CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
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CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
An effective acne treatment that works immediately to fight stubborn acne, prevent future breakouts and reduce red marks.

CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Based on 130 reviews

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An effective acne treatment that works immediately to fight stubborn acne, prevent future breakouts and reduce red marks.
  • For stubborn acne
  • No harsh ingredients that can cause dry, flaking skin
  • Lightweight lotion sets to a soft matte finish
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Acne Breakouts

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Why is it different?
CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide works on contact to disrupt the causes of acne. Soothing plant extracts calm skin to help skin look calm and soothed. It contains no harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients that can make acne worse. This twice-daily acne solution has a super-light lotion texture that sets to an invisible matte finish, and can even be worn under makeup.
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What does it do?
This oil-free, medicated, ultra-light lotion with 5% benzoyl peroxide helps fight existing acne breakouts and prevent future breakouts on the face or body. It controls excess oil, soothes skin, and visibly calms redness, while its hydrating properties minimize dryness and flaking. It’s even appropriate for skin prone to cystic acne.
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How to use
Apply after cleansing and exfoliating. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce frequency of application to once per day/every other day. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide at the same time. A temporary dark staining of the skin may occur. If accidentally used together, wash the skin with soap and water to remove the staining.

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Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (anti-acne)
Inactive Ingredient: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (skin-soothing), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (stabilizer), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
 
4.2

(based on 130 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Controls breakouts (15)
  • Works effectively (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Evens skin tone (5)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (7)

Best Uses

  • Breakouts (18)
  • Daily use (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (16), Survivalist / minimalist (9)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (16), Oily (12), Dry (3), Normal (3)

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5.0

LOVE this product.....HATE THE PACKAGING!!!

By Kate

from Chicago, IL

About Me Skin Care Professional

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide:

      I absolutely LOVE this product....I use it every day! I started using it when I moved into the city, and started to develop breakouts like never before. I purchased this line, and it helped immensely. I swear by it!!! However, I CANNOT stand the packaging. I REALLY wish they would put it into a bottle with a pump. I have purchased two bottles previously, and both of them have had to be stored with the cap facing up, otherwise the product spills out into the cap. And even so, I knock it over constantly in my skincare cabinet. It's a big mess, a waste of product, and irritating!!! PLEASE CHANGE IT!!!!

      • Skin Type:
      • Oily
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      I tailored it so it doesn't irritate

      By Susie

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enlarged Pores
        • Redness/ Blotchiness
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide:

        Yes, I almost stopped using it when my skin became irritated, but then I read Paulas skincare book and realized I didnt need to use it twice a day every day like I had been. Now I use it once a day, every other day and my skin isnt irritated. This product really works for getting rid of stubborn acne. I had acne from age 12 to age 37, and this is the product that stopped it for good. It's the best benzoyle peroxide on the market, I thinknow (I've tried almost every other kind) Most other benzoyle peroxide products leave a white film and immediately dry my skin out, but this one goes on smoothly and leaves my skin feeling soft but not oily. I will continue buying this as long as I'm alive.

        I do sometimes alternate it with the 2.5% benzoyle peroxide.

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 45-59

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        way too strong for my poor skin

        By Ang

        from Vancouver BC

        About Me Minimalist

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin

        Best Uses

          Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

          Way too strong, I bought this a while ago and after getting a break out tried it again, no dice again it does help with the pimple(s) but then the dry skin and flaking are just as bad! and then it irritates the surrounding skin... hard pass. If you have even remotely sensitve skin don't try this. And I did ease into it as suggested.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 30-44

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Moderately effective but stings

          By Alex

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

            Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

            I first purchased this product as part of the Clear set, but now I only buy the salicylic acid exfoliant because this wasn't worth the skin irritation. It left my skin dry and stinging, even the regular strength version. Also, be warned: THIS PRODUCT WILL BLEACH YOUR CLOTHES AND TOWELS. Wash your hands after using and be careful not to let it drip on your shirt!

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 18-29

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            < 3 < 3 < 3

            By M

            from NY

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • clears breakouts

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • acne breakouts
              • breakouts around the hairline

              Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

              This product is the only thing that cleared my breakouts. I was about to give up on topical treatments and try accutane and then a friend reffered me to paulas choice!!! I think it took about a week and a half for my skin to clear up almost completely.
              I had consistent bumps on my forehead and I would hormonal breakouts on my chin. Now for the first time in years I have clear skin :-) Thank you Paula~!!!!

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Made my pimples worse and caused deep acne pimples!

              By RitaB

              from Philadelphia suburbs

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

              • Causes pimples
              • Irritates Skin
              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

              First of all, I rarely right reviews unless I feel really strongly on a product (good or bad). Every time I have tried this product, this being the 3rd and last, it makes me break out even more and causes deep, cystic like acne pimples. The regular strength version never did this to me. I am 40 years old and never had a problem with cystic acne in my life! So, I DO NOT recommend this product. It broke me out more and did not clear up my face at all, only made a couple pimples turn in to 6 pimples AND the deep kind!! Perhaps there is an ingredient in it that causes me to break out, I simply do not know. I will also add, this is the only new product I added to my skincare routine. The Regular strength always worked fine for me.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 30-44

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bought for son, can see improvement right away.

              By Lana

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clears Pores
              • Lightweight
              • Soothes Skin
              • Works

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

                  I bought this for my son who is 12 and has similar skin to mine. Good tone and just a bit of acne but his pores are beginning to clog a little which is giving him some small red pimples & with whiteheads and he is becoming prone to blackheads.
                  I'm trying to show him ow to take care of his skin so he did a warm cloth to open the pores after he washed is face in the shower. Then we applied this product and after the first use his skin looks much less "congested" clear and glowing and the appearance of blackheads is less.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Normal
                   
                  4.0

                  I can use this one

                  By CB

                  from Madison Wi

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

                    This is the first 5% benzoyl peroxide product that I can use without irritation.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Combination, Combination

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Harsher than I remember

                    By Unknown

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Smells Great

                    Cons

                    • Irritates Skin

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

                      i don't remember it being so harsh on my skin in the past. I've used PC for about 10 years. I love the Clear line, and while it does not eliminate all my acne, it keeps me fairly clear. This treatment lotion worked great in the past. Now my skin get red, irritated and dry, and it bleaches all of my towels. I don't remember this happening in past. Did the formula change?

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Dry, Dry
                      • Age:
                      • 30-44, 37

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The only thing that helped with my acne

                      By A

                      from Estonia

                      About Me Minimalist

                      Pros

                      • Antibacterial
                      • Cures Existing Acne
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Prevents Acne
                      • Quick Results
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                      • A Bit Drying

                      Best Uses

                      • Acne
                      • Acne-prone Skin
                      • Daily Use
                      • Oily Skin
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:

                      I love this stuff! I wouldn't recommend using BHA with this cause I don't really feel a need for this myself and my skin tends to be irritated if I use both. I find benzoyl peroxide way more effective tho.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Oily, Oily
                      • Age:
                      • 16, 18-29

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