SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 383 reviews


SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 383 reviews


This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.
  • Gently refines and clarifies pores
  • Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Moisturizing lotion hydrates skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant has a light lotion texture that softens and hydrates skin as it gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This lotion creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and unbelievably smoother, with diminished pore size and less visible wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Exfoliates dead skin to reveal the healthy-looking radiant skin hiding underneath. This optimal form of gentle exfoliation renews skin’s youthful-looking texture, shrinks pore size, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lightweight, hydrating emollients soften skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft without flaking or redness.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower 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, Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant), Lauric Acid (fatty acid), Allantoin (soothing agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (plant-based antioxidant soothing agents), Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Xanthin Gum (thickener), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbent slip agent), PEG-40 Stearate (thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives)

Ratings & Reviews

Love this formulation


This glides over skin. It is just right for my sensitive, dry-ish, breakout prone skin. I have used all Paula's BHA products. I was one of her first customers more than 20 years ago, with the 2% BHA liquid. Now I am 50 years ago and my skin is drier but BHA is still key ---- smoothes, soothes, softens, keeps breakouts at bay and evens out my complexion. This lotion is just perfect for me. Elegant, silky, effective.





HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I truly should be the number one spokes model for this product! I have seen mixed reviews on this, but honestly both formulas work well. In my opinion, it just depends on what your preference is. I think I prefer the liquid over this one, but they both work well. I am 41 years old and have been battling with severe cystic acne since I was a teen. I get large swollen red nodules (cysts) that never form a head or erupt, and then only swell worse if I attempt to pop the bumps. My face literally makes me look like I have a some sort of disease or something. It is so embarrassing and humiliating. Through the years I have tried all kinds of acne products, taken oral antibiotics, and taken Accutane twice with no luck at all! Soooo with all this being said, I decided to try a sample of this last year and was shocked beyond belief at how well it worked. So I very quickly ordered it in the regular size. It has completely cleared my skin. I still have flareups when my monthly cycle comes, but this quickly knocks it out! The last time I ran out of this, my skin went right back to the way it used to be! That should tell you something!


Southern Illinois

Some improvements


The reviews on this new formulation are pretty mixed so I wanted to add my two cents to the mix. The new one applies so much smoother than the last one did! The old one felt like applying spackle to my face and required too much elbow grease. This one just glides across my skin and absorbs easily. Also different from the old version is the amount needed. One small pump covers my face. Anymore than that and it's too drying for my skin. I would recommend to the people who say it's too drying to try using less at one time, it might help. I do wish it was more moisturizing but I have really dry skin, so it might just be my skin.




My Holy Grail wintertime exfoliant


I have used PC's 2% BHA lotion for the last several years during the winter/colder months as my main exfoliant. Most of the year I use the liquid formula, but as I am often in a dry, alpine environment during winter months, the little bit of extra moisture this provides ends up being the winning formula for me. I have relatively sensitive skin, but this lotion has never caused me any redness or irritation. It really helps even out my skin tone and smooths and refines the texture of my skin. LOVE IT!


Denver, CO


I was so excited to try this but ...


So after consulting the help service on here. I was reccomended this for my congested skin. I was very excited for it to arrive as i was sure that was going to fix my skin for good. I have used alot of salicylic acid products in the past and they have worked wonders for my skin. Unfortunately i found this really irritating, im not sure if it was one of the other ingreidents or just the fact that is was 2%. But it made my skin go very red, it was itchy sticky and stung slightly. It also made my pores look more prominent and my skin looker thicker, duller and gressier. I stuck out using it for a couple of days in hopes that it would start working but it just got worse :(


New zealand


Give this a try!


Love this! I've never had really nice skin, but never had big problems with my skin either and not many breakouts. Fast forward through marriage and kids, when I hit 30 my skin started to go crazy! I suddenly started breaking out on my cheeks and was getting new ones in different places almost everyday. I tried sooooo many products for years with minimal results until I found pc. I started using her acne line and it was a godsend, I used her old formula 2% bha lotion as part of my routine daily. After using the line for a few years though my skin started to become very oily. A couple hours after my skin routine and it was an oil slick every day. Went back to the drawing board with my skin care and finally found a combo that has my skin looking great again. I use the earth sourced cleansing gel, follow with hydralight healthy skin toner, and the 2% bha lotion at night, and 2% bha gel during the day with my resist super light daily wrinkle defense sunscreen. This has been AMAZING for my skin. It minimizes and smooths my pores and leaves my skin even toned and soft. I understand the frustration of those who loved the old formula, but both formulas are great so don't let the comparisons deter you. I believe this formula lends itself better to layering other skincare products. Love it!




Very disappointed with new formula


The BHA 2% is one of my top favorites and when i reorder it and applied it on my skin I had to do double check to see if I had not received the wrong product. I did not like the way it felt and now I'm having skin problems. I have to redo or change products to achieve what I thought I had found what worked for me. Very bummed out have to start all over again. Please go back to the old version!




This is a very good product!!


I have fair skin that is dry, sensitive and aging. I have just recently started using this product. I love that it goes on smoothly, absorbs well, and keeps my skin clear of small breakouts. It does not irritate my skin and that is very important to me. I much prefer the texture of this lotion over the BHA 2% Liquid. I do not find it particularly moisturizing, but it does not dry out my skin, and I am happy to use a dedicated moisturizer when necessary. I use this product once a day in the evening.

Lou in the Beach

Toronto, Canada


A great addition to my skin care


I ordered this because I use I was curious and thought it would be a good addition to my Paula's choice skin care. I use the 8% BHA exfoliant liquid at night and the Retinol lotion. My skin is dry. I wasn't sure how often I could tolerate the AHA lotion and when I started with twice a day it was too much for my skin. I found that using the lotion in the morning and the BHA exfoliant at night worked out best for me. My skin is much smoother and my makeup goes on well over it (I use an SPF moisturizer on top of the AHA lotion during the day).

shopping diva

Fair Oaks, CA


Definite Difference in Texture from the old version


I've been a Paula's Choice customer since the products first were offered, so I've experienced all of the changes to the product lines over the years. I've used the 2% BHA Lotion for many years, especially since my skin became drier as I approached menopause. Although I loved the old version, the big difference with this new version is the texture. The new version's texture is less dense and more like a hybrid between a gel and a creamy lotion. On the plus side, it layers much better in my opinion than the old version, meaning that it layers well over the Skin Recovery Toner and a combination of Skin Recovery Moisturizer (non spf version) and a drop of Hyaluronic Acid mixed together can be applied over the BHA without balling up. That combination of products has been effective at keeping my skin hydrated and smooth. Since my skin is dry, however, I have found that this BHA with the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 applied over it is just too drying for me. Hope this helps those with dry skin considering this product.

Mediterranean Maven

Miami, FL



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