SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 687 reviews


SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 687 reviews


This skin-softening leave-on lotion exfoliant with 2% BHA is a completely non-abrasive way to shed built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the radiant, smooth skin hiding underneath.
  • Gently refines and clarifies pores
  • Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Moisturising lotion hydrates skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Eczema, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing, Blackheads

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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant has a light lotion texture that softens and hydrates skin as it gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This lotion creates an immediate and dramatic improvement in skin's appearance and feel. Your skin will look more radiant and unbelievably smoother, with diminished pore size and less visible wrinkles.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Exfoliates dead skin to reveal the healthy-looking radiant skin hiding underneath. This optimal form of gentle exfoliation renews skin’s youthful-looking texture, shrinks pore size, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lightweight, hydrating emollients soften skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft without flaking or redness.
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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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, Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant), Lauric Acid (fatty acid), Allantoin (soothing agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (plant-based antioxidant soothing agents), Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Xanthin Gum (thickener), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbent slip agent), PEG-40 Stearate (thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives)

Ratings & Reviews

not the same


PC must have changed the formula since the last time I bought it. It is not as moisturizing and seems to dry my skin out.I will use on the oily parts but will find something else to use on the dryer parts.


chichester ny


Not as good as the liquid one


I have bought both BHA 2% in Liquid and Lotion form. The result when using the liquid one was better than the lotion one. Even though, the lotion seems more convenient and not as messy as the liquid one.

Linh Tran

Fargo ND


Bad forumla change


I loved the this product for many years. It was a fantastic exfoliant for dry and sensitive skin. I purchase many at a time so I was suprised when I opened to learn that it was significantly different - I thought they had made a mistake and gave me the gel instead of the lotion. But when I contacted customer services they advised the forumla was changed to be less greasy due to customer feedback _ which is beyond me as itnhad excellent reviews until now. . All I find it's that the new forumla is irritating and drying. Just adding my opinion in the hope they will consider making the other formulation available.




formula has changed


I bought my first tube of this and loved it! Was hydrating and left my skin soft without oiliness. Went ahead and bought my second tube and it's changed! It is now a gel based lotion, not opaque and creamy like before, and after one week of use I fell my skin is tight and starting to dry out. I'm very upset as I loved the original and am annoyed that there is nowhere in the description of the product online to advise that it has changed. I will now be starting my search all over again for a moisturiser as this no longer makes the cut.


Perth, Western Australia


Very disappointed with new formula


The BHA 2% is one of my top favorites and when i reorder it and applied it on my skin I had to do double check to see if I had not received the wrong product. I did not like the way it felt and now I'm having skin problems. I have to redo or change products to achieve what I thought I had found what worked for me. Very bummed out have to start all over again. Please go back to the old version!




Bad batch, mistake or reformulated?


I'm a little confused. I have been using this product for a good seven years, and I have always found it incredible. I have combination skin with a tendency towards small oily patches with a lot of milia, and dry flaky patches elsewhere. I have always found this product to be very moisturising almost to the point of being a little too heavy. I would have described it as creamy, and I loved it. I've just ordered a new bottle, and I can find no suggestion it has been reformulated, but what I have received is a much lighter product than usual. It is almost gel-like . Either there is something wrong with this batch, or I've gotten the wrong product with the right label, or it's been reformulated. Cost of returning is prohibitive so I guess I'll give it a go mixed with a moisturiser and see how I get on. First time I've ever been disappointed in a PC order.


New Zealand


This is a very good product!!


I have fair skin that is dry, sensitive and aging. I have just recently started using this product. I love that it goes on smoothly, absorbs well, and keeps my skin clear of small breakouts. It does not irritate my skin and that is very important to me. I much prefer the texture of this lotion over the BHA 2% Liquid. I do not find it particularly moisturizing, but it does not dry out my skin, and I am happy to use a dedicated moisturizer when necessary. I use this product once a day in the evening.

Lou in the Beach

Toronto, Canada


A great addition to my skin care


I ordered this because I use I was curious and thought it would be a good addition to my Paula's choice skin care. I use the 8% BHA exfoliant liquid at night and the Retinol lotion. My skin is dry. I wasn't sure how often I could tolerate the AHA lotion and when I started with twice a day it was too much for my skin. I found that using the lotion in the morning and the BHA exfoliant at night worked out best for me. My skin is much smoother and my makeup goes on well over it (I use an SPF moisturizer on top of the AHA lotion during the day).

shopping diva

Fair Oaks, CA


Definite Difference in Texture from the old version


I've been a Paula's Choice customer since the products first were offered, so I've experienced all of the changes to the product lines over the years. I've used the 2% BHA Lotion for many years, especially since my skin became drier as I approached menopause. Although I loved the old version, the big difference with this new version is the texture. The new version's texture is less dense and more like a hybrid between a gel and a creamy lotion. On the plus side, it layers much better in my opinion than the old version, meaning that it layers well over the Skin Recovery Toner and a combination of Skin Recovery Moisturizer (non spf version) and a drop of Hyaluronic Acid mixed together can be applied over the BHA without balling up. That combination of products has been effective at keeping my skin hydrated and smooth. Since my skin is dry, however, I have found that this BHA with the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 applied over it is just too drying for me. Hope this helps those with dry skin considering this product.

Mediterranean Maven

Miami, FL


Does not work for my skin type.


I've been using PC for years and love most of the products. I use the 1% lotion during the day and the 1% gel at night but must of ordered the 2% lotion by mistake. It's to drying and after two days of using it my face is already breaking out. I have sensitive, combination skin. I don't have the original box or invoice making its hard to return, especially when you have to pay the shipping cost to send it back.




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