Paula's choice skin perfecting 2% bha liquid exfoliant

Blackheads (and their sinister cousin, whiteheads) have plagued me for years; they simply cannot let me go. Across my T-zone, I have pretty large pores going on that cannot resist getting filled with gunk. After years of skin torture in the khung of Biore pore strips và ultra strong peel-off masks, I was left with blackheads and a load of irritation. I have tried anything và everything in my quest lớn send blackheads to that place that Gandalf fell, including a memorable incident with a pore vacuum, which I can heartily say I vì chưng not recommend. While it turns out expecting instant results was getting me nowhere (who knew?), I have stumbled upon a cult favorite sản phẩm I would happily douse my face in for the rest of my life.

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I routinely spend time google researching blackhead remedies while binging The Great British Baking Show (don’t you?), và unfailingly, the Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant would appear in comments and on message boards surrounded by words lượt thích magic, life-changing, & undeniable. It’s a chemical exfoliator, which means it doesn’t require those skin-shredding granules I used lớn slather over my face in middle school.

“I recommend ‘chemical’ exfoliation over physical, meaning using an acid or enzyme lớn exfoliate instead of physical particles as in a scrub,” said Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, dermatologist and owner of Dr. Loretta Skincare. “With physical exfoliation, you’re removing only surface dead cells. With a chemical exfoliant lượt thích AHA/glycolic, BHA/salicylic, or an enzyme, you’re removing cells both in pores as well as on skin’s surface.”


I caved và bought the 2% BHA Exfoliant so I could thử nghiệm the magic for myself about eight months ago. The formula takes a moment khổng lồ get used to—initially, I was really skeptical since it feels quite oily on the skin. I was expecting more of a light zingy feeling, & instead, it has more of an oil-based slick quality. I apply it with a cốt tông round và concentrate it on the areas where my blackheads lượt thích to congregate—mainly my nose, upper lip (sexy!), & chin.

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Despite my doubts, I’ve actually gotten used khổng lồ how the formula feels, và after around eight months of use, it’s made my hallowed menu of auto-buy repurchases. My favorite part is how gentle it feels with no burning, itching, or stinging like other exfoliators—both chemical and physical—that I’ve tried. All Paula’s Choice products are fragrance-free as well, which is a welcome respite from recent overly-scented launches (Fenty Skin, I’m looking at you).

I’ve worked up lớn using it every night, & I’ve found that of all my lotions & potions, BHA (aka salicylic acid) works best for my skin in terms of refining texture và reducing pore blockage (my nemesis). I’m going to lớn be real: I still have some blackheads. I think they may have decided lớn be with me forever, & who could blame them? But overall, the pores on my nose are less noticeable & enlarged & the skin on my cheeks và forehead feels buttery smooth, which wasn’t my intention in using this hàng hóa but is a delightful side effect. Here’s a photo I would use to announce the Exfoliant và I are engaged:


In general when I’m having skin woes, I go back to the drawing board with my tried-and-true products I know work & don’t irritate my skin. The 2% BHA Exfoliant always makes the list, along with a gentle cleanser và hyaluronic acid serum. And of course, sunscreen.

Final thoughts

If you’re dealing with blackheads, try this. Definitely try it before reaching for a quick-fix solution lượt thích a pore vacuum (your skin và I am begging you).Be prepared to use this for a few months at least. Commit khổng lồ it! I’m notorious for rotating my skincare too fast and thinking that nothing is working when really I needed khổng lồ give it more time.Always use sunscreen when you’re using this product. You know what, just always use sunscreen full stop.On my skin, this is pretty gentle, but I still recommend doing a patch test and working up khổng lồ using every night, especially if your skin is sensitive.According lớn Paula’s Choice, exfoliants are step three after your cleanser & toner and before your serum và moisturizer. I usually skip toner, but otherwise, follow that order.

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