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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, Gentle Facial Exfoliator for Blackheads, Large Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines,…


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  • GENTLE NON-ABRASIVE LEAVE-ON EXFOLIANT: with 2% BHA (Beta hydroxy acid), to unclog & diminish enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth wrinkles, and brighten and even out skin tone. Combats redness, wrinkles, aging, enlarged pores, and blackheads. PACKAGING MAY VARY.
  • Dramatically improves skin’s texture for radiant youthful even-toned skin. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing pores.
  • HYDRATE, BRIGHTEN & SMOOTH FINE LINES: Our unique, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant is gentle enough for daily use on all skin types. Exfoliates dead skin cells while clearing pores for a more even tone, plus it visibly reduces fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Paula’s Choice Skincare makes products that work. No fragrance, no parabens, no fluff. Just effective, science-backed formulas that target any concern, from wrinkles to blemishes.

Specification: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, Gentle Facial Exfoliator for Blackheads, Large Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines,…

Product dimensions

‎6.4 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm, 43 Grams

Item Weight

‎43 g


‎Paula's Choice

Item Model Number


Is discontinued by manufacturer


Date First Available

‎13 April 2018

13 reviews for Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, Gentle Facial Exfoliator for Blackheads, Large Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines,…

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  1. Jess

    Clears my pores leaving my skin feeling fresh and smooth.

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  2. hc

    Photo of all products I use plus – Full AM & PM skincare routine at bottom

    This review is based on my experience as a 34-yr old woman diagnosed with PCOS. I’ve been struggling with acne, cystic acne, and rosacea for almost 11 years. I used to take super powerful medicine…don’t do it. It screws up your hormones even more in the long run. Acne is a huge part of PCOS, and can get out of control very quickly. Keep in mind that I have also been implanting new diet changes (DF, GF, sugar free, no eggs, no grain, low carb) and supplements as directed by my Naturopath.

    I was desperate to finally change my skin. I had to be in my brother’s wedding in 6 weeks, and I so badly wanted to feel confident in my skin. It was risky . There was no guarantee that my skin would be done purging by the time 6 weeks rolled around, but I took the risk. Surprisingly, the first week, my skin cleared up nicely. But then…into week 2 began the purge. Mind you, my purge wasn’t crazy. It was small pimples, but a lot of them; with new ones every single day. Cystic acne under jawline was constant, but manageable. I already had a pretty strict skincare routine before trying this, so I feel like my skin wasn’t as bad a say someone who’s skincare routine is less strict.

    As you can see from the photos, I had a couple purging periods. The first was at it’s worst around 30 days of daily (once a day) use of Paula’s Choice Exfoliate. It seemed to follow my menstrual cycle a bit, but my good days were few and far between for the first two months. By the end of May, I was beginning to think it wasn’t working for me. The week before the wedding rolls around, and I get a large cystic bump on my chin, very red, with little pain, though. This could have just been stress, not sure? Fast forward to mid-June. As I’m writing this, it has been a solid week and a half since I’ve experienced a fresh breakout. My old acne is healing, and my scars are beginning to fade. It’s also important to note that I started using the CeraVe SA Cleanser AM and PM a couple weeks before the wedding. And since I’ve been using it, I feel like my skin has really started to take a turn for the better.

    I wouldn’t say that this product was 100% the reason for my skin looking the way it does now, but I do know that it has a large part to do with it. I don’t expect my skin to be perfect forever, now. My skin still changes a lot throughout my cycle, so I expect the typical PMS breakouts, but this month has been very smooth sailing compared to the first two months, and it makes me REALLY excited!

    I love when people share their skincare routines. So if any other ladies out there who are PCOS sufferers, this is what my AM and PM routines look like.

    1. Cleanse with CeraVe SA Cleanser (gently massage into face for 30 seconds) & rinse
    2. Apply The Ordinary’s Naicinamide & Zinc Serum on damp skin (let sit for 1 minute)
    3. Apply Esmi Skin Probiotic Skin Mylck as my moisturizer (very light moisturizer – let sit 1 min)
    4. Apply DRMTLGY’s Broad Spectrum 45spf Protect sunscreen (very important, very light, no white cast)

    Double cleanse
    1. Cleanse once with Esmi Skin Minerals Uncomplicated Cleanser
    2. Cleanse again with CeraVe SA Cleanser (gentle massage for 30 seconds)
    3. Apply thin layer of Paula’s Choice Exfoliate to damp/almost dry skin (wait 15 minutes)
    4. Apply Esmi Skin Minerals’ Hyaluronic Serum (let sit for 1 minute)
    5. Apply Esmi Skin Minerals’ Probiotic Skin Mylck
    6. Apply thin layer of Terminator Benzoyl Peroxide 10% to problem areas (massage in on top of moisturizer, I do this because it’s too drying if I put it on underneath moisturizer)

    Don’t make the mistake of putting the Paula’s Choice Exfoliate on after skin completely dries. This dries me out very badly, and my skin will be tight all day the next day. I used to let it sit on my skin for 30 minutes before finishing my routine, but now I’m down to 15 minutes. I feel like it’s still very effective.

    The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% mask is also very useful to dry up an active breakout or encourage something under the skin to come to the surface. I usually only use this one time. Anymore than that on that same spot, and it’ll turn red and be very dry (in my experience). Let the mask sit for 15 minutes. I only use a dab of it on the active acne spot. I don’t know if I would have the courage to smear this over my entire chin/mouth area where I’m prone to breakouts. It’s very drying stuff.

    I know this was long, but I hope that this will help someone else who may be experiencing not just adult hormonal acne, but acne caused by serious hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance due to PCOS. I FINALLY feel like I’m on the right track!

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  4. JulieAnn Giumelli

    For the size and price. Not good even for Amazon. The size is like a sample size, which wasn’t appreciated for the price. Had I know how small the product was I doubt I’d bought it. As for any benefit to using the product 5/10 so far.
    I think there’s too much hype on this brand,I hope I’m proven wrong. Time MAY tell,but I don’t think so.

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  5. Contractor

    My face was in a terrible state before this product. I looked like an alligator but not like those kinds Jimmy choo wants but more like the kinds you find in the Florida Everglades. Those wild ones that snap at humans out of jealousy for their glowing, smooth skin. I’ve been using the product exactly two weeks and applying twice daily as instructed. Let me tell you it has changed the game for me! I’ve been single for ten years now. But after two short weeks I’ve now been on 3 dates, had a marriage proposal, somebody’s husband is my DM and a guy even offered me a puppy. Of course the puppy guy is now my commited boyfriend (but I digress) . All I’m saying is… I don’t make milkshakes so it has to be this exfoliate bringing all the boys to my yard.

    Ps. I have very sensitive skin and haven’t experienced any burning or discomfort with the product thus far. Bye.

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  6. hc

    I have every skin issue you can think of. Rosacea, acne (hormonal, cycstic, Whiteheads, blackheads), dehydration, excessive oiliness, redness, all of it. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my conplexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS!! this was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars i would. It has seriously changed my life!!! Also sorry for the nasty pictures haha

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  7. Sam Roberts

    I’m in my late 40s and I bought this to reduce pigmentation. My skin was quite good other than the pigmentation, but after one use it is noticeable how much smaller my pores look and fine lines have improved. I was amazed at how much it improved my skin quality.

    I try to care for my skin and cleanse and moisturise morning and night and use sunscreen, and after one use, I’m thinking this might be the product I ensure I never run out of. No idea if it will work on the pigmentation but I would be surprised if it didn’t.

    It is quite runny but easy to apply with fingers. Smells a little sour but after applying moisturiser, I can’t smell it anymore. Worth the cost.

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  8. BigBear

    I’m on my second bottle, and it works for keeping my skin exfoliated. However, you can also buy 

    pure salicylic acid

     and add it too sodium lactate (available cheaply everywhere, used in soap making) as a diluent to achieve the same thing for a fraction of the price (see it done on YT). That’s my next move.

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  9. Contractor

    This stuff should be called a miracle in a bottle. When I use it on my (pretty dry) skin, it transforms it from congested, irritated, and bright red to calm, clear, and glowing overnight.

    Most of the people reviewing this are using it incorrectly. It’s an acid exfoliator. That means you should use it once a week, twice at the most (if your skin is oily and needs a lot of work.) It is not supposed to soak into your skin. You should keep feeling that greasy sensation until you wash it off. Also, it should never be used during the daytime. BHA, or salicylic acid, interacts terribly with the sun. If you absolutely must put it on in the morning, follow it up with heavy SPF, but I wouldn’t do it.

    This stuff is like anything else- it only works if you know how to do it properly.

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  10. Myra1

    I have oily skin with pores especially around nose chin and cheek area and I have been using this product once every night for 2 weeks now. I don’t see any change in my pores or skin. It’s like an oily layer after you apply. Not sure if I will re buy the product but the quatity sure is good. Will update after few weeks again in case there is any change in my skin texture.

    Update : been using it quite regularly for more than a month now. I don’t see much change.. but maybe the pore size on my nose have shrunk a bit. Will update again after a month.

    Update on 28th Sept _ the product is actually good. Although I have not been regular , I have stopped pricking my whiteheads and my sebaceous filaments on my chin are finally gone. I will continue to use this product l. Now understand the hype. Moving the rating to 4 stars and will come back again after 2 months.

    Final update: I love this product, I have been extremely irregular with the product but it’s worked on my pores and sebaceous filaments very well. It reduces my break out by 60% over night. I will continue to use it and understood finally why it’s a cult favourite for a reason. Please be patient and surely you will see the results.

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  11. Samantha

    I love this product. Clears skin and minimised pores

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  12. True living

    Saw result within days

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  13. 02janedouglas

    So glowy and it’s only been one night. My skin is super sensitive so I only used a tiny bit. But no irritation so far. I will definitely be buying the bigger size

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