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If you struggle with stubborn acne or blackheads, this liquid exfoliant might just be your new best friend. It contains 2% salicylic acid and is formulated within the appropriate pH range to unclog pores, even for those with skin prone to cystic acne. It earns its "extra strength" title by including an ingredient that further enhances absorption for faster results.

This formula also helps improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone and texture, as it exfoliates the surface of skin in addition to the pore lining where clogged pores start.

Unlike many anti-acne products, this formula does not include sensitizing ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, or fragrance. Better yet, its formula soothes redness while working to keep skin clear.

This product is recommended for all skin types experiencing acne, stubborn blackheads, or white bumps.

  • Unclogs and helps clear acne breakouts.
  • Liquid consistency suitable for all skin types prone to breakouts.
  • Soothes redness.
  • Diminishes blackheads.
  • Improves skin's tone and texture.
  • Can leave a slightly tacky finish on initial application.
Last Updated:08.30.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution helps improve blackheads, white bumps, and acne by unclogging pores with 2% salicylic acid. Unlike most products designed for acne-prone skin, CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution doesn't use harsh, sensitizing ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, or camphor. Ongoing use reveals significantly clearer, smoother, even-toned skin. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.
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 (stabilizer).
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paula’s Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia’s criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.

Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!