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Dealing with acne and wrinkles at once has an unfortunate tendency to make us feel like we’re 13 going on well-over-30. Luckily, this once-a-week treatment tackles both blemishes and fine lines, leaving skin both clear and rejuvenated. And it doesn’t stop there: It also fades redness and dark spots, shrinks pores, and can combat keratosis pilaris (those all-too-common clusters of bumps otherwise known as “chicken skin”). We couldn’t ask for more.
I have been using this product for awhile now, so I feel I can make an informed review. This is a foam you apply to cleansed skin, less than daily, under any serums or moisturizers you normally use. It goes on slightly tacky, and I always want to wash my hands after using it. It takes a bit longer than my other face products to dry, but once it does I can't tell it is there. This may be a function of it being a foam- I haven't used a facial foam before. It does not have a scent. I was disappointed when I got it to find that you can't use it around your eyes, because I had really wanted to see if it had any effect on my wrinkles there. I don't have any wrinkles anywhere else on my face, so I can't tell the effect on wrinkles. I have not noticed a change in my face's pigmentation- dark spots, red marks , or general skin redness, which I been hoping for. Maybe with more use? What I have noticed is an incredible smoothness to my skin since I began using it. It helps a little with clearing acne, but not enough to not need another product. It does not entirely eliminate new acne, but it does help some. It also seems to be beginning to clear up the dark spots in my pores throughout my t-zone.
Based on my experience, I suspect if you use this product as part of a good skin care routine you will experience: exceptionally smooth skin, slightly less acne forming, slightly faster acne healing, and, over time, clearing of the dark spots in your pores.
As effective as other more expensive skin clearing products. I used it with a daily Paula's choice BHA and plan on using both for years to come.5
This is a fantastic product for pretty much every skin care comcern I can think off. It is such and as such it as billed as a weekly treatment, but I'm sure different people can use it with more or less frequency depending on their skin type and tolerability. I was so surprised to find this in the Birchbox shop because it hasn't been for sale through Paula's Choice online since summer 2024 as they are in the process of reformulating it. I quickly put it in my shopoing cart, checked out, and a few days later wondered why it hadn't shipped yet. I contacted the fantastic customer service peeps at Birchbox and they realized it was indeed out of stock for the foreseeable future so my order was canceled and my mindy promptly refunded. Bummed but hopeful it returns soon!5
I have very sensitive skin and this did not irritate my skin too much. It really helped clear it up and I noticed a huge improvement. I have only used it once and can't wait to see what it will look like with more uses. I had a pretty gross breakout on my chin, and when I woke up the next morning it was pretty clear. There were still a few bumps, but nothing like the night before.5
I've had problems with keratosis pilaris previously and noticed that my upper chest was getting pretty chicken skin-like, especially when I got some sun. I picked this product up from here after reading a lot of rave reviews on other beauty sites, and couldn't be happier! It's cleared up a lot of the problems I was having with KP, and has kept my skin pretty blemish-free in that area also. I can't comment a lot on the fine lines right now since I (thankfully) have relatively few of them, but between this and my Stila 10-in-1 beauty balm my pores look great and my skin is clearer than it's been in a long time.
I also noticed the tacky finish after applying it, but it goes away really quickly, so it didn't bother me at all. I usually use this 2 nights a week instead of one and haven't noticed any irritation or dryness, either.
This is a miracle worker for my breakouts. I use it about 2x per week along with the 8% AHA exfoliant. I put it on at night and wake up the next day with smooth, clear, glowing skin!!! Love love LOVE!!!5
I love this brand, and trust Paula's skincare advice, but unfortunately I'm having mixed thoughts about this product. I just used it, and am discouraged by the experience. The product is a foam that feels very tacky. It is hard to figure out how much to use, and it dries too quickly to be able to move it around a lot on my skin. After I used it I immediately needed to wash my hands, which is not the case with any other skincare products I use. That said, if the texture doesn't bother you, I am sure you will find this to be an effective product. I have not used this long enough to notice a change, but based on the ingredient list and brand I trust it.3
I struggle with blackheads and occasional pimples. This stuff is amazing! I use it twice a week and my skin is remarkably clearer after just a couple of weeks. The first time I used it, I had one of those "hurty pimples" about to erupt. I dabbed on a tiny bit extra foam when I went to bed and when I woke up, it was GONE.5