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Start off with the cleanest of slates with Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

$29.00 Ships Free
3.3 oz

Availability: In stock


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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.

How to Use

Apply a small amount once or twice a day after cleansing and toning. Remember: No rinsing! Follow with the rest of your daily skincare and makeup routine.

Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10 (thickeners), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben (preservatives).

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Good product for those who do their research first

So I read the most negative reviews, and with a lot of them it seems to be a matter of misunderstanding.

1. When you begin to use an AHA or BHA exfoliant, it is normal for your skin to "purge" - that is, you may have increased breakouts because the exfoliation is drawing out the gunk from your pores. These are breakouts that would have happened eventually anyway. These breakouts should last no more than a few weeks.

2. Yes, it burns. Especially at first. This is also normal, and the burning should subside after a minute or two.

3. Yes, you're supposed to leave this on your skin - after cleansing (and toner if you use one) and before anything else.

4. The smell of this and other PC products is simply the smell of the ingredients, because PC doesn't use fragrances in their products. THIS IS A GOOD THING. Smelling weird for a few minutes (those smells fade) is far better than irritating the skin with fragrances.

5. Please don't put this or anything else on your face without doing your homework. Not only to avoid bad products, but also to understand what to expect from good products.

All that said, I don't find this to be my favorite AHA, or even my favorite PC AHA.

For PC I recommend the 5% Resist product.

For a non-PC AHA, I recommend Olay's Night Resurfacing Elixir.

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Five + Five Stars!!

I've used quite a few products just like P. C. Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant and found this particular one, the best. Im 57 with dry skin. My battle is trying to keep dead skin layers at bay, keep my pores clear and keep fine lines from forming without drying. Of course, these types of products do dry your skin to a certain degree but, K found this ond, less drying. I also use the recommended Water Based gel serums and retinol moisturizer. Through my research, I see P.C. also has a moisturizer without retinol and I intend to use it, to layer lightly, over the P.C. RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with retinol. Using products from the full line, according to your skins needs, furthers the effectiveness of these profucts. For anyone that is familar with the brand Exuviance, Paulas Choice, is very, very close, in respect to ingredients and what these products can do, if used in order. And, for half the cost. I use Exuviance products and from reading about P. C. products, they sure look like dupes, to me! I use Exuviance Retinol Concentrate and P.C. also has the same product, for half the price! Knowing how well, Exuviance works for me, and using a few P.C. products, I can honestly say, P.C. WILL give me the same results. I didnt mean to veer off the main reason for writing this review but, I hope it helps you, trust this brand, Paulas Choice. This Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant, will work great for ance, (give it a few days though, to purge your pores, then, breakouts will subside) also works gently with little drying to exfoliate and combines well with P.C. moisturizers. My pores are finally cleaned out and I'm now using this product, 3 to 4 nights a week under my moisturizer. Safe to use during the day but, make sure you use an SPF or amoisturizer with SPF, should you use this in the AM.

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I use this twice a day and I love it! it helps with my acne and leaves my face feeling fresh. I have oily acne prone skin and this is perfect for it!

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I got this as a free gift with purchase and I am definitely buying the full size! I had a lot of small cystic pimples on my forehead and within 2 days it brought all of them up to the surface and I was able to squeeze all the gunk out. I only use it once a day and skip the days when I'm going in the sun. Worth it!!

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Changed my skin

I was looking for something that would make my skin smoother and get rid of the clogged pores and bumps. Within a week I saw an improvement. Probably one of the few products where I saw a noticeable change in my skin. Worth a try!

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