I have oily acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation, so I am always on the lookout for a product to keep breakouts at bay. Since I am an avid user of acid toners I wanted a product specifically targeted to oily skin. After a bit of research, I discovered Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid is recommended for oily skin because of its salicylic acid content. Salicylic acid is oil soluble which allows it to penetrate and unclog pores reducing active acne and blackheads. It also has antibacterial properties and reduces sebum (oil) production hence my interest.
Enter Paula’s choice 2% BHA Liquid
In my search, Paula’s choice 2% BHA liquid was recommended multiple times so I decided to see if it lived up to its expectations. I ordered Paula’s Choice 2 % BHA liquid, the from Paula’s Choice website which was a simple process after which the acid toner arrived in 5 working days.
Let’s get into the product proper
The product comes in a sturdy basic white plastic bottle 4 oz (118 ml). It has a standard dispenser with a small hole in a plastic cap which allows you to pour a little liquid out at a time reducing waste. The acid toner is a clear slightly thick liquid with no discernible smell.
How to use
I put the product on a cotton pad and apply to my cleansed skin using horizontal swipes, wait for 10-15 minutes to allow it absorb onto my skin, and move on with the rest of my skincare routine. The instructions on the container say it should be applied after your toner but I prefer to apply it directly after cleansing and then use my toner. Because I use acid toners regularly, I didn’t experience any stinging on my skin but it may be slightly different for newbies so do a patch test before you proceed. I used this toner twice a day in the morning and at night because my specific skin needs and I made sure to use sunscreen as acids can cause sun sensitively.
This is an absolute Holy Grail product for me as prior to using Paula’s choice 2% BHA liquid , my skin was congested and I consistently had breakouts. As soon as one pimple healed, another would take its place, so my face ended up looking like the fur coat in 101 Dalmatians which was not a good look. Paula’s choice 2% BHA liquid helped to stop the breakouts, however, it did not happen overnight but I noticed the breakouts completely stopped after approximately 2 weeks of consistent use which allowed me foto cus on dealing with my hyperpigmentation more aggressively (which we can talk about later).
Cost: £23 /$29
- Affordable especially when compared to similar products
- Treats acne effectively
- Not harsh or irritating to the skin
- Helps with hyperpigmentation
- The delivery takes up to 5 working days which is a lot compared with 2-day shipping provided by similar stores
Who is it for
- People with oily acne prone skin
Overall rating 5/5
- My skin is not happy when I don’t use it consistently, I recommend this unequivocally.
Where to buy
Paula’s choice website the UK or the US