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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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did its job
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I dont really have much of an opinion on this product, it seemed to do what it is intended to. I was able to use it on a few blemishes before running out of the sample and it seemed to work, but ran out before thoroughly testing it and getting a confident conclusion.

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disappointed
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I was excited to see a sample that would work on blemishes, break outs. It says use a pea size. Well it only gave u enough for 2 applications. I did not see any difference in blemish's. I am unable to give a positive review on the product, due to not enough sample.

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Small
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The sample size was small and I did not see any results after using product

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Nice Spot Treatment
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I was able to see a different in my blackheads after using this product, but no difference in pore size.

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really works
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I put this on a red pimple before going to bed and the next day it was noticeably smaller and not as red.

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Love this sample and I am still using it!
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This is the first time I heard of this product and I'm glad I did! I plan on purchasing one soon!

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Nice cream
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Nice cream, but not enough to really tell if it worked well. I would like to try this again for a few days. I have been happy in the past with Paula's Choice.

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Not impressed
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I didn't notice much of a difference in my skin after using this product. Also, it seems like a very expensive salicylic acid treatment (and what is BHA-9 anyways?).

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decent product
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there wanst enough to tell if this product left visible results on my skin but it didnt ruin my skin

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Great Spot Treatment
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I don't think this product does everything that it claimed on the packaging. But if you are looking for an excellent spot treatment for an existing pimple, this is your guy! I was blown away at how quickly it reduced the swelling of pimples. It seemed to help with the scaring if I did pick at the pimple and brings the total time needed to heal a pimple down from about 3 days to 1/2 a day. I'm super impressed!

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