Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting BHA Gel Exfoliant Full size

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Gel Exfoliant Full size

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FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Works for
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-blemish
+ 1 more
Key ingredients
  • salicylic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • phytosphingosine
  • bisabolol
  • camellia oleifera leaf extract
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
meets threshold
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This product contains camellia oleifera leaf extract. This ingredient help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they might be able to prevent early signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), at least to some extent. These ingredients will not be able to "reverse" signs of aging.

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"Skin Perfecting BHA Gel Exfoliant Full size"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: phytosphingosine.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: phytosphingosine

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
meets threshold
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This product contains antioxidants (camellia oleifera leaf extract) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
salicylic acid
Has skin benefit
bha
does not have skin benefit
methylpropanediol
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
Helps preserve the product formulation
Plain old water

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