A non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant that gently smooths away dull build-up and unclogs pores while preserving skin’s delicate barrier.
Unclogs and visibly refines pores
Soothes skin and reduces redness
Gentle on skin
1% BHA Exfoliant’s new & improved hydrating formula is packed with skin-soothing ingredients that target the underlying causes of sensitivity. Get all the results of an anti-ageing BHA in an extra-gentle form that even rosacea-prone skin can use. Skin-healing allantoin offers additional soothing benefits.
The bottle for this full-sized product is made from 96% recycled material (excluding cap and pump).
Because skincare works best when it suits your skin type.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and wait 15-30 minutes. Select what you see and how you feel.
Primarily an exfoliant, helps to shed dead skin on the surface and inside the pore, therefore effective for reducing breakouts and blackheads. It also has soothing properties.
Helps to rebuild and repair the skin’s microbiome, enabling skin to create more of the protective substances it needs to be most healthy
Northern Truffle (Albatrellus Confluens Mushroom Extract)
Also known as Northern Truffle, this wild mushroom is proving to be very helpful for soothing reddened, sensitised skin.
Aqua (Solvent), Methylpropanediol (Solvent), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Emolient), C15-19 Alkane (Solvent), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), Salicylic Acid (Skin conditioning agent), Propanediol (Solvent), Inulin (Humectant), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin conditioning agent), Allantoin (Skin conditioning agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (Emulsifying agent), Sorbitan Isostearate (Emulsifying agent), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Skin conditioning agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Laminaria Digitata Extract (Humectant), Albatrellus Confluens (Mushroom) Extract (Skin conditioning agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Skin conditioning agent), Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (Skin conditioning agent), Galactoarabinan (Film former), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Schizophyllan (Humectant), Maltodextrin (Skin conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative).
How to use an exfoliant
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a grape-sized amount over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
If you have a salicylate allergy, check with your physician before using any products that contain salicylic acid.
While all Paula’s Choice BHA (salicylic acid) products are non-abrasive and exfoliate the skin's surface, the CALM 1% BHA Sensitive Skin Exfoliant was specifically formulated with redness and reactivity in mind. This product not only exfoliates and smooths skin, but it also works to improve signs of sensitivity. It's a great example of an expert multitasker.
While both contain 1% salicylic acid along with other soothing ingredients, the new CALM 1% BHA Sensitive Skin Exfoliant has a thinner, cream-gel texture that’s more hydrating. It also contains a broader array of soothing ingredients such as northern truffle (mushroom), prickly pear and double the amount of skin-healing allantoin that work together to target the underlying and outward causes of sensitive/reactive skin, while removing dull build-up and decongesting pores.
It’s best to gradually build up use of a BHA product. Start by using once every other day and then increase usage to once or twice daily based on your skin’s response. Experiment to see what suits your skin best. During the day, always use a moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
Yes. In fact, the soothing formula of the CALM 1% BHA Sensitive Skin Exfoliant works with any topical prescription medication used for managing symptoms of rosacea. Apply the CALM 1% BHA Sensitive Skin Exfoliant after cleansing and toning and then follow with your night-time moisturiser (or apply as directed by your doctor). It’s also an option to apply your prescription product at night and the 1% BHA during the day. For daytime, be sure to follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or greater. If you’re new to salicylic acid, start small with 2-3 times per week and work up to daily application as needed.
Which BHA strength you opt to use should be based on your skin type and severity of your concerns. The CALM 1% BHA Sensitive Skin Exfoliant is ideal for extra-sensitive skin and likely will be all you need to improve any surface texture or pore congestion issues you may be experiencing.
How does a BHA exfoliant work?
For sensitive skin: the CALM collection
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