Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System – Yay or Nay?

mary kay clear proof system review

I’ve been test driving Mary Kay’s Clear Proof Acne system for a little over two weeks now. Before I share my review of the product line, a few deets:

My Skin

For the past 5-6 years I’ve been dealing with cystic acne. These little hard pimples tend to pop up out of nowhere along my jawline. They have been known to stick around for weeks, even months. They are small so not that visible but they can definitely be felt. I was prescribed a gel by my dermatologist to treat it. Other than the cystic acne, I get an occasional outbreak before or during my menstrual cycle. It’s usually a pimple or two around my mouth or on my cheek (If you look hard enough you can see the blemished area in the photo above!).

The Products

The Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System consists of:

•Clear Proof® Clarifying Cleansing Gel,** 4.5 oz.
•Clear Proof® Blemish Control Toner,** 5 fl. oz.
•Clear Proof® Acne Treatment Gel,** 1 oz.
•Clear Proof® Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin, 3 fl. oz.

Retail Price is: $45 (pretty affordable. I received the set complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. You can check out other reviews on social media by simply following the hashtag #ClearProof)

Active Ingredients: (2 key ingredients popular in most acne products): Salicylic acid to unclog pores and promote easy removal of dead skin cells. Benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and help dissolve the buildup of dead skin cells.

My Review

Now, onto my actual opinion on the products…

Overall, I give this line 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Why? Two reasons:

  • While the products were very effective at drying out and clearing up a couple of pimples that popped up prior to my last menstrual cycle (and I do mean FAST..as in two days fast), the products weren’t as effective on my cystic acne. The prescription gel that my doctor provided has proven to be the most effective at clearing up this type of acne to date.
  • Mary Kay isn’t very transparent with the ingredients in the Clear Proof system. Notice I shared the “active” ingredients? Well, what about the inactive ingredients? These are just as important to me. It’s the inactive ingredients that I tend to look for because these are the parabens and other synthetic things that are hidding in products that I try to stay away from. How can I avoid these if I don’t even know if they are there?? Maybe that’s the plan. I don’t know but I checked the packaging of each product as well as Mary Kay’s website. No full ingredient list. Besides, why should I, no we have to search for them?

So, while Mary Kay’s Clear Proof Acne System is really effective at treating “basic” acne clearing up the occasional outbreak, it doesn’t handle my cystic acne problem. That, coupled with the “secret” ingredient list, I’d more than likely not purchase this system.

If synthetic ingredients aren’t that big a deal to you and you don’t have cystic acne, I’d say go for it. You may find it to be very effective for sporadic outbreaks. The system is also supposed to clear up old blemishes. I can’t speak to that as of yet. I don’t think I’ve been using the products long enough to determine.


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

2 Comment

  1. Inactive ingredients
    aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) seed extract, alcohol denat., butylene glycol, carbomer, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate, disodium EDTA, echinacea purpurea extract, glycerin, poloxamer 182, propylene glycol, silica, sodium hydroxide, water.

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