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 205 Reviews)
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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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
  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. LINDSAY A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good but drying
    • This is a good cleanser in that it does clean my face, but unfortunately it seems to be causing my nose to peel. I have dry skin, but with age am starting to deal with acne along the jaw line. I usually use the Moisture Boost cleanser (which I love), but was looking for something to dry out the acne along the jaw line, and thought the Clear cleanser might be a good fit. Unfortunately, after using the Clear cleanser, my nose started to peel. Will have to give away.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 04, 2014

    Thanks for your review! It seems your skin does better with our Moisture Boost cleanser, which is well suited to those with dry skin + breakouts. We wanted to let you know that acne cannot and really should not be dried out. Acne isn't about drying skin; in fact, doing so can prolong its healing. The best way to treat acne with over-the-counter products is to think gentle, use a mild BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant in a base suitable for your skin type, and follow with a mild topical disinfectant to kill acne-causing bacteria.
     

    —Admin
  12. Beth
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this cleanser!
    • Foams up nicely, cleans well and doesn't leave a film or make your face feel tight. A little bit goes a long way (I'm on the same bottle I bought last December and I'm still nowhere near running out!) What more can you ask for? :)

  13. Anna Mary W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great cleanser!
    • I love this cleanser. It's gentle and effective. I am done searching :)

  14. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    finally real help
    • My teen with moderate says it's the best-working cleanser she's ever found that doesn't irritate her sensitive skin. No artificial scents or animal testing. I wish it came in a big bottle too, like some other Paula's cleansers, to save money. APPLICATION TIPS: She uses the regular strength toner after this (in the day). She then applies Paula's 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. She then follows up with Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual-Action Moisturizer in the white bottle to keep flakes away.

  15. Julie C
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Stuff
    • This face wash was perfect. My skin felt clean after. I even use it in the shower and saw results on my chest and back. The price is great too.

  16. Nicole W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved my Skin
    • I have been trying for a year to clear up the acne that popped up out of nowhere. Nothing worked, not even LUSH! I was so depressed, and stressed about it, that it was just making it worse! Within a week of using this, it is all gone, like it never existed. My skin is also very dry and sensitive, so I was hesitant to try this, but I am so glad i did! Thank you so much PC!

  17. Debra W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Literally A Life Saver
    • OMG these products are a wonder from heaven. I started getting adult acne when I turned 40 now 48 and can assume due to hormone changes. I tried about 5 other products until I found this in Feb. and tell you I don't know whats in this stuff. Can only say its made by some bless hands cause it is my miracle. Want to thank you Paula Choice for giving me back my BEAUTY. Just wish had done a before n after pic. Really need to become an affiliate for this company. Keep Being Blessed!

  18. Shelly F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I have extremely oily skin; not much of a problem with breakouts but it's a challenge controlling the oil. I use the Shine Stopper and the new Clear SPF lotion, plus an SPF powder. This cleanser cleans my oily skin like a dream; it works quickly and rinses completely which is great for the part of the country I live in; in Baton Rouge, LA we have some of the softest (and best-tasting) water in the country but sometimes stuff is hard to rinse off in the shower. Would love a larger bottle!

  19. Laura W
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Never Been Better
    • I have struggled with acne my entire life and it did not slow down once I became an adult. I tried everything the drugstore had to offer and all of the "no fail" techniques I found online, to no avail. My cousin suggested I try the Clear line from PC and it is the first thing that has actually worked for me! My skin has never been better! This cleanser has the perfect amount of lather and doesn't dry me out or leave a scent or residue. I order a new bottle as soon as my current one feels light!

  20. Sara
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely and gentle.
    • I've rotating Skin Balancing and Moisture Boost cleansers with a full Paula routine for years to great results. I decided to try this, and I have to say, my pores do look noticeably smaller and more clear since switching over. It also seems to help mitigate tendency towards cystic acne, milia and sebaceous hyperplasia (alongside my BHA/AHA regimen). I find it's still gentle and takes off my makeup decently. I'm not sure I could use it through Boston winter, but it's a summer hit for sure!

  21. Yanti
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    CLEAR as it says :)
    • I have been using this cleanser since September 2013 (together with CLEAR extra strength exfoliant, SB/Clinical toner, SB/Resist Serum, SB SPF - day, SB/Skin Recovery Moist - night). My skin has finally cleared! No more gigantic 'n painful acne, even in super humid weather of Singapore or when my hormone is raging. My hubby is also now using this cleanser to replace his Neutrogena cleanser. He loves it. We love it! Thank you, Paula ... for you have saved my skin :)

  22. karen h.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Getting clear
    • I'm using this cleanser along with the 5% benzoyl peroxide once a day in the AM. My skin got super dry and flakey at first (was also using BHA 4% foam 1x week and extra strength BHA 2% clear) after I stopped using the 2% BHA my skin calmed down. I now only use the foam every other week. To make my long story short, I really like this cleanser and will continue to use with the extra strength BP.

  23. Jean L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    great cleanser
    • As part of the set, it cleared my skin up. It took about 2-3 weeks to clear up the general acne & 2-3 months to rid me of the cystic acne. Its been about 6 months & my skin is immensely improved. This seems to clean well, yet is gentle. It doesn't seem to dry out my skin, either. Good stuff. I follow up with the toner to remove final traces of makeup, then the Clear Exfoliant, plus the salicylic treatment when a bump showed up.

  24. Yuliya
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for me
    • I had a reaction to this cleanser every time I used it. I've never had anything like that happen and I wasn't sure it was this so I would stop using it and then try again and sure enough every time I would get 1-2 welts. I'm sure it's a well formulated cleanser but it just wasn't for me. I will say that I enjoyed the way my skin felt very clean immediately after use

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Hi Yuliya! We're sorry the CLEAR Cleanser didn't work for you! Please contact our Customer Care Team and they will be happy to help with a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  25. Jason B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    I Don't Feel Clean
    • This cleanser is too..."slick". It doesn't foam. It's very runny and I rub my hands together and still can't get a good lather going. I got a little bit going on my eyebrows and tried to spread that little bit of foam around on my face but there isn't enough. I rinsed a whole bunch and my face just didn't feel very clean after. Please note, and to be fair, this is the first day I've used it so perhaps I just need to get used to it, but I would recommend to Paula to make it more foamy.

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

    Hi Jason! Thank you for your review! SO, foaming agents are actually not related to cleansing ability at all. Rather, the ingredients that add lather to a cleanser are there purely for aesthetic appeal. We didn't add them to the CLEAR Cleanser because we wanted these formulas to be as simple as possible (often a desired quality among the acne prone), yet still very effective. The CLEAR Cleanser is still cleansing skin, but you'll not see a foam with it's use (it doesn't use scrubbing beads either, which can exacerbate irritation from acne). Hope that helps, and if you find it's just not a fit for you, we'd recommend contacting our Customer Care for assistance with a refund or exchange (and they can send you samples of our other cleansers to try, like our super foamy Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser).

    —Admin
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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: 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.

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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