Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant for Blackheads and Enlarged Pores

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I adored Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster serum, so my sister kindly gifted me Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I have fairly decent skin but, because my sensitive, combination skin gets quite oily in my T-Zone, it can become congested at times, especially near my nose. As a result, I was excited to try this new product.

Product Claims:

This Skin Perfecting Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates the skin’s surface, unclogging pores and improving skin’s appearance. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance, feel, and function, which leads to healthier-looking skin and a noticeable improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (salicylic acid) drastically smooths the surface of skin. The lightweight liquid formula allows for a faster, but gentle, deep exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it’s an ideal choice for stubborn, clogged pores. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8. Every Paula’s Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

This Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant comes in a 4 oz. container for $29. All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to oily skin, combination skin, or blemish-prone skin.

Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), and Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Apply the Skin Perfecting Liquid once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Recommended Skincare Routine:

After using this Skin Perfecting Liquid for over 3 months, I didn’t notice ANY recognizable improvement in my skin. My enlarged pores in my nose and chin area never seemed to diminish (or even unclog). I never saw any amelioration in my skin’s texture, and I certainly never noticed any smoothing effect of ANY of my laugh lines! While I appreciate that this product is deemed safe for all skin types and contains green tea extract to calm the skin and combat any redness, it didn’t seem to have any actual effect on my skin. In fact, while using this product, I ended up having to use other products by different brands to “spot treat” a minor acne bump or two as well as exfoliate and deep clean my skin.

I love the fact that this product is fragrance-free and colorless. When it comes to my skin care, I’m not a huge fan of overly scented products. It also never irritated my sensitive, combination skin. However, I felt like all I was doing was slathering water on my face every day. Week after week, I kept waiting for something … ANYTHING … to improve. It never did!

My sister thinks that the product didn’t have much effect on me because I eat clean, drink plenty of water, and have relatively good skin (with the exception of some minor acne during “that time of the month.” Perhaps, she is right. Although, considering the length of time I used the product, I hoped it to at least decongest my nose and chin area by diminishing the size of my pores there (as promised). I wasn’t anticipating a miracle skincare product. However, I am disappointed, to say the least, that Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid couldn’t live up to any of their claims for my skin. Given the $29 price tag, I expected better.

As a result, I think this Skin Perfecting Liquid will probably work best for persons with cystic acne or extremely inflamed or problematic skin. If you’re like me and only suffer from an occasional acne bump or two, chances are this product won’t do much for you other than extend the time it takes you to muddle through your morning and evening skincare routine! Sigh.

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