CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Based on 222 reviews


CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
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 222 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 Breakouts, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads

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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.

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

Happy Overall


I bought this to tackle my blackheads that I've had for as long as I can remember. It made my skin feel very soft and I don't have as many breakouts or whiteheads, but my blackheads look so much more noticeable. Not sure if I should continue using this product.


New Castle, AU


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.




Completely saved my skin


I've never written a review for a product before but after $1000+ this product has saved my skin. I never had bad acne but I have always had heaps of blocked pores on my chin and jawline. As a result I had very uneven skin, and I would get the occasional painful cyst maybe once a month. It's been nearly three months and two bottles of this stuff but I have to say that my skin is now unrecognisable - it's perfectly smooth, my clogged pores have disappeared and I no longer get those painful cysts. You should be aware though: if you're anything like me the first 2 months of using this product will be absolute hell. The BHA pushes all the clogged stuff to the surface (stuff you didn't even know was clogged!) and your skin will be a horrific mess for a while. Don't give up, you need to push through it - it's not pleasant but definitely worth it once you're out the other side.




Excellent Product!


I was suffering from a chronic dry forehead, and had recently started having lots of little bumps on my forehead too, as well as acne on my temples, cheeks and jawline. I thought I had tried everything for my dry forehead over the course of a year, but once I tried this exfoliant, the chronic dry skin went away within a few days while the rest of my routine remained the same! I was so thrilled. At the same time, it completely got rid of all the tiny bumps I had on my forehead, and cheeks, making my skin much smoother. It has also helped with my acne, and while I still get pimples, they heal faster and are less angry than previously. I love this product! I've used morning and night on my sensitive skin for a few months now, am ordering again, have got my sister using it too and I can't wait to try more Paula's Choice Products.


New Zealand


Great Product


This product is great. I've never had problems with acne when I was in my teen years but in my early to mid 20's I started getting acne (truthfully not as bad as some) but it was still hard because I had never suffered. Nothing I had tried worked but using this in the evenings and Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA in the mornings my skin has cleared up. I get the odd pimple but that's normal.


Brisbane, AU


Great product, poor packaging


I have sensitive, combination skin and I use this exfoliate a few times a week in the evening, I find it really helps to keep my skin clear and smooth. My only issue is that the packaging isn't great and it constantly leaks everywhere. I travel a lot for work and no matter how I package this product it ends up leaking and wasting at least half a bottle every time I buy it. I strongly recommend changing the bottle to be a twist top, similar to the make up remover which never leaks on me.




Really works!!


I was so hoping the reviews of this product were try and my hopes were answered! Noticed a difference a few days in. For me personally, it is drying to my skin but I also use the facewash and moisturiser. I also can bare the drying because my pimples are reducing so I know it's drying the pimples themselves out. Highly recommend, it's wonderful!






Left a greasy film to my face. I felt like it worked for a short while, then stopped. Didn't help with my post/current acne redness/scarring. Would be a superficial, short brightening treatment.

Beauty Therapist



Thanks Paula, this is it!!!


I have been getting hormonal acne on my chin for a long time. I went on vitamins, antibiotics, different types of skin care but none worked until I met this toner. My skin has never been this healthy and smooth before!! Thank you Paula and please do not stop making this.


sydney Au



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