Based on 305 reviews
A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.


Based on 305 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
    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

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


Perfect helper for Hypothyroid skin


I have Hashimoto's disease and my skin fluctuates with my autoimmune thyroid disease. Sometimes I am greasy and sometimes I have dry spots. This aha gel feels light and goes on smooth without feeling heavy on oily skin and doesn't make dry skin worse. It's completely eliminated my hormonal breakouts due to autoimmune hormonal imbalances. I even use it on my chest and back in the summer to prep my skin for swimsuit season. I'm 36 and I don't have ANY fine lines anymore. My very fair skin looks less red overall and it helps my other products work better. It took my skin back to my early 20s. Just be patient though - my skin was slow to change (probably due to my thyroid, but whatever) and took about 8 months of twice daily application before the final benefit was achieved. Oh and it did cause some initial stinging and breakouts but they were small and quick to resolve.




Good for Mature Skin


I like this much better than the 2% exfoliant. I am 67 yrs. with dry skin & wrinkles, so I need the stronger one.




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!!!!





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