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Clear Two Week Trial Kit - Extra Strength

Out with the breakouts. Stop pimples cold, zap those zits, unclog pores, and calm redness without the dry-out. Give it a try. Take up with great skin.
Item #: 075
  • 2-week supply of 3 products: Clear Cleanser, Clear Extra Strength Exfoliant*, Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

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

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Customer Ratings:

76 out of 100
(Based on 17 Reviews)
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  1. Kenya T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Made a difference after the 1st day!
    • My skin has been recovering SO amazingly since switching my skin care routine to PC products. This drove the last nail into the coffin! Idk if it was a specific product or all 3 together, but after the 1st use I woke up with my skin looking 70% smoother and clearer! I was using Clean&Clear's Persa-gel 10 Benzoyl Peroxide, as recommended on this site... but it doesn't hold a CANDLE to PC's Benzoyl Peroxide! I don't need any other cleanser, and for $11 full size, I don't even want another one! :D

  2. Kathy S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    FINALLY SOMETHING WORKED!
    • I am 49 years old and have had moderate to severe cystic acne & blackheads since age 15, took Accutane twice, antibiotics, all the popular OTC & TV products. This is the FIRST product that FINALLY worked for me. I am pretty intolerant of Benzoyl Peroxide so only use that once in awhile, the MAGIC BULLET for me was the 2% Salicylic Acid Exfoliating solution. I have been mostly clear over 6 months now, it is amazing. I am a bit dry now, so talking to customer service on how to remedy that! Try it

  3. bimbola p.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • I was excited to try this kit for my cystic hormonal acne having tried everything with no luck. Unfortunately it burns my face and is very drying so I reduced the frequency to nights. It dried out the acne i had but then I broke out some more and nothing's working now. So my hunt for a solution is back on.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we're sorry to learn the CLEAR Extra Strength Trial Kit didn't work for you! Cystic acne is very complicated, and for some, requires the combination of prescription topical treatments and skin care to acheive improvement.  While this isn't the case for everyone, nonetheless no matter how well formulated a product, sometimes over the counter just isn't enough. Please contact our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  4. Christina F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Excellent for pores
    • I started using this product to try and reduce my pore size and was pleasantly surprised as how effectively it works. The three step program is easy to do an leaves my skin feeling refreshed and not overly dry - which is a commoner problem for someone with skin as sensitive as mine. My only complaint would be that I was hoping it would have more of an effect on my blackheads, but aside from that it is definitely a product worth using.

  5. KO
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZED and HAPPY!!!
    • I have tried EVERYTHING for my skin problems, which have been severe for the past year! Nothing but an expensive prescription from the dermatologist helped. Since I was unable to continue the prescription due to the costs, I had to stick to over the counter products which in turn just irritated my skin. I started to get down on my luck until I found this product. I was skeptical at first yet desperate to try something new that might actually work. In just TWO days...MAJOR difference!!! :)

  6. Stefani P
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Red and itchy skin
    • Today is the third day that my skin has been red, stinging and itchy. I start using it last week and for the first few days, my skin felt tight and drier than usual. I kept using it without other product. But on Sunday, I put my usual moisturizer on because I couldn't stand the dryness and it started getting worse. I woke up on Monday with red, itchy, burning skin. Red coarse bumps spread on my cheeks, chin and forehead. It has been bothering me and I don't know what to do with it.Please help.

  7. Minjee Y.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 30, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    THIS STUFF WORKS
    • Basically I got this for my mother who is 52 years old with very oily skin and cystic acne especially around her chin and bottom lip area. It was fustrating to see that even the higher brands (clinique and lancome) weren't helping. We didn't want to go to the doctors either. This stuff worked wonders and cleared up my mother's acne and helped decrease any flare ups she tends to have. The only complaint is a tight dry feeling, so I have ordered the full size in normal now for her to use.

  8. Vanessa
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 26, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally!!!
    • The use this with Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner (which I love, makes my skin feel great and smooth) and for the past week, not only has it reduce my cystic pimples' inflammation (it no longer hurts to touch my face! :D) but the junk clogging my pores is finally being pushed out instead of just staying as it is or retreating back into my pore a little for me to worry about some other day. I'm so happy to finally see an improvement instead of just a temporary relief!

  9. Kendra
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Fan!
    • I've tried pretty much everything out there for my adult acne and nothing had worked as well as this system. I bought the 2 week trial so that I didn't have to commit to the full investment just in case it didn't work, and I've already purchased the full size product. Within a few days I noticed a difference with my problem areas (around my mouth and chin) and the overall condition of my skin. I still have a few blemishes pop up, but they seem to heal much quicker.

  10. Patty S
    Reviewed on Friday, June 07, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Needs better sealing
    • Love my Paula products- I have completely switched over but was very disappointed in the 2 week trial kits for both Clear and Extra Strength Clear. Thought they would be perfect for travel but once opened they continued to completely leak out while traveling. I made sure they tops were sealed tight but they still leaked. The only one that didn't was the product in the tube. I would like to re-order but will wait in hopes they can fix the problem.

  11. ALICE C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 24, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for travel!
    • I'm a HUGE fan of the Clear Extra line and this is perfect for travel!

  12. MARINA M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 13, 2012
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Effective but..
    • Good, less bleackheads but there still some to work with

  13. Alicia R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Was working but it's too drying
    • I am giving it 4 stars because it is a great kit for acne prone skin and the products are the best that I've tried. (I love other PC products) I will only buy Paula's choice for my skin care from now on. I would recommend this for people with very oily skin. I have been breaking out bad these past months. I get stubborn breakouts on my chin that barely go away and pop right back up. That's why I bought the Extra Strength hoping that it would take care of those stubborn breakouts and it did for a while, It's also helping to fade some recently new acne marks. It has stopped working on the breakouts on my chin though and it has also left my skin a little bit flaky. I think that the benzoyl peroxide is the one that is drying out my skin b/c when I put it on my face it does sting a little and my face gets a bit red. I did re-order the same kit, hopefully with continued use I will see some more improvement. The kit did last me about a month, so overall it's a great way to try out the products. Maybe I should have gone with the regular strength though.... Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. The dryness you are experiencing could have to do with frequency of use, as well as what other products you are using. If you would like to contact customer care to discuss your skin type and daily routine we are more than happy to assist you and make product suggestions. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know, we are always happy to help!

  14. Claire
    Reviewed on Monday, November 12, 2012
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Effective, but way too strong
    • I've had pretty bad acne for years, so I guess I'm used to buying the strongest treatments from other companies. Sadly, the two 'extra strength' products were unexpectedly harsh, and caused me to break out in eczema on my neck and on the drier parts of my face. That said, my acne really is clearing up (using just the cleanser right now.) I'd recommend this 'extra strength' pack for someone with really oily skin. I will probably be getting the regular version for continued use. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. It sounds like the products were not the right fit for your skin type. If you would like to contact customer care, we are happy to discuss your skin type and make some product recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know, we are always happy to help.

  15. Angela
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 08, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Generous portioned trial kit
    • The other reviewers who said the samples only last a few days were talking about the old little square packets. This NEW trial kit is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. It is in actual little bottles that are exactly like the full-size product, just about 1/4 the size. Love the extra strength! I used one trial kit 2x every day and it lasted me an entire month. And my skin is completely clear! I will buy the full size and another trial size to throw in my suitcase for Christmas vacation. This is perfect!

  16. Elizabeth
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Elizabeth
    • THANK YOU! I travel frequently and was frustrated that your travel sizes were only packets that, once opened, couldn't be adequately closed to protect the product from leaking and being exposed to light and air, etc. I just received these today and the size and convenience is perfect for traveling. PLEASE offer the same size in your other wonderful products (especially the Resist line!) I'm a die-hard fan of Paula's Choice products, and now I'm even happier.

  17. Linda
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 30, 2010
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love this product!!
    • I got a couple of these sets to try out before buying the full size. Extra strength is too harsh and drying on my skin, but the regular ones are glorious!

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Products in the Clear Extra 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 Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution (1 fl. oz. trial size):
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 (.5 fl. oz. trial size):
All Skin Types
A proven solution for stubborn acne. 5% benzoyl peroxide goes to work immediately to eliminate 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 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: glycerin, green tea, methylpropanediol, triclosan, benzoyl peroxide, panthenol, bisabolol, allantoin, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, 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 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 Hydoxide (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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