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Clear Extra Strength 2% BHA

Skin Type: Combination to Oily Skin
Concern: Acne-prone | Blackheads | Breakouts | Enlarged Pores | Redness
Full product name: Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Size: 118 ml
Item: 6210

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  • New look, same great formula!
  • Liquid formula exfoliates to reveal smoother, healthier-looking skin
  • Maximum pore-penetrating 2% salicylic acid formula
  • Same excellent formula as our 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid
  • Unclogs and shrinks pores almost overnight
  • Anti-inflammatory ingredients calm skin irritation
  • 100% fragrance- and colorant-free

Please note: When using a BHA product make sure you use a sunscreen during the day

Please note: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (BHA).

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CLEAR Extra Strength Targeted Blemish Relief Toner for all skin types
Excellent product
Review by S
This is excellent! I feel its strengths lie in being alcohol free, non irritating and having a minimum number of ingredients. It did not increase my redness, though you may want to use a trial size first if you are unsure how it will suit your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. This worked better than the regular strength, even though both have 2% salicylic acid.

This is very effective at reducing spots and smoothening the skin. I think it will work over time to reduce the visibility of the pores/sebaceous filaments on my nose. (Posted on 12/11/2016)
Helped my acne
Review by A
This product really helped clear up my acne, I use this in the morning after cleansing then benzoyl peroxide at night. The only downside is the packaging, it does tend to leak badly when placed on its side. (Posted on 09/10/2016)
THIS is the Holy Grail!
Review by Annika
I fully agree with many other - this IS indeed the Holy Grail!
I started using PC just a few months ago and I´m totally hooked! Started at first using Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and it´s an excellent exfoliant, the best I´ve ever used in fact. Up until I found this Little baby. :-)
Makes your skin smooth, doesn´t stain at all when applied and I can really see the red marks fade already after ONE nights use! I can have REALLY BAD red marks on my cheeks despite that I don´t have any angry acne, and never had any scaring (luckily!!). Besides that, I thought shrinking pores was a myth - believe me, it´s not when you try this on your face! Since I started using PC my skin has slowly omproved step by step and I consider it to have gone from combination/oily to normal/combination. Only a bit dry sometimes.
After fighting bad skin since my teens (I´m 34 now) I don´t think any brand ever has given my more even complexion and balanced skin like PC and I have tested many brands. This really is a must have to keep pores more clear, give a healthier complexion and decrease those red marks! (Posted on 21/09/2016)
My hoily grail!
Review by Melisa
I have, ever since I've been a teenager (late 20ties now) had blackheads on my nose. And not just a few, but a lot and very visable. I have tried everything. Nothing really worked. Until I tried this product. It does (for me) everything it says on the packaging. It took only a few days and my pores were clean...of coures the pores are still there - but not as visable and the blackheads are gone.I am on my second batch now and can't imagin not having this prodct. I love it. Worth every penny. (Posted on 07/08/2016)
Great product, bad packaging
Review by Simona
This is my second time repurchasing this product after trying out other products. I trust Paulas products and formulas and certainly have good results with this exfoliant, it was a bit drying for the first 2 weeks but after that my skin got used to it and I can use this product as much as I want without a problem! Fantastic!

Unfortunately the biggest and frustrating problem with this product is the packaging, it constantly leaks if you are travelling with it. I often stay in hotels/ travel and I like my night time regime, yet I have wasted half the bottle in spillages! This keeps happening at every occasion, and now I have a few drops left when I left with a half full bottle! I don't understand why this hasn't been addressed yet, seeing as other people have made this complain in the comments. Simply add a screw cap to this bottle (other brands do this like Pixi Glow Tonic etc). It's not rocket science and won't cost that much in production, again seeing as other affordable brands do it! I will empty my other brand morning toner bottle and will fill it with Paulas Choice exfoliant next time I buy! But this shouldn't really be necessary from a commercial product. Please please redesign your product as we want to buy it again!

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We're glad you're liking your CLEAR Extra Strength formula! Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose. Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump. We're happy to see that you've ordered the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, which is exactly the same formula in different packaging. We will also forward your review to our Production Team. (Posted on 03/05/2016)
Would definitely recommend
Review by Z
Absolutely love this product. I have quite sensitive skin so was apprehensive to try something new. I'm so happy that i did as my skin is already looking great. (Posted on 02/05/2016)
Half job done
Review by Eli
Bought this for 2 reasons - blackheads on my nose and cystic acne on back of my neck. Together with diet change (no sugar, pastries, deep fried food) this solution helped to fight acne on my neck and it is almost gone (though now I have to fight it on my shoulders), but blackheads stayed where they were and did not shrink or get less. Used it for one month every evening. Not sure should I try another product, need to use this one longer or blackheads will never go and I have to make my peace with that.
Another good feature. This product did not dry out my skin as other similar products would. (Posted on 13/03/2016)
Holy grail product
Review by Sona
I normally never write reviews but this product has actually saved my skin. I had read all the amazing reviews on it but no product had ever really made any difference to my skin at all, so I didn't really get my hopes up. Within about two weeks everyone was commenting about how glowy my skin looks and I was able to stop wearing foundation. It's crazy but I feel like my skin looks worse with makeup on now! As though it covers up the 'glow.' Yes, I still get the odd hormonal break out but not as often now and they clear up really fast. I'm on my fourth bottle and will keep buying again and again! (Posted on 07/03/2016)
Great product, excellent customer service
Review by TDuong
I love the formula of this product. I've used the 2% BHA gel and the Resist Anti-Aging Pore-Refining 2% BHA but until this product, no formula seems suitable to my skin ( I have a combination skin ). This product doesn't dry my skin out. It makes my skin cleaner and smoother.
There was a probleme during transport but the excellent Customer service has taken care of it very fast and effective. I'm so thankful and love Paula's Choice more than ever. (Posted on 01/03/2016)
Great product!
Review by Jules
Love this product, since I started using it I've noticed a definite improvement in my skin tone and reduction in spots. Although it's marked 'extra strength' it doesn't feel drying at all and in fact my skin feels nice and soft after using it. (Posted on 19/02/2016)
Love this product
Review by David
This has to be the best product that I have ever used for my skin, it has literally transformed my skin and really helped with pigmentation, redness, uneven skin tone etc. I could see results after a day or 2 of using it. I have never used paulas choice before but I love this product so much will defiantly be buying more!
I put the product on straight after cleansing and drying my face then let it soak in for about 5-10 mins before applying moisturizer, I wouldn't say its as effective as BP for acne but it really does transform the look and texture of your skin on the road to clear skin! (Posted on 05/02/2016)
Excellent product
Review by Miriam
This product saved my skin, haven't had spots in months and also the tone of my skin is more even. 5/5 (Posted on 26/01/2016)
Love it
Review by Anna
No more spots for me (Posted on 07/12/2015)
amazing product for acne 10/10
Review by emily
This product has totally changed my skin, I have suffered from acne for 2.5 years leaving scars.
since using this product for only one month I feel that I have new skin. After only one week i could see a difference. I'm so happy with the results cannot recommend enough!

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you are seeing great results with this product, it is indeed one of the best! (Posted on 02/12/2015)
My favourite skincare product
Review by Laura
I've been using this product for about 6 weeks & I cannot speak more highly of it. I had adult acne which at times had got quite severe & had really effected my confidence. I like most people with acne had tried a lot of products before & I never had found anything that worked so had almost given up on ever thinking I'd have clear skin. I was recommended to use this product by a friend & for that advice I'm truly thankful.
The product is lightweight & therefore feels nice & soothing of my skin. After application my skin feels cleansed but not stripped or tight.
The first week of application I saw a slight dryness to my jaw line & neck, but it only lasted a day or so. But other than that, I had no adverse side effects. If I'm honest I didn't see any huge improvement in my acne straight away. I was still getting spots after week 2 & 3, however I did notice a glow in my skin. My skin was moving away from looking angry & inflamed to a much smoother complexion. Then from week 4 I noticed my spots were very minimal & the dark red marks on my face from previous spots were beginning to fade. By week 5 & 6, dramatically improved look in my skin. Only now getting a very small pimple once a week. Which is a huge huge improvement!
The only down side of the product is the packaging. It's a real shame as the bottle leaks. I tried to take on holiday & the whole bottle ended up going everywhere. I did address this with Paula's choice & they took on my feedback. However, as the product is such a success for me, it certainly hasn't put me off.
I will definitely repurchase this product. Thank you Paula's choice.

Customer Care: Thank you for your feedback, we are very pleased to hear you have contacted our Customer Care team already. (Posted on 26/11/2015)
Sensitive acne and blemish prone skin will love this product! It's absolutely brilliant!!
Review by Anonymous
Growing up as a teenager I never had acne. I was known as the girl with the flawless complexion. When I moved to the UK in my mid twenties I started having dry skin and breaking out. My skin became so uneven and red. ( I am african with complexion a little darker than Rihanna's complexion). I went to the dermatologist and used loads of products. I tried natural things and I gem went as far as avoiding certain food.
Yet my acne got worse with each year. A friend recommended this product and the price was quite a turn off but she convinced me to try it.
I finally tried the cleanser and BHA normal strength. The pimples dried off after the first application but pimples still kept coming at the exact location.
I decided to try the Extra Strenght with the Clear pore normalising cleanser ( I used a spin brush similar to the clarisonic to cleanse then used a cotton ball for each side of my face)
I say this with all honesty all my pimples are gone!! And I can eat what I want and yet no pimples or flare ups!
Also my complexion is brighter and I say this as an African who used to be hyper pigmented. Paula's choice canned my skin for good. I jut ordered another set even though my previous one is not finished that's how I stock up. I am in the 2nd month of using these great products!!
Thank you Paula!!

Customer Care: Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience with us. We are always delighted to hear success stories from our customers. (Posted on 13/11/2015)
Unbelievable results overnight
Review by Laura
I don't think I have ever written a review before, but this stuff is absolutely magic. I have used the 2% lotion before, which didn't really do much to my skin, so after these reviews I was really excited to try this one out. And the results after just one application are frankly shocking, I wasn't expecting that at all. My skin is very dry and sensitive, and I get breakouts which take forever to heal, another concern are those super annoying milia things underneath my eyes and on my nose, which I have just always had I think. Well I applied this yesterday morning, and when I looked in the mirror just later that day, I was astounded - a big pimple I had on my cheek, that normally would take a few days to go away, and then a few weeks to completely heal, had just about vanished, only leaving behind the redness/Scar, which this morning looks significantly better as well. Today the rough skin beneath my eyes and on my nose, which I honestly thought was just how my skin would always be! have dramatically softened and looks a lot smoother. It is unbelievable. I can't wait to see what this will do to my skin in the next few weeks. All these years I thought I just had bad, lumpy skin genetically and after sun damage, that I would just have to put up with, I really just haven't used the right product!? I use this and the skin recovery serum in conjunction with a really rich moisturizer for my super dry skin, and it seems we might finally be able to have a great relationship after all :-) Thanks so much. (Posted on 10/11/2015)
Super product!
Review by Katrin
I've previously used only AHA for anti-ageing purposes, but because of recent stress, frequent travelling and hot summer (heavy chemical spf 30/50 products I've been using), my skin had broken up pretty badly. Having mild acne, wrinkles, and sun-spots all together isn't a great look, and weirdly I got pretty bad acne on my neck which looked angry and red... I ordered this sample, and just a few days with BHA product sorted me out, and after a week following with the same regime, there are no marks, scars, absolutely nothing apart from clean clear skin. I used up a sample, but will be purchasing full size product, great work Paula's team! (Posted on 01/11/2015)
Holy grail product
Review by Emily
I have combination skin and suffer from hormonal acne which flares up from time to time. This is the one product in my skincare routine that I truly feel makes a difference in my skin and helps towards keeping it clear and radiant. It is quite strong but that is what I love about this product - there are enough active ingredients to actually make a difference unlike most overpriced products in this category on the market. I only wish PC would sell this product in a larger size as I run out of this quickly. Packaging can also be improved and this leaks BADLY when traveling.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We're glad you're liking your CLEAR Extra Strength formula! Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose. Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump. You could consider to try Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, which is exactly the same formula in different packaging. (Posted on 10/10/2015)
Review by SBB
Order the sample size which I've had for three weeks and will probably finish in a week, so I back to order the full size!

This product for me truly helps prevent my breakouts, I have tried Proactiv in the past which aggravated my skin to no end and caused more blemishes. When I use this product every day I have clear skin. However it does dry out your skin and leave it flaky so I exfoliate every day and especially before the application of make up. I also take days off in between and my skin stays clear.

I use the product by literally squirting the solution on my clean face and gently smoothing it over with my clean hand in a downward direction. I haven't noticed a major improvement in my blackheads but they are minimal to begin with. I use it to control spots, and and general break outs. Love it, and it will become one of my staple bathroom products ! (Posted on 06/08/2015)
The best ever
Review by Anb
I have tried everything, having had breakouts since my teens, into my thirties. This product changed my skin. I no longer have ANY problems!! I always had to be careful with what cleanser and moisturiser I used, as they would cause me to break out as well, but using the exfoliating solution means I can use whatever moisturiser, and my skin stays clear. I never thought it would be possible, but this is the best product I have ever used! (Posted on 01/08/2015)
Review by T.
I have had hormonal cystic acne for 3 years. It always flares up in week 3 of my menstrual cycle. In addition, I have whiteheads on my chin which are due to congestion plus the hormonal imbalance. This product is fantastic, it will not clear your face overnight, but it will speed up the life cycle of the blemish and with continued use, it will clear your congested skin. Use this at night and leave it sitting on the skin for optimum results. This is a good alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide which made my very oily, Indian skin flake like crazy and made it impossible to cover blemishes. (Posted on 12/05/2015)
Worth it
Review by Holly
Abosultely amazing product. Does wonders to my skin. The only BIG problem is you lose out on nearly a quarter of the product as it leaks even when standing up which I cannot believe after spending so much money on the product. Also the shipping cost is crazy money but worth it if it didn't leak. Same problem with many people. (Posted on 29/03/2015)
Review by Laura
Amazing product but hate the leaky packaging so i wouldn't buy again (Posted on 29/03/2015)
Doesn't suit my skin
Review by Lucy
I bought both the Regular and Extra strength versions, and found the Regular is perfect for me but the Extra is more than my skin needs.
My skin isn't usually sensitive, but reacted to this Extra Strength BHA with blotchiness, tingling and itching. I tried using it about three times now, on evenings when I haven't used a BHA in the morning, and it's still the same, so I think my skin just doesn't like this formula. I'm giving it 3 stars though because I have no doubt its effective if your skin can tolerate it - the Regular Strength version has done wonders for me. Just buy a trial version first and get a refund if its not suitable for you. (Posted on 03/03/2015)
Review by Ebba
I love this exfoliating toner! I use it daily, evenings only. I have tried so many exfoliating toners - but none that has given me as good of result as this one. I wake up with glowing and calm skin! My skin is sensitive/oily, but it I can still cope with using this daily - sometimes it can be a bit too drying on my skin, but then I just skip it one evening and it is back to normal. I would say if the normal strength does not give you the right result, try this one. Start using it every other day first, then try it daily. The results speaks for themselves. (Posted on 28/02/2015)
not for me
Review by Khadija
This product was recommanded to me by the website, because i have hormonal breakouts and because it has so many good reviews i thought salicylic acid would work better for me. Unfortunately this didn't do anything for me, it didn't calm the breakouts that i had or prevented them either.
And can we talk about the price? The difference between the european website and american one is ridiculous. Im not even gonna talk about the shipping price. (Posted on 30/01/2015)
Love the product, hate the leaky packaging
Review by Elina
I love this product. I had suffered from adult acne for years and this product in combination with other Paula's Choice products have really helped to clear my skin and improve its tone. This exfoliator doesn't irritate my skin, although it does irritate my sister's so it doesn't work for everyone.

The only problem is that the bottle leaks, hence only 3 stars. No matter how tight the cap is screwed on the bottle somehow leaks and the liquid seeps out of the bottle when the lid is closed even when in upright position. I cannot take this product with me anywhere. I've purchased this product several times during the past couple of years and it's the same issue every time. I've decided I will not buy this product until they fix the bottle, I'm so annoyed by it.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We're glad you're liking your CLEAR Extra Strength formula! Regarding travel, it's tricky as no skin-care product packaging is designed for this purpose. Once a product has been used, especially liquids, it's quite difficult to keep it from seeping out unless the product is packaged in an air-reduction pump. You could consider to try Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, which is exactly the same formula in different packaging. (Posted on 29/01/2015)
best BHA exfoliant ever
Review by Andrea
I was not sure if to try it or not, but the previous reviews convinced me to buy one. After month of regular twice a week use (alternate to AHA - practicing with these products I've found this is the best exfoliation routine for my face) I can say it does definitely help in refining my combination skin, dramatically reducing any blackhead and breakouts (just sometimes a little whitehead here or there, which is absolutely nothing if I compare my skin now and before this treatment!). Most of all I've been surprised by how gentle this product is on my sensitive skin. (Posted on 12/01/2015)
Review by Sophie
Having suffered since my teen years with breakouts I have tried every product high end and low end, every remedy, every routine... My skin has naturally got better as I have got older and certain products have really helped. I had never used a chemical exfoliant before until this one about 6 months ago. Of every other product I have tried, this one left me with the most visible change. I use it at night and in the morning my skin in almost pore less, tight - looking, and blemish free. I rarely re-order products as I like to try new things but I have re-ordered this and will continue to do so. My skin has never been so smooth. I'm very impressed with this. (Posted on 06/01/2015)
Excellent but you need to do something about the container
Review by Anja Sch.
This works very well. I use it twice a day and it goes with both blackheads and blemishes on nose and chin and with the dryer skin om my cheeks.
To use every precius drop of this; split your cotton pads into two thin ones like a layered cake. This way, less product will be absorbed by the pad and end up in the Waste bin.
I have just one major complaint. The packaging (I see, another customer also commented on this). It leeks. I tried making just a small hole in the closing sealing to avoid the spill. It did not work. Now I screw off the lid, runs a small rubberband around the top of the bottle opening and screw on the lid again. With a bit of luck it works but i cannot always make it sit right. Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your packaging complaint. We will contact you by email about this issue. (Posted on 04/01/2015)
Found the secret to using this
Review by Joseph
The first time this product stung a bit, but the second time, I applied a PC recovery toner first which I think lowered the ph of my skin from the cleansing step and it went on like a charm. Brill. (Posted on 31/12/2014)
Cleared up my face
Review by Jerry
After using this product for 2 weeks I realized that the occasional big cystic acnes never came back again! I still have occasional small pimples on my face however I suspect there may be nothing that would completely demolish them as I have already taken high dosages of oral meds and yet I still have occasional minor breakouts. However when I first used this product I think I've used too much and this resulted drying, flaking and irritation when applied. After reducing the dosage these problems disappeared however my skin is slightly tight after application and this may be caused by the fact that I don't use a toner after cleansing. As for the blackhead I don't think I have seen any significant improvements yet but I will continue using this product. I might switch to the Resist Daily Pore-Refining Exfoliant if I still don't see any significant improvements. Still, at the end of the day a great exfoliant just not perfect for me. (Posted on 27/11/2014)
Unbelieveably gentle!
Review by stell_amour
For a BHA product, its really gentle (no alcohol or other skin irritants). I almost don't need a moisturizer after applying it. Have been using much less make up after only a few days of sampling it (with other PC BHA products). A bit dear for only 118ml, but I try to use it sparingly. Maybe on a special Christmas sale offer Id think about stocking up with it:) Wink, wink ;) (Posted on 20/11/2014)
Review by Catherine
Having suffered terrible hormonal acne as a teenager, the acne finally subsided after using contraceptive pills. I enjoyed clear skin up until a year ago when my skin no longer responded to the pill and made me feel nauseated and had terrible affects on my skin. After countless trips to my doctor, months of antibiotics, topical ointments and DIY remedies I tried this solution with a disillusioned mind. I am currently on a dermatologist waiting list to be prescribed accurate for my cystic acne which will now be cancelled! My skin is perfect after using this product for only a few short weeks. My skin is virtually pore-less. No a single spot. My acne starring remains but is fading every day. The results are visible every morning I wake up. I will bulk buy this product for the rest of my life. My confidence is restored and my skin is better than ever before. If like me you have tried everything else out there. I promise you this will work. (Posted on 11/11/2014)
Great Exfoliant
Review by Hussain
If you have any type of acne this product is a must for your arsenal. (Posted on 23/10/2014)
Very good but hard on my skin
Review by Andreas
This exfoliating certainly works wonders. But compared to the regular strength, this stings and adds redness to my skin. Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Possibly this product is too potent for your skin. Please contact us by email should you like to return it to us.
(Posted on 01/10/2014)
Transformed my skin
Review by Andrew
This product is amazing for getting an acne flare up under control and then keeping your skin clear. I use it once a day at night following the clear cleanser. The regular strength one broke me out but this one does not - I know the PH is lower so it works harder on your skin but it seems to have less ingredients - so maybe something in the regular strength one did not work for me? Not drying or irritating at all - really helps to keep your skin clear. Once a day is enough. i have tried nearly everything and I am certain that this plus the Clear Cleanser are the 2 key products to getting my acne under control and then keeping it clear and doing it in a gentle way. While I had an acne flare up would use BP on individual spots 5 minutes after using this but now I rarely ever need a BP product. Would definitely recommend this one over the Regular Strength version - seems to work better and no difference in irritation/dryness levels between the two for me. (Posted on 16/08/2014)
Great but could've been even greater!
Review by Matilda
I've been using this for about six weeks now, along with all the other CLEAR products (except the moisturizer). I have combination skin with breakouts and whiteheads/blackheads and on top of that really sensitive skin. At first it seemed to work so great that I couldn't believe it, but after a week or two it changed. Before I did just have whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and my chin and some breakouts there and on my forehead, now the breakouts have been minimized but the whiteheads has increased a lot in both size and amount! My whole forehead is full of it, which it wasn't before I started using PC's CLEAR products.
The best part however is that the CLEAR products, for me, have healed the breakouts and made them disappear much faster than before.

I used all the CLEAR products along with the balancing moisturizer, so I wonder if that's the problem.
Lucky for me the CLEAR moisturizer has finally arrived so I've placed an order and hopefully my white- and blackheads will disappear (and the breakouts) when I start using that instead of the balancing one. I'm hopeful! (Posted on 07/08/2014)
Move over Liquid Gold!
Review by Kharina
I suffered terrible acne since Christmas on my left cheek. They were large painful cysts and kept cropping up non-stop resulting I at one point with perfect skin last November and large scars resulting from constant cystic acne concentrated in a very small area.
Having been a Liquid Gold fan, it only dealt with the outer layer of my spots, causing bleeding which drove me mad without hope, until I remember Wayne Goss' review of this stuff. BHA is the way to go if you require your acne to get their asses kicked.
The relief was instant. After 3 days, the cysts were gone. The deep purple scars gone red, and the red ones gone pink. 2 weeks later, they are all light pink. Don't get me wrong, this will not remove the deep crater scars, but will soften them and prevent new ones appearing. I'm so impressed with the performance this it is my HG product already after 2 weeks.

- I don't moisturise after this because it feels oily at first application.
- I stopped using it in the morning as I it will with moisturiser make whatever make up slide.
- No stinging at all, not like Liquid Gold, so you might think nothing is happening.

All in all, a wonderful and affordable chemical exfoliator. Will recommend it and buy again! (Posted on 17/07/2014)
great product...6 stars!!
Review by Francesca
Great product... I have a dry but quite impure skin and this product is amazing, it clears, lifts and smoothes my skin... without drying or iriitate it! I swear, in only 2 days my skin looks already much healthier.... I would say... almost BEAUTIFUL :) ! This is a must have! <3 (Posted on 19/06/2014)
Really makes a difference
Review by Laura
What can I say, Paula's Choice skin care products have made my skin so much better. I used to suffer from acne, persistent though mild, but nowadays I'm being complimented on my complexion and don't feel the need to wear makeup that often. I believe this exfoliant is one of the key products in the process of my skin getting better because I saw a reduction in break outs, blackheads and redness right after changing just my cleanser to the CLEAR cleanser and adding this exfoliant to my skincare routine. It's funny because I hadn't even realized that my skin had been that red and irritated until I started using this product and saw the improvement in my complexion. (Posted on 23/12/2013)
Nice product
Review by Didi
This has been great for my acne prone skin, keeping it clear and also smoothing the fine lines between my brows.
It's less watery than the regular strength version ( I have used both and prefer the extra strength) but still sinks in well. Will be buying the full size once my 30ml one finishes. (Posted on 26/10/2013)
problems with the cap
Review by R
This product is really really good! Works like a charm and has given results on my skin very quickly. However, the bottle and the cap has caused some problems. Everytime I pour out the liquid through the little hole onto a cotton pad, an amount of the liquid gets stuck in the cap, and later on it leaks through the tiny space between the bottle and the cap. I'm not sure of how to explain it but hopefully you'll understand. Not only does this cause a mess in my bag but it's also a waste of product. My product is getting wasted without me even using it... Please fix this and your product will be a 5-star product without a doubt! (Posted on 27/06/2013)
great !!!
Review by deborah
hi i have been using products from here for two weeks now and i have NO spots ,thats right NO spots, i have been using pore normalizing cleanser with anti-redness exfoliating solution the extra strength one and the skin balancing daily mattifying lotion. i have had spots for 27 years ive been to the doc's and had creams and tables, i have used every product you can get at the chemists and they didnt help i truely cant belive i have found this product and it has worked so fast i still have marks on my skin where a had spots but i hope they will fade now that the spot have gone please try this product i dont think you can go wronge with it xxx (Posted on 17/03/2013)
The best acne blemish spot fighting toner
Review by Tima
If you've tried everything, don't give up - THIS PRODUCT actually WORKS! Nothing has been effective as this exfoliating toner. It has cleared up my 33 year old sensitive, congested, acne prone skin. It is miraculous, I can't recommend it highly enough. (You may experience some redness and dryness initially (I did) but stick with it because it soon reduces angry red spots and blemishes.) (Posted on 01/09/2012)
Best product ever!
Review by Claire
I was using a very expensive brand which was similar to this but contained alcohol and after reading all about various products from the Beautypedia website realised alcohol wasn't the greatest for my oily skin. I bought the CLEAR skin wash along with this and I am now on my 4th bottle of this. It lasts ages and really works. I wasn't expecting miracles but it has made a noticeable difference to my skin. Previously I would change skincare routines all the time but I am to scared to try anything else as this routine works so well! One little suggestion would be bigger bottles in the CLEAR range just to save a bit on the P&P. (Posted on 09/07/2012)
Very Effective at Blemish Control
Review by Alice
I have normal/combination skin that used to have acne and is now prone to the odd breakout. Paula's Choice BHA 2% products have been a lifesaver for my complexion and this is the best of the rest. The texture is more emollient than other PC BHA 2% products but it absorbs easily. I use it daily and dab a bit extra on when I've got a spot or two and within a day or so the blemish is noticeably reduced. Word of warning: the bottle is prone to leaking and does so in my bag every time I take it away with me, so keep upright. All in all, an outstanding product. (Posted on 20/07/2011)
Toner vs exfoliator, question
Review by New customer
If I will use the CLEAR Extra Strength Targeted Blemish Relief Toner which has the same formula as the 2% BHA exfoliating liquid I don't need the exfoliating step after the toner and can continue my daily routine with the antioxidant moistuizer?
Custometr care: After Cleansing apply CLEAR Extra Strength Targeted Blemish Relief Toner . Then continue your daily routine with antioxidant serum/ moisturizer with or wothout SPF. (Posted on 03/07/2011)
Best product ever !
Review by Glen
In 1 day my skintone is so much better,I see u BIG difference! I will never buy any other products then Paula's choice for everything! Thank you ! (Posted on 15/05/2011)
Ended up loving it!
Review by Charlotte
Just wanted to update with my experience of this product, I think I was a little hasty with my overall review because after a month or so of use it's become a HG product. Because I'd been using the 2% BHA gel so long I presumed this would be fine to jump straight in with but I think the liquid is a little harsher and my skin just needed to adjust. (Posted on 28/02/2011)
best investment ever
Review by oanabanana
I can't say enough about this toner. I've tried everything to get rid of the acne: pills, antibiotics. etc. Now I am in my late 20s, I have a very good job and I was just embarassed to go to work with such a bad skin. You know ... you can invest in clothes, hair, etc., but if your face is covered with blemishes, everything is in vain. So I tried this. Couldn't believe that results were showing within 1 day! A week later, my skin was clear. I use this toner with the Clear cleanser and I will never-ever try smth else. Sooooooooo happyyyy! (Posted on 09/11/2010)
Super product
Review by snow
Thank you Paula for educating me about not using irritants on my problem skin. I have struggled with adult acne for 20 years and I have finally understood why over-the-counter and other irritants-containing products never worked for me.

This 2% salicylic acid solution is silky, light-weight and non-drying. I also use the CLEAR Normalising Cleanser and Skin Balancing Moisture Gel in my routine, and within a week of use I can see a huge difference to my skin. My spots are healing (faster than usual) and no new ones are appearing. For the first time in years I feel I have control over my skin. (Posted on 18/03/2010)
Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and gently stroke over face. Pay special attention to blemish- and blackhead-prone areas. Do not rinse. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, and mucous membranes. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day.
Additional info
This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8
Aqua, Methylpropanediol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Chemical Research in Toxicology, January 2008, pages 53–69; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

How does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution differ from Paula's regular BHA products?

Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is actually identical to our longstanding, best-selling 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid. The original product is so effective at keeping acne under control that Paula decided to add this formula to her Clear line so it is a distinct part of this 3-step routine for those struggling with blemishes.

If you're already using our 2% BHA Liquid, you don't need to switch to this product; either way, you're getting an exceptional product to help combat blemishes, blackheads, and white bumps while creating smooth, healthy skin.

Why does Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution feel tacky and/or greasy on my face?

Most likely you're having this experience from using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application is less than the size of a nickel. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. For some, even using the recommended amount leaves a "slippery" feel on the skin. This can be attributed to the high level of glycol this toner contains. Glycol helps the BHA more effectively penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a moisturizing agent. To eliminate the tacky feeling, gently press a tissue onto skin after the toner has been absorbed. This removes any residual product while not affecting efficacy. However, most of our customers have told us how silky-soft their skin is as a result of Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, and that is directly the result of the unique formulation.

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