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  1. Anna C
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • I have tried everything: Proactiv (both the old and new products), Burt's Bees acne treatments, even homemade options, and nothing has worked. I'm 25 and have stress-induced acne, which has worsened A LOT over the year. When I started using Paula's Choice, for about a week and a half, my skin didn't get any better and I noticed some new breakouts. However, I've been using the kit morning/night and after 3 and a half weeks, there's a HUGE difference. For once in my life, my skin is clear!

  2. Julie M
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It's a gamechanger!
    • Tried proactiv,, sulfacet, over the counter BP and BHA products, Acnedote...Everything aggravated my 11 year old daughter's acne, overdrying and irritating her skin. After being schooled by the Paula's Choice team, I learned BHA needs to have the proper PH level and stable packaging to be effective. Could this detail make a difference? Heck YEAH! My daughter's breakouts have cleared up 90% after using this for 3 weeks. Her skin looks healthy and glowing, not irritated.

  3. Amy W.
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I've finally found something that works!
    • I am so excited about these products! I have been struggling with adult acne prone skin for 20 years. This system works wonders! My skin has never looked or felt so good. My pores were visibly congested when I started 2 weeks ago. Now they are crystal clear. I have almost no blackheads and the wicked breakout that I had was clear in a matter of several days. I have finally found fabulous products and I will stick with them!

  4. Anonymous
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Simply, it works
    • I started with the trial kit first and had such great results, I bought this kit. I use it up to three times a day and have no dryness. My skin feels softer than it has in a long time and is at least 80% more clear. As time goes on, my skin is only improving so I hope to get to 100%. I never write reviews but felt I had to share. This is a truly great product. Every other acne treatment product I've tried has either not worked or has left my dry, sensitive skin, red and flaking. Thanks PC!!

  5. Aria K.
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • This has literally saved my life. For couple of years I have suffered from mild to severe acne. I tried everything from the drugstore, proactive and expensive pills my dermatologist gave me. However, none of them helped. I was very skeptical of buying this, because I thought it would be one of those products that doesn't work at all for me. But, I was very surprised to see a SIGNIFICANT difference after one night of using this. I definitely recommend this to everyone who is suffering from acne

  6. Tiffany H.
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • As a kid and teen I struggled with acne, and then after being put on birth control my face cleared up. But for the past couple years it's flared up again (still on the pill), and I’ve tried proactiv, neutrogena, natural products and even doctor- prescribed medications. I found PC products, and my face has finally cleared up. Reason that I'm sure this is: it doesn't dry my face out. I am very happy! Thank you!

  7. Sherry N.
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Skin Saver!
    • I have suffered from acne since I was 11 years old, I'm now 36. I had hoped I'd grow out of it, but no such luck. I've tried many failed products. PC clear system has saved my skin. Occasionally I will have a couple pimples but very rarely. I LOVE this product, I only wish I found it years earlier. My daughter also started breaking out at age 11. She uses this product as well. It helps her tremendously, but not completely. I think that's due to her age, preteen hormones.

  8. Diane D.
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Thank You!!
    • Thanks for making this system. I've struggled with adult acne for 5 years now, in the past two it has gotten so much worse. I've tried everything- including Paula's Choice BHA liquid alone, but nothing has worked as well as this. I've used it religiously morning and night for three weeks and my skin has transformed. It looks almost like before (there's a little residual redness from spots). I will continue to be a long time buyer of Paula's products! They work!!

  9. Holly P.
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    BHA works best.
    • I purchased the Clear Regular Strength System a couple months ago. The face wash is irritating to my skin, however I saw an improvement in my skin. Then the toner ran out and my acne returned. The benzoyl peroxide tx doesn't do much for my acne. In the future I will just buy the BHA.

  10. Samantha P.
    100 out of 100
    So glad I found this product!
    • I'm am so happy I found this system!! I've tried everything for my oily/ combo acne prone skin and this is the only thing that seems to be working. My skin texture is so smooth. My acne has started to go away and haven't gotten any new breakouts. Do have some dryness from the BP treatment but a little lotion helps with that. Love the cleanser the most because it doesn't dry my skin and removes ALL my makeup!

  11. Sarah B
    100 out of 100
    • Paula's Choice products have changed my life. I use both the Clear acne system and some select Resist products and the appearance of my skin has never looked better. I had horrible adult acne and I'm almost clear now. It took me a bit of playing around with different PC products and product strengths to find what worked and to commit to using them every day and I'm so glad I did. Thank you!!

  12. Christa F.
    100 out of 100
    Dry skin with cystic acne
    • I have dry skin with cystic acne on my chin, the huge painful zits. So far this is working! I even notice my scars seem to be fading. I only use it on my chin because I don't want to dry out the rest of my face, and I've only been using it at night. I'm really happy with and look forward to a future with no more huge painful zits! Thank you Paula’s Choice! I love almost everything I use!!

  13. Emily H.
    100 out of 100
    • I ordered this for my 14yr old daughter who has been suffering from moderate acne for the past couple of years. We have tried so many products and have struggled to find the right balance between effective and irritating. After about 1 month of using the products her skin in almost completely clear (still has minor blemishes around her cycle and near her hairline) and the red marks from previous blemishes have faded significantly. Her pores look smaller and she is so happy. Thank You!

  14. MT
    100 out of 100
    Great for acne
    • My first review. I was pleasantly surprised on how well this stuff works on my skin. I was using the 5% BP spot treatment before but it was too harsh for my combo skin (oily/sensitive). After I started to break out consistently I decided to try this line. I only use this at night and the results are good. I still have blackheads and large pores but my acne is more controlled and the redness has reduced. My dark scars are slowly fading. After trying many products, I am glad I found this.

  15. Kari w
    100 out of 100
    Best product out there! Blackheads are gone!
    • I've been fighting with blackheads on my T-zone for about 10-12 years. I've tried everything you can imagine. I've been using Paula's Choice Clear system for only about a week, and I cannot believe the difference. My blackheads are almost completely non-existent. And the rest of my skin looks fabulous!! I don't think I can promote this product enough! A must try for everyone. If you're doubtful to try it, don't be! You won't be disappointed!!!

  16. Anonymous
    100 out of 100
    Product of the Year
    • I've been using the Clear Regular Strength System along with the BHA 9 Serum for five months now and cannot get over how much this product WORKS. I've struggled with breakouts throughout my life...did Acutane when I was 20 and used ProActive through my 20s and STILL had uneven skin tone, breakouts on my chin and stubborn whiteheads on my cheeks. Using this product has cleared up ALL of these issues and my skin looks the BEST it ever has. Thank you, Paula's Choice!!

  17. Jill T.
    100 out of 100
    The best acne product I've found!
    • I have tried EVERYTHING for my acne and this is the best system I've found! I am 25 and have had issues with acne for the last 5 years. This kit is so gentle compared to other products I have used and my face improved dramatically within 2 weeks. I started out with the extra strength kit and it was a little too strong so I switched to the regular strength and it's much more gentle.

  18. Brittany R
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    I really wanted to like this system
    • I had high hopes for this system. I started using it in the morning and night, but it proved to be too harsh on my skin as my skin started to flake off badly. My foundation looked horrible when applied. Began using cleanser 2 times daily and the exfoliating and treatment at night. My acne just never improved. I used it for over a month and just got tired of my skin being so dry and flaky it actually hurt. Some type of moisturizer should be incorporated into the system.

    Customer Service Response

    Thank you for sharing your experience, and we're sorry the Clear System didn't work out for you. Unfortunately, no matter how well formulated, no product works for everyone. However, you certainly may contact our Customer Care for assistance with an exchange or refund.

  19. Olivia J.
    80 out of 100
    Worth Buying
    • I've been suffering from acne for years now and tried many types of acne treatments but they never worked for me. After finding out about Paula's Choice I decided to give it a try and in less than a month I started to see an improvement on my skin! My blackheads are nearly gone and so are the bumps that won't go away. Thank you Paula's Choice for bringing my confidence back! Totally worth the money.

  20. Richard T
    100 out of 100
    Give it some time, maybe change your moisturizer
    • I'm a 31 year old male with combination/sensitive/acne prone skin. At first I was disappointed as I didn't get the results some people were talking about. However, once I changed my moisturizer to PC Skin Balancing gel the results were phenomenal. I'm not totally clear yet (6 weeks in) but it's in the post. My skin looks better than it has ever been and I'm no longer getting new breakouts at all, which I had come to accept as part of having my skin type.

  21. Betty V.
    100 out of 100
    This Acne System Changed My Life
    • Dearest Paula, Thank you so much for making this system for us severe acne sufferers. It is God sent! It has literally cleared up all of my acne (with the exception of a zit here and there). I have tried everything! Before Paula's Choice, my dermatologist had me on Retinol (Vitamin A) 1% and it did well for me, but it made me massively sensitive to every product. Wearing makeup was painful. Not anymore, now I can choose to wear makeup, if I want to. Thank you for giving me back my confidence!

  22. Lilah B.
    80 out of 100
    Pretty Pleased
    • I started using it day and night. But it dried out my skin so I backed off. I contacted Paula's Choice, and they suggested using it less frequently...So I used it just at night, all three steps. This time my skin didn't dry. I've noticed decreased pimples. Ones that would have been very large, will flatten out and are not reddish. They stick around but not as long. And in general my skin looks better, pores seem smaller. Overall pretty effective, but ease into it.

  23. Leaf D
    100 out of 100
    Best products ever
    • I'm 35 and have always had oily skin and breakouts which I have hoped would dissipate with age - not so. The Clear products have truly saved my face and made my life so much easier. I started out using the extra strength products until my acne cleared up, which began within a week. Beware they do dry up your face, though that is to be expected. Now I use the regular strength on a daily basis 2x per day and have the extra strength on hand for when I occasionally break out, but these days it’s rare.

  24. Sarah H
    80 out of 100
    Optimistic so far
  25. 100 out of 100
    • I'm optimistic about these products, albeit a little cautious, like most with sensitive, acne prone skin. I have mild to moderate acne on my cheeks and chin and have also been diagnosed by a dermatologist with rosacea on my forehead. These products are already making my skin look clearer, brighter and less red; I am very impressed after just a few days of use. I will certainly update this review in a few weeks on long-term use.

  26. Paula C.
    100 out of 100
    • I only got the kit in the mail yesterday afternoon, but after using MANY skin care lines over the years (I am 25), I can already see an AMAZING difference! My skin is so much smoother, my pores are clean and already much smaller, and my red areas (particularly obnoxious around my nose, almost like a butterfly rash) are fading! And the peroxide cream doesn't leave a residue on your face! You can (as far as I understand) use this in the morning before applying your makeup, too :) LOVE!

  27. Anonymous
    100 out of 100
    Buy it
    • This stuff works. Seriously. I had an immense amount of bumpy whiteheads on my forehead, nose and cheeks. Occasional breakouts on my chin. The situation was rough. I tried stuff that my dermatologist gave me but nothing worked until I got this. It WILL take a little while to completely clear your skin but it's worth it. If you use it every day without fail you will see results. I am very pleased with the way my skin looks now.

  28. Ahmad
    100 out of 100
    The Best for dry and sensitive Skin!!
    • This Acne system it's AMAZING! I've used a lot of anti-acne products! All of them dried and irritated my skin. I blamed my skin instead of blaming the products and gave up. All of this changed when I've found Paula’s Choice Clear Acne System. I have advice for those who have a dry, sensitive skin like me, for the first week start to apply the benzyl peroxide once at night every two days, and increase it and apply it once at night every day to prevent dryness and use one of Paula's moisturizers.

  29. Lianne K.
    100 out of 100
    Have never had skin like this before
    • After using this set for 6 weeks now, i am no longer wearing makeup when i go out! I feel more confident. I get daily compliments from coworkers and family and friends about how great my skin looks

  30. Kristen A.
    80 out of 100
    Love it so far!!
    • As a Spa Esthetician I felt as though my acneic skin was killing my professional credibility. Who takes skin care advice from someone whose face is a mess? Within a week of using the Clear system my skin had fewer breakouts and what popped up was smaller and didn't take as long to heal. For the first time in my career, a client said to me, "What do you use, your skin is gorgeous". Feels good to be taken seriously! Thank you Paula's Choice, my confidence is back and my career is back on track!

  31. Kaniesha T.
    100 out of 100
    In Love
    • For about a month or so I was breaking out on my chin area. When one pimple was gone another one was forming. The things I was using before simply was not effective to kill those pimples. Then I ordered this acne system and overnight I began to see changes in my skin. My acne did not clear overnight but there was an improvement and each day my skin got better and better. I have oily skin and this system works well for me, just give it a chance.

  32. Annie
    100 out of 100
    Never used anything this effective!
    • For years, I have had acne and very sensitive eczema-prone skin. It has been impossible to find anything for sensitive skin that treats acne too (trust me--I've tried everything). After about a month using PC Clear system, I'm truly happy with my skin for the first time ever. My breakouts seemed worse during the first week, but after that everything has been totally clear. No stinging around my eyes, no sensitivity reactions. Simply the best product I have ever purchased. I'm a fan for life.

  33. Kelsey F.
    100 out of 100
    Great Results! (Not an exaggeration, either.)
    • For the most part, I am in love with this system. I saw results within a day; redness had decreased, the pimples were smaller, and my skin felt less greasy. Right now, I'm wondering if I should switch to the "extra strength" system because I still experience little flair-ups during certain times of the month. The flair-ups are much smaller and bearable, but I'd love someone else's input. Either way, I'm definitely a loyal Paula fan now.

  34. BEL
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for everyone
    • This product is not for everyone. I spoke with a nurse at my school who used to work for a dermatologist and she recommended this product for my persisting acne. I was extremely anxious and excited to begin this product. I gave it the full 6 weeks and my skin is so dry that one-to-two inch pieces of skin are peeling off of my face. I am so disappointed that this didn't work for me. It gave me fine lines all over my face as well. I've gone off for 2 weeks and am still battling the dryness.

    Customer Service Response

    We're sorry this system didn't work for you. Without knowing what else you may have been using, it could be the combination of Clear with other products that caused your skin to react in this manner. Please contact us so we can help you troubleshoot and offer advice to get your skin back to normal.

  35. Lauren V.
    100 out of 100
    Love this product!!!!
    • A friend told me about how great Paula's Choice was so I decided to try out the kit. I have combination skin with random breakouts and this product has been amazing! After just a week of using it my skin became smoother and completely cleared up my breakouts!!! I have had a difficult time finding a product that works and this is finally it! Would definitely recommend this product to my friends and family!

  36. Rebecca A.
    100 out of 100
    Simple and Effective
    • Five days in and I am already ordering the full size. My acne is slowly disappearing. There are actually smooth parts of my face now, which there haven't been in years. I was always told that any acne product I used would have to make my acne worse before it got better. This just works, plain and simple. With the amazing customer service here and the awesome return policy, there is no reason not to try this.

  37. Maureen W.
    100 out of 100
    • I was paying a fortune for acne products and nothing has ever worked. I am in my 30's and just started to get acne. I have had amazing results with Paula's Choice!!! I can now go into public without makeup. I am more confident now than I have ever been. The products are so affordable and worth every penny. Every order I get something new to try and have been extremely pleased with all of them. Thank you soooo much!!!!

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When your skin clears up, everything takes a turn for the better. Your self-esteem lifts. The cranky-meter takes a dive and you catch yourself smiling again. The right skin-care formulations can make a world of difference.

Whether your skin is experiencing a breakout or you want to keep pimples from popping up again, it's important to use products that are gentle yet effective. That's why our formulations are clinically proven to be non-irritating. We don't use alcohol or add fragrances that can irritate your skin. Our products are 100% guaranteed. We don't test on animals. And, there is no commitment or subscription required.

With the Clear system you really can make every day a “good skin day.” That’s a reason to smile, and maybe head out to the store without wearing makeup.

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:

Splash the face and eyes generously with tepid to slightly warm water. Spread a nickel- to quarter-sized amount of cleanser over your fingers and apply to facial skin with gentle but vigorous circular motions. Rinse well. Repeat or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup.

Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:

Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and gently stroke over face. Pay special attention to acne- and blackhead-prone areas. Do not rinse. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, and mucous membranes. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day.

Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:

After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and exfoliating with Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, cover the affected area with a thin layer of Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment 1–3 times a day. Because some people may experience dryness when they first start using a product with benzoyl peroxide, it may be necessary to reduce application to once every other day or, if twice daily application proves to be too much, reduce application to once daily, morning or evening.

All product claims are supported by the following research:

CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, November 2003, pages 407-412; Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; and Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55.

CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

CLEAR Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, October 2009, pages 2,555–2,562; Dermatologic Clinics, January 2009, pages 33–42; British Journal of Dermatology, August 2008, pages 480–481; and Dermatology Therapy, March-April 2008, pages 86–95; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 873–880; Lancet, December 2004, pages 21882195; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, September-October 2000, pages 292–296; and

Key Ingredients: panthenol, bisabolol, allantoin, honeysuckle flower extract, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, salicylic acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, triclosan

Product Ingredients:

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:
Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (detergent cleansing agent), Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer (polymer thickening agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient/slip agent), PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (thickener), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (detergent cleansing agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emulsifier), Panthenol (skin conditioning agent), Triclosan (antibacterial agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (solubolizing agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin (preservatives).

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Dipropylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Pentylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-17/6/Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (anti-bacterial agent) Inactive: Water, Ethoxydiglycol (water-binding agent/solvent), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Bisabolol, (soothing agents), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Ceteareth-20, Steareth-20 (thickeners), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Isopropyl Myristate (thickener), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum (thickeners/stabilizers).

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