Best Pick: Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9

Best Pick Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9

I had to make a little huge leap of faith in order to start using anything from Paula’s Choice. I have never cared for Paula Begoun. I have lots of gripes with the self-proclaimed “cosmetic cop” — her snarky attitude, hypocrisy, inconsistent stance, one-dimensional approach… I can fill a small novel. It took some persuading to get me to try a few of things from her line.

My opinion on her haven’t changed one bit, but credit where credit’s due, her BHA products are excellent. No frills, straightforward potent BHAs in the correct pH range are hard to find, and she offers not one but a whole range of them!

Resist BHA 9 is a 9% BHA treatment. After cleansing or as the last-step of your skincare routine, the targeted serum is applied over “stubborn imperfections” at night only. This intensive dose of BHA is supposed to fight bumps, spots, redness, and wrinkles. Do you know, I tried 2 trial vials of it a few months ago and I’m so in awe of the results that I bought the full size bottle?

To be honest, my skin is generally in good condition. I don’t have fine lines, wrinkles, or acne. My skin isn’t sensitive, in fact, it’s very resilient. I treat spots a bit like I’d treat pests — attack them early before they can spread, and use as many killer ingredients on them as I can find. I use Resist BHA 9 solely as a blemish spot treatment. It spreads and slips across the skin easily — you only need a tiny fraction of a pump. Despite its potency (9%!), it doesn’t sting, irritate, or dry my skin out at all. In fact, it feels no different to the 2% BHA Liquid which you use all-over. I’d be interested to see what non-resilient-skinned people had to say about it. NOTE: the pump, you only need a tiny amount but it’s next to impossible to control how much product you’re pumping out. Pictured below is one pump amount. That’s a third of the 0.03 oz trial size vial — more than enough to completely rid whatever spot I may have!

Best Pick Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9 (closeup)

It pretty much clears up my spots overnight, after everything else in my beauty drawers had struggled miserably. The spot treatment doesn’t actually feel potent despite it’s 9% BHA, but I’ve always use some form of leave-on BHA exfoliant so I know that the Resist BHA 9 is having its own effect. I attack spots and their leftover marks with a one-two punch by also using a vitamin C serum.

For those who have been looking for a great potent blemish spot treatment, this could be your answer. It’s not cheap — US$40 for 0.3 oz — but you only need a tiny amount each time. The sample vial is US$5. You can also get US$10 off first order over US$15 — no code necessary, it gets added automatically using the link HERE.

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Winnie
Winnie
5 years ago

For people whose skin loves AHA and BHA, this probably will work very well. But as someone whose skin simply shows no reaction (good or bad) to AHA and BHA no matter how high the concentration, this did nothing for me. 😛

Kate
Kate
5 years ago

Could you please define, what kind of blemish spots is it good for? (I also don’t have acne spots or wrinkles)

jpn12
jpn12
5 years ago

Is this product found in japans drugstores?

Ellen
Ellen
5 years ago

Agreed on Paula being annoying, and on BHA9 being awesome. I have very sensitive and reactive skin, and BHA9 doesn’t bother it one bit. In fact it feels soothing.

chiao
chiao
5 years ago

You dont even have fine lines? Even under the eyes?? My God, excuse my rudeness but just how old are you? :p

chiao
chiao
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Nice! I’m 27 and have to fight some fine lines right under my eyes but apart from that my skin is fine, too. Finally got rid of acne this year thanks to Asian skincare regimen and Japanese/ Korean/ Taiwanese cosmetics.

GTea
GTea
6 years ago

I’ve heard her 10% AHA Resurfacing Treatment is really good but I’m reluctant to buy anything from her line because I truly dislike her personality and her “my way or no way” approach to cosmetics.

Audrey C.
Audrey C.
6 years ago

I absolutely agree with you on Paula Begoun, down to the initial reluctance and begrudging praise for her BHA products. I’ve just about finished my 2% BHA though and I may try out the Mizon Peeling Serum instead.

Riordian
Riordian
6 years ago

I might have to try this one out then! I’ve always enjoyed your recommendations. Just curious though, what are these “hypocrisy, inconsistent stance, one-dimensional approach(es)” that you dislike?

GTea
GTea
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

A while ago I emailed Paula with an ingredient list containing something I suspected was breaking me out (she listed the ingredient as being “safe” on her site), but she flat out denied any possibility of that ingredient having a negative effect on my skin. When I suggested that not everyone’s skin was the same, she (very grudgingly) allowed that it MAY have caused an allergic reaction but most likely it was something else I used. Her overall demeanour was extremely off-putting, and I couldn’t even bring myself to buy anything from her line afterwards.

Pedro
Pedro
6 years ago

I totally agree with on Paula Begoun. Many things she claims is very hard to support from a scientific standpoint of view.

fragmentsofescape
fragmentsofescape
5 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Can you tell me more about how her claims aren’t supported by science? I buy from her line because I thought her products are backed by solid research!! Now I’m reading here that she might not be interpreting the research correctly

Ayu
Ayu
6 years ago

Have you tried the 8% BHA serum from MUAC? It is a lot cheaper

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