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

Speedy, powerful 5% benzoyl peroxide goes after acne-causing bacteria and redness in a flash. Kick breakouts to the curb—self-confidence is moving in.
Item #: 611
  • Acne Breakouts
  • For All Skin Types
  • Effective on blemishes, yet gentle on skin

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

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 101 Reviews)
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  1. Rashad H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A+ !!
    • Combining this with the Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, 1% BHA Lotion, and my favorite moisturizer(s), my skin has transformed! It's not perfect but it's a MAJOR step up from the breakouts, especially those painful guys that'd pop up along my jawline. I was using the Clear Regular Strength Skin Clearing Treatment, but I realized it wasn't strong enough for me, so I tried this and the acne really has disappeared. It is a bit drying but that's why it's important to Moisturize. - A hooked customer

  2. Ann M.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent spot treatment
    • This helps pimples go away. I use the blemish extractor tool to apply the product rather than soak up the product with a Q-tip. Rinse w/ hot water after. It was too strong when I was using retina-a - caused too much drying, but it's excellent now that I'm using BHA twice daily instead.

  3. Evelyn B.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Strong and Effective!
    • When I first started using the CLEAR System, I used the extra strength products (Cleanser, Exfoliater and BP). My acne ridden skin looked significantly better after the first night and my skin was totally cleared within a week. This is the best extra strength BP Treatment available anywhere, at any price. It dries to an attractive finish and is unbeatable for treating breakouts. I've since stepped down to the regular strength (2 1/2%) but this is the stuff that totally cleared my skin.

  4. Michelle S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 29, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect!
    • I have been using Clearacil 10% BP solution for about 15 years and as my skin ages, it is looking tight and dry and is starting to wrinkle. My skin improves dramatically when I skip a day, but then I break out. I decided to scale back the percentage and this was the only formula I could find with 5%. I ordered a sample and oh my goodness...I LOVE this stuff! It is light, goes on smooth, and then disappears into my skin! Some of my pink spots are fading, too! Just ordered the full size!

  5. Ann P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The cure!
    • I only get an occasional blemish (don't hate me!) but when I do the 5% BP really works. At the first sign of a blemish I pat a little of this on. I usually only apply twice a day because I don't want to compromise the sunscreen on my face. Twice now the blemish has vanished within 24 hours! I will always have this on hand. Thanks PC!

  6. Abigail L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail for me too!
    • I used to need to rely on expensive Retin-A to manage my existing acne thus dealing with peeling, inability to wax and all around sensitive skin because of it. Once I switched to the 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, I have never looked back. I started with the sample and was really impressed with how it made my existing blemishes reduce and even disappear over night. I mostly use this as a spot treatment or put it on a section of my face and I have not seen any sensitivity whatsoever - only results!

  7. Ines M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is my SAVIOR!
    • This is literally the holy grail of holy grails for me when it comes to skincare. I have never in my life used a product that works so quickly and so effectively. I'll dab this on blemishes and go to bed, and I will literally wake up in the morning with a clear face. It's a miracle! Since the price has been knocked down on this, I'm extremely worried this is being phased out of the line. I will be absolutely devastated if this leaves! Please don't ever stop making this, it has SAVED my skin!

  8. ClaudiaB
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best product for achne!
    • I am 42 and have extremely dry and sensitive skin. I cant use ANY anti blemish products (including prescription) because they burn my skin. Until I found Paula. I usually get one large painful blemish on my chin. Using this and the exfoliating solution cut the healing process by 70% and stops the pain. Recently I had a terrible breakout all over my chin, it was awful and painful, I used these two products and it stopped it on its track, no more break outs! In am grateful to Paula's choice!

  9. Eden K.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great!
    • This is the spot treatment I’ve been looking for without the harsh, drying effects! Whenever I feel a blemish coming up, I slather a bit of this on and the life cycle of the pimple is greatly diminished. When my face is on the fritz, I cover it in a thin layer of this BP and that puts me back on track.

  10. Sandy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Very on the fence about this product !
    • I had originally tried the Regular version of this product but didn't find it effective so I went on and tried the Extra Strength. Well, yes it is a little more effective but I think this product would work great if you have VERY oily skin. I have combination skin and I had some breakouts on my cheeks last week and applied this product (and moisturizer) day and night... oh my, let me tell you my skin this week is VERY flaky, extremely dry. Didn't work that great for me :(

  11. nikyla s.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works super quickly without irritation
    • I was using the clean and clear 5% product recommended by beautypedia for years but hated the sticky thick texture and barely used it. I decided to try this because so far I've loved everything from paula and this is so much nicer then the clean and clear. It absorbs right away and doesn't feel gross. I had some zits before I got this and this made them shrink flat overnight and I haven't got another once since those went away. hg for me :)

  12. Enrique M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 30, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I don't like this at all, i think extra strength products aren't meant for me, because i do enjoy the regular strength bp, it's lovely, but this just made any spot i had redder and bigger. I Will stick to using bp regular strength and bha 9 when i do have a breakout.

  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Would never give this up!
    • I had moderate acne and started out with the 2.5% which I would say worked for about 6 months to a year (also a great product - if you haven't used it yet, I would suggest starting out with that). When it seemed to not work as well, I upped to the 5% which I use twice a day along with other PC products. I use it as a spot treatment for especially nasty breakouts and it works wonders - I can see progress only hours later! I wouldn't use any other BP product. Worth the money.

  14. Y. L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work
    • I have an oily skin with adult acne and breakouts. This product didn't help to prevent them. It did nothing to my skin, but de-hydrating it.

  15. Kay G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Perhaps too strong for my skin
    • I probably should've stuck to the 2.5% BP version, which worked great for me. I ordered the 5% version (I've used other 5% BP creams in the past), but I guess my skin is too sensitive for it now. Whenever I tried to apply it once a day before bedtime, I would wake up the next day to redness. :(

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very impressed!
    • I have suffered from mild/moderate acne since I was a teenager. Currently, I'm middle-aged, and have adult acne. I used a "popular" acne- fighting product line for years with much success, but as of recent, my acne stopped responding as well to that product. I decided to take a chance and try Paula's Choice 5% BPO. It is working wonderfully...been using it for approximately 3 weeks now! And a BONUS...it's clearing my teenage son's mild/moderate acne, too!

  17. Max Levac
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Essential Part of my routine!
    • I absolutely love this product! I consider this item a vital component of my skin care routine. I've used the regular strength before and it was "ok" but this one definitely works! In about 1 - 3 days max I can see my break out fade away and almost gone. I use it morning and night to prevent break outs. It really dose what it says: it's nice on your and leave a nice matt finish.

  18. Chelsea E
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 13, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    No noticeable difference-- except perhaps worsened acne
    • I usually use 10% BP, but I thought I would switch to something less intense for most nights to give my skin a break. Unfortunately, this just doesn't seem to work. Previously to trying PC products, I had mild acne with a few small bump breakouts here and there and a few occasional larger blemishes. Now, I have exactly the same, but perhaps with a few more small bump type breakouts. I'm disappointed, but I'll keep using it occasionally to give my skin the benefits of BP with less %.

  19. Holly C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Best
    • The best 5% BP ever!! Keeps my skin clear and I will never be without it :)

  20. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, September 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Never will be without!
    • For the first time EVER my sixty-five year old face had a major blemish, and nothing I tried had worked. This product was the answer I'd been searching for. I now use it daily over my entire face as a preventative measure. It doesn't irritate my skin, and is very light. I feel fortunate that Paula's Choice put this 5% Benzoyl Peroxide on the market just when I needed it most. Thanks for another great skin care product! I am all about PC!

  21. Sascha
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Color me impressed, cont'd
    • and pink. Is it truly possible overnight my skin looks better? Overnight? I am 46, and have spent years using ordinary products that have done nothing for my skin. All the research PC has done was believable, so I took a leap of faith and tried her products. I have acne prone oily/combination skin. Although my skin has an odd sheen to it this morning, it is dry. Not flaky bad dry, NOT oily!!! I am so happy these reviews are real. These products work. Oh thank you PC, thank you.

  22. Sascha
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Color me impressed
    • Is it too soon to be in love? I received PC products yesterday, 9/5/14 (not 8/5/14) at 1:30 in the afternoon. Super excited, I used all of them right away. I covered my face w/ this and my face was bUrNiNg! So last night, I used all the products again, and this one I spot treated the spots on my face. The spots are all but invisible now. Was it the pore refining toner? the BHA 2% liquid? This morning my face looks different. It is pink. It has an odd shine. But my skin is smooth. Plump

  23. Juliana N.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Question
    • if I have a few pimples on the face .Give this remedy should be applied to the entire face or just problem but places??????

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 05, 2014

    Either placement is fine; however, if your breakouts are more random rather than confined to a small area (like the chin) than at least once-daily applicatoin over the entire face (avoiding eyelids and lips) is advised. Apply with clean fingers or, preferably, a cotton pad.

    —Admin
  24. Lauren S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for those stubborn guys!
    • I typically use the regular strength during my daily routine, but I love having a bottle of this for the bad breakouts. I just use it on areas that need it and they clear up even faster. Can be drying if used all the time. Great product for emergencies!

  25. Shaela D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressed with how well it's done for my combo/dry skin.
    • I had been using Acne.org's 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment, and although it's good, it didn't feel like it was doing much for my skin. I ran upon this item, decided to get it, and so far it has been a good buy. 3 days after using it, I noticed a big difference. All those annoying spots along my jawline seemed to double down in size to where you could barely tell they were there. I like that you don't have to use much, and it doesn't feel super drying once applied. It's really nice to have handy.

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What makes this product unique?
Persistent or stubborn acne has met its match thanks to Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment. This 5% benzoyl peroxide solution works instantly to eliminate acne-causing bacteria to stop blemishes in their tracks.

Unlike most benzoyl peroxide-based acne products, Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment contains no harsh or irritating ingredients that can make acne worse, such as alcohol, menthol, or camphor.

Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment also contains soothing anti-irritants to help skin heal and reduce red marks caused by blemishes. It has a super-light lotion texture that sets to a matte finish, and can be worn under makeup.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment works great for all skin types struggling with stubborn, persistent acne. It is suitable for men or women, teens and adults alike.

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, February 2010, pages 712–718; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, February 2010, pages 131–136; Dermatologic Clinics, January 2009, pages 33–42; British Journal of Dermatology, August 2008, pages 480–481; and Dermatology Therapy, March-April 2008, pages 86–95; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 873–880; Lancet, December 2004, pages 21882195; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, September-October 2000, pages 292–296; and www.naturaldatabase.com.

Key Ingredients: benzoyl peroxide, allantoin, bisabolol

Product Ingredients:

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (anti-bacterial agent) Inactive: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Apply to affected areas after cleansing and exfoliating. Because excessive drying may occur, start with 1 application and gradually increase to 2 or 3 times daily if needed. 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 25 or greater.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone (the active ingredient in our RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser Lotion & Gel) and benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in our Clear Skin Clearing Treatments) 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.

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.

Can the Clear Extra Strength Treatment be used with prescription tretinoin/retinoid products?

Research has shown that benzoyl peroxide can, in fact, be applied at the same time with tretinoin/retinoid prescription products such as Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, or their generic counterparts (Source: The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2010, pages 26-28).

Can I use the Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatments with Benzoyl Peroxide at the same time as a product that contains retinol? 

Great question! This is an often misunderstood subject—we’ve read and heard it claimed that retinol and benzoyl peroxide cannot be used together for fear they will adversely affect each other’s stability.  However, what is often missing from these claims is any cited corroborative studies, and with good reason, because the scientific and medical research actually says the two ingredients can complement each other—which is good to know, whether you’re dealing with acne alone or the unwelcome mix of wrinkles plus breakouts! (Cutis 2009 & 2012, Journal of Drugs and Dermatology 2013).

Why doesn't Paula's Choice offer a 10% strength benzoyl peroxide?

Paula feels that once you have tried a 2.5% and then a 5% benzoyl peroxide product and determined that these did not give you results, the next sensible step is to look into a prescription topical antibiotic for blemishes such as Benzamycin or Clindamycin. Trying a 10% benzoyl peroxide may prove effective for some, but the kickback from the irritation and excessive dryness that can occur at this level may not be worth it when there are prescription products that can be more effective without the strong side effects. In any event, truly stubborn blemishes almost always require the care and supervision of a competent dermatologist.

What happened to your Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution?

Nothing happened except a name change! The same formula that's worked so well for thousands of Paula's Choice customers struggling with acne has been renamed and added to our Clear line. Paula wanted to reposition this product as part of her streamlined, 3-step approach for achieving Clear skin. Other than the name, Clear Extra Strength Treatment Daily Skin Clearing Treatment is identical to our former Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Treatment.

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