About: I received a 30 day sample of the Clear Proof Acne System courtesy of Influenster. I was really excited to try this system as I like it when products are paired together into a system. It makes buying and using products pretty simple when it’s all laid out for you.
First Day Product Impression: The Clear Proof Acne System comes in a great package and everything looks really nice, except the products aren’t numbered and there aren’t any real clear directions for product usage included. I didn’t want to make any assumptions about what to do. After going on the Mary Kay site and looking at the products I verified that you wash, tone, treat and then moisturize.
Clear Proof Clarifying Cleaning Gel
With just a pea sized amount I got a rich foam that covered my whole face. The lather was great and my skin did feel clean when I was done.
Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner
The toner stung a bit on my freshly washed face, but it wasn’t anything awful
Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel
Unlike other products I have tried that may be similar to this, the gel in this system was totally smooth and rubbed in very easily.
Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin
This moisturizer comes out of the tube quick because it’s kind of thin. Despite it’s lightness/thinness it actually covered very well and rubbed in nicely. Even a couple hours later my skin still felt nice and not dry.
Product Usage and Results: One day 1 I started out with no real expectations. Having used another popular acne “System” before with unimpressive results I went into this trial fairly ambivalent about any outcome.
On day 3 I was questioning this product line. I had chapped cheeks with big flaky skin. After washing my face with a washcloth and the cleaning gel I applied the toner and it was pure torture. The toner burned terribly and then the treatment gel didn’t feel great either. The moisturizer was a slight relief, but not much. Hours later my cheeks were still bright red like I had a wind burn. Not real attractive.
On day 4 my cheek skin looked a bit like leather. Still nearly as red when I woke up as when I noticed it on day 3. To try to spare my skin some pain I washed, applied treatment gel and used the moisturizer only. The toner was not even an option. I noticed no positive changes and only have this terrible red skin to show for thus far.
On day 6 I only used the cleanser. My face was so dry I couldn’t even think about using the other products.
By day 9 my skin had still not returned to normal. I had not used the toner since day 3, but dryness was not abating on my cheeks. I had dutifully used the cleanser, treatment gel and moisturizer each day, but my skin also didn’t look much better at all. In fact, it seemed pretty much the same, only angry and dry. At this point I felt like the moisturizer might be letting me down the most – it’s too thin and I suspect it has alcohol in it based on the smell. It just doesn’t moisturize much at all.
After day 9 I decided to stop using the toner altogether. It was just too drying on my now continuously flake-ridden face.
On day 11 I used the cleanser and moisturizer, but skipped the treatment gel. Was my skin looking better? I think I was starting to notice some clarity in areas where I had spots before BUT the flaky, dry skin was really not making this a winner for me.
Day 12 was cleanser only, followed by my normal moisturizer (by Lush). I couldn’t bear the flakes.
Days 13 through 21 were all more of the same. While I tried to stick with the cleanser because I really liked it, the rest of the products seemed to be causing so much flaking on my face that it was hardly worth it. Did my skin look clearer? Yes! Did my skin look good? No! After 21 days I retired from testing these products out because my skin was just too angry to keep going.
Final Thoughts: I totally loved the Clear Proof Clarifying Cleaning Gel because it lathered really well and made my face feel very clean. It may have contributed to some dryness though. The rest of the products were only so so. The toner was mostly unusable during my trial due to how dry my skin was. The treatment gel seemed to work fairly well as my spots did diminish, but the dry skin was a major down side. The Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin was pretty sub par. It was thin and didn’t moisturize very well at all. It did pretty much nothing to combat the dryness that the other products were causing. It also smelled a bit like alcohol and stung my skin when it was very dry. The system did work, but the overly dry and flaky skin it caused was just as hard to deal with as acne spots.
Overall, the Clear Proof Acne System by Mary Kay is probably not something I would buy for myself. At approximately $45 (as of writing this) I feel like it’s way too much money for results that aren’t really great. There are other kits on the market that aren’t quite as expensive that have similar active ingredients. While I am a fan of product systems, some of the products were just not right for me. I think I may have seen more favorable results/less dry skin if I would have been able to choose different products – like an alcohol free toner and a heavier moisturizer.
Full disclosure: I received a free Clear Proof Acne System in exchange for a review from Influenster. The opinions and reviews presented here are solely my own. I have received no payment or compensation for this review other than the product.
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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