This cult-favourite exfoliating serum is 'magic in a bottle' according to reviewers

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·3-min read

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Shoppers are raving about the cult-favourite Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. Image via Instagram/PaulasChoice.
Shoppers are raving about the cult-favourite Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. Image via Instagram/PaulasChoice.

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When beauty products reach cult status, you know they must be good. Thousands of people have to be onto something, and in the case of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, shoppers agree that this is a must-have product for glowing skin.

The skincare staple has been praised for its gentle yet effective results, with thousands of positive reviews from customers to back up its claims.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is a must-have among beauty bloggers and TikTok users. Image via Paula's Choice.
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is a must-have among beauty bloggers and TikTok users. Image via Paula's Choice.

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The details

This chemical exfoliant uses salicylic acid to penetrate deep into pores and prevent breakouts before they happen. A common ingredient that’s found in many skincare products, salicylic acid also helps to exfoliate the skin’s surface and break up excess oil and dead skin cells.

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Its formula also includes green tea extract for a boost of antioxidants and skin-calming properties. For best results, it should be used one to two times a week.

A favourite product among beauty bloggers and TikTok users, Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is an ideal choice for those with dull, oily or acne-prone skin.

“I’ve used this for about two weeks now and I can honestly not recommend it enough. Ten out of 10,” shared TikTok user Charley Bourne.

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It’s also been given the stamp of approval from Dr. Muneeb Shah, a YouTuber and dermatologist with 4.5 million followers on TikTok alone.

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What people are saying

With one bottle of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant sold every minute, this skin-perfecting serum has earned an impressive reputation among its fans. Shoppers agree that while on the expensive side, this product is totally worth the investment.

It’s earned a 4.2-star rating on the Paula’s Choice website, with more than 3,400 customer reviews.

“I have struggled with textured skin and large pores for the longest time. I have tried so many products and nothing seemed to make a difference,” one person shared. “After introducing this product to my routine my skin has never been smoother or clearer and my pores have never been smaller. I finally feel confident with minimal/no makeup.”

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One reviewer called the exfoliant “magic in a bottle,” adding that it helped reduce the appearance of acne scars in just one week.

“I had extremely bad breakouts and one week after using this my breakouts calmed down, my previous acne scars have faded DRAMATICALLY and the little forehead bumps I've had for years are GONE?!" the reviewer said. "This is definitely going to be my holy grail and is so worth the price,” they wrote.

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The verdict

Despite its stellar reputation online, no skincare product will work perfectly for everyone. Some shoppers with dry skin have reported that it made their skin feel even more tight after use, while some reviewers with sensitive skin said that it caused redness and irritation.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is likely a better choice if you’re someone who deals with oiliness or clogged pores, and you're looking to add some glow back into your skincare routine.

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