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
  • 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 38 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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!!!

  15. Helen P.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 02, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It has its good points!
    • The cleaner is great. The exfoliant & spot treatment didn't do anything to help my face. I am 33 & my skin is worse than it was in my teenage years. I have been getting deep, very painful blemishes & have developed rosacea. I did notice an immediate improvement in the texture of my skin. I've just ordered a full-size cleanser and the extra-strength spot treatment, as well as the Instant Calm Redness Relief. Here's hoping this combo works better for my sensitive skin.

  16. Amanda C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I am speechless, utterly and completley...
    • My acne has gotten worse as I have aged over time. At 30, I was ready to throw in the towel and take up being a hermit for life. :) After the first use, I was amazed; My skin was not irritated, red, or dry, just simply clean and treated. Three weeks later, that is how my skin has stayed since using this regimen. Calm, clean, and breakouts are to a few tiny fading spots. I have even went swimming with my boyfriend bare-faced, which any acne sufferer knows what a feat that is to overcome.

  17. Stephanie A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Super Effective - But Be Careful with Sensitive Skin
    • First, the amazing news: This has helped my acne like nothing I've ever used before. After a week of using the CLEAR system, my skin is, well, CLEAR. Smoother skin, smaller pores, no active breakouts. Miracle product. However. If you have sensitive or dry skin, I suggest not using this kit as directed. I did, and ended up with dry irritated patches all over. Right now I've cut back to just using the BP as a spot treatment, will add products back in SLOWLY as my skin calms down.

  18. Ariel W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Effective and non drying!!!
    • I have dry skin and acne, four years ago I did accutane and recently my acne came back like it hasn't in years. I have tried everything from Proactive to Clinique and nothing could help it. After one week of using this trial kit with the resist barrier repair moisturizer my skin is already clearing up and looks so much nicer. These products are non stripping yet so effective, I normally can't even use benxol peroxide creams but this one doesn't bother my skin. Will be purchasing the full size!

  19. Sophie C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great but itchy for me
    • I am pretty happy with the cleanser but one of the products between the treatment or the exfoliant made my skin pretty itchy. I didn't put any on the neck area but for some reason all the jaw line and a little bit under (neck) got super itchy for 3-4 days after using the whole kit the first time. When it got better I started using only the cleanser and it is good for now. I will try using treatment and exfoliant less (1-2 times/week) and see how it goes. Wish it will work.

  20. Annie W
    Reviewed on Monday, February 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Heading in the right direction
    • I ordered this trial kit two weeks ago and I can now tell that my skin is starting to heal. I did have some "extra pimples" after starting use, but that it was just part of the process to heal the area (no overnight miracle). Gotta get the gunk out first! The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because after consulting a PC expert, it seems that I should have gotten the extra strength kit. I don't think the description of the two versions did a good enough job to help someone choose correctly.

  21. CHRISTA F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    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 Paulas Choice! I love almost everything I use!!

  22. Lilah B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 29, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    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. Ordered full size kit.

  23. Leaf D.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 23, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    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 its rare.

  24. Patrick C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Disappointed
    • I've been using the product for around a week now and I am kind of disappointed in the way that it's working compared to the reviews that I read. I read so much about how the product seemed to get rid of blemishes overnight, but I've been using it for a week now and I haven't seen any results. Actually I feel like I'm breaking out more then I was before I started the product.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Thanks for your review! Overnight results are possible for some, but most people with acne need to give their skin-care routine 4 to 6 weeks of daily use before judging its effectiveness. We'd urge you to give the system another week or two, and we're happy to provide further assistance if needed, so please contact us for more advice.

    —Admin
  25. Paula C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    FINALLY!
    • I only got the trial 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!

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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: 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 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: 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.

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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