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Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA Review

Paula's Choice RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA Review

Today I’ve got the Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA to tell you about. This is a fabulous and highly addictive foam.

About Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA
You may not outgrow breakout-prone skin, but you can outsmart it. This lightweight foam unclogs your pores and reveals younger-looking skin. This is an innovative treatment that delivers smoother, younger-looking skin overnight. Specialized technology encapsulates anti-aging superstar salicylic acid for time-released delivery—so you get dramatic results without flaking or signs of irritation.

The unique liquid-to-foam texture feels water-light yet is packed with soothing ingredients that reduce redness, calm inflammation, unclog pores, and reduce symptoms of rosacea. Plant-based antioxidants work with the exfoliating, pore-penetrating action of salicylic acid to stimulate collagen production for firmer, smoother, more radiant skin.

This weekly skin saver not only reduces multiple signs of aging, but also fades red marks from breakouts; plus, it’s a potent option for banishing stubborn “chicken skin” (keratosis pilaris) on arms or legs. This product has a pH of 3.6.

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Keratosis Pilaris, Redness, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Reduces red marks and brown spots, evens out skin tone
  • Powerful time-release salicylic acid for maximum impact
  • Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan

$32 for 1.5 oz

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Water, Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Dimethyl Isosorbide (solvent), Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine (antistatic agent), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliant), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidant), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Major (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (anti-irritants), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oils/antioxidants), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

My Thoughts
I’ve used this for several months now. Initially I started out trying it once a week, but then I got braver and I’ve done it 3 days in a row some weeks. It’s highly addictive because you smooth it on and in the morning you wake up with silky smooth skin. It’s a product that I’m tempted to use every night, but I am settling on using it every other night. I honestly did not think that with my sensitive skin and rosacea I would be able to use this product so frequently, but I’m glad that I can!

Here’s how I use it
I cleanse my face and then apply the foam carefully to my face, neck, décolletage and hands. I create a mixture of Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost and vitamin C, then apply that to my eyes, followed by my face, neck, décolletage and hands. Make sure n the morning that you use a moisturizer with SPF of at least 15.

Here’s how other Paula’s Choice fans use it
When researching the 4% BHA foaming treatment more, Paula’s Choice let me know that people sometimes prefer the 4% BHA foam over the weekly 10% AHA because it’s overall more gentle on the skin. Some fans also try mixing it with their regular Paula’s Choice BHA treatment.

I feel much more comfortable using this foam than I ever did with the 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant. I think it’s partially because the foam makes it easier to apply your night time moisturizer on top of it. You just go to sleep and the time release salicylic acid does its work overnight, leaving you with a refreshed face.

It used to be that I preferred a physical exfoliant to really clean out my pores, but the 4% BHA foaming treatment has won me over to chemical exfoliation. I think it does a better job than I can ever do on my own with a physical scrub (not that physical scrubs are bad!).

How do you prefer your salicylic acid? Foam, gel, or lotion?


  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Great value for the price
  • Gentle on my sensitive skin
  • Effective at making my skin feel soft and smooth


  • Skip this if you’re allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.
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    • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

      It sounds great! I haven´t really used any salicylic acid products besides the DIY aspirin face mask.

    • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

      this sounds wonderful!

    • Rebecca Wright

      Sorry if I posted this twice.

      So glad you reviewed this. I have rosacea as well and was curious about this. I use the 1% bha lotion but did not like the texture or feel of 2% gel, lotion or liquid.

    • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

      I am always looking for more exfoliators since my skin gets dry- this sounds like one I need!

    • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

      I am adding this to my to buy list. I have already made a tentative wish list of her products, and I too have sensitive skin. Manually exfoliation does bad things to me skin, but chemical works fantastic.

    • TinaBowling

      I’m sold, I absolutely need this now. I use a Paula’s Choice cleanser in the morning and I love it for my oily skin.

    • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

      Oh! This sounds fun!!

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      This sounds awesome! I haven’t tried much from PC but what I have tried has been lovely!

    • Cosmetic Sanctuary

      This sounds great! I’ve used Paula’s Choice before and loved it, so I may need to snag this

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      This is such a great price as well. I really like Paula’s choice products.

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      I’m dealing with a lot of inflammation right now so I need this!

    • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

      I have heard so much great stuff about Paula’s Choice

    • Jessica InTruBeauty

      Sounds like something I could really use!

    • Kelly R

      This looks great!

    • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

      This looks like something I might try to use. Lately I’ve been noticing a redness creeping in.

    • cindyprimebeauty

      My old skin still likes AHA’s but it sounds great for younger skin,

    • Noelle

      Wake up with smooth skin? Sign me up!

    • Anastasia

      I like using BHA products when my skin breaks out, they seem to really help my case.

    • http://www.everydaybeautyblog.com/ EBBlogAshley

      I have fairly decent skin so I have never needed to use a product like this but I like that this product helps to correct darkness/redness. Something to look into.

    • Justine Amanda DeJesus

      I have a bunch of her products however I only find myself using them when I have my monthly monster…. Other then that I always use her cleanser in a liquid. Salicylic acid is the way to go, just don’t forget to moisturizer or redness creeps up!

    • http://www.avidbeauty.ca Avid Beauty

      I like the idea of the foam delivery, though I’m still a bit nervous with BHAs.

    • GlitteryGlossy

      Sounds like an interesting product!

    • http://www.bethandbeauty.com/ Beth and Beauty

      Sounds like a product I need to look into! I am let’s just say above 40 and I still have some acne breakouts, not as bad but darn!!! I also have trouble with the enlarged pores.

    • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

      I know that if you like it, it’s going to be a great product for sensitive skin. I can’t believe it works so well and is so gentle, but the proof is in the pudding! I want to try this now.

    • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

      this looks promising for my skin that is always wiggin’ out. I really gotta get my hands on some paula’s choice products.

    • trumpette

      This looks good. I use the 2% BHA gel from PC and love it but may try this in future…

    • Amber

      Sounds like a great product for most! I steer clear of BHA since I am allergic to Salicylic Acid, but I’m sure PC has something else that would be great.

    • http://kitschvixen.blogspot.com/ Kitsch Vixen

      I LOVE this product!

    • myCosmeticBag

      im not allergic to aspirin, but i did have a pretty bad reaction to a diy aspirin mask so i think i’ll steer clear

    • Betzy Carmona

      This sounds very good, and love the fact that it’s cruelty free

    • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

      Sounds like something I would totally love!

    • ThurstonK

      I am dying to try everything from their resist line. I’ve only been able to try a couple items but I instantly fell in love with them! What do you recommend getting first from their resist line?