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The best exfoliant but poor packaging
from Honolulu, HI
Comments about CLEAR Regular Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:
This exfoliant control my breakouts. But please change the cap. Twisted cap is better to avoid leaking.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Prevents breakouts- but does not budge clogged pores
I use this product about 3-4 times a week. My skin is too sensitive to be using it anymore than that. I began using on August 2016, and have repurchased it twice in the duration of 8 months. After using this product, I noticed that my breakouts are not as severe as they used to be. About once a month, I would break out in large, red pimples around my forehead and my cheeks. Now, the breakouts aren't as bad as they used to be, but I still have them. Granted, I am 17 years old, so hormonal acne naturally occurs and is nearly impossible to 'cure'I would say that the BHA exfoliant, alongside Paula's Choice BP regular strength, work great when reducing acne. However, they do not remove clogged pores.
Service and delivery comments:
Always delivered on time
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
LOVE this product
By Happy Customer
from Los Angeles
I never write product reviews but figured it was time to finally write about how much I love this product. I've suffered from mainly hormonal breakouts for as long as I can remember (I'm 28 now). I've tried everything in the drugstore and have experimented with various "natural" approaches. I finally tried this product, along with the face wash and blemish cream, and absolutely fell in love. My skin GLOWS. I still get an occasional pimple but nothing worth stressing over. I hardly wear makeup now and definitely don't need foundation. I started with the full Clear collection and have realized that for my skin, I really only need this exfoliant. Occasionally I need the blemish cream, but I haven't have to replace it for at least 6 months. Two years ago I NEVER would've thought all I needed was a single product, but turns out, this one is my secret weapon. HIGHLY recommend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Effective but sticky
from Baltimore, MD
I'm in my late 20s and started having breakouts again last year, so I purchased the whole Clear line from Paula's. Of the 3 products in the set, this one has been the most effective at clearing up breakouts. My only complaints are that it leaves my face sticky for a couple hours after applying it (other reviewers seem to say the opposite, so maybe it's just how the product interacts with my skin) and it runs out way faster than the other 2 products in the set. So if you buy the Clear set, buy an extra bottle of the exfoliant, and if you buy it alone, get 2 at a time. Also, I started purchasing the regular strength instead of extra strength after I realized they both have 2% salicylic acid.
I love this product
from san francisco, ca
My skin is acne-prone and flakey, and this product completely re-textured and cleared my skin. I had dry, flakey skin with mild acne around my nose and mouth and within three days of use, my skin became significantly smoother and clearer. It's very effective at eliminating clogged pores and has kept my sensitive skin moisturized and acne-free. It has not irritated my skin at all, and greatly reduces redness. Only downside is the bottle cap, it tends to leak when traveling.
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
2nd only to my favorite RESIST 2%
from Los Angeles, CA
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
(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.
(9 of 9 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.
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