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

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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
Concerns:
Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads

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    4 oz
    $27.00
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    $8.00

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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.

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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.
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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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Research

Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, September 2016, issue 9, pages 1480-1490

Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, issue 8, pages 1117-22

Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

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

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Ingredients
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

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CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
 
4.3

(based on 337 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (221)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (68)
  • Non-greasy (54)
  • Softens skin (31)
  • Soothes skin (29)
  • Moisturizes (11)

Cons

  • Not effective (10)
  • Irritates skin (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (55)
  • Enlarged pores (48)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (31)
  • Sensitive skin (29)
  • Uneven skin tone (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (30), Survivalist / minimalist (18), Beauty expert (9)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (43), Oily (9), Dry (7)

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5.0

Use it with patience and discipline - no results otherwise

By Ana S.

from New York

About Me Skin Care Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores

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

    I work as with skin health and I have tried MAAANY other brands of Salicylic acid, as well as ALL of the otherPC's SA. Most of other brands formulas work ok but are either more expensive or have a soapy residue when applied with cotton round (which is ok, but annoys me a bit).
    PC Liquid BHA is effective but leaves a film, a texture I couldn't stand.
    PC Clear Extra Strength is decent, slightly heavier texture left on skin, more drying and effectiveness is just the same as regular strength.
    THIS formula is my favorite one. It's the lightest. It doesn't leave a film and works amazingly.
    Yes, you might need to exfoliate more (my skin is naturally lazy on the shedding process, so I know that I have to exfoliate at least twice a week while using this).
    What matters is: is works.

    I use very gentle products otherwise, to avoid synergism and irritate my skin.
    To make this last more and also to avoid the bad packaging, I put this on a nice sprayer.
    My simplified routine is: wash, spray this and then moisturize. Everyday, twice a day. No need for cotton rounds, it's a waste of product.
    When I feel roughness and want more glow, I exfoliate.

    The most important thing with this guy is: PERSISTENCE + DISCIPLINE. Gotta use it everyday, preferably twice a day. Gotta wait a good while to see effects (when I started, It took about a month). The whole thing with cleaning pores with this is a cumulative effect, and the skin's rhythm is slow.

    If I stop using it, in a week or two, I start breaking out consistently. When I use this, my skin is clear. I might get one superficial pimple before my period, but thats nothing compared to how my skin behaves without this (clusters of hormonal/cystic acne, one new pimple a day at least).

    You gotta have a good regimen to deal with some side effects of this if you have them (for me, it's just a matter of exfoliating more, because I like my skin and makeup to be smooth). Irritation only occurs if I put some other exfoliant on top.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I always order through amazon, now. It's always here faster than via this website.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    1.0

    Not Effective For Dry Skin

    By Jessie

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

    • Dries Skin
    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

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

      This product says it's for All Skin Types, but I disagree. Shortly after using it, I lost a lot of my skin luster and plumpness, but I didn't immediately connect the dots. After a few weeks, I noticed the fingers/hand I used to apply this product were dry and cracking. This product was drying out my skin and it was actually making my skin more sensitive to small break outs. I had little pimples in places I don't typically get them. It also wasn't doing much for preventing break outs. It's hard to say if it would have worked if I had used it for longer, since I had to stop using it. If you have dry skin at all, you know how hard it is to find the right products to keep it from looking dry and flakey. I wasn't about to sabotage my skin to prevent a few break outs. I would not recommend this and I think PC should change what skin type it recommends this product for.

      Service and delivery comments:

      It's great in theory that Paula's Choice has a money back guarantee, but when I actually considered sending this product back, I realized I would have to pay to return it. I'm glad I only bought the travel size. I would recommend ordering from Nordstrom as they truly stand behind the products they sell with free shipping and returns.

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      4.0

      Great product - bad package.

      By Hillary

      from Florida

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

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

        I use this daily. It took a couple of weeks for my skin to respond but it ultimately did and the breakouts and redness were greatly reduced.

        Service and delivery comments:

        They really need to get a new bottle design. It's fine if you don't need to take it anywhere but traveling with it ends in messy leaks. At $27 per bottle, the aggravation of the lost product is just as bad as the mess.

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        1.0

        Didn't help

        By Tawny

        from Phoenix, Arizona

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Effective
        • Sticky residue

        Best Uses

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

          Did not help with acne.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 18-29
           
          5.0

          Not all BHAs are created equal! Please make more!

          By SRA

          from Bronx, NY

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Redness/ Blotchiness
            • Uneven Skin Tone

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

            I have tried a few of the PC BHAs including the popular Skin Perfecting formula for several years which has begun to lose its effectiveness on my skin and began to make me look greasy. I was about to give up on BHAs when I decided to try this one and I am so happy I did! The Clear regular strength formula transformed my skin in 2 weeks. I finally saw the glow and brightness that I've read so much about in other skin care reviews. My pores began to clear up and appear smaller! Unfortunately, I bought the trial size of Clear and now it's sold out. I am using the RESIST BHA formula now, but my skin is extremely congested and it broke me out. I am patiently waiting for return of Clear Anti Redness Exfoliating Solution!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Super fast as usual!

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            5.0

            Amazing and affordable option!

            By Duff

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne
              • Breakouts
              • Enlarged Pores

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

              I'm so happy I gave the trial size of this a try- just ordered the full size! I've been using a more expensive salicylic acid product for years (reviewed really well by Beautypedia) just because I could buy it in stores. Last time I ran out I thought I might as well try this less expensive option. And it actually works better! This is the best my skin has looked in a while. I don't have a lot of whiteheads/breakouts, but I get blackheads and clogged pores. This is wonderful at getting rid of those. One warning I would say is because this is SO effective at clearing everything out, it will also get rid of any self tanner you have on lol!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Came quickly and as described, appreciated the free shipping especially.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29
               
              2.0

              Really can't feel any difference

              By AL

              from MO

              About Me Beauty Expert

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

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

              From reading the descriptions and researching BHA, this really seems like a great product to me. My expectation was that it would help clear my white heads and prevent acne. However, I've been using it religiously for almost 2 years and I truly can't feel any difference. The white heads on my nose have not shrunk at all. I don't feel like my pores are cleaner or my skin is more radiant/renewed. I really wanted this to work since this is really comfortable to use (not greasy like the white bottled BHAs) but I guess it's not doing anything for me. Neither has any BHA products from PC that I have tried :(

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29
               
              4.0

              Not for super sensitive, dry skin

              By Devon

              from Portland, OR

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Irritates Skin

              Best Uses

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

                While this product did help to reduce my acne, if I used it more than 1 time every other day it made my cheeks (where my skin is driest) very rough, dry, and red. Sadly, most of my acne is on my cheeks and the product needs to be used at least once a day to be effective for my skin. I switched over to the pore normalizing cleanser which I can use twice a day, works great, and caused no irritation or dryness. Problem solved!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                4.0

                Bought the full size!!

                By anonymous

                from Canada

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Effective
                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                • Didn't see much of a difference in redness

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Uneven Skin Tone

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

                I was pleasantly surprised about this product. I normally don't write reviews unless I really don't like a product, but I had to write a review about this product. I purchased the travel size to try it out and I didn't really notice much of a difference right off the bat, but my skin is going crazy with painful breakouts now that I've run out of the travel size. Just purchased the full size and will continue to use it! The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I did not notice a difference in the redness of my skin while using this product. However, I only used it for about 2-3 weeks, so I will continue to use it and see if my opinion changes.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Shipping was incredibly fast. Ordered it on Sunday and received a package at my dorm on Tuesday morning.

                • Skin Type:
                • Dry
                • Age:
                • 18-29
                 
                5.0

                Amazing product! I wish I knew about it years ago.

                By R

                from Charlottesville, Virginia

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Redness/ Blotchiness

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

                  I love this product! Thank you Paula for inventing it! I'm 30 years old with a lot of post acne red marks or "post inflammatory hyperpigmentation". I saw a reduction in redness pretty much immediately. I was still struggling with continuing breakouts as well and this product has helped to keep that under control too. So happy with this product!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44

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