Review: Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion

Friday, August 06, 2010

Since I have promised myself that I would do a review on this product when I've reached half a bottle, here it is. I bought this around 2 months ago because I thought that it would help in controlling my acne during my time of the month. This contains 2% salicylic acid in lotion form, so it is quite thick. I was gonna order the one that is in liquid form, but they didn't have that in Indonesia, so I opted for the lotion type. 


Fact about BHA
They are well suited for people who have oily and acne prone skin since they are oil (lipid) soluble. This is because BHA is able to penetrate through the pores and exfoliate the dead skin cells from the inside. Therefore, BHA are more often suited for people dealing with problems of blemishes and blackheads. 



How I use it
I use this twice a day every morning and night before my moisturizer after my antioxidant serum.

What's in it
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Salicylic Acid (2% BHA), Glyceryl Monostearate, Epilobium Angustifolia (Willowherb Extract), Almond Oil, Squalene, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Bisabolol, Beta Glucan, DL Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitamin E Acetate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea Extract), Grape Seed Oil, Gum Arabic, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben.

What I like about it
  • Helps to reduce my acne occurrences during my menstrual period every month
  • Doesn't irritate my skin 
  • There are no fragrance
  • Reduce the number of blackheads on my chin area
  • Often times adequate to act as a moisturizer at night time (for me)
  • Consistency might be thick, but it's easy to blend and gets well absorbed into the skin
  • The packaging is very simplistic, yet chic. 
What I don't like about it 
  • Doesn't come with a pump. I like it when I can control the distribution of the product and also maintain its hygiene
  • It retails at Rp 285000. Wished it was Rp 100000 cheaper. 
  • Sometimes the texture might be too thick for me because there are some days where my skin doesn't want any moisturizer. Hate it when it happens.. 
Repurchase
Yes, but I think this lasts me more than a month to finish. 

If you want to purchase Paula's Choice products in Jakarta, you check out their website at Paula's Choice Indonesia

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