Clear Regular Strength Kit

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

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

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Customer Ratings:

87 out of 100
(Based on 191 Reviews)
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  1. Sophia K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Was skeptical at first...
    • I have been using this line since October 2014 in conjunction with the Skin Perf. 2% BHA liquid. I am very pleased with the results. Although I do get minor breakouts here and there (due to hormones) I have noticed a drastic improvement in my acne and overall skin. I went from 2-3 large painful breakouts a month to maybe 1 minor breakout and no longer get painful cyst like pimples. I have not changed my diet, nor am I on any antibiotics or BC pill. My acne scars have reduced. Very happy!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. JA
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works first week
    • No surprise that BP and Salicylic acid can treat acne, but most of us quit before they start working. This PC acne kit stands out because of its formula! It's the non-active ingredients that make it soothing so we can tolerate the active ones. For my moderate acne, I see calmer and smaller acne within the first week. I believe it's worth buying all 3 products to avoid irritations from something else. I will try Resist line once I get my skin all clear from this line. Do Moisturize +SPF as well!

  9. Mena W.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works!
    • I'm two days in and already seeing a huge difference. This stuff really does work! I've tried everything; from tea tree oil to all sorts of masks - but after using this kit for only a couple days, my acne-affected areas on my cheeks are already reduced. I don't suffer from too much acne - just a recent bout of hormonal acne on my cheeks and chin - but it's helping with that. Hopefully another couple weeks of treatment and it'll be drastically reduced.

  10. Ashley P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • These 3 products really do work!! My skin was looking super tired and dehydrated causing my skin to flake and I had more then usual breakouts. After using this kit, I immediately saw results!! my skin was looking more youthful and I was finally getting my glow back :) Shipping was very fast, packaging is very neat and I love how every product was explained in depth with some pamphlet's that were added. Try it out! You won't be disappointed. Thank you for the wonderful products !!

  11. Samantha Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This stuff really works
    • I am 24 years old and have always struggled with my skin. I have oily, acne prone skin with a hint of rosacea. My mom saw an ad in a magazine for the Daily Pore Refining Treatment and ordered a sample. I loved it so much I got online and ordered the Clear Regular Strength Two Week Trial Kit and just ordered more a few days ago. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I have tried countless products, both prescription and OTC, and have never found anything that works this well. THANK YOU!!

  12. Megan H
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Question
    • Hi, I have been using the Extra Strength Clear kit for about 2 months and I LOVE it!! It's amazing. My only question is what works well with acne scars under the skin?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 05, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your question! Using a BHA exfoliant (like the one included in the kit) daily will go a long way to helping improve the look of the scars. It might take a while, but daily use can certainly help!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  13. Stephanie F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    YES!
    • I received this as a sample kit (all 3 products) in an event at my university. My skin has never looked or felt this good. I have always had acne and this is the only kit that I've tried that I truly feel is worth the price. I have no more breakouts and it's actually given my acne scars a chance to heal. I trust this product and Paula's Choice enough that I just bought the full kit and $90 worth of products. Excellent product, excellent company.

  14. Abigail M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    THIS IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!!!
    • I tried so many products. so many. The problem was, they ALWAYS dried out my skin and didn't work. Paula's choice does not. Even in winter, my skin is not flaky or dry. It also cleared up my acne within about 4 weeks. I still get some pimples here and there but nothing like it used to be. The fine acne on my forehead is GONE. Within 4 days of using the kit my skin was so much better. I was so shocked. I have never seen a product work like this. This should be on T.V instead of proactive.

  15. Tabitha
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I am in LOVE!
    • I have suffered from acne since high school and have always struggled to find products that work for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. Not only is the Clear line fragrance free, but I feel assured that I'm only putting good ingredients on my skin. My face is finally CLEAR, without the use of seeing a dermatologist and taking antibiotics. This is now my holy grail of skincare products. THANK YOU, PAULA'S CHOICE!

  16. Gabriela
    Reviewed on Friday, November 28, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't help
    • Tested the product for more than a month and a half. The product caused breakouts in all areas where it was used instead of reducing my acne. Stopped using the product and my skin looks better now.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 02, 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 our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  17. Sydney M.
    Reviewed on Monday, November 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really works!!
    • This trio has improved my skin so much!! I have very sensitive skin, but found the face wash to be very gentle and I use the rest of the line once a day to avoid tightness/drying my skin out. My acne is virtually gone, and the texture of my skin is so much smoother! I highly recommend!! try the trail kit if unsure!!

  18. Ellen
    Reviewed on Monday, November 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic
    • I have used a lot of acne products and this is by far the best! I have never had tons of acne but I definitely have problem areas like my chin. I also have extremely dry skin so using traditional acne products was always a problem because many of them are just too strong. This system works so well. I can use it morning and evening without excessive dryness or making my skin sore. The only down side is that I run out of the solution first. I wish it was just slightly larger. Otherwise fantastic.

  19. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, November 07, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Moisturizer?
    • I'm contemplating trying this for the first time, but I'm wondering if a moisturizer is recommended after using all 3? Or would using my own moisturizer on top of this treatment be a problem?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, November 10, 2014

    Hi, and thanks for your comments! A moisturizer is absolutely fine to use after the steps in this routine - and if the current moisturizer you're using is well-formulated and free of irritants, you can definitely go ahead and use it!
     

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  20. Cecilia
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    It works!
    • I have mild acne and this works wonders! I'm so glad i found something that finally works. I now barley get breakouts. It did tend to dry my skin up but other than that I love it.

  21. Gina M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    15 years of Proactiv use before this!
    • I got the trial kit first, then the big kit. The cleanser is unimpressive, but the exfoliant and treatment are phenomenal! I always run out of the exfoliant before everything else though. I pair the Murad clarifying cleanser with the exfoliant and treatment and have great success. I follow up with the 'anti aging clear skin hydrator', and my skin looks great!

  22. Kay G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    What finally worked
    • This is the best acne system I've ever tried. After using over-the-counter creams, proactiv, and overly-expensive, "pharmaceutical-grade" products from a clinic, I'm glad I finally found this. Unlike the other products, this kit didn't dry out my skin at all, cleared up my acne, and gave me the best skin of my life. :)

  23. Elyse V.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Two out of three
    • I noticed my blackheads had cleared up almost all the way and the texture of my skin was very smooth. This was all due to the exfoliant in step two which I loved and have repurchased. However, my acne never cleared up and I'm not sure it even made a difference other than slightly drying out my skin. Step one, the cleanser I can surely due without as it did nothing special.

  24. Allison S.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Surprised!
    • I like this line of products far more than I expected to! Been using all three (cleanser, exfoliant and benzoyl peroxide treatment) and it has helped my skin feel and look a lot more balanced. I have true combination skin that's also very sensitive. I'm prone to an oily t-zone, dry patches on chin and my skin has always been extremely sensitive. These products seem to mellow it all out- can't think of a better way to describe it!

  25. Angie L.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 08, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    disappointed :-(
    • I wanted to love this line so much! I was so excited especially since it was cruelty-free and because of the prior reviews. Unfortunately I was let down. I have oily skin with large pores and chronic breakouts. I've been using the entire product line for about 3 weeks and my skin is just as oily and my breakouts are a lot worse! It has made my pores shrink minimally but not enough to make up for the increased breakouts. Glad I didn't pay full price or I would be more disappointed.

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

    Thanks for your review! Although we'd urge you to stick with this routine longer (breakouts can get worse before they get better because the exfoliant loosens a lot of the clogs and debris that would eventually lead to breakouts), we also understand if you want to stop using this routine. If that's the case, please contact us to arrange a refund.

    —Admin
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Products in the Clear Regular Strength Kit Include:

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

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

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

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

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, November 2003, pages 407-412; Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; and Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55.

Sources to support the claims made for Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution

Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

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

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, October 2009, pages 2,555–2,562; Dermatologic Clinics, January 2009, pages 33–42; British Journal of Dermatology, August 2008, pages 480–481; and Dermatology Therapy, March-April 2008, pages 86–95; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 873–880; Lancet, December 2004, pages 21882195; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, September-October 2000, pages 292–296; and www.naturaldatabase.com.

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

Product Ingredients:

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:
Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (detergent cleansing agent), Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer (polymer thickening agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient/slip agent), PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (thickener), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (detergent cleansing agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emulsifier), Panthenol (skin conditioning agent), Triclosan (antibacterial agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (solubolizing agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin (preservatives).

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive: Water, Dipropylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Pentylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-17/6/Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (anti-bacterial agent) Inactive: Water, Ethoxydiglycol (water-binding agent/solvent), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Bisabolol, (soothing agents), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Ceteareth-20, Steareth-20 (thickeners), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Isopropyl Myristate (thickener), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum (thickeners/stabilizers).

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

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:
DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily. After cleansing with Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, soak a large cotton ball with Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and gently stroke over face. Pay special attention to acne- and blackhead-prone areas. Do not rinse. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, and mucous membranes. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once per day or once every other day.

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

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

Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser:

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

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

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

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

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution:

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

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

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

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

Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment:

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

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

What happened to your Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution?

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

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