CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 211 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 211 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.

Show details

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

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!! 💗💗💗


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.




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


Husband Actually Noticed When I Ran Out!


I have been using this product for a while now, and when my replacement order was delayed, I had to go a few weeks not using it every am and pm. And my husband actually noticed that my redness was more pronounced than usual! This is easy to use, and there is nothing else out there on the market. It also keeps my pores clear. Can't say it shrinks my pores (what does?!) but it is great stuff.


Toronto, Ontario


A game changer for my skin


I've been using this exfoliant for a few years. This combined with other products either from the Paula's Choice line, or products she recommends, has COMPLETELY changed my skin. I have struggled with acne since I was 14 or so, and have never have great skin. Even into my late 20's I was still having issues. At 35 now, my skin is by far the best its ever been - I regularly get compliments on my skin now, which sometimes is just hard to believe! I use this product twice a day and its very soothing. Even if I get a pimple now and then, its not some crazy swollen monster - any blemishes that do show up are small and under control. This exfoliant in particular is nice - there don't seem to be any comparable products available from other brands. I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice!!!


Falls Church, VA


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

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