07.09.2015
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Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $28
Last Updated:07.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.20
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

If you struggle with stubborn breakouts or blackheads, this liquid exfoliant might just be your new best friend. It contains 2% salicylic acid and is formulated within the appropriate pH range to unclog pores, earning its "extra strength" title by including an ingredient that further enhances penetration for faster, more dramatic results.

Beyond keeping breakouts and blackheads at bay, this formula also helps improve skin tone and texture, as it exfoliates the surface of skin in addition to the pore lining where clogs begin.

Unlike many anti-acne products, this formula does not include irritants such as alcohol, menthol, or fragrance. Better yet, the salicylic acid reduces inflammation while fighting acne-causing bacteria, and its effect is boosted with green tea to calm redness; in fact, the active component of green tea (epigallocatechin gallate) is proving to be a potent anti-acne ingredient, too!

This product is recommended for all skin types experiencing acne, stubborn blackheads, or white bumps. It may just be a game-changer for your breakouts, as it has been for so many other people who previously found nothing worked well, if at all.

Pros:
  • Unclogs pores, helps prevent and clear breakouts.
  • Diminishes blackheads.
  • Liquid consistency suitable for all skin types prone to breakouts.
  • Tames redness with soothing green tea.
  • Improves skin's tone and texture.
Cons:
  • Can leave a slightly tacky finish on initial application.
Claims
Silky, toner-like liquid leaves skin refreshed, soothed, and clarified. Quickly unclogs pores to clear stubborn acne and blackheads. Exfoliates skin and dramatically decreases redness for glowing, even-toned results. Ongoing use guarantees stubborn blemishes won't be a problem. Makes the inflammation and redness from acne a distant memory. Kills acne-causing bacteria. 100% fragrance- and colorant-free; effective pH range of 3.2–3.6.
Ingredients
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

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

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is 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.

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, sagging, 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 (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

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

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.

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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02.17.2015
AMAZING

Started using this after realizing how irritating my current acne care line was. My skin was a disaster. After reading reviews here, I selected a gentle cleanser and this toner, as well as a gentle moisturizer. Changing cleansers alone made a huge difference, but this product took it to the next level. My skin got better within a week! Less irritation, no itching or burning, less red, fewer pimples, hardly any cysts. 6 weeks in and I am a new woman. Thank you.

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Penny P
11.07.2013
Wish I had found this years ago!

An excellent product for acne, but a standout for oily skin. I started with the regular strength, and when I tried the extra-strength, my oily skin really began to normalize. I've truly never experienced this before, even when I did not have breakouts. One of the gentlest, yet most effective, products I've ever found. It's a wonderful thing to use products that give results but that also really make your skin calm, clear and supple over weeks of use. This can really change your skin!

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ZAW
06.27.2013
Raves for this!

This is one of the BEST products I have ever used for combating blemishes and keeping overall skin tone looking smooth and even. I use this every morning and I have seen this toner instantaneoulsy reduce the size and redness of blemishes and breakouts. I have been using this daily since December (with Retin A 3X a week at night) and my skin has never looked better. Feels a little sticky at first, but dries down to a soft smooth finish.

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