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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
2nd only to my favorite RESIST 2%
from Los Angeles, CA
Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:
I have cycled through nearly all of the Paula's Choice BHAs, & Clear Regular Strength 2% BHA ended up being my 2nd favorite after RESIST 2% BHA. Clear BHA is a water-weight liquid, has a neutral scent, & soaks in very quickly, leaving the skin slightly plumped and ready for the next skin care step. Its consistency is such that I can use it as a toner and treatment in one step. It is super under my sunscreen in the AM, & does not contribute to any extra oiliness or shine. I have never had any irritation from this BHA, and in fact find it slightly soothing. It has been best for regular maintenance of clear pores rather than an antidote for severely clogged skin, however, it has been fairly good at occasional spot treatment. The consistency is very similar to RESIST 2% BHA, so is a good backup if my favorite RESIST is ever out of stock. Clear Regular Strength is a slightly lower price per ounce than the RESIST, so it is a better value if anti-aging ingredients are not wanted / needed.Below are my rankings for various qualities I was seeking in a BHA treatment (1 = best, 5 = worst). Clear hits a sweet spot for my skin due to its balanced formula and versatility for daily use. Gentleness1) Calm 1% lotion2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth3) Clear 2% regular strength liquid4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gelEffectiveness 1) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel2) Clear 2% regular strength liquid3) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Calm 1% lotionTexture and ease of use in daily skin care routine1-2) Resist 2% liquid / PC4Men Soothe + Smooth or Clear 2% regular strength liquid3) Calm 1% lotion4) Skin Perfecting 2% lotion5) Skin Perfecting 2% liquid or gel
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Attention all skeptics....TRY IT!!!
from Ontario, Canada
I've always suffered from mild acne since my teens, but I recently went through a ridiculous breakout. I was using a different exfoliant by Paula's Choice before but decided to try this one instead since I have active blemishes. Wow, am I ever glad I made this decision! I had a few cysts (which I very rarely get) on my cheeks and jaw line and this stuff wiped them right out!!! Within 2 days I had a major improvement on the size of the cysts, they were flat and not painful anymore. I continued to use this morning and night for almost 2 weeks now. The cysts have long since vanished, and now the rest of my skin is following suit. My skin is so smooth, even and the pores are much smaller. The blackheads on my nose are basically completely gone. This exfoliant has done a much better job than the other one I was ordering. I am so happy to have FINALLY found something that works, that is gentle enough on my skin AND animal friendly. I'm not saying this is a miracle juice or anything, I have worked hard to get my skin clear. I wash my face day and night, and moisturizing is CRUCIAL for happy skin. But, using this as part of my regime has certainly brought out the best and taken my skin above and beyond.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Love this- but the bottle leaks!
from Calgary, Canada
This product has really helped clear-up my skin but it's super annoying because when I carry it in my gym bag or travel with it the bottle leaks. It's also wasteful.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not bad, but not good either
from Vancouver, Canada
I have very oily skin, and wanted to use this product to control the blackheads on my face. This BHA product has a pH of 3.9 according to Paula's choice, which means that it is VERY gentle for a BHA exfoliant.This product goes on like water, and absorbs/evaporates just as quickly without leaving any residue behind. It is not irritating at all.This did reduce the blackheads on my face, but just by a little. If you have a very mild case of blocked pores, or if you have very sensitive skin, this is right for you. However, you might want to consider the extra strength one, or the skin perfecting line if you have anything worse than a very mild case of blocked pores.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Portland, OR
I am really impressed with this product and I didn't have high hopes! I used Retin A for 5 years, stopping after using the 0.01% for a year to no avail; my skin never adjusted and I was always a red, raw, dry, flakey, itchy mess (yet my doctor kept saying to "push through it??). I then tried differin gel for acne and even though it's much gentler, I still was not happy with my skin texture (and still breaking out). I decided to stop all retinol products and just go back to basics, but include this product in my new lineup. I am so glad I did! It's been 3 weeks now and no breakouts, skin texture and tone is much improved, redness and irritation are gone! I have had way better results with this exfoliant than I swear I ever had on prescription retinoid products. We aren't all the same, but I feel this is worth a try especially if you can get samples.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Dallas, TX
it is a good exfoliant, doesn't cause any dryness or redness, even though I have super sensitive fair skin, however it didn't remove my blackheads, but I'm noticing a huge difference if do not use it - blackheads gets way worse
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Holy Grail for my skin!!
from Washington, DC
This is hands down the most effective product I use on my face. For reference, I have dry skin that is EXTREMELY clogged pore prone. So finding good products has always been a struggle. I had been using another PC exfoliator (their most popular) and it was good, don't get me wrong. But this is what I really needed to unclog my poor pores! I had been using wayyyy too heavy of creams on my face (for the dryness) which just jam packed my pores and created such a skin disaster for me. The previous exfoliator I was using helped, but I was still struggling.I bought the travel size of this on a complete whim, used it for 2 or so days and now I'm hooked. The next day my skin looked so much better I wanted to cry! Even the blackheads on my nose were very literally falling out. And it is so so gentle. No stinging and no drying my skin out. I can not say enough good things about this product. I also enjoyed that it did not have that greasy feel like the other exfoliators I have tried.If you are struggling with clogged pores and can't find anything to help, you need to buy this. You will definitely not regret it!
from Atlanta, GA
About Me Aesthetician, Makeup Artist, Naturalist, Shop Owner
I really like this product and feel that it does a good job.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
This is a miracle worker
I'm not one to write reviews but I'm compelled to share how I feel about this product because I know what it's like to struggle with acne. I'm 34 with acne prone, combination skin. I used this product in the past and loved it but stopped for a few years because I was living abroad and couldn't get it. I just started using it again and it's amazing. I use this BHA every night after I wash my face and when I look at my face in the morning I literally see big results. This is the only product I've ever used that actually visibly produces results overnight. Seriously, I'm amazed. If I have any bumps, pimples or red areas from past breakouts they're remarkably faded/reduced in the morning and then they completely vanish as you keep using the product. It even helps for dry patches (I get dry patches on my chin otherwise I have oily skin). My skin is more evenly toned and clear. It changes your skins texture! And It really does prevent more break outs. I don't have serious acne, just prone to it so I use it once a day and that's enough for me but you can use it twice a day. If you have more acne you can always try the extra strength. Try it!!
from Denville, NJ
I absolutely love this. I found the Resist and lotion ones to be not a great fit, but this is perfect. I think it's the redness calming factor. It took out my pesky cyst. I highly recommend!