I purchased the Extra Stength version of this toner and used it religiously every morning after cleansing with her Clear cleanser. I'll start off by saying that I have weird skin lol...oily, acne prone, extremely sensitive...this stuff broke me out like crazy. I kept chalking it up to a "purge" but you shouldn't purge like that for 2 months...I called and they gave me my money back. I just dont think BHA is for me unfortunately.
For a $20 toner, I expected a lot more. This doesn't work any more effectively than my $9.95 Burt's Bees 1% salicylic acid toner. (Honestly, my Burt's Bees toner does a better job). After nearly 4 weeks of use using this twice a day, it's nearly empty and my skin doesn't look any better than it did a month ago. It did not relieve blackheads nor help combat active acne. It didn't make my skin worse, but it definitely did not improve it. Thus, a neutral 3 rating.
I have the normal strenght, and this does miracles for my face. I hate my large pores, and my oily t-zone. My pores get superclogged fast, and my face react to a lot of products, if my face doesn't like it I will end up with big cystic acne on my face.
In the past I have used the 2%Bha liquid, but that did make my face feel greasy and sweatlooking. It can be becauce I use to much of it. I also like the 2% Bha gel from Neutrogena that she oftens recommends. But for everyday use this is HG. I havn't had a big problem with breakouts since I started using this. It helps with my big pores but they are still big, I'm looking into going and doing lasertherapy for the skin and see if that is going to help.
I have the extra strength one.
My skin is oily and prone to blackheads and blemishes, but no big inflammations.
I've been using this for a month and I can honestly say this is a holy grail product. Nothing has ever cleared out my skin like this (except for hormonal contraception).
I started noticing results after a few days. My skin was becoming less bumpy, blackeads started to diminish and blemishes became less prominent. Today I have no blemishes. Not one.
I still have some red marks, but not bumps at all. My forehead and chin used to have regular annoying visitors, but this toner took care of them.
I religiously use it twice a day, pour it sparingly onto a cotton pad and massage for a minute. I wait until it absorbs (about 15 minutes) and then continue with moisturizer.
The downside is that it's a bit drying. The weather is now getting a bit colder so my skin needs more hydration than usual. I always make sure I moisturize well after this. I use Avene Hydrance Legere and my skin stays supple and blemish-free.
I cannot stress enough how happy I am that I found this toner. If it continues being this good, I will repurchase it forever.
In case of any changes, I will be sure to update this post.
Unlike many other users I havent had great results with this product. When I first started using the clear line (cleanser + toner) I had pretty decent results. At first I was kinda worried that it would be too much for my dry, acne prone skin. But since the website said it was for all skintypes, and reading reviews from people with dry skin, I decided to give it a go.
So at first I got decent results, I had less blemishes and blackheads and not much irritation from the product. However after one month of use, my skin apperently couldnt take it anymore. I got like a breakout epidemic, my intire face was covered in them. Also my skin got incredibly dry and it just looked red and irritated. For some help I contacted the customer service and they mentioned that the clear line is often too much for dry skin (Still think they should mention that on their website). So I stopt using this product and after a few days my skin felt a lot better. Now im using the moisture boost line in combination with the 2% bha, which works great. Anyway I definitelly wont repurchase, I gave it 3 lippies tho. Cause I do believe that this product will work greatly for those of us with oily skin, it just wasnt for me.
This is the "regular strength" stuff. I am not acne-prone, but I believe in effective exfoliation and have used the PC 2% liquid exfoliant (same formulation as the Clear Extra Strength toner) occasionally for years. I've recently upped my exfoliation/brightening regimen (part of an effort to reduce and prevent my hormone-induced melasma) with stronger AHAs and wanted to add a layer of BHA for pore clarity, as I'm having to use richer moisturizers to combat dry spots. I used PC's hydroquinone/BHA gel but saw no results and didn't like the texture. I'm out of the 2% BHA liquid, so I ordered the trial size of this, due to its gentler formulation. Seems to be effective and hasn't caused any peeling or flaking. The formulation and texture is certainly an improvement (watery, not sticky) and this liquid has no smell at all, which I like. I will finish the trial size and if things progress well, reorder the larger size.
I love this toner! It really helps my acne prone skin from new breakouts. I am at the 4 bottle now, I still have breakouts but this helps a lot !! I think I can't live without this stuff anymore! Seriously amazing!!!
For two weeks out of every month, this toner is my BFF. It is a toner with 2% salicylic acid and is safe even for rosacea. It is fragrance free, another plus for those of us with sensitive skin. The first two weeks of my cycle, my skin is pretty great, but by the 14th day, it begins the decline due to hormones. I then switch up my cleanser to the Paula's Choice (PC) Clear Cleanser and use this toner - twice a day, followed by PC 1% BHA Gel in the morning and the breakouts pretty much do not happen. When I don't follow this routine, I end up regretting it, often ending up with unsightly blemishes.
I wish this line had been around when I was a teenager. When my son gets older, I will definitely have him using the PC Clear line. But if you can only afford one new product, the toner would be one to try with your current cleanser and other products. It really keeps acne at bay, reduces the pore size by cleaning out the debris and eliminates blackheads. Do not use it close to the eyes because it can make them puffy/irritated.
I wish it were a little cheaper. The toner is $19.95 for a 4 oz. bottle, but I watch the Paula's Choice website for sales - she's always discounting one of her products, and so I buy a couple of bottles at the same time when it's 20% off. If you don't like it, their customer service is great and will let you return it for your money back.
Actually I am using a 2% BHA toner from PB, but it has an identical formula and I just like its packaging more than of Clear toner. Well, 2% might be harsh for sensitive skin. I first used it only 2 times a week, then 3 times, then every other day and now use it daily. This will exfoliate! So from time to time you have to use a good peeling. This will not remove all your blackheads if you use wrong, very pore-clogging products, but in combination with a smart routine (by this I mean minimum clogging ingredients in your creams and makeup) it will help your skin look very healthy. And it has zero alcohol, unlike many other BHA products (combination of BHA with alcohol is a killer even for my very oily skin).
I have sensitive acne prone skin. My acne is considerably mild but as most of us know, acne in any form is annoying and frustrating to deal with. I purchased the regular strength version of this along with the rest of the three step system. At first, I believed this was causing my skin to become worse. I never thought my face could handle SA because every time I used it I seemed to break out more. BUT I forced myself to use this every morning for a month and a half and I must say my skin has definitely cleared up. I use about 20 drops on a cotton ball and swipe gently over my face and neck. It is very light weight and absorbs quickly.