This is my first time trying anything from Paula’s Choice. I do read her Beautypedia Reviews from time to time, but always take it with a pinch of salt.
I was hesitant to review this purchase at first because I spent the first few months in 2014 educating myself about clean skincare and transitioning away from skincare with unnecessary and harmful chemicals.
However, here I am in March of 2014 reviewing the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid although it contains some questionable chemicals.
I’ve been battling clogged pores and breakouts recently and read about the effectiveness of salicylic or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) on acne prone skin. Upon some research, I discovered PC.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid contains 2% salicylic acid which is anti inflammatory and antibacterial.
Here are the claims:
- Creates radiant, even-toned skin
- Reduces redness & builds collagen
- Unclogs and diminishes enlarged pores
Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA.
The questionable ingredients are in bold. These ingredients act as solvents, humectants, and penetration enhancers.
Now I WISH a clean skincare company can come out with a clean version of a Beta Hydroxy Product, but until I find such a product, I’ll stick with PC for now.
Application: I’ve been using this for the last 2 weeks approximately 3x a week and I only apply it only on my problem areas namely my T-zone, chin and any pesky spots. This is a clear liquid and I’ve found it easy enough to pour a small amount on my fingertips and apply it on the desired areas.
Results: My typically sensitive skin has reacted surprisingly well to this product. I started experiencing a little bit of flaking when I applied it day and night and I backed off on the use. I believe that persistent use has resulted in the reduction of blackheads, clearer pores on my nose and cheeks and most importantly, reduces my breakout severity and post breakout hyperpigmentation.
Price: I bought it on sale (20% off all exfoliants on paulaschoice.com) for $18 for a 4 fl oz bottle which will likely last me more than 6 months.
Score: I’d give this a 4/5 for effectiveness and a 2/5 for ingredients. I will continue to use this until I find a cleaner alternative.