, getting fresh acne scars, but my skin also looked thin, and crepe-y when I wore makeup to cover the acne, and scars. Generally, I looked older than I am, but my skin was so bad that I refused to stop wearing makeup. I decided to try this. My skin DID purge - Almost overnight, I broke out worse than I had in weeks. It lasted 4-5 days, but they all quickly either dried up, or came to a head. The breakouts did not persist, and at this point, my skin is clear. My skin tone is better - Brighter, clearer, more even. The crepe-y fine lines around my eyes, and cheeks, have lessened. My skin was a bit dry at first, and peeling, but that has lessened, too. It seems to be in balance now. Not too dry, not too oily - No breakouts, fewer signs of ageing. I am really, really pleased, and really, really grateful that there is a product to help my skin. I am almost 30, and all I have wanted is clear skin, before I age too much. It didn't seem like it was ever going to happen. I am so excited at the promise in this product. The one thing I wish I did sooner was wear sunscreen on my face daily, because I know a lot of these signs of ageing are irreversible now. But I think this is going to be a game-changer for me.


Nova Scotia, Canada.

This is amazing!


This thing is amazing! I'm very acne prone since I'm a teenager. After trying this BHA product, my skin only gets occasional whiteheads and it's very rare and small. It minimizes my redness and also clear up my complexion. It dries up my skin sometimes, but I balance it by using moisturizer on top of this applying this.



Travel size leaks and is a waste of money


This product works well though I think I like the gel better - however, this review is specific to the travel size packaging, which leaks like crazy. It's not just a pressure issue when traveling by plane - I just got back from some train travel and it leaked every day. I had to take all my items out of my zip lock, rinse then and set them out to dry every time I moved to a new location. Now the bottle is nearly empty. Paula's Choice is usually super thoughtful about packaging - please be as thoughtful on the small sizes for us road warriors!


Seattle, WA

It cleared my skin. Period.


This product is perfect for skin types that are oily or combo majority oily. I feel skin types that are more on the dry side will benefit from the lotion or gel formulas. That could explain some of the negative reviewers experience, in my opinion. The consistency is similar to a toner. The formula is simple without much extra unneeded ingredients. Green tea is an ideal antioxidant. Most importantly,  this leave on product clears closed comedones and keeps pores from getting clogged in the first place.  I understand everyone's skin is different, so I realize it can be hard tomething with so many mixed reviews, but I don't want you to completely get scared away from trying this if you are considering. My skin cannot have anything lotion based, it will absolutely break out. Before getting a trial size around last October,  I had breakouts all around the bottom portion of my face. A few cystic jaw line , yet hormones test didn't show abnormal. My face was just covered with closed comedones. After a week of using this at night, I noticed my breakouts slowly improving, and less starting popping up. Two weeks to a month my skin was clear. It has remained clear. I have been using this daily and without a doubt this product cleared my acne covered skin. A few of my coworkers have mentioned how "good" my skin looks [polite way of telling me my acne is gone] . I recently purchased three bottles when they were on sale. I highly recommend this particular SA leave on for those with similar acne issues and most importantly those with more oily than dry skin. The lotion or gel formula is ideal for skin types with more dry skin and combo dry. I should also note that I most definitely have sensitive skin, not once has this irritated it in any way.



can't wait to get my third bottle !


I started using this product 4 years ago and it did WONDERS for my skin in a very short period of time. After my second bottle was done I got a bit cocky because my skin was looking great, so I decided not to re-order. It's been about a year of not using the product and YOU CAN TELL. My skin is back to being a bit greasy, I have these small bumps I can't get rid of and my pores are large and in charge. I was trying to figure out what was going on with my skin and then I suddenly remembered that I totally abandoned this amazing product. I just ordered another bottle and I'm so excited to start using it again! Will write another review after a couple of weeks of using it again :)



I finally found something to calm redness!


I've been getting redness and an annoying rash around my nose and mouth since getting pregnant. And even before that, had problems with very visible sebum. This will even out my skin tone, calm down redness, reduces sebum appearance, and keeps my rash at bay. I use after cleansing and before moisturizing in the morning and at night. I make sure to put on sunblock during the day as well. My skin is so incredible smooth and soft now!



Thank the Lord for this product :)


This is what I use to remain blemish free, and I'm definitely very blemish prone even with just combination skin. I use in morning and night. I wish I would have known about this product several years ago, it would have saved me some light melasma spots that birth control pills caused me. I was on BC pills solely to help keep my skin clear. Pleaseeeeee stop raising the price on this though. Cost is going up on PC product(s) but customers' pay salaries are not rising, so it kinda creates a problem. Will retain more loyal customers with fair pricing. Just being honest. Thanks!



caused acne


was very excited to try this product. my skin is normally clear from acne but has some uneven tone w/ some blackheads on the nose. this product caused me to breakout with big deep cystic type acne on the chin. i tried the product on two separate occasions and got the same result each time.

R Adams

san diego, ca



If your skin reacts well to salicylic acid, then this is for you. It's a miracle worker. It smoothes my skin overnight, while moisturizing it at the same time. I'm currently using it once a day as I do feel like twice would be a bit excessive, but everyone and their skin type are different (I have generally sensitive and temperamental skin). If you're looking for something that helps keep your pores unclogged, give this a try and I'm sure you won't be disappointed :)

Canadian Gal

Toronto, ON


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