Paula's Choice Skincare's RESIST Advanced Pore Refining Treatment 4% BHA

Paula's Choice Skincare

RESIST Advanced Pore Refining Treatment 4% BHA

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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Paula's Choice Skincare's RESIST Advanced Pore Refining Treatment is a leave-on BHA exfoliant that contains 4% salicylic acid. This powerhouse anti-aging and pore-refining ingredient is encapsulated in a controlled-release delivery system which means you get great results with minimal to no risk of irritation. In the realm of exfoliants, it's an outstanding fragrance-free option for those with combination to oily skin struggling with large, clogged pores, white bumps, and signs of aging.

Housed in a plastic bottle topped with an easy-to-use, dropper-like applicator, the serum-gel texture spreads easily over skin. The lightweight, hydrating formula contains several soothing plant extracts, all of which also work as antioxidants—ingredients that take this beyond being just an exfoliant.

How does this compare to Paula's Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid? Think of it as a super-charged, concentrated version of the 2% BHA. You can use this product when you want to step up your exfoliation or even layer them at the same time if you really want to attack stubborn clogged pores. Another option would be to use RESIST Advanced Pore Refining Treatment as a spot treatment over areas where bumps, blackheads, and enlarged pores are a concern. No matter how you use it, this remains one of the few products on the market that successfully addresses the concerns of those dealing with breakouts, clogged pores, and signs of aging at the same time.

  • Controlled delivery of salicylic acid for enhanced results without irritation.
  • Refines enlarged pores and helps unclog pores.
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Contains soothing antioxidants.
  • Fragrance free.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/hydration), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Salicylic Acid (exfoliant), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring/hydration), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance


Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit

About the Experts

The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.

Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.

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