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Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

I can see clearly. Keep stubborn breakouts and red marks at bay with this maximum pore-penetrating salicylic acid acne formula. Silky liquid leaves skin refreshed, clarified.
Item #: 621
  • Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Redness
  • For All Skin Types
  • Salicylic acid fights acne-causing bacteria

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

Please Note: Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

79 out of 100
(Based on 115 Reviews)
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  1. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for me!
    • I love this product. It's gentle and effective, what more do you need?

  2. Julie C
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AWESOME!
    • I love this stuff! It changed my face. Not only did I stop getting breakouts, it faded red marks as it promised. I have cystic acne and this was a life saver. I can finally swim and not be scared to get my face wet for fear of revealing my acne. I agree the consistency is different than the normal CLEAR exfoliant, but I had no issues with that. It will absorb and after applying moisturizer your skin will feel smooth. Thanks Paula, I wish I found this sooner.

  3. Annie K.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not bad, but not really for me
    • I wish this had worked for me, it did a little but not as well as I would have liked. I like how this did help a bit with the constant pustules I wake up to, when I used this over one that had been extracted it would be gone within 5 days, and I also liked how it was oddly moisturizing, my skin didn't feel dry and tight after I used it. Unfortunately it didn't work on my blackheads or problem pustules that plague the majority of my face and did cause my skin to sting a bit, but nothing awful.

  4. Marie F.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver!!!
    • I have skin that is fairly volatile and have struggled for years trying to find a way to prevent the terrible breakouts I am periodically plagued with. I started using this twice daily a year ago and it has been like a miracle. I have not had a single serious breakout since then, plus it has made my skin softer, smoother,and more even toned. I get compliments all the time on having a healthy glow! Thank you for such a wonderful product, it has honestly been a lifesaver for me!

  5. SABRINA G.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Too strong for sensitive skin
    • Note: I have sensitive extreme combination skin. For 3 days I used it morning / night with the Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and saw no reduction in oil/pore size but by the 3rd day my nose and cheeks were severely flaking. I stopped using this product for 7+ days and my skin went back to its normal full onset oil within 60 minutes. I used this product again this morning and it stings and feels too dry... 3 stars because it may be amazing for you, but is not good for sensitive skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, June 16, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your experience! We agree, this exfoliant seems too strong for your skin; however, many of our customers with sensitive skin report being able to use this daily without issue. We suspect your skin will do better with one of our 1% BHA formulas or our Regular Strength CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution. Please contact us to discuss this and plan an exchange.

    —Admin
  6. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver
    • I've been dealing with acne all my life.I was using proactiv but that wasn't helping with my clogged pores. I've also just started using retin a about 3 wks ago and wanted a bha in my routine. So I decided to try this. Ive only been using it for a week but in that short amt of time my skin has improved a great deal. I'm glad I found PC products. I believe she cares about people skin care. Will continue to try other products from her line.

  7. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life saver
    • I've been dealing with acne all my life.I was using proactiv but that wasn't helping with my clogged pores. I've also just started using retin a about 3 wks ago and wanted a bha in my routine. So I decided to try this. Ive only been using it for a week but in that short amt of time my skin has improved a great deal. I'm glad I found PC products. I believe she cares about people skin care. Will continue to try other products from her line.

  8. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product
    • I started out looking up reviews on beautypedia and investagating Paula's products. I decided to try this out. I love it. My acne heals faster and my skin is more even toned. I use it every other day because using it everyday made my face feel tight. I also use retin a every night.I trust Paula because she truly cares about people skin issues and not just out to make money.I can't wait to try more products from her line.God bless you Paula and your business.

  9. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product
    • I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. I used to use this product as a toner/BHA combo product, back when I was still in the process of getting my skin "under control". I loved it then. I have since changed my routine, and use a separate toner and two different PC BHAs for different times/purposes. However, this product was great when I needed it, no doubt.

  10. Jason B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Very Odd
    • It's got such an odd, almost oily, texture but I kept telling myself it's got the acid in it so don't worry. It's just not a texture I'm used to. It's very slippery, which I've never encountered in any sort of acne toner before. Usually acne products feel more like alcohol and more drying, but this felt a bit like very light baby oil on my skin. I don't feel clean after using it. For nowI'll just keep telling myself it has acid, it has acid, it has acid, everything will be alright. We shall see!

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

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Jason! The CLEAR Extra Strength 2% Salicylic Acid formula does have a unique consistency, which is attributed to its penetration enhancers. However, it doesn't actually contain oil, so you won't find any extra, unwanted moisture from it's use. Alcohol-based formulas can certainly have a negative impact on skin, especially acne-related inflammation, which is why we won't go that route.  Rest assured, once it dries, the sensation vanishes. If you find it's not a fit for you, consider trying our lighterweight formula in the CLEAR Regular Strength version instead (be sure to contact our Customer Care Team for assistance with an exchange or refund if that's the case).

    —Admin
  11. Harlowe F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thank you!
    • This stuff has changed my skin. I am just so thankful I finally found Paual's Choice products. I've was battling acne since I was 11-12 years old, on and off. This product is the only thing that has cleared up my skin.. after all this time! It took about 2 months for my skin to get clear. I finally look in the mirror and only have one blemish right now, when I used to have 20-30 pimples on my face. Thank you for clear skin, Paula! I hope you always keep selling this product!

  12. Nc,D
    Reviewed on Friday, April 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I like it
    • I like this product. I use it with my CLEAR face wash. I tried using it daily but it made areas of my skin dry and flaky. Currently I alternate between this and benzoyl peroxide and haven't had any dry patches. It helped to clear some of my acne. Hopefully the RESIST foam will help with the rest.

  13. Barbarah
    Reviewed on Monday, March 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Travel Tip
    • For traveling I took a piece of plastic wrap, unscrewed the top of the product, placed the wrap doubled over the large opening and re-screwed with the wrap well over the edge of the top. Just to make certain, I put the bottle in a plastic bag, but there was no leakage. When the wrap was tossed by housekeeping in one hotel, a throwaway shower cap worked in a pinch!

  14. Ashleigh P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Clear Skin, poor packaging
    • I absolutely love the product itself! I found that I do no require the 3 step system as it was too harsh on my skin. I use my regular drug store face wash and then I use the exfoliating solution afterwards. My skin has certainly cleared up. It has even helped correct some dry problem areas. My only complaint is the packing or seal. During a recent trip, half of the product had leaked out even after ensuring it was closed and tightened. Other than that, it is a great product for my skin!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Hi Ashleigh! We're glad you're liking your CLEAR Extra Strength formula! Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose.  Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump.  However, if you contact Customer Care they will be happy to help out with a replacement. 

    —Admin
  15. Amy O.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail Desert Island Product
    • Keeps my oily, acne-prone skin clear used 1/x day. Also works well to keep mild KP on my upper arms at bay. I have been using this product every day for 15 years and I would never leave home without it.

  16. Dani
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love,Love,Love
    • I love most of PC's skin care products I have all the lines of PC skin care and I alternate. The people with the bad reviews seem to not follow a skin care system. You need to use the products as a system. I use a cleanser (usually CLEAR because I love it, then an Exfoliate solution (usually CLEAR), then the skin perfecting AHA or BHA gel, then the RESIST dark spot eraser, then an antioxidant serum (alternating the SKIN BALANCING OR RECOVERY) then a moisturizer. Need to use complete regimen.

  17. E.D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Works For Others... But Just Not For Me
    • I just starting using Paula's products due to the great reviews. I recently purchased CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid exfoliant. It gave me a severe case of dryness. Tried it on and off for a few days but same effect. It also made my skin so itchy! I hope to try the Regular one.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your experience, and we're sorry that the CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness wasn't a fit for you!  There may be a variety of reasons why you had the response you did, and so the best course is to consult our Customer Care Team at custserv@paulaschoice.com. They would be happy to help with advice on how you can find the best Paula's Choice products to treat your concerns, as well as assist with samples and a refund/exchange of your current CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness product.

    —Admin
  18. SANDY S.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    works!
    • My daughter in law had a lot of acne after her baby was born. She tried several products and nothing seemed to work. I told her about Paulas Choice and she said she would give it a try. I ordered the regular first and she said she needed the extra strength. It is amazing to see the difference in her skin after just a few months!! She is so happy with it and I hope it works for you!

  19. TC
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    same as old 2% BHA
    • This seems the same as the 2% BHA solution (which predates it). Both very good products.

  20. Cam
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Easily the best exfoliator/toner I've ever used
    • For reference, I'm a 25-year-old man who's tried all sorts of OTC treatments and cleansers, and was on Accutane in high school during the worst of it. I still have oily, blemish-prone skin, especially on my chest and arms, but this has been a remarkable help alongside the cleanser. I've gotten significantly fewer new pimples, and those I already had have gone or been reduced a good deal. Here's hoping my second bottle, along with the BHA 9 I'm trying, will take care of the last stubborn ones!

  21. Drew
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 09, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not for me
    • I used up two of the trial size bottles of this. Or at least everything that didn't leak out when I took it on vacation with me. I actually like the weird thick texture and this product did a fantastic job of reducing blackheads on my nose, and making existing ones easier to extract. But ultimately it ended up being way too drying for me. It made the skin on my cheeks red and flaky. I'm going to try the regular strength version and hope it has the same benefits this one does.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your experience! Many have found that if you cannot tolerate the use of the CLEAR Extra Strength 2% BHA as your daily exfoliant, alternating it with the CLEAR Regular Strength 2% BHA is a perfect balance. Hope that helps!

    —Admin
  22. Noor Anggerainie A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 26, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My exfoliant forever.
    • It helps to exfoliate and control my acne prone skin. Since my teenagehood, I've used the physical scrub. I wish that I can turn back time. Maybe I will have a perfect skin if I know this product long time ago.

  23. Cathy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This product has changed my life. PC: Thank you so much!! Can't live without this
    • I seriously cannot thank PC's enough.Since using this product my skin has changed 100% - NOTHING gave me perfect, smooth clear skin (I tried Retin-a, Pro-Activ, BP treatments,. . ). My skin never breaks out anymore. It's soft, the redness is gone. I was even asked to be in promotional photos for work- and have random people asking me all the time now what I do to keep my skin so clear and healthy looking! I like the texture, easy to apply and doesn't dry out or irritate my skin, it's amazing!

  24. YurieH
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 24, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Too much greasy for my skin
    • It is not for my skin. My skin produces a lot of oil. I think a product similar to water will fit my skin better, but this product leaves a greasy layer on my skin. After just 1 hour everybody could see my skin shiny due to the excess oil. After a trial week strictly follow guidance with hope, I had more pimple and break out than before I used it and had to stop. Not recommend for people who has the same skin type as me, and look for a water liked toner.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Thanks for your review! We suspect you'll prefer the texture and finsh our our CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, Regular Strength. Please contact us for details.

    —Admin
  25. Rachael M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I am 36 & have battled acne since 12 years of age. I have taken oral meds & tried all kinds of products with low success rates(even those expensive prescription ones). This product along with the Clear Cleanser and Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel have finally given me clear skin!!! Plus I am no longer taking oral medication & my skin looks & feels amazing! Wish I had found this so much sooner. I have been using them 2 months & am glad the free shipping made it totally risk free!

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What makes this product unique?
Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution provides an almost immediate reduction in blackheads, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation with 2% salicylic acid.

Unlike most products designed for acne-prone skin, Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution doesn't use harsh, irritating ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, or camphor that can make acne worse.

Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is designed to penetrate deeper into the pore lining than our Regular Strength Clear exfoliant for fast, concentrated results on stubborn, more serious breakouts.

Ongoing use can guarantee significantly Clearer, smoother, even-toned skin and can significantly reduce redness from acne lesions.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8.

Who is this product for?
This product is recommended for all skin types experiencing mild to moderate acne, stubborn blackheads, or white bumps. It is suitable for men or women, teens and adults alike.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Chemical Research in Toxicology, January 2008, pages 53–69; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Key Ingredients: salicylic acid, methylpropanediol, green tea

Product Ingredients:

Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and gently stroke over face. Pay special attention to acne- and blackhead-prone areas. Do not rinse. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, and mucous membranes. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day.

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.

How does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution differ from Paula's regular BHA products?

Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is actually identical to our longstanding, best-selling 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid. The original product is so effective at keeping acne under control that Paula decided to add this formula to her Clear line so it is a distinct part of this 3-step routine for those struggling with blemishes. If you're already using our 2% BHA Liquid, you don't need to switch to this product; either way, you're getting an exceptional product to help combat acne, blackheads, and whiteheads while creating smooth, healthy skin.

Why does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution feel tacky and/or greasy on my face?

Most likely because you're using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a "greasy" feel on the skin. Many customers have remarked how silky-soft their skin is as a result of Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, and that is the result of the humectants working with the BHA to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. To eliminate the tacky feeling, press a tissue gently onto skin after the exfoliant has been absorbed. This removes any residual product while not affecting efficacy.

What's the difference between the Regular and Extra Strength Clear exfoliants? Both contain 2% salicylic acid!

The difference between the Regular and Extra Strength exfoliants is in the delivery systems and their textures. Both anti-acne exfoliants contain 2% salicylic acid but the Regular Strength has a nearly weightless feel on your skin and a pH of around 3.9, making it gentler on the skin. The Extra Strength version's formula can penetrate deeper into the pore and has a pH of 3.5. It is designed for those with more stubborn or persistent breakouts. Both exfoliants are highly effective options as part of a routine for Clear skin; you may need to experiment with both to see which works best for your skin type. It is also fine to use both: Apply one in the morning and the other at night.

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