Based on 2,275 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



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


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


My gold standard


I so rarely write reviews but this is the most outstanding liquid exfoliant I've ever used. I have combination skin and am currently working on mild adult acne and the beginnings of fine lines. I can't believe how much this product smoothes my skin and decreases my breakouts (which aren't awful but are stubbornly consistent). Right now I only use once at night since it takes a little while to fully absorb into the skin and is a heavier product, a minor nuisance but fully worth it for a product that works so well. I've tried several of the PC exfoliants and most of them have been good, but this is the gold standard I'll continue to buy. LOVE IT.


Saint Paul, MN


Gold Star Treatment


I have extremely oily/acne prone skin that is not only plagued by hormonal acne, but reactive breakouts due to sensitivity. This is just a dream. It actually leaves your skin moisturized, so I end up using a small amount of moisturizer in addition and am set. I started using Differin and use the toner at least 15 minutes before in the evening so that the two don't react negatively. Every time I switch to another toner, I'll be content, but then repurchase this and start seeing the biggest difference again. It reduces redness and inflammation, works to keep acne from popping up. Yay!




Changed my skin!


I ordered this after hearing about the benefits of BHA for acne and acne scarring. The majority of my acne was gone but I still had a lot of red acne marks left. After using it for a week or two, I started noticing that the redness of the marks and the redness of my general skin going down! I notice when I don't use it that my blackheads and pores on my nose worsen and my face feels more red and less soft. I use it nightly. I just squirt some on my hand and apply that way.






I got it, i got blessed first to have a good skin by nature, and i got blessed second time to have such a nice guru as Paula to guide through skin care. I really like this product, it smooths out your skin surface, improves texture and as always packed with so many amazing ingredients. Gurl! You rock!!!




My face cleared up immediately


This stuff is amazing, and I absolutely love it. I have oily skin that is VERY easily dehydrated. My skin tone is slightly uneven with some redness and acne. While I didn't have severe acne, I always had a few rather large nodular pimples, and nothing would make it better. That is, until I bought this. It has a slight chemical smell, but it is amazing on my skin. It evens my skin tone and texture, treats acne, and doesn't dry out my skin! Amazing.


Washington, DC



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