Paula'S Choice 2% Bha Liquid Review: Why You Should Avoid It


Blackheads (and their sinister cousin, whiteheads) have plagued me for years; they simply cannot let me go. Across my T-zone, I have pretty large pores going on that cannot resist getting filled with gunk. After years of skin torture in the size of Biore pore strips và ultra strong peel-off masks, I was left with blackheads and a load of irritation. I have tried anything và everything in my quest to lớn send blackheads to lớn that place that Gandalf fell, including a memorable incident with a pore vacuum, which I can heartily say I vày not recommend. While it turns out expecting instant results was getting me nowhere (who knew?), I have stumbled upon a cult favorite hàng hóa I would happily douse my face in for the rest of my life.

Bạn đang xem: Paula's choice 2% bha liquid review: why you should avoid it


These Insanely Comfortable Shoes Are the “It Girl” vật phẩm of Spring
there’s a new shoe on the scene that’s ready lớn live on our feet all spring long

Paula"s Choice

2% BHA Exfoliant

Shop it now

I routinely spend time google researching blackhead remedies while binging The Great British Baking Show (don’t you?), and unfailingly, the Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant would appear in comments và on message boards surrounded by words lượt thích magic, life-changing, và undeniable. It’s a chemical exfoliator, which means it doesn’t require those skin-shredding granules I used to slather over my face in middle school.

“I recommend ‘chemical’ exfoliation over physical, meaning using an acid or enzyme to exfoliate instead of physical particles as in a scrub,” said Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, dermatologist and owner of Dr. Loretta Skincare. “With physical exfoliation, you’re removing only surface dead cells. With a chemical exfoliant lượt thích AHA/glycolic, BHA/salicylic, or an enzyme, you’re removing cells both in pores as well as on skin’s surface.”


I caved and bought the 2% BHA Exfoliant so I could kiểm tra the magic for myself about eight months ago. The formula takes a moment to lớn get used to—initially, I was really skeptical since it feels quite oily on the skin. I was expecting more of a light zingy feeling, và instead, it has more of an oil-based slick quality. I apply it with a cotton round và concentrate it on the areas where my blackheads like to congregate—mainly my nose, upper lip (sexy!), and chin.

Xem thêm: Bộ Trị Mụn Acne Org Có Tốt Không, (Review) Acne

Despite my doubts, I’ve actually gotten used lớn how the formula feels, and after around eight months of use, it’s made my hallowed các mục of auto-buy repurchases. My favorite part is how gentle it feels with no burning, itching, or stinging lượt thích other exfoliators—both chemical & physical—that I’ve tried. All Paula’s Choice products are fragrance-free as well, which is a welcome respite from recent overly-scented launches (Fenty Skin, I’m looking at you).

I’ve worked up to lớn using it every night, & I’ve found that of all my lotions & potions, BHA (aka salicylic acid) works best for my skin in terms of refining texture and reducing pore blockage (my nemesis). I’m going khổng lồ be real: I still have some blackheads. I think they may have decided to be with me forever, & who could blame them? But overall, the pores on my nose are less noticeable và enlarged & the skin on my cheeks and forehead feels buttery smooth, which wasn’t my intention in using this product but is a delightful side effect. Here’s a photo I would use khổng lồ announce the Exfoliant and I are engaged:


In general when I’m having skin woes, I go back to lớn the drawing board with my tried-and-true products I know work và don’t irritate my skin. The 2% BHA Exfoliant always makes the list, along with a gentle cleanser và hyaluronic acid serum. And of course, sunscreen.

Xem thêm: Mc Ngô Hân Và Bạn Trai Lạ, Đêm Khuya Đưa Nhau Về Nhà Riêng, Mc Ngô Hân Và Người Yêu

Final thoughts

If you’re dealing with blackheads, try this. Definitely try it before reaching for a quick-fix solution lượt thích a pore vacuum (your skin và I am begging you).Be prepared to lớn use this for a few months at least. Commit to it! I’m notorious for rotating my skincare too fast và thinking that nothing is working when really I needed khổng lồ give it more time.Always use sunscreen when you’re using this product. You know what, just always use sunscreen full stop.On my skin, this is pretty gentle, but I still recommend doing a patch test và working up to lớn using every night, especially if your skin is sensitive.According khổng lồ Paula’s Choice, exfoliants are step three after your cleanser and toner and before your serum & moisturizer. I usually skip toner, but otherwise, follow that order.