Paula’s Choice offer gentle, highly effective, carefully formulated skincare products that has done wonders for me. As someone who had severe acne during his teen years, Paula’s Choice was able to hydrate my skin, clean deeply into my pores, and provide me a level of confidence I never had before. I enjoy people mistaken me for someone in his late 20s or asking me what filter I am using to chat online.
When it comes to Men’s skincare, it can be challenging to find the right products as men skincare brands tend to packaged with dark colors. Skincare products marketed to men sometimes contain sensitizing, drying ingredients like menthol and denatured alcohol, as well as skin-aggravating fragrances like peppermint, witch hazel, and eucalyptus. Despite research proving that fragrance, whether synthetic or naturally derived, is harmful to the skin, most men’s skincare products contain them.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
By now, if you have searched for product reviews, you have seen multiple blogs and Youtubers tell you their experience with this exfoliator, and mines will likely be the same. Quarantine and 2020 overall has done a lot for my skin. The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant has been the brand’s best-seller for years, and after trying this item, I can tell you that it is worth the money. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is an acid exfoliating toner, not to be confused with a toner, which took some time to validate as I thought I was getting two for one. Because BHA molecules (in contrast with AHA ones) are oil-soluble, they penetrate deep into pores, getting all up in there to slough off the dead skin cells that can accumulate and oxidize, creating blackheads. How do I know it really works? As a guy, I thought simple face washes was enough to keep my face clean. One night, after my shower and washing my face, I used the BHA and a reusable cloth and the dirt that it took off surprised me because I thought I was doing everything “right”.
How I used it, and what are the results?
I typically use this Mondays and Friday. I am finding a decrease in my pores, which is the main reason I purchased this time. Also, aside from my pores shrinking, I have noticed fewer blackheads. If you’re dealing with blackheads, try this. Definitely try it before reaching for a quick-fix solution like a pore vacuum and if you are skeptical, order a travel size from amazon, which is what I did to get familiar with their products. Warning for those who do not know, you should, regardless of using this product, wear sunscreen! Also, please use this product at night, or it could actually do you more harm than good.
The ingredient list is small (only 8 ingredients)
- It mainly contains salicylic acid (BHA), an exfoliating ingredient (its concentration here: 2%). It removes dead cells and debris from the skin’s surface. Due to its lipophilic nature, it’s also able to go inside the pores to clean them! Very interesting when you have combination skin and/or blackheads.
- It also contains green tea extract, known for its powerful antioxidant effect and also anti-aging action. It’s also a soothing ingredient and affects skin texture, and helps to reduce the pore size.
PC4Men Face Wash
Unlike traditional cleansers targeted at men’s skin that can be harsh and overly fragranced, PC4Men effectively rids the skin of impurities and excess oils without stripping or drying out the skin. With the ingredients listed below, this cleanser soothes inflammation and prevents breakouts, making it an essential addition to any routine. That said, the product itself is fantastic as it has aloe vera extract to help smooth the skin. Although most sites state that there is no fragrance, it does have some fragrance or smell, but it is not overwhelming.
PC4Men is suitable for all skin types; massage a small amount into damp skin on the face before rinsing with warm water. You can use the PC4Men Face wash once or twice a day, and it works best with oily skin, like me. After every use, I do feel clean and what I love about it the most is that it never dried my face, like other products I tried.