Review: Paula’s Choice BHA 2% Exfoliant Liquid

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

Paula’s Choice

A skincare cult favorite – Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is meant to address acne-prone skin by preventing blemishes without irritating skin. Considering that Paula’s Choice almost always has a sale going on, I was able to purchase this product for $20 as oppose to its usual $30. After using the whole bottle over the course of say, a month and a half (applying the liquid via cotton strip three-four times a week), I saw my skin maintain a clear, non-irritated complexion, one that started to wither away once I stopped using this product habitually.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Significant Pros

  • Methylpropanediol (hydrating)
  • Butylene Glycol (hydrating)
  • Salicylic Acid (acne-fighting, exfoliant)
  • Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (calming, antioxidant)

Significant Cons

  • Nothing to complain about

The Takeaway

I really enjoyed this product! Effective, affordable, and simple, this liquid exfoliant addressed my acne issues without irritating or drying my skin. Though the bottle says that the liquid can be used twice a day, I would definitely recommend using this, at most, every other evening (1x) or you really will be overdoing it, haha. I definitely see myself repurchasing this again in the future, and would encourage others who have acne-prone, sensitive, oily skin to give this a shot (when it’s on sale, of course).

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