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You can think of BHA as salicylic acid's dapper nom de plume. (The two ingredients are one and the same.) Whatever you call it, BHA is a clinically proven blemish-buster with the added bonus of increasing collagen production for smoother skin. Not only that, but it's the powerhouse ingredient behind this nonirritating liquid. The formula works to calm redness and rosacea and is strong enough to dislodge the most stubborn blackheads and degrease pores down to their oiliest depths. While BHA is the star on the antiacne and antibacterial front, green tea extract helps soothe skin with reparative antioxidants.
I had never tried a liquid exfoliant before but what the heck, it was in the box and I'm so happy I gave it a chance. I just bought the full size because it's become part of my routine. I had enlarged pores on/around my nose, oily t-zone, tendency to have occasional acne, and uneven skin tone. Sometimes I would have dry, flaky areas too. Using this exfoliant has improved every single one of those problems without causing any sensitivity. It's had an almost "airbrushing" effect on my 39 year old skin. My skin is softer, clearer, less oily, more even-toned and my pores appear much smaller than before. Thank you Birchbox for introducing me to it!5
I have somewhat sensitive skin that dries out very quickly, so I was a little wary of this product. After trying it I was very pleased, though! It was gentle on my skin but still helped clean up blackheads. I've also dabbed some on a cotton ball and held it to blemishes to help get rid of them faster. It seems to help.
It doesn't leave my face dry or red like many salicylic acid products do, but it does give me all the benefits I miss from them.
I love this product and credit it to finally resolving my acne. I still was having some breakouts here and there. I received this in my sample box and my husband noticed how glowing and smooth my skin was. His response? "Buy a bottle of that stuff immediately." I'm in 30's and have used accutane twice. I use this product all over my neck and face. Its clean, smooth & silky. Just a little bit goes a long way.5
I was skeptical, but used this on my freshly-washed face and woke up to a more evenly toned complexion and no trace of a pimple. Doesnt leave a residue. Maybe its my imagination, but I think it actually worked well!4
I was able to eliminate close to three acne products with this one item. My face cleansing routine is so much shorter and my skin is really improving (have on and off acne issues and have combination skin). I will most certainly be purchasing this item when this runs out - and a little goes a long way. Just a few drops rubbed between your fingers and patted into my skin.
Seems like my black heads are easily removed and my skin is less prone to break outs. Amazing product.
I am prone to break outs and this has stopped that. My skin is oily but dries out easily and has been sensitive to other products like this.
It keeps my skin smooth and an even tone. This is a product that I continue to reorder. If I run out and go a week or two then I can definitely tell a difference. Everyone should try it!!!
I've been using Paula's Choice skincare products for several years and it's rare that I find one that isn't quite right for my 44-year-old, somewhat sensitive skin. I have issues with some hyperpigmentation on my forehead and temple areas, but especially across the tips of my cheeks (right where you'd apply blusher). I used this, as well as other glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids from this brand and this worked well for me. As a teenager of the 80's I would sunbathe and go to tanning beds frequently. I was pretty lucky that the dark spots didn't show up sooner, but by my mid to late 30's I was having laser procedures done to eradicate the damage I'd done to my skin. After "learning" what I needed to do to get and maintain clearer, more even toned skin I started with these types of products. Most were purchased from my cosmetic dermatologist's office at a much higher price when I found Paula's Choice. I now wear sunscreen every single day that I go out of my house, even when it's raining or cold, and I use a chemical exfoliant every day - at least once (at bedtime). My skin did not get irritated or flaky, as can certainly happen when starting this type of product, and my spots began to slowly but surely disappear!! I continue to alternate nightly between the BHA and AHA as well as being conscientious about sun exposure and wearing a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 each and everyday. I suggest you try it if this is something you're looking for. And of course, all Paula's Choice products have a 60 (or maybe even a 90) day satisfaction guarantee. It's really a win-win :)5
I have used this...& it's great! I especially like the fact that it is great on combo/oily skin. Even though I am not a teen, I need something to help with oil. Good stuff!4
I love this product too! As soon as I get a blemish I put this on and it starts working immediately... I love putting on at night and waking up in the morning with no blemishes and clear and smooth skin. ;-)5
I feel like this is the perfect post-cleanser/pre-treatment solution for my skin. It seems to calm everything down and keep my skin looking great at the same time. I feel like I have had fewer breakouts and my skin's texture looks smoother. I really like all of the Paula's Choice products I have tried so far.5