Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Acne, you’re history. Get ready to zap the zits, take a pass on pimples, and calm redness, with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Take up with spotless skin.
Item #: 610
  • Acne Breakouts
  • For All Skin Types
  • Effective yet gentle on the skin

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 117 Reviews)
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  1. S.C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for sensitive skin
    • I have oily, acne prone, sensitive skin and tried for years in finding something that actually worked with keeping acne away while not being too harsh on my skin. Most would make my skin burn or peel and they weren't products I could leave on overnight. Then I tried this and was relieved I could use it overnight and it wasn't harsh on my skin, yet still worked for treating acne. I also tried the 5% formula, but that did make my skin too itchy, so I switched back to the 2.5%.

  2. Janna K.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Essential step to eliminate acne
    • BP has bad rap on many skincare websites. I bought into the hype for awhile and shunned it fearing its oxidative properties were too damaging. Then I came to my senses and realized that the deep cystic breakouts I experienced whenever I didn't use it were far more damaging. I have used this product every night on my T-zone for the past year, and I can't remember the last time I had a breakout. After it dries, I slather on an antioxidant-rich PC serum or moisturizer. My skin is happy.

  3. christina c.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally!
    • I discovered the PC line while I was living in Germany, & for some reason they don't sell this product on the German site! But as soon as I returned to the U.S., I had to try it. I'm so glad I did! For me, it has done everything it claims, and in conjunction with the BHA 2% exfoliant and the new Resist Vit C spot treatment, I can't be more thankful. Really, I can't! It has helped my hormonal breakouts, even! This is a really great price, and if you're unsure, try the trial size like I did!

  4. Justin M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is what I was missing!
    • I've tried several different products and many that had benzoyl peroxide but none of them seemed to work for me. I had given up completely on benzoyl peroxide because it dried me out and didn't do anything for my acne. After a round of accutane I started using Paula's Choice along with my tretinoin cream and it kept everything away for a few months but I started breaking out again. When I added this product my acne was better over night and completely gone after a week! Thanks Paula!!

  5. Meg M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It Works!
    • I just ordered another tube of this. I'm still working on finding the right preventative measures for my poor combination, acne-prone skin, but when dealing with a break-out, I'm sure glad to have this stuff around. Other BP products have been too harsh. This doesn't irritate my sensitive, inflamed skin and eventually dries up even the biggest, most painful zits fairly quickly. I want to try the extra-strength for stubborn body acne, but for my face this stuff does the job just fine.

  6. Kate W
    Reviewed on Friday, February 27, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very helpful but slightly irritating
    • I have been using this product nightly for 3 weeks and the improvement in my skin has been huge. I have combination skin with hormonal acne and mild rosacea. My skin is good enough now that on most days I feel comfortable going out without foundation on. There's still some redness, but the rosacea bumps are gone, and when pimples appear they are small and go away within one or two days. The only issue is the itching the product causes along my jawline and chin; moisturizer only helps a little.

  7. jacqueline g.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Well...
    • I really wanted to like this and I thought it would work, but it disappointed me. My skin was pretty clear but I wanted to help with red spots left so I tried this, but it irritated my sensitive skin. The first two days of use had my skin looking nice, but then I got little bumps all over and made my skin itchy and annoyed. I was was so hopeful, but it wasn't for me

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. Hugo H.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 23, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Broke me out
    • When I was ordering the product, my skin was 99% clear and I ordered it just for the future use. One day, after a stressfull midterms in university, I broke out with just two small whiteheads. I decided that it will be a good time to use my new 2.5% PC's BP. On the second day I woke up and had 3-4 huge inflamed pimples around each of those whiteheads Unfortunately, it seems that I am sensitive to some ingredient. Be smarter than me, apply it behind ear or something to test for sensitivities.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 23, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Lynh P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Feels great
    • I'm comparing this to the one on acne.org, which is significantly cheaper with the same active ingredient & strength. PC's BP is luxurious to apply; it feels nice to spread on your face, and it doesn't take long for it to set. The BP from acne.org feels like a normal gel, and the biggest problem I have with that one is that if I apply it too soon after I wash my face, my eyes start to hurt even though I avoid applying the gel to the eye area. PC's feels great. PC's BP does NOT do this.

  10. Deanna L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 31, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm so happy this product exists!!!
    • Finding a 2.5% BP product is an huge relief! Other BP products cause my skin to become dry, flaky and red. While there is a slight bit of drying with this one, it doesn't irritate my skin like other BP products have. I use it in combination with a 2% BHA and my skin looks great! I occasionally get a little pimple but nothing like what I used to have!!! My skin has been sensitive about the type of BHA that I use but this stuff will always be in my daily routine.

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, January 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great job
    • This benzoyl peroxide formula helped reduce my acne spots and inflammation practically overnight.

  12. Ann H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best One On the Market
    • I knew my skin could tolerate this beforehand because I had used a 2.5% product in the past. I have pretty sensitive skin and I have never had any of the irritation or dryness issues that other reviewers mention. I would buy the sample first if you are new to this type of product. The highlights are the elegant texture and the fact that a little goes a long way. I use this at least once a day, and I only buy a couple of tubes a year.

  13. Jasmine M.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • The other products in the set of the regular strength clear acne were good but I didn't find this product did anything for me, I would put it on when I got a pimple and it didn't reduce it or anything :/

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 29, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for contacting us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who might be able to assist you with finding a product that works better for you!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  14. Leslie
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • This BP was too strong for me. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and this burned when I applied it and it didn't seem to do much for my acne either. I have used Clean & Clear's Persagel and while it is irritating as well it does clear acne. I tried the extra strength as well and I didn't see much difference.

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

    Hello, and thanks for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  15. allison l.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    good for more oily skin
    • This ia a gel like consistensy, very light and smooth has a nice feel on my your face. But it was just too drying for me it would work but left my skin flaky even with lotion

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who will be able to help you find a skin care routine that will work better for your particular skin type.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  16. Kristen Z.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm 43...finally clear skin
    • I've had acne since I was 16. Anything I tried irritated my skin. Eventually I gave up. Bought this for my son and decided to try it myself since it was in the house. I'm amazed! Spots would last FOREVER before-now they are disappearing within days. No irritation. I'm almost to the point that I can leave the house without foundation on and I never thought I'd see that day. I was already using some other PC products but adding this had been the last piece of the puzzle. Thanks Paula!

  17. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product for starting out!
    • When I first started using PC products, I had moderate acne and started out with the 2.5% over the 5%. I would say the regular strength worked amazingly for about 6 - 12 months. I like the idea of easing your skin onto new products. I now use the 5%, but this was fantastic while it lasted. My breakouts didn't start getting better until adding BP to my skincare routine - I used this twice a day and as a spot treatment for especially nasty areas. Worth the money!

  18. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AWESOME. Gentle but effective!
    • Now, I've used other store brands BP and some did work pretty well. Do you know how hard it is to find a 2.5%?? You should use the lowest concentration that works, and this one works well for me. I use it as spot treatment only. Usually busts those red spots within a couple of days. I have no problems with it bleaching anything and I sleep with it on. Hasn't dried out my skin or caused any kind of flakes or *burn* even when I use it every 4 hrs. HIGHLY recommend .

  19. J. C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 13, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works well - slightly drying
    • Left to its own devices, my skin is normal to oily and acne-prone, so I bought the regular strength product and I'm glad I did. With over a week of using it twice daily, I have experienced some dryness but have cut back to using it once per day without issue. It definitely seems to be preventing/clearing up blemishes nicely. I just wish it had better packaging! Maybe a pump? The product is so thin that it dribbles out into the cap when not in use, which is annoying.

  20. Kristen
    Reviewed on Friday, September 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm impressed
    • I have to say - this (in combination with the Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Solution) has been great for my skin. It took time for me to see impressive results (probably six weeks), but I stuck with it because unlike other acne medications this never irritated my skin and thus never caused my acne to worsen. I have extremely sensitive skin in addition to mild acne, but this "felt good" on my skin from day one, and I never feel irritated or dry. My skin is much clearer, I'm happy. Try it!

  21. J.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I recommend and will repurchase.
    • My skin has improved immensely since I began using this product coupled with PC's 2% Salicylic Acid Liquid Exfoliant. Before, I was experiencing painful, inflamed pustules, at a rate of 2-3 new ones per week. Now, I can finally stop worrying about new breakouts and wait for deeper papules to heal. I highly recommend this product because it is effective and exhibits fewer drawbacks than other BP formulas: it absorbs fully and doesn't bleach. There is redness, dryness, and flaking, however.

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

    Thanks for your feedback! We're concerned about the side effects you mentioned, though, and encourage you to consider reducing frequency of application of the benzoyl peroxide product. Also, consider the moisturizer you're using with this routine, as the right one can completely eliminate flaking.

    —Admin
  22. ROBIN H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Great formula but impossible not to bleach fabrics
    • The first day I got this, I used some on my back, and put a white t-shirt on. Then I rinsed my hands off thoroughly--or so I thought--and dried them on a hand towel. When I came back into the bathroom a couple hours later, my new (and very expensive) gray hand towel was all bleached out in parts. I don't know how other people do it, but changing all my towels, sheets and wardrobe to white isn't worth it for me for a couple less zits.

  23. LAURA M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    This works
    • This definitely clears pimples over night. However, everytime my teen daughter uses it (not matter how sparily and letting her face dry first) she wakes up with terrible red blotches. I don't remember the old formula doing this. It has worked well for my husbands forhead acne though.

  24. Monica
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent treatment for blemish prevention
    • I have slightly oily, blemish prone skin (mild acne) and this treatment reduces redness and calms my skin. I use this twice a day (morning and night) and it has helped cleared my skin. I have purchased several tubes and I will continue to use this as long as the formula doesn't change. Perfect for use under makeup, leaves a nice matte finish. Doesn't feel like a heavy cream or thick silicone based moisturizer. Texture feels clean, like a water based moisturizer. I use Moisture Boost cleanser.

  25. Teghan B.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Wanted to love it!
    • BPO saved my skin. I was using Benzagel but the tube was way too small so I switched to PC. I was SO impressed by the consistency! Silky, a little bit goes a long way, and no irritation. But I wasn't seeing the same results and my painful breakouts/blackheads came back after months of clear skin using the other brand. I tried Benzagel and my breakout calmed right down. Maybe I just need the Paula's extra strength formula? I'll probably switch and hopefully that'll make a difference!

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What makes this product unique?
Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide which is considered the gold-standard for preventing acne breakouts. It works immediately to start eliminating acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness.

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

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment also contains soothing anti-irritants to help skin heal and reduce red marks caused by blemishes. Its super-light lotion texture sets to a matte finish, and can be worn under makeup.

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

Who is this product for?
Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment is recommended for all skin types struggling with mild to moderate acne. It is suitable for men or women, teens and adults alike.

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

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, October 2009, pages 2,555–2,562; 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: allantoin, benzoyl peroxide, bisabolol

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (topical disinfectant). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), 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 Regular 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, cystic blemishes almost always require the care and supervision of a competent dermatologist.

What happened to your 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 Regular Strength Treatment Daily Skin Clearing Treatment is identical to our former Blemish Fighting Treatment.

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