CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Based on 141 reviews
An effective acne treatment that works immediately to fight stubborn acne, prevent future breakouts and reduce red marks.

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

Based on 141 reviews
An effective acne treatment that works immediately to fight stubborn acne, prevent future breakouts and reduce red marks.
  • For stubborn acne
  • No harsh ingredients that can cause dry, flaking skin
  • Lightweight lotion sets to a soft matte finish
  • Use twice daily after cleansing & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
    2.25 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide works on contact to disrupt the causes of acne. Soothing plant extracts calm skin to help skin look calm and soothed. It contains no harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients that can make acne worse. This twice-daily acne solution has a super-light lotion texture that sets to an invisible matte finish, and can even be worn under makeup.
What does it do?
This oil-free, medicated, ultra-light lotion with 5% benzoyl peroxide helps fight existing acne breakouts and prevent future breakouts on the face or body. It controls excess oil, soothes skin, and visibly calms redness, while its hydrating properties minimize dryness and flaking. It’s even appropriate for skin prone to cystic acne.
How to use
Apply after cleansing and exfoliating. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce frequency of application to once per day/every other day. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

For best results, do not use hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide 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.

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Dermatology Clinics, April 2016, issue 2, pages 147-157

Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, issue 1, pages 25-30

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-1122

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine, June 2016, issue 2, pages 57-61

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2013, issue 6, pages 73-76

Skin Therapy Letter, November-December 2010, issue 10, pages 5-7

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine, September 2008, issue 3, pages 170-176

Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (anti-acne)
Inactive Ingredient: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (skin-soothing), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (stabilizer), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Best Treatment product from Paula's choice line


Honestly, the first week I was kind of disappointed and eventually stopped using it because it made my skin itchy and gave it a burning sensation. and a month later while I was still using the other products from the line, I decided that I would give it another try before I throw it away. And My God, I am so happy that I didn't throw it away. I guess my skin adjusted to it and I don't know how to put this in words but this treatment is a tube of miracle when it comes to fighting blackheads and acne. It literally prevents the acne from happening and lightens the previous dark spots on your face. I have been using this every day for a few months now and I can't even imagine not having it in my face care routine. I don't usually write reviews but I realized some people might have experienced it the same way that I did the first time and gave up on it so I'm here to tell you if that's the case do yourself a favor and give it another try and maybe use it less frequent until your skin is adjusted to it. You won't be disappointed.


Miami, Fl


It helps a lot.


I was using another benzoyl product that was 2.5%. I had built up to using a large amount, which is why I decided to try this 5% awesomeness. I expected it to irritate my skin more, but somehow it does not unless I go heavy with exfoliaters before. It dries down surprisingly fast, does not irritate my eyes like the other stuff I used to use, and my sunscreen and makeup don't pill over it. I'm on my 3rd bottle and this really helped my adult acne. I feel like this took care of most of my large acne, and that the PC extra strength clear exfoliater takes care of the small stuff. I put them both all over my face every day and they greatly reduce the chance of getting new acne, and this stuff is vital to my existance.


San jose




I got a super stubborn hormonal breakout out of nowhere and tried every topical on the market to try to clear it up. I even tried Differen Gel!! Nothing was working, so I decided to research simple brands so my skin could calm down a little bit. I came across Paula's Choice from a youtuber and decided to give it a whirl. Best decision ever!! This was the only product that actually cleared up my deep, painful acne on my chin. I am never looking back.






This has been so beneficial for lightening acne and preventing it in the first place! I use this twice a day as a staple in my routine. I have sensitive skin that used to break out constantly. This has tremendously helped reduce all acne to basically none!!




THE best product in my daily routine


I use this product every morning under my makeup and moisturizer and every night under my night mask. It has never dried out or irritated my skin and it is by far the most effective spot and overall skin-perfecting treatment that works in minutes. I am so fortunate to have found this product because I will now be a lifelong customer!


Richmond, VA


Great product but hate the packaging!


I absolutely love the acne line and have been using it for a few years. This product is great to put on stubborn areas at night. The only thing I hate about it is the packaging! You have to store it upright or it leaks all in the cap and wastes a lot of the product. Please, please redesign the packaging!!


Greenville, SC


LOVE this product.....HATE THE PACKAGING!!!


I absolutely LOVE this product....I use it every day! I started using it when I moved into the city, and started to develop breakouts like never before. I purchased this line, and it helped immensely. I swear by it!!! However, I CANNOT stand the packaging. I REALLY wish they would put it into a bottle with a pump. I have purchased two bottles previously, and both of them have had to be stored with the cap facing up, otherwise the product spills out into the cap. And even so, I knock it over constantly in my skincare cabinet. It's a big mess, a waste of product, and irritating!!! PLEASE CHANGE IT!!!!


Chicago, IL


I tailored it so it doesn't irritate


Yes, I almost stopped using it when my skin became irritated, but then I read Paulas skincare book and realized I didnt need to use it twice a day every day like I had been. Now I use it once a day, every other day and my skin isnt irritated. This product really works for getting rid of stubborn acne. I had acne from age 12 to age 37, and this is the product that stopped it for good. It's the best benzoyle peroxide on the market, I thinknow (I've tried almost every other kind) Most other benzoyle peroxide products leave a white film and immediately dry my skin out, but this one goes on smoothly and leaves my skin feeling soft but not oily. I will continue buying this as long as I'm alive. I do sometimes alternate it with the 2.5% benzoyle peroxide.


Madison, WI


< 3 < 3 < 3


This product is the only thing that cleared my breakouts. I was about to give up on topical treatments and try accutane and then a friend reffered me to paulas choice!!! I think it took about a week and a half for my skin to clear up almost completely. I had consistent bumps on my forehead and I would hormonal breakouts on my chin. Now for the first time in years I have clear skin :-) Thank you Paula~!!!!




Bought for son, can see improvement right away.


I bought this for my son who is 12 and has similar skin to mine. Good tone and just a bit of acne but his pores are beginning to clog a little which is giving him some small red pimples & with whiteheads and he is becoming prone to blackheads. I'm trying to show him ow to take care of his skin so he did a warm cloth to open the pores after he washed is face in the shower. Then we applied this product and after the first use his skin looks much less "congested" clear and glowing and the appearance of blackheads is less.


Las Vegas, NV


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

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