Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
2.25 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This anti-acne treatment's major benefit comes from 5% benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne-causing bacteria and stops stubborn blemishes in their tracks. Unlike many other benzoyl peroxide treatments, this one's fragrance-free formula takes things a step further by also including soothing anti-irritants to help skin heal and reduce the red marks caused by breakouts. Plus, this does not include common irritants like menthol, alcohol, or peppermint, which only make matters worse!

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment has a lightweight, lotion-like texture, leaves an invisible matte finish, and wears under makeup without a hitch.

This works great for all skin types struggling with stubborn, persistent acne, teens and adults alike, and regular use can significantly improve your acne-prone skin.

Tip: Some may experience dryness when they first start using a benzoyl peroxide product; if you do, then reduce the frequency of application as needed.

  • 5% benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and prevents future breakouts.
  • Fragrance-free formula with soothing anti-irritants heals skin and reduces red marks.
  • Lightweight, lotion-like texture leaves an invisible matte finish.
  • Suitable for all skin types struggling with stubborn acne.
  • Some may experience dryness on initial use or if applied too often.

Instantly eliminates acne-causing bacteria so acne lesions heal faster. Skin-caring lotion texture feels soothing and sets to a matte finish. Specialized anti-irritants reduces redness. Potent yet gentle formula works without needless irritation.


Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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I have been using this consistently for 6 weeks and my skin is only getting worse(breakouts are occuring more frequently)at least one new pimple almost every day and they always leave a dark mark even thought I don't pop them and my cheeks haven't looked this bad (almost only my cheeks-mostly one side) I'm Gentle, use sunscreen and even retinol and try to keep skin moisturizerd. I also use the bha recommended. Only the 9% helps significantly but not always. Suggestions? So far this is not good

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Delia K
Beautypedia Team Response

Hey, Delia! Thanks for your feedback on this product. I'm going to forward this comment on to the Paula's Choice Customer Service department (along with your e-mail) so that they can reach out to you with some assistance =)

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