Based on 168 reviews


A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.


Based on 168 reviews


A unique AHA gel exfoliant that removes built-up layers of dead skin revealing smoother, firmer-looking skin.
  • Revitalises uneven skin tone
  • Smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • Weightless gel texture perfects skin’s surface
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing & toning skin
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin, All Skin Types
Wrinkles, Anti-Ageing, Eczema

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    100 ml
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Why is it different?
SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel is a completely non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that gently and naturally helps shed built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did when you were younger. This unique formula revitalises skin’s surface, creates noticeable radiance, smooths the appearance of wrinkles, and makes your skin look and feel remarkably soft. With ongoing use, it can help promote firmer-looking skin.

This exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.5–3.9.

What does it do?
Combines the exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid with a sheer weightless gel formula that provides long-lasting hydration and dramatically improves the smoothness of skin. It also contains skin-soothing plant extracts and antioxidants. You’ll experience a more even, brighter skin tone and a feeling of firmness.

How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 8% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

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Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

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

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2009, issue 5, pages 495-501

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2010, volume 3, pages 135-142

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (chamomile/skin-soothing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin replenishing), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Everyone should own an AHA


I use this once or twice a week and only at night, if I used it anymore I'd start peeling. I had a few pigmentation spots from a bad acne break out and it completely got rid of them. My skin is completely even now. Everyone should invest in an AHA.


Sydney, AU


Replaced all other products


As someone who's very familiar with the professional skincare industry I am so glad I finally gave PC a try! This product was my second purchase (after the 2% BHA product - which is also amazing but can be a bit more irritating on me) and I cannot live without it. I use it every night after cleansing and sometimes follow it up with a hyaluronic acid based serum for extra hydration. This liquid exfoliant beats everything else I've ever tried. It's much better than the exy brands you find in salons and skin clinics. I have fairly sensitive skin as well and often liquid exfoliants are too harsh for me but I've never experienced any sensitivity with this product. It works overnight and the results get better the more you persist with it. My skin is SOOOO smooth! It's improved my skin so much I've been going without makeup most days. Seriously recommend this if you have adult acne/large pores/milia




Not great for dry skin


I spent some time on the website looking for an exfoliant suitable for my dry skin but I think I made the wrong choice. This just sapped what little moisture was left in my skin and left it noticeably crepey and dehydrated. I'm confused about what is suitable for dry skin in this range...






This is a fantastic wee product! I originally tried a couple of samples to make sure I didn't react to it and ended up buying the bigger size because I had such amazing results from it. I use it twice a day (use 2% BHA gel once a day with it) and have had no irritation or sensitivity. I have what they call "orange peel" type skin around my nose and cheeks and found if I used more than half a pea size amount in the mornings before applying my moisturiser and foundation it would make them stand out more. In the mornings, less is good and still effective. Makes a beautiful base to my make up for the day and isn't sticky at all once dried. No offensive smell either and really helps clean up and heal breakouts.


Auckland, New Zealand


Great product


I use this daily. I like the gel texture better than the liquid exfoliants. A little goes a long way. Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft. Too early to say if it has improved skin texture. Works well under make-up. Just wish the larger size wasn't out of stock for so long. Only gripe.


Christhchurch, NZ


new HG exfoliant


I just started using this about 2 weeks ago, I've been using various AHAs over the last couple of years, and I think I've finally found the one. I wish it was made with lactic acid but this is still really great for daily exfoliation. I've been combining it with the C15 Vitamin C serum and a moisturiser and my skin tone has started to obviously even out. It's also extremely glowy and smooth, which is lovely. I have pale skin with some recent blotchiness from sun damage which is quickly fading.


Melbourne, Australia


Great product, silky smooth finish


I have only recently started using this product in conjunction with a number of other PC products. The 8% AHA gel is A-MAZ-ING. It goes on smooth and leaves my skin so soft. I use it only one per week and use the 1% BHA lotion on the other days of the week and this combination seems to leave my skin smooth and silky all week. The only con to this product is that I do experience a little bit of redness 30-60 minutes following application and some heat in my cheeks, but I do have quite dry, sensitive skin and it is not bothersome.






This has a nice texture that absorbs completely after 2-4 minutes on my skin. It pairs brilliantly with my retinol and in my opinion, had the most impact on my uneven skin tone (red hyper-pigmentation) and texture from past acne. The price is great too for the amount of product you get.The only cons are that it stings if I put it after I shave but that's only cause shaving basically scrapes off layers of skin and BHA is recommended as an aftershave rather than AHA.

Junichi O.


Bought a trial size and then a full size!


A lot of people kept recommending this so I thought to buy a trial size first. It was absolutely amazing. My skin feels so smooth and the redness has decreased a slightly bit which I love. It stings first when you put it on but all AHAs do that when you first try them. The consistency is more like a runny gel rather than a solid one but I liked that because it is easier to spread on the face. Anyway, I bought a full size and I am extremely happy with the result!

Liz B.




This gel is amazing!! Do not hesitate to buy... I have been searching for years to find products that keep my skin hydrated, healthy, glowing... Paula's Choice has done this for my skin!! Finally. I could not be happier w/ this product. They say harsh exfoliants are bad for the skin, so I found this gel exfoliator and I'm so glad I did - it's transformed my skin!!! I have very dry, fair skin. This has completely changed everything for me!! So so glad I found this skincare line!!!!




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