Introducing Press & Clear:
The Breakthrough BHA Toner


Press & Clear has arrived, bringing a new and exciting innovation to the BHA skincare space. The ​​​2% salicylic acid toner features a truly unique pairing of slow-release encapsulation technology and a barrier-friendly pH 5.5 to ensure the formula is as gentle on the skin as it is effective in providing clinically-proven, triple-action blemish care: before, during and after blemishes occur.

As well as offering a targeted treatment for sensitive and blemish-prone skin types, Press & Clear is also ideal for those who wish to maintain a visibly clarified, balanced and healthy complexion over time.



While high-strength treatments and the promise of fast-acting results can be very alluring to those battling with blemishes and congestion, combinations of such high % actives can easily overload the complexion. This can cause the natural barrier to dismantle, leaving the skin more susceptible to damage, inflammation and further breakouts while worsening the look and feel of existing ones.

Of course at Medik8, we love to break down barriers - but certainly not when it comes to our skin. That’s why we’ve taken a cutting-edge approach to formulating Press & Clear, recognising that blemish-prone skin is sensitive skin - and should therefore be treated as such in order to achieve the very best, long-term results. Press & Clear also disproves the common misconception that salicylic acid needs to be at a low pH to be effective on the skin as our research shows it is just as efficient at exfoliating and decongesting at a more neutral pH of ~5.5. Enter:​​​ ​​Press & Clear.

Combining ​​​ ​​salicylic acid with tranexamic acid, sake extract and ​​​ ​​aloe vera in a water-based formula, this game-changing toner provides a never-before-seen BHA balance between power and gentleness as well as a comprehensive solution to the common pain points many of us have experienced when using traditional BHAs, such as dryness, irritation and greasy textures. The time has come to experience clarity without compromise.


Press & Clear utilises maximum strength 2% salicylic acid - for the ultimate decongesting results. This BHA is oil soluble and able to penetrate deep into the pores to break down blockages which can lead to breakouts and congestion, while promoting a visibly clarified complexion overall. What’s different is that the salicylic acid in Press & Clear remains non-irritating on the skin thanks to our unique, gentle-release encapsulation system. The system slowly releases the salicylic acid to avoid causing any discomfort to sensitive, vulnerable skins while maintaining ongoing effectiveness. This means Press & Clear ensures a skin barrier-friendly experience which can be enjoyed up to twice per day.

Tranexamic acid helps to minimise the appearance of post-blemish imperfections by promoting a bright and even complexion. At the same time, sake extract nourishes and strengthens the skin barrier against future breakouts as aloe vera provides soothing relief on active breakouts. It’s this exclusive combination of carefully-selected ingredients which makes up Press & Clear’s 3-phase approach to maintaining visibly clarified skin.



Press & Clear’s results have been proven in both clinical and consumer trials. Following a 50 participant-strong consumer study , Press & Clear was proven to*:

  • Visibly clarify the skin in just 7 days
  • Visibly brighten the skin in just 7 days
  • Leave the skin looking smoother in just 7 days
  • Visibly decongest and minimise the appearance of pores in 2 weeks
  • Maintain a visibly clear complexion, 1 month on from first use


Not only this but 96% of participants found Press & Clear to be gentle on their sensitive, blemish-prone skin - including on active breakouts.* Within the consumer trial, an independent dual-placement study was also conducted which saw Press & Clear proven to**:

Be more gentle on sensitive, blemish-prone skins than the market-leading BHA toner

Have better overall performance compared to the market-leading BHA toner

Be significantly less sticky on the skin than the market-leading BHA toner


  • Improve the appearance of blackheads by 51% in 6 weeks
  • Improve the skin barrier function in 2 weeks
  • Reduce the appearance of blemishes in 2 weeks
  • Improve the appearance of uneven skin tone in 2 weeks
  • Minimise visible pores in 2 weeks



Press & Clear is also 100% cruelty-free and vegan. In addition, the formula is contained in a recyclable bottle which boasts a reusable pump to accompany the Press & Clear Refill option - as part of Medik8’s ongoing sustainability mission to reduce plastic waste.


After cleansing in the morning and/or evening, hold a facial pad (reusable is best) firmly over Press & Clear and push down 3-4 times. Sweep the pad over the face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Do so before applying any serums or moisturisers.

Note: We advise new users to apply once a day and note the skin’s response, then use up to twice daily. Patch testing prior to use is also advised. Refer to for an in-depth guide to patch testing.

*Proven via independent consumer study conducted over 4 weeks on 50 participants with sensitive, blemish-prone skins.
**Proven via independent dual-placement consumer study conducted on 50 participants with sensitive, blemish-prone skins.