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Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel

Skin Type: Normal Skin | Dry Skin
Concern: Anti-Aging | Brown Spots | Wrinkles
Full product name: Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
Size: 100 ml
Item: 1900

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Exfoliate dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.

  • 8% glycolic acid leaves skin smooth and glowing
  • Lightweight gel formula contains soothing anti-irritants
  • 100% fragrance- and colorant-free


Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

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Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
Review by Kate
This really is such a great AHA product. Makes my skin so smooth, soft, and supple. I have fairly sensitive skin, but this doesn't bother it at all. (Posted on 17/02/2017)
Very Impressive
Review by Nick
This little cream is very impressive indeed. Within barely a week of using it I can already notice a difference in the texture of my skin - it's more even and has fewer blemishes. At 27 I don't really get full-on acne anymore but I do get random blemishes and my skin tends to be patchy overall. Since I started using this, my skin has been looking noticeably smoother and less patchy, so I can't wait for what a month or two may bring. Just remember to moisturize like it's your job afterwards because it does sting a bit and will make your skin itchy and dry if you don't. Thought there should be a review from a man as well on here! (Posted on 06/06/2016)
Never Again
Review by Kat
I'm no stranger to chemical exfoliation nor to Paula's Choice products.I use and love both the 2% BHA liquid and gel, the 10% weekly AHA, and the 5% AHA daily smoothing treatment. I only introduce one new product per month so I can spot any reactions/irritation straight away, and whenever possible, I always start with a sample. I was really expecting to fall in love with this when I purchased a sample,so imagine my surprise when I applied it after cleansing and woke up with a face that looked and felt like sandpaper. My face was red, dry, bumpy, itchy and swollen. It took a good 12 days of prescribed antihistamines to clear up the bumps, but unfortunately, even though it has been a month, my skin is still red. I've never had a reaction like this to a cosmetic, and now I'm extremely wary of trying other PC products. I looked up some reviews on PC US website and it seems I'm not the only one to have reacted this way. I'm very disappointed, I'm just glad I purchased a sample instead of a full sized product.

(Posted on 05/04/2016)
Review by Miya
The product is amazing...even though i have breakout prone skin i feel like this has worked so well for me over the bha. I use it every night and can tell a difference in my skin in the morning ! I feel like its helped with my acne marks aswell! :)) WORTH EVERY PENNY (Posted on 09/03/2016)
Silky smooth skin!
Review by Isti
I just started to use this product and the first feeling I have when I put it on my face is how smooth my face has become. I use it three times a week, and can't wait to see the result! (Posted on 01/03/2016)
Substitute for body scrub
Review by Ahn
I broke my ankle and did not have the energy to scrub my body in the shower. I decided to use this AHA gel instead of using body scrub. This product works amazingly and does not leave my shower in a mess. I simply add it on straight after the shower - including on my hands and feet. A little goes a long way. I have not tried the AHA body lotion but I read in the review somebody was complaining about how quickly the bottle ran out. As well, I prefer a light gel on my body. If I need more moisture I will simply apply body lotion. I wish this product would come in a larger size. It is perfect for "lazy" people who finds it tiring to scrub their body and clean the shower afterwards. (Posted on 15/02/2016)
Review by Denisa
a friend of mine suggested me this product. Purchase it and ever since is my addiction. My skin feel luminous, clean, more firm and no age/sun spots whatsoever. (Posted on 16/09/2015)
Review by Tina
I have dry skin and I have noticed the appearance of wrinkles around my mouth and eyes. I began using this products 5-6 weeks ago and I have noticed a difference already. I really like it and I am very happy it works for me. It's essential to wear sunscreen on a daily basis but not everyone does it, I highly recommend sunscreen when using this product! (Posted on 17/05/2015)
Essential, little goes a long way, perfect skin texture.
Review by Theresa
I've been using this product for 5 months now, from 3-6 times a week.
The texture of my face/neck is amazing. My skin looks matte but dewy if that makes sense. It's supple, moisturised, silky smooth, light reflecting but not greasy in any way. Just so... healthy looking!

In my teen years I was horrible to my skin with home made sugar/harsh scrubs, citrus masks, bad cleansing and lack of daily moisture. While I'm lucky that it didn't ruin my skin, it did create micro tears and redness. Especially around my nose, as I thought "the harder I exfoliate (with sugar/other scrubs) the better!" which was obviously a mistake.

This product is so gentle on my skin and so effective. When I wake up in the morning my skin is glowing and frankly even beautiful. I absolutely WILL repurchase whenever I run out.

For anyone who wears makeup (particularly foundation, concealer or powder) this will create a completely smooth base with regular use. No flakey skin to mess it up!

Please please please DO remember to use sun screen as the site itself says. No joke. (Posted on 14/02/2015)
the best AHA exfoliant I've ever used.
Review by Andrea
I've been using AHA exfoliants for years, recommended by my dermatologist, and I do know how good they are for my skin's problems. I have to say that this is the cheapest one while works even better than the others and most of all it doesn't hurt while applying it. It lasts months. Using this together with Paula's CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% BHA I've achieved brilliant results. My skin looks younger and clearer. (Posted on 12/01/2015)
Contains 5 parabens!
Review by vera
I just checked the ingredient list and saw that the product contains 5 PARABENS! Are you planing on producing that without parabens any time soon? Customer Care : Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. Paula has written the following comments re the subject of the use of parabens. Furthermore we will forward you by seperate e-mail an article Paula also wrote about the subject. You can also read more about this topic on our website in the heading expert advice Problems With Preservatives? Should You Avoid Parabens?
In a word, no. Despite the media frenzy surrounding parabens, the published research and global cosmetic regulatory organizations are making that answer clear: parabens, especially in the small amounts used in personal-care products, do not pose a significant health risk. There is no legitimate reason for consumers to avoid cosmetic products that contain parabens. According to these studies, parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream.” In a review of the estrogenic activity of parabens, the author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.“

(Posted on 10/02/2013)
Heavenly product!
Review by Marketa
This is the best thing I´ve ever bought. My skin loves it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! *dry/sensitive skin* (Posted on 20/09/2012)
Amazing product!
Review by Karen
This, along with the other Paula's Choice products that I have been using for the past 6 months has had a great effect on my skin. I have had Rosacea for over 15 years, along with sensitive skin. Paulas choice products have enabled me to stop taking antibiotics daily for the first time in over 10 years. I have tried so many products over the years, from Boots all the way up to Crem de la Mer- and Paula's choice is much better than all of them.
I use his gel at night and put a small amount of the Moisture Mask on the top, and by morning my skin looks great.
Strongly recommend this product. (Posted on 24/06/2012)
Review by Happy
I've been using this product for the last week and I'm so amazed and happy. My skin type is oily/sensitive/acne prone and this product work wonderful with my skin. It's completely removed my rough areas and unclogged my pores (which created my acne). Therefore I've noticed a huge difference in the texture and colour of my skin and I can't belive I haven't exfoliated like this before. Try it and don't be intimidated that it's recommended for dry skins :) (Posted on 28/01/2011)
A must have
Review by Sonia
This worked since the first time I used it. This together with the 2% BHA gel have done wonders in keeping my skin glowy and young. I use this at night 3 times per week or when I need to have that extra glow on the skin the morning after ;) What can I say, this is just GREAT! (Posted on 02/09/2010)
A gel that I cannot live without!
Review by Samantha
I have been using this product for a few months now, in combination with the 2% beta hydroxy acid lotion and I love it! I have oily/acne prone skin and wanted something that would help clear blemishes, moisturise , help get rid of flakes and prevent spots. This combo has really helped! I use the 8% alpha hydroxy acid gel in the night before bed and wake up with smooth, soft skin. I have noticed a change it its texture as its no longer flaky - which i suffered with, esp if using BP gels. I then use the 2% lotion in the morning and i must say I hardly every use moisturiser anymore, plus my skin looks clearer. Hope it continues! (Posted on 07/07/2009)
After cleansing your face and applying toner (if needed), squeeze a dime-sized amount of Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel onto your fingertips and apply a thin layer over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with the eyes (but it can be used around the eyes).

First-time users may notice a slight stinging sensation, which is normal. To avoid irritation, some first-time users should use the AHA solution once a day or once every other day (preferably at night) for the first few weeks. After prolonged use (4-6 weeks), you can apply the AHA more frequently, and eventually it can be used twice a day. However, for some people it may only be necessary to use the AHA once a day or once every other day. The frequency you should use Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel completely depends on how your skin reacts so you may have to experiment with this product. If redness, dryness, or irritation occurs, cut back the frequency of application or discontinue use.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

AHA Advice:
If you are wondering which type of exfoliant is best for you, remember that a well formulated AHA works best on the surface of the skin and minimally penetrates the pore. That makes AHAs better for sun damaged skin and for exfoliating surface dryness. BHA is lipid soluble, which means it can penetrate into the pore making it better for breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, and oily skin.

There are many options for how to use these kind of products. Many people use it in combination with Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant (using the BHA on blemish- or blackhead-prone areas and the AHA on sun-damaged skin; or use one at night and one during the day), while others prefer one exfoliant over the other. The one you should use depends on what you are trying to achieve.

If dryness or irritation appears, do not give up, first decrease use to every other day or just once a day and you can have beautiful results.

Some people want to know if they can use a scrub while using an AHA or BHA. Occasional use of a gentle scrub or a soft washcloth can be great for some skin types. Just be careful to gauge how your skin reacts before adding this once or twice a week step into your routine.

Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel can also be used on the elbows, feet, or knees. It is a multi-purpose exfoliant that works almost anywhere you have sun damaged or dry skin!

Additional info
This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.5-3.8.
Aqua, Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/Soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), (water-binding agent), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Sodium PCA (water-binding agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Polyquaternium-10 (thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Sources to support the claims made for Exfoliating 8% AHA Gel:

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

Your AHA (glycolic acid) products have a higher percentage than your BHA (salicylic acid) products. Does this mean AHA is a stronger exfoliant?

AHA products are most effective at a 5% to 10% concentration and BHA at 1% to 2% concentration. Think about it like making bread, the amount of yeast you need is tiny in comparison to the amount of flour you use but equally important to get the results you want. The percentage of effectiveness varies depending on the ingredient. Rest assured that the BHA products are not any less effective due to lower concentrations of the exfoliant.

Can the AHA and/or BHA products be used during pregnancy or while lactating?

Although topical exfoliants should not pose a problem for pregnant woman, we do recommend asking your doctor before using any product you are concerned about.

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