Paulas Choice BHA liquid

The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2 % BHA Liquid (25 £ for 118 ml) is described as a gentle, non-abrasive, liquid leave-on exfoliant. It’s said to:

  • rapidly unclog your pores
  • diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • improve skin tone
  • all skin types
  • clinically proven to brighten, tighten and hydrate your skin.

This is a cult favorite and probably the most sold product from the Paula’s Choice skin care range. There is probably a reason for that.

First of all, I apply this with a cotton pad all over my face. I use it after I have cleansed my skin, instead of a toner. It’s a leave-in exfoliant, therefore, you don’t wash it off. After I’ve applied it, I let it sink in for about 10-15 minutes and then I apply my serum and moisturizer. I noticed that the pores on my nose were easier to empty than before and my skin looked smooth and radiant.

Many of those who use this product, swear by it. They say that the Paulas Choice BHA liquid unclogs their pores, gets rid of their acne and leaves their skin looking amazing. This was probably the main reason I bought it. The reviews are amazing and they are all unanimous. I thought that this would be great for my oily, acne prone skin.

However, this wasn’t for me. It was actually terrible for my skin. I have sensitive skin and the 2 % BHA is probably too strong for me. I should have gone with the 1 % instead. This actually clogged my pores and caused acne on my cheeks, forehead and nose. I even had those under-the-skin acne bumps on my nose and it was super painful. I used it for two whole months before finally giving up. My skin cleared up quickly after stopping and by the next morning my skin was already looking better. Also, this was not hydrating for me at all. On the contrary, my skin was flaking around my sensitive areas. It did not look good and my foundation was looking a right mess. It was patchy and the skin around my mouth and nose kept peeling every time I wore foundation.

I don’t believe that this is a bad product, on the contrary. It’s probably great. I just don’t think that this is for me. With that said, I would still recommend this product, but I would recommend you be careful and maybe start with the 1 % liquid if you have sensitive skin. I have noticed that my skin likes AHA exfoliants better than BHA’s. So I’m sticking to my Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask or the Sensai Silky Purifying Silk Peeling mask in the future.

You can purchase the Paulas Choice BHA liquid here:

Have you used the Paulas Choice BHA liquid? What did you think of it?