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

Acne, I won’t miss you when you’re gone. Unclog pores, reduce redness, and start a relationship with the healthy skin of your dreams.
Item #: 620
  • Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Redness
  • For All Skin Types

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:

86 out of 100
(Based on 240 Reviews)
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  1. CALLEE J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 17, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not great
    • Didn't work for me. Made my skin red and enlarged the pores on my cheeks. Used it for a week. These problems persisted. Stopped using it for a week. Used it again for several days. Same results. Disappointing.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 19, 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 for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Frosty
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 11, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good but drying
    • This BHA didn't work for me. It makes my skin pretty dry and causes it to flake especially when paired with the Clear cleanser that I use. I will stick with the AHA Daily Smoothing Treatment from now on because it's my favorite Paula's Choice product.

  3. Sandra
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Potent, Keeps acne at bay, but still get some whiteheads
    • This regular strength liquid is pretty potent. I use it at night every night. It dries out my oily skin enough that I need a moisturizing serum at night, and use a mattifying serum in the morning. After regular nightly use for about 4 months, it had pretty much cleared up my breakouts, which tended to be mild to moderate and sometimes inflammatory. I still get occasional pimples, but far fewer and smaller than before. It has helped a bit with whiteheads, but not as much as with the pimples.

  4. Eric S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Powerful, Gentle, Best Texture
    • I love this BHA exfoliant. The original PC 2% BHA Liquid sometimes left me with a sheen, but this product is amazingly light. It applies like water, but is easy to apply with a cotton pad. I was worried that it would not be as effective as the 2% BHA Liquid, but the results are just as great. It also is great for my sensitive skin.

  5. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best SA toner
    • Most SA products on the market are way too irritating, as they contain high amount of alcohol and witch hazel. The solvents used in all of PC's SA products are quite gentle, and I can still see good results with those products. The only downside to this solvent system is the slightly heavier and "oily" texture. I use this product on my body, it definitely helps to maintain the acne counts down, but I still have some bumps and will try the extra strength next.

  6. wendy g.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 25, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Caused breakout
    • It did fade the red spots on my daughters face, but after a couple weeks it dried out her skin and caused her breakouts to get a lot worse. She stopped using it. She will live with red marks for now.

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

    Hello, and thank you for contacting us to share your experience! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  7. Muirne' T.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    There is improvement
    • My skin is mostly dry and sensitive but I do have blackheads on and around nose and chin. Within a couple days of using this product I saw a marked improvement in the area around my nose and my chin. Pores began to reduce and less blackheads. My nose itself still has an issue but even there I see improvement every day. This product does not overly dry my skin and surprisingly it does not irritate it at all. This is first product I have bought for blackheads that actually worked!

  8. Trudie V
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Gave it a good chance..
    • Didn't hate (as it didnt break me out) but I didn't love. I like the texture but at the same time it just felt like I was putting water on my face, no tingling, no improvement. I used for a couple of weeks and then bought a trial size of the bha liquid which I used at night and this 'clear' reg strength for mornings. You can tell the liquid did more as I purged on my cheeks after a few uses but this only lasted a week or so, but even then I didn't see much improvement which is a shame.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 04, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for sharing 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 give you information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Frosty
    • Redness was pretty much gone in two days. Someone said my skin was lovely though i don't know if it was due soley because of this product but I do know that it was because of Paula's Choice and pairing it back down to basics. Only down side is it can be pretty drying.

  10. Shayne F
    Reviewed on Monday, November 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Worked the Second Go-Around
    • My congested skin needed something to "sit" on it, as acne cleansers alone did nothing. Enter the CLEAR system, and I suffered miserably for months- angry breakouts, stubborn cystic bumps, etc. I gave up on the system, but I eventually came back to the exfoliant, because I really believed it could work. This time, I introduced it alone (with a gentle cleanser) and slowly. Now, I use it every evening, and it is my HG!!! I can't say enough about this product. My skin has never been so clear, EVER.

  11. Kellie A.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not useful
    • I was very happy to receive this product. It got here super fast, but as soon as I started using it I began to break out like I used to when I was 13. I take very good care of my skin and hardly get acne so I knew it was the product that caused it. Really disappointed in this product. I went from a few blemishes and red marks to a complete pizza face.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, November 07, 2014

    Hi, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this product didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, which might be able to help you with an exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. Silvio C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfection!
    • Since using this product, I never had better skin. Red marks I had for years are gone, no more breakouts. Absolutely no need to use any other scrub!

  13. Brandi O.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Can not do without it!
    • Such a wonderful product. I've dealt with moderate breakouts since I was a teenager and finally at 23 I have clear skin thanks to PC! As with most ance products, it takes time to noctice any improvements but well worth it. Used it all summer and had clear skin- ran out and went 2 weeks without it, broke out. It's gentle and light feeling. I just love it! (Please leave this formula alone ;)) Good luck ladies & gents

  14. shell
    Reviewed on Friday, October 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Nice, not drying
    • This works really well. Leaves my face refreshed not dry. I've noticed clearer pores all summer!

  15. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally! Something that works!
    • I had breakouts since age 20. Now 36. TIRED of seeing a new spot every morning & wanting to CRY. Finally, tried PC & my face is clear! Filled with joy! The extra strength was too harsh and made me breakout. This one, used 2x a day, is perfect. No flakes, overdrying (oily/combo skin). I guess the whole pH thing IS a much--because other OTC stuff with salicylic acid never worked as well. I'm starting my second full size bottle. Took me 12-16 weeks for full effect so stick with it! THANKS!

  16. Lauren, F
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfection at its finest
    • I LOVE this product. I have tried a few of the BHA exfoliants and this one is my new skin care staple! I love how quick and easy you can apply it, as well as the fact that it is so light and absorbs instantly! i even feel like it hydrates my skin! My skin is clearer and calmer than ever! Thank you so much for this product! Never get rid of it!

  17. Natalie
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 20, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    disappointing
    • I don't get many pimples these days, but I still have red marks from old ones as well as a few blackheads and large, obvious pores. I got this product to try and deal with these problems but after using it every day for about two months I really haven't seen any difference at all. It goes on nicely and feels light and fresh but hasn't had any effect on my skin. Really disappointing after reading so many positive reviews.

  18. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    back acne
    • I've had bacne since a long time ago and there were acne scars on my back because of it. I started using this and the Resist Skin Revealing Lotion in March 2014 and now my bacne is almost gone. took half a year of persistence but it came through!Use this immediately after showering and wiping your back dry, then take a cotton pad and wipe this exfoliating solution first. wait a while for it to be absorbed, then put on the Resist Skin Revealing Lotion. you MUST do it everyday to see results!

  19. corinna b.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressive
    • By FAR the best BHA around. I have mild, hormonal, very annoying adult acne. It's inconsistent and persistent. I've been trying to control it for years. I've only been using this for maybe a month, and my skin looks clearer than it has since high school. At night, I use it together with a highly rated AHA, and it's done absolute wonders for my skin. Not a blemish in sight. I Still get a zit here and there before my monthly, nothing like before. Skin is incredibly smooth, looks firm and beautifu

  20. Amy
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy cow!
    • I've been on prescription retinol for several years now for acne that has persisted into my mid-30s. While my acne was fairly under control with the retinol, I decided to give this a try a few months ago in place of my AHA. The results within just a couple weeks were amazing! I still get a few spots every now and then, but I haven't had skin this clear since elementary school. This is the single biggest impact any product in my entire life has had on my breakouts. Really remarkable.

  21. Monica E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved my face!
    • Where do I begin to tell my story? It's a very long tale that began 2 years ago with no hope in sight until I came across this product in November 2013. I was on the verge of going on Accutane in my middle 30s to fight adult cystic acne when I somehow stumbled on a lady on YouTube raving about Paula's Choice 2% BHA. Fast forward to today 8/18/2014 and my face is clear with not traces of acne. Paula's 2% BHA is my holy grail! I hope it becomes yours soon-Monica

  22. brooke s.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this stuff!
    • I believe this stuff truly works. I've had adult acne for years and have just dealt with it. I always read reviews on beautypedia and would try to buy good products. I finally decided to try Paula's Choice. I'm so glad I did. I use this with the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and the Hydralight lotion. I've been using it consistently since March, and the last 2 months I've noticed a huge different in the amount of breakouts I get. I will buy these products forever!!!

  23. Laura A.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Disappointing - Caused break outs
    • I'm really disappointed with this product. After reading so many positive reviews, I thought this would be great, but I was wrong. Maybe my skin is too sensitive for this product, but it made my face sting and break out. I wasn't convinced this was the problem, because I wanted to believe it would work for me just as well as everyone else, but after stopping it (face cleared up) and starting it again (broke out again), I knew this was the culprit. Chemical exfoliants just might not be for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We agree with your assesment, and encourage you to contact us for a refund.

    —Admin
  24. pretty g.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 02, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    No results!
    • I have combo skin and purchased it based on the results. I like the texture as it goes on as a toner. However, I had high hopes for this expecting it to help with blackheads and pores! Instead it does nothing! I don't know if there is a trick to applying it. Do I need to wait for it do dry before applying my moisturizer? It doesn't seem to exfoliate my skin and I still need a manual scrub.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Thanks for your review! You need to use an exfoliant like this consistently, as part of your daily skincare routine. Clogged pores and blackheads take time to occur, and for some they can take time (more time than most of us would like!) to go away. If you remain unhappy with this product, please contact us for assistance with a refund.

    —Admin
  25. ERIK D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A blessing in a bottle!
    • Just applied this as usual before bed and was thinking,I don't know what I would do without this product,it's truly a blessing to have such a gentle product that delivers.Thanks Paula and Product Development Team!

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What makes this product unique?
Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution brings about an 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 Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution doesn't use harsh, irritating ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, or camphor that can make acne worse.

Its light-as-water texture leaves skin feeling like there is nothing on your face, yet delivers powerful anti-acne benefits all day long.

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

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with an effective pH range of 3.5-3.9.

Who is this product for?
This product is recommended for all skin types experiencing mild to moderate acne, 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 Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; 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 Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

Key Ingredients: glycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, allantoin, salicylic acid, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate

Product Ingredients:

Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Dipropylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Pentylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-17/6/Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

DIRECTIONS: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

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 Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution differ from Paula's regular BHA products?

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution contains salicylic acid just like all of her other BHA products. The difference is that this product is a nearly weightless liquid for those struggling with acne and blackheads. It also contains specialized anti-irritants and a blend of skin-conditioning agents designed to help calm skin that's inflamed and reddened from acne.

Why didn't Paula formulate a 1% salicylic acid exfoliant for the Clear line?

The Clear line was designed to be an over-the-counter routine that's as effective as possible for those struggling with acne. Rather than offer an exfoliant with 1% salicylic acid, Paula opted to use 2% but formulate the exfoliant so its pH is slightly higher but still within range for efficacy. The penetration enhancers chosen help control the release of salicylic acid into the skin; the result is an effective product that's surprisingly gentle.

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 Clear exfoliants is in the delivery systems and their textures. Both 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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