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Before treating skin, cleanse with Paula’s Choice RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser.

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Some imperfections are endearing (think: Lauren Hutton's famous smile), but there are certain flaws we’d prefer to keep under wraps. Lucky for us, Paula’s Choice RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections tackles acne scars, rosacea, wrinkles, blemishes, and so much more.

How it Works

The all star in this flaw-killer is BHA 9, a unique ingredient that slowly releases small doses of skin-transforming salicylic acid long after your initial application. Best of all, the doses are so gentle your skin will reap all the positive benefits of salicylic acid without experiencing any dryness or irritation.

How to Use

At night, use as leave-on spot treatment, or with clean fingertips massage a very small amount of all over your complexion. Avoid contact with the eye area.

Propylene Glycol (solvent/penetration enhancer), PEG-75, PEG-8 (thickeners), Water, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/time-released exfoliant, 9%), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract), Sea Whip Extract (soothing plant extract), Arginine (amino acid/skin-conditioning agent), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).

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it works!
Purchased

Made a big difference on a couple of clogged pores I had. Surprising how quickly it worked! Bought full size bottle!

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Really wanted this work...

I'm a woman in my thirties who still gets hormonal breakouts, so I was really excited about something potent for my blemishes. Alas, I didn't really notice any difference with this product.

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This made the difference for me
Purchased

When I rec'vd my sample I immediately thought, " No way is this tiny sample going to be enough for me to decide whether it works or not " ! Boy, was I wrong !! I only used it on 3 specific spots on my face. Literally, dot, dot, dot on.
I "had" a small area to the right of my lips. It was gone in 2 days. The second area was on the side of my nose. Before my tiny sample was all used up....Gone ! My third spot is right between my eyes. It use to be a hard to conceal reddish dot. I have no idea what caused it. One woman at a Department Store skin care counter said it looked like sun damage and said I would never be able to make it go away and for me to use sun screen religiously every day to keep it from getting worse. She was Wrong !! I ordered this based on the results I got from the sample size. I have been putting this on that area for a few weeks now and it is slowly going away. I feel confident that one day I will wake up and it will be completely gone. Also....my cheeks were looking a bit ruddy from sun damage and that is also gradually going away. I know we are all different but, my face has become a walking billboard for this product. A tiny bit goes a long way. It feels kind of sticky initially but once it gets absorbed in to my skin, my face is smooth.

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Love this stuff!!!

This product was amazing!!! Made my face feel fresh and clean and soft. I have little tiny bumps on my skin that are hard to see but I can feel them, and it took them away. I will be purchasing in the future.

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Life changing?
Purchased

For someone who has had acne for as long as I can remember, waking up the second day after leaving this product on overnight...it was somewhat of a miracle. After two days my closed comidones were gone. I have several huge pores on my forehead and they shrink every night. I've even noticed the old red marks from acne has faded. I can't wait to see what else this product will do.
Another plus, it hasn't dried my face out yet. I've used it every night for a week almost without noticing any reactions. I plan on buying a second for my sister as a gift.

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Fixes everything!
Purchased

I had to buy this in the full size because just the sample was enough to show me how awesome this product is. I suffer from a few acne blemishes a month and some enlarged pores on my nose (been a problem forever) and this has helped both issues! It even helps with a little redness in the cheeks! I usually put it on after I wash my face, let it sink in and dry for a minute, then put on my moisturizer. The next morning, you can tell it has done its job! Acne is gone overnight! What could be better??

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not enough to see change...

I have used my sample vial and was hoping to notice some sort of improvement which would inspire me to purchase the product. While it didn't irritate my skin, cause a break out or peeling, it didn't seem like it did anything. For the record, I was hoping to see some lightening of my freckles and hyperpigmentation.

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Problem Solver
Purchased

Wow, this is really helping me get rid of the stubborn milia that I have had on my forehead for what seems like ten years. Even prescription retin A couldn't dislodge the stuff out of my forehead but this has worked over the course of a couple of weeks. The rest of my skin is responding too, past red blotches from acne and sun damage. Pretty awesome, thank you so much Paula's Choice!

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Not my favorite

not sure what it was about this product but it wasn't my favorite. Not on the top of my list to purchase but will definitely hold onto it for emergencies.

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Amazing Product
Purchased

I bought this with my birchbox points a month ago. After using it every night before bed, I can really tell a difference. I apply the product to areas of uneven skin tone, blemishes, rough patches, and scars. I could tell that my skin tone evened out and my scars were visibly reduced within one week of use. I will definitely repurchase this.

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