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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I love love love this product! I bought the full size as soon as my sample ran out! I apply it morning and night on a clean face and then apply my usual eye cream and moisturizer. It has improved the texture and look of my skin so much! Smooths and exfoliates, no more blemishes, reduces the appearance of my forehead lines. I'll never go without it! Just make sure to wear sunscreen if you will be in the sun...this gel will up your chances of burning!

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Wonderful formula, great for dry skin

This stuff is fantastic. 8% glycolic acid, which is a low concentration of one of the strongest alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are great for dry acneic skin in need of exfoliation. This product is helping me get rid of a lot of closed comedones by bringing them to a head, improving my skin tone and reducing left over darkness from acne scars. It may sting a little bit if you apply soon after cleansing your face (it penetrates the skin more easily at this point).

My only complaint is that this stuff smells pretty gross! But I will gladly suffer through that for better skin.

Paula's Choice also has FANTASTIC customer service!

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New part of my routine
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I added this gel to my routine and was very happy with the results. It cleared up the dullness in my skin. I use it three times a week under my nightly moisturizer, I add a few extra days when my skin is looking extremely dull (post travel, etc).

One last night, it's a great investment -- a little goes a long way and shows great results

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I use this every night
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This product is really good for skin with a tendency to break out. I started with a product with a lower AHA percentage, and then moved to this one every other night, and now I use this every night. It isn't irritating since I transitioned into, and it really helps!

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Loved this gel!
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I had never really used a product like this, but really liked the way it felt on my face and under my makeup. I will certainly consider purchasing the full-size of this product in the future.

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Nothing drastic, but major gradual change
SampledPurchased

I have had issues with brown spots (I'm latin), sun spots, and general patches of discolored skin. This has made a gradual but significant difference. I'm the person that puts makeup on in the bathroom after my shower so no one sees me without make up covering my problem spots. I am much more confident and makeup free because of this gel. It can sting a bit from time to time, but for the most part it doesn't and I wear it under makeup daily and put it on again before bed.

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Works Wonders on my Face!
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I've been using this every morning as soon as I wake up to wash my face and it has improved my skin 100% in less than a month. It does burn a little sometimes so I follow it up with SuperGoop City Serum sunscreen once it's dry to cool and moisturize.

This gel has evened out my skin tone, helped with wrinkles/puffy eyes, and eliminated my "chachne" (chin acne according to Tina Fey) as well as reduced the look of some stubborn acne scars. I love it! I would highly recommend adding it to your morning routine.

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Safe to use while pregnant
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I had to stop using my usual face creams and serums when I was pregnant because some of their ingredients weren't safe for the baby. This really helped keep my skin tone even and helped treat some scaly-dry patches that developed due to pregnancy hormones. I have continued to use it since my baby was born.

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AMAZING
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My favorite skincare product thus far, have had GREAT results in such a short time! Am DEFFF. buying the full product!

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How Did I Ever Live Before I Found This?
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Paula's Choice is officially the most important part of my daily routine. I honestly don't know how I ever left the house without putting this on before everything else. I apply it right after washing my face with a gentle cleanser and, with a little moisturizer, my face is totally ready for the day! It calms redness, preps me for moisturizer, and makes my skin beyond smooth. I literally have not gone a day without it ever since my first sample, including extremely hungover days and days when I'm running late, when its most important!

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