Clear Regular Strength Kit

Acne, you’re cleared for takeoff. Everything you need to treat acne plus send clogged pores, breakouts, and redness packing for good. Wave goodbye now.
Item #: 470
  • Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores
  • For All Skin Types
  • 3 products: Clear Cleanser, Clear Regular Strength Exfoliant, Clear Regular Strength Blemish Treatment

Please Note: Do not use the Exfoliating Solution if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 21, 2015
    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!!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    At Last!!!
    • I have had acne for almost nine years and I just couldn't find a product that would work for me. I have combination skin, so most products would either dry my skin out completely or make it even oilier, without doing it's main purpose: treating the acne. This product, however, saved my skin. It isn't too harsh, and it is very effective! After a month I saw great improvement. It didn't work for me right away but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and I am so glad that I did. Thank you!

  3. drbwh
    Reviewed on Monday, May 11, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me...
    • I'm in my early 30s and have been suffering from acne since college. I've tried so many different acne products but none is that effective. Finally tried this system. I was very skeptical at first but the first three days after I started using the trial kit, I saw improvement. I was so excited and proceeded to order the full size kit. A month and half later, my acne was worsened. Lots of little bumps here and there, where I never had white heads before. Returning this kit. :'(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you, but are glad that you are using our return policy.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. Annisa
    Reviewed on Monday, May 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING! Totally in LOVE!
    • I have been suffered from acne for years. Last 2 months was my worst condition. I had tried so many products. But this product is absolutely BEST!! My acne start "calming down" in just 2 weeks. I can clearly see the scars is also fade away. I surely will repurchase it! Btw, i live in Jakarta (Indonesia). Could you please consider to open a counter here? I think many people have already use this product here. But we have to wait 3-4 week till the product arrive. And the shipping absolutely c

  5. LA
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Only thing that works
    • I have used every acne line/product there is (even prescription). I literally have tried them all. This is the ONLY line that works. I didn't have terrible acne but more so those stubborn break outs every now and then. I finally tried this line and it was a miracle. I say miracle because anyone who has breakout wishes for one! It didn't dry out my skin or burn. I started to get results pretty quickly. I have used it now 4 years and my skin is perfect. It really is a life saver.

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, April 27, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Clear extra strength
    • I ordered clear 3 step system, when I use as directed my whole face stings and burns,and gets extremely dry,I tried the skin perfectin bha lotion over didn't fix the dryness,, I was really hoping that this was going to clear my face;(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 27, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  7. Hannah R
    Reviewed on Friday, April 17, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved my skin
    • I had always had good skin growing up, however my senior year of high school I started getting these little under the skin bumps. I tried everything from Clinique, to proactive, natural products, and lastly a clarisonic brush. Ntothing was working, in fact things seemed to be getting worse after completing my freshman year of college. This literally saved my skin! my bumps are gone, my skin is clear and moisturized, and I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much for giving me my skin back!

  8. Aimee
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 05, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    So far so good
    • I got the 2 week trail from Amazon. Day 3 of it & I already see a big difference in my skin. My skin is combination more dry then oily. I have found this keeps my acne from getting really red & horrible looking. I am still having redness on my cheeks & it hurts like its really dry. I am not sure if its because I need a moisturizer or the toner is doing it as I have seen that the redness seems to comes after I use the toner. I do wish the trial came with a moisturizer do I could test it.

  9. Tanya
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 05, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    I had such high hopes
    • After all the rave reviews, I was hoping this system would help control my acne. I never had it as a teen, but now experience breakouts often in my early 20's. I never considered myself to have sensitive skin, but the products with the benzoyl peroxide made my skin burn so badly after using it for a few days. I still use the BHA. It's been a couple weeks, but I still have not seen improvement in my skin. I had very oily skin, and I think this has dried out my skin overall.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 06, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. audrey
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    amazing!
    • So incredibly thankful for this product! I have battled stubborn hormonal acne that have grown in patches on my cheeks and chin for years, and now that I have tried this product for about a month my skin is 95% clear. The pricing is very reasonable, and the product simply works. I am so sad that I haven't found this product earlier, because of all the scarring that has happened do to my previous struggle with acne. Give this product a shot, you won't regret it!

  11. Eric
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally something that works!
    • Like most people using this, I've tried lots of different products to get my face clear and this one was the first to get it done. It didn't dry me out and it didn't make my face red. This is highly recommended.

  12. Jessica
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 29, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love, but need a moisturizer!
    • I'm currently using the two week trial kit and contemplating buying the full kit, however I would love to pair this with a moisturizer. I've got combination skin, but lately I've been leaning toward the oily side. Which Paula's Choice moisturizer would work best with this? Or would it be a better option for for me to purchase the Resist Essentials Kit for Wrinkles + Breakouts?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 30, 2015

    Thanks for your review! We have a few options to consider for moisturizers with the 3-step Clear routine. Please contact us at your convenience to discuss.

    —Admin
  13. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, March 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING
    • As a 27 year old acne sufferer for about 15+ years and I can say that this set of products has changed my life! I have oily/combination skin with enlarged pores and tons of dark spots from acne scarring and have basically used every acne "solution" known to man. None of them have given me results like this (even after months and months of use)! I ordered the 2 week sample kit to test it out and after week 1 I noticed a huge change in my skin; less breakouts, fading acne scars, less oily.

  14. K.H.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This system seriously works!
    • This system works for real. I switched from pro-active and couldn't be happier. I did go through a few weeks of purging but after that my skin looked great. My sister even told me at Christmas that my skin looked "way better than last year." I especially LOVE the toner. If you're not sure than give the trial size a try (that's what I did). I am hooked and finally found something that works for me as I have struggled with horrible skin my whole life. You have nothing to lose.

  15. Rachel B.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 13, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    very satisfied
    • I've had hormonal breakouts most of my adult life (I'm 30). I tried the extra strength trial kit first and it worked really well. I have yet to find another product that is as affordable, gentle, & cruelty free as PC. I saw results fairly quickly although my skin is not perfectly clear it's as good as it's going to get without prescription meds and I'm happy with it. I tried the reg strength next and it was not nearly as effective. I will be switching back to the extra strength from now on.

  16. Pat K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very happy with it
    • I started out in January using the Clear Regular Strength Two Week Trial Kit (which lasted more than two weeks). There was enough there for me to know it will work so I bought the full size kit plus other Paula's Choice products. 2 months later and I am very happy with results. I am very happy with the products I have purchased. There are specific, clear directions on how to use each product in relation to other products. I feel I have a clear understanding of why I am using each product.

  17. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, March 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I didn't think it was possible
    • I didn't think it was possible for a product to work this well and this consistently. I have struggled with hormonal acne since I was a teenager, and for the past few years I referred to Beautypedia for advice on which drugstore products to combine to create a skincare routine. Those products helped on a day-to-day basis, but never prevented a monthly breakout. I finally decided to see what everyone was talking about and purchased Clear- what a difference! No breakouts for 3 cycles. THANK YOU!!!

  18. Maya
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Can't believe it
    • I've been using this kit for about half a year now. The results were very slow at first, but my skin was definitely improving bit by bit. Now, I can't believe how amazing my skin is, it doesn't feel like mine! All the problem areas have completely healed and cleared up, it's incredible. I haven't had a single break out in a month, which is very uncharacteristic of me. I also got complimented on my skin the other day for probably the first time in my life. I'm so grateful, this stuff really works

  19. Sophia K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Was skeptical at first...
    • I have been using this line since October 2014 in conjunction with the Skin Perf. 2% BHA liquid. I am very pleased with the results. Although I do get minor breakouts here and there (due to hormones) I have noticed a drastic improvement in my acne and overall skin. I went from 2-3 large painful breakouts a month to maybe 1 minor breakout and no longer get painful cyst like pimples. I have not changed my diet, nor am I on any antibiotics or BC pill. My acne scars have reduced. Very happy!!!

  20. sara a.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Unbelievable results
    • I am very skeptical when someone talks about how miraculous a product is but for me the PC line, including this set is the holy grail. I have had oily skin/acne since I was 15 (I'm 34 now), severe enough to warrant a round of Accutane. I have been using this line plus Resist moisturizer, and the clinical 1% retinal. This is the best my skin has looked since before my teenage years. I never thought my skin could look this good. My husband keeps commenting on how great it looks too!

  21. Jacqueline S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best skin of my life
    • I had always battled acne and had breakouts into my young adult years (I am now 23) and I started using this kit about a year ago. I first tried the travel size of the Clear Extra Strength Kit but it was too harsh on my skin since I was using it everyday, it really dried out my skin, so I bought the Regular Strength and it has been wonderful. I use it about every other day or every two days and on the days I don't use it, I wash my face with PC Earth Sourced Kit. I have oily/combination skin.

  22. Matt
    Reviewed on Friday, February 06, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Really good results
    • My skin is sensitive & acne prone. I'm a pale male who at his wits ends gave this a try. It's nice to find a foamy cleanser after the PC4Men cleanser let me down. It doesn't dry me out & it seems to calm redness. The BHA is nice & a lot less sticky than others I've tried. I only use the BP gel when I feel really broken out. It works really well but dries me out some. I was worried about using Triclosan but so far so good with no irritation. I am very help and will repurchase. Clear & happy here.

  23. Alicea T.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I have good skin again!
    • After trying that other 3-step system, which left my skin full of cystic acne, I decided to try Paula's system and decided if this didn't work, nothing would. I ordered the 2-week sample kit and within the first week my skin started showing significant improvement. The bumps went down and my skin became softer and smoother. I did notice some flaking/dry skin, so once the visible acne was gone, went down to using the BP to just once a day and my skin is staying clear and smooth. So happy!

  24. Kalli Q
    Reviewed on Friday, January 30, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Just Started~
    • I just began using this system a few days ago. I have seen a tiny tiny bit of improvement but not sure if its just hormones or the product. I am desperate at this point. Used to have nice skin with a few breakouts but now its gone super crazy with stress. I am on tretinoin as well from the dermatologists but never really see any improvement with that. Praying this works so I can go into the spring and summer with skin that I don't have to cake on foundation!

  25. john fineman
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 29, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Question
    • Does your product work for African American skin to get rid of dark marks

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, January 30, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for the question! Our products work for all skin to help fade acne marks!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
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Products in the Clear Regular Strength Kit Include:

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:
All Skin Types
This gentle, but thorough formula quickly dissolves oil, dead skin cells, and makeup that can clog pores.

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
All Skin Types
This completely unique solution feels water-light and soothing on skin. It exfoliates, kills bacteria, and reduces redness.

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
All Skin Types
Consider this an essential, fast-acting treatment for anyone struggling with acne. 2.5% benzoyl peroxide goes to work immediately to reduce acne-causing bacteria

FREE Pack of Oil-Blotting Papers:
These handy and discrete Oil-Blotting Papers instantly absorb excess surface oil and leave your skin smooth and matte. These tissue-thin papers will not disturb your makeup nor will they add any powder to the skin.

Sources to support the claims made for 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.

Sources to support the claims made for 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.

Sources to support the claims made for 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 www.naturaldatabase.com.

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

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).

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:
DIRECTIONS: Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
DIRECTIONS: 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 Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
DIRECTIONS: Apply to affected areas after cleansing and exfoliating. Because excessive drying may occur, start with 1 application and gradually increase to 2 or 3 times daily if needed. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce frequency of application to once per day/every other day. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:

I already use a Paula's Choice cleanser. Do I have to use the Clear cleanser?

You don't have to but it is recommended. The Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser contains a unique antibacterial agent that's designed to begin the process of killing acne-causing bacteria. It is designed to work with the other products in the Clear range, but if you prefer your regular Paula's Choice cleanser, you may continue to use it with other Clear products.

The Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser contains triclosan, an ingredient Paula has mentioned isn't a good option for acne. Why did she include it?

Paula and her team decided to include triclosan in our Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser due to its potential to begin the process of killing acne-causing bacteria. Recent research indicates that triclosan may play a stronger role than originally thought when it comes to anti-acne skincare. We have used triclosan in an amount that is effective as a first line of defense against acne-causing bacteria; however, benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in our leave-on Clear Acne Fighting Treatments) is the antibacterial powerhouse when acne is the concern.

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:

How does Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution differ from Paula's regular BHA products?

Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution contains salicylic acid just like all of her other BHA products. The difference is that this product is a nearly weightless liquid for those struggling with acne and blackheads. It also contains specialized anti-irritants and a blend of skin-conditioning agents designed to help calm skin that's inflamed and reddened from acne.

Why didn't Paula formulate a 1% salicylic acid exfoliant for the Clear line?

The Clear line was designed to be an over-the-counter routine that's as effective as possible for those struggling with acne. Rather than offer an exfoliant with 1% salicylic acid, Paula opted to use 2% but formulate the product so its pH is slightly higher but still within range for efficacy. The penetration enhancers chosen help control the release of salicylic acid into the skin; the result is an effective product that's surprisingly gentle.

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:

Why doesn't Paula's Choice offer a 10% strength benzoyl peroxide?

Paula feels that once you have tried a 2.5% and then a 5% benzoyl peroxide product and determined that these did not give you results, the next sensible step is to look into a prescription topical antibiotic for blemishes such as Benzamycin or Clindamycin. Trying a 10% benzoyl peroxide may prove effective for some, but the kickback from the irritation and excessive dryness that can occur at this level may not be worth it when there are prescription products that can be more effective without the strong side effects. In any event, truly stubborn blemishes almost always require the care and supervision of a competent dermatologist.

What happened to your Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution?

Nothing happened except a name change! The same formula that's worked so well for thousands of Paula's Choice customers struggling with acne has been renamed and added to our Clear line. Paula wanted to reposition this product as part of her streamlined, 3-step approach for achieving Clear skin. Other than the name, Clear Extra Strength Acne Fighting Treatment is identical to our former Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Treatment.

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