SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
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SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
A moisturizing AHA lotion exfoliant that gently removes built-up layers of dead skin to reveal remarkably smoother and softer skin.

SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion

Based on 27 reviews

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A moisturizing AHA lotion exfoliant that gently removes built-up layers of dead skin to reveal remarkably smoother and softer skin.
  • Combines 8% glycolic acid with antioxidants
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrating lotion helps hold skin's moisture
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion is a lightweight, moisturizing AHA exfoliant that combines 8% glycolic acid with a customized mix of calming, anti-aging antioxidants and nourishing plant oils that soothe, smooth, and dramatically soften dry skin showing multiple signs of aging.

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

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What does it do?
Exfoliates built-up dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. Its hydrating formula helps preserve skin's moisture balance as it brightens a dull, uneven complexion. Research-proven glycolic acid is joined with antioxidants and a complex of smoothing plant extracts to noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving skin looking firmer and radiant.
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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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Research

Journal of Dermatological Science, June 2017, pages 238-248

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2015, pages 21-26

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, December 2014, pages 9-17; and November 2010, pages 135-142

Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products, January 2012, pages 9-10

The Journal of Dermatology, January 2006, pages 16-22

Food and Chemical Toxicology, November 1999, pages 1,105-1,111

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (exfoliant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Beheneth-5 (emulsifier), Behenyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol/emollient thickener), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (emollient thickener), Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate (emollient emulsifier), Undecane (emollient), Phospholipids (skin-replenishing fatty acids), Allantoin (skin soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (soothing plant extract), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant skin-replenishing emollient), Bisabolol (soothing plant component), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (burdock root; antioxidant and soothing plant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice-derived soothing agent), Panthenol (hydrating B vitamin), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Tridecane (emollient), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (emollient), Sclerotium Gum (emulsion stabilizer), Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate (emulsifier), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Just bad, no good

1

Further to my last commentary on this product, it is headed on a one-way trip to my garbage bin. It's awful. It beads up, as I already stated, and it also stings. Most bothersome is that it just seems to sit on your skin and not absorb - if I rub my face slightly in the morning this beads up and comes off from the night before. This is one of the worst face creams I have tried in a long time.

lrbreen14

Paradise, NL

Wake up with glowing skin

5

I use this nearly every night, and it's a product that makes your skin look even better by morning. Sometimes this is all I need as far as moisture. Sometimes, I'll apply a very light moisturizer over it since I tend to be oily, but if you're normal to dry you'd probably want a heavier moisturizer over this as it's only mildly hydrating. I use two pumps of this to cover my face, neck, and chest.

Zoey's mom

Las Vegas, NV

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Not good for acne prone/combo skin

1

Wanted to use it to even out my skin tone, and some lines on my forehead. Once I stared using this it stung, and then I got bumps, and then painful breakouts, I've tried experimenting cause I want it to work, but it wreaks havoc on my skin. I have a full bottle but think I'm past the date of return, so sad. I also wouldn't say I have sensitive skin, I use the Foaming Treatment 4% BHA, and sometimes pair that with Benzoyl Peroxide. For toners I like the Skin Balancing & Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner. However I also got awful breakouts with Skin Balancing Moisture Gel, it is also a full bottle. I would suggest being careful with this product, and perhaps ordering a sample to try first. Good luck.

Allison

Toronto, Ontario

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Good and bad

3

I really wanted to love this product. I bought it to use under my makeup application in the morning, opting to move beyond a regular moisturizer. Epic fail for that. It goes on nice and seems like it is absorbs into the skin but as soon as you put foundation on top of it or any kind of makeup application that requires you to rub or massage your skin in any way, it beads up and becomes a total mess. I received samples of the 5% lotion with my order and that does the same thing. So, I'm back to my regular moisturizer in the morning. I've started using it at night instead, applying it on a clean face and I do like it for that purpose. I usually use a retinol lotion and have swapped that out for the time being to get rid of this product. It is nice as a night application; I do notice my skin is smooth and the tone is nice in the morning. I have combination/oily skin and it doesn't make that worse.

lrbreen14

Paradise, NL, Canada

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Not good. It balls up

1

Not good. It balls up

Nan

Nj

A can't do without product: the best of its kind

5

I use this product twice a day faithfully. My skin glows & looks very healthy. I love it! Will always use it. Thanks Paula for a great product line.

Joyful Janet

Mo

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Caused irritation and dry, itchy bumps after only one use

1

I have been using Paula's Choice products for over 10 years. I have used cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums...etc. This is the first time I have ever had an adverse reaction to any of the products! I used this for the first time last night and I woke up this morning with dry, irritated patches and bumps on my cheeks and forehead. I used the 5% AHA without issues but I don't think this product agrees with my skin. I am scratching my face as I type this.

CK

NYC

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On my seconed bottle

5

I bought this to try it out, since I'm such a fan of Paula's 8% BHA liquid. I found I get the best results if I use only once a day - 2x a day made my skin too dry. After a little trial period, I found that I liked it best in the morning before my moisturizer (in the evening I use the BHA). My skin is smoother and glowing after uisng!

shoppingdiva

Far Oaks, CA

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unsure

4

Curious if the ph is lower than the gel. Because I ended up with dry patches and spotted flakiness. I went back to the gel and skin went back to normal.

Therese

brandon, sd

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Unbelievable -- an AHA product I can use!

5

I didn't have high hopes for this product as I'd tried Paula's other AHA products, and those left my rosacea-afflicted skin red and inflamed. This one, however, DOES NOT! I'm amazed. I can use it even twice a day, and while I can't necessarily see dramatic results, I trust Paula's products and know it must be doing something. So I'll keep using it. Thrilled to find an AHA product I can use.

Healeygal

Detroit

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SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion

4.0 27

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