Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
- 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.
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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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.
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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
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!
We don't have a description for Methylpropanediol.
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.
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.
We don't have a description for Sodium Hydroxide.
We don't have a description for Tetrasodium EDTA.