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Review of Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid (boy that’s a mouthful…) is an excellent beta-hydroxy acid exfoliant for those dealing with acne or clogged pores.  Just apply it to a cotton pad and swipe across your skin after cleansing and then let it soak in a few minutes before layering serums/moisturizers on top.

If you’re looking for a lighter version of the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (full review HERE), this is the perfect option for you.  This water-light BHA exfoliant is incredibly effective, expertly formulated, and safe for use on sensitive skin.  There are no irritating alcohols or fragrances in this product.  Nor are there any of the other usual culprits that can cause irritation in acne sufferers (camphor, menthol, citrus extracts etc).  Plus, it is at the optimal pH for salicylic acid to work properly (3.5 – 4).  Paula’s Choice exfoliating products really are the cream of the crop.  She just knows how to do it right.

In addition to salicylic acid, the product contains some skin replenishing and soothing ingredients as well, like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, allantoin and vitamin B5.

paula's choice clear regular strength 2% bha


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

I have to admit, I’m a bit more partial to the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid.  It does have that slight bit of greasiness, but I don’t mind.  It has a slightly lower pH, and so there is a little more free acid available for exfoliating.  I just find that it works a little bit better for me.  This is a tad more gentle.  So this will be the best choice if you are more sensitive or new to salicylic acid products.  I think I’ll try the Clear Extra Strength next, and see how that works for me.  I tend to prefer a more aggressive approach to blemish control.

Despite my preference for a different Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant, this product is awesome.  It will make a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a salicylic acid liquid exfoliant.  There are very few on the market formulated as well as this one, and nearly all of them are made by Paula’s Choice.  You can’t go wrong with any of her exfoliating products.


Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid is available in a 4oz bottle for $27USD from Nordstrom, DermStore, or Amazon


If you are really struggling with blemishes and clogged pores,  you may want to invest in a full skincare regimen designed to fight breakouts.  It can be incredibly beneficial in your quest for clear skin to use a series of products that are designed to work together.  As with all anti-acne products, there are a lot of poorly formulated options out there.  But there are some good ones too.  Paula’s Choice Clear is one of several options you can use.  The team at actually did a great deal of research and came up with a few top picks for acne control skincare regimens that don’t include unnecessary irritants and should be beneficial for a wide range of skin types.  If you’re interested in checking that out, you can find it at the link HERE.


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