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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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First then user

This was my first gel exfoliant. It worked well and left my face feeling nice.

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I'm Not Sure

I loved my Acne Fix It Kit so I figured this product would further enhance my skin care regimen. Although I followed instructions and used it faithfully, I just haven't noticed a difference. I wish I had.

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Super helpful daily tool!

I love this stuff. It just sat in my beauty carousel for way too long. Every day - sometimes multiples times - I apply this gel and it's like a mini peel. It burns off all skin issues and you get to start fresh pretty immediately. It speeds recovery of all acne. Then I apply a suncreen/moisturizer and I'm fresh as a daisy! Will repurchase for sure! Lasts forever!

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Already bought the full size!

I have normal to dry skin and always looking for something to help with aging. Great product and seems to be a great line of products. Interested in seeing more!

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