Based on 296 reviews


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


Based on 296 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/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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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.

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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

Makes a big difference!


I've been using this product once a day for about five years now. You know how sometimes you don't know if the products you use actually do anything? Well, I recently ran out of this. After two days of using replacement PC products while waiting for this to arrive in the mail, I developed a dry red puffy spot under my eye, making me look about 10 years older! I believe it was a patch of eczema that resurfaced. When the exfoliator arrived, within a day the patch was already beginning to heal. I see evidence that this stuff keeps my eczema in check and calms and evens my skin out. I'm usually pretty skeptical of the claims that beauty product companies make, but this experience convinced me that this stuff is making a difference for me and my skin. If you have dry skin prone to eczema and you've tried everything out there (like I did), give this a shot.

Cavs fan

Cincinnati, OH


My holy grail!!!!


If I could only use 1 single product on my face for the rest of my life, this would 100%, without a doubt be it!!!! This product, consistently makes and keeps my skin smooth and glowing!!!!! There are alot of effective AHA products available on the market, but this is the absolute best available for every day use. Paulas Choice: please, please don't ever change or discontinue this incredible product!!!!




Wanted it to work, but it just didn't


I was struggling with extremely dry, flaky skin this past year. I bought this to try since it is recommended more for dry skin than BHA exfoliators. I wanted this to work, but truthfully is just didn't. I found the BHA 2% solution did more for my skin than this did. When I would apply this, it felt like it was burning my skin in the areas that were driest (around my chin and nose) and my skin did not improve in any way while I was using this product. Now that I've finally found a product that got my dry skin under control (thank you resist intensive repair cream), I'm hesitant to try this again, but maybe I'll give it another chance to at least use up the bottle. Don't think I would repurchase though.


Diberville, MS


My nightime exfoliant superhero!


I use this exfoliant at night and the PC BHA 4% treatment in the day time (whenever I exfoliate, about three times per week). I no longer use harsh scrubs and my skin has changed from being very oily, to normal/combination. These two have truly worked a miracle on my face, unclogging, even helping with redness and wrinkles. I will repurchase and always have this in my skincare routine. (I use SPF every single day, as well, since these products can sensitize your skin even more when exposed to the sun.) I purchased this bottle last July, and today is April 30th...I still have half the bottle left, so it's clearly a great deal!


Atlanta, GA


Great product for fresh looking skin


Using this helps keep my skin looking looking so fresh. I have had acne for years and years and my skin never had that healthy look but this help exfoliate and keep my skin looking so much better. I love the simple ingredients list and concentration of glycolic acid. Highly recommend!






I've used this product for several years now, and I really love it! This is my powerhouse product in my skin regimen. It keeps my skin smooth and firm. When I add my other moisturizing products, my skin just looks clean and healthy. If I have a blemish, I feel like this product really takes care of it quickly. It has a lightweight non-greasy gel like feel. I generally only use this at night.


The Mitten


multi-use product


I bought this to use on my face and quickly discovered it was too strong for my sensitive skin. I've since found other uses for it. It works great on KP for the backs of my arms and legs, prevents ingrown hairs on my underarms and bikini line, and also goes a good job of removing rough skin on the bottoms of my feet! I would purchase this product again just for all the use I get out of it for my body!


lillington, NC


Serious game-changer


I've been using this product for over a year now, yet I've yet to wake up in the morning and not be amazed at how bright and smooth my skin is!! I stockpile this as I don't ever want to be without! ;)




Great product for sensitive skin prone to dryness


I have tried most of Paula's Choice BHA exfoliants in all of the varying formulas, and all were too harsh for my skin, which is sensitive and on the drier side. I thought I'd give AHA exfoliant a go, and this one really works. The gel formula did not cause me any dryness or breakouts, and it is effective at improving skin texture. And thank you, Paula's Choice, for the variety of quality products and the generous exchange policy that allows people to try products until they find what works best for them.


Las Vegas, NV


Love this product


I alternate this product, in the mornings, and the 2%BHA in the evenings and have found this combination works best for my skin. I have rosacea and very dry, sensitive skin. I find this product is very hydrating and absorbs well, which is why I choose to use it in the mornings.


Alberta, Canada



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