If you love a specific skincare ingredient lượt thích I love Salicylic Acid khổng lồ help with my congestion & acne, you can only go so long until you give into the overwhelming urge lớn try everyone’s favorite, the gold standard, the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

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Paulas Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – the travel size

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have been using chemical exfoliants on my face for over a decade, but never tried this one. Or anything else from Paula’s Choice, which now that I think of it is kind of surprising.Anyway, it is safe to lớn say I had high expectations. But were they met?

What Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant claims

Fast absorbing liquid removes build-up dead skin cells & fights blackheads.

Facts about Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Prize & size

The full kích cỡ contains 118 ml (why that odd number though?) and is available for 36 € on the website here. There is also a travel kích cỡ containing 30 ml that is available for 12 €. I got the travel kích thước and it comes with an extra flap khổng lồ seal it off – I love that attention to lớn detail, that way you can make sure it won’t spill in your wash bag while on the road.

Texture và smell

It is so runny it could almost pass as water, is clear & without any scent. No matter how irritated my skin was, it did never sting và made my skin feel really silky immediately after application.

Looks, feels and smells lượt thích water

How to use Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Now every skin has a different threshold of how much chemical exfoliant it can take and I am not an advocate of exfoliating your skin barrier away, but despite my skin being pretty sensitive due to Tretinoin use, I could apply this one three times a week without any issues. If you are not using other irritating ingredients, daily use might be possible, but the on the trang web recommended twice daily is too much if you ask me.For prevention, using it over the whole area potentially affected by congestion is best, for me that is the hormonal beard area, either patted on with your hands, which I prefer or as swipe on with a cốt tông pad.It can be used morning or night, depending where it fits in your routine & can be layered with the rest of your skincare. While I prefer lớn keep my Tretinoin and exfoliation separate to reduce the risk of irritation, you could use them the same night if you feel the need to. Just be mindful of warning signs of damaged skin barrier then.

(More info: The 5 steps you need lớn take to lớn repair your damaged skin barrier)

Ingredients of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Water (Aqua) solv, Methylpropanediol solv, Butylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 1, Salicylic Acid
exf|aacne|so|pres, Polysorbate 20 emu|surf 0 0, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
aox|so, Sodium Hydroxide buff, Tetrasodium EDTA chel

Hover the mouse over an ingredient for short explanation. Read more on INCIDecoder.Other than the Salicylic Acid present at 2% you will find Butylene Glycol and Methylpropanediol, two glycols used as solvents & penetration enhancers và probably responsible for the silky feeling, và Green Tea Extract for extra antioxidants & some anti-inflammatory benefits.

Does it live up khổng lồ its claims?


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It absorbs fast, is lightweight và helps against congestion.

How does it compare to…

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

The original formula (not the anhydrous one, I haven’t tried that) is less watery, but firmer & a little bit more drying when used at the same frequency. It uses Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water for soothing rather than Green Tea Extract.It is more affordable though and works better as spot treatment due khổng lồ the different, less runny texture.

You can read my full đánh giá of the Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% here.

Geek & Gorgeous 101 Porefectly Clear Serum

Geek và Gorgeous Porefectly Clear Serum

This one replaced The Ordinarys version for me, và is again firmer & less liquidy than the Paula’s Choice one. When using it over prolonged periods of time, it was more irritating than Paula’s Choice despite using Allantoin for soothing, so due to the different texture I used Paula’s Choice for prevention and Geek and Gorgeous as spot treatment. That isn’t necessary though, having just one of them will be sufficient.

You can read my full reviews of the Geek & Gorgeous Porefectly Clear here.

Would I repurchase và which skin types vì chưng I recommend Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant to?

I really don’t know why it took me so long to lớn finally try this, as I can tell you the hype is real here. It is a beautiful, silky chemical exfoliant that will work amazingly for congestion prone oily skin without immediately causing irritation. It still might not be the best choice for daily use on sensitive skins, but if you are normal khổng lồ oily and struggle with pores, breakouts & congestion, I highly suggest you don’t wait as long as I did before giving it a go.

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