Review of PAULA’S CHOICE Skin Perfecting Exfoliant 2% BHA Liquid

Posted on October 18, 2012


My last few posts have been about luxury skin care products. Let’s take some time to now to praise mass market skincare. Here is our product review of Paula’s Choice — Skin Perfecting Exfoliant 2% BHA Liquid with Salicylic Acid. (BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. In skincare, it works as an exfoliant by causing the dead cells to become “unglued” to the surface of your skin making way for healthier and smoother skin underneath.)

For those who are not familiar with the line Paula’s Choice, it is a full women’s beauty line created by Paula Begoun, dubbed the “The Cosmetics Cop”. She has written 18 best selling beauty books and is a nationally recoginzed consumer expert in the cosmetics industry appearing on mainstream TV programs like Dateline NBC, Oprah, and 20/20 just to name a few. Her comprehensive women’s skin care line addresses concerns from acne to wrinkles, rosacea, sensitive skin, sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, and blackheads.

The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (salicylic acid) Liquid exfoliant was developed to deliver instant radiance and glowing firmer and younger looking skin. It also helps get rid of acne and blackheads while unclogging and reducing the size of your pores.

From three months of daily use, I can confidently say that this product works! My wife usually breaks out a little right before that time of the month. And to calm the acne and reduce the breakouts, she always uses the Skin Perfecting product. It definitely speeds the dissipation of acne after they appear. What is very unusual about this product is that it is a LIQUID exfoliant (looks and feels like water) as I am more accustomed to using thicker visocity face scrubs with microbeads to provide exfoliation. For application, I soak a cotton round with it and then press it in circular motions on my face. You’ll notice that just even after a week of daily use, your skin feels smoother than before with less clogged pores. It’s also great at treating bacne (back acne).

What is pretty awesome about this product, aside from the fact it is highly effective, is its only priced at $19.95 for a 120 ml bottle making it affordable to everyone. I recommend this product highly for both men and women looking for a highly efficacious exfoliant without any over drying or skin tightness post-use. You would think that a strong 2% salicylic acid concentration in this product (same concentration as in acne medicated pads like Stridex) would severely dry out your skin but it doesn’t somehow. Note: this product is recommended for normal, oily, or combination skin.