I tried this system because I was suffering from some break outs that didn't seem to want to go away (turns out, my moisturizer had slowly began breaking me out over time so I stopped using it partway through all of this).
I used this system one a day, never building up to the recommended 2x a day because it was so strong. I liked the clean feeling I got from these products and thought the scent was nice as well. I thought the pads were very convenient. However, I did feel as though some of the products were quite harsh. The scent of the pads made my eyes water a little on the first day of use and they, along with the spot treatment, burned a little.
I stuck with this system for over 90 days since I know skin care can take a while to show results. At first, it was hard because it really dried out my skin and left dark spots where my blemishes once were. It did however, dry out some spots effectively and that gave me a lot of hope. The places without spots looked more even in tone too. At one point, around one month, my skin cleared up completely. But within days, I had little bumps on my cheeks and red patches/ dark spots on my skin that were so difficult to cover up. Not to mention, this made my skin so dry covering up the dark spots was a challenge.
It appears this system is just too harsh for my skin and my skin is reacting badly so I'm discontinuing use and going back to Paula's Choice Clear System in the hopes my skin will return to normal.