CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 343 reviews
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 343 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, Large Pores, Blackheads
    4 oz
    Travel Size...
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

Holy grail


I'm 29 and have struggled with my skin almost my whole life. Combination oily skin, large pores, black heads, and cystic acne. About a month ago I ditch all my other products and switched to soley Paula's Choice, and my skin as never looked better. I never dreamed I could get my skin to this point, and I think this product played a huge part in the way my skin looks and feels now.




Wow, I'm rather surprise by this Clear BHA.


First, am a male, brown/olive skin, uses Retin-A .05% gel daily for whiteheads (nose area), and have been using the regular 2% BHA liquid once a week and at times, the AHA 8% gel for dryness. My my my....... decided to give the Clear Regular Strength Exfoliating Solution BHA 2% a chance and WOW, after 2 weeks of usage - every other day, it's SO MUST BETTER than the regular daily 2% BHA liquid and the AHA 8% gel. With the regular daily 2% BHA liquid, on [my] skin/face, it would take at least 30 minutes to dry, on a humid northeast day, 15 on a dry day AND it would leave a shinny "wet" look on my face. Both BHA and AHA would ALSO cause redness and irritation at times. I could not use a moisturizer on my face. WITH the Clear Regular Strength Exfoliating Solution, it dries INSTANTLY, almost matte, dry to the touch, ZERO greasiness/tackiness/stickiness, can use a moisturizer, and certainly aid in the redness and dryness I get at times. I guess the ph level {3.5...} has something to do with this BHA from the Clear line to be must better and gentler on my skin.

Ghost Bird12

Stroudsburg, PA


This product cleared my skin


I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin that gets red easily and has dry flaky patches. I also have allergies and eczema.This product cleared my skin. It takes away the redness and dry patches with absolutely no irritation!! I don't break out anymore and my skin looks fresh and clear. I will never quit buying this product. I use it morning and night after cleansing. It is perfect.




Saved my skin


My hypersensitive, rosacea, ance-prone skin was really irritated and congested from another product. I started using a mild cleanser, this BHA and the Calm serum and my skin is back and better than ever! Highly recommend.


Mesa, AZ


Best acne toner


This product calms red, inflamed skin very quickly. Fights breakouts without irritation. A lot of store bought acne toners just made the situation worse because of how drying and rough they are to skin. Paula's takes a more gentle (but still effective!) approach to skincare






I saw difference literally overnight i chose this over th orginal 2% bha because i saw this had more antioxidanta and skin soothers which i thought would be better for my sensitive skin and so far its been amazing absolutely no irritation yet such great results i love it!

Bhad bhabie

Los Angeles, CA


No more adult acne!


I never struggled with acne until I was an adult well into my 20's. I have tried too many both home made and store bought acne products to stop my break outs. I was living constantly with either large outbreaks on my face or the fear that they would happen at any moment if I even thought about it too much or looked at my face wrong. It was getting embarrassing as a 32 year old attempting to establish a new career as a nurse Practitioner. Paula's choice acne solutions system is the only thing that has ever worked for me. I haven't had a breakout in more than 2 months and when I do get pimples they are tiny, non painful, and go away in 1-3 days. What an improvement! I would recommend this to anyone struggling with adult acne.




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


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

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