CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
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CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hy

CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Based on 200 reviews

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This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hydration for healthy, flake-free skin.
  • For stubborn acne
  • Unclogs blackheads and minimizes pore size
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores, Acne Breakouts, Blackheads

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    4 oz
    $29.00
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    $8.00

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Why is it different?

CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid has a potent acne-fighting formula that immediately reduces blackheads, pimples, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores and calming redness.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5–4.0.

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What does it do?
Say no to harsh scrubs that do more harm than good to skin. This non-irritating anti-acne powerhouse exfoliates dead skin in the most gentle, non-abrasive way possible. There are no harsh ingredients of any kind that can cause more problems for your skin. Its silky fluid texture leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. Even suitable for skin prone to cystic acne.
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How to use

Apply once or twice daily after cleansing. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, issue 3, pages 170-6

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%
Inactive Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

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Paula's Choice SkincareCLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz
 
4.0

(based on 200 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Softens skin (23)
  • Non-greasy (21)
  • Soothes skin (13)
  • Moisturizes (4)

Cons

  • Greasy (8)
  • Irritates skin (8)
  • Not effective (5)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (32)
  • Enlarged pores (23)
  • Uneven skin tone (18)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (15)
  • Sensitive skin (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (17), Beauty expert (7), Survivalist / minimalist (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (16), Oily (9), Dry (5)

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5.0

Helped Clear Up My Acne

By Savannah

from Michigan

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Breakouts
    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Redness/Blotchiness
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

    I am 23 and I have adult, cystic acne. I started using the extra strength acne products and they completely cleared up my acne. I still get occasional break outs but my transformation has been amazing. If your out reading this and you have adult acne, invest in this product. It might change your life like it did mine.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    The product is good, but the packaging is trash.

    By Marek

    from Poland

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

    • Irritates skin

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

    It's okay, I feel like it works the same as 2% BHA Liquid, but the packaging is THE worst. It leaks so much no matter how careful you are with closing the lid. I think it leeks out from inside out of the cap... quite annoying. I didn't get rid of my blackheads sadly... which is a bummer, because for some people it works like a charm.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Works!

    By Atl49587

    from Atlanta, GA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Reduces blemishes
    • Smooths skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores

      Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

      This product is a bit drying, but I still had to give it 5 stars because it really works for me. I've seen a drastic reduction in my acne since I started using it 4 weeks ago. It only took about one week to see a difference. I've tried many other products for acne, and none of them have worked as well as this one.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Husband Actually Noticed When I Ran Out!

      By MDK

      from Toronto, Ontario

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Reduces scaliness
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Redness/Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

        I have been using this product for a while now, and when my replacement order was delayed, I had to go a few weeks not using it every am and pm. And my husband actually noticed that my redness was more pronounced than usual! This is easy to use, and there is nothing else out there on the market. It also keeps my pores clear. Can't say it shrinks my pores (what does?!) but it is great stuff.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I have been a Paula's Choice fan/customer for years and never had a problem with an order or delivery. However, when I ordered this this time, after several weeks my order did not arrive. I contacted Customer Service and in less than one day they sent me a replacement right away. Awesome service!

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        AMAZING product, packaging not to be trusted

        By Sara

        from Stevens Point, WI

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Softens Skin

        Cons

        • Packaging

        Best Uses

          Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

          My skin loves this product. My gym bag? Not so much. This product works nothing short of a miracle on my skin that has been acne-prone since the age of 13 (I'm 38 now, so that's... a lot of years). However... DO NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT ANYWHERE! The container is not watertight. Most mornings, I get ready for work at the gym. Assuming that a high-end product would come packaged in a high-end container, I put it in my gym bag so that I could use it. Lo and behold... expensive puddle on the bottom of my bag. Much sadness ensued, and now I can only use it at night because keeping it secure and upright in my gym bag is just not a realistic expectation.

          Still, amazing product that has worked wonders on my skin; the liquid itself is five-star.

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great product, terrible packaging

          By SR

          from Sydney

          Pros

          • Clears skin
          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

          • Bottle leaks

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

          I use this morning and night before sunscreen/moisturiser. It works great and helps to keep my acne and milia at bay. Big problem though - you can't take it away with you because it leaks everywhere!!! Please fix the bottle - I travel with my toner all the time with the screw cap lid - no issues. A bottle like that would solve a lot of problems.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A game changer for my skin

          By kellymwalter

          from Falls Church, VA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Moisturizes
          • Softens Skin
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

            I've been using this exfoliant for a few years. This combined with other products either from the Paula's Choice line, or products she recommends, has COMPLETELY changed my skin. I have struggled with acne since I was 14 or so, and have never have great skin. Even into my late 20's I was still having issues. At 35 now, my skin is by far the best its ever been - I regularly get compliments on my skin now, which sometimes is just hard to believe! I use this product twice a day and its very soothing. Even if I get a pimple now and then, its not some crazy swollen monster - any blemishes that do show up are small and under control. This exfoliant in particular is nice - there don't seem to be any comparable products available from other brands. I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice!!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great product, poor packaging

            By M-A

            from Calgary, Canada

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne
              • Daily Use
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

              I love this product, it works wonderfully. The problem? I travel alot and am an avid gym goer. . . I need to carry this around. It's the same with the regular strength bottle- they leak! Everywhere!

              I'm trying to find a different product to use now that I can carry around.

              Please fix the bottle!

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Too Strong, Regular BHA Too Weak

              By teethnclaws

              from Lexington, Ky

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Irritates skin
                • Not Effective

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                  I guess I'm one of those unfortunate individuals that the more I age, the more sensitive my skin is getting. The only upside is the less stuff I use the better off I am - otherwise it's cystic acne city. I had been using the PC acne line of products, but found the regular version of this BHA to be ineffectual. So, I went to using this one. It seemed to be suitable and worked well with my skin up until recently. I started to have nasty breakouts on areas of my face I'd not had acne on before. I decided to stop using everything and went back to simply washing with a very basic wash, I use a little BP 2.5%, and I moisturize (with/without sunscreen night, day). Other than a light BB cream during the day (PC brand), I don't use any foundations or additional topical products. Once I eliminated this Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant from my regime, my acne cleared right up. What sucks is when I would buy this, I did it in bulk when PC had a good sale. Now I'm stuck with two unopened bottles that are otherwise worthless to me because I'm passed the return for refund period.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't live without it

                  By Chris

                  from Lexington, KY

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Makeup Friendly
                  • Softens Skin

                  Cons

                  • Greasy

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores

                  Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                  I have persistent adult acne. This controls my breakouts to once a month. If I switch to any other 2% product, I get breakouts during the month. I use it in the morning. It does leave a sticky film on your skin, but I let it dry before putting on my other products - antioxidant serum and then sunscreen. It works very well with makeup. I only wish this came in a supersize because I use probably 1.5 bottles a month.

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