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Really helped my bumpy skin in just a few days!
This exfoliant has an ideal pH range of 3.2–3.8.
If eye contact occurs, hold eye open and rinse immediately and thoroughly with plenty of water for at least 20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first five minutes, then continue rinsing the eye. Consult your eye doctor immediately for care advice.
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Ratings & Reviews
Really helped my bumpy skin in just a few days!
I have been using this product for about two years now and it works great! My skin is very problematic - darker skin tone with mild adolescent acne scarring (poc marks) from severe acne in my teen years. As well as oily skin with the occasional breakout. I wouldn't describe my skin as sensitive but when introducing concentrated products, I do need to be careful. So when I first started using this product 2 years ago, I was horrified because like many others, U had the red itchy blotchy puffy face the next day but a few days later, my skin was a lot smoother and clearer that it was before. I know it says 'weekly' treatment being time released, It takes 1 -2 weeks before you see your skin improve. I use this product one every month and yes, I put up with the foul smell and irritation and the following morning my skin looks like it has sun burnt each time I use it. But days after I can see my skin flake away (exfoliating, what it supposed to do) and about 5 days later, my skin is smooth and more even. So it does work, there is just a bit of irritation to get to the result. Because it is 4%, I use this once a month, sometime every 8 weeks and it significantly improves my skin. You may need a light weight mechanical exfoliate to accompany the flaking such as a gently scrub. I find this product worth the persistence.
My son is going through that hormonal phase they all do and gets some pretty serious breakouts as a result. I started him on the PC4Men products (cleanser and toner) two years ago and we use this product twice a week on his breakouts. It makes a huge difference and the difference can be seen overnight. Follow the directions and use sparingly (no more than twice a week) and you won't have these reactions others are describing. Be careful if you are using retinoids though - I use Retin A at night and so I can only use this as a spot treatment once a week and I will skip my retinoids the night I use this. One week he decided to overdo it and he found out why following the directions is important, as it left him with a red, irritated patch that looked like a chemical burn and took a week to heal. Be patient. Yes, the smell is gross but it does dissipate quickly.
Mom of Teenager
I love this product. I have combination skin, sensitive. No problems with this product. I do not notice a smell, but everyone's different. I think it works great. The skin around my eyes is very sensitive, but I have had no problems whatsoever. I think you probably need to be really careful not to put on the eye area if you are hyper sensitive.
The smell is really not that bad. I feel people may be over exaggerating. The smell goes away within seconds.... Anyways, I started using this product weekly and it did irritate my skin at first. Just some redness and tenderness. I then reduced the use to every 10-14 days. My skin eventually got used to it and I slowly started using it more frequently. I now use it everyday and my skin is sooooo soft and smooth. Please be patient! Red marks are fading away quickly and the pimples that occasionally pop up go away in about 2-3 days. Before it would take about 7 days to disappear. It also helped fade away the discloration above my lip (looked like a mustache shadow) and forehead. It's a great product. Give it a chance and be patient. Also don't give up if irritation occurs, just reduce the use. It is a higher BHA exfoliant after all.
I love the foam texture and how it dries to an almost undetectable finish. My skin does tingle for a couple of minutes but then it stops. As for smell, I don't know why many have made a fuss about it. It does have an ador but doesn't last long. It's no different than the body BHA cream. The first time I used this I pumped out more than one pump which is recommended for the face, neck and chest. And my neck was red the next morning. But now I only used the one pump and it doesn't irritate my skin. I used the resist Barrier moisturiser afterwards and my skin is flawless and glowing. I have also used the 1 per cent Retinol afterwards too and it works well together.
This product is amazing! I have been struggling with closed comedones heavily on my forehead and chin, and within months of using this product in addition with the 2% BHA Skin Perfecting Liquid, my skin looks better than ever!!! I apply this about 2-3 times a week at night (replacing my usual nightly Skin Perfecting BHA) and I absolutely love it. I cannot say enough good things about it! All of my closed comedones have mostly disappeared, some of my larger pores have diminished, and my skin is totally soft and smooth! If you are curious about trying this product, I HIGHLY recommend it, as I cannot imagine life without it now!
I've been using this product for 12 months now and it's made a dramatic difference. I love how it works overnight - I wake up with completely smooth and softer skin. It's like magic! My face is much clearer and brighter, and it keeps wrinkles at bay. My partner has also started using it and has requested his own bottle for traveling. I think he's become addicted too.
I use many of Paulas products for my skin and this is my favorite one. I use it every other night after cleansing and before lotioning. When I wake up in the morning my pores are smaller and any small breakouts I had are gone. Highly recommend for oily and blemish prone skin. Overtime, this WILL improve your skin.
Samantha the Beauty Expert
I use this once or twice a week when my skin is behaving. On weeks where the texture of my skin just gets extra bumby I will use this every night. I wake up to softer and smoother skin every time I use this Bha 4. I love the liquid to foam texture of this. The foam texture makes it so easy to get it everywhere on my face and neck. I have used this on my chest and it made some red bumps that I had disappear in two nights of using this. One pump of foam goes along way and I feel this bottle lasts me a good amount of time. This is a skin saver for me and I love it