Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
2.25 fl. oz. for $17
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This anti-acne treatment contains 2% benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne-causing bacteria and prevents future breakouts. It's formulated in a lightweight lotion base that sets to a soft matte finish and it contains soothing anti-irritants. This combination means it can remain effective against acne-causing bacteria while being gentle on skin.

Regular use will lead to significant improvement for anyone struggling with stubborn, persistent acne, and it also can help reduce the red marks left over from acne.

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.

  • Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and prevents future breakouts.
  • Anti-irritants soothe skin and help reduce the red marks left over from acne.
  • Fragrance-free lightweight lotion 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.

Works immediately to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Super-light lotion texture feels great and sets to a matte finish. Specialized anti-irritants reduce redness.


Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (anti-bacterial agent). Inactive: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (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.

Member Comments
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No way

This caused clogged pores, irritation and very red, dry skin. I can't return it. I have not been happy with anything ive ordered from Paula's choice.

Reviewed by
Cassandra C.
Beautypedia Team Response

I'm so sorry to hear that this product did not work as expected.  Be sure to get in touch with Paula's Choice's customer service team and they can sort this out for you with a refund or exchange :)

Very effective

This is such an effective treatment but surprisingly isn't overdrying. I put this on morning and night and have noticed a huge difference in the amount of acne I have as well as dark marks. It applies and dries nicely.

Reviewed by
Laura H.
Keeps Us Clear

I previously used Oxy10 & ProActive Solution but switched to this product when my son started complaining that the other two were drying out his skin and making his acne worse. This product hasn't dried out his (or my oily) skin and keeps acne at bay. He only uses it when he experiences a breakout even though I've explained that it's better to use it every night as a preventative but he's 17 and he knows it all (haha) and doesn't listen to me. I use We've been using it several months. Works fab.

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It worked the first few times......then........I had a bad reaction and had a red circle on my cheek for over a week. All I did was apply a small amount to a small blemish. I woke up to a red splotch. I do not understand. Makes no sense to me at all. I don't get many zits so I had only used it one other time with fantastic results. I cannot recall if I used bha or aha either of the times. Maybe it reacted badly with that. Call me confused. Scared to try it again. Usually used proactive.

Reviewed by
Sandi J.
worked right away

I put it on my zit and it was diminished by morning. I used it again the next night and it was gone. I am thrilled with this product. I use after skin care regiment. Will buy this a again. But it will last as I do not get many blemishes. Go Paula's Choice team. Keep up the above average ( by far ) work.

Reviewed by
Sandi J.
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