CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 333 reviews


CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimizes pores and fades red marks from past breakouts.

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

Based on 333 reviews


This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimizes pores and fades red marks from past breakouts.
  • For mild to moderate acne
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use up to twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads

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    4 oz
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Why is it different?
CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid immediately goes to work fighting mild to moderate acne. The lightweight texture leaves you feeling like there’s nothing on your face, yet delivers powerful anti-acne benefits all day or all night long. Ongoing use leads to significantly clearer, smoother skin without redness.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5–4.0.

What does it do?
Say no to harsh scrubs that do more harm than good to skin. This non-irritating leave-on exfoliant works to reduce blackheads, white bumps and acne by unclogging pores and calming redness. There are no harsh ingredients that can cause more problems for your skin. Appropriate even 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: Salicylic Acid 2%
Inactive: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (hydration), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Panthenol (hydration), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Methyl Gluceth-20 (hydration), Glycereth-26 (texture-enhancing), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer).

Ratings & Reviews

I would continue buying this!


I do love this exfoliating solution! I remember breaking out so badly, so i went to see a dermatologist, but what they gave me actually made my skin worst. Then, I heard about pauls choice AND omg this definitely worked for my skin. It's super gentle on the skin. I saw a major difference with my breakouts! i would always love this exfoliator !!



NEVER without this but...


Of all the PC products I have (which is quite a few) THIS is my ultimate holy grail product!! It keeps my breakouts under control, makes my skin smooth, glowing and ready for the rest of my skincare. This along with the ceramide firming moisturizer, and 4% bha treatment have been amazing for my skin. My only complaint as others have stated is the packaging. EVERY TIME I travel with this it leaks! I've tried plastic wrap under the cap which helps it leak less, but it's so frustrating to have to always make sure it's sitting upright so nothing comes out. Please address the packaging issues so our money doesn't go down the drain.



Love; the travel size leaks


I love this toner. I can't use benzoyl peroxide, BHAs never make a difference, but I find salicylic acid works great. I use this with the Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser (good removing makeup) or the Hydralight One-Step Cleanser (not great with makeup) and the Skin Balancing Moisture Gel. This combo took care of my breakouts and I have oily skin. The travel size totally leaks. I've put this toner in other travel size containers and it leaked from there, too. I usually just go without when I travel.


los angeles

Leaked everywhere.


I bought the travel size to test out. Funnily enough since it's a product made for travel, this consistently leaked no matter how tightly I tried to close it. I think the leakage is an issue because the product is such a thin liquid. Product worked okay, but I prefer the AHA Exfoliating Gel.


Ottawa, ON

Actually Works


I have been using this product consistently for a little over a month now and I have noticed an improvement. I have had very few breakouts, and the ones I have had were small and went away quickly. The best thing about this product is that it is actually fading my red marks from past acne. I am a believer!


Dallas, TX


Made my skin much worse :(


I was really excited to use this product after reading the great reviews. I have mild acne on my chin and cheeks and closed comedones on my chin and jaw. I was hoping that this would help smooth out my skin issues. Unfortunately, it caused my acne to flare up much worse, including several cystic pimples. I stuck with the product for 2.5 weeks, just in case it was a purge, but I had to stop using it because my skin continued to break out. The day after I stopped, my skin calmed immediately (although, I will be dealing with the aftermath for weeks).




I really wish bhas worked for me


I recently had a bout with adult acne and newly diagnosed rosacea. I have done hours and hours of research on skincare and irritating ingredients and I had heard a bha was promising for my skin type. I have tried every Paul's choice bha and have had irritation with all of them. This one gave me several raised red patches within hours of using. Even the Paula's choice sunscreen contains willow bark and that gave me a hive within a few hours. It could just be that I'm allergic to salicylic acid which is a shame.


Pittsburgh, pa


It prevents breakouts and helps with blackheads


I have combination skin, and my T-zone has some blackheads. I also have occasional breakouts. I started applying this product every other day and haven't had any breakouts since I started. My blackheads are significantly better and my skin is less red. Honestly, I don't have anything bad to say about this product. If you're doubting, get a sample or a travel size, but definitely try it !




Must Have Product


Basically this product is amazing. I had never tried a leave in exfoliater so I wasn't sure how that worked. After just a couple uses I noticed right away the texture of my skin was smoother and my breakouts were smaller and not so red. After using this for almost 2 months now twice a day (along w/ PC calm cleanser, vitamin c booster and calm moisturizer) my acne scarring has faded so well, my pores are reduced in size and my skin is incredibly soft and does not feel gross with built up oil and dead skin. I don't mind the the packaging at all I use a cotton pad or toilet paper and use maybe 5-7 drops which covers my whole face well. After going through a season of pretty bad breakouts within the last year and have done a lot research and testing of products and I can say this product has been a game changer for me. Exfoliating without irritating my skin and doing everything the product claims to do is awesome! I would recommend any PC BHA or AHA exfoliant to anyone to keep skin clear and clean and it helps other skincare products do their job that much better.

Learner of Skincare



Worked on a very stubborn blackhead in just one week.


I had a stubborn blackhead on the bridge of my nose that actually closed. I tried squeezing it out but it was really stuck in there so I just gave up, to not damage or bruise my skin. I bought the travel size just to test it out, after applying it daily for a week, the blackhead opened up and I was able to squeeze it out. UGH! What a relief that was! I haven't seen drastic changes on the pores on my cheeks but I hope it's working there just like it did with that blackhead on my nose. I'm a really skeptical person so if I would suggest this for clogged pores and blackheads, you should do like I did and try the travel size at least.


Atlanta, GA


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

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