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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

We love things that you can count on to go above and beyond the call of duty—a delicious leave-in conditioner, an ultrahydrating sleeping facial, and now, this leave-on exfoliant. No beads or scrubs here though. Powerful ingredients like AHA (short for alpha hydroxy acid) and glycolic acid rejuvenate skin cells for a more luminous complexion. Layer this gel under your other serum and moisturizer and go, no rinsing necessary.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
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Good product for those who do their research first

So I read the most negative reviews, and with a lot of them it seems to be a matter of misunderstanding.

1. When you begin to use an AHA or BHA exfoliant, it is normal for your skin to "purge" - that is, you may have increased breakouts because the exfoliation is drawing out the gunk from your pores. These are breakouts that would have happened eventually anyway. These breakouts should last no more than a few weeks.

2. Yes, it burns. Especially at first. This is also normal, and the burning should subside after a minute or two.

3. Yes, you're supposed to leave this on your skin - after cleansing (and toner if you use one) and before anything else.

4. The smell of this and other PC products is simply the smell of the ingredients, because PC doesn't use fragrances in their products. THIS IS A GOOD THING. Smelling weird for a few minutes (those smells fade) is far better than irritating the skin with fragrances.

5. Please don't put this or anything else on your face without doing your homework. Not only to avoid bad products, but also to understand what to expect from good products.

All that said, I don't find this to be my favorite AHA, or even my favorite PC AHA.

For PC I recommend the 5% Resist product.

For a non-PC AHA, I recommend Olay's Night Resurfacing Elixir.

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LOVE!
Purchased

I use this twice a day and I love it! it helps with my acne and leaves my face feeling fresh. I have oily acne prone skin and this is perfect for it!

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LOVE IT

I got this as a free gift with purchase and I am definitely buying the full size! I had a lot of small cystic pimples on my forehead and within 2 days it brought all of them up to the surface and I was able to squeeze all the gunk out. I only use it once a day and skip the days when I'm going in the sun. Worth it!!

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Changed my skin
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I was looking for something that would make my skin smoother and get rid of the clogged pores and bumps. Within a week I saw an improvement. Probably one of the few products where I saw a noticeable change in my skin. Worth a try!

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First then user
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This was my first gel exfoliant. It worked well and left my face feeling nice.

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I'm Not Sure

I loved my Acne Fix It Kit so I figured this product would further enhance my skin care regimen. Although I followed instructions and used it faithfully, I just haven't noticed a difference. I wish I had.

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Super helpful daily tool!
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I love this stuff. It just sat in my beauty carousel for way too long. Every day - sometimes multiples times - I apply this gel and it's like a mini peel. It burns off all skin issues and you get to start fresh pretty immediately. It speeds recovery of all acne. Then I apply a suncreen/moisturizer and I'm fresh as a daisy! Will repurchase for sure! Lasts forever!

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Already bought the full size!

I have normal to dry skin and always looking for something to help with aging. Great product and seems to be a great line of products. Interested in seeing more!

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Paula's Choice
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I love all of Paula's Choice products. They are reasonably priced and work well. This exfoliant never irritates and helps in my oily areas. It's a part of my regular skin routine.

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Great exfoliator
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I use this product twice a day and it has really helped make my skin look good. It is not harsh like some defoliators tend to be.

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