Editor's TipEditor's Tip

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

Paula's Choice

Birchbox Breakdown

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).

More for You!
  • Product orders $50+ and all monthly box brands ship free
  • Free returns within 90 days of purchase
  • Extra samples and gifts in the Bonus Shop

Product Reviews & Sample Feedback

1,810 Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 Star
505
4 Star
521
3 Star
484
2 Star
174
1 Star
131
Skin type
Dry
Combination
Normal
Oily
Skin tone
Fair
Light
Light-Medium
Medium
Medium-Dark
Dark
Age
17 & under
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55 & over
Apply

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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??

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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!

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Eradicated skin problems that I had been fighting for years
Purchased

I received a sample in my monthly Birchbox shipment. I have "bumps" on my face that I had been trying to "remove" for years. I tried this product and the bumps were gone almost overnight. One more night and they were gone. A bit expensive, but still less than a trip to the dermatologists office and treatments. A definite repurchase

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Amazing! Wish I knew about this years ago.
Purchased

I absolutely love this product. I never use an entire pump-full, but squeeze the top a bit until a tiny drop appears. I put this on any new or old bumps or zits, there is a notable difference after one night and they're literally gone within 2-3 days. I use this 4-5 days a week, probably using 1 - 1.5 full pumps per night, and I expect this bottle to last 6 months or so. Well worth the money! I wish I knew about this product in my 20's.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Miracle product

I have used this sample size 5 or 6 times and am only half way done with it and it reduces blemishes by probably 75% OVERNIGHT! I even use it on my husband's occasional breakout and see great results. If I ever run out of it I will be purchasing the full size immediately!

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No