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Made my skin worse
from Boulder, CO
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about CLEAR Extra Strength Acne Kit - Complete Kit:
I, like some of the other recent comments have been super disappointed with this kit. I wanted to try to 2-week trial before committing to the full kit but every time I ordered it, it was back ordered for months and then ultimately cancelled.I decided to bite the bullet and order the full kit because of all the raving reviews. I too have tried all the usuals: Proactiv, Aczone, OTC, Retin A, etc and thought this might be it. Well, sad to report that after almost 2 months of using it per the instructions my face is worse than before I used it. I've gotten breakout where I didn't even get them before, my usual break out zones are even worse and inflamed and won't heal, my skin is flaking so bad and the marks from my old break outs are even more red and noticeable. And to top it off my husband who is fairly oblivious to my skin woes commented "Wow, this is the worst I've ever seen your face."So I am officially stopping this product as it's had more than enough time to begin working. Disappointed in the results and that I bought the full size.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Not What I'd Hoped For
from Rhode Island
I had high hopes for this product based on the reviews. I bought the trial size and liked it enough, but still noticed some breakouts after the two weeks were up. However, I decided to give this product the benefit of the doubt and buy the full size. At first, I was happy with my purchase. My skin tone has actually improved dramatically, and I think my pores have gotten smaller, both thanks to the toner. Even my acne scars have seemed to go away. While I really tried to like this product, I couldn't get past the fact that my acne never went away. In fact, I think it may have gotten worse. One serious downside I found with this product is with the exfoliator and the spot cream--if you use it in one spot, you forever have to use it there. In other words, I accidentally went too far down my neck, and the next day after not using them both again, I had a zit there. I've never, ever broken out on my neck before! I can only assume my skin gets "addicted" to the product, which I've seen mentioned by other reviewers. My whole face is only on the mend now because I have decided to switch back to my Tea Tree cleanser. I wish I could return this product, but it's been longer than 30 days. I should have returned it after a few weeks of not seeing a difference in my skin. I really wish this product would have worked, especially since I'm now out a big hunk of cash.
The Only Product That Has Worked For Me
from Lakeland, FL
I've been using the Extra Strength kit for about 8 months and it's really made a difference in my skin. However when I initially started using the kit it severely dried the skin around lips/chin/jaw. This was surprising considering I have very oily skin. If you have dry skin be prepared to moisturize and tough it out for a few weeks!! Eventually my skin acclimated and I saw results. Beware of the exfoliating solution if you travel often. Without fail it will drip. Also, instead of using my hands and cotton pads I find it's best to cut up a paper towel and use that to apply the exfoliating solution.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The only stuff that works on my acne
By micellar water
from LA, CA
About Me Minimalist
To preface, I've used everything on the market for my stubborn acne including "natural" remedies like black soap, castor oil and tree-tea oil. I even went on a birth control prescribed for acne. I tried everything short of Isotretinoin, which I have reservations about. These are the only products that work. I still have acne, redness and scars but it'd be a lot worse without them. The cleanser is amazing. Some may think you need a strong cleanser with bha but a gentle cleanser is better for your acne. It's good at removing oil and dirt but it's not good for makeup, even a tiny trace of makeup. I've tested this by wiping away 90% of my makeup and then washing my face and wiping my face with a white cotton pad with remover to see if there was any residual make up and there was. So wipe away all your makeup and sunscreen with a makeup remover first. The BHA is my favorite product in the kit. It really works on my type of acne. I have to say that I still have enlarged pores with blackheads. It's been years since I started using this product and I think they've actually gotten bigger but I'm not sure if that's due to age or one of the products I'm using. The bottle sometimes leaks so be careful about that. I use it on a cotton pad and swipe over my face.The Benzoyl Peroxide is my least favorite product in the kit. It works slowly on whiteheads but it's completely ineffective against cysts or hormonal acne. And my pores are larger than when I started so I don't know if this is a contributing factor. It also leaves my face irritated and red. The product tends to gunk up near the cap and dry which leaves a white, crusty residue.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from New Jersey
I've had comedonal acne (small colorless bumps) for years now. I've gone to the dermatologist and tried so many things but they've never worked as good as this! I've been using this for almost 2 months now and my forehead that used to be so bumpy is so smooth! My cheeks still have little bumps but they are slowly going away. I definitely recommend trying this. I will continue using this and hopefully my whole face will clear up!
This kit was saved my life
from Los Angele, CA
OMG!!!! U never know how it works!!! My skin is super Acne-prone skin. When I was teen, i had horrible acne on all over my face. I've tried every brands, includ super expensive brands and cheap brands, as long as they claimed "for acne prone skin" I bought them all. My mom thought acne for me is incurable disease . I was so sad because those horrible acne. I've tried everthing. But 5 years ago when i was in china, i started using "Paula's Choice Clear kit" then everything changed. At that time, i started to reading Paula's book. I started to getting know those lies in cosmetic industries. I followed what she taught me to do for my skin, everything changed. My skin changed, my life changed. Now, i still get break out sometimes, but not like that horrible situation anymore. Finally, people started to admire my skin and ask me how to do skin care. And all my friends think i'm a hyper of Paula's choice, becaue i recommend it to everybody. Another brand is BareMinerals. I can only use make-up of BareMinerals. From China to United States, i have been using Paula's Choice for 4 years. Thanks Paula and her team create this brand. I know my Englsih has grammar errors, but i just want to share my appreciation to u .My mom has also been using Resist line for few years. she is 50 years old but she looks much younger than other people who spend 6000$ Or more each year in beauty salon. She told me she wants to open a cosmetic store that only sales Paula's Choice.
Good, but not for Sensitive Skin
from Alexandria, VA
I tried the 2 week trial of the regular Clear Acne Kit and LOVED it. It was amazing and cleared up my skin in days. It didn't last for two whole weeks, more like 10 days (and I was very scarce with it!), but it was enough to determine that I wanted it. BUT then I went online to purchase and it was sold out! So I bought the Extra Strength Complete kit and I've been using it for about 2 weeks. After a few days, I noticed that my skin would sting after using the Benzoyl Peroxide, even though I use a good moisturizer after it dries. I've had to reduce using the extra strength kit down to mornings only because it's just too painful to use twice a day. My skin is still overall good, but I have seen smaller breakouts since backing down to once a day. Disappointing, because I really did like the regular strength version better. Too bad it was sold out.
Doing more harm than good so far
from Edmonton, AB
Maybe it's my fault for thinking my skin could handle the extra strength version ... my skin can be a LITTLE bit sensitive sometimes but I figured the extra strength had the best chances of tackling my persistent breakouts and visible pores, and since this product is advertised to be non-irritating I decided to take a chance on it. I've been using it twice daily now for about a week. I have noticed that my pores look tighter and my blemishes are smaller. However, every time I finish this three step process it leaves my skin with a very painful stinging sensation to the point where I can't even let anything touch my face, it feels like a bad sunburn, I've actually had to lie with a cold cloth after my face every night after using this. This also makes my face look so red and flushed, so bad that my face still will look bright red by the time I show up to work, two hours later. My skin texture has also gotten a lot dryer, even with me using copious amounts of moisturizer to try and counteract the drying effects. I'm seeing fine lines on my face that I never knew existed, and I'm 18 and have good genetics so this has nothing to do with aging!!! I desperately wanted something that would target my pesky blemishes, and this has done a fairly good job of that but I don't think I can keep it up seeing the bad effects that continuous use is having on my skin. It just doesn't seem worth it to get rid of a few zits.
PLEASE GIVE THIS A TRY!
from Portland, OR
After struggling with my acne for a decade, I had given up after trying every acne product on the market and even paying a ton of money for painful laser treatments. When I tried Paula's Choice I couldn't have been more cynical, but I can honestly say that it changed my life. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for this product and the results it has had on my skin. I no longer even need to purchase concealer, because my acne is completely gone. No matter how many products have given you false hope - give this a try! It really does work and will transform your skin like it did mine.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not so spectacular
from Bucks County, PA
Comments about Clear Extra Strength Acne Kit - Complete Kit:
When I purchased this kit of products, I was so excited! I was diagnosed with pcos when I was a teen and from that I have been suffering from horrible horrible acne. When people say they have tried everything... No I have literally tried everything... Proactiv, neutrogena, face peels, masks and your basic dove and many more. So when I read reviews on how people love this product, I could not wait to get it and try it on my face. For the first few weeks I was seeing results but, within a month of using all three products I have noticed that my face started to get acne again and it really started to dry my face out. I even put the last step cream on every other day because that is what the directions said if your skin would dry out. Now, my face has acne once again and on top of my acne I now have dry dry skin and sometimes my fave itches and flakes. So I am not too happy with the product and I am really sad that it didnt work for me because now I am lost in what product to use next because I cant deal woth the pcos acne any longer.