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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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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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Great
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This lightened scars, reduced imperfections, etc. I like the texture of this product and it didn't leave my skin feeling like it was on fire like some stop treatments do. I just wish that there was more of it, although you don't need much. Just a dot and it goes a long way.

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Great Product!
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I have been using this for about a week and I am noticing my red spots from acne are fading! Very impressed.

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Seemed to be good
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Small sample but seemed to be effective....for stubborn blemishes I wish I had more to work with to see if it really did work. But overall, I like the idea of the product and the uses I did go through were good.

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Very Nice
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This made a reoccurring wart I have on my neck go away completely! I used a bit every night and in about a moth it was gone!

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Bad Reaction
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I tried this either two or three times at night. It made my face break out horribly and get nasty dry patches everywhere. It was itchy and not good at all. I had to slather on moisturizer. I have sensitive skin and I just had a bad reaction.

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Only used the sample size but it worked
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I did not buy this product due to price, but I loved the sample and it worked like a charm. If you have a lot of blemishes it might not be feasible to use this product due to cost, but if you get an occasional whopper this is a miracle. I used it on a giant red bump that apeared in the middle of my chin the day before an event, and it was essentially GONE in the morning. The redness was no longer visible and the bump was nearly flat. It was 100% concealable. I still have half my sample, I might purchase it if I had an upcoming wedding or something as an emergency back-up plan for zits.

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Staying Power
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While this product does stay put fairly well, the texture actually seemed cakey which made wrinkles more obvious. I have used Paula's Choice in the past and really like their serum. I probably won't buy this but some may like it.

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No difference
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I saw no difference in my skin while using this product, also has a thick, gooey feel on the skin.

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