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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

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  • Fast absorbing liquid removes built-up dead skin cells and fights blackheads.

  • Skin Type: Combination skin, Oily skin
  • Concern: Breakouts , Blackheads , Enlarged pores , Redness
  • Ingredients: Green Tea Extract , Methylpropanediol , Salicylic Acid/BHA View all
  • Routine: Step 3. Exfoliate
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  • What does it do?

    Our No.1 bestselling exfoliant around the world.

    Reveal flawless skin with our bestselling leave-on exfoliant. This gentle, lightweight fluid quickly exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores, to reveal smoother, clearer, more radiant-looking skin. BHA (salicylic acid) has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness.

  • Key Features

    Fights breakouts and blackheads

    Fast-absorbing liquid formula

    Anti-inflammatory

  • How to use

    How to use

    Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a moisturiser that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).

  • Reviews

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    Alina - Bad container for travel size
    The product: very nice!
    The normal size container: fine
    The travel size container: absolutely useless. After the first flight it was half empty and I had the solution over all my cosmetics. It's not leakproof and is not suitable for something that liquid. I will use the sample size packets in the future for travelling. Otherwise I really like the exfoliant.
    EM - Must have for acne sufferers
    I have battled with acne for most of my life and tried all - cosmetic-grade products, OTC and prescription meds. They helped for a little while, but then my acne came back. I picked a few travel-sized PC products (this exfoliator, Clear Cleanser and antioxidant serum) on a whim and after a a few uses, I saw my skin changing. I use the exfoliator 2x daily (after using Clear Cleanser) and follow with a mix of Resist Ultra-Light Anti-Oxidant Serum mixed with Peptide Booster, let it absorb while I prepare my morning cup of coffee and then follow with Resist Anti-Age Clear Moisturizer. At night, I use 1% Retinol treatment (my skin can tolerate it).
    I like how this exfoliator just vanishes dead skin cells and leaves my skin super smooth. It helps with keeping my pores open and clear and prevents new acne to form. I have noticed that my pores seem smaller, too. It also helps slowly remove discoloration (remembrance of my previous cystic acne), but this will be a longer process. I prefer this 2% liquid packaging vs the one from Clear range - this one has a screw-off cap, while the Clear one has a flip cap. Minor detail, but I can get my product better on the cotton pad. Also, both packagings tend to leak, so I bought sample sachets for when I travel. They don’t leak and take up less space in carry-on luggage.
    Bottom line - this is a must-have product for me and I made sure to have a safety extra piece in my skincare pantry all the time.
    Mathilde - Not for me
    This BHA liquid was definitely not for me :( I am not a fan of the oil-like texture, and felt it was greasing up my already oily skin. The reason I give it 2 stars, is because it sometimes was nice to have a little extra oil, if my skin was dried up in the cold winter weather. But overall I prefer the Clear Regular BHA over this. :)
    Kastana - Great product!
    I'd never used AHAs or BHA exfoliants before so I started with the 2% BHA Liquid first. I'm really pleased with how smooth my skin feels since I started using this. I also haven't had a breakout since!
    Tita - Love it!
    I first tried the sample version, and I liked it, so I bought trial size because I don't use it that often and I didn't want it to go to waste. About 2 weeks ago, I had a breakout, and used it for a week and my skin became nice and smooth after the 3rd use.
    Daphnée - Really effective
    I honestly believe that PC 2% BHA Liquid is the best on the market. I don't like at all mechanical exfoliants and the chemical ones were either too harsh either ineffective. I have oily skin but also some dry patches and I appreciate a lot that PC offers products without irritants and especially without alcohol.
    The only down side is the sticky, greasy texture but now it's ok. I use a lot less, only 2 to 3 drops, with my hands for my entire face and neck - and it still work wonderfully and no more sticky face.
    PC 2% BHA Liquid along with Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum with retinol, Resist Anti-Aging Youth extending Fluid SPF 50 and Resist Anti-Aging Skin Barrier Repair Moisturizer with retinol bring back my skin to life. This regimen has improved my skin texture and glow so much that I can wear a lot less make up.

    I just hope it will still work for me on the long term.
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  • Ingredients

    What are the key ingredients?

    Green Tea Extract
    Possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties and has impressive research in terms of its many benefits for skin, including anti-ageing properties.

    Methylpropanediol
    Can enhance the absorption of ingredients such as salicylic acid. It also has hydrating properties that can leave a smooth, dewy finish on skin.

    Salicylic Acid/BHA
    Primarily an exfoliant, helping shed dead skin on the surface and inside the pore, therefore effective for reducing breakouts and blackheads. It also has soothing properties.

    Please note: Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).

    Ingredients:
    Aqua, Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

  • Faq

    Frequently asked questions

    Good to know before you start:

    This product is an exfoliant and your skin has to get used to it. Build up use from once a fortnight to 1 to 2 times per day. It may take some trial and error to see what is the best frequency for your skin.
    During the day, always use a moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. Your skin will in fact be slightly more sensitive to sunlight when using an exfoliant, so the chance of sunburn and sun damage is slightly higher.
    Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).

    What's the difference between the 2% BHA Liquid and the 2% BHA Gel?

    First, texture: One is a fluid with a toner-like consistency, the other is a thicker, clear gel. Both contain the same amount of salicylic acid, though the 2% BHA Liquid contains an ingredient that allows the salicylic acid to penetrate faster and further. With the 2% BHA Gel formula, you're getting a slower release of salicylic acid. Both are great options for treating acne, blackheads, and signs of ageing. Both are suitable for all skin types but best for normal to oily or combination skin.

    The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant feels a bit sticky/greasy on my face. Why is that?

    If the BHA is feeling sticky, you are probably using too much product. The average amount needed is the size of a small coin, and it’s best to apply it in a thin layer. The ‘greasy’ feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a ‘greasy’ feel on the skin.

    At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA exfoliant again?

    First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Or, if your skin seems extra-sensitive, you may want to wait and apply the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure. Salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance the skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.

    Is there another Paula's Choice product which is similar to the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant?

    Our Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant has the same formula to our Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Solution Exfoliating 2% BHA.

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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490 General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59 Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-994 Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461