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

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  • 3.9 out of 5 stars, based on 1,593 Reviews 1,593 Reviews Write a Review
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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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nice surprise

i was excited to get this type of skin product. It would be good for those who arent ready to try medical grade glycolic acid, but personally id rather go to the dematologist for this type of face cream.

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Gel exfoliant

This irritated my face at first, but after that initial use my face didn't react again. Left my face feeling very clean.

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Not sure yet

I have only used this a few times, and realize it says to be careful of sun after using. It is summer and I am headed to Hawaii, so I decided I will wait until Fall to really use this product. So far I do like the products from this company.

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LOVE IT

I really love this product. I have seen a difference in old blemishes just after 2 uses. Any existing blemish I have heal much faster after using this product. The only downfall is that I'm not a fan of how it feels after I put it on, or how it kind of burns, but I can handle those things for how well it works.

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Sticky

I like that this is leave-on. However, it makes my face feel sticky and when I applied my various other face products, I noticed that when I got to my tinted SPF, it was balling up on my face. So I assume you either have to wait a long time for this to dry/absorb or you can't layer more than one thing on top of it. Either way, I don't think it's worth using.

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Works well

I've heard of Paula's Choice cosmetics from an acquaintance with a great complexion. I have been fighting some dry patches and other oily patches of skin on my face. Since I started using this gel I have found that the dry patches are gone and my skin is more consistent. This is huge! I've been fighting with this for months and used many different products with no success. I'm so happy. The sample was a size that you can actually use it often enough to see results.

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Smooth skin

This product went on smoothly, but felt a little sticky when absorbed. My skin felt nice afterward, but I didn't see an immediate difference. Will continue to use sample and see what happens, but not sure id buy the full size.

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Love it

My skin loves me more after using this product often.

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Clears up my face in a jiff

I live this product and was a nice fit to my nighttime beauty regimen, it cleared up my blackheads and blemishes in no time

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