CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 207 reviews


CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hy

CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Based on 207 reviews


This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hydration for healthy, flake-free skin.
  • For stubborn acne
  • Unclogs blackheads and minimizes pore size
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Enlarged Pores, Acne Breakouts, Blackheads

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Why is it different?

CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid has a potent acne-fighting formula that immediately reduces blackheads, pimples, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores and calming redness.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Say no to harsh scrubs that do more harm than good to skin. This non-irritating anti-acne powerhouse exfoliates dead skin in the most gentle, non-abrasive way possible. There are no harsh ingredients of any kind that can cause more problems for your skin. Its silky fluid texture leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. Even suitable for skin prone to cystic acne.
How to use

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 30 or greater.

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Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%
Inactive Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

Literally amazing but travel with precautions!!


Omg of all the industry BHAs I've tried, this one is the only one that keeps my stubborn nose blackheads at continual bay. I've tried almost all of Paula's BHAs and like them all for different reasons - but careful when you fly the containers do leak!! All the current BHA containers will leak out 1/3-1/2 of your product depending on how long you are in air, how your bag is handled, etc. They just aren't made to be upside down, if they were someone would complain about that too! AnywAy First time this happened I just chatted PC staff and they sent me a new one for FREE! Now I recommend using Glad press and seal under the lid, using a travel container or they then suggested purchasing their sample products to keep it safe to take with you. In either case it's a great product just listen to the reviewers and if you must take the full size with you, put press n seal under the lid, or carry in a separate compartment. Next time, I'm just gonna use travel containers but great customer service for a mistake that was all mine, I'll tell you that.



Too sticky/greasy


I was using the regular strength exfoliant twice a day before moisturizing. I tried to use this in the morning before putting on my makeup. It never dried up so that I could apply moisturizer and makeup. I'm sticking with the regular stuff.



Dehydrated My Skin


I have normal to somewhat combo skin. I used this product for a couple of weeks as part of a multi-step skin care routine. Unlike the Resist BHA, this product is sticky and greasy and takes a while to absorb into my skin. Within a week my pores were clogged and I began to sprout blackheads on my cheeks. I thought maybe the increase in blackheads was do to some type of purging process where your skin gets worse before it gets better. I continued to use the product for another week when I realized my skin was actually getting increasingly red/irritated (looked slightly sunburned). This product inflamed and dehydrated my skin- which resulted in increased oil production. After I stopped using this product, I added oregon grape root extract @ 2% to my toner, which helped unclog my pores and restore my skin. It took about a week for my skin to normalize. I have tried several brands of BHA products over the last 3 decades- none of them have been effective. I am beginning to think that the benefits of BHAs are a myth. I do, however, get great results from the Paulas Choice 8% AHA.


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This is the most amazing stuff. It clears up the little bumps I get on my face, and makes my skin feel baby soft. It's so amazing that I actually use it on my whole body several times a week.



What am I doing wrong?


So I just received my trial size kit a few days ago and boy am I glad that I didn't buy the full sizes. I used it in the AM and PM for two days straight until I started noticing that I was breaking out like crazy, but that didn't stop me since I have heard that it was normal. But what I could not stand was the constant itching that my face had. The itchy was coming from underneath my skin. It was so itchy that nothing made my face feel any better! I stopped using it now and today is only the third day and my face is still so itchy at this moment. I did an over night patch test on my forearm to see if maybe I was allergic to any of the ingredients, but I didn't get any reaction. I am so very disappointed that this products did not work out for me; I had very high hopes for these products since I have heard nothing but good things about this brand. Am I the only one experiencing the constant itchy face?? Or is there something that I'm doing wrong? I have completely stopped using my other skincare routine just to try if these would work, Mario Badescu, The Ordinary, Lancôme, and even drug store items have never done this to my face.




Leaves my face so sticky


I originally used the regular strength of this product and loved it. This product however, leaves my face feeling so sticky I can't stand to use it. I guess I'll have to go back to regular strength.

Amber Robertson

Boise, ID



After trying and finding success with CLEAR Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, I thought I would try this product to replace my Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion, which has become increasingly hard to find. Unfortunately, this product did not do much for me. I use it every night and every other day, switching between it and the CLEAR BP product (which is what I did with the Neutrogena); while my blackheads are mostly history (yay!), I've found that I have more stubborn bumps and blemishes than before - particularly around my hair- and jawline. My skin is not softer, and the overall texture is much worse. I apply the product with my hands as I find that too much of it seeps into cotton pads/balls to be of much use. That may be the issue, but I always apply with clean hands directly after washing. I think this product is probably fine for people who only struggle with blackheads, but for someone who is also acne prone, it may not work. I would give it three stars for eliminating the blackheads, but I'm in the middle of an unpleasant breakout as I type this review, so I'm not feeling very generous!


Detroit, MI

Helped Clear Up My Acne


I am 23 and I have adult, cystic acne. I started using the extra strength acne products and they completely cleared up my acne. I still get occasional break outs but my transformation has been amazing. If your out reading this and you have adult acne, invest in this product. It might change your life like it did mine.




The product is good, but the packaging is trash.


It's okay, I feel like it works the same as 2% BHA Liquid, but the packaging is THE worst. It leaks so much no matter how careful you are with closing the lid. I think it leeks out from inside out of the cap... quite annoying. I didn't get rid of my blackheads sadly... which is a bummer, because for some people it works like a charm.




Really Works!


This product is a bit drying, but I still had to give it 5 stars because it really works for me. I've seen a drastic reduction in my acne since I started using it 4 weeks ago. It only took about one week to see a difference. I've tried many other products for acne, and none of them have worked as well as this one.


Atlanta, GA


CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

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