Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser

I can see clearly now. This acne face wash gently removes excess oil, dead skin cells, and makeup without leaving a trace. Use it day and night to curb breakouts without dryness.
Item #: 600
  • Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores
  • For All Skin Types
  • Reduces red marks & prevents redness

For best results use with the complete Clear Anti-Acne Kit

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Customer Ratings:

86 out of 100
(Based on 236 Reviews)
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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Very drying
    • Unless you have very oily acne prone skin I would 't recommend this. It made my skin dry and tight. It flaked too. Disappointing.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, April 22, 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
  2. Mallory D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 18, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    caused hives
    • i thought after patch testing this product i was good. i continued to use the cleanser from this kit and it caused hives. i was really excited to try my first paulas choice product but now im very itchy and upset.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, April 22, 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
  3. Natalie C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 05, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good cleanser
    • I find this leaves my face feeling super clean. I love that there is no fragrance in it. The texture is good and suds up well. Definitely need a moisturizer afterwards.

  4. Evelyn B.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Holy Grail Cleanser!
    • It's perfect even if you're not dealing with acne problems. Leaves skin perfectly clean, residue free and keeps my skin feeling and looking clear and beautiful. It's doesn't leave skin tight and dried out as one might expect a cleanser formulated for acne. I've tried almost all of the Paula's Choice cleansers and this is the best of the bunch. Top notch in every way!

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 21, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Huge improvements in my skin
    • Last year I tried using PC after having used Murad products (including their vitamins) for a few years with little results. With this cleanser, my acne-prone skin has dramatically improved. I still have the occasional breakout – I think my skin is still clearing up after years and years of damage – but I think this cleanser is what caused this improvement. I'm excited to see more progress as I continue to use this and other PC products!

  6. Dan
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 12, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    One of the Best!!
    • This is one Amazing cleanser!!! This cleanser has a jel consistansy that has lots of foam when used correctly. This is the only cleanser that clears my skin without causing dryness or a residue on my skin. The only drawback is that I have to buy so many bottles at a time because shipping takes so long and the bottles are small. Therefore I really hope Paulas team makes larger size bottles so it is more economical and since you only can get PaulasCoice online.

  7. Sophia K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A+ cleanser in my books
    • I love the Clear Pore Acne Face Wash. Being an acne sufferer in my late teens and into my 20s, I have finally found a cleanser that cleans my face but doesn't give my face that "pulling" feeling that I would get with the LaRoche Posay Effaclar wash. I love it and will continue buying it!

  8. Allie T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great cleanser
    • I love this cleanser because it's non-drying and doesn't have fragrance (I don't like fragrance in a cleanser!) It removes makeup beautifully. It's the perfect cleanser for my oily t-zone and normal cheeks/eye area. The only reasons I didn't give this 5 stars is because I've had issues with the packaging leaking when I travel, and it's somewhat pricey for the amount of product. I still love it and will continue to buy.

  9. Kirsten H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best cleanser for my acne prone skin
    • I have used at least 10 bottles of this stuff. It is just the best. Nothing in it irritates my skin. Upon washing my face I have clean and soft skin. I will use this forever.

  10. Crystal D.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Cleanser!!
    • This cleanser is AMAZING!!! I am 32 & have sensitive skin & huge pores so it is always a struggle to find a good product that does not effect my skin somehow. After 2 wks of using this cleanser the clarity of my face has improved dramatically! My skin tone is even now & my pores have diminished alot! Also the blackheads are gone! I originally ordered a trial & now I just ordered a full size.

  11. Denía
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    unfortunately left my skin tight and dry
    • I was so excited to get this cleanser! I usually use the Vichy three-in-one which is very creamy and does not dry out my skin at all (I cant figure out if I have dry or oily skin, VERY ANNOYING) but has fragrance so I wanted to switch it.this morning I used it and it was ok...BUT THEN,I used it at night and it left my skin so dry and there was a residue left! I couldn't believe it.I have such bad luck.I actually had to rewash my face with the Vichy.HELP can you suggest a better PC cleanser?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, January 16, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Definitely contact our Customer Care team - they are specially trained to help you find the best products that will work for your skin type!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  12. Kristin S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Not that great for acne, but does shrink pores
    • I initially bought this to help with my acne. My breakouts didn't really improve even with consistent use, so I was a little frustrated. However, the closer I looked at my skin, the more I noticed that even though my acne wasn't improving, my pores were SO much smaller than they used to be. They really have shrunk. My pores are much less noticeable and my skin is a lot less oily ever since I started using this cleanser. My acne is now gone too thanks to some other awesome PC products :)

  13. nikyla s.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Will be perfect for summer
    • I really like this. I like that it contains a disinfectant and isn't full of irritants like most acne cleansers. It's great at removing makeup but I did find it a bit drying. I switched to the new resist one for now but will be keeping this one to use in the summer...or will it be too old to use by may/June??

  14. Samantha S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Cleanser!
    • I have dry, acne prone sensitive skin and I love this cleanser. It does such a great job at doing what a cleanser is supposed to do: disinfect. No added mumbo jumbo that acne cleansers have. My acne seems to have a spa day after using this cleanser and I found it to be more hydrating and it did not irritate my skin like CeraVe did. I wish PC would make this in a jumbo size because it does come in a smaller container than the other cleansers. I will probably buy in bulk next time.

  15. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    okay cleanser
    • This is an gentle cleanser for the most. It doesn't dry out my extremely oily skin and cleanses okay. The formulation is very similar to a popular drugstore cleanser, but without the off-putting and lingering fragrance, which is a plus. It is hard to tell whether this cleanser made any effort in reducing my acne counts.

  16. Katherine F.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love Love Love!
    • Before Paula I was using drug store cleansers that supposedly treated acne and breakout and blah blah. They were terrible for my skin and just made my skin dry and irritated and the pimples just kept coming. Then I found this Clear Pore Acne Cleanser. My goodness, within a few weeks my skin cleared up! I use it with the SB toner and 2% BHA liquid morning and night. I've not had a break out since March 2013. It's incredible!

  17. Kelly W.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 15, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Wish it is gentler
    • I bought this for my pre-teen daughter who started to have breakouts. She tried it for a few time and stop because it stings too much, especially for her eyes. She is using BHA gel daily but it's not enough for her breakouts. Wish there is a gentler product for her skin :-(.

  18. dana d.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great cleanser for hormonal breakouts
    • I wait before I write reviews. I'm 37 with normal to dry skin and has battled all types of acne since puberty. Now it's hormonal breakouts on my chin. Perfect cleanser for me in the summer months, when my skin was a little oilier and sweated more. It made my skin feel clean without making it feel tight. Now that it's winter, I found it too drying and switched to the new Resist foaming cleanser. Also best part of all my Paula regimen got rid of my stubborn hormonal breakouts around my chin.

  19. GymGirl
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lives up to the name!
    • Absolutely LOVE this cleanser! My HG! I don't have breakouts and I've been using it for 3 years now. This does exactly what a well formulated cleanser should do! Clean and clear skin! My face loves it!

  20. Johanna C
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Great product, flawed packaging
    • I'd have given this at least 4 stars, since the product itself works very well. The problem is the bottle: every time I travel with it, even if it's just a relatively short trip by car, it leaks all over. It's messy and wasteful, even if I put it in a ziploc. Any chance this could be fixed?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Thanks for your review, and we're so sorry this keeps happening! It's defnitely not usual, and we'd be happy to help you with a replacement cleanser.

    —Admin
  21. Madeline H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Refreshing
    • I was hesitant to try this because all acne cleanser I've tried were dry and irritating. So I got the SB kit and a trial size of this which I have been using on my back. I finally used it on my face and it is lovely! Little to no lather with a nice slippery feel and my face felt refreshed. To those who say this cleanser does nothing special/isn't impressive, you're wrong. It cleanses the skin without dryness or irritation which is definitely special AND impressive. Do your skincare homework!

  22. Irini S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Very drying
    • Didn't work for me. It left my skin feeling tight and I developed a permanent dry/rough patch by my nose. I switched back to the Purity by Philosophy cleanser that I had been using before (which according to Beautypedia is supposed to be extremely irritating) and my skin has started to get better.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    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
  23. Hollie K.
    Reviewed on Friday, December 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    So far so good
    • I have very oily acne prone skinand this cleanser has been great. It doesnt completely strip my skin of all the oil, but it feels clean. No dry tight feeling. Would give it 5 stars if it were in a pump, the flip top makes it very difficult to control how much comes out.

  24. Leslie
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Too irritating
    • I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and this cleanser burned upon initial application and left my skin feeling dry. I didn't notice that it did much for my acne either :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thanks 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 for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  25. Alejandra O
    Reviewed on Monday, December 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    didn't work !
    • Didn't work for me! If anything, I wish I can get my $$ back ! Made me breakout & dried my skin more !

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 01, 2014

    We're sorry this didn't work for you. Hopefully it was being used as part of a complete anti-acne routine! Please know what all Paula's Choice products are sold with a 60-day money-back guarantee. We encourage you to contact us for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
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What makes this product unique?
Get ready to take your first step toward Clear skin! Unlike other anti-acne cleansers on the market, Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser is completely free of drying, irritating ingredients that make acne worse. This silky, refreshing cleansing gel is tough on blemishes yet gentle on your skin, working quickly to remove makeup. It contains an antibacterial agent to begin the fight against acne plus soothing agents to help reduce redness.

This cleanser is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser is recommended for all skin types suffering with acne.

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.

Key Ingredients: sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, glycerin, triclosan, panthenol

Product Ingredients:

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).

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.

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.

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.

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