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    This concentrated leave-on BHA-based (salicylic acid) targeted solution visibly and quickly minimizes bumps, redness, and enlarged pores and refines and clarifies skin’s surface. Impressive results often are apparent after only one use.

    • For Stubborn Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris
    • Controlled, sustained release of salicylic acid via unique technology
    • Effectively calms redness from past breakouts
    • Soothing plant extracts allow the formula to work without irritation

    What makes this product unique?
    RESIST BHA 9 is a first-of-its-kind spot treatment specially formulated to address your most stubborn skin imperfections. The technology behind BHA 9 is indeed unique, allowing for a controlled, sustained release of salicylic acid without diminishing any of its effectiveness. In fact, you will have enhanced results without dryness or irritation! BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections has a pH range of 3.2-3.6.

    All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.

    What does it do?
    RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections delivers 9% BHA in a controlled-release formula for maximum skin smoothing with noticeable results. This gel-serum works wonders to improve the appearance of tenacious skin concerns.

    BHA 9 performs beautifully for all of the following:

    1. Unclog pores with the first use
    2. Diminish white bumps
    3. Minimize enlarged pores
    4. Refine and smooth skin's texture
    5. Minimize sebaceous hyperplasia
    6. Smooth and soften dry, rough patches
    7. Help balance oily skin
    8. Fade red marks from breakouts
    9. Reduce breakouts

    Who is this product for?
    RESIST BHA 9 is designed for anyone who has struggled with stubborn skin imperfections who wants enhanced results over and above the treatments they've been using.

    NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

    Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

    Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, March-April 2012, issue 2, pages 142-5

    International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

    Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

    Marine Drugs, 2004, issue 2, pages 73-82

    Propylene Glycol (hydration), PEG-75 (texture-enhancing), PEG-8 (texture-enhancing), Water, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycerin(hydration/skin replenishing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract(antioxidant), Sea Whip Extract (skin-soothing), Arginine (hydration/skin replenishing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer).

     At night, apply as a leave-on spot treatment for stubborn imperfections. Dispense a very small amount of RESIST BHA 9 onto a clean fingertip, and massage a thin layer over affected areas. Suitable for use around the eyes, but avoid contact with eyelids and do not apply along the lower lashline. For best results, use after cleansing and toning, but it can also be used as the last step in your skincare routine. Experiment to see which method works best for your skin concerns. May be applied on its own or over a Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting exfoliant. May be applied over larger areas if needed. Reduce frequency of usage if irritation or flaking occurs.

    This product contains 9% salicylic acid. Please note:

    • Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin
    • If you experience irritation, rinse from skin and discontinue use
    • Avoid direct contact with eyes
    • Protect skin with sunscreen daily
    • Ask your doctor before using on children
    • Keep out of reach of children
    • If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor before use

    "Protect Your Skin And It Will Protect You Back"

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