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.
  • 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

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

Based on 128 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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Paula's Choice SkincareCLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz
 
4.2

(based on 128 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Controls breakouts (15)
  • Works effectively (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Evens skin tone (5)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (7)

Best Uses

  • Breakouts (18)
  • Daily use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (15), Survivalist / minimalist (9)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (16), Oily (10), Dry (3), Normal (3)

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(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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A month in and....no major breakouts!!

                By Jay K. Rene

                from Staten Island, NY

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great Value
                • Lightweight
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                • Greasy
                • Lack Of Absorption
                • Thin Formula

                Best Uses

                • Breakouts
                • Daily Use
                • Oily Skin

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

                After running out of the generic 5% benzoyl peroxide gel my dermatologist prescribed me, I was happy to find this product at the same strength and budget friendly price. Upon using the product for the first time (I use it twice a day, morning and night), I've noticed that my breakouts have been less and less frequent, and when I do get a pimple here or there, it dries up with 1 to 2 days. It keeps my pores relatively smaller and my skin more even and less oily throughout the day (which I'm super happy with!!) The only down side to the product for me is that I do notice the liquidy nature and thinness of the formula which translates to it feeling slightly greasy when I initially put it on. It also takes a while for the formula to absorb into my skin, but once it dries after a couple minutes, my skin feels fresh for the rest of day! I only have to use a pea size amount at a time so I'm sure I'll have another 2 month until I have to re order.

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

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Dry, burning, more breakouts!

                By JoJo

                from Illinois

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Irritates Skin
                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

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

                    I had high hopes for this product as I used a drugstore product with similar active ingredients that worked quite well when I was younger. Maybe it's the change in my skin with age, but this product simply does not work for me. Not only does it not work, it leaves my skin extremely flaky (even with proper moisturizing), burns, and seems to cause MORE breakouts. I will not be using this one again.

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

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