Review – Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, My Excellent Exfoliant!

You will probably be asking what is alpha hydroxy acid? What can it benefit to your skin? Well scientifically, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is considered one of the most effective exfoliating ingredient ever used in cosmetics nowadays. Therefore, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is nevertheless my favourite daily home-care exfoliant I have used so far.

What is alpha hydroxy acid?

Alpha hydroxy acid, derived from various plant sources (fruit, milk, etc), is a exfoliating acids that includes glycolic, lactic, malic and fruit acids.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together. But AHA may irritate mucous membranes and cause irritation for some people.

Studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to exfoliate is with an 8% to 10% AHA products every night. To be frank with you, it is in fact not easy to find the correct AHA concentration home-care skin care products in the market.

To be truly effective, a 8% or more is required to see result. No point going for anything less than 8%. Although there are many products in the market that claimed to contain AHA, but with the low percentage (usually 2%), it is just another skin-care conspiracy lie. You may think you are doing the right thing for your skin and you achieve nothing or very little.

Sun protection is important

Because AHAs exfoliate sun-damaged skin from the surface of the skin and because this layer imparts some sun protection for skin, there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity after using an AHA. However, wearing a sunscreen eliminates this risk.

Product claims

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel exfoliates dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.


Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, for all skin type, has definitely helped to exfoliate and improve my skin tone effectively. I could immediately see the result after 2 weeks of nightly usage.

During the first few applications, my skin could feel some slight sting which last for a few minutes. I believe is indicating that the product is working.

I have, in fact, not been having my regular microdermabrasion treatment soon after using this product. The great merit about this product is that I can see a great improvement on my rosacea, skin is definitely less red and sensitive. Now my skin is more evenly tone, clearer, smoother and pores are refined.

I can tell my skin is very happy with this product. Every night, I’m always looking forward for this step of daily skin-care regimen. Needless to say, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is definitely a great find!


(can really go crazy without it!)

Will I buy this again? Definitely YES YES YES!!!

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9 Comments on "Review – Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, My Excellent Exfoliant!"

  1. LL says:

    Hi, have you tried the 8% AHA from TDF before?

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi LL,

    I have not tried before, was it good? Just a bit worry that the 8% AHA from TDF is formulated specially for oily & acne skin whilst I have dry skin.

    But I guess I probably will try one day anyway for a product review.

    Thanks so much of highlighting this product to me. :-)

  3. LL says:

    Actually I wanted to ask if you have tried it and see if theres any difference. Lol. I do have clogged pores so I tried the TDF but it didnt help in my opinion but its good oil control. I think dry skin shouldnt use the TDF one cos even I have combination skin, it made my skin peel a bit.

  4. Shirleen says:

    Hi LL,

    Thanks for the feedback on this TDF product. I believe your skin flaking/peel may be due to the peeling agents and antiseptics formulated for oily skin products. In fact, one of the harmful ingredient in the product I have found is Chlorhexidine. It is an antiseptic which can cause irritation.

    If you have oily and combination skin, you may want to consider using 1% – 2% BHA instead. This is because AHAs cannot penetrate oil and therefore cannot get into the pore lining. BHA can penetrate oil and therefore can get into the pore where it can improve and repair pore function while dissolving blockages of dead skin cells and oil that contribute to blackheads and acne. :-)

  5. LL says:

    Thanks for the reply. Yup, I’m currently using the 2% BHA by Paula’s Choice right now. Initially I thought AHA would be able to help but I read online that BHA is able to help more. So now, I’m using BHA and scrubbing my face more often and hopefully it will be able to get rid of them.

  6. Shirleen says:

    I’m glad that you’re using the right product, hopefully it will work for you. :-)

  7. Myo says:

    Hi Shirleen
    Is it ok to follow any serum after using PC 2%BHA on my acnes prone skin ? And it is only for night ?

  8. Shirleen says:

    Hi Myo,

    Sure, you can apply any serum after PC 2%BHA for your acne prone skin. I will recommend to use the 2%BHA only at night.

  9. Demi L says:

    I can’t use anything with AHA or beta-hydroxy acids, I don’t have any sun damage to fix, I don’t have lines or wrinkles- I just needed a good exfoliator to use before applying my makeup everyday, one that was emollient enough not to irritate my face, but strong enough to sweep away the flaky skin that comes with my dry skin type.

    I’m not wild about fomy cleansers, and Made from Earth’s Rooibos Tea Face Scrub doesn’t get out-of-control w/ that. it has caused no breakouts, no redness and overall, keeps the flaky dry skin away. For the price, very good quality, and the packaging keep it fresh & unoxidized.

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