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:

82 out of 100
(Based on 90 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. :(

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 %.

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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
  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    if you struggle with acne you must have this
    • What I have: Sensitive and acne prone skin. I used to get those painful pimples around my chin that grow under the skin. Ok so first I tried the regular trial and that didn't help me but this extra strength is definitely working!!! After cleansing I use pc products liquid bh a2 %, this clear benzoyl peroxide 5% , and lastly the skin balancing moisture gel. My skin is softer and I don't get those huge pimples anymore!!! Thank you pc! :-)

  16. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not worth it
    • I did not feel that using this product (or the regular strength) made any difference for me. I tried both in the trial package first and am glad that I did so that I knew not to waste my time with the full version.

  17. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fast acting and powerful!
    • I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. I rarely break out anymore, though, because I use various PC products on my skin. However, hormones happen, and sometimes I still get blemishes. Once they start, I apply this product to them, and it knocks them out quickly! I don't need this daily or even weekly, but I always have it on hand, just in case of a blemish emergency. Great stuff!

  18. Jason B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    White Streaks
    • I don't know how I am going to use this because it leaves big white streaks all over my face even after rubbing it in and I can't get rid of the white streaks (unless I wash my face,which would defeat the purpose.) Not sure what to do. I was hoping it would soak in but it just kind of sits there on the surface of my skin. On the plus side, it's got the sort of stinging feeling I like. It makes me feel clean after using the Clear cleanser and toner. Those products don't make me feel clean.

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

    Hi Jason! What you've described is a bit unusual, and isn't typical. The CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment can remain visible if an excess is applied to skin and allowed to dry, but when applied in the appropriate amount (about a dime-sized drop for the entire face) it should absolutely dry clear. If you still find that you are experiencing this during use, contact our Customer Care Team for more assistance.

    —Admin
  19. Kristina G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail Product
    • Can't say enough good things. When I get pimples, they are stubborn! The redness reduction is almost immediate. With diligent application, my pimples are gone in 2 days.

  20. Wahoonito Z.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Effective
    • It is effective. I only use it once a day in the morning and last 2-3 months. Does what it claims.

  21. Dennis M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Amazing! (3 Months Used)
    • This stuff is really amazing! Honestly, I've been taking isotretinoin so I don't know if this was the cause of acne clear up (and my face cleared up about 70%), but it feels so nice when you put it on and next morning when I wake up. It calms and smooths the skin that I'd rather use this even after my acne is completely gone. However please note that this is extra strength so I advise you to try a sample of 2.5%. I had a burning sensation for the first 2 days (maybe bc I have partially dry skin)

  22. M.M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle for Active Acne
    • I brought this product about 2 years ago and it was just laying around on my counter since I was very skeptical. But when I started breaking out more often, I decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW...this product literally STOPS the inflammation process and reduces the life of active acne. I've tested it, time and time again and it never fails! I'm very satisfied with CLEAR Extra Strength 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as it's the only BP product that has worked without drying out my skin out!

  23. L A
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Acne Cure
    • If you like Benzoyl Peroxide or you've never tried it before, GET THIS. It's the best OTC acne treatment I've ever used. My boyfriend uses it daily and it cured his acne. I would also suggest 2% BHA liquid from PC too, to keep your skin exfoliated and smooth. The only other acne cure comparable to this is Differin gel, which needs a prescription, and its not as affordable. Try this first! It even has anti-irritants which most peroxide treatments don't have! Plus the shipping is cheap and FAST!

  24. Marilynn C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not for me
    • This one is not for me. I tried it several times thinking that maybe it was reacting with another product (I purchased the PC Skin Balancing System & BHA 9 as well, so I tried different combinations). Unfortunately no matter what I've done this product causes my skin to become bright red and itch so bad that I want to peel my skin off, especially the jawline and neck area. It does help reduce my acne and got rid of the bumps overnight. I wish it had worked out differently.

  25. Carly G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 28, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Staple in my routine for years, still the best BP on the market!
    • When I was 21, my health insurance decided to stop covering my prescription for BenzaClin. That was the first product that ever cleared up my skin and I was so upset when I found out I could no longer afford it. I did a bit of research and picked up this product because it was the only thing I could find that had the same BP percentage as the BenzaClin. The Extra Strength BP works JUST as well as BenzaClin and I have been a faithful Paula's Choice customer ever since- and I just turned 28. :)

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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: After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and exfoliating with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, cover the affected area with a thin layer of Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment 1–3 times a day. Because some people may experience dryness when they first start using a product with benzoyl peroxide, it may be necessary to reduce application to once every other day or, if twice daily application proves to be too much, reduce application to once daily, morning or evening. 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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