RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
Based on 604 reviews
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 604 reviews
This product has been discontinued, but our new & improved RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA is available here. The new formula is gentler and easier to apply, with a more advanced delivery system for even greater results, sooner.
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing
    60 ml

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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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American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 2, pages 107-29

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

Please bring it back!


This is the one product that made a true difference in appearance almost immediately. Please bring it back!

Stephanie F.



I love this! I hope it'll be back?


I hope this isn't going out of stock? I love it! One of the only things not too greasy for my acne prone skin! And wow what a pore shrinker, it's amazing!!!




The best.


By far the best AHA product. Haven't been able to find anything else to work this well Leaves my skin clear and bright. Hopefully it will become available again someday.




I LOVE this product


This is my favorite PC exfoliant. It's effective enough to tackle my clogged pores and gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin and doesn't dry it out. I use it once a week as directed and use a BHA during the week, but honestly have not found a BHA that I like. I wish that PC made a similar product in BHA form!


Oakland, CA


Superior Product


I use a toner first (Mac Lightful Softening Lotion) and then apply the resurfacing AHA without using pads - just with my fingers, follow with a healthy application of Paula's body butter. This does not cause even the slightest irritation or discomfort. It's a superior product at a reasonable price. I trust PC products over even dermatologist recommendations. Thanks Paula :)






I love how it softens my skin after just one use! Makes my skins glowy, plumper and younger looking overall. I use it twice a week.




Lives up to the hype


I have sensitive, dry skin. Sometimes it gets dull & rough, with tiny white bumps. When I put this on at night, and lather up with some good moisturizer- it makes my skin glow! Evens complexion and makes my skin soft. Love it.

Tennessee Girl



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


Works with My Sensitive Skin


I have very sensitive skin and was very wary of trying this product out. I am so glad that I did! I use it twice a week overnight and have had great results. My skin has a clearer look and clogged pore bumps have diminished. The improvement is noticeable which almost never happens with a skin product. I need to be careful with what products I put on my face the next day (no vitamin C serum for example). The exfoliation makes my skin more vulnerable to other products but as long as I exercise some common-sense precautions (which is hard because I want to use all the serums all the time) this product is phenomenal!


San Francisco Bay Area


Love it!


This lives up to everything it claims to do.I use this once a week faithfully and upon waking up in the morning my skin looks vibrant and healthy.Leaves a natural glow.I love how it exfoliates the dead, dry skin overnight and reveals younger looking skin and looks like I got the best nights sleep.


Newport, R.I.



4.5 604