RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
Based on 237 reviews


RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
A leave-on exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid and age-fighting antioxidants that dramatically improves skin’s texture and reveals vibrant, radiant skin.

RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA

Based on 237 reviews


A leave-on exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid and age-fighting antioxidants that dramatically improves skin’s texture and reveals vibrant, radiant skin.
  • Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally and gently exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Water-light formula
  • Use once or twice weekly in place of daily exfoliant
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing, Eczema

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Why is it different?
RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA is the ideal solution for those concerned with visibly improving multiple signs of ageing and sun damage to create a significantly smoother, younger look.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

What does it do?
This powerful formula with glycolic acid works overnight (almost like magic) to reveal youthful, smoother, and more radiant-looking skin. A unique liquid delivery system plus innovative soothing ingredients provides gentle, yet impressive results. You’ll see a visibly improved texture, color, and tone, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin’s appearance becomes firmer looking and maintains its beautifully smooth texture. Suitable even for skin prone to milia.
How to use
Apply once weekly, only at night, in place of your daily exfoliant. After cleansing and toning, apply over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Leave on overnight or rinse after 10 minutes. On the night(s) you use this Treatment do not use other exfoliants or scrubs at the same time. In the mornings you can use other exfoliants as per your normal routine. If you're using a prescription retinoid product (i.e. Renova) apply the exfoliant first and allow it to set, then apply the retinoid product. Follow with a serum and/or moisturiser.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 10% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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Food Chemistry, 2010, volume 119, pages 643-647

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2009, issue 5, pages 495-501

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2010, volume 3, pages 135-142

Plastic Surgical Nursing, April-June 2012, issue 2, pages 71-2

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

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin-soothing), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidants), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Definately worth it and long lasting


I waited for three months before reviewing this product to see how it went over time,I have been using it approx. every 5 days and its really wonderful. I'm 55 but still getting hormonal low grade acne and use a retinol from the dermatologist but Paula's Vitamin C, Cleanser, BHA and have for over 15 years. This does bring out a few tiny spots the days after I use it but totally worth it as you wake up with smoother, clearer and I can really notice the different over the months. I also use it on my hands and a red spot (from a dermo scar) has faded after 4 years of never changing. I do have skin that isn't at all dry so maybe if you do you might want to use more moisturiser etc if needed. Or just use it weekly. Highly recommend.


North Adelaide

I love this product


I have tried quiet a few of Paula's products and some are to harsh, some are ok, but this one I Love makes my skin look healthier, glowing, younger, clearer. I have combination skin and it seems to work for me, I put a little on every night and It doesn't seem to dry out my skin like some of Paula's other products. One of your best Paula :)




Be careful! Made my skin worse.


I ordered this to help with hyper-pigmentation, dullness, and uneven skin tone. I was nervous about this potentially irritating my skin (which can be sensitive at times) but when I applied it I only experienced slight tingling (the fact that it didn't sting and has a nice texture is why I gave it 2 stars rather than 1). I looked for more typical signs of irritation (redness, flaking etc.) but didn't see any, and misinterpreted this as meaning that it wasn't negatively effecting my skin. BIG mistake. After weeks of using this weekly (occasionally twice a week) my skin wasn't ANY better and often looked worse than when I'd first started applying it. My skin looked duller and I started getting this AWFUL orange peel texture on my cheeks. At first I didn't think it could be this product because the things that were getting worse were exactly what this was meant to help with. Then one week I skipped it and my skin started to look MUCH better. Now that I've eliminated this from my routine my skin is starting to 'recover'. I think this product sneakily started to dehydrate and damage its barrier without me even realizing. I only hope that it hasn't done any lasting damage. It seems like the majority of people love this but definitely be careful if your skin can be on the sensitive side.


Auckland, New Zealand


Sadly too strong for my skin!


I purchased this product when it was available as a set with the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% AHA. Sadly is really irradiated my skin :( I have used and loved Paula's choice other AHA lotion but these did not work for me at all, I woke up with tiny little red bumps where I had applied it. It also itched and seemed to of burned my skin a little.


Melbourne, AU




I use this product once a week (overnight) in conjunction with twice daily use of the 2% BHA and the difference in my skin is incredible! It's far more refined on a whole, smoother and more luminous - something I've never experienced before (and I've tried so many other products/brands). People have honestly come up to me in the street to tell me how great and glowing my skin looks. They ask what I've had done and when I explain that it's down to use-at-home products alone they have a hard time believing it. TIPS: Skip the cotton pad and apply directly to the skin as you would moisturiser - no wastage and my hands feel like a dream too! I pop on a good moisturiser after applying to prevent any drying. Although I have used the product alone without and issues.




Amazing results after just ONE use!


Ohhhh my gosh this is GOOD! Seriously, if you only buy one product, get this one! I'm 32 with normal-ish skin that's sometimes a little on the dry side but still prone to breakouts. I used this 10% AHA for the first time last night and WOW! My skin is so so soft and smooooth! I have this weird little patch of hard thickened skin on my cheek, sort of like a flat wart.. or should I say HAD, because it's not there anymore! I also had a weird sort of a crack/line kind of thing across the tip of my nose that is super noticeable with makeup on it. That's gone, the skin there is all smoothed out now. This product does sting a little bit when I first applied it but that dissipated after a couple of minutes. I'm going to try using this twice a week, with daily use of the Resist BHA 2%. Looking forward to seeing how my skin looks in a month's time!


Stawell, AU


Exceeded my expectations


A week into my microdermabrasion my skin was still red, uneven and clogged. I was getting to a point where I felt quite disheartened by the results and feared it may have done more damage than good. I've been suffering from mild acne across my forehead and slight congestion, which was all bearable but being the perfectionist I am I having blotchy, bumpy skin was sending me slightly insane. I had originally bought Paula's Choice Clear Exfoliant 2% salicylic acid but didn't see many improvements besides my diminishing pores and reduced redness, thankfully one of the testers I had added to my cart while checking out was the Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA. After feeling upset about my skin I decided to give the 10% AHA a go, although it did sting a lot, I managed to sleep through the pain and let it work its magic. Today, no exaggeration, I've woken up to the most wonderful skin I've had in weeks, months even! My pores are invisible, my redness and uneven skin has vanished, even my congestion and clogged pores looked happy, no irritation, just glowing, refreshed, tight soft skin. Will be buying the full product soon because I can tell this exactly what my skin needs, something a little stronger but a lot more efficient!




Holy grail product


This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have sensitive acne prone skin with A LOT of scarring, brown and red marks and uneven texture due to not having found anything strong yet gentle enough to resurface my skin. I initially got this as a sample and after one application my skin was softer and more even. I now use this every second day. I have gone through multiple products, prescription and otherwise and this is by far the best thing I've ever used. THANK YOU THANK YOU PAULA AND TEAM!!!!


Melbourne au


Does what it says - great product!


I have been using this product a couple of times a week, several days apart. I leave it on overe night. I started off once a week but once my skin seemed fine with it I increased. I have combination, mid-thirties' skin. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised, softer and clearer. Favourite PC's product I have used so far.


Christhchurch, NZ




This stuff is amazing. It's probably not for those with overly sensitive skin, but aside from a little bit of stinging when I first apply, I've had no issues. The only con with this product is it's a really runny liquid which I find somewhat hard to apply without it seeping through my fingers. Other than that, love it!


Melbourne, AU



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