Based on 2,283 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
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

So far, so good


This was my first time ordering Paula's products. I have been struggling with oily and problematic skin all my life, even now, into my sixties ... BHA 2% liquid seems to help. It is a slow going, but, as with any skincare, one cannot expect an overnight miracle. So ... be patient. My daughter has complemented me on my skin, though, which is a great sign! I definitely see an improvement, too. I use it every morning, after cleaning and a balancing toner, which I love, btw. To my surprise, I haven't experienced any irritation or breakouts like I often do when trying new products, which tells me, this one is well formulated exfoliant. It's a keeper! Thank you, Paula.


Vancouver, Canada


This is my second bottle! Love it!


I'm in love with this product. I'm 41 and have been searching for something that combats breakouts and anti aging. This is it! I can't believe how soft and supple my skin is after using this!

Mom of 3

North Carolina


This was the best accident


I order this exfoliate thinking I was going to get a regular exfoliating gel. I did not want to use it because I have rosacea and I was afraid if was going to cause more redness but boy I was wrong! This is perfect for my skin and it doesn't affect my prescription medication. YES! I used this first and I put my prescription medicine on top... next day my skin is glowing! Love it!

Diana Walther

New York


The best quick remedy


I was skeptical of the product at first. Then, my mm told me that I should at least try it so I decided to buy it. When I got it I started using it and within the first week I saw and feel my face improve. I used to have these little pimples that were impossible to get rid of and I had decided that I would stop trying with skincare routines. But this product had saved me and if I'm being honest I'm starting school in a couple weeks and I need a change and honestly, I love this product. It changed my life and its the absolute best thing. It burned and it was irritating at first but just give it about two weeks and then it just slowly goes away, the product is an exfoliator but toner like so it takes a couple weeks to get used to. This made less ashamed of my face and the many pimples that were on my face.






I know a lot of people say this but I actually DO NOT write reviews. I heard about this product when I googled what to do about the small white bumps on my forehead that wouldn't go away. I ended up finding this product and another Paula's Choice toner and they both have given my skin so much relief. I have not had any breakouts after the second week of using this and I could honestly cry because I have TRIED EVERYTHING. My face usually breaks out after I eat dairy and bread and I have been doing that since I've been on vacation the last week and it hasn't broken out ONCE. Would recommend a thousand times over. I believe it also helps with oily skin as I usually have a grease ball of a face and that has been reduced significantly.






This product is absolutely life changing. I have had painful acne on my shin and cheeks for the past few years. I've tried countless products that would do nothing for my skin. I tired this product based off of the great reviews hoping for results. This product has delivered better than anything I've ever put on my skin. It is slightly greasy but I don't mind that. My skin is clear and glowy, I wear a tinted spf and a touch of concealer on any redness that is peaking through. I have never been so confident in my own skin. I will continue to use and recommend this product to anyone who is having problems with their skin.


Scottsdale, Az


New found HOLY GRAIL Product


Okay, so I just recently discovered Paula's Choice and I only regret not finding this brand sooner. The 2% BHA Liquid is the first product I have ordered and tried and I am SO excited to try more of PC. I have noticed a considerable difference already after only using this for a couple of DAYS - I swear, it is not the placebo effect haha, this stuff is the real deal. My skin feels smoother and my complexion seems brighter already. I used it on my boyfriends face who does NOT have a skin routine in place, and even he was impressed and we both noticed a difference in his complexion. I have had a recent hormonal flair up along my jaw line - when washing my face I could feel all these tiny bumps and now they have noticeably decreased, it is incredible. I am so impressed and I will 100 % be making a repurchase and I cannot wait to try more products.


Vancouver, British Columbia


Miracle Worker!


I bought this product awhile back and didn't really use it very much at that time. But, a few weeks ago I started using it again, not sure why BUT>>>>>>I noticed a difference in my complexion IMMEDIATELY!!!!! I have oily skin with large pores and this product immediately smooths my skin and makes my pores far, far less noticable. It gives my face a nice glow, not oily, a GLOW!!! Last week I went to see my facialist after putting this product on my face, (she has been giving me facials for 15+ years). She asked me what I was using on my skin because it has NEVER looked this good! My pores were so clean she said. Anyway, now I am hooked. Just ordered my 2nd bottle of this magic potion and am scouring the website to see what else I want to try. This is truly a miracle worker! Thank you!!!!!


Deltona, FL


Does what it claims


I have been using this product nightly for years now. I'm 65 years old & this is the best my skin has ever looked. And thats saying a lot. Pores so large people commented on them, as if I never noticed it before. My pores now are pretty much gone. Not sure when it happened, but this is one product I can't do with out.




Wow, wow, wow (in a good way!!!)


As a super sensitive rosacea sufferer for years- everything turns my face red. Even the most expensive, highly rated stuff. Even Cerave which is my dermatologist recommended moisturizer for me turns me red when first applied. Guess what? This BHA Exfoliant does not turn my face red at all. I've had a blackhead problem because scrubs are bad for rosacea. I noticed within two days my skins looks clean, glowing (and I'm 56) and no noticeable blackheads. I ordered the trial size because I've learned to be cautious. I just finished ordering my first full bottle. My recommendation is to try the trial size and if it works for you, you will be smitten. I am using this as a cleaner at night. It leaves your skins so smooth and hydrated.

Mrs. Beer

Lafayette, LA



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