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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Only for Active Breakouts
By Ashley the Skincare Junkie
from Orange County, CA
About Me Beauty Expert
Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.25 oz:
I have combination skin that leans more oily in the T-zone and normal to dry cheeks. For some reason, I breakout on my cheeks more than anywhere else on my face. The only times I breakout are when it's hormonal and those show up in my chin/lower half of the face and when I don't wash my face at night (which is rarely, but it does happen). I use this product for when I'm actively breaking out and for the scars that the breakouts leave. I'm only using it on the new scars, not scars that have been around for years. And only until I purchase something specifically for the scars. I don't really know if this is cutting down on the time I have a pimple, but I do notice that they don't get as large and they do not turn into whiteheads that hurt.I know that this didn't help with preventing an acne scar from appearing. My skin just tends to leave a brown spot after a pimple has appeared. I've even had some that have been around for years, I'm going to be purchasing a Paula's Choice product specifically for that in the future. I probably will not repurchase this product right away. I would like to try BHA 9 before returning to this product. I know that product can help with breakout since it has such a high concentration of salicylic acid, plus it helps with acne scars, where I haven't notice a difference with those and this product.Also, I have very clogged pores on my nose and chin. They have been clogged for years. I currently use the Resist Toner which makes my skin super soft and smooth in that area, but has helped some with the enlarged pores, but they are still somewhat clogged. If I use this product in the large area of my nose and chin, my skin begins to peel and is sensitive. So I would only use this with active breakouts and resent scars.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Results after 1 day
from Dallas, TX
About Me Beauty Conscious
I use this to spot treat acne flareups. It doesn't take much at all. I apply it when I go to bed under my night moisturizer and in the morning under moisturizer. Basically it's the first thing I put on after I cleanse. Fabulous results. I am going on 5 decades and I have tried many an acne treatment. This one works!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Works well over time
from Danville, IL
I started out using this product all over at night before moisturizing and after toning but it made my skin very irritated and dry all the next day. I also started to peel. But I have started to spot treat at night every couple days. It works well this way in conjunction with lotion, it takes a few days but will dry out a zit diminishing it in size.
(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Extremely effective if you manage the kick-back
By Michael S.
from Boston, MA
About Me Skin Care Professional
This product is exactly what it says it is. The texture is ultra-light, and it absorbs rapidly. For me this 5% formulation rapidly clears up blemishes that even my BHA and 1% retinol can't completely prevent.As others have mentioned, this concentration of benzoyl peroxide has the potential to cause dryness for a lot of people (myself included), so using it daily may not be practical until skin acclimates. The dryness can sneak up on you, so pay close attention to how your skin responds.On days that certain parts of your skin threaten to flake like a croissant while other parts are trying to sprout blemishes, this product still makes for an amazing spot treatment if you apply it carefully and allow it to dry down fully so that you don't overdose the dry areas.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Death to all moisture
About Me Minimalist
This probably would have prevented or eliminated breakouts if I could have used it enough times to make a real assessment. Sadly, it turns my face into the Sahara. Ouch! So drying. To be fair, benzoyl peroxide has never been good to me, thus I'm not the ideal reviewer. But this has the added negative of not working with moisturizers. When I put a moisturizer on top of this (both right away and after waiting a while), it created weird uneven white patches all over my face. So, no.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I love this Benzoyl Peroxide
I love this product so much. I believe I have purchased it twice now. Over the years I have used MANY benzoyl peroxide products, both over the counter and prescription. I have found the vast majority of drug store BP products contain alcohol, dry out my skin, feel very 'stiff' on the skin, or simply do not work for me at all with controlling breakouts.This product actually works at helping PREVENT acne. I put it on my skin every night after I was my face, on my problem areas (typically cheek bones, chin, and sometimes forehead). The product is very lightweight in texture, does not leave any visible reside, and I cannot feel it on my skin after it dries. My only warning about the product is to be careful squeezing the bottle, because it is sort of liquidy in texture, and try to keep the bottle upright (cap facing up) if possible because I find product sort of goes in the closed cap if you stand the product on the cap. My skin has been markedly better since using this product, as long as I consistently put it on and don't skip applications. Also, this product is very affordable with free shipping to Canada because most drug store products are about the same price, but are ineffective.Thanks for making such a great product, and I will continue to purchase as long as it is available :)
Service and delivery comments:
I enjoy when the site offers free shipping to Canada, and I cannot complain about the delivery time considering it has such a distance to travel.
(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Sacramento, Ca
I got this to help with my monthly acne and some bumps on my chin that never seemed to go away. After about 3 months of using it I love my skin. Any blemishes that I do get only last for a day or two and between this and my 2% BHA exfoliant my skin hasn't looked this good since I was a kid. This is a pretty potent product and I had to work my way up to using it twice a day and still sometimes I will only use it once a day if my skin is feeling dry at all. I recently ordered the 2.5% to use daily and swap this one in as a spot treatment. Hopefully now that this has gotten my acne under control the 2.5% will be able to maintain.
(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Keeps my acne at bay!
from Portland, OR
I've been using this product for years. I used to have severe cystic acne breakouts--I tried antibiotics, prescription creams, etc. Nothing worked. It turned out that I had two issues: a coffee allergy, and not enough effective chemical exfoliation (as opposed to irritating scrubs). Avoiding all coffee products stopped the deep, painful, itchy cystic acne that I got on my jawline and cheeks, and discovering PC CLEAR products keeps the "normal" acne gone completely. I exfoliate daily and vigorously by using 2% BHA in the AM, and alternate 10% AHA and the 4% BHA Foam at night (my oily, large-pored skin can take it!) but I've discovered through trial and error that the 5% benzoyl peroxide is *required* daily to keep my skin 100% clear. Any time I try to stop using it, those pesky whiteheads start popping up here and there. All I need is a thin layer over my "trouble areas" am & pm, and I never get a single blemish. Coming from a period of time when I went probably a DECADE without a single day that did not have at least several blemishes, I could not be happier. I never thought 100% clear skin was possible.Its not too drying, goes on smoothly, doesn't irritate. I apply it after using the Extra Strength CLEAR BHA liquid, then I moisturize generously and use sunscreen every day. It always feels like this isn't really that important to use, until I run out! THEN I get to see why its essential!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from new orleans, la
i recently suffered a MAJOR break out from accidentally splashing some dr. bronner's castile soap on my face in the shower. i don't have super delicate/sensitive so i was really surprised when this happened. my left cheek was covered in cystic blemishes and very rash-like bumps. i have been washing my face w/ another brand face wash but using this product every morning and night. in the morning i wash, apply this, and a light layer of hempseed oil. at night i wash, apply this, and top with a spot treatment of PC's resist 9 serum.I have noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference. within two nights a giant cystic pimple on my jaw was gone and overall redness has gone down.i am purchasing this product again!
(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Great for breakouts
from Northern CA
I bought this product to replace a 10% benzoyl peroxide which I have used for years. This product clears my hormonal breakouts in a couple of days without totally drying out my skin. I'm glad I switched to this product because breakouts a bad enough with out dry patches afterward.