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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

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!



Don't waste your money ON THE TRAVEL SIZE!


This leaked all over my travel make-up bag. I had to put it in two plastic baggies just to make it through my week long trip. The package design is AWFUL.

Miss Julie


Makes large pores disappear


I bought this for myself and unfortunately because it contains acid and caused a flare up of IC (interstitial cystitis) as most acid containing skin products and foods do, I had to stop using it. I gave it to my husband, who has also used PC products for many years. He started using it and in days, his enlarged pores totally disappeared! He ran out, but didn't tell me, and soon his pores because very noticeable again. Since this has made a very noticeable difference in his skin texture, I will make sure he doesn't run out again!


Washington state

I use this as deodorant, too


I have used this for years. I now also use it as underarm deodorant. It is spookily effective. I saw a blogger (sorry, don't remember which one) recommend also wiping one's underarms with a cotton pad wetted with this. IT WORKS. I smooth it on my face, to keep my skin gently exfoliated, and my underarms, morning and evening. The skin under my arms is smooth as baby skin, and I don't smell. This works as well as yucky, traditional aluminum-based deodorants, and better than those good-hearted but sub-par "organic" deodorants. It doesn't stop perspiration. It's not witchcraft, y'all. I've read it fights odor by killing bacteria and making the pH hostile to the usual smelly underarm suspects, but I have no idea if that's true. I just know it works. Some people use the 2 percent BHA Stridex pads if they run out of this, but this is more cost-effective, especially if you use halved Egyptian cotton pads. I'm sharing this for all the ladies who aren't crazy about aluminum-based antiperspirants, but hadn't found an eco-friendly version that works for them. This works for me.

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North Carolina

Flawless Skin is back!


Being in my mid 50's, I've noticed that the bright, firm, smooth skin of my youth was becoming a thing of the past. I've been searching for that perfect product that would bring vitality back to my skin, and I mean "hard core" searching! :[ Estée, Lancôme, Prescriptive, Origins, Philosophy..etc have all disappointed me. So I decided to give Paul's a chance, after all, her books' recommendations were always spot-on. I'm soooo happy i did because this product is a show-stopper! My skin hasn't looked this good in 20 years! The firmness, elasticity, smoothness, and glow of my youth is back! I love this product, and now have several bottles of it (just in case the world falls apart). I think its price point is excellent too. Even though I'm rating this product 5-stars, there is one thing I would encourage Paula to do: change the delivery method for a better application process. Applying the lotion first into a cotton ball, and then running the cotton ball over skin wastes the product as it is naturally absorbed. I now pour it into an old bottle and use the stopper to apply drops to my face which I spread evenly. It's much more effective that way, and it saves product too!

Kristi Schone


Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Travel Size Leaks!


This is an amazing product, and I recommend the regular size wholeheartedly, but the Travel Size leaks if it isn't kept perfectly upright at all times. Not good for travel....



Visible improvements!


I've never had bad/difficult skin, but it's definitely sensitive so I am careful and selective with the products I use. After 3 months of use, I ABSOLUTELY see changes. My pores are smaller, my skin is smoother, discolorations are no longer apparent, and what lines I do have (only 26 years old) are less present. As someone with sensitive skin, I am very happy that my skin can handle daily or even 2x a day. Make sure to wear sunscreen if you use this product. I've recommended this product to so many people and I'll continue to use this in my daily regimen.


Orlando, Fl



The texture isn't one that I can use during the day, so I use the another of Paula's liquid BHAs during the day and this at night. My face feels like new skin every morning! I have oily/acne prone skin with some dry patches, so I am typical combo. Love this stuff!

PC Fan



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