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

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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).

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Worth the price
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I am extremely happy with this purchase. The formula does not over dry my skin and works wonders with all types of blemishes. I spot use it at night and by the next morning the blemish will be half to almost entirely gone. Applicator helps so that you only pump a small amount of product, which is all you need.

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Amazing for getting rid of pimples!
Purchased

The texture of this is almost like a serum or an oil, which I love-it's very effective on getting rid of pimples quickly without overly drying out the skin. I really love this product!

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Great for acne!

I have been only using Paula's Choice skin-care products for about a year and I love the results! Even though my skin looks and feels great, I still get acne due to my lovely genetics. I use this product as a spot-treatment at night on my acne. It's not too drying, but be careful with using it to often because it has a high percentage (9%) of BHA. Normally, you should regularly apply only 2% or 1% BHA to your entire face. It does slightly sting once applied, but it quickly goes away. This is probably because I have very sensitive skin and also because of the high percentage of BHA.

This product dries up my pimples very fast. Sometimes they even disappear overnight! Give it a try! Paula's Choice has a 100% satisfaction guarantee if ordered from their website.

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Insane
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I got this in my Jan box and let it sit on the bathroom counter for 2 months. After a friend of mine said she'd been using it for years and it was a miracle worker on her milia and explained to me what milia was. I realized that's what the little bumps were around my eyes that have bothered me about my skin forever . So tried it immediately.

After 3 days of spot-treating the milia at the corner of one eye, and a zit-sized mole-ish bump next to my eyebrow on the other (that has been there for well over a year mind you) everything is smaller, diminished, and seems to be going away. Turns out the big bump wasn't a mole as I suspected but sebaceous hyperplasia.

I have never had a product work this fast or show results this fast. Its AMAZING. I'm 48 and also experiencing acne for the first time so I'm now going to try it on that, areas of enlarged pores and my freckles/dark spots. And I am going to buy buckets of this stuff.

Note - my eyes can be sensitive to certain products. I had no problems with this.

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Wonderful
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This is an amazing product! Any time I put it on a blemish or a pimple that is starting to appear the next day it is gone. I have never found a product to work like this, it seems to be magic!

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Ok I guess

I didn't really see much a difference, but it did feel really nice on my face!

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Unsure
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The sample was small, but while using it I didn't notice much improvement in my fine lines or wrinkles. Perhaps if the sample was larger I could have used it longer and gotten some results.

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Too Soon to Tell
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I gave this sample a try but simply couldn't tell whether it would have a long-term result. I can say that the formula was kind to my skin and didn't cause any irritation or problems, but I'd need to use it for a longer period of time to know whether it would truly tackle some skin flaws.

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small sample, but I liked the results
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I wasn't expecting much result, if any, from this sample because it normally takes weeks to see results for products with daily use. However, I did notice improvement with redness from recent breakout.

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I think it's working!
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Since so many of the reviews here are from a sample, it's almost as informative as if no one wrote a review. Products like these take time to work and a sample size for a week won't cut it. Since this product claims to work on more than just acne marks but scars too, I figured it was worth a shot. I've been using it for about a month now and I really do feel like my red post-acne marks, my scars and enlarged pores are faded. I feel like my skin is becoming smoother and it feels kind of rejuvenated when I wake up in the morning. I've also been blessed (cursed?) with skin that can be super oily and dry and flaky at the same time and this doesn't dry out my skin at all. I put it on after I wash my face before bed and my skin doesn't feel tight or super greasy at all. The only thing I don't like is entirely in the packaging. The tiny pump is a little herky-jerky so it's hard to just get out a little bit.

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