SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion
Based on 31 reviews
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 31 reviews
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

About to purchase my 3rd bottle

5

I have loved this product from day 1. I noticed immediately that my skin was smoother than it had felt in years. It also lasts a long time - I think about 5 months for a bottle, and I use it daily. About those who say it balls up with makeup - I have found that there is no balling up if you wait about 15 minutes before putting on makeup after applying the AHA lotion (for me, the next step is a BB cream, so it's similar to a foundation) Same goes for my eye gel that I use.

Emily J.

Houston, TX

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Woke up to bright glowy skin

5

I have been a PC´s customer for almost 6 years now and for 5 and half of those, I only used BHA 2% morning and night. About six months ago I decided to change my night BHA lotion for AHA 8% and I could not believe my eyes the next morning when I looked at myself. My face looked glowy, felt moisturized and shone from within, and I keep seeing those results every morning. I havent tried using it in the morning because I am still faithful to my BHA liquid but I feel my face did like the new addition to my routine.

Ladysupermarket

Calexico CA

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I LOVE THIS STUFF!!

5

Great product

Ann Marie

Charlotte, NC

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Great for my combo-oily acne-prone sensitive skin!

5

I liked using this as it's more moisturizing and less harsh than the 10% AHA liquid, while still being effective. I had no adverse reactions using this only at night - no red dry itchy patches. I wake up to nicely smoother skin, no grease puddling either. Can't comment on if it beads up under makeup as it's too rich for my morning routine. In the winter, I find I prefer this over the 10% gel sometimes as it's more moisturizing. For me, this is a winner!

DSP

Bay Area, CA

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A must-have for my skin

5

I wouldn't have thought this would've been a holy grail product for me, with my extremely oily, red, acne-prone skin, but I've discovered that my skin seems to respond better to AHAs than BHAs, surprisingly. I like the texture of the lotion, and I'm able to use this twice a day with no problems. My skin is clearer and looks better than it has in a long time. I wear it under makeup and have had no issues with it balling up. I'm hoping it will help with the fine lines and crepiness around my eyes, too, but it's too soon to tell.

HC

Illinois

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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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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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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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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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Should be a part of everyone's skin regimen!

5

Let me first say that I LOVE Paula's because there is no animal testing and the products are made in the USA! Thank YOU Paula ! I use this product alternating with the BHA 1% lotion and my skin is luminous, less oily and people say I "glow"! I had been on vacation for a week, didn't use Paula's product as most of my days were in the water and my skin changed...no glow. Started back and in two days my skin was back to looking great. I have sensitive skin, no break outs or rashes, no irritation just an amazing product. No other products will ever touch my face!

NYCgirl

Ft. Lauderdale FL

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