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

I can see clearly. Keep stubborn breakouts and red marks at bay with this maximum pore-penetrating salicylic acid acne formula. Silky liquid leaves skin refreshed, clarified.
Item #: 621
  • Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Redness
  • For All Skin Types
  • Salicylic acid fights acne-causing bacteria

For best results use with the complete Clear Anti-Acne Kit

Please Note: Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

79 out of 100
(Based on 128 Reviews)
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  1. Amy B.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Has really helped smooth my skin!
    • I am halfway through my second bottle of this stuff and it has really helped smooth my skin and has begun to fade all the acne scarring and sun spots on my face. Even the deeper "pocks" that I had along my jawline from scarring have basically disappeared! I still breakout but this helps the breakouts disappear faster. The only complaint I have about it is that it leaves a greasy feel to your skin so I only use it at night and use the lotion during the day instead.

  2. Y. L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I have oily skin with an adult acne. So I thought it would be the best solution. I purchased the full version, without trying a sample first. And now I'm regreting about this. I used it not every day, because it's too strong. But this didn't work. My skin become red and flaky. I used it for about 3 weeks and then decided to stop. My skin is still in bad condition. Maybe the redness become a bit little, but still. Also my acne and breakouts are still on my face. I really wanted it worked for me

  3. Ashley M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Made My Skin WORSE!
    • I ordered the 3 step extra strength acne system because I have bad adult acne on my face. After a month of using the set not only did my face not get better, it got worse. I decided to cut this step out just to see if it was the problem and within 3 days my skin cleared up. I don't know if I have an allergy to salicylic acid or what, but I will not be repurchasing this. The cleanser and treatment are all I need.

  4. R.G.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I have extremely oily skin, large pores, and much redness. After spending so much $$ on various products with minimal to no results, I had pretty much accepted I was stuck with it. Then I tried this product. I was so completely amazed at the difference in just 2 weeks! Redness and pore size greatly reduced! Some areas tend to get a little flaky, so I only treat those spots every other day.

  5. Poe
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Loved it at first
    • It was pretty great at first as an exfoliate especially on monthly acne breakouts. Then it stopped working, which isn't really PC's fault, a lot of skin products do that. I tried not using it for 2 weeks and went back but the initial results never returned. I never did understand how and why this is supposed to reduce any redness. It's fine as a gentle exfoliate but the redness reduction claim is far fetched in my opinion.

  6. Robert D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Absolutely Amazing!
    • It's amazing how much of a difference this made on my acne, and post red marks! Definitely will be a staple in my routine!

  7. Cloe J.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Product, but seriously for severe acne
    • I had been using a 2% bha lotion prior to using this, so I though I would be able to handle this "Extra Strength" version twice daily. In the past few days I've been using this, my skin has been flaky, dry, and red. Definitely not what I was expecting! Of course I regret using this twice a day from the beginning, BUT luckily my skin is adjusting to it. My advice is to try Regular Strength first, and if its not strong enough to try this. Otherwise, this is a great product!

  8. Rachel D
    Reviewed on Monday, September 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I love this stuff! But..
    • Worked great for me! I got the trial size reg. strength first and that worked fine but I got the stronger stuff and my skin has been 80% clearer. The only thing, is that my skin has been so dry, (flaking and tight). I have to moisturize twice a day and can only use this at night. I am using the extra strength spot as well so that isn't helping. I have oily, sensitive, olive skin tone with mostly just the hormone breakouts. Recommendations?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 08, 2014

    You should consider alternating between the stronger BHA exfoliant and a weaker one, such as our 1% BHA Lotion. Or, consider switching to our 2% BHA Lotion, which has a slower rate of penetration into pores than the Liquid you're using. Next option is to apply the exfoliant every other night, and only to breakout-prone areas. Please contact us via phone or email if you have additional questions.

    —Admin
  9. Kailey H
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail
    • I have combination/ oily, acne-prone skin, and this is my Holy Grail product. I began using it four months ago, and I remember the results were almost instantaneous. Now I use it twice daily, and it has played a key role in my acne being mostly under control (knock on wood). I do find that it isn't too drying so long as I use a daily AHA as well-- and the results are just incredible. Apply with your hands as not to waste product, as it is pricey (but I think worth it).

  10. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    too drying
    • Update: too drying. I'm currently on retin a 3 months in. Retin a is very strong on its own. So my skin started feeling tight an irritated. I stopped using this for 3 dys and my skin was brighter and healthier. So I used it again toda and I'm back to feeling tight and dry and alil dull looking. But its still a good product just not for my retin a laden skin. I use retin a at nite and this during the day wit a serum plus spf.

  11. Shelin C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Super acne containment solution
    • Been using it for 2-3 yrs now, and has done a very impressive job in controlling my acne-prone areas, despite previous poor facial routine (just washing with bathing soap, i have since graduated from this bad habit after graduating from uni thanks to paula's choice influence :3). Helped control, and reduced stubborn little acne on my forehead upon a week of using, when i just started. Have since had little acne problems upon habitual use.

  12. teethnclaws
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Resolved My Cystic Acne
    • I battle with very fair, sensitive, oily, cystic acne prone skin (painful nodules appear and discolor the jaw line on one side of my face); very noticeable and embarrassing. I found a combination of stress and the products I used exasperated the condition. Yet after nearly 2 decades of experimenting and after 6+ months of regular use, THIS along with a basic face wash, did the trick - MY FACE IS CLEAR. I will be sending PC before/after pics.

  13. Kenya T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Definitely the All-star of the Acne Kit!
    • I've had to take nearly 5 months off from Modeling due to a severe Acne and Eczema outbreak that has plagued me for about 9 months now. I tried the Acne 2wk Trial Kit, and my skin is at LEAST 70% clearer and smoother! The BHA was the 1st to run out, and I freaked out! I'm on an Artist budget so I just repurchased a 2nd Trial Sized bottle... but best believe I will be saving up on the side so I can have a full sized one with a back up arsenal! ;)

  14. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for me!
    • I love this product. It's gentle and effective, what more do you need?

  15. Julie C
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AWESOME!
    • I love this stuff! It changed my face. Not only did I stop getting breakouts, it faded red marks as it promised. I have cystic acne and this was a life saver. I can finally swim and not be scared to get my face wet for fear of revealing my acne. I agree the consistency is different than the normal CLEAR exfoliant, but I had no issues with that. It will absorb and after applying moisturizer your skin will feel smooth. Thanks Paula, I wish I found this sooner.

  16. Annie K.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not bad, but not really for me
    • I wish this had worked for me, it did a little but not as well as I would have liked. I like how this did help a bit with the constant pustules I wake up to, when I used this over one that had been extracted it would be gone within 5 days, and I also liked how it was oddly moisturizing, my skin didn't feel dry and tight after I used it. Unfortunately it didn't work on my blackheads or problem pustules that plague the majority of my face and did cause my skin to sting a bit, but nothing awful.

  17. Marie F.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver!!!
    • I have skin that is fairly volatile and have struggled for years trying to find a way to prevent the terrible breakouts I am periodically plagued with. I started using this twice daily a year ago and it has been like a miracle. I have not had a single serious breakout since then, plus it has made my skin softer, smoother,and more even toned. I get compliments all the time on having a healthy glow! Thank you for such a wonderful product, it has honestly been a lifesaver for me!

  18. SABRINA G.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Too strong for sensitive skin
    • Note: I have sensitive extreme combination skin. For 3 days I used it morning / night with the Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and saw no reduction in oil/pore size but by the 3rd day my nose and cheeks were severely flaking. I stopped using this product for 7+ days and my skin went back to its normal full onset oil within 60 minutes. I used this product again this morning and it stings and feels too dry... 3 stars because it may be amazing for you, but is not good for sensitive skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, June 16, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your experience! We agree, this exfoliant seems too strong for your skin; however, many of our customers with sensitive skin report being able to use this daily without issue. We suspect your skin will do better with one of our 1% BHA formulas or our Regular Strength CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution. Please contact us to discuss this and plan an exchange.

    —Admin
  19. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver
    • I've been dealing with acne all my life.I was using proactiv but that wasn't helping with my clogged pores. I've also just started using retin a about 3 wks ago and wanted a bha in my routine. So I decided to try this. Ive only been using it for a week but in that short amt of time my skin has improved a great deal. I'm glad I found PC products. I believe she cares about people skin care. Will continue to try other products from her line.

  20. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver
    • I've been dealing with acne all my life.I was using proactiv but that wasn't helping with my clogged pores. I've also just started using retin a about 3 wks ago and wanted a bha in my routine. So I decided to try this. Ive only been using it for a week but in that short amt of time my skin has improved a great deal. I'm glad I found PC products. I believe she cares about people skin care. Will continue to try other products from her line.

  21. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product
    • I started out looking up reviews on beautypedia and investagating Paula's products. I decided to try this out. I love it. My acne heals faster and my skin is more even toned. I use it every other day because using it everyday made my face feel tight. I also use retin a every night.I trust Paula because she truly cares about people skin issues and not just out to make money.I can't wait to try more products from her line.God bless you Paula and your business.

  22. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product
    • I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. I used to use this product as a toner/BHA combo product, back when I was still in the process of getting my skin "under control". I loved it then. I have since changed my routine, and use a separate toner and two different PC BHAs for different times/purposes. However, this product was great when I needed it, no doubt.

  23. Jason B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Very Odd
    • It's got such an odd, almost oily, texture but I kept telling myself it's got the acid in it so don't worry. It's just not a texture I'm used to. It's very slippery, which I've never encountered in any sort of acne toner before. Usually acne products feel more like alcohol and more drying, but this felt a bit like very light baby oil on my skin. I don't feel clean after using it. For nowI'll just keep telling myself it has acid, it has acid, it has acid, everything will be alright. We shall see!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Jason! The CLEAR Extra Strength 2% Salicylic Acid formula does have a unique consistency, which is attributed to its penetration enhancers. However, it doesn't actually contain oil, so you won't find any extra, unwanted moisture from it's use. Alcohol-based formulas can certainly have a negative impact on skin, especially acne-related inflammation, which is why we won't go that route.  Rest assured, once it dries, the sensation vanishes. If you find it's not a fit for you, consider trying our lighterweight formula in the CLEAR Regular Strength version instead (be sure to contact our Customer Care Team for assistance with an exchange or refund if that's the case).

    —Admin
  24. Harlowe F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thank you!
    • This stuff has changed my skin. I am just so thankful I finally found Paual's Choice products. I've was battling acne since I was 11-12 years old, on and off. This product is the only thing that has cleared up my skin.. after all this time! It took about 2 months for my skin to get clear. I finally look in the mirror and only have one blemish right now, when I used to have 20-30 pimples on my face. Thank you for clear skin, Paula! I hope you always keep selling this product!

  25. Nc,D
    Reviewed on Friday, April 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I like it
    • I like this product. I use it with my CLEAR face wash. I tried using it daily but it made areas of my skin dry and flaky. Currently I alternate between this and benzoyl peroxide and haven't had any dry patches. It helped to clear some of my acne. Hopefully the RESIST foam will help with the rest.

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What makes this product unique?
Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution provides an almost immediate reduction in blackheads, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation with 2% salicylic acid.

Unlike most products designed for acne-prone skin, Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution doesn't use harsh, irritating ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, or camphor that can make acne worse.

Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is designed to penetrate deeper into the pore lining than our Regular Strength Clear exfoliant for fast, concentrated results on stubborn, more serious breakouts.

Ongoing use can guarantee significantly Clearer, smoother, even-toned skin and can significantly reduce redness from acne lesions.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8.

Who is this product for?
This product is recommended for all skin types experiencing mild to moderate acne, stubborn blackheads, or white bumps. It is suitable for men or women, teens and adults alike.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Chemical Research in Toxicology, January 2008, pages 53–69; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Key Ingredients: salicylic acid, methylpropanediol, green tea

Product Ingredients:

Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and gently stroke over face. Pay special attention to acne- and blackhead-prone areas. Do not rinse. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, and mucous membranes. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

How does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution differ from Paula's regular BHA products?

Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is actually identical to our longstanding, best-selling 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid. The original product is so effective at keeping acne under control that Paula decided to add this formula to her Clear line so it is a distinct part of this 3-step routine for those struggling with blemishes. If you're already using our 2% BHA Liquid, you don't need to switch to this product; either way, you're getting an exceptional product to help combat acne, blackheads, and whiteheads while creating smooth, healthy skin.

Why does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution feel tacky and/or greasy on my face?

Most likely because you're using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a "greasy" feel on the skin. Many customers have remarked how silky-soft their skin is as a result of Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, and that is the result of the humectants working with the BHA to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. To eliminate the tacky feeling, press a tissue gently onto skin after the exfoliant has been absorbed. This removes any residual product while not affecting efficacy.

What's the difference between the Regular and Extra Strength Clear exfoliants? Both contain 2% salicylic acid!

The difference between the Regular and Extra Strength exfoliants is in the delivery systems and their textures. Both anti-acne exfoliants contain 2% salicylic acid but the Regular Strength has a nearly weightless feel on your skin and a pH of around 3.9, making it gentler on the skin. The Extra Strength version's formula can penetrate deeper into the pore and has a pH of 3.5. It is designed for those with more stubborn or persistent breakouts. Both exfoliants are highly effective options as part of a routine for Clear skin; you may need to experiment with both to see which works best for your skin type. It is also fine to use both: Apply one in the morning and the other at night.

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