Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
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: Salicylic Acid/BHA , Green Tea Extract , Methylpropanediol View all
- Routine: 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.
Fights breakouts and blackheads
Fast-absorbing liquid formula
Removes built-up dead skin cells
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.
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Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.I ordered the travel size to test it, since my skin is very sensitive, and it turns out it was a good decision. It made my skin really red and I had a burning sensation, had to wadh it off immediately. Be carefull if you have rosacea, sensitive skin.I had samples of it. And it is better i've ever used with bha. I tried also bha gel, it is more aggresive, dries out your skin. And the worst product i bought in full size - it is bha from Resist line. I Picked it up with routine helping on Paula's web page. And i regret i bought it. Also agressive, drying out my skin.I normally use the Resist Anti-Aging exfoliant and most Paula’s Choice products that I used, including that one are very good for my skin.
This one however irritates my skin quite bad and creates rashes all over my face, so I had to stop using it.
Too bad this happened, it’s quite an expensive product.
Customer Care: Hi there! We're sorry this wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact our Customer Care for assistance.I love this product, it was one of the first PC products i started using.
I t has changed my skin dramatically (i feel like BHA works better for my sjin than AHA).
I might sound cliche, but it is a HG product for me!It takes away my redness, keeps my acne/rosacea calm and smooths my skin like nothing elseExcellent product! Must have in every skincare regime.It makes miracles to my problematic (oily and dehydrated) skin. It unclogs pores, evens skin surface and helps preventing breakouts. Whenever I stop using it, the skin gets worse immediately, so I’ll just continue buying it forever.After I stopped taking the pill, I got some small pimples and blackheads. This product has been doing wonders for my skin! I feel little by little it is improving :)If you sufer from acne or clogged pores and you can only buy one product - buy this. The exfoliant will make such an impact for your skin, that you will never want to run out of it. Used daily, it will dissolve dry flaked skin and clear pores, so you will see less and less new spots or acne. It also helps with reducing discolorations from previous spots and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. I use it everyday in the morning and follow with a mix of Calming Serum, Peptide Booster and Vitamin C booster. Once this has absorbed into skin, I apply Resist Clear Skin Moisturizer and foundation. I recommend it to all my friends.I loved this lotion. I got the idea to introduce BHA into my skincare when i got such amazing results with Chemical Facial Peels at my esthetician's. After these treatments my skin seemed to glow, and no more acne! When i realised it wasn't feasible economically to continue these peels i bought this lotion! I realized that all they were truly applying on my skin was a mix of super powerful professional grade AHA & BHA's. I started using this lotion daily, sometimes twice a day. It was perfect. However, since then i ordered the BHA gel and realized i like its application and feel a lot better. Its all a matter of preference. IT is true the lotion does leave a bit of a film behind which is weird upon application.
One last thing, do not forget to moisturize right after. It's imperative for BHA's to work. Otherwise you will dry out and flake your skin.I bought this product since I'm dealing with clogged pores and breakouts. Initially using this product, my skin started drying out and chipping off. This got better after a while, but the product has had no effect what so ever on my problems. I have used the whole bottle, which lasted for about 2 months. Worst of all, immediately after stopping using it I have had a massive breakout on my cheeks and chin, which has never happened before. I am terribly dissatisfied and worried using this product has ruined my skin.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to certain products or ingredients. Should you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team.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.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.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. :)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!
What are the key ingredients?
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.
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.
Can enhance the absorption of ingredients such as salicylic acid. It also has hydrating properties that can leave a smooth, dewy finish on skin.
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), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Good to know before you start:
It is best to gradually build up use of a BHA product, starting to use it a couple of times a week only. If there is no adverse reaction, this may be increased to every other day at night and then, if you wish, every night. Some people increase use to twice daily (morning and night), but it really all depends on the condition of your skin. You need to experiment a bit to see what suits you best. 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.
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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