Based on 310 reviews
A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.


Based on 310 reviews
A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.
  • Revitalizes uneven skin tone
  • Smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • Weightless gel texture perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging


    3.3 oz
    $29.50 $25.07
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel is a completely non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that gently and naturally helps shed built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This unique formula revitalizes skin’s surface, creates noticeable radiance, smooths the appearance of wrinkles, and makes your skin look and feel remarkably soft. With ongoing use, it can help promote firmer-looking skin.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

What does it do?
Combines the exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid with a sheer weightless gel formula that provides long-lasting hydration and dramatically improves the smoothness of skin. It also contains skin-soothing plant extracts and antioxidants. You’ll experience a more even, brighter skin tone and a feeling of firmness.

How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 8% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Show details

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

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

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2009, issue 5, pages 495-501

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2010, volume 3, pages 135-142

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (chamomile/skin-soothing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin replenishing), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Better than I hoped.


I wanted a gel products that helped to unclog my thicker oily t-zone without stripping it or my normal skin elsewhere. It feels like thick water, absorbs instantly with zero tackiness afterwards and just leaves the skin instantly smoothed and firm feeling. As a cancer survivor, my skin dramatically changed post chemo therapy from oily/light acne for a super sensitive combinations skin type. I went from high shine all the time to blotchy redness, continued breakouts and now dehydrated and irritable skin. This marvellous product feeling super-hydrating, calming like cool spring water but will all the skin retexturing benefits of powerful skincare. Thanks Paula!


Val-David, QC


Great for acne prone winter skin!


I've been slow to trying AHA products since I have acne-prone skin and BHA has been great to help manage that! However, with the winter weather being very harsh this year, the BHA has just not been agreeing with my skin. I bought the AHA to provide some exfoliation that wouldn't dry my skin out further--and this does just that! I have been alternating my BHA (once a day) with this AHA every other night so I still have some help on the breakout front. It helps to minimize my pores and so far, have maintained clear skin. Plus it keeps my skin from getting flakey in the windy, dry walk to work.



Welcome to a whole world of exfoliation! Bye-bye milia!


I am 37 with minimal breakouts (monthly hormonal blemish, nose blackheads, and sporadic milia), minimal sensitivity (occasional around the upper lip/lower nose area), subtle signs of aging (forehead lines), with combination, olive toned skin. I discovered Paula's Choice about 4 years ago. I had been using a great skin care line for about 13 years prior to discovering PC. As I aged, my needs changed and my old products just didn't offer the amount of information and research I found with PC. After trying several samples, I was hooked. Liquid exfoliation was new to me and WOW did I see a drastic difference when I started using this product. The first and most favored change I noticed when I started using this product was that it wiped out my milia! Although I did not have large clusters like I have seen online when doing research, I did have on average about 7-10 small bumps randomly on my face at a time. They were tiny enough to not necessarily be noticeable by others - but we all know they were the first thing I saw when I looked in the mirror. I can say within months of using this product there wasn't a single milia on my face. At that time, I used this product on my entire face in conjunction with cleansing, toning, a serum, and moisturizer. Since then, I have furthered my knowledge by reading up on the differences between AHA and BHA exfoliation and now use both but on different parts of my face. I use a BHA on my T-zone for deeper exfoliation (oilier) and an AHA around the outside parameter of my face for more of a surface exfoliation (also where I am drier). I have since converted my mother as well. She too used the same skin care line for many years with great results. Never did we think we'd find something better, but we did!


Milwaukee, WI


Even my mom wanted one!!


My mom normally disagrees with my skin care routine because she doesn't believe that I should be using expensive products on my face. I've been a Drunk Elephant user for a while now and after trying this product, you can tell the difference. My dry-almost-flaky skin became visibly smooth and soft. Even I couldn't stop touching my face in the morning. I had to return my Sephora SC products and order this one right away because it's that good. My mom noticed the difference too so I had to order hers as well. She forced me to. She was that impressed. 😆




AHA without irritation


I've never been able to use aha products more than 3-4 times a week as it usually causes redness on my cheeks. However, this gel I can use daily! No irritation whatsoever and it has eliminated my winter flaky cheeks. My skin is smooth, clear and glowing!




This product is great!!


I used this product once and in the morning, I felt a big difference in the smoothness of my skin. I have some rough skin on my cheeks and this product help clear my clogged pores. I highly recommend this product!


Birmingham, AL


Helped with my acne hyperpigmentation and breakouts


I was really surprised at what a difference I saw in my skin after using this product. I'm 24 and have adult female acne (luckily it's gone now since I cut out dairy and sugar from my diet and started using Paula's Choice salicylic acid, glycolic, and a non-Paula retinol product). The Paula BHA product is great for dealing with existing breakouts, but this glycolic acid has made most of my post-acne marks disappear, and I've only been using it for about three weeks. When I use it at night, I wake up and my skin is smooth and glowing. My skin went through a slight purge the first week I started using it; I feel like it just pulled all the gunk out of my skin. Even my blackheads on my nose are gone! I will definitely buy this product for as long as it's available.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




I love this so much, please keep making it, I have 3 backups!


Surrey, BC


Seventeen Years and Counting


I have used this product for seventeen years (crazy, right?!) and it has produced the most glowing, smooth skin I could hope for. I'm 56 years old and had started using this product when I was 39. I use it every night on my face, neck, decolletage, and the back of the neck. It has been my secret to great skin. It still takes me aback when random strangers compliment me on my skin:) My only regret is not having used it on my arms and legs, but it's never too late! Last month I started using it on my arms as a test and already I see a difference in their texture and firmness. Going to try on my legs, especially the area right above the knees. As maybe the longest, consistent user of this product, I recommend it!


Coeur d'Alene, ID


Just ordered more...


I use this twice a day along with Paula's Hydralight cleanser on my Clarisonic brush. I am 58 and had breaks out so bad into my late 30's. Now I get compliments all the time on how nice my skin looks and I swear it is from using this. It sloughs off all of the dead skin cells that may have contributed to my break outs. Also took care of my hyperpigmentation. Skin is soft and smooth once again.


Silver Spring, MD



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