Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

1.7   from 3 reviews
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Type of product Exfoliator
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Description

  • cruelty-free exfoliator that contains bha.
  • it doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
  • it is reef safe.
  • it is not fungal acne (malassezia) safe.

Directions

Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and/or toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30...


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Product Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Ingredient Details

Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with Paula's Choice's Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

Benefits (5)

Good For Oily Skin Icon
Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Large Pores Icon
Reduces Large Pores
Helps Fight Acne Icon
Helps Fight Acne
Helps Brighten Skin Icon
Helps Brighten Skin

Notable Ingredients (1)

BHA Icon
BHA

Concerns (3)

May Worsen Dry Skin Icon
May Worsen Dry Skin
May Cause Irritation Icon
May Cause Irritation
May Worsen Eczema Icon
May Worsen Eczema

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant Ingredients Explained

This product contains 8 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Aqua, Eau, Purified Water, Aqua / Water, Distilled Water, Deionized Water
Community rating: Loved

Water is the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. It often makes up the largest portion of a product, and is thus typically found at (or near) the top of an ingredients list.

In most cases, the purpose of water within an ingredient list is to act as a solvent - this means it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

Water also happens to be necessary for all life on Earth. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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We don't have a description for Methylpropanediol.

3
Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Bg
Community rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

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4
Masking, Preservative, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: BHA
Community rating: Liked

Salicylic Acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA) is one of the most well-known ingredients for treating skin that struggles with blackheads and acne. It helps to exfoliate the skin's surface and pores, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Unlike AHAs which are water souluble, Salicylic Acid is oil soluble. This means that it's able to exfoliate the inside of pores and reduce blackheads.

Concentrations of 0.5-2% are recognized by the U.S. FDA as an over-the-counter topical acne product.

It can cause irritation and/or dryness if one's skin already has a compromised moisture barrier, so it's best to focus on repairing that before introducing a Salicylic Acid into your routine.

In general, Salicylic Acid is a great ingredient for oily acne-prone skin.

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5
Emulsifying

Polysorbate 20 isn't fungal acne safe.

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6
Astringent, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Tea Oil Camellia

Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract is the extract of the leaves of Camellia Oleifera, Theaceae

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Community rating: Disliked

We don't have a description for Sodium Hydroxide.

We don't have a description for Tetrasodium EDTA.

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