Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Speedy, powerful 5% benzoyl peroxide goes after acne-causing bacteria and redness in a flash. Kick breakouts to the curb—self-confidence is moving in.
Item #: 611
  • Acne Breakouts
  • For All Skin Types
  • Effective on blemishes, yet gentle on skin

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

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Customer Ratings:

82 out of 100
(Based on 75 Reviews)
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  1. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not worth it
    • I did not feel that using this product (or the regular strength) made any difference for me. I tried both in the trial package first and am glad that I did so that I knew not to waste my time with the full version.

  2. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fast acting and powerful!
    • I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. I rarely break out anymore, though, because I use various PC products on my skin. However, hormones happen, and sometimes I still get blemishes. Once they start, I apply this product to them, and it knocks them out quickly! I don't need this daily or even weekly, but I always have it on hand, just in case of a blemish emergency. Great stuff!

  3. Jason B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    White Streaks
    • I don't know how I am going to use this because it leaves big white streaks all over my face even after rubbing it in and I can't get rid of the white streaks (unless I wash my face,which would defeat the purpose.) Not sure what to do. I was hoping it would soak in but it just kind of sits there on the surface of my skin. On the plus side, it's got the sort of stinging feeling I like. It makes me feel clean after using the Clear cleanser and toner. Those products don't make me feel clean.

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

    Hi Jason! What you've described is a bit unusual, and isn't typical. The CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Treatment can remain visible if an excess is applied to skin and allowed to dry, but when applied in the appropriate amount (about a dime-sized drop for the entire face) it should absolutely dry clear. If you still find that you are experiencing this during use, contact our Customer Care Team for more assistance.

    —Admin
  4. Kristina G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail Product
    • Can't say enough good things. When I get pimples, they are stubborn! The redness reduction is almost immediate. With diligent application, my pimples are gone in 2 days.

  5. Wahoonito Z.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Effective
    • It is effective. I only use it once a day in the morning and last 2-3 months. Does what it claims.

  6. Dennis M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Amazing! (3 Months Used)
    • This stuff is really amazing! Honestly, I've been taking isotretinoin so I don't know if this was the cause of acne clear up (and my face cleared up about 70%), but it feels so nice when you put it on and next morning when I wake up. It calms and smooths the skin that I'd rather use this even after my acne is completely gone. However please note that this is extra strength so I advise you to try a sample of 2.5%. I had a burning sensation for the first 2 days (maybe bc I have partially dry skin)

  7. M.M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle for Active Acne
    • I brought this product about 2 years ago and it was just laying around on my counter since I was very skeptical. But when I started breaking out more often, I decided to give it a try. All I can say is WOW...this product literally STOPS the inflammation process and reduces the life of active acne. I've tested it, time and time again and it never fails! I'm very satisfied with CLEAR Extra Strength 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as it's the only BP product that has worked without drying out my skin out!

  8. L A
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Acne Cure
    • If you like Benzoyl Peroxide or you've never tried it before, GET THIS. It's the best OTC acne treatment I've ever used. My boyfriend uses it daily and it cured his acne. I would also suggest 2% BHA liquid from PC too, to keep your skin exfoliated and smooth. The only other acne cure comparable to this is Differin gel, which needs a prescription, and its not as affordable. Try this first! It even has anti-irritants which most peroxide treatments don't have! Plus the shipping is cheap and FAST!

  9. Marilynn C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not for me
    • This one is not for me. I tried it several times thinking that maybe it was reacting with another product (I purchased the PC Skin Balancing System & BHA 9 as well, so I tried different combinations). Unfortunately no matter what I've done this product causes my skin to become bright red and itch so bad that I want to peel my skin off, especially the jawline and neck area. It does help reduce my acne and got rid of the bumps overnight. I wish it had worked out differently.

  10. Carly G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 28, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Staple in my routine for years, still the best BP on the market!
    • When I was 21, my health insurance decided to stop covering my prescription for BenzaClin. That was the first product that ever cleared up my skin and I was so upset when I found out I could no longer afford it. I did a bit of research and picked up this product because it was the only thing I could find that had the same BP percentage as the BenzaClin. The Extra Strength BP works JUST as well as BenzaClin and I have been a faithful Paula's Choice customer ever since- and I just turned 28. :)

  11. Michelle G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 28, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    amazing product
    • I am shocked at how well this treatment performs! It is very effective, and I love how you can wear makeup over it.

  12. Jennifer S.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 22, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love the new formula
    • I really love this product; never before had I found a benzoyl peroxide product that went on smoothly enough to apply makeup over! I've been using this product in its various guises for several years now and been very happy with it. And the newest formulation has an awesome texture! It feels smoother and more like a lotion; previous iterations always had a slight (very slight) grittiness to them. I'll never be acne-free (I'm 40), but this and BHA have given me the best skin of my life.

  13. Rebecca K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 02, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very Effective
    • This 5% BP is very strong stuff and very effective if your skin can tolerate it. This is the strongest BP I have ever used and although very effective on acne it is too harsh on my skin when I put it a very thin layer all over my face. I used the 2.5% BP as well and that was just as effective but I didn't have the issues using it all over my face that I had with the 5%. This is just too strong for me. My brother ( who also has oily skin) loves the 5% and has experienced no issues with it at all.

  14. Erica B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 19, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Product!
    • Best benzoyl peroxide product I have tried! It goes on smooth and is non-irritating..just make sure you let your face dry completely for about 30 minutes before you smooth it on and a very thin layer is all you need! Love it! I have acne prone skin - cystic type acne- and this keeps it clear along with the Paulas choice bha liquid 2%!

  15. Jay C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 14, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Gentle and Effective
    • I normally am not a fan of benzoyl peroxide on my skin. I find it very drying. But used sparingly as a spot treatment I find this formula gentle and effective!

  16. Rosey T
    Reviewed on Monday, September 09, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Quick results
    • I don't have a face covered in acne but what I have is very angry and sticks out a LOT. I picked up the trial size of the 5% and try to use it 1-2 times a day after cleansing. After the first use, I noticed it drying out my acne and my skin seemed more consistent which is nice after having bad skin from over-plucking and big pores. The more I use it the more my acne seems to disappear, even the leftover acne marks from a few months back are fading away. I'm ordering the Full Size as I type this!

  17. Tracey T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 01, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    1st time in 30 years I can use a mere 5% benzoyl peroxide
    • I've been using benzoyl peroxide since I was ~16, back when it was an Rx. I'd used Clean & Clear's 10% formula for the last 20 years. I've tried downgrading to their 5%, but my skin didn't react kindly, producing more breakouts without the 10% level. With some hesitation, I tried Paula's 5% formula and was surprised that my skin liked it. It's far less irritating, my flakes are fewer, and I'm able to incorporate some retinoids into my skin care now. Thanks, Paula — again! :-D

  18. Cynthia W.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 23, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I stand corrected
    • I tried this product years ago, liked it, but was able to find 5% BP OTC and went with that for convenience. Now it is hard to find a good 5% BP OTC, so I returned to PC. I was scared off by the laureth-4, as in other brand names, it has caused my skin to become very irritated. I learned that you can't just look at one ingredient but the entire formulation. I've used this for two weeks now and am very impressed. It is so silky to apply and my pores look clear. PC, I'm your fan!

  19. Olga C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    too strong
    • This formula is way too strong for me. I will try switching to 2.5% It does a good job clearing up my acne though.

  20. Naomi W.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 06, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me I guess
    • While this did work to begin with it seemed to stop working one day (my second tube) and I had the worst break out in a long time. With my most recent order I received the regualr strength full kit in a sample size and I used that bp and it seems to be clearing up very quickly - although I did get the anit aging skin hydrator as well so possibly the combination of the two....must be something in it that irritated me too much

  21. Susie C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 14, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Ever Benzoyl Peroxide
    • I am 99.9% positive that there isn't another benzoyl peroxide that can touch this one. I've tried other benzoyl peroxide products (Mainly when I've needed something to tie me over until the Paula's Choice shipment arrives--usually within 2-3 days) and the others leave streaks/are drying. In contrast, this is thin, feels great and goes on smoothly. My skin stays clear, even, and smooth when I use this product faithfully. I've been using this for 10 years and probably will forever!

  22. JORDAN K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 24, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    2 years and I still love it!
    • I used to use the clear system, but my skin has improved so much in the last few years (thanks to Paula), that i switched to using other Paula products but still include this 5% Ben. Pero. and it keeps my skin clear and occasional breakouts short and very mild. Traveled once without it and I missed it soooo much, I love this product. Not sticky or burning like other brands of acne lotion. I have fair combination skin, and am in my 20s, for me this has worked great and I highly recommend.

  23. Gordon N.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works great, but not for me
    • I chatted with a Paulas choice rep who recommended this product along with many others, so i ordered it. I put it on at nightime and woke up to a sunburnt looking and feeling face. While it did away with almost all of my acne, and dramatically reduced it, i cannot bear the pain i feel from the product and the red pigmentation. I rate this product a 5/5 because it did what i expected it too, took care of my pimples quickly and effectively, but i guess I'm just too sensitive...probably should have tried the 2.5%. Oh well, all in all good product!!!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 18, 2013
    Thank you for your review, and we are sorry to learn of your experience! Some find antibacterial products like benzoyl peroxide sensitizing, which may the the result of the stronger concentration of the Extra Strength. We encourage you to contact our Customer Care team for help in finding an alternative and/or processing a credit for your product.
    —Admin
  24. HUI T.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 21, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Happy with this product
    • This product works! I have bad breakouts and it does make the acne go away faster.

  25. Tammy S.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 14, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite Benzoyl Peroxide product ever
    • This silky lotion feels great on the skin, is not irritating at all, works well even under makeup, and is the most effective over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide treatment I've ever used. It doesn't replace prescription acne treatments, but you won't find anything better without a prescription.

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What makes this product unique?
Persistent or stubborn acne has met its match thanks to Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment. This 5% benzoyl peroxide solution works instantly to eliminate acne-causing bacteria to stop blemishes in their tracks.

Unlike most benzoyl peroxide-based acne products, Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment contains no harsh or irritating ingredients that can make acne worse, such as alcohol, menthol, or camphor.

Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment also contains soothing anti-irritants to help skin heal and reduce red marks caused by blemishes. It has a super-light lotion texture that sets to a matte finish, and can be worn under makeup.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment works great for all skin types struggling with stubborn, persistent acne. It is suitable for men or women, teens and adults alike.

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, February 2010, pages 712–718; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, February 2010, pages 131–136; Dermatologic Clinics, January 2009, pages 33–42; British Journal of Dermatology, August 2008, pages 480–481; and Dermatology Therapy, March-April 2008, pages 86–95; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 873–880; Lancet, December 2004, pages 21882195; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, September-October 2000, pages 292–296; and www.naturaldatabase.com.

Key Ingredients: benzoyl peroxide, allantoin, bisabolol

Product Ingredients:

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (anti-bacterial agent) Inactive: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and exfoliating with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, cover the affected area with a thin layer of Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment 1–3 times a day. Because some people may experience dryness when they first start using a product with benzoyl peroxide, it may be necessary to reduce application to once every other day or, if twice daily application proves to be too much, reduce application to once daily, morning or evening.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone (the active ingredient in our RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser Lotion & Gel) and benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in our Clear Skin Clearing Treatments) at the same time. A temporary dark staining of the skin may occur. If accidentally used together, wash the skin with soap and water to remove the staining.

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.

Can the Clear Extra Strength Treatment be used with prescription tretinoin/retinoid products?

Research has shown that benzoyl peroxide can, in fact, be applied at the same time with tretinoin/retinoid prescription products such as Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, or their generic counterparts (Source: The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, October 2010, pages 26-28).

Can I use the Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatments with Benzoyl Peroxide at the same time as a product that contains retinol? 

Great question! This is an often misunderstood subject—we’ve read and heard it claimed that retinol and benzoyl peroxide cannot be used together for fear they will adversely affect each other’s stability.  However, what is often missing from these claims is any cited corroborative studies, and with good reason, because the scientific and medical research actually says the two ingredients can complement each other—which is good to know, whether you’re dealing with acne alone or the unwelcome mix of wrinkles plus breakouts! (Cutis 2009 & 2012, Journal of Drugs and Dermatology 2013).

Why doesn't Paula's Choice offer a 10% strength benzoyl peroxide?

Paula feels that once you have tried a 2.5% and then a 5% benzoyl peroxide product and determined that these did not give you results, the next sensible step is to look into a prescription topical antibiotic for blemishes such as Benzamycin or Clindamycin. Trying a 10% benzoyl peroxide may prove effective for some, but the kickback from the irritation and excessive dryness that can occur at this level may not be worth it when there are prescription products that can be more effective without the strong side effects. In any event, truly stubborn blemishes almost always require the care and supervision of a competent dermatologist.

What happened to your Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution?

Nothing happened except a name change! The same formula that's worked so well for thousands of Paula's Choice customers struggling with acne has been renamed and added to our Clear line. Paula wanted to reposition this product as part of her streamlined, 3-step approach for achieving Clear skin. Other than the name, Clear Extra Strength Treatment Daily Skin Clearing Treatment is identical to our former Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Treatment.

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