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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
AMAZING product, packaging not to be trusted
from Stevens Point, WI
Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:
My skin loves this product. My gym bag? Not so much. This product works nothing short of a miracle on my skin that has been acne-prone since the age of 13 (I'm 38 now, so that's... a lot of years). However... DO NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT ANYWHERE! The container is not watertight. Most mornings, I get ready for work at the gym. Assuming that a high-end product would come packaged in a high-end container, I put it in my gym bag so that I could use it. Lo and behold... expensive puddle on the bottom of my bag. Much sadness ensued, and now I can only use it at night because keeping it secure and upright in my gym bag is just not a realistic expectation.Still, amazing product that has worked wonders on my skin; the liquid itself is five-star.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great product, terrible packaging
I use this morning and night before sunscreen/moisturiser. It works great and helps to keep my acne and milia at bay. Big problem though - you can't take it away with you because it leaks everywhere!!! Please fix the bottle - I travel with my toner all the time with the screw cap lid - no issues. A bottle like that would solve a lot of problems.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A game changer for my skin
from Falls Church, VA
I've been using this exfoliant for a few years. This combined with other products either from the Paula's Choice line, or products she recommends, has COMPLETELY changed my skin. I have struggled with acne since I was 14 or so, and have never have great skin. Even into my late 20's I was still having issues. At 35 now, my skin is by far the best its ever been - I regularly get compliments on my skin now, which sometimes is just hard to believe! I use this product twice a day and its very soothing. Even if I get a pimple now and then, its not some crazy swollen monster - any blemishes that do show up are small and under control. This exfoliant in particular is nice - there don't seem to be any comparable products available from other brands. I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice!!!
Great product, poor packaging
from Calgary, Canada
I love this product, it works wonderfully. The problem? I travel alot and am an avid gym goer. . . I need to carry this around. It's the same with the regular strength bottle- they leak! Everywhere!I'm trying to find a different product to use now that I can carry around.Please fix the bottle!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Too Strong, Regular BHA Too Weak
from Lexington, Ky
I guess I'm one of those unfortunate individuals that the more I age, the more sensitive my skin is getting. The only upside is the less stuff I use the better off I am - otherwise it's cystic acne city. I had been using the PC acne line of products, but found the regular version of this BHA to be ineffectual. So, I went to using this one. It seemed to be suitable and worked well with my skin up until recently. I started to have nasty breakouts on areas of my face I'd not had acne on before. I decided to stop using everything and went back to simply washing with a very basic wash, I use a little BP 2.5%, and I moisturize (with/without sunscreen night, day). Other than a light BB cream during the day (PC brand), I don't use any foundations or additional topical products. Once I eliminated this Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant from my regime, my acne cleared right up. What sucks is when I would buy this, I did it in bulk when PC had a good sale. Now I'm stuck with two unopened bottles that are otherwise worthless to me because I'm passed the return for refund period.
Can't live without it
from Lexington, KY
I have persistent adult acne. This controls my breakouts to once a month. If I switch to any other 2% product, I get breakouts during the month. I use it in the morning. It does leave a sticky film on your skin, but I let it dry before putting on my other products - antioxidant serum and then sunscreen. It works very well with makeup. I only wish this came in a supersize because I use probably 1.5 bottles a month.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Definitely not for me. . .
from Middleburg, FL
I really wanted to like this product. I'm a big fan of PC's practices, which include assisting customers with finding good skin care products outside her brand, the fact that the products are cruelty-free, and their generous sample policy. However, this BHA, and many other products in the line, just don't jive with my skin type. Maybe this can be attributed to my skin's sensitivity, but I can use other things(glycolics, retinols, etc.)with no trouble. All of the PC products have caused a reaction on my face, and with this one, it was immediate. It left a tingling sensation, which I enjoyed for a minute. . .until it turned to itching and burning. It wasn't worth it, and I washed it off after a few minutes. It felt greasy anyway, and I can't imagine using it as a leave-on toning product. Fortunately, I only purchased it in the sample size. I'm not petty enough to ask for a refund on a five-dollar purchase, and I think the sample might work on other parts of my body(neck, chest, etc.) Unfortunately, this one sealed the deal for me-I won't be returning to the brand for skin care anytime soon.
from Dallas, TX
This stuff is more effective that another clear exfoliant, but can be too harsh on my sensitive skin. I use it every other evening, because my breakouts are very stubborn
from Philadelphia, PA
It get's rid of my acne almost entirely and quickly heals the reddish purple scars that the acne leaves behind, but even with the most moisturizing moisturizers I can find, my skin still feels stiff and dry while using this. Overall, I'm not really sure that this is the product for me. I think I'll try the 2% BHA lotion instead.
Service and delivery comments:
Delivery was fast as always, and as always, the products I ordered were in perfect condition.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from MO - Missouri
About Me Finicky Beauty Lover
Love the product. Bottle is terrible.I am fiercely loyal to the standard PC 2% BHA liquid (in the white bottle), but I bought the Clear 2% BHA formula because it was on sale. This particular one is a bit more greasy than the other formula, but otherwise ok. I used this for a few weeks and started to break out, but the breakouts ended up being from an expired sunscreen. My skin started to love this after I removed the other irritating component from my routine.This product itself, DEFINITELY earns 4 stars. I especially like it when combined with the Paula's Choice toner for oily skin (I didn't believe in toner until I tried this one--seriously go try it).The one deal breaker with Clear Extra Strength: THE BOTTLE IS LEAKY. Don't put this in your carryon. Don't put it in your makeup bag. It can live in your medicine cabinet. I have probably wasted a good amount of this product exfoliating the inside of my makeup back and duffle. I don't want to buy products that require a zip lock bag when I pack for an overnight.