Based on 2,306 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

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!






This product made a difference in my skin in 2 days. After a week of use my T-zone pores are becoming cleaner and are tightening up. My skin is clear and the sun damage spots are evening out and fading. This product is the most amazing thing I have ever tried for skincare. Seriously. This review is not a fake. I bought the trial size and just ordered the big one. Can't wait to see how much better my skin gets.


Vail, CO


Nice surprise


I received this product as a trial size free gift. I put it on before bed (before my paulas choice moisturizer) and my skin glows in the morning. I can tell when I wash my face it's been exfoliated. I will buy a regular size once my trial size is used. Thanks.


Burlington, ontario


Very Pleased!


I am so pleasantly surprised to find a great product that does what it says. After using just a week or two I'm noticing great improvement. It's really gotten rid of any blemishes. My skin seems smoother and softer to the touch. No irritation at all. I am excited about continuing to use this going forward!! I highly recommend trying it!!!

Lexi's Mom



I love this


I've studied skin care for years. I even read one of Paula's books a million years ago. But this is the first product of her's I've tried (at age 46). My skin is so smooth and soft I can't stop touching it. My chin acne has disappeared. I don't know what kind of magic is in this but I'm in LOVE.




Genuinely saved my skin


I've struggled for years with skin problems. I couldn't even go out in the daylight because I was so embarrassed by my skin. This product genuinely saved my skin, I have no doubt about it. Thanks Paula's Choice!


Cleveland, OH


Helps Hidradenitis Suppurativa


This is the only product I have found that has helped my hidradenitis suppurativa. Love this stuff!


Kansas City, KS


Must have!


I know many say this, but this is honestly my first time writing a review. I'm 40 with problematic skin. I have it all. Large pores, oily skin, texture issues, hormonal breakouts (usually around my chin), you name it. I've been using a routine from Paula's Choice for almost a week. Yes, I see a huge difference already! I have pretty much used every expensive skincare brand out there. R and F, Murad, Dermalogica, you name it, I've probably used it. My skin honestly looks amazing. I really don't need any powder or concealer, which is hard since I'm so used to needing it. I use the resist cleanser, resist replenishing toner, 10% niacinamide booster (AM), clear ultra light moisturizer and of course the skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid (PM). This routine was recommended by a skincare expert at Paula's Choice. I highly recommend this company and their products. Thank you so much Paula! You have a customer for life!




Love this stuff


I purchased this a few months ago and have been using it once a day at night, followed by the skin recovery replenishing moisturizer (I use Olay gentle clean foaming cleanser morning and night, followed by aczone topical acne treatment and an olay moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning). This combination of BHA and moisturizer has made a huge difference in the tone and texture of my skin. For the past several years, since moving home to the oppressive Florida heat and humidity, I have really struggled with constant breakouts (big red painful ones across my chin especially). At baseline, I have very fair, extremely sensitive, easily irritated skin--and now it breaks out seemingly at the drop of a hat. I've tried several OTC and rx acne products over the years, with varying success, but it has been very difficult to find any product that would consistently help without either causing more breakouts or worsening my redness. From practically first use, this product has calmed my skin, has noticeably improved my breakouts (I still break out here and there but spots are much smaller and heal much more quickly), and has made my skin even and glow-y. Knocking on wood as I type this...never thought I'd feel that way about my skin again! I love that it essentially feels like I'm applying nothing--there's no residue, no real smell, and no burning or stinging after it goes on (even when I first started using it). It does not dry me out or make me flake (feels very gentle - something I was worried about before trying!), and it has never made my breakouts worse - just better. So grateful to have taken a shot in the dark and tried this!






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Columbia, SC



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