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I have oily acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation, so I am always on the lookout for products that will help keep breakouts at bay. Since i am an avid user of acid toners i decided to look for one specifically targeted to oily skin. After a bit of research, I discovered that salicylic acid works best on oily skin because it is oil soluble which allows it penetrate and unclog pores, reduce blackheads and active breakouts. It also has antibacterial properties and reduces sebum (oil) production hence my interest in a salicylic acid toner.


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Enter Paula’s choice skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid In my search, this was the product that was recommended repeatedly so I decided to give it a try to see if it lived up to its expectations. I ordered the product from Paula’s Choice website, and it was a simple process. All you need to do is register and then buy the product which arrived within 5-7 working days. Let’s get into the product proper


How to use:

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I put the product on a cotton pad and apply to my cleansed skin using horizontal swipes , then wait for 10-15 minutes to allow it absorb and move on with the rest of my skincare routine. The instructions given say it should be applied after your toner but I prefer to apply it directly after cleansing and then use my toner. Now because I use acid toners regularly it did not sting at all when I used it but it may be slightly different for newbies so, do a patch test before you proceed. Because of my skin care needs, I used this toner twice a day in the morning and at night, but made sure to use sunscreen during the day as acids can cause sun sensitivity. A bottle typically lasts about 2 months even with my twice a day use.



For me this is an absolute Holy Grail product before I started using Paula’s choice 2% BHA solution, my skin was congested and I was having breakouts constantly. As one spot healed and another would take its place so my face ended up looking like the fur coat in 101 Dalmatians, not a good look. However this really helped to stop all that, don’t get me wrong it did not happen overnight but after roughly 2 weeks of consistent use I noticed that the breakouts completely stopped which allowed me to focus on dealing with my hyperpigmentation more aggressively ( which we can talk about later).



  • Affordable especially when compared to similar products
  • Treats acne effectively
  • Not harsh or irritating to the skin
  • Helps with hyperpigmentation


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Hilary Says

Overall rating: 5/5 – My skin is not happy when I don’t use it consistently, I recommend this unequivocally.

Chizo is a skincare and makeup enthusiast who likes to travel and explore new places. When not working, she is browsing skin care and beauty sites looking to try new products or binge-watching series online.

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1 Comment

  1. ceecee
    June 29, 2018 / 2:22 am

    Thank you for this! I have oily skin too and this came in handy. I just looked in my stash and found a face peel with salicylic acid and I’m already seeing the difference in just 3 days! Amazing what a bit of knowledge can do for one.

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