CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 351 reviews
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hydration for healthy, flake-free skin.

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

Based on 351 reviews
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides light hydration for healthy, flake-free skin.
  • For stubborn acne
  • Unclogs blackheads and minimises pore size
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Large Pores, Acne, Blackheads
Why is it different?

CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid has a potent acne-fighting formula that immediately reduces blackheads, pimples, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores and calming redness.

This exfoliant has a pH range of 3.2–3.8.

What does it do?
Say no to harsh scrubs that do more harm than good to skin. This non-irritating anti-acne powerhouse exfoliates dead skin in the most gentle, non-abrasive way possible. There are no harsh ingredients of any kind that can cause more problems for your skin. Its silky fluid texture leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. Even suitable 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 15 or greater.

Show details

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

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

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

Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabiliser).

Ratings & Reviews

Great for all skin types-a must have for redness!


You never know how much you need a product until you run out and have to wait a few days for your order to come in! This is definitely one of those products you can't be without! This is great for my sensitive skin and helps with redness. I have normal to dry skin and my husband has oily skin. This product works wonders for both of us!




Will definately buy again


Great product that helped my ance out so much. I started using it once and day but when i saw it working i got a bit excited and started using it twice a day which was too much for my skin and made it very dry, but once a day is perfect for my skin, i use it everynight religously!




Helped Clear Up My Acne


I am 23 and I have adult, cystic acne. I started using the extra strength acne products and they completely cleared up my acne. I still get occasional break outs but my transformation has been amazing. If your out reading this and you have adult acne, invest in this product. It might change your life like it did mine.




Really Works!


This product is a bit drying, but I still had to give it 5 stars because it really works for me. I've seen a drastic reduction in my acne since I started using it 4 weeks ago. It only took about one week to see a difference. I've tried many other products for acne, and none of them have worked as well as this one.


Atlanta, GA


Husband Actually Noticed When I Ran Out!


I have been using this product for a while now, and when my replacement order was delayed, I had to go a few weeks not using it every am and pm. And my husband actually noticed that my redness was more pronounced than usual! This is easy to use, and there is nothing else out there on the market. It also keeps my pores clear. Can't say it shrinks my pores (what does?!) but it is great stuff.


Toronto, Ontario


A game changer for my skin


I've been using this exfoliant for a few years. This combined with other products either from the Paula's Choice line, or products she recommends, has COMPLETELY changed my skin. I have struggled with acne since I was 14 or so, and have never have great skin. Even into my late 20's I was still having issues. At 35 now, my skin is by far the best its ever been - I regularly get compliments on my skin now, which sometimes is just hard to believe! I use this product twice a day and its very soothing. Even if I get a pimple now and then, its not some crazy swollen monster - any blemishes that do show up are small and under control. This exfoliant in particular is nice - there don't seem to be any comparable products available from other brands. I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice!!!


Falls Church, VA


Can't live without it


I have persistent adult acne. This controls my breakouts to once a month. If I switch to any other 2% product, I get breakouts during the month. I use it in the morning. It does leave a sticky film on your skin, but I let it dry before putting on my other products - antioxidant serum and then sunscreen. It works very well with makeup. I only wish this came in a supersize because I use probably 1.5 bottles a month.


Lexington, KY


Miracle product!!


Wow! I have tried everything to control my adult acne. I get a lot of under the skin bumps that leave major hyper pigmentation. After one application, I could tell a major difference the next morning! A week later and my face just keeps getting better and better! Red marks have faded and no new acne. So thankful for this product. I have literally tried everything- store brands to a dermatologist line. This has been a miracle product!




Great product used in tandem with the Skin Clearing Treatmen


I have combination skin and am always looking for a blemish spot treatment. While Paula's Choice offers a number of products specifically made for that purpose, I've found that the CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant plus the CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment With 5% Benzoyl Peroxide provide an exceptional one-two punch for any blemish I have! Because of the dry areas of my skin, I don't apply these products all over my face as one with acne would do. Instead, I apply them with a q-tip on particular blemishes before going to bed, and they work SO WELL.


Allentown, PA


My holy grail product


I am 30 years old and have dealt with acne prone skin since I was a teenager. In pursuit of the perfect routine to minimize breakouts and maintain hydration, I have adjusted my daily skin care routine as new Paula's Choice products are introduced. I realize that not everyones skin reacts the same to certain products, but if you are struggling with acne I strongly recommend giving this a try. I have used this exfoliant for a few years and this is the only product that is a nightly MUST!!! It has completely transformed my skin and minimized my breakouts. I began using this with the CLEAR Extra Strength kit which was perfect starting point for developing a personalized skin care routine. I now use this product in combination with RESIST products (normal to oily skin). I will continue to use this product for as long as it is available.





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