CLEAR Extra Strength Kit
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CLEAR Extra Strength Kit
This 3-step routine quickly combats and controls stubborn acne and breakouts, unclogs pores and calms redness without causing dryness or flaking.

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CLEAR Extra Strength Kit

Based on 194 reviews

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This 3-step routine quickly combats and controls stubborn acne and breakouts, unclogs pores and calms redness without causing dryness or flaking.
  • For stubborn acne
  • Fast acting formulas fight acne-causing bacteria
  • Contain no harsh ingredients

*This item is not eligible for additional discounts.

Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores

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Why is it different?
Gentle yet effective go hand-in-hand with this 3-step skincare routine that quickly gets stubborn acne under control—without causing dryness, flaking, redness, or discomfort. The products work together to provide pore-clearing and hydrating benefits.

This kit includes:
CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser (177ml/6 fl. oz.)
CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid (118ml/4 fl. oz.)
CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide (67 ml/2.25 fl. oz.)

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What does it do?
Works to lessen excess oil, unclog and shrink enlarged pores, and help you control stubborn acne breakouts. Unlike most anti-acne products, the CLEAR collection works without causing dryness or redness, or exposing skin to harsh ingredients like alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptus. It’s a customer favorite even for those with skin prone to cystic acne.

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How to use

Step 1 Cleanser: AM/PM

Step 2 Exfoliant: AM and/or PM

Step 3 Treatment: AM and/or PM

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4.3

(based on 194 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Soothes skin (35)
  • Non-greasy (32)
  • Softens skin (31)
  • Moisturizes (15)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (12)
  • Not effective (5)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (48)
  • Enlarged pores (26)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (20)
  • Uneven skin tone (19)
  • Sensitive skin (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (35), Survivalist / minimalist (16), Beauty expert (7)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (35), Oily (22), Dry (5)

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5.0

Well Beyond My Expectations

By Sara

from Niagara Falls, Canada

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Redness/ Blotchiness
  • Sensitive Skin

I can't believe how well this system has worked for me, and I've tried everything. I'm 33, and have struggled with acne since puberty. I had really bad acne on my forehead by the time I was 12. I was put on antibiotics, prescription cremes...and nothing worked. I then started taking Accutane when I was 16 which eventually cleared my skin for a few years, but left it incredibly dry, even to this day. I switched birth control methods and have since had stubborn acne on my cheeks and forehead that just will NOT go away. Oh yeah, and to complicate things, I also have rosacea and sensitive skin (thanks, Irish genes!). I was hesitant at trying the Clear line at first, but was desperate to get rid of this acne.
I started the treatment just a week ago, and I have already noticed a visible difference. The redness was down within hours of the first application. I did read previous reviews that said it can be drying, especially the Clearing Treatment, so I carefully applied a very small amount to blemishes with my finger. I noticed the first application made my skin feel a bit tight, so I applied some coconut oil (it's the only thing my skin tolerates), and it fixed the issue. My skin isn't flaking or peeling, and although it feels a bit drier than normal (I'm used to having dry skin at this point), I've been adding the smallest amount of coconut oil after about an hour of application, and haven't had any issues or new breakouts.
I still have some blotchiness but no more painful whiteheads, and redness is significantly reduced. I'm going to continue with this treatment, and I think it's safe to say that my skin will be completely clear again in a few weeks. I can't believe it!
Anyone who is on the fence about trying this - please give it a shot! I tried everything under the sun and this is the only treatment which has actually worked for my adult acne!

Service and delivery comments:

Delivered within a week, and I'm in Canada.

  • Skin Type:
  • Dry
  • Age:
  • 30-44
 
5.0

Almost acne free in 8 days

By Paige

from Tuscaloosa, AL

About Me Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Effective
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Burns/stings
  • Causes intense peeling at first
  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

  • Acne breakouts
  • Blackheads
  • Enlarged Pores

I've been fighting acne for 8 years and have been on a prescription retinoid gel and oral antibiotics for 2 years with almost no results.
My dermatologist told me that with any acne treatment, I could expect to wait about a month before getting noticeable clearer skin and 3 months before it would be completely clear.
But after 8 days of using this acne kit (and 5 days of using a new clarisonic mia fit) my skin is 90% clear.
Still uneven and pink where its healing, still peeling a little, and still getting a few clogged pores in my worst areas, but it's only been 8 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the clearest my skin has been since I was probably 15, and I'm 21.

However, I will warn that if you have badly injured/damaged/inflamed skin when you first start using this, the treatments are going to burn, a lot. I picked at my skin before using it the first day I got it and after I first put it on, I spent 15 minutes just pacing, breathing, and fanning my face. It'll help you break the habit of picking, that's for sure. It may also make you peel like crazy. For the first 3 or 4 days after I started it, I spent 10 minutes in the shower just rubbing the peeling skin off my face.

Still, this is the best stuff I have ever bought. It's well worth the money, and I couldn't be happier. 8 years of shame, embarrassment, frustration, pain, and anger taken care of in 8 days. I can wake up, put on a tinted moisturizer and blush, throw some concealer under my eyes, and put on mascara, and not be embarrassed by my skin. It's magical. ^-^

Service and delivery comments:

Went smoothly and arrived on time.

  • Skin Type:
  • Combination
  • Age:
  • 18-29
 
5.0

Will never buy anything else !

By Yese

from Phoenix

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    I don't use this daily but you can I just use this when I break out and always is a quick fix on getting rid of my acne !!! I just started using again since I broke out and my acne is almost gone after 2 days of use ! I wouldn't recommend buying anything else this line is amazing

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    5.0

    Say goodbye to adult acne!!!

    By Theresa

    from Olympia, WA

    About Me Minimalist

    Pros

    • Moisturizes
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enlarged Pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Amazing products!!!! Finally have control over my adult acne with combination/super sensitive skin. Been using the clear line for over a month with the skin balancing gel moisturizer for combination skin. Breakouts are completely under control no more huge painful cystic acne. If a hormonal cycle pimple pops up it's just a tiny whitehead that quickly goes away. So glad I was introduced to these products they definitely work!!!!

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      Only Thing That Has Ever Worked!

      By Lindsay

      from Canada

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clears acne
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin
      • Unclogs pores

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne
        • Clogged pores
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Redness/ Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin

        I cannot say enough good things about this product. I have tried sooo many things, including prescriptions and this kit is the best thing to ever happen to my skin. I have suffered from acne for 15 years and I can Finally say that my face is clear. If you're contemplating buying this - DO IT!!

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        Only thing that Worked!

        By Karla

        from Arroyo Grande, CA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clears Acne

        Cons

        • Drying

        Best Uses

        • Acne
        • Daily Use

        This is the ONLY thing that worked for my 15 year old daughters moderate acne. She tried many other products, including Pro-Active, and they all did nothing. Her acne just kept getting worse. Finally I decided to try this. Even though I wouldn't call her acne "severe", it was moderate and getting worse and worse. She used this religiously twice a day and within a couple of weeks her skin was clearing. Within a month it was completely clear. She has continued using it for about a year. I have just talked her into trying the regular strength, since her acne is under control. Hoping it works in keeping it away.
        The only con with this is that it is drying. Problem solved with AveneXera Calm AD moisturizer. A tiny bit on her face and all dryness gone and it didn't interfere with this product. I would highly recommend this. If the dryness is a problem, try the Avene.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        5.0

        Great Results!

        By RobMUA

        from St.Catharines, ON

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            I have struggled with acne on and off through out my young teens and even now into my mid twenties. I have tried basically everything from topical creams, pills, drugstore products, proactive etc. and nothing seemed to really combat the acne I was suffering with. In my early twenties I went on Accutane and that cleared up my skin for several years. Earlier this year I started having breakouts again and again nothing seemed to really be helping. I found Paula's choice online when searching for solutions, and I decided after reading a lot of great reviews that I had nothing to lose! I was happily surprised when my skin started to change for the better after using the CLEAR extra strength 3 step kit. This has completely cleared up my skin and has made the texture of my face a lot smoother. I use all 3 steps at night, and in the morning I use just the cleanser and the 5% treatment. The only problem I have found is sometimes my skin gets a little bit dry, but I knew this would happen as benzoyl peroxide is very drying. I combat this by using a light moisturizer and it seems to help! Very happy with these products and how it has changed my skin, and I am excited to try more of Paula's Choice products!

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 18-29
             
            5.0

            so far, success!

            By lkas

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              I was using the neutrogena acne kit for a few years and having okay results with it but lately I'd been breaking out like crazy with it (the neutrogena kit was also reformulated) and I figured I had nothing to lose by trying Paula's Choice. I am so glad I bought the Clear Extra Strength kit. The first time I used it my skin was somewhat shocked (felt raw/tingly) but I kept with it, using a bit extra moisturizer and I've adjusted (within 2.5 weeks) and I am finally pimple-free. I haven't had skin this clear in years. I am 31 and have struggled with acne on and off, mostly on my cheeks/jaw. Its been extremely disheartening and embarrassing. I was having bad breakouts I wouldn't want to leave the house (I know that sounds vain, but after awhile you just get tired of the pimples the coverup and the scars). I would hate waking up to see what formed overnight even though I was really careful about diet, exercise and my skincare routine. Thankfully I have Paula's Choice now. For the first time in years I finally feel like my skin is under control and not congested with wannabe pimples and actual pimples. If you're on the fence about trying this - id say give it ago! I debated ordering this kit for a year. I was afraid it wouldn't work and I was stuck with acne. Its just not true. This is a really nice benzoyl peroxide lotion - its much better than others on the market. I also love the face wash and toner.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery is amazingly fast. I live in Canada, and that says a lot :)

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily
              • Age:
              • 30-44
               
              5.0

              only thing that worked

              By hazel

              from Georgia

              About Me Minimalist

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                I love this product. I was struggling with acne for two years and this is the only thing that worked. it's a miracle worker!!!

                • Skin Type:
                • Oily
                • Age:
                • 18-29
                 
                5.0

                Great results!

                By Nagging Wife :)

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • acne
                  • Daily Use

                  Writing this review on behalf of my husband. He was diagnosed with cystic acne at a young age, has done 2 rounds of acutane and had countless pills, creams and washes prescribed from dermatologists. He has also had laser treatments done on the hair on his face to prevent the folliculitis. He still suffered from moderate acne even after all the treatments prescribed in addition to some mild rosacea and very sensitive skin which has been really frustrating. When the doctor suggested a 3rd round of acutane, I managed to convince him to try this line first because I've had great results with my products from Paula's choice. This regimen has almost completely cleared his face. We're both so thankful and amazed that this has worked so well. Even though its the extra strength formula he has found it nonirritating and mild. He still gets a very occasional break out especially if he accidentally skips a night of treatment here and there. But overall this line has made such a dramatic improvement in his skin! Thank you!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44

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