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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant Review

As I’m in my 30s, I want to do whatever I can to treat my well and keep it healthy. I never thought I’d still have to deal with break outs. Several months ago, I picked up several of the Paula’s Choice products, one of which was Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant.

The Website Claims:
Skin Perfrecting 2% BHA Gel is a water-based formula that exfoliates both the skin’s surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining to unclog pores and improve skin cell turnover rate. This creates a dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance, feel, and function especially for blemish-prone skin. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smoothes the surface of skin. Additionally, BHA has anti-bacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. The silky gel base of this exfoliant is similar to the texture of the Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel but has twice the amount of salicylic acid to combat stubborn blemishes, including blackheads.

  • Water-based, maximum-strength formula with 2% salicylic acid
  • Non-sticky gel exfoliates and smoothes for firmer, younger-looking skin
  • Calms redness and builds collagen
  • Unclogs and diminishes enlarged pores
  • Reduces stubborn acne breakouts and fades discolorations
  • Creates radiant, clear, even-toned skin
  • Anti-inflammatory ingredients calm signs of rosacea
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents
  • This is not tested on animals


Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, (solvent/water-binding agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Hydroxyethylcellulose (gel-based thickener), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (anti-irritant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting agent).

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

$15.96 for 3.3 fl. oz., $.80 for .1 oz.

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, mostly. I don’t typically go for chemical exfoliants, I tend to use physical ones. However, I love how my skin feels after I use this. I apply this to my face, avoiding my eyes and massage it in to my skin. I leave it on for a few minutes, then I rinse it off. While I don’t feel this fades discoloration, I do feel that this helps my skin to be radiant.

Would I purchase again?
Yes! I do like this. I don’t use it every day, but I do like to use it once or twice a week. I do fee like it’s reasonably priced, too, like all of Paula’s Choice products. I did take off half a star since it doesn’t fade discoloration, but it otherwise works wonderfully.

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Do you prefer chemical or physical exfoliation? What do you currently use?

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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