Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
6.77 fl. oz. for $7.49
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a good, water-soluble cleanser for combination skin. It cleanses and removes excess oil without leaving skin feeling dry or tight, and also works quite well to remove all but the most stubborn makeup. This product still earns our best rating because it only contains minimal fragrance, and generally speaking, fragrance is less of an issue in a rinse-off product.


  • Inexpensive.
  • Cleanses gently yet removes excess oil.
  • Removes most types of makeup.


  • None.

Got skin that can’t make up its mind? Achieve the clean you want, without disturbing the natural moisture your skin needs. This cleanser removes all forms of impurities while leaving 90% of skin's natural moisture, giving your face an even, all-over clean.


Water, Glycerin, Laureth 4 Carboxylic Acid, Sorbitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Polyquaternium 39, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, PEG-45M, Methylisothiazolinone

Brand Overview

Biore At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists for every product on the company Web sit; improved cleansers.

Weaknesses: Known for their pore strips, which aren't as helpful as they seem; lots of products that contain alcohol and/or menthol, neither of which improve the look or function of pores; the sole sunscreen option lacks the proper UVA-protecting ingredients.

This drugstore line wants you to know it is serious about keeping your pores unclogged. They pledge that their products will rid your pores of the dirt, oil, and grime that can cause them to enlarge to "manhole-sized proportions." Although that size is clearly an exaggeration, most of the claims Biore makes also stretch what's possible. For example, neither their products nor the manner in which they function take into account the fact that pore size is more often than not genetic and controlled to a large extent by the oil glands that lie beneath the skin, which are themselves controlled by hormone activity, and none of that can be affected from the outside in.

None of the Biore products can shrink the oil gland or help keep it unblocked, and that is the only surefire way to reduce pore size. One of the bonuses of taking prescription Accutane for acne is that in most cases the patient's pore size becomes remarkably smaller due to the manner in which this potent drug works internally. We are not suggesting anyone should take Accutane simply to shrink large pores. But we do suggest it would be better to stop believing that skin-care products that claim to do so are the answer. Effective skin-care products (including some items in the Biore line) can remove or absorb excess oil, which makes pores less noticeable, and a well-formulated cleanser will remove grime and surface oils without drying skin, which temporarily makes pores look slightly smaller. And believe it or not, sun protection plays a role in pore size. As skin becomes more sun damaged, it becomes thicker and unable to exfoliate normally. The buildup of dead skin cells coupled with thickened skin can make pores expand. This can be remedied by using a well-formulated AHA or BHA product along with daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen—products that Biore lacks.

That's the extent of it, which is why to a large extent (no pun intended) pore size is something that you must learn to live with, because beyond avoiding sun damage and trying Accutane, there is little that can be done to change it. However, the outlook isn't as bleak as it may seem. With conscientious skin care and proper use of makeup, you can successfully minimize the appearance of pores and prevent them from enlarging any further.

For more information about Biore, call (888) BIORE-11 or visit www.biore.com.

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Stay away! Horrible!

If I could give this face wash 0 stars I would. I bought this as a back up, if by accident I ran out of my face wash. I trusted the reviews of Paula's Choice, it was hard to track down but I finally found it at a Walgreens on sale for $4.00. I did two washes once at night and then the next morning, I had about 5 small red marks on my right cheek, 4 along my hair line & 3 on my other cheek. It did however take off my eye makeup without using remover first. not worth the breakouts.

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Angela T.

I'm shocked that Paula recommends this product. It smells great, but the second it touched my skin I felt it reacting badly. If you are even the least bit sensitive, I would avoid this for sure. It turned my face red and left a sandpapery texture around my nose and chin. Olay foaming cleanser for sensitive skin, also recommended by Paula, is wonderful however. :)

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karen m.
Stings my eyes

Bought to use as a backup cleanser to PC Hydralight (that I love!) that I can purchase from local retailer. This cleanser did well in removing my light makeup & mascara, didn't leave skin feeling dry or tight. Great slip when applying and did well in combo with my Olay ProX facial brush. But I can already tell I will move on to another product because this one stings my eyes so badly.

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best for oily skin

Hi, I bought this cleanser for my oily skin even if it's recommended for combination skin. After I wash my face I feel my skin very clean. This product removes very very well the oil, my skin always creaks under the shower and the smell is soft and fresh. I have sensitive eyes and it doesn't irritate my eyes because of the fragrance. I have used Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser before this and I really love the way it cleanes but it irritates my eyes, and this is why I left it. Love it!!

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Madalina C.
not so good

Hi i used this under recomedation i am a 23 year old male and suffer from some spots and this gave me terrible irritation, red burnt face and dry face, also felt like it left something on my face as it got really greasy too. i then tried looking for another cleanser and tried nivea for men sensitive range and happy with my skin now but this isnt great.

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