PC4Men Soothe + Smooth Treatment 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid)

What It Does:
  • Removes old skin cells on the skin’s surface & inside the pore
  • Unclogs & Shrink Enlarged Pores
  • Reshapes Pore Lining
  • Improve Skin Cell Turnover Rate
  • Soothes redness & softens skin
  • Increases Collagen Production

Who This Product Is For

PC4MEN Soothe + Smooth is recommended for any man who wants smooth, bump-free skin, an even skin tone, and to look good and younger. This is both an exfoliant and aftershave.

How It Compares
  • This water-light fluid calms redness, doesn’t sting even a little, softens skin, vanquishes redness, and minimizes signs of aging.
  • Additionally, BHA has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria. That makes it a good complement to any benzoyl-peroxide based acne treatment.
  • 2% is commonly the right strength, unless you have sensitive skin.
  • This exfoliant is less acidic than the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid, and is slightly runnier in texture.
  • 1% Calm BHA Exfoliant offers similar benefits for a more sensitive friendly dose.
  • 4% BHA Exfoliant offers a stronger dose in a foaming liquid texture.
  • The Skin Perfecting Range offers a Gel (Oily skin), Liquid(Combination and Normal) or Lotion (Dry Skin) variant.
  • Skin Perfecting 2% BHA is also a liquid, which is slightly less runny.
  • The Soothe & Smooth is formulated with a richer blend of antioxidants than the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA range.
  • This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5-4.0, which is less acidic than the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid.
  • This exfoliant has the exact same formulation as the RESIST 2% BHA Pore Refining Treatment.

Key Ingredients

  • Function
    Skin Types
    Skincare Routine
    After Toner, Before Serum
    Allergy Information
  • Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (anti-aging cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant),Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents),Glycereth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent)


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  • Use twice daily after cleansing or shaving. It can also be used on days you don’t shave. For daytime, follow with PC4MEN Daytime Protect SPF 30. At night, follow with PC4MEN Nighttime Repair. Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your PC4Men products can be found in our Men's Skincare article.
  • Is this just a fancy after-shave? I don’t think I need that…do I?

    You can think of this as an after-shave, but we’d rather you didn’t! That’s because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is so much more! Yes, it soothes skin and reduces redness right after shaving, but it also helps fight breakouts, signs of aging, and significantly improves skin texture—something no other post-shave product can do! Soothe + Smooth is for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts. It’s formulated for all skin types.

    Do I need this if I rarely shave or use an electric razor just to keep my beard trimmed?

    You can still benefit tremendously from daily use of PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. It should be applied all over your face and neck, morning and night, to keep your skin clear, smooth, and younger-looking. Soothe + Smooth also works great for facial redness, whether from shaving or other issues like acne or rosacea. After using it for a few days you will see the results in the mirror!

    Why do I need to follow with sunscreen during the day? Is it really that important?

    You may not be used to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, but if you’re interested in keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and a leathery, mottled texture, daily SPF is a must. We know men don’t want a daytime product that they can feel on their face, which is why PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 practically disappears on skin. You won’t know it’s there, but you’ll see the difference today and years from now.

    Also, because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth exfoliates skin, it’s important to keep this new, healthier skin protected from UV damage. Think of it like staining your deck to protect the wood, it’s far better to prevent and stop damage than to deal with deteriorating wood later.

    How is PC4Men Soothe + Smooth different from the other Paula’s Choice facial exfoliants?

    Our PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is actually identical to our Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA but packaged to be part of the PC4Men line. We chose to use this formula for the guys because of its anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients that work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Simply put, it’s a great formula to use on freshly shaved skin. This product is also completely weightless and is specially formulated to be non-drying.

    What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?

    No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (re: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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