SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 387 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.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 387 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 Skin, All Skin Types
Large Pores, Wrinkles, Anti-Aging, Blackheads


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.

Show details

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Cosmetics, 2015, issue 3, pages 259-276

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

Fave BHA for Face


I love this newer formula compared to the former BHA lotion. My skin became dry and flaky in Colorado and I still break out. This lotion makes my skin feel comfortable. It is lightweight and just the right amount of moisture.


Colorado Springs, CO


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


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


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


My Absolute Skincare Must-Have


This has 100% changed my skin- my pores are so much smaller and my skin is smoother overall. I didn't think that I would ever be able to change my pore size and that it was genetic but this product changed it all. I have grown to love my skin more and more since using this and now I can't live without it!!


Charlotte, NC


GREAT Formula! My new BHA Go To!


I noticed a lot of negative reviews on the new formula. If you have very dry skin, I could see why. However, for normal to oily skin, this is amazing! Unlike the BHA gel, it's leaves a matte and lightweight finish. No residue, just moisturized skin from within! Although I've never had a huge pore or blackhead problem, I do see a difference with this product. I hardly ever get breakouts! Plus, BHA is related to aspirin and it's very calming. I love it! If you aren't the biggest fan of Paula's gel, please try this!

Cavalier Lover

Houston, TX


Gentle yet effective!


I have somewhat sensitive combination skin that is influenced by a thyroid condition. When I was younger, I would irritate my skin to destroy my acne and oil troubles... I finally learned that actual face scrubs and harsh toners were only making things worse. Then I found BHA Exfoliant lotion! I started with 1% but moved up to 2%. This keeps my T-zone in check and clears my blackheads (mainly around my nose). It reduces my breakouts, but also gives me a little moisture. It does not smell great but I don't care because it is fragrance free (hard to come by), and the odor fades quickly. I want skin care not perfume for my face. My skin feels smoother and it's clearer! Please don't change or discontinue this lotion!!


Hudson Valley, NY


My favorite daily Bha


This is my favorite exfoliation product for daily use. It is a very light and silky lotion texture that goes on beautifully. It isn't sticky and won't pill. It is the perfect first step after cleansing and toning for me. It works great just like all the other Bha formulas. I like the lotion because it soaks in fast and then on to my serum and moisturizer. I have more normal or combination skin. I use this formula on my neck and chest as well and it works great.





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