Based on 783 reviews
This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.


Based on 783 reviews
This leave-on gel exfoliant is a completely non-abrasive way to remove layers of dull skin to reveal younger skin hiding underneath. It also shrinks clogged pores, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone.
  • Gently reveals smoother, radiant skin
  • Refines and clarifies pores
  • Gel texture hydrates and perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing, Large Pores, Blackheads
    100 ml
Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant is a leave-on, water-light formula that gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and smooth, with diminished pore size, while softening the appearance of wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Works to create a younger appearance, revealing a glowing, smoother radiance, and diminishes pores, smooths bumps, and minimises lines and wrinkles. It also provides long-lasting hydration for healthier-looking skin. It’s suitable even for skin prone to milia.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning over the entire face, including the eyes (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

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

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

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

Cosmetics, 2015, issue 3, pages 259-276

Product Ingredients

Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (skin-renewing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (green tea/antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb/skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabiliser).

Ratings & Reviews



This product is incredible. Im almost 24, and started using Paulas choice at 22 when I started to notice some early signs of ageing. My skin was in a very transitional stage, with regular yellow pimples. This product has made my skin amazing. Within the first 2 days of using the product the pimples were disappearing and no more new ones were popping up, I had A LOT of blackheads which were raising to the surface of my skin and would basically just fall out of my skin if I softly scratched my nail across it (kinda gross sorry). Within 2 weeks my skin was basically perfect. Now I get NO yellow head pimples, its been almost 2 years and its amazing. I get occasional blackheads rise to the surface, but its just like I described above and no red mark is left. I also think this product has played a huge role in reducing the appearance of my frown lines, I also have no signs so far of fine lines near my eyes. 1 bottle lasts me about 8 months, applying once daily (at night) you need the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way. The only negative thing I could say is if you're an oily skinned person like me and apply this at night, if you haven't washed your face yet in the morning, sometimes the product and oil almost 'mix' together, if you touch or rub your face and then make contact with your eyes, it can sting a little. But I cannot sing enough praise for this product, I think it is incredible and has actually changed my life.




My husband said my skin looked good


Need I say more? I've been using this for about a week and my husband noticed the change in my skin. Smoother, brighter, and the pores on my nose are already looking a little smaller.


Wenatchee, WA


Very Gentle and effective


It makes my skin gradually clear and glow. Minimize my oil production in a gentle way. Really enjoy it!


Ames, IA


Best blackhead treatment i've ever used!


I put this on at night time after cleansing and moisturising, in the morning my blackheads were at east 3x smaller and came out with little pressure. I didn't find it dried out my skin and had no peeling, it didn't feel tight or itchy like most gels, my redness and dark spots/scars were lighter. Will be ordering more! (i have oily skin and acne)




good stuff


I have been using this for about 6 months. I first tried the 2% BHA liquid last year but I found that cotton balls were the best way to apply it for me, and I didn't like that in my routine. The gel is perfect because I can rub it in with my hands after cleansing and before moisturizer, twice per day. If I remember right, I didn't see results for the first three weeks, so just stay disciplined about it. I also started out using it every other day and slowly worked up to twice per day. I used to get about 10 blackheads per week and now I usually only see 1 per week. No change in the appearance of large pores, but I am logging in to buy an AHA just for nighttime use and see if that helps. Just had to stop by and let you know I like it a lot!


Seattle, WA, US


Eliminated my redness and breakouts


I'm over 60, and have dry, sensitive that is constantly prone to breaking out. I also have a lot of redness in my face although my dermatologist isn't sure it's Rosacea. Whatever it is, this product reduces it unbelievably! Between that and preventing breakouts, I can't remember when I've seen my skin so calm, so clear and so EVEN. I don't say this lightly but this stuff is a miracle! Because this has a gel texture I've been using it at night after I cleanse my face instead of in the morning when I'll be applying my makeup but this morning I accidentally put it on but then put primer foundation over it and proceeded as usual. My skin looked great! I haven't used it long enough to know if it will affect fine lines and while that would be a bonus, I'm already in love with this formula. I've tried the liquid version and am not nearly as impressed. Just having the redness/congestion gone has made me look much younger.


San Francisco


I have been repurchasing this since 2013


I used to get huge cystic came. But using this exfoliant has changed my skin. Will never be without it.




Don't know what I would do without this


I was using the 2% lotion before this but for whatever reason it just wasn't agreeing with my sunscreen. I liked the idea of a gel because it'd be a bit more lightweight and it was clear. I use one pump of this day and night and it melts into a watery texture as I spread it in. After I apply it, I brush my teeth to let the tacky finish dry down and I like to give it the opportunity to sink in before I add other products so as not to affect the pH. This has done wonders for my acne, large pores, congestion, overall tone. So incredibly effective but gentle. You won't be disappointed. Also one bottle lasts me just about a year with two pumps a day!

Nellie the Esthetician

Buffalo, NY


Works wonders!


Right when I turned 25 (I'm 28 now), something went totally awry with my skin. I started getting cystic, hormonal acne from out of no where. Painful nodules on one side of my mouth, and then it seemed to have gradually moved to the other side. I will tell you that I researched everything and I felt like I have tried everything. Taking certain supplements have helped with the random popups, but I needed something to help heal my skin. I have heard of Paula's Choice from quite a few skincare blogs that I follow and they raved about the 2% BHA Liquid. I decided to try a free sample of the Gel and....oh boy. When I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror, the nodules were less prominent, less painful and less red. This may be due to the fact that I have also been using the CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser along with this, but it has made me feel so much more confident now that my acne is FINALLY starting to clear up.


Fayetteville, NC


Cannot live without this!


I have been using the 2% bha gel for about 2 years and I have far better results with this than I did the liquid version of this product (not to mention lasts months longer). It's the very first thing use on my face(after toner)and I'm a 10+ product skincare regime kinda girl. I have had horrible skin since my teens and then I found this product and the 8% aha gel and my skin finally started to make a major change for the better. It keeps acne, oil and blackheads at bay while also smoothing out the look of old scarring.This product hands down fixed my skin.I wouldn't know what to do without it!




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