Mary Kay Clear Proof Skincare System Review

Happy November, everyone! I know I’ve been absent for a while, but I’m working out a new posting schedule that fits better with my school schedule. You’ll be seeing me once a week from now on, with special posts like giveaway announcements (keep your eyes peeled for two coming very soon!) going up outside of those.

I recently got the opportunity to try out the Clear Proof Skincare System by Mary Kay, so I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you. From what I’ve seen on the interwebs, bloggers have had pretty strongly mixed opinions about it. Keep reading to see what I thought!


The Clear Proof system is a set of four products (a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, and a spot treatment) that are meant to clear the skin of blemishes. The system is ideally to be used as a comprehensive skincare regimen, meaning that you stop using other products and only use this system.

My skin had been experiencing a relatively clear period for the past two weeks, with the exception of one obnoxiously massive blemish right in the middle of my eyebrows. This system zapped that little monster (which I’d been battling for a week) in just two days. Even better, the hyperpigmentation that’s left behind every time I get a blemish was not as severe as it usually is, and was definitely much lighter than what I expected from a large blemish like that one.

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You can see that the packaging is pretty standard, although it’s a pretty great value for a full skincare system. The bottles are massive and will definitely last a long time. In terms of cost, this full size set of products is sold for $45. For a mid-tier beauty brand like Mary Kay, that’s not bad at all. They also carry a smaller sized set for just $20, if you just want to give Clear Proof a try without spending too much money.

The cleanser and toner are pretty average, containing 2% salicylic acid each, similar to what you’d find at the drugstore. I will say that they seemed to tighten the skin a little, and diminish the appearance of the pores, but they were also quite drying. I definitely found myself exfoliating and moisturizing more than usual since starting my use of the line.

The moisturizer has an almost serum like texture, making it really light and easy to apply. It’s also oil-free, so you don’t have to worry about it making your skin greasy. I did find myself wishing that it was a bit richer because my skin is naturally prone to dryness and it wasn’t quite enough to keep my skin hydrated, and I ended up layering it with my usual moisturizer. Another point to keep in mind about this moisturizer is that it does not contain SPF, so you’ll need to use a separate product as a day moisturizer.

But any flaws the system might have are essentially obliterated in the face of the spot treatment. It contains a mixture of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, so it is quite strong, but it’s hugely effective. I mentioned that it took down a very large blemish that I’d been struggling with in just two days, and I found that on small blemishes or clogged pores the treatment made a noticeable difference overnight.

Honestly, if you don’t struggle with moderate to severe acne and only have occasional breakouts like I do, it would be worth the money to purchase the spot treatment individually. It is quite drying, but since it’ll only be used occasionally in an isolated area, the dryness is not that big of an issue.

Overall, I definitely think this product line is worth exploring, especially if you have moderate to severe acne or oily/combination skin. I also don’t think most people will experience the same level of dryness that I did, because I have sensitive skin that dries out very easily.

Hope you found this review helpful, and please comment below and tell me what you think if you end up purchasing! Have you tried any great skincare products recently? Tell me below, I would love to hear about them! And be sure that you’re following my blog so you don’t miss out, because I’ve got two great giveaways coming up soon!


I received this product set for consideration thanks to the generosity of Influenster and Mary Kay. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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