Mary Kay Clear Proof



What is Mark Kay Clear Proof?

Mary Kay Clear Proof is a four product acne system that is said to clear up blemishes without irritation, unclog pores, remove excess oil, fade the look of lingering acne spots, and help maintain a clear complexion. The four products in Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System include:

  • Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel
  • Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner
  • Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel
  • Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin

The first step of the Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System is the Clarifying Cleansing Gel. This cleanser combines 2% salicylic acid with cocamidopropyl betaine (a surfactant derived from coconut) to trap excess oil and dirt and wash these impurities away. Of note, there are a few preservatives in this cleanser that are considered to be unsafe by many people, including DMDM hydantoin and two types of parabens. 

Similar to the cleanser, Mary Kay Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner includes 2% salicylic acid as the active ingredient. Unfortunately, this toner also includes a very high concentration of denatured alcohol. A high concentration of denatured alcohol is problematic for all skin types because this type of alcohol is well known to cause skin dryness, irritation, and even disruption of the skin barrier. While denatured alcohol will immediately degrease the skin, it can actually dry out the skin so much that the skin will produce more oil over time to compensate for the dryness. This can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. 

Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel features 5% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient to help destroy the bacteria that causes acne. However, just like the Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner, this treatment gel contains a high concentration of denatured alcohol. The combination of benzoyl peroxide and denatured alcohol has the potential to cause your skin to become dry, irritated, and flaky.  

Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin is a fragrance-free, lightweight moisturizer that is recommended to be used as the final step of the Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System. However, there aren’t any anti-acne ingredients in this moisturizer. In fact, there are a few ingredients in this moisturizer that are comedogenic (can clog pores), such as stearic acid and isostearyl alcohol. Including comedogenic ingredients in a moisturizer for acne-prone skin doesn’t make much sense! Despite this, there are a few beneficial ingredients in this Mary Kay skin care product, such as niacinamide (vitamin B3), pumpkin fruit extract, and vitamin E.

What are the key ingredients in Mary Kay Clear Proof?

In order to know whether the Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System will work for you, it’s important to look at the ingredients used in each product. It can be a pain to find the ingredient list for each product, and then try to figure out how each ingredient works, so we’ve done the hard work for you! Read on to learn about the key ingredients used in each of the Mary Kay Clear Proof products and how they will affect your skin. 

Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in the Mary Kay Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel and Blemish Control Toner. As a lipid soluble beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid has the ability to easily penetrate into pores where it exfoliates the pore lining and loosens clogged dirt and oil. It also has the ability to dissolve keratin, the protein that acts as a “glue” to keep dead skin cells together in the stratum corneum. This is effective because dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving it looking dull and also possibly clogging pores. 

Another way salicylic acid helps to fight acne is through its antibacterial activity. Salicylic acid has the ability to inhibit the production of various aspects necessary for binary fission (bacterial reproduction), such as fibrinogen, fibronectin, and alpha-hemolysis. Therefore, salicylic acid can neutralize the bacteria P. Acnes that is present in acne papules. Lastly, salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which is ideal for treating acne since inflammation will worsen breakouts. 

The active ingredient in Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel is benzoyl peroxide, another very common anti-acne ingredient. As the name implies, benzoyl peroxide is something known as a peroxide, the technical term for an unstable bond between two oxygen atoms that can create free radicals. While free radicals often have a negative connotation when it comes to skin care, in this case they can be used to effectively kill P. acnes bacteria by destroying the cell walls. Additionally, benzoyl peroxide can exfoliate and help peel the outer layer of skin. One drawback of benzoyl peroxide is that while it does effectively kill P. acnes, it also kills the good bacteria that keep your skin healthy. This can leave skin feeling dry and irritated, which for some people can make skin look worse. 

Where is Mary Kay Skin Care sold?

The Clear Proof Acne System and other Mary Kay skin care products can be purchased directly from the company’s website, on third party online retailers like Amazon, or from an independent Mary Kay consultant. However, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a face-to-face meeting with any beauty consultant, because at the end of the day, their job is to make a sale. Therefore, the savvy consumer will benefit from doing significant research about the company’s products and reading Mary Kay Clear Proof reviews. Such detailed information will help you ask the right questions, so that you can make a truly informed decision.

What is the Mary Kay return policy?

Mary Kay deals with their customers through the Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. For any query or returns, you will have to contact your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. The Mary Kay return policy states the following, “If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with any Mary Kay product purchased from an authorized Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, it will be replaced without charge, exchanged or the full purchase price refunded following its return to your authorized Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant or, if she is no longer active, to the Company with proof of purchase.”

Is Mary Kay cruelty free?

Mary Kay is not cruelty free. While Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing on their products or ingredients, they do test on animals when required to do so by law (such as in China). According to PETA, Mary Kay has taken steps to work with Chinese officials on the acceptance of using alternative methods to substantiate the safety of their ingredients and products. 



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  • Alicia Rump Original review: Jan 20, 2024. Reply

    I think it’s the toner that does it for me! I’ve never had a product ease the bumps on my forehead and reduce my pores so effectively. There is a drying affect, but I only noticed it during the first few applications, and I reduced using the gel to one or two times a week, but I use the toner and moisturizer daily! It has evened out the dry vs. oily areas, and my skin is so much better over all! I do add a second moisturizer, a sleep mask, so if you experience mild dryness, this helps as well!

  • Chelsey M. Original review: Jun 09, 2021. Reply

    never been a huge fan of MK, but this product has been positively skinchanging to say the least! I naturally have ridiculously oily, acne prone skin. Not massive cystic acne just blackheads & pimples that one should not still battle at age 31. After winning a free MK party and trying the full skincare line, I was instantly hooked! I’m seeing results, my skin is less oily but not overly dry, my redness is FINALLY evening out a bit and the added charcoal mask has helped in all areas as well!! I recommend this set to ANYONE with skin like that of a teen and unless I start to see negative result I’ll continue using this product for a very long time!

  • Ana Garcia Original review: Jan 18, 2021. Reply

    These products work really well for me. I have been struggling with acne all my life and I just now started taking care of my face. I’ve only been using it for about a week almost two and I can tell a difference. Although, one thing that has been bothering me is that from using these products it has caused irritation and dryness and my face feels like it is on fire. I’m not sure if that is normal, but overall I really recommend these products.

  • My opinion Original review: Jun 10, 2020. Reply

    Everyone have different types of skin. Thats why you should consult properly before you buy any Mary Kay skincare. Don’t just buy it without proper consultation and then blame the product. Clearproof set is for acne. So to those with mild acne, only take the spot solution or pore purifying serum. For cleanser and moisturizer you can buy other Mary Kay products such as Botanical Effect or Timewise3D but DEPENDS ON YOUR SKIN TYPES. By the way, mask to exfoliate your skin is also important. And add on the timewise renewing gel mask to fasten your skin recovery.

  • Carri Original review: Jul 06, 2019. Reply

    I have been using clearproof for about 6 months now. It has cleared my skin and also brightened it. Once thing for those saying it has caused an itchy dry and red spots need to make sure they are moisturizing and letting the products dry before putting on the next product. Sometimes if your skin isn’t used to the ingredients it may cause irritation at first. Honestly I love the cleanser, toner and moisturizer (I have oily skin so the moisturizer may not be thick enough for those with dry skin) and I occasionally use the acne spot gel. There is a clearproof pore purifying serum which I like but it’s nothing special and last but not least, the charcoal mask, which is my favorite product from this line!

  • Wil Original review: Jun 10, 2018. Reply

    I have been using Dermcare’s Pimple Set and it vanished my pimples. After consuming an entire set I went to Dermcare’s Diamond Peel Set. After consuming a set, I didn’t use anything for a month and still my face was bare from pimples. Then a friend of mine introduced Clear Proof of Mary Kay since she’s a dealer. At that time I had a new job, at a construction site as a site supervisor. Then I got a breakout. I was so frustrated. I don’t want to hurt her feelings that I think its the Clear Proof that caused this plus the dirt in the site. I spent so much for the set. And my Dermcare only costs Php750 and Clear Proof is really expensive and I wasn’t very happy with the effect. I’ve used it for more than two months but I didn’t purchase the pimple gel. I don’t know what happened. Should I stop? I feel like I should go back to Dermcare so I occasionally switch toners from Dermcare to Clear Proof. It got worse! But my friend told me to continue using Clear Proof until I see results. But my face is so red esp on my right cheek and its itchy. I really like Mary Kay products esp the foundation and Cc creams. I think the Clear Proof cleanses the face that it removes impurities to the point that it becomes sensitive to dirt. I think for me it is suitable for people who work indoors like offices. I don’t know?

  • Pry Original review: Mar 21, 2018. Reply

    I have been using the Clear Proof cleanser and moisturiser since Monday so that’s over 2 days of using it. What I noticed is that my skin has become extremely itchy and there’s unusual redness all over my face. My skin feels rather hot as well. There are somewhat rashes in my face as well now.

    How can we mend this guys?

  • Steffanie Original review: May 02, 2017. Reply

    This product has worked great for me and my son! I am 52 and still have acne. This product gives immediate results; when I put the acne treatment gel on a pimple it shrinks and the redness subsides overnight. With continued use it disappears quickly. My son is 18 and he gets the same great results that I get. We have had prescription medication that costs hundreds of dollars and they didn’t work any better than this product.

  • Julia Chabai Original review: Apr 23, 2017. Reply

    I hope you know that’s you can return absolutely anything to your consultant for any reason. Also, if you only have a little acne, the Time wise Miracle set might be better for you. I was in the same boat and have been using it with great results! However, everyone is different and a product is not always best for everyone. I wouldn’t swear off all of MK without giving it a true chance!

  • Ap Original review: Dec 07, 2016. Reply

    I absolutely LOVE these products! I started using the kit on November 23, 2016. Today it’s exactly 2 weeks later and my skin has not been this clear in….well, never! I was hesitant to try it and kept using the “nothing will work; it’s hormonal” excuse. Well, a friend gifted me the travel set and insisted I give it a chance. To say that I am in awe is an understatement! I go to the gym at 4:30 am and when I return home I shower and use the cleansing gel and MK facial brush. As soon as I dry off, I use a cotton pad and use the toner. I then apply the spot treatment to any spot that may look like it’s going to break out or where I currently have black heads. Lastly, I apply the moisturizer. I do this same routine at night when it’s shower time.
    I learned to only apply the spot treatment to the locations that need it, because if I apply it everywhere, my face does indeed get dryer and a little itchy on the clear spots. This only happened once! Since then, I’ve had nothing but positive results. I currently am in a point in my cycle where I am usually looking like a 13 year old football player! Instead, I have a clear face and don’t have to use a million Snapchat filters to feel pretty! I called my MK rep and bought the regular-sized kit and threw the travel size in my gym bag. Tips: GET THE BRUSH! and ONLY APPLY ACNE TREATMENT AS NEEDED!!!

  • Brittany Williams Original review: Nov 22, 2016. Reply

    I used this twice and encountered the same problem. I have tiny little whiteheads all over my chin and mouth. It’s awful. What did you do and how did you end up getting your skin back to normal? My face looks awful and itches.

  • Katie Original review: Oct 29, 2016. Reply

    I’m hoping this post will save other people from making the mistake that I made. My friend sells Mary Kay and insisted I try this. With just ONE night of using the Mary Kay Acne Clear Proof Starter kit my skin did not break out.. however dried so badly to the point where my skin feels like sandpaper and is red/itchy/flaky. I have very very mild acne. Occasional breakouts during my menstrual cycle or if I eat poorly (too much dairy or sugar). I just wanted something to clear up a few small pimples that I had around my chin. NOW I can barely move my mouth without feeling the dryness. It is hands down one of the worst products I have ever used in my life. I have spent a lot of time and money on finding great skin care products and I am going to stick to what I have. Mario Badescu has a FABULOUS skin care line. Hoping that I can nurse my skin back to smooth, health with my MB products. Never touching MK again.

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