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Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.



Our #1 product worldwide + cult favourite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.
  • Clears & minimises enlarged pores
  • BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) sheds built-up layers of skin
  • Fluid, lightweight texture absorbs quickly 
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, All Skin Types, Oily Skin
Enlarged Pores, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing, Blackheads

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Why is it different?
A unique leave-on formula that’s gentle enough for daily use on all skin types. Exfoliates dead skin cells while clearing pores for a more even, radiant tone, plus visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles to reveal remarkably smoother, younger-looking skin.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Gently exfoliates built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did naturally when you were younger. It also effectively unclogs pores, optimising skin renewal and clarity for remarkably smoother, perfect-looking skin, smaller pores, a refined texture, and less visible lines and wrinkles. You will see results the first time you use it!
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (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

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

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-994

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

Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabiliser), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabiliser).

Ratings & Reviews

Should this be used with Retinol ?


I have been using the Skin Perfecting Liquid for 2 months now and I am happy with it so far.I have recently read an article from a dermatologist that a product with Salicylic acid should not be used in conjunction with Retinol.I am using these two products together at night.Could you tell me if it is ok to do so please.



Very hydrating!!! Empressed!!!


Use it almost every day. Had no irritation at all. Clearing out my clogged chin. And extremely hydrating for my dry skin! Already repurchased. Definitely a hero product! The only minus-I would love to see a bigger size)))


Sydney, Australia


Completely obsessed


I have been struggling with my skin for years and finally found Paula's Choice. This product is easy to apply and leaves my face fresh and glowing. I am 25 and have had combination skin that often breaks out when I use new products. I have had no issues with this and just purchased a second bottle. It makes my skin feel fresh and seems to have reduced the appearance of my fine lines (particularly my forehead).


Perth, Western Australia


Depends on your skin type


I used this product every other day, once a day, and found that it wasn't for me. I have dry skin, and this product made it EXTREMELY dehydrated and sensitive. If you have skin that can take it, this product will effectively reduce your pores and help with any acne you may have but it simply just wasn't for my skin type.



I would not be without this


I have really 'reactive' skin..dermatitis and some redness and the odd zit..i have tried so many products, and could open a Chemist with what I have bought plus my daughter hasn't had to buy skincare for a few years now as I give a lot of mine to her that my skin doesn't agree with. But this product, I totally love. I have not broken out since using this touch wood..before using this I would break out and took ages and ages to if I do get a zit,it seems to go within a couple of days(compared to a month or so before). I don't normally do reviews but im on my maybe 5th bottle of this and still no irritation ..pores are much improved..redness is minimal has helped my skin 100%. I was in hospital for a week and didn't have it with me,and got terrible soon as I was out I used this and within a few days the extra dry badly flaking skin like babies cradle cap was gone. Im 65 and this is my favourite product.

Michelle who has tried everything

Margate, Queensland




I've been using this for years now, keeps my skin in good working order. I use this in the morning after PC redness reducing toner, then Cerave AM spf 30 moisturizer. I also use PC glycolic 8% gel at night, this routine has made all the difference I'm 30 and people think I'm 16.


Chesterton, IN


Love love love!


Normally I do not write reviews but reading the ones for the bha liquid is what made me buy it and couldn't be happier! My skin is clearer, brighter, softer and looks the best it has in years! I have always struggled with acne and not anymore! I have been using it for almost 3 months and see a huge difference. Thank you!!


Geneva, IL


Seriously a Miracle Worker


Anyone out there with combination skin knows my daily struggle. I couldn't find a product that worked for my sometimes oily, sometimes dry, acne prone, and pore covered skin (and usually all of these at the same time)!! When I started Paula's Choice YEARS ago, I started with the entire Skin Balancing line, which included this. THIS was the miracle worker in the group. You could tell that it was getting rid of my acne, my pores, my oily forehead and my dry cheeks. It was making my skin PERFECT and balanced. This BHA will compliment every skin type and can be added to any routine. You'll thank Paula for the rest of your life!

No-Make-Up Jenna

Warren, Michigan


LOVE this product!


I've always had good skin, but noticed as I turned 65 last year that my skin seemed "dull" and those pesky tiny lines were starting along my cheeks. After reading the reviews for Paula's Choice, I decided to give the exfoliant a try and couldn't be happier. It takes 2 seconds twice a day, followed by a very good hyaluronic acid serum, and my skin has a glow I haven't seen in quite some time. I'm not sure if it's actually reducing my pores, but they look much smaller, while those tiny lines have also diminished. I am now a consumer for life!




Pores appear more closed after three months of daily use


I purchased this product in the hope it would help clear the blackheads that have been covering more or less my entire t-zone since puberty (they are particularly thickly clustered on my nose, between my eyebrows and below the corners of my mouth). I've been using it nightly for close to three months and just purchased a second bottle. The blackheads are still there, but they appear more closed, slightly smaller and lighter coloured. My pores in general appear to be more closed than I ever remember seeing them before, and the fact that they are makes my skin appear and feel smoother. I used to scrub my t-zone with gritty exfoliant, moisturise and lather on primer before putting on my foundation in the morning to get a smooth application, now I find that I just need the moisturiser. Even with pore filling primer foundation used to sink into my pores if I wasn't careful when applying it, now it rarely happens. I also find that my occasional minor breakouts are less frequent and seem to clear up quicker when they occur. Pimples usually leave very visible red marks on my super pale skin that I need to cover with concealer for weeks after the pimple itself has cleared, but lately when I go to dot concealer on spots where I know there was a pimple a few days before, I find it already faded and sufficiently concealed by my foundation. My skin also appears brighter than it was previously. I did experience dryness and flakiness, particularly during the first month, but I found a moisturiser and face oil combo that makes it manageable and even if I hadn't, the dryness was never so severe that I considered discontinuing use of the BHA Liquid. I'm going to try to increase to twice daily use (the only reason I didn't do so to begin with is that I love to hit the snooze button in the morning and never end up having time for skin care) and see if there is further improvement.





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