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Made skin burn
About Me Minimalist
Comments about CLEAR Acne Cleanser - 6 oz:
This cleanser made my sensitive skin very irritated. I woke up to a red, tight face. I'm looking for a good cleanser for sensitive, acne prone skin - but this isn't the one for me unfortunately.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Gave me a severe allergic reaction
from New Brunswick, NJ
About Me Beauty Conscious
This gave me a HORRIBLE allergic reaction! It made my skin so red and dry that it stung 24/7 unless I put vaseline on it. I already have very dry skin, and although this did keep my acne under control it still gave me that awful reaction. My skin has never reacted this badly to any product. Maybe it's just my skin being way too sensitive, but please be wary of this cleanser is you have sensitive skin!
Great and excellent price!!
from Phoenix, Arizona
Great cleanser. I've tried Clinique and Estee Lauder and feel they have much alcohol. Did not over dry my skin and left it feeling super clean. I did see a bit of difference in regards to pores. Would definitely recommend, worth a try!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great cleanser for combination skin, bad packaging
About Me Beauty Expert
I've used Paulas Choice for 5+ years now, and this is my favourite cleanser for my oily combination skin with blackheads/acne. It gently dissolves oil, without leaving the skin feeling dry or tight. My main problem with this product is the packaging. It leaks very easily, so don't bring this cleanser with you on a trip, especially not on an airplane! the cap also breaks off easily, so don't try to "tighten" it. Wish PC could fix their packaging, I love the products except for this one thing!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Changed my skin
from Boyne City, MI
For the last probably 2-3 years my skin took a turn for the worst I didn't know why, but I would have break out after break out after break out. I started to try and fight the breakouts by using anything and everything that said it was for "acne prone skin", but what I found was many of these products either made minimal impact or made the problem worse. I stumbled upon Paula's choice when I saw the price of this product I thought "why the heck not?" and it was the best choice I made. Within just a few days I saw noticable improvements and within in a month new breakouts were few and far between. I now get compliments on my skin and I immediately give credit to Paula's choice. This product is also great for sensitive skin as it doesn't have a smell or color, it rinses off easily without leaving a residue, and doesn't dry out the skin like many other acne cleansers I've tried. I give this two big thumbs up!
Simple and Effective, even for Removing Makeup
By Glad I Found Paula's
from Glendale Heights, IL
This is a straightforward cleanser that does what it's marketed to do: cleans the skin thoroughly and without irritation. That being said, everyone's skin is different, so I'd recommend giving this a try and keeping your receipt for a refund if it doesn't work out.After years of using Proactiv, and before that other over the counter products with other bells and whistles and active ingredients, I was doubtful that going simpler would work on my oily and acne prone skin. Ultimately Proactiv ceased to be as effective for me this year, and I'm seeing a dermatologist for hereditary and hormonal acne (SIGH), but before I saw a dermatologist I tried this out, along with the Clear line. 5 months later, I'm still using it, even with my prescription products.For my oily and acne prone skin, this is surprisingly effective cleaning off dirt and make-up. Not only did my face feel much cleaner, but I could tell it was cleaner because there's little-to-no visible residue that transfers to my towel after drying my face, or onto the cotton ball after using a toner. I doubt it would remove waterproof eye liner (I can dream, can't I?), but it works on foundation, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow and in most cases my waterproof mascara as well, AND it's gentle enough to be used around the eyes, which means it saves a step of using makeup remover! At times, it does make my face feel a little tight in winter (I live in the Midwest, so bitter cold and dry weather in winter) but when that happens I just make sure to use extra moisturizer and/or buffer my prescription acne products with moisturizer to avoid dryness. For me, this is a benefit, because it's helpful to stay simple with the cleanser and leave the heavy hitting to my prescription acne potions, which have the potential to be more irritating.I drop a star, because it is more expensive than over-the-counter products. In particular, I tried the Olay Foaming Wash for sensitive skin and found it to be comparable. But, I prefer the texture of this and it cleans my makeup off better than the Olay face wash. Plus, a little goes a long way with this product, so I can see myself working on one tube for several months, so I don't mind as much the price since I'm happy with the performance of the product.
Great for sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin!
from New Jersey, USA
Paula's Choice saved me from a very irritating skincare routine. I have very sensitive skin, and I was previously using the Dermalogica Clear Skin line for acne-prone skin, which has a bunch of irritants in it. It wasn't until I read on Beautypedia how harmful Dermalogica's skincare products are for you that I stopped using the products and switched over entirely to Paula's Choice. This cleanser is great!!! It is not overly expensive and it gets the job done. I feel that it has helped to treat and prevent acne. A little bit goes a long way, and it does not hurt my sensitive skin! I have had so much trouble finding products to work for sensitive and oily skin, because so many with oily skin are not also sensitive, but Paula's Choice makes it easy! I will repurchase forever. Thank you, Paula!
Brought my skin back to normal
By The Introverted Esthetician
from Houston, TX
About Me Budget Buyer
I am a total PC junkie. I use her products almost exclusively. I work at a spa that pushes Dermalogica (blegh!). I always recommend PC to my clients and they love it as much as I do. I have been using the Moisture Boost and Resist hydrating cleanser for my dehydrated, normal/combination skin for a couple of years. I got the trial size of this because my new birth control was giving me minor papular breakouts on my chin and forehead. I worried that this would dry me out (I do love a dewy finish). I love the way this gently foams and it does make my skin a LITTLE tight, but it doesn't feel stripped, just super clean and refreshed. No one should only be using cleanser anyway, so for those who say this is drying, get some hyaluronic acid or other serum(s) and/or moisturizer and you'll be fine. After all my other "replenishing" products are applied, my skin still looks and feels hydrated and my surface breakouts are under control! Try it for more severe acne, too (in addition to the other Clear products) It has worked wonders for my acneic clients of all grades.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from hyde park ny
About Me Brand Buyer
I'm not a one cleanser guy---usually rotating among several and this one is always in my rotation, especially during that winter to spring changeover time when my skin tends to get oiler and more breakout prone. It leaves my skin very soft and while it washes away all excess oil, my skin does not feel tight or irritated. I cannot use benzoyl peroxide more than a few times per week because of side effects so I am appreciative of having another anti-bacterial agent to fight acne.
HG Cleanser For Acne Prone / Oily Sensitive Skin!
This cleanser really should be on every bathroom cabinet of anyone who suffers from acne prone & oily sensitive skin - this really did transform my combination acne prone sensitive skin, & I haven't seen a blemish ever since I started using nothing but PC products. This, along with the 2% BHA liquid lotion has completely transformed my very noticable pores along the nose which I never imagined possible. HOWEVER, I will say that after a month or two of using this cleanser religiously, every day, & in conjuction with my PC 1% retinol, my skin has become slightly dry & incredibly sensitised... I'm beginning to think that the cleanser may be contributing to this, & would suggest taking caution. This cleanser really was effective, but I continued to use it even after my skin completely normalised - I don't think this is a cleanser one will need to continue using once the skin problems are fixed. You may want to then consider switching to something for normal /or combination skin, & I'm really excited to try out a sample of PC's other cleansers now. This Clear Acne Cleanser will definitely be kept for any time, if ever, my skin begins to get greasy / flare up / blemished. It's great stuff! I'm 25, I've suffered with mild since my teens, but since using PC products, there's really no looking back. I wish I'd discovered this brand sooner - acne is very unpleasant! Please try this, the BHAs & the retinols at PC. This retinol, whilst smelling great & being so effective, also feels much gentler than the one I was prescribed years ago from a skin specialist. Thank you, PC!