Clear Regular Strength Two Week Trial Kit

Acne, we’re through. Time to zap the zits, take a pass on pimples, and calm redness with proven ingredients. Take up with spotless skin.
Item #: 074
  • Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores
  • For All Skin Types
  • 2-week supply of 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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Customer Ratings:

78 out of 100
(Based on 49 Reviews)
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  1. Samantha K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 18, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    High-quality products
    • The cleanser forms a nice lather with a small amount. It does not seem to be too drying. The exfoliating solution does not sting and feels slightly hydrating. The treatment is a beautiful consistency: usually BP products clump or pill, but this one is light and gelly. Overall, the cleanser and exfoliating solution are nice, but I am most impressed with the BP treatment. I have not tried putting makeup or moisturizer over it yet. My only complaint is how teeny teeny tiny the bottles are.

  2. Tiffany H.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome
    • 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 Ive 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! Thankyou!

  3. Rachel s
    Reviewed on Friday, April 10, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    disappointec
    • Broke me out. Had high hopes based on the ingredients.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, April 10, 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
  4. Stormi L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Whoop
    • I just started it this week. It kinda burns my face a little (but I have super sensitive skin). Hoping this will kick the acne I've had since 5th grade out the door.

  5. Sherry N.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    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.

  6. Sherry N.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    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.

  7. shannon s.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally a great product for my daughter!
    • I am so happy with the results my daughter is receiving from your product. We have tried numerous other well known brands, and they all were unsuccessful. Her college experience is a lot more enjoyable with a clear face. She even commented that her skin feels softer. Thank you sincerely!!!

  8. Denise S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed with BHA
    • Once again, I had no luck with Paula's Choice products. I used the kit consistently for 3 weeks and noticed zits all over my face and I figured it was because of the Exfoliant. I stopped using it for a week and truth be told, my skin cleared up. The only product that worked for me was the benzoyl peroxide gel which I will be purchasing a full-size tube of. I wished that I didn't experiment with the BHA exfoliant as it has left me with hyperpigmentation marks and massive acne scars.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - 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
  9. Hannah L.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My lifesavers
    • The whole kit is lasting me for almost 3 weeks now. I have very sensitive skin (due to tretinoin) and moderate cystic acne. But let me tell you, I decided to be patient with this routine and on the first week it did dried my skin out so I decided to decrease the frequency of using the step 2 exfoliating solution and even then I tried to use it at least once a week and still dried me out. So I stopped, but without fail using step 1 and 3 together with a moisturizer day and night. Works wonders!

  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Helps with redness
    • I've been using the trial kit consistently for 2 weeks now - morning and night. It's helped with the acne scars, but it doesn't help with preventing breakouts or immediately dealing with new pimples. My pimples take the same time to go away (if not longer?), but I did notice that where I had acne, the scars aren't as red/noticeable. I'd love to try different ones to 1) prevent breakouts, and 2) deal with it faster.

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Clear Regular Strength Trial Kit
    • I have been using the trial kit for a week now and am eccouraged by the results. My skin does feel dry though. Can you recommend a moisturizer which compliments this product line?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    We certainly can! Depending on your skin type, you can try our Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ (for light moisture), Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily SPF 30 (for oil-free moisture), or our Hydralight Shine-Free SPF 30.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. JC
    Reviewed on Monday, November 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Sort of, but not completely, effective
    • Initially (the first 4 days or so), there didn't seem to be any improvement although I did notice that my face wasn't so dr , so it did moisturize well. Only after including manual extractions on my cheeks and forehead did I see actual improvement on texture and congestion around my cheeks and forehead. In the end, my acne changed from moderate to mild, with enduring pore congestion and new pimples(but much less). There was progress with the kit and I'd still recomment it to others.

  13. lucille l.
    Reviewed on Monday, November 03, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    It made my skin Horrible
    • I thought my skin will look better, this kit made my skin sooooo dryyyy ..... and i thought it would reduce the redness but it made more red .. it made my skin feel thick and little bumps are coming off :((((((( soooo saaaadddd

  14. Tori J
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miraculous!
    • I've been breaking out since I started college two years ago and this has been the only products that have worked out of the many I've tried. It doesn't dry me out at all which is a very rare occurrence. I haven't had this clear of skin in years and I've almost completely stopped wearing makeup in the 2-3 weeks I've had it. I still have enough of the kit left for maybe a month or so. This and my Clarisonic have been my skins life savers! Thank you so much for giving me back my clear skin!

  15. Melissa K.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great results - life changing
    • I purchased this to see if this would help to clear some body acne (on back). It did such a wonderful job that I have since purchased the full size to use on my back and face. It has made my face and back the clearest it has ever been (I'm inmy early 30's). Not drying at all. It also happens to be a wonderful size for travelling.

  16. LAURA P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    SUPER FAST, MIRACULOUS RESULTS!!!
    • I have used a small amount of each product twice/day for 2 weeks w/AMAZING results & still have 2wks-a month of product left. I am 45 & have had acne since a teen. Had cystic acne in 20's & had to have 2/5mo. cycles of Acctane. After that, no matter what the dr. put me on, I was never able to get rid of the blackheads. My pores are much smaller & blackheads are disappearing. No dryness/irritation. I want to try the new Resist before making a final decision on which set to purchase. SO HAPPY!!!

  17. Maly
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works great for me!!!
    • This Clear regular strength kit really works for my skin. I used to have few cystic acne on my face. I waste lots of money going to the acne clinic. I searched an alternative to clear my face. I saw Paula's Choice website. I was like this is is affordable and I gave it a try!

  18. Andien yoza
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Slow but sure!
    • Start using this trial kit 2 weeks ago, i have oily skin and acne prone, lots of blemish everywhere cause of past breakouts. first week of use it cause breakouts and i almost giving up but after two weeks it start to show good progress, love the exfoliant but the bp not good enough clearing my acnes. now i'm purchasing full size of the clear extra strength kit, hope it work in clearing my stubborn acne.

  19. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Doesn't work...
    • I have acne with red marks all over my cheeks. I'm only 17. I began with the trial kit which was $13 and it absolutely over dried my skin. Whenever i put makeup my face would look plain discusting and it was peeling. I thought maybe the benzol peroxide was doing this to me so i made a second order with only the cleanser and exfoliant. My acne is still the same, maybe even worse. Not what i was expecting for the price i paid. It somewhat reduces redness but not for long. Did not work for me!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work well for you. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange. We want to ensure you're always happy with your Paula's Choice products!

    —Admin
  20. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, August 15, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • I have acne prone skin and was using proactiv but it irritated my skin and it wasn't really getting rid of my acne. I decided to give this kit a try and I am dissapointed after almost a month of using the kit. It has made my skin very red and caused an allergic reaction to my skin. I have been breaking out more than before and my skin is now flaking.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, August 15, 2014

    We're sorry this routine didn't work for you. Please contact us to arange for a refund.

    —Admin
  21. Javan T
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Didn't Work Completely
    • I suffered from a lot of tiny bumps and clogged pores that appeared very suddenly on my face. I decided to try the CLEAR system. In the first few weeks I went through a pretty bad purging phase where the bumps became white heads. This did leave some scarring. It helped clear up my skin a little but not that much. It also really dried out my face, so I didnt try the extra strength. Im sure this product works great for some people though!

  22. Javan T
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Didn't Work Completely
    • I suffered from a lot of tiny bumps and clogged pores that appeared very suddenly on my face. I decided to try the CLEAR system. In the first few weeks I went through a pretty bad purging phase where the bumps became white heads. This did leave some scarring. It helped clear up my skin a little but not that much. It also really dried out my face, so I didnt try the extra strength. Im sure this product works great for some people though! I ended up going to the doctor and his prescription worked!

  23. Alanea W
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love
    • I love this collection and have purchased the full size collection. My skin has improved greatly over the last few months. I no longer need full coverage foundation, my skin looks and feels great!!! My one negative is the trail size, which I use for travel, the exfoliant bottle leaks over everything.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 21, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're so sorry the exfoliant bottle leaked; please contact us so that we may send you a replacement bottle.

    —Admin
  24. Sophie Q.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not Working
    • Bought this system last month and used it for a month..... Not working at all. My acne looks better when I wake up, but it turns to be very bad during the day time. The system does not work at all. I have quit all my makeup except some mineral foundation, but nothing really gets better. Acne still bothers me so much. I kept using this for a whole month in order to see the real result. Unfortunately, this trial just simply doesn't work for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Please contact us for a refund or exchange. We also wanted to mention that the ingredients in most mineral makeups are often a contributing factor to acne, which may explain why your breakouts worsened during the day (when mineral makeup was on) vs. overnight (no makeup). A liquid foundation with a matte finish is ideal for breakout-prone skin.

    —Admin
  25. Leslie S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I have recently stumbled upon some articles on skincare that basically told me I was doing everything wrong! I was struggling with some cystic acne around my chin area, which didn't seem to go away. Paula's Choice comes highly recommened, so I decided to order this trial package before paying full price (thanks for having a trial package!!!!!). Overnight, I had AMAZING results!! The exfoliant and spot treatment seem to be exactly what my skin needed. Will order full size. Thank you, PC!!!

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Products in the Clear Regular Strength Two Week Trial Kit Include:

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser (1 fl. oz. trial size):
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 (1 fl. oz. trial size):
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 (.5 fl. oz. trial size):
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

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: 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).

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 so its pH is slightly higher but still within range for efficacy. The penetration enhancers chosen for this exfoliant 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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