CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Based on 137 reviews


CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
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 137 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

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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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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

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


The only thing that helped with my acne


I love this stuff! I wouldn't recommend using BHA with this cause I don't really feel a need for this myself and my skin tends to be irritated if I use both. I find benzoyl peroxide way more effective tho.




Works great as a spot treatment


This is a strong acne treatment. Other reviewers have said that it drys out their skin. This is true if you use it anywhere you do not have a blemish. Acne goes away much faster if you remove the top layer of skin over and over. At least with cyst acne, like I get monthly. I apply it one to three times a day; I find more is better, however.


Liberty Lake, WA


Results after 1 day


I use this to spot treat acne flareups. It doesn't take much at all. I apply it when I go to bed under my night moisturizer and in the morning under moisturizer. Basically it's the first thing I put on after I cleanse. Fabulous results. I am going on 5 decades and I have tried many an acne treatment. This one works!


Dallas, TX


Extremely effective if you manage the kick-back


This product is exactly what it says it is. The texture is ultra-light, and it absorbs rapidly. For me this 5% formulation rapidly clears up blemishes that even my BHA and 1% retinol can't completely prevent. As others have mentioned, this concentration of benzoyl peroxide has the potential to cause dryness for a lot of people (myself included), so using it daily may not be practical until skin acclimates. The dryness can sneak up on you, so pay close attention to how your skin responds. On days that certain parts of your skin threaten to flake like a croissant while other parts are trying to sprout blemishes, this product still makes for an amazing spot treatment if you apply it carefully and allow it to dry down fully so that you don't overdose the dry areas.

Michael S.

Boston, MA


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

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