RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Based on 9 reviews
This super-concentrated exfoliating cocktail dramatically smooth away visible sun damage and other advanced signs of ageing, revealing more radiant, visibly younger skin with just one use.

RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA

Based on 9 reviews
This super-concentrated exfoliating cocktail dramatically smooths away visible sun damage and other advanced signs of ageing, revealing more radiant, visibly younger skin with just one use.
  • Four alpha-hydroxy acids reveal firmer looking skin
  • Beta-hydroxy acid clears & visibly minimises pores
  • Lightweight, milky liquid
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
Anti-Ageing, Wrinkles
    30 ml
Why is it different?
Our unique blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) + beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) efficiently exfoliates away the layers of visible sun damage. This powerful formula is efficient enough to use once a week, but gentle enough to apply as often as you want.
This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–4.0.
What does it do?
By combining glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric acids' (AHAs) unique skin refining and renewing properties, you’ll see dramatically renewed skin tone after one application. Peptides and ceramides reinforce what makes skin naturally resilient helping chamomile, grape seed extract, green tea and other antioxidants protect against further environmental damage. Allantoin, oat extract and licorice soothe skin after treatment.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after desired cleansing and/or toning. Dispense one pump and smooth over face including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.
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PRS Global Open, December 2016, page e1152

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublication; February 2015, pages 455-464; and October 2009, pages 327-345

Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2015, issue 8, pages 21-26

Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, December 2014, pages 9-17; November 2013, pages 281-288; and November 2010, pages 135-142

Dermatology Research and Practice, May 2012, ePublication

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, April 2007, pages 651-663

Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Lactic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (texture enhancer), Malic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Tartaric Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture enhancer), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsifier), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent), Sodium Bicarbonate (pH adjuster), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Very nice product


I have very sensitive skin that reacts to most products. I had not been able to use any acids until I found this one (and the new Resist 4% BHA which is also great). I use this product at night, about 2-3 times per week. No irritation, no breakouts, soft, clear skin.


Hobart, Tas


Glow in a bottle


This product is not for the beginner but more for the experienced user of exfoliants. You really need to ease yourself into this one. I started off on alternating between the 2% BHA then moved to 4% BHA and on alternate nights using AHA for several months. Then I finally introduced this project the 10% AHA. Well it's just Wow in a bottle really. I only use twice a week now and use my 4%BHA every other night... but yes, this product does what it says and more. It's the Ferrari of the exfoliants! Been using PC products since 2009 and my skin is the best it's ever been. I'm 37 and people think I'm in my mid 20's. Thank you, Paula

Jacqui G

Melbourne Australia


Exceptional product!


The RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA has exceeded my expectations! I have been using it once or twice daily for a month now, and realised a few days ago that the lines under my eyes are visibly less pronounced. But that's not all. The bumpy, scaly, textured skin in the inner corner under eyes has completely disappeared! I am 63 and never expected a product to make such a dramatic change to my skin texture. My under eye concealer is now easy to apply and looks smooth and texture free. I have extremely dry skin and I have found that my skin isn't nearly as dry as it normally is since using this product, and I have been able to cut down on the amount of moisturiser I apply also. I highly recommend this exceptional product to anyone with dry skin who is concerned with facial lines and textured skin. You will notice a visible improvement in your skin.


Sydney Australia


Love this!


This product is great. Used Paula's choice for the last 30 years, but I also try other brands and products. I was in the "other products" phase and my skin started to get clogged, red and blotchy. Even my perscription Rozex was not clearing up 2 red bumps on my cheek, however a few nights of using this product combined with the Paula's choice natural toner cleared up my skin. This feels great to put on at night and I wake up with clearer, more even, healthier looking skin.


Melbourne Australia

Good product


Good product. Happy with pore reducing and fading my brown uneven skin tone. At 49 years of age, I purchased this specifically for its effectiveness on wrinkles as read in other reviews, but after 2 months of daily use there has been no change to my wrinkles. I am also getting some reaction to my sensitive skin so will not be purchasing again when bottle is finished.






I think this is a nice product, but I don't find it to be much more effective than the lower strength exfoliants, which happen to be cheaper and much bigger in size.




Prefer the old formula


The new formulation has some great ingredients that target different skin problems, this product maybe best for people with sensitive skin as it is much gentler than the previous formula. However I bought this to exfoliate my skin to deal with texture and not for the moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients such as the peptides and ceramides. I much preferred the old formula it was very effective at exfoliating my skin.




Not as good as the original 10% weekly resurfacing treatment


I bought this product some months ago and have tried it on and off during that time. Each time I have used it my skin has become flaky and dry. Unfortunately it did not have any of the stated benefits and I cannot find an alternative that has the same immediate effect as the original weekly resurfacing treatment. I have normal - combination skin and it is unusual for any product to have this effect on my skin. Please bring back the original 10% weekly resurfacing treatment. It is a great product that works. It is awfully disappointing when Paula's Choice discontinues products that are obviously popular and effective.




Not as good as its predecessor


Just isn't the same as it's predecessor. It's thick and stick and has nowhere near the same effect as the original. Will not buy again.





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