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:

87 out of 100
(Based on 220 Reviews)
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  1. 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 :-(.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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
  5. 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!

  6. 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
  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Enrique M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great cleanser
    • This cleanser is great, it does foam up nicely and gives my skin a glow after using it. I'm not sure if it does prevent redness or red marks, but if you're looking to try it you should.

  11. Julie
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really works for my skin!
    • Originally tried a sample of this based on a PC customer service rep's suggestion. I have been using this now for almost a year and my skin is amazing! I had adult acne (MAJOR forehead acne) and this is the only cleanser that works for me. I follow up with moisture boost toner and at night moisture boost cream. In the morning I use hydralight mineral SPF 30. My skin has never looked better and before I started using PC products . Very thankful for this cleanser!

  12. BH
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Family Favorite
    • I started using this when I developed cystic acne after I had my twins. My daughter and I both love it. It keeps the skin clear when used regularly. It takes off makeup too however, it will sting your eyes if you open your eyes while washing your face. Everyone knows not to do that!

  13. BH
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A Family Favorite
    • I started using this when I developed cystic acne after I had my twins. My daughter and I both love it. It keeps the skin clear when used regularly. It takes off makeup too however, it will sting your eyes if you open your eyes while washing your face. Everyone knows not to do that!

  14. Quintin
    Reviewed on Monday, October 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Cleanser
    • This is the best cleanser I have ever used. Previously I was using the Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser but found its cleansing ability to be lacking and it may have have been causing me some blackheads. This cleanser gets everything off of my face. Being a male I don't wear makeup much but I would say it would get all but the heaviest makeup off easily. With this cleanser I am definitely in the clear.

  15. Shell
    Reviewed on Friday, October 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    It works!
    • works really well, non-drying. I just wish it came in a larger size, maybe with a pump.

  16. Kirsten C.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic Product
    • This was the first product I purchased from Paula's Choice and it made a huge difference in my skin. I was using cleansers that made my skin feel really tight and dry thinking that would help with my acne. This cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized and does a great job at removing makeup. It helped clear much of my acne, and I use the BHA 2% gel for the rest! Also - you don't need to use a lot of product - a little goes a long way!

  17. Vanessa
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 09, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Didn't work for my skin
    • I purchased the Trial kit and was using the cleanser for a little over a month. The cleanser didn't dry out my skin or cause it to be red - it seemed to be really working! Recently I noticed that some pores on my forehead looked and felt to be clogged. These areas were beginning to get sensitive. Eventually it turned into a major breakout. I never have severe breakouts and never on my forehead, but for some reason after using the product a break out occurred. Sadly the product irritated my skin.

  18. Amanda R.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent product
    • I am 40 years old and I started to get moderately severe acne about a year ago. I also have severely dry skin. I tried many products from drugstore to high end and I was still breaking out. I emailed customer service and described the issues that I was having. I was amazed at the great customer service that I received. I was sent a list of products and samples in the mail. After using up this cleanser my acne was gone and has not returned. My skin looks amazing. I highly recommend!!

  19. Billie, M
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good cleanser non-drying
    • I have ordered this product twice and I have used it though out the seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer and it hasn't dried out my skin yet. I use this after my workout routines, and or after I have been working outside and my face gets sweaty. I like this product because I use it while I am already in the shower and I don't have to remember to put another lotion or potion on my skin. I have dry skin so I have had trouble with topical agents because they tend to be too drying.

  20. Stephanie H
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product that works
    • This is one of my must-haves for skincare. Adding this cleanser to my daily routine ended monthly hormonal-related breakouts for me. When I run out of this, or take a trip and forget to pack this, I swear my skin looks worse--pores seem larger, face feels grimy. In the evening I use PC's Skin Balancing cleanser to remove makeup, followed by the 2%BHA liquid. I use this Clear Pore Normalizing cleanser in the AM or any other time needed.

  21. Chelsea P.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Doesn't remove makeup
    • It is a gentle cleanser that leaves my skin feeling soft. However, it doesn't not remove any of my foundation, which is the point of a cleaners. I can see the foundation come off on my white towel when drying my face after washing it. I have to use a ton of the exfoliating solution to get my makeup off, which then dries out my skin. I am very happy with the exfoliating solution in general.

  22. Chelsie K.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 15, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for my Sensitive Skin
    • Unfortunately, this product is too harsh for my skin. As soon as I put it on, my face began to burn. My skin was red and irritated for hours after use. I find this really odd considering that redness is exactly what they say this product helps to prevent (maybe I am allergic to an ingredient?). This is the only Paula's Choice product that I have tried and not liked. I gave it two stars because my husband tried it and liked it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product didn't work well for you; even though your husband likes it, we'd like to help you find a more suitable cleanser, so please contact us.

    —Admin
  23. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great on back, chest, and shoulders!
    • I get breakouts on my back and chest which have been concerning and generally kind of a downer. I was even getting some painful, large cystic-type acne on my back. I've started using this in the shower (along with the 2% BHA lotion afterwards) and I now have clear skin - everywhere! It's amazing what a boost it is to self esteem - thanks Paula's Choice team!

  24. Monica
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Use with caution
    • I purchased this cleanser because I get acne breakouts from time to time. I loved how my skin felt after cleansing - clean rinsing (no residue), silky, just the right amount of foam and rinses off ALL makeup (double cleanse). My skin felt clean with a slight healthy glow afterwards. I thought this would be my new HG cleanser; however, after I finished one bottle my skin became irritated/dry. Use with caution. I prefer the Moisture Boost cleanser.

  25. Marina
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail
    • I cannot go without this cleanser, it's just so amazing, the whole clear line is fantastic! With this gel, a little goes a very long way since it is so slippery and silky feeling. It lathers just a little bit, but there is no crazy foaming going on which has really grown on me. I find that a heavy lather dries out my skin and can get messy. After using this, my face feels so refreshed and clean (not tight) and ready to absorb some skincare goodies. Just amazing! Thank-you!

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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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