SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Based on 689 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.

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Based on 689 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 Skin, All Skin Types
Concerns:
Large 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.

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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.
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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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Research

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

Ingredients
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

Brilliant for acne prone skin

5

This is the best salicylic acid product I have ever used. I really helps control my breakouts, preventing clogged pores and helping clear up cystic breakouts. I also find the gel texture quite hydrating as well, which helps prevent the dry flaky skin you sometimes get when drying out a breakout.

Katie

Sydney

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A great addition to my skin care

5

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

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Definite Difference in Texture from the old version

5

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

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My Absolute Skincare Must-Have

5

This has 100% changed my skin- my pores are so much smaller and my skin is smoother overall. I didn't think that I would ever be able to change my pore size and that it was genetic but this product changed it all. I have grown to love my skin more and more since using this and now I can't live without it!!

Molly

Charlotte, NC

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Gentle, and it works!

5

I started my BHA experimentation with the 1% formula and saw some results, but once I'd satisfied myself that it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin I upgraded to this 2% formula. It has a slightly lighter, less moisturising formula than the 1% but I think it works great under sunscreen/moisturiser. I love that the lotion can be applied with fingertips and doesn't create waste through use of cotton balls. It feels nicer on the skin than the gel, I think. Most of all, I love that I've seen even more improvement to my pore size and skin quality since switching to the stronger formula. In particular, the persistent blackheads on my chin have all shrunk or disappeared. Family members have commented that my skin is looking great.

Doctor D

Melbourne, VIC

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GREAT Formula! My new BHA Go To!

5

I noticed a lot of negative reviews on the new formula. If you have very dry skin, I could see why. However, for normal to oily skin, this is amazing! Unlike the BHA gel, it's leaves a matte and lightweight finish. No residue, just moisturized skin from within! Although I've never had a huge pore or blackhead problem, I do see a difference with this product. I hardly ever get breakouts! Plus, BHA is related to aspirin and it's very calming. I love it! If you aren't the biggest fan of Paula's gel, please try this!

Cavalier Lover

Houston, TX

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Gentle yet effective!

5

I have somewhat sensitive combination skin that is influenced by a thyroid condition. When I was younger, I would irritate my skin to destroy my acne and oil troubles... I finally learned that actual face scrubs and harsh toners were only making things worse. Then I found BHA Exfoliant lotion! I started with 1% but moved up to 2%. This keeps my T-zone in check and clears my blackheads (mainly around my nose). It reduces my breakouts, but also gives me a little moisture. It does not smell great but I don't care because it is fragrance free (hard to come by), and the odor fades quickly. I want skin care not perfume for my face. My skin feels smoother and it's clearer! Please don't change or discontinue this lotion!!

JD

Hudson Valley, NY

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My favorite daily Bha

5

This is my favorite exfoliation product for daily use. It is a very light and silky lotion texture that goes on beautifully. It isn't sticky and won't pill. It is the perfect first step after cleansing and toning for me. It works great just like all the other Bha formulas. I like the lotion because it soaks in fast and then on to my serum and moisturizer. I have more normal or combination skin. I use this formula on my neck and chest as well and it works great.

Figgy08

Camarillo,CA

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Newer version is better!

5

I really like this new version of this defoliant as the old one was horrible! It does what it suppose to do! SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant has a light lotion texture that softens and hydrates skin as it gently and naturally exfoliates dead skin. Thanks!

RipVanWinkle

Ny

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Just as good as th Bha-1 lotion

5

So I thought that I wasn't gonna like it because it's stronger and my skin is pretty sensitive, my skin is reactive and acne prone so I really have to be careful but luckily this does work well enough I'm so glad I purchased this now I have a good daily exfoliater. Thank you Paula for making gentle products . Oh and please bring back the resist SPF 25 moisturizer for dry to dry skin please do not just continue that and also bring back the barely there as those are my two staple products in my routine .

Beth

Orange, Ca

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