CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
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CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimizes pores and fades red marks from past breakouts.

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

Based on 325 reviews

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This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimizes pores and fades red marks from past breakouts.
  • For mild to moderate acne
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads

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    $27.00
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    $8.00

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Why is it different?
CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid immediately goes to work fighting mild to moderate acne. The lightweight texture leaves you feeling like there’s nothing on your face, yet delivers powerful anti-acne benefits all day or all night long. Ongoing use leads to significantly clearer, smoother skin without 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 leave-on exfoliant works to reduce blackheads, white bumps and acne by unclogging pores and calming redness. There are no harsh ingredients that can cause more problems for your skin. Appropriate even 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

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-22

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

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

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Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid 2%
Inactive: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (hydration), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Panthenol (hydration), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Methyl Gluceth-20 (hydration), Glycereth-26 (texture-enhancing), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

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CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
 
4.3

(based on 325 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (216)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (56)
  • Non-greasy (47)
  • Softens skin (31)
  • Soothes skin (27)
  • Moisturizes (11)

Cons

  • Not effective (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (50)
  • Enlarged pores (45)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (28)
  • Sensitive skin (28)
  • Uneven skin tone (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (22), Survivalist / minimalist (17), Beauty expert (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (34), Oily (8), Dry (5)

Reviewed by 325 customers

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5.0

Must Have Product

By Learner of Skincare

from Minnesota

About Me Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Clears Acne
  • Clears Pores
  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Non-Irritating
  • Reduced Texture of Skin
  • Reduces Enlarged Pores

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid:

    Basically this product is amazing. I had never tried a leave in exfoliater so I wasn't sure how that worked. After just a couple uses I noticed right away the texture of my skin was smoother and my breakouts were smaller and not so red. After using this for almost 2 months now twice a day (along w/ PC calm cleanser, vitamin c booster and calm moisturizer) my acne scarring has faded so well, my pores are reduced in size and my skin is incredibly soft and does not feel gross with built up oil and dead skin. I don't mind the the packaging at all I use a cotton pad or toilet paper and use maybe 5-7 drops which covers my whole face well. After going through a season of pretty bad breakouts within the last year and have done a lot research and testing of products and I can say this product has been a game changer for me. Exfoliating without irritating my skin and doing everything the product claims to do is awesome! I would recommend any PC BHA or AHA exfoliant to anyone to keep skin clear and clean and it helps other skincare products do their job that much better.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Whenever I talk to a representative they are always quick to listen and they know what they are talking about. My products have always arrived within 3-5 business days after purchasing.

    • Skin Type:
    • Oily
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    4.0

    Worked on a very stubborn blackhead in just one week.

    By Heni

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Minimalist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores

      Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid:

      I had a stubborn blackhead on the bridge of my nose that actually closed. I tried squeezing it out but it was really stuck in there so I just gave up, to not damage or bruise my skin. I bought the travel size just to test it out, after applying it daily for a week, the blackhead opened up and I was able to squeeze it out. UGH! What a relief that was! I haven't seen drastic changes on the pores on my cheeks but I hope it's working there just like it did with that blackhead on my nose. I'm a really skeptical person so if I would suggest this for clogged pores and blackheads, you should do like I did and try the travel size at least.

      Service and delivery comments:

      It got lost in the mail the first time but they sent me a second one once I let them know. All via email, very easy to deal with.

      • Skin Type:
      • Oily
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      4.0

      Works but not perfect

      By Allen

      from York, PA

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

        I used this product and for the first several weeks it worked great. It did cut down on the blemishes but did not remove all of them.

         
        4.0

        Great Product, Terrible packaging

        By Hilary

        from Victoria, BC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

            Works well, my skin is smoother and more even. My only complaint is that the bottle is terrible. It leaks everywhere every time I travel and I've lost half the product. I ended up putting it in a hotel shampoo bottle instead. Please change it to a screw top bottle!

             
            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Jujube's mom

            from Central Massachusetts

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

              My daughter had recurring acne on her forehead and we tried other brands of cleansers and treatments first. Then, since I am a regular Paula's Choice customer for myself, I looked at the options and found the Clear Exfoliant and Clear Cleanser. Wow, they worked well and worked fast! Inside of a week or so, her forehead was clear, but not overly dry, and she felt was pleased and very confident. Cleared up just in time for her to be a bridesmaid in a wedding. Now she uses the cleanser every day but the exfoliant every couple of days for maintenance. Wonderful, quality, effective products.

              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Blackheads are GONE

              By Savanna

              from Dallas, Tx

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                I've had blackheads that covered my chin and nose since I hit puberty 13 years ago and literally NOTHING has helped get rid of them at all until this product. After a week of use, I looked in the mirror today and realized I had no more blackheads AT ALL on my chin and barely any on my nose. Seriously a miracle product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best exfoliant but poor packaging

                By Marina

                from Honolulu, HI

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Smells Great
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                • Poor packaging

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Redness/Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                This exfoliant control my breakouts. But please change the cap. Twisted cap is better to avoid leaking.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Prevents breakouts- but does not budge clogged pores

                By Julia

                from Connecticut

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Redness/Blotchiness
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                  I use this product about 3-4 times a week. My skin is too sensitive to be using it anymore than that. I began using on August 2016, and have repurchased it twice in the duration of 8 months.

                  After using this product, I noticed that my breakouts are not as severe as they used to be. About once a month, I would break out in large, red pimples around my forehead and my cheeks. Now, the breakouts aren't as bad as they used to be, but I still have them. Granted, I am 17 years old, so hormonal acne naturally occurs and is nearly impossible to 'cure'

                  I would say that the BHA exfoliant, alongside Paula's Choice BP regular strength, work great when reducing acne. However, they do not remove clogged pores.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Always delivered on time

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  LOVE this product

                  By Happy Customer

                  from Los Angeles

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Softens Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                    I never write product reviews but figured it was time to finally write about how much I love this product. I've suffered from mainly hormonal breakouts for as long as I can remember (I'm 28 now). I've tried everything in the drugstore and have experimented with various "natural" approaches. I finally tried this product, along with the face wash and blemish cream, and absolutely fell in love. My skin GLOWS. I still get an occasional pimple but nothing worth stressing over. I hardly wear makeup now and definitely don't need foundation. I started with the full Clear collection and have realized that for my skin, I really only need this exfoliant. Occasionally I need the blemish cream, but I haven't have to replace it for at least 6 months. Two years ago I NEVER would've thought all I needed was a single product, but turns out, this one is my secret weapon. HIGHLY recommend.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Effective but sticky

                    By Alex

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:

                    I'm in my late 20s and started having breakouts again last year, so I purchased the whole Clear line from Paula's. Of the 3 products in the set, this one has been the most effective at clearing up breakouts. My only complaints are that it leaves my face sticky for a couple hours after applying it (other reviewers seem to say the opposite, so maybe it's just how the product interacts with my skin) and it runs out way faster than the other 2 products in the set. So if you buy the Clear set, buy an extra bottle of the exfoliant, and if you buy it alone, get 2 at a time. Also, I started purchasing the regular strength instead of extra strength after I realized they both have 2% salicylic acid.

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