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Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser Full size
Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser Full size

Clear Cleanser

19 reviews
  • Refreshing cleansing gel gently removes excess oil, debris and pore-clogging impurities.

    Our Clear Cleanser has got a new look! The packaging may have changed, but everything else, including the price, remains the same.

  • Skin Type: All Skin Types
  • Concern: Breakouts , Blackheads , Enlarged pores
  • Ingredients: Glycerin , Panthenol (Vitamin B5) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate View all
  • Routine: Cleanser
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  • What does it do?

    Tough on breakouts, soft on your skin.

    Breakouts can occur at any age, whether you're 15 or 50. Cleansing is the first step to improving your skin. Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser is tough on blemishes yet kind to your skin, gently removing excess oil, debris and pore-clogging impurities to leave skin clean, clear and refreshed.

    This product contains salicylic acid (BHA), therefore, if you are allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), we recommend using the Skin Balancing Cleanser instead.

  • Key Features

    Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

    Soft on skin, hard on breakouts

    Removes excess oil

  • How to use

    How to use

    Use morning and evening. Splash the face and eyes generously with water. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your face using vigorous yet gentle circular motions. Rinse well. Repeat or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup.
    *This product contains salicylic acid (BHA), therefore, if you are allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), we recommend using the Skin Balancing Cleanser instead.

  • Reviews

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    nana - Did not like at all!!
    i started using this product in trial size for my bacne, hoping it will clear the problem. i have used the skin balancing cleanser and loved it so i thought of using a different cleanser for a change... worst mistake i have ever made!! instead of clearing my problem area it gave me even more blackheads then i had before!! i will go back to the skin balancing cleanser which does the trick for me!
    Lin - Ok.
    This cleansed my face well but was too drying for me even if i have combination skin.
    Catharina - good, not enough
    This is a very good gentle cleanser with an antimicrobial agent (triclosan) that will help clear acne. It does not irritate the skin, nor dry it. However, it is ineffective in cleansing the skin. It does not remove regular makeup or regular mascara. My face always comes out all smudged after using this. If I use a makeup remover or a toner afterwards, it will be dirty. I am aware that there is a trend going on about dual cleansing and completely cleaning your skin before cleaning your skin. To me, the more rubbing, the more irritating. I would like to know Paula's Choice opinion on this. For me, there are plenty of super efficient cleansers out there, some great ones within Paula's Choice range, that clean gently and efficiently in one step. My current preference goes for the Resist anti-aging foaming cleanser.

    Answer customer service:

    Dear Catharina,
    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 alternative.
    Anne - Great product but does not solve my whiteheads
    I never suffered from particular bad skin (e.g. acne), but over the years I have developed several blackheads, breakouts and especially whiteheads (those annoying white dots on your cheek bones, chin and forehead that just never seem to go away no matter what). I would always pick in skin - and yes I know I definitely should not be doing that, but I just came to a point where scares were better than blemishes. I was so frustrated of my skin situation, so when I read about Paula's magic prodructs on a beauty blog, I thought this will be the end of my skin battle.

    The product is really soft and gentle towards the skin which is great. The product is easy to apply on. I use it twice a day. In the morning and in the night. I have used the product for exactly 4 weeks where I at the same time have not picked in my skin at all (pretty proud). I really wanted to improve my skin, thus why I decided no picking at all no matter skin situation while trying out the product.

    I do not if it is the product or simply because I have not picked in my skin, but the skin on my cheeks are definitely better. I always used to get blackheads on my cheeks, but I have not had a single on since I started to use the product. However, I still have many whiteheads on my chin which is so frustrating. I do not know how to get rid of them. Also, I have had a couple of break outs while using the product, and the one break out was really infected, why I got rid of it, but I actually expected the product to reduce my break outs and whiteheads, but unfortunately it have not.

    But I will definitely continue to buy Paula's products. Perhaps it just takes longer than 4 weeks for my skin to improve in terms of break outs and whiteheads. Or maybe I will try some of their other products.

    Overall happy, but still a bit frustrated since the product has not solved my major skin issue (whiteheads).

    Customer Care: Thank you for your review. To address blackheads, breakouts and whiteheads, we recommend using a BHA exfoliant, if you are not allergic to aspirin of course. A cleanser removes debris, oil, and makeup and therefore allows other products to work better, but may not address the skin concerns you have mentioned. We are happy to recommend you some products that may help, please contact us by email.
    Anna - Worth every penny
    This product (with Clear extra strenght 2% Bha and ultra-light daily mattifying fluid) has been a miracle for me. My face suddenly broke out. There were huge whiteheads and little blackheads literally all over my face. Although I hated the situation I was lucky in a way because they never got infected. For months I tried many different products but nothing seemed to work. Some of them only made matters worse. In July I finally went to see a Dermatologist and he analysed it as comedo acne. In August I started using Paula`s products and little by little my face started to heal. Even though these products work like a charm they haven´t done anything for the blackheads on my nose (hence the 4 stars). Apparently those blackheads are here to stay. Thinking about trying next Resist anti-aging foaming cleanser. It might be a better solution for my face is starting to dry as winter is coming.
    Alzbeta - Lifesaver for sensitive skin prone to acne
    I have terribly moody skin - my skin is supersensitive, it reacts to weather changes, cosmetic products and sometimes I get eczema even from clothes or detergent. At the same time I suffer from rosacea and dryness on my cheeks, yet I have oily nose and forehead. In past couple months I had severe acne on my chin, that had to be cured by antibiotics, and even after that some of the blemishes survived. This cleanser got me rid of them. It's the only cleanser from all that I have ever used (except from La Roche-Posay Tolerraine cleanser) that hasn't caused any burning sensation nor alergic reaction. My skin feels clean, soft and calm and all the blemishes are gone. What's more - since I started using this cleanser I haven't noticed any new blemishes, which is great!
    I have combination skin an get a lot of breakouts, but not so much since I have started using the Paula's Choice product! I have tried out so many different cleansers, and this is my absolute favourite! It leaves your skin so soft and does not dry out the skin. Amazing product!
    Marianne - Just works!
    I have very oily skin with a tendency to break out, and nothing has ever worked before now. So what I have done is a bit of a combo. I use the the Clear cleanser to fight any possible breakouts, but otherwise have used products for oily skin.
    My skin is now far less oily than it has ever been, and therefore no breakouts. In fact it's great. The mild approach to oily and blemish prone skin really works. And as I am allergic to benzoylperoxide, I am only to happy to do without.
    I loved Paula's books when I lived in the States years ago, and I was thrilled when I discovered she had her own product line recently.
    Emilie - Dried out my skin
    I had really high hopes for this cleanser (as well as the whole CLEAR line of products) because of all the great reviews, but I was very disappointed after only a couple of days use. I have combination skin prone to breakouts, so this sounded like the ideal cleanser for my skin type. This cleanser in combination with the "CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid" made my skin so dry and flaky. I started using the cleanser alone hoping that it would help my (at this point) dry and very sore skin, but unfortunately it didn't. The only reason that I give this cleanser two stars is because it's fairly good at removing make up - which is the only plus as far as I can see. I really wanted to love the products, but I don't think that I will be repurchasing after this experience.
    Lisa - Best Cleanser
    This is the best cleanser I've ever used. It doesn't dry out my skin, it removes all my leftover makeup and I only need a small amount.
    Maiken - WOW!!
    I thought, that a cleanser did not have a such big difference!
    I started using Paula's products - and bought the Skin Balancing oil reducing cleanser - together with the toner.
    But it did not have any effect on my breakouts, so I bought a trial size of this cleanser. And what a difference!!
    This cleanser is the best EVER!!
    Not too hard on the skin, and yet it has a great effect on breakouts and acne prone skin!
    Laura - Gentle, yet effective, cleanser for acne prone skin
    I've been using this product along with CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid for about a week now and I have already seen significant difference in my skin! In the winter my skin dries out and that worsens my acne. Moisturizing isn't enough and my skin breaks out very easily from too heavy moisturizers. Changing my cleanser to this one has made a big difference because this doesn't dry my skin at all. It is gentle and leaves my skin feeling absolutely clean. The amount of blemishes and blackheads has decreased and the dryness is in control.
    Sandra Kumuduni - BEST CLEANSER EVER!!!!
    This cleanser is by far the best I've ever tried -and I have tried lots! It removes makeup and leaves the skin clean, soft and fresh. LOVE IT!
    The CLEAR system has literally saved my acne-prone skin, and I couldn't be more exited. However, it took about two-three months before my skin got use to the BHA product, but then the results were just amazing. Thank you, Paula AND also customer service. They've been very helpful along the way, which I'm truly grateful for!
    Åsa - Cleans off my grease and makeup
    This removes everything exept a little of my mascara which is left under my eyes, but after the moisturizer I can remove that with a cotton pad. My skin has less acne, probably a result of using the aha and bha. I trust PC's product, everything else feels like cheating my skin. Customer Care : For removing (waterproof) mascara, stay put foundation and or stubborn lipstick we can recommend our Gentle Touch Make Up Remover. We will forward a sample.
    Martin - Cleansers aren't that fine, this one does what it says.
    Though without fragrance this cleanser smells nice, feels nice, rinses off nice, and I've found that it provides enough lubrication for me to use for shaving (unless I've been lazy and there's a lot to shave off). It's a bit boring, but, I don't think you can make cleansers fun, and if you did, that would probably not be any good for the skin at all. If I feel rich one day, I will probably use this one for my body, too, due to acne, but that's another story.
    Veronika - Excellente cleanser!
    A great cleanser! Removes all makeup without making my skin feel tight or dry! I can't say that this product alone makes wonders for my complexion but it's definetily better than any cleanser I have tryed before!
    Barbara - No blemishes at all
    Since I have been using this Clear cleanser in combination with the toner, even my beautician can see the difference.
    Gill - Great cleanser! Would not use another
    I love this cleanser. In fact since I have started to use the Clear System I feel I have control over my skin. No more nasty breakouts on dry, dull skin. I can't say I don't ever get spots but they are no as inflamed and they are few and far in between. This cleanser removes my heavy eye makeup most the time and does not strip my skin of all its oils. My face just feels clean, not tight and begging for moisturiser like most cleansers leave me.
    Would recommend to all.
    Alice - Excellent cleanser
    I am really impressed on how well this lightweight gel can clean even my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation without making my skin feel dry or irritated. Great product. I wish it came in a bigger size.
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  • Ingredients

    What are the key ingredients?

    Skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, found naturally in skin. It helps skin to maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness.

    Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
    Panthenol is a humectant because of its ability to attract and hold moisture. It improves the look and feel of skin.

    Sodium Laureth Sulfate
    Gentle cleansing ingredient for all skin types.

    Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (cleansing agent), Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Glycerin (skin replenishing), PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (hydrating cleansing agent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (cleansing agent), Salicylic Acid (skin-soothing), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (cleansing/skin-softening/emulsifier), Panthenol (hydration), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (skin-softening), Sodium Citrate (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative).
    Allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate)? Do not use this product as it contains salicylic acid (BHA).

  • Faq

    Frequently asked questions

    Which cleanser should I choose if I suffer from breakouts?

    The Clear Normalizing Cleanser is a very light gel cleanser, and is ideal for skin with breakouts. Would you rather use a light foamy, creamy cleanser that washes off easily? Then Skin Balancing Cleanser is also a good choice.

    Does Paula's Choice have a product range with benzoyl peroxide?

    Benzoyl peroxide is an active ingredient that is powerful against bacteria that causes breakouts. Based on cosmetic regulations of the EU, the Paula's Choice Clear products that contain benzoyl peroxide are not available in the European Union. A good alternative is Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with azelaic acid.

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