Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | Review

Newsflash kids: I’ve got pores. Well, everyone has pores dermatologically speaking but as someone who has been gifted genetically with oily skin since puberty, I have them on my forehead, nose, chin and the sides of my nose. Which leads me to wearing makeup often just to blur, fill and hide them away. Recently, I began using a BHA exfoliant in my skincare routine and I’m blown away by its results on me.


Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.

  • Clears & minimizes enlarged pores
  • BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) sheds built-up layers of skin
  • Fluid, lightweight texture absorbs quickly
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & toning

The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant comes in a plastic grey bottle containing 118 ml of product. The exfoliating liquid itself is clear, odorless, has a watery consistency and absorbs immediately without any sticky feeling. Now, before I start raving about it, let me inform you guys that this is the first chemical exfoliator with BHA I’ve used. The others I’ve reviewed before are all AHAs and you’re following me, you’d know how much I love them.

The first time I used it, I didn’t experience any stinging or redness. The liquid is so mild enough that it can be used twice a day, everyday and not cause any adverse reaction. At least it didn’t for me. I used it continuously everyday during the first week but at the moment, I’ve cut back on the frequency of my use of it to every other day because I also have a retinol serum in my PM routine. I really don’t want to risk my skin’s sun sensitivity. For those who do want to use this in the morning too, don’t forget to load up on the sunscreen.

Since I started using this consistently, more than a month now, I haven’t had any breakouts yet. FYI, I’ve hormonal acne too. My forehead and chin are less bumpy than usual — most days they look and feel smooth too. Now for my pores; I’m not saying all this because this was sent to me to review but I didn’t really think it would do anything to them. I’ve accepted the fact long ago that they will never diminish in size and you can only make them less obvious. But you know the saying, ” To see is to believe”? Well, take a look at my before-and-after photo of my pores with this BHA exfoliant.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Exfoliant before and after

How amazing is that right? Can you spot the differences? Yes, my pores are definitely still present but they look less pronounced and somewhat smaller in appearance. If I didn’t have this photo to look at, I wouldn’t believe any of its claims. Also, notice how it evened out my skin a bit. I’m now a true believer of this product and I’m giving it my TWO THUMBS UP! I might even call it as my HOLY GRAIL in the BHA category but since this is my first BHA to use, I’m still open to trying out others out there. For now though, you’ve seen how it works on me and I have the photo to prove it.

This retails for $25.07 in Paula’s Choice. If you’re ordering from the Philippines however, you can get this online at Skinx, which also offers free shipping to Malaysia and Singapore.

What BHA products have you tried? Are they good? Send them below in the comments please.

[*Skinx has kindly provided the product for review. All opinions are my own.]


Don’t forget to visit/follow me on:



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s