CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 603 reviews
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimises pores and fades red marks from past breakouts.

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

Based on 603 reviews
This gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid clears breakouts, unclogs and minimises 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
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 15 or greater.

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Product Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (hydration), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (stabiliser), 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 (stabiliser), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabiliser).

Ratings & Reviews

My favourite BHA


This is my favourite BHA product! I disliked the feeling of the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid and enjoyed the Resist version due to how lightweight it is but needed something more cost effective. I thought I would try the clear line, just to see what the texture was like. I'm so glad I did! To me, this is just as lightweight as the resist version. I find I can't use it every day otherwise I flake, but every second day is just as effective at keeping my face smooth and blackheads at bay. My skin has never looked better until trying a PC BHA product! I've been using them for years.




In love


I wish I knew about this product 20 years ago. I'm 32 and battled breakouts since I was 12. My nose pores are huge, and they are shrinking everyday. My skin tone is amazing, it soothes redness, doesn't break me out, it's even soothes the crepey look around my eyes. If you're unsure get the travel set!




"THE" Secret for Teenage Acne!


My teenaged son had pimples, cysts etc on his face, which were getting worse. I bought this product in a desperate attempt to help decrease the severity and scarring, that was going to happen. By using this product every night (and with the occasional flare up-puts on his skin every morning), his face is almost clear!! He classmates can't believe the change in his skin and want to know where they can get this product!

Happy Mum!





Could not be without a BHA, helps to keep my skin calm and clear. It is light as water and does not irritate my skin.




perfect for acne breakout


I have been using BHA exfoliater all the time, but since i started working in an office and face the computer a lot, my face gets quite oily, and i started to experience acne breakout, which i haven't had ever since i started using Paula's Choice. this product saved me! it's gentle on my skin, and it's super effective. now i still have some blemish, as i always do, but i never had breakout ever since. i'm really happy with the result.




Stick with it... it works!


I was really at my wit's end over an embarrassing patch of cystic acne on my neck/jawline, after having spent hundreds of dollars on dermatologist appointments and various antibiotic ointments with no improvement. A friend suggested the "Clear" range, particularly the exfoliant, and I was hesitant at first - mainly because my skin is so mixed, with my forehead oily and prone to breakouts but my cheeks very dry and prone to eczema/dermatitis. For years I've had to use completely different products on different parts of my face every day. For the last 6 weeks I've been using the Clear pore normalising cleanser, the regular strength 2% exfoliant, the daily skin clearing blemish treatment 2.5% followed by my usual QV moisturising lotion and I am so so grateful for finding these products - the patch of acne on my jawline/neck has completely cleared (minus the scars), and the rest of my face looks much better too. Initially some areas of my skin were irritated by the products, so I cut back the exfoliant to every 2nd day and the blemish treatment to every 3rd day but kept up with the cleanser every day. My skin gradually got used to it all and I'm now using all of the products once a day. I would highly recommend these products to people with acne or combination skin, including sensitive/dry skin. The bottles look small but they do last a long time.




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



Excellent product


My daughter had recurring acne on her forehead and we tried other brands of cleansers and treatments first. Then, since I am a regular Paula's Choice customer for myself, I looked at the options and found the Clear Exfoliant and Clear Cleanser. Wow, they worked well and worked fast! Inside of a week or so, her forehead was clear, but not overly dry, and she felt was pleased and very confident. Cleared up just in time for her to be a bridesmaid in a wedding. Now she uses the cleanser every day but the exfoliant every couple of days for maintenance. Wonderful, quality, effective products.

Jujube's mom

Central Massachusetts


Blackheads are GONE


I've had blackheads that covered my chin and nose since I hit puberty 13 years ago and literally NOTHING has helped get rid of them at all until this product. After a week of use, I looked in the mirror today and realized I had no more blackheads AT ALL on my chin and barely any on my nose. Seriously a miracle product.


Dallas, Tx



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