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Give this a chance
Comments about Clear Regular Strength Acne Trial Kit - Trial Kit:
These products saved my skin. I battled acne for many years and tried all kinds of different treatments but nothing worked like Paula's Choice. It took a little time to find the right balance of products (I also use the Skin Balancing toner, antioxidant serum and a moisturizer) and a few months for my skin to really clear, but I immediately noticed it changing. I've been using Paula's Choice for a couple years now and it has changed my life. Not only does my skin look completely different, it feels completely different. There's not a daily battle trying to find something that works, avoiding people's gaze and my own reflection. It's amazing to feel free to go out without makeup, to swim (which I had mostly given up) and be able to count on my skin being all right. I'm writing this to encourage anyone out there to try these products and give them a chance. Be patient and consistent using them and they can make such a difference. I also wanted to thank the whole Paula's Choice team for their amazing customer service, all the information they provide on skincare (basically a free dermatology degree) and all the wonderful products. Truly grateful every day!
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from Campbell, CA
About Me Minimalist
I noticed that I had been breaking out a good amount since I started working out a ton. I couldn't really find much that would help.I bought this trial kit after seeing it on Facebook and I am not kidding you the next day my skin was almost perfect.Not kidding guys...this product took less than 24 hours to help me...So obviously I bought the normal size one and my skin looks great.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Really Happy there is a trial version
from Vancouver, B.C.
About Me Beauty Conscious
I think it's pretty awesome I was able to find this trial version for an affordable price. I'm usually over-excited to try a new brand, and tend to buy full-sized products on a whim to try and help my acne condition. Truth be told, majority of topical products have not worked out for my problem. When I tried this kit, all-together, my skin actually dried out, in fact I was breaking out more due to irritation! So I decided to stop using the exfoliant and blemish treatment. When I tried the cleanser on its own I was able to notice that it was not right for me, because it was also being used in areas that I rarely broke out on, and my skin was getting real thirsty there. So I went back to my gentle cleanser and tried the exfoliant on its own with my own routine. It was honestly one of the best additions, my routine has become simple and I was able to see that my hormonal acne problem appeared to be in control (I haven't used it long enough to comment on long-term use, trial version) thanks to this kit I was able to add a very important step to my routine, and also try other products and understand why they're not good for my skin.I think that for the price it's an awesome buy to try out and figure out what works for you. Yes, only 1 of the 3 products is actually being used in my current routine, but now I will be saving some money on products that I may have felt obligated to keep on using to justify the payment. Thank you for making an option that shows just about enough results and helps the costumer figure out what works best!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Get the trial even if you think you know what you need
from Portland, OR
I am giving this product 5 stars even though I believe that I need the Extra Strength Clear products to get my skin fully clear. I ordered both this trial kit and the Extra Strength trial kit, and I'm so glad I did. I'm 28 and I've had acne my entire life. I tried to clear it as a teenager with all the regular products, but hated benzoyl peroxide and couldn't stick to a routine of using it because I just hated how the "extra strength" drugstore products I was using made my skin feel. My skin is not normally sensitive, but the itching and burning was just too much. I couldn't last more than a few days before I'd start "forgetting" to use it, and would basically fall off the wagon. In my early twenties I was on birth control, which toned things down a bit, but when I got off the pill several years ago the acne came raging back. I tried prescription clindamyacin, and doxycycline and tetracycline in pill form, but I have a very weak stomach and if I hadn't eaten enough food when I took the pill, I'd vomit it up. That also made sticking to pill-taking extremely difficult. I also once made the mistake of taking one before bed without enough water and woke up several hours later when my esophagus felt like it was on FIRE.Fast forward to today. I'm nearly 30 and I'm tired of breaking out. I finally found Paula's Choice and even though I was tempted to get the Extra Strength Clear kit from the get-go, I didn't. I ordered both this kit and the trial kit and worked my way up, and I am so glad that I did. I used this kit exclusively for about two weeks, using the BP once per day, then slowly twice per day, and then slowly began using the 5% BP in the Extra Strength kit once per day and the 2.5% in the Regular kit once per day (switching off), until finally my skin can tolerate the 5% BP twice per day. I was right in that using this kit for 3-4 weeks (it definitely lasts longer than 2 weeks) did not fully clear my breakouts, and I'm hoping exclusive use of the Extra Strength kit will improve my results. But this way I was able to work my way up to the strength that I need. I still got a little bit of itching, especially the first week or so that I tried to include the 5% BP, and there was some flaking here and there, but please, if you're like me, just go back to the 2.5% while your skin adjusts (and it will). I do see a great improvement in my skin even though it isn't completely clear, and I'm hopeful that regular use of the Extra Strength kit, along with other Paula's Choice products, will give me the skin I've been dying for all these years.
Service and delivery comments:
Order always goes out the same day. I receive it exactly two days after I order, with no exceptions. Great service!
Love it, but it leaks!
from Corpus Christi
I love this line of products but oh man is it disappointing when you're traveling with it and all (and I mean ALL) of the toner leaks out of the package and soaks all of your other toiletries. My face needs the toner way more than my toothbrush and deodorant!
My skin is at its clearest its ever been
from New York
My skin has never been so clear. My skin peeled at bit at first due to the exfoliant but it revealed soft smooth and even skin. I love this product so much.
I'm not sure how I feel about this
By Sara Kang
from Jonesboro, AR
I am not sure if I like or hate this. I did notice that the small zits and whiteheads that used to be all over my face have disappeared but have not affected my bigger pimples. This irritates and dries out my skin so intensely my face is actually kind of ashy from the dry skin flakes. Since I end up scratching my face so often, pimples form in the areas that I keep scratching and I hate this cause I'm usually good at refraining from touching my face.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Customer Service Response: 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.
My Skin Has Never Felt So Good
I'm posting this for my daughter, who just texted me to say how much she loves Paula's Choice. She is 20 years old and has used several different skin care lines, by far her favorite for her skin - sensitive skin with acne is this one. This is what she texted me today "I don't think my skin has ever felt so good. Paula's Choice is a miracle" !
Wanted to like it, but...
By Friendly Face
from Dallas, TX
I have suffered from adult acne for years without finding products that worked consistently over a long enough period of time. I really wanted to like Paula's Choice acne products because I trust the company's scientific judgment and ethics. Moreover, I don't consider my skin super sensitive. The first time I used all three products in the kit, I was very impressed with how they controlled oil without overdrying and gave my skin a clean feeling. However, every time since the first time that I have used the toner and lotion that came with the regular strength sample kit, my face has become red, itchy, and felt like it was burning. This sensation lasts ALL DAY. The last time I decided to try the products again, by the end of the day, the sensitive skin at the top of my cheekbones was red and had puffed out, and my cheeks felt puffy, too. Needless to say, I think I'm going to have to throw the products away (except for the cleanser, which seems to work well). Back to the drawing board...
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Run, don't walk ...
from New Zealand
About Me Beauty Expert
Run, don't walk to get this kit!My skin has been acting crazy since October last year ... I've been trying EVERYTHING to get it back to its usual calm and clear self. Even my usually failsafe combo of PC Skin Balancing cleanser, 2% liquid BHA & 5% BP were not working - just drying me out and inflaming my breakouts further. I can only assume my skin has changed ... I'm 32 now - I've noticed increased sensitivity and a little more dryness than before. Anyway, the breakouts have been driving me crazy and I was thinking of caving and seeing a doctor/derm. I tried this kit as a last resort, figuring I had nothing to lose. The only reason I hadn't tried it earlier being that I figured it would be too strong/drying. And, for whatever reason I saw it as something for teenagers etc.But, WOW! Three days in and my skin is 90% clear. I'm confident I'll be perfectly clear by the end if the week. I'm blown away.The Clear cleanser has been the biggest surprise: it is far gentler than the Skin Balancing - even the Calm for Normal to Oily. It barely foams, and leaves my skin feeling deep cleaned but in no way dry or tight. The Clear BHA is perfect ... Hands down my favourite PC BHA (I've tried 2% liquid, Calm 1%, Resist foam, Resist BHA toner, Resist 9%). It's effective, hydrating and calming.The Clear 2.5% BP is a much better match for me than the 5%. Effective and zero irritation.I tried using the Calm serum and Calm normal to oily moisturiser with this kit but both were misses for me. I actually felt my face heat up. So, I switched these products out for Cerave PM lotion and my skin couldn't be happier.SPF-wise, I'm experimenting with the Calm normal to oily SPF 30 and Elta MD UV Clear so I'll see how that goes.Once, my skin has stabilized, I want to try alternating the Clear BHA with PC's Retinol Booster.Having sensitive skin, I find using just one active treatment (exfoliant/vitamin c/retinol) PM only is the best approach. I've experimened with layering products AM and PM / PM only - spending more time and going through my products faster - and never got the results I wanted. Just confused, irritated skin.Epic review ... But I feel very passionately about this kit. Acne is such a self-esteem killer. If this review can help anyone get clear faster, nothing would make me happier.Good luck. :)