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 330 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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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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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

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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).

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

(based on 330 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (218)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (61)
  • Non-greasy (50)
  • Softens skin (31)
  • Soothes skin (27)
  • Moisturizes (11)

Cons

  • Not effective (8)
  • Irritates skin (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (51)
  • Enlarged pores (46)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (29)
  • Sensitive skin (28)
  • Uneven skin tone (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (25), Survivalist / minimalist (17), Beauty expert (9)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (39), Oily (8), Dry (5)

Reviewed by 330 customers

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5.0

Amazing and affordable option!

By Duff

from Austin, TX

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne
    • Breakouts
    • Enlarged Pores

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

    I'm so happy I gave the trial size of this a try- just ordered the full size! I've been using a more expensive salicylic acid product for years (reviewed really well by Beautypedia) just because I could buy it in stores. Last time I ran out I thought I might as well try this less expensive option. And it actually works better! This is the best my skin has looked in a while. I don't have a lot of whiteheads/breakouts, but I get blackheads and clogged pores. This is wonderful at getting rid of those. One warning I would say is because this is SO effective at clearing everything out, it will also get rid of any self tanner you have on lol!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Came quickly and as described, appreciated the free shipping especially.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    2.0

    Really can't feel any difference

    By AL

    from MO

    About Me Beauty Expert

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

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

    From reading the descriptions and researching BHA, this really seems like a great product to me. My expectation was that it would help clear my white heads and prevent acne. However, I've been using it religiously for almost 2 years and I truly can't feel any difference. The white heads on my nose have not shrunk at all. I don't feel like my pores are cleaner or my skin is more radiant/renewed. I really wanted this to work since this is really comfortable to use (not greasy like the white bottled BHAs) but I guess it's not doing anything for me. Neither has any BHA products from PC that I have tried :(

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

    Not for super sensitive, dry skin

    By Devon

    from Portland, OR

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

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

      While this product did help to reduce my acne, if I used it more than 1 time every other day it made my cheeks (where my skin is driest) very rough, dry, and red. Sadly, most of my acne is on my cheeks and the product needs to be used at least once a day to be effective for my skin. I switched over to the pore normalizing cleanser which I can use twice a day, works great, and caused no irritation or dryness. Problem solved!

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      2.0

      I really wish bhas worked for me

      By Becca

      from Pittsburgh, pa

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy

      Cons

      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

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

        I recently had a bout with adult acne and newly diagnosed rosacea. I have done hours and hours of research on skincare and irritating ingredients and I had heard a bha was promising for my skin type. I have tried every Paul's choice bha and have had irritation with all of them. This one gave me several raised red patches within hours of using. Even the Paula's choice sunscreen contains willow bark and that gave me a hive within a few hours. It could just be that I'm allergic to salicylic acid which is a shame.

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

        It prevents breakouts and helps with blackheads

        By Ana

        from Canada

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • blackheads
          • breakouts
          • Redness/ Blotchiness

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

          I have combination skin, and my T-zone has some blackheads. I also have occasional breakouts. I started applying this product every other day and haven't had any breakouts since I started. My blackheads are significantly better and my skin is less red. Honestly, I don't have anything bad to say about this product. If you're doubting, get a sample or a travel size, but definitely try it !

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

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