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Clear Extra Strength Kit

Break up with breakouts. Stop pimples cold, zap those zits, unclog pores, and calm redness without the dry-out. Time to start a long-term relationship with great skin.
Item #: 475
  • Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores
  • For All Skin Types
  • 3 products: Clear Cleanser, Clear Extra Strength Exfoliant, Clear Extra 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:

87 out of 100
(Based on 90 Reviews)
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  1. ANGIE R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The only thing that works for stubborn acne
    • I've been using this for three years now, and am I glad I gave it a try. I've had acne since I was 11, and I'm 45 now. This Clear system is the only thing that has ever worked on my face, neck, chest and back -- my acne is genetic, and it got even worse with middle age. Nothing touched it but this stuff. Also, I get no extra irritation from these products, which is often a concern with other anti-acne products I've tried. I cannot get through the day without this! Thank you so much.

  2. Kelly
    Reviewed on Monday, July 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best acne system I have ever tried
    • My acne prone skin was hopeless before I tried this system. This stuff is like a miracle in a bottle.

  3. Heather W
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Loving this product
    • I've only been using this product for 2 weeks and I'm already noticing an improvement. I've been dealing with pretty bad acne since my pregnancy and my daughter is 6 months. I get painful, big, red pimples. It seems like when one clears up another one pops up. I have red marks on my cheeks from where previous acne was that won't go away. Those spots look like they may fade with continued use of this product. I received a free sample from a friend. I wish I could afford a kit!

  4. Becky R
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Unbelievable!
    • My daughter gave me an extra trial size extra strength clear system she had. I am 43 years old and have only had problems with acne since my 30's and have tried so many products. NOTHING has worked so quickly and noticeably improved the appearance of my skin. I wasn't embarrassed to go without make up for the 1st time in my adult life. When I ran out of the trial system and went back to the previous product I had, I started breaking out again. I couldn't wait to order the system. :)

  5. Ashley W
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 29, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    not for me, i guess
    • the first day i used this i noticed my face was a bit smoother and i've hardly had any breakouts, but after using it for a couple days my face had really intense burning sensations and i have dry flaky patches all over my face. i'm just sticking to the cleanser for now since i'm guessing it's the other 2 causing the burning feeling. i usually don't have sensitive skin, i really hoped this would work for me.

  6. Jack Z.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Changed my life. Nothing short of a miracle.
    • Proactiv, skin iD, dozen of trips to the dermatologist, the list goes on. Nothing could stop my cystic acne. It tore apart my life, completely ruined my confidence. I wouldnt leave my house if I had a breakout and I always had a breakout. Within first 3 days I used Paulas choice, my skin was 100% clear and has been since. This product changed my life forever. I am so grateful that I found it, it literally brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.

  7. Juliana L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Absolutely Amazing
    • I have spent hundreds of dollars for many years in an effort to get my acne under control and nothing has worked until I came across this system. Thanks to this, I am now acne free and I only get the occasional hormonal acne during that time of the month and even then, I only get 1 or 2 pimples at the most and they disappear within a few days. This system did it's job so well that I have now moved to the Regular system as my face does not need the extra strength anymore.

  8. STEPHANY M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle Worker for my stubborn acne
    • LOVE this line - the best combo for my stubborn cystic acne. I have been experimenting (for years) to find something that works for me and I've found it. Usually, 10% BP would be the only thing keeping those huge zits at bay but it would freak the rest of my skin out. (Wrinkles AND zits?? Hello 40?!) Well, I decided to try this combo and it worked wonders. I also use the Resist serum (I found the skin balancing one to turn into little balls under my make up and I didn't like that).

  9. MICHELLE L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle!
    • This is the one and only thing that has consistently kept my skin acne free for the past 5 months I've been using it. And it never irritates or stings my face or eyes like many other popular acne kits I've tried. I do wish the products came in bigger sizes. My husband uses it too and so I run out quickly. And I've been trying to reorder but its out of stock for a while now. Maybe an automatic reorder option could help, company can anticipate how many they need in advance and keep better stock

  10. Mary C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Miracle Worker
    • This trio of products is the miracle that I was searching for over the past several years, during which time I was plagued with adult acne (I'm 44). I tried every product line out there: Proactive, Murad, Eminence, Rodan and Fields, Clinique, the list goes on and on. I even went in for expensive spa treatments like eMatrix and photofacial, all to no avail. Then I found PC. This line is keeping my skin clearer and even younger looking than it has in years. I'm so thankful every day!!

  11. Andrea C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Absolutely Positively Amazing!
    • At first I was skeptical, since every other acne product (including doctor-prescribed) did absolutely nothing for my skin. My skin wasn't terrible, but at 27 and just coming off birth control, my hormones/skin went crazy. Needless to say, I decided to give Paula's Choice a shot after MTV's The Hill's star Lo Bosworth claimed on Instagram that the Clear system was a "miracle in a bottle." I was also pleasantly surprised with the price. I'm happy to report my skin is finally clear at 28!

  12. jacqueline l.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very happy with this system
    • I have spent a small fortune on finding the right products for my 13 year old son's skin. He would try one product after the other with no luck in improving his teen acne. He was very self conscience about the appearance of his skin. He even tried a very expensive prescription cream that dried his skin badly. This line is fabulous. He is very happy with how his teen skin responds to the CLEAR system. It is simple and effective. He now finds managing breakouts very easy.

  13. stephanie f
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 02, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    was ok
    • I tried the regular one in travel size but decided to try the extra strength since it didn't work. For some odd reason I started to break out more so I stopped using the toner/exfoliate and just used the cleanser and treatment. Which helped a lot more but definitely didn't stop me breaking out. Im still debating if I should repurchase....

  14. Christian E.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Informative
    • So I've ordered the CLEAR Extra Strength system, and my acne, although has been problematic, was never bad enough to see a dermatologist. X-Out cleared my skin about 70%, but I decided to step up my skin care game and tried out Paula's Choice. Having tough skin, I thought Extra Strength would be good for me. But as it turns out, it is very drying so I only use it once a day, but it has literally cleared my skin completely. It's only been two weeks, but no new break outs since then!

  15. CAITLIN T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Having issues with this system? Watch the sunscreen!!
    • I thought this system was causing an allergic reaction and making my face peel and sting. I was wrong! I experimented some and found that I have a reaction to the combination of benzoyl peroxide and all sunscreens I tried. Once I stopped using the BP product in the morning and going to moisturizer/sunscreen directly from the BHA, it fixed itself immediately. My sister reported the same thing. Give the whole system a chance, but try using the BP only at night if you get a stinging/burning feel.

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So far, so wonderful
    • I started using these 3-steps along with the Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel ~1 week ago, but I am SO happy with the results so far. I'm totally surprised at the improvements in the feel & look of my skin already. My skin was uneven and dull from blemishes and is perking up. ~2 years ago, I started using the CLEAR regular strength system with a RESIST Advanced toner & RESIST moisturizer and honestly don't feel like it did much. I decided to give Extra Strength a try. Glad I did!

  17. Abbey C
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent Customer Service
    • I sent an email to customer service because I wasn't sure if I needed the regular strength or extra strength. Not only did they respond in less than 24 hours, they offered to send me a trial size of it for free! Excellent service and excellent product! My new favorite site to buy from

  18. Marianne H
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This Product Changed My Life!
    • I am a 21 year old female and have suffered from moderate acne since I was about 11 years old. I have been on EVERY product ranging from over the counter to prescriptions both oral and topical medical (Benzaclin, Clindamycin, Epiduo, Doxycycline, etc.) and nothing has ever worked until CLEAR Extra Strength System. I have been using this product both morning and night since December 14th and my acne is almost 100% gone, and the quality of my skin has never been smoother or more radiant. AMAZING.

  19. Magaly C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 22, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Never Again Am I Going To Use Another Product
    • My mom used to work for this company in Washington state, this is how we started using Paula's Choice products. My skin was always flawless with the occasional breakout due to teenage hormones. I moved out of my parents and stopped using her products...BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE! I started breaking out terribly and my Mom insisted that I use her products again, so I did. All I have to say is that I wish I had never stop using her products, I'm 23 years old and will never use anything else again!

  20. Miranda L
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 19, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The only product that really works!
    • I have never had serious acne issues, but I always seemed to get places where it wouldn't go away. That was, until I tried using this product. All of my acne had disappeared, and my skin looks and feels much healthier! The product has reduced the look of redness and oil on my face. Every other face product I have used have never given me such good results. I would definetely recommend this to anybody! Really great!

  21. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Changed my face
    • I cannot say enough about the Clear System. It has totally transformed my face. My only regret is that I didn't know about it sooner. I never had acne growing up but after college I had many acne issues. I have spent hundreds of dollars on the dermatologist and nothing ever helped - at least not for longer than a week. I broke down and bought a Clarisonic a few months ago and no improvement. I have not had a single breakout since using these products. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  22. Meghann W.
    Reviewed on Monday, November 25, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It Works for Cystic Acne
    • Around the time of my sister's wedding I was getting terrible Acne under my chin and around my chin. It was terrible after my sister's wedding, my family moved cross country and I began getting cystic acne that was beginning to look like keloid scars which I have history of (super sensitive skin). I tried this and in 2 months my skin is clear of Acne and the redness left from the acne is going away. So yes shaya w, I can attest that it helped me with my cystic acne.

  23. DEBRA D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 24, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best System Ever!
    • My 19 year-old son had been suffering from persistent moderate/severe acne since his mid teens. We had been to a few dermatologists who put him on numerous topical medications, all of which irritated his skin and aggravated his acne. I had been a Paula's customer for years so when she came out with the clear system I ordered the extra strength for him. His skin cleared up in less than two weeks and did not irritate his skin or dry it out in the least. He has been using it exclusively ever since.

  24. Lauralee L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 16, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally! A Product That Does What It Says It Will Do!
    • During my teenage years, I did not have acne. As I grew up, I developed, "adult onset acne." I have been searching for a product that would help me and the scars left behind. There were many functions that I felt embarrassed to attend because of my acne. I have FINALLY found a product that works: Paula's Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid! My co-workers are asking me what I have done to achieve such a "glowing and flawless complexion!" Yay!

  25. Camrey O.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing
    • I'm 26 and have on again off again acne from stress and hormones. I have used the PC Moisture Boost collection which i loved, but when I saw my breakouts were becoming more frequent I tried the CLEAR system- it has been the best decision I've made. Literally I saw improvements within hours and by the next day my skin was drastically different- no more redness, swelling, or bumps. The formula is strong but very gentle and effective. I wouldn't trust my skin to anyone else Paula. Thank you!!

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Products in the Clear Extra 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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
All Skin Types
This solution penetrates deep into pores for more thorough exfoliation, antibacterial action, and redness reduction.

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
All Skin Types
A proven solution for stubborn acne. 5% benzoyl peroxide goes to work immediately to eliminate 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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

International Immunopharmacology, August 2009, pages 1,126–1,130; Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Chemical Research in Toxicology, January 2008, pages 53–69; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November-December 2004, pages 519-531; 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 Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, February 2010, pages 712–718; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, February 2010, pages 131–136; 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: allantoin, panthenol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, green tea, glycerin, bisabolol, triclosan, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% (anti-bacterial agent) Inactive: Water, Propylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Citrate (stabilizer), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Extra 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 Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
DIRECTIONS: After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser and exfoliating with Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, cover the affected area with a thin layer of Extra 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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:

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

Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is actually identical to our longstanding, best-selling 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid. The original product is so effective at keeping acne under control that Paula decided to add this formula to her Clear line so it is a distinct part of this 3-step routine for those struggling with blemishes. If you're already using our 2% BHA Liquid, you don't need to switch to this product; either way, you're getting an exceptional product to help combat acne, blackheads, and whiteheads while creating smooth, healthy skin.

Why does Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution feel tacky and/or greasy on my face?

Most likely because you're using too much product. The average amount necessary for facial application is less than the size of a dime. The product is best applied in a thin layer, and has great spreading properties. The "greasy" feel can be attributed to the high levels of glycol in this product (glycol helps the BHA penetrate the surface layers of skin and also works as a water-binding agent). If you live in a humid, moist climate, this effect will be more pronounced and, if too much product is used, can create a "greasy" feel on the skin. Many customers have remarked how silky-soft their skin is as a result of Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, and that is the result of the humectants working with the BHA to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. To eliminate the tacky feeling, press a tissue gently onto skin after the exfoliant has been absorbed. This removes any residual product while not affecting efficacy.

Clear Extra 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, Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment is identical to our former Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Treatment.

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