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Too Strong, Regular BHA Too Weak
from Lexington, Ky
Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant - 4 oz:
I guess I'm one of those unfortunate individuals that the more I age, the more sensitive my skin is getting. The only upside is the less stuff I use the better off I am - otherwise it's cystic acne city. I had been using the PC acne line of products, but found the regular version of this BHA to be ineffectual. So, I went to using this one. It seemed to be suitable and worked well with my skin up until recently. I started to have nasty breakouts on areas of my face I'd not had acne on before. I decided to stop using everything and went back to simply washing with a very basic wash, I use a little BP 2.5%, and I moisturize (with/without sunscreen night, day). Other than a light BB cream during the day (PC brand), I don't use any foundations or additional topical products. Once I eliminated this Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant from my regime, my acne cleared right up. What sucks is when I would buy this, I did it in bulk when PC had a good sale. Now I'm stuck with two unopened bottles that are otherwise worthless to me because I'm passed the return for refund period.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Can't live without it
from Lexington, KY
I have persistent adult acne. This controls my breakouts to once a month. If I switch to any other 2% product, I get breakouts during the month. I use it in the morning. It does leave a sticky film on your skin, but I let it dry before putting on my other products - antioxidant serum and then sunscreen. It works very well with makeup. I only wish this came in a supersize because I use probably 1.5 bottles a month.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Definitely not for me. . .
from Middleburg, FL
I really wanted to like this product. I'm a big fan of PC's practices, which include assisting customers with finding good skin care products outside her brand, the fact that the products are cruelty-free, and their generous sample policy. However, this BHA, and many other products in the line, just don't jive with my skin type. Maybe this can be attributed to my skin's sensitivity, but I can use other things(glycolics, retinols, etc.)with no trouble. All of the PC products have caused a reaction on my face, and with this one, it was immediate. It left a tingling sensation, which I enjoyed for a minute. . .until it turned to itching and burning. It wasn't worth it, and I washed it off after a few minutes. It felt greasy anyway, and I can't imagine using it as a leave-on toning product. Fortunately, I only purchased it in the sample size. I'm not petty enough to ask for a refund on a five-dollar purchase, and I think the sample might work on other parts of my body(neck, chest, etc.) Unfortunately, this one sealed the deal for me-I won't be returning to the brand for skin care anytime soon.
from Dallas, TX
This stuff is more effective that another clear exfoliant, but can be too harsh on my sensitive skin. I use it every other evening, because my breakouts are very stubborn
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Philadelphia, PA
It get's rid of my acne almost entirely and quickly heals the reddish purple scars that the acne leaves behind, but even with the most moisturizing moisturizers I can find, my skin still feels stiff and dry while using this. Overall, I'm not really sure that this is the product for me. I think I'll try the 2% BHA lotion instead.
Service and delivery comments:
Delivery was fast as always, and as always, the products I ordered were in perfect condition.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from MO - Missouri
About Me Finicky Beauty Lover
Love the product. Bottle is terrible.I am fiercely loyal to the standard PC 2% BHA liquid (in the white bottle), but I bought the Clear 2% BHA formula because it was on sale. This particular one is a bit more greasy than the other formula, but otherwise ok. I used this for a few weeks and started to break out, but the breakouts ended up being from an expired sunscreen. My skin started to love this after I removed the other irritating component from my routine.This product itself, DEFINITELY earns 4 stars. I especially like it when combined with the Paula's Choice toner for oily skin (I didn't believe in toner until I tried this one--seriously go try it).The one deal breaker with Clear Extra Strength: THE BOTTLE IS LEAKY. Don't put this in your carryon. Don't put it in your makeup bag. It can live in your medicine cabinet. I have probably wasted a good amount of this product exfoliating the inside of my makeup back and duffle. I don't want to buy products that require a zip lock bag when I pack for an overnight.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Wow! I have tried everything to control my adult acne. I get a lot of under the skin bumps that leave major hyper pigmentation. After one application, I could tell a major difference the next morning! A week later and my face just keeps getting better and better! Red marks have faded and no new acne. So thankful for this product. I have literally tried everything- store brands to a dermatologist line. This has been a miracle product!
A little pricey but it really works
from Boulder, CO
Best part of this product is the fact that you don't have to use a heavy moisturizer afterwards to combat drying effects - There's no alcohol in it. Just a mild tingle after usage, no burning.Very expensive for the small amount, which runs out quickly because of the twice a day usage. But hey, it actually works, which is why I'm willing to pay the price!I would love to see a 6 oz supply for a better price! :)
Extremely fast shipping.
Great product used in tandem with the Skin Clearing Treatmen
from Allentown, PA
I have combination skin and am always looking for a blemish spot treatment. While Paula's Choice offers a number of products specifically made for that purpose, I've found that the CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant plus the CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment With 5% Benzoyl Peroxide provide an exceptional one-two punch for any blemish I have! Because of the dry areas of my skin, I don't apply these products all over my face as one with acne would do. Instead, I apply them with a q-tip on particular blemishes before going to bed, and they work SO WELL.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
My holy grail product
About Me Acne Prone Skin, Skin Care Enthusiast
I am 30 years old and have dealt with acne prone skin since I was a teenager. In pursuit of the perfect routine to minimize breakouts and maintain hydration, I have adjusted my daily skin care routine as new Paula's Choice products are introduced. I realize that not everyones skin reacts the same to certain products, but if you are struggling with acne I strongly recommend giving this a try.I have used this exfoliant for a few years and this is the only product that is a nightly MUST!!! It has completely transformed my skin and minimized my breakouts. I began using this with the CLEAR Extra Strength kit which was perfect starting point for developing a personalized skin care routine. I now use this product in combination with RESIST products (normal to oily skin). I will continue to use this product for as long as it is available.