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When I was a teen some 30 over years ago, I didn't really have much access to skincare, nor was there information easily accessible for teenage skin for me to refer to. Luckily my skin didn't give me many issues, but I grew up with someone who did and badly, and I can only imagine how it messed up her self-esteem.

However you see it, we cannot ignore the fact that how they look can some way or another, affect how they feel. Having good skin can boost confidence and self-esteem to a certain extent. At least it's one less thing to worry about as a teen.

Teenage skin, in general, can be pretty tricky and can depend on a whole host of things, from your skin type and genetics to hormones and their lifestyle.

I'm so lucky (actually, my son is the lucky one!) that today, there is so much information available and so many more products on the market to combat skin concerns no matter what age you are and what your budget is.

When it comes to skincare for your teens, they need to keep trying different products until they find ones that suit their skin and that they actually like using. With my son, the texture and how a product makes his skin feel play a significant role in whether or not he'll be consistent in using a product. That - and the fact that he wants to see results overnight!

A basic skincare routine is essential for teens to keep their skin healthy and hopefully keep blemishes at a minimum. A facial wash for clean skin, a gentle moisturizer, a spot treatment (for those in need), and of course, sunscreen.

At the height of my son's teen years, he started getting blackheads, whiteheads, and spots on his forehead and cheeks. It wasn't surprising considering his hectic school, sports, and outdoor activities schedules topped by a poor skincare routine. Of course, teen hormones and diet always play a role in this.

Because he never had any issues with his skin before, a skincare routine was not his top priority, always choosing to ignore my advice to clean his face with a proper cleanser rather than slathering his body wash, which is so like him!

Once his skin issues got a bit uncomfortable for him, he started to look into a skincare routine more seriously. It was a lot of trial and error in terms of the products he used and what he liked. A spot treatment was also part of this. But sometimes, certain spot treatments can take a lot of effort for a busy impatient teen.


At that point in time, I was using the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant to combat my own hormonal skin issues, and I was absolutely loving the difference it was making to my skin!

Out of desperation, I suggested that my son use the product, 'promising' him that it would work on his skin as it did mine. Quite honestly, I didn't know whether it would, but I had to give him some hope because by that time, he had tried many products, and he was ready to give up.

Only after a week of using the product, his skin cleared, and the Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is now one constant in his skincare routine.

He doesn't just tolerate it because he has to, he actually enjoys using it!


The Difference It Has Made To My Teen's Skin

It has dramatically changed my teen's skin for the better. With consistent use, his skin has cleared up. If there are any signs of spots or blackheads and whiteheads about to come up, they quickly disappear without turning into an angry mess on his face.

Not only has his spots disappeared, but his skin appears smoother and even-toned. It's clearer.

He also no longer has old acne scars thanks to this product.

I'm always complimenting him on his skin because it's that good!


It's almost water-like. It feels oily on application but not heavy, and the oiliness will disappear shortly after. It's not drying on skin and gives off a sheen to the skin. Basically teen approved (hard to please teen boy, to be exact)!



Aqua, Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (skin calming/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).*

Their star ingredients are:-

Salicylic Acid

An oil-soluble exfoliating ingredient that gently helps slough off dead skin cells and unclogs pores for a softer, smoother texture and tone.

Green Tea Extract

This ingredient has antioxidant and soothing properties that make it an impressive addition to skin care products.

What It Claims To Do*

It’s a leave-on, chemical exfoliant with salicylic acid that removes built-up dead skin and unclogs pores. It penetrates deeper into the pore and has a pH of 3.5. It’s designed for those with more stubborn or persistent breakouts. BHA, which is the salicylic acid is oil soluble, meaning it works both on the skin's surface and within pores to quickly shed clogging buildup. It's also naturally calming and gentle enough for skin that's sensitive and prone to redness or rosacea.

+ Clears & minimizes enlarged pores + Sheds built-up layers of skin + Visibly reduces fine lines & wrinkles

+ Soothes irritation + Potent anti-aging benefits + Visibly improves sun damage

How To Use It*

Gently apply using fingers or a cotton pad over the entire face and neck, including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids) after cleansing and toning. Do not rinse.

Start Slowly: Apply every other day and note the skin's response. Then use up to twice daily. For daytime, always finish with SPF 30+. For nighttime, follow with the rest of your routine.


Bottom line is that my teen has gone through a couple of bottles of this 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, and it has done wonders for his skin. I have also suggested that he use it on the breakouts on his chest, but of course, he's not taking heed of my advice since that area is mainly hidden under clothes, and he doesn't care for it much at the moment, but he will, in time!

I suggest getting a sample for your teen to try. Hopefully, they'll get the same results. Good Luck!

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