CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 217 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 hy

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

Based on 217 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
Large Pores, Acne, Blackheads
    4 oz
    Travel Size...
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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Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2015, volume 8, pages 455-461

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, issue 3, pages 170-6

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

The reviews are true, this product works!


My skin was very predictable, every month, right before my period, I would get that terrible cystic acne (large, painful, deep under the skin) in areas like my chin and sometimes around my nose. I have combination and sensitive skin and it's challenging to find a product that would treat the acne without damaging my skin. I came across this product and was willing to give it a try because of the customer reviews. Ever since I've been using this (it's been 4 months), the cystic acne hasn't returned. When I first got this, I was using it twice a day to help clear the acne on my chin. As that went away, I started to use it once daily (at night after washing my face) because it does leave my skin very dry. After two months and the acne wasn't showing up, I decided to switch to the SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid and I'm still getting great results. I had to post a review because this product actually worked for me in treating cystic acne.


Calgary, AB


Most wonderful acne treatment


For the past few years, I have been dealing with breakouts. Some are very deep and painful. My mom got me started on this cleared my face. Just a few weeks ago, I ran out and tried some other stuff until my order came in and I broken out that quickly. It dries out my oily skin, but it does not make it feel tired and 'dried out.' My face feels amazing. I use the cleaner and this twice a day.




Can't live without this stuff & how I prevent lid leakage.


So the lid/bottle are disappointingly leaky BUT I discovered you can solve this problem by simply leaving the bottle's seal in place and piercing it with a safety pin stuck down through the hole in the lid. This stuff is like a magic potion. I use it every night along with Paul's clinical retinol. If I skip it too many nights my pores get visibly bigger and fill up with blackheads and I break out all over in whitehead pimples. Thanks for giving me my face back, Paula. I haven't had clear healthy skin since I was in 6th grade!




This saved my skin!!!


I can't believe how much this product has changed my life! I suffer from extreme cystic acne and very clogged pores- the kind of cysts that are super painful and horribly ugly... that take weeks to go away, and when they do finally come to a head, it takes another week for them to stop being super ugly and bloody. Basically I had 4 or 5 cysts near and on my chin, and every time they began to heal, another 3 or 4 would pop up. No matter how much makeup I wore, it wouldn't cover the unsightly bumps. I began using this treatment along with the Paula's Choice Clear face wash last week, and within 2 days, my existing cysts and clogged pores totally went away, and no new ones formed!! I am in disbelief... I was in tears because of how happy I was! I have tried everything, thousands of dollars worth of skin care, prescriptions, retin-A, etc. and nothing has ever worked like this! My skin is beautiful now thanks to Paula's Choice... I couldn't be happier or more thankful to have tried this product! I highly recommend this phenomenal product!! Thank you, Paula's Choice for the life changing results!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—


Chicago IL


Holy Grail for Acne


Whenever I see ads for all of those other supposedly miracle acne cures, I am so glad I have this product because this is my miracle acne cure. I have been using for several years and notice if I don't use it for any period of time. I am 50 with extremely oily skin prone to breakouts. I would say this product is the number 1 reason I don't really breakout anymore. Compared to PC other 2% BHA's, this feels oily and slippery when you put it on and doesn't seem like it would be good under makeup but it is. I use this every morning followed by PC Ultra Light Resist Serum, vitamin C serum, and then Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 Moisturizer. I do let this product sit on my skin before I put on the serums and SPF so it can sink in and dry a bit. I have no issues then with my makeup application. If I had to give up my other PC products, this is the last one I would give up. It is expensive but completely worth it.




Great for all skin types-a must have for redness!


You never know how much you need a product until you run out and have to wait a few days for your order to come in! This is definitely one of those products you can't be without! This is great for my sensitive skin and helps with redness. I have normal to dry skin and my husband has oily skin. This product works wonders for both of us!




Finally found something to clear my skin!


I've been using Paula's products for years and have tried almost all of the BHA and AHA exfoliants; and while some worked better than others for me, nothing totally got rid of my breakouts and/or left my skin red and peeling. This finally changed everything! This is my second bottle (like another reviewer, I took it on a flight to India and lost almost all of the first bottle) and I can't be happier with how my skin has cleared up. It is also soft, not dry, and not red. I can't say it's done anything to reduce any pore sizes, but I'm going to try a different serum to see if that helps. PLEASE don't stop making this product!


Springfield, IL


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.






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.




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.




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

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