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Eighteen thousand people can't be wrong - if you want clear skin, with smaller pores and better skin texture, everyone is raving about Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Facial Exfoliant.
The $38 chemical exfoliator has over 18,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, with users waxing lyrical about the results. "My skin looks fantastic," says one. "This stuff actually works," says another. "Liquid gold!" agrees someone else.
The cult product is the brand's best selling product across the world. While many chemical exfoliants can be harsh on skin, this is a gentle liquid. It contains BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) which helps sheds built-up layers of skin, leaving clear, minimised pores, and brighter skin. The salicylic acid visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and green tea soothes irritation and has anti-aging benefits.
It's best used after a cleanser and toner. Apply it with your fingers or a cotton pad over your face and neck, but avoid the eye area. It's recommended you start using it every other day, then as your skin adjusts, use it every morning and night.
"I can honestly say this product does wonders to my skin," says a happy user on the Paula's Choice website. "This is a miracle product," another says. Someone else adds: "I use it each night after cleansing and I wake up with glowing skin the next morning. I have never used a product that has worked so quickly and effectively. I can't recommend highly enough."
If you're after a different BHA exfoliant to add to your skincare regime, try some of these other well-loved favourites that all have slightly different benefits - and price points:
This is great if you suffer from acne, pimples, redness or dull skin, It's ideal for combination skin, and its gentle formula won't leave you feeling tight and uncomfortable.
A great budget option, this features black charcoal and Amazonian clay that work together to provide a highly absorbent, balancing action for oily and blemish prone skin.
If you want to target anti-aging with your BHAs, this will help you resurface the skin, as well as promoting the production of collagen and elastin. These work together to really reduce lack of firmness, and tired, lined skin.
This is a leave-on mask with green barley extract to help exfoliate dead skin cells, and promote skin’s turnover cycle for a softer and smoother skin. Leave on for three minutes, then massage off with lukewarm water for brighter skin.
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