CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 125 reviews
A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 125 reviews
A completely gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. Perfect for someone with sensitive skin who wants to visibly diminish pore size and the appearance of wrinkles and ease redness.
  • Salicylic acid (BHA) provides gentle exfoliation
  • Reveals glowing, hydrated skin
  • Lightweight lotion is perfect for sensitive skin
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Skin Redness, Sensitive Skin, Blackheads
    100 ml
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?

CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a leave-on, sheer lightweight lotion with a texture that works to soothe redness and smooth away dry skin with skin-plumping hydration. It also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and lessens the size of pores.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8

What does it do?
Gently exfoliates skin’s surface as well as inside the pores to enhance skin renewal, while hydrating and soothing ingredients promote visibly calm, even-toned skin. Skin-soothing plant extracts ease extra-sensitive, red skin for a more unified, healthier-looking appearance. Helps unclog and refine the look of enlarged pores and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. Gentle enough even for those with skin prone to rosacea.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning over the entire face, including the eye (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.
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Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (stabiliser), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Dimethicone (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Lauric Acid (skin replenishing), Sorbitan Stearate (texture-enhancing), PEG-40 Stearate (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabiliser), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews



This product is AMAZING. I use it once a day, at night, and wake up with the smoothest skin ever. It has helped so much with my acne scars, and it's a great chemical exfoliant for dry skin. I've also noticed that its helped with some of the sensitivity I got with the 2% liquid. My only (minor) complaint is that you have any serious congestion, this product might not be strong enough for you but for me it was perfect.




Great product


I ran out of the previous 1% & purchased a bottle of the 2%. Too strong for my skin but great on my legs for winter, they get dry & neglected living in trousers. Found the 1% again & it to is a great product. I've been using only PC for years & love trying new products & ranges as my skin ages. Still miss your lippy's.




Love it!


I have been trying to get rid of my pink post-acne spots for years with no luck (AHAs, chemicals peels... nothing has worked!) I have only been using this product for a week but I can already see a huge difference in my skin. The pink spots have already faded slightly, my skin tone looks a lot more even and it doesn't make me look/feel greasy throughout the day. I have extremely sensitive skin and usually go bright red after applying most products but I've had no bad reaction to this at all. I hope to keep seeing amazing changes to my skin and if I do, I will definitely continue to buy this product.


Perth, WA


Love it! Love it! Love it!


I have bad acne since age 16yrs old and allergic to benzoyl peroxide since day 1! So I've had to use lots of salisylic acid and over the last few years have become allergic to it! This product is an acne life saver for me! Please don't ever stop making it!! :)




Confidence in a bottle!


I have always had blackheads on my nose, around my nostrils and around my lips. I was always self conscious about this even though I have seen worse. Before this product I had not tried anything but changing my cleansers and moisturizers in hopes of not clogging my pores. I have VERY sensitive skin and some redness on my cheeks. I was skeptical but after using the entire bottle I am a believer! This has changed my skin dramatically! My blackheads are almost 100% gone and my pores look smaller. This is another product from PC that I will never run out of. I am now finishing up the last little bit of this bottle and already have the BHA 2% Lotion in my cabinet ready to go. I use this AM and PM, I just love it! It will change your skin!




The Perfect BHA For My Sensitive Skin


I have tried numerous BHA products from Paula's Choice as well as other lines and this is the only one that doesn't cause my sensitive skin to become flakey, irritated, and dry. Since using this product, I have seen a reduction in clogged pores and it has helped to lighten some of my post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Also, I love the texture of this on my oily skin. It doesn't make my skin greasy at all like other exfoliants I have tried. Please never discontinue this product!!!!




Buy buy buy!


Loved this. After running out of 2% BHA gel and having so much going on in my life, I hadn't reordered BHA in a while. I was worried that my skin might get a bit red and irritated going straight back again to the 2%, so I ordered the 1% and my skin loved it. It cleared up my skin, gave me a glow and moisturized my skin. My bottle is almost empty and I will be ordering the 2% BHA gel this week. Great if you haven't exfoliated in a while or new to it.


Brisbane, QLD


Perfect for Sensitive Skin!


I love that Paula's Choice offers samples of nearly all of their products, because I tried the 2% BHA Exfoliant and it really irritated my skin. This, however, is absolutely perfect! I have normal to dry skin that is very sensitive, and I can use this exfoliant day and night under my moisturizer with no issues. It adds a bit of extra hydration and leaves my skin feeling so soft! Thank you for making such a gentle version of a BHA exfoliant!


Apex, NC


Great for Combo Acne Prone Skin


I have had stubborn combination/acne prone skin since I was 12 and this product has done wonders for my skin. Shortly after I began using this product I noticed a big difference in redness and acne scarring. I then began to notice a reduction in blemishes as well as fewer dry and flaky patches. In conclusion I think this is an amazing product, even the packaging is great!

Karen From Finance

St. Louis MO


Gentle and great for reducing redness


I used the old 1% Skin Perfecting lotion and liked it a lot, but I like this product better, primarily because it does an amazing job of combating redness. Works better on that score than the Calm Serum, at least for me. Like any BHA, it's slightly drying. Some days I use it only on the oiliest parts of my face, and I always need a moisturizer over it. Overall, though, it's quite gentle and seems to lend a glow to my skin. Will definitely repurchase.





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