RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
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RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
A gentle daily cleanser that helps balance moisture while removing makeup, impurities and excess oil.

RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

Based on 119 reviews

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A gentle daily cleanser that helps balance moisture while removing makeup, impurities and excess oil.
  • Thoroughly and gently cleanses skin
  • Contains skin-restoring ingredients
  • Unique pearlescent cream-to-foam formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Oily Skin
Concerns:
Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores

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    6.4 oz
    $19.00
    Travel Size...
    $5.00
    Sample
    $0.80

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Why is it different?
RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is an advanced anti-aging, pore-reducing cleanser specially formulated to gently remove excess oil and makeup without disturbing skin’s protective barrier.
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What does it do?
Removes makeup and excess oil to help visibly reduce enlarged pores and leave skin with a refreshed feeling. Replenishing ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid help condition skin, leaving it feeling exceptionally smooth, soft, and younger-looking after cleansing.
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How to use
Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser (1-2 pumps) to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.
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International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2011, issue 6, pages 289-93

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Skin Research and Technology, February 2001, issue 1, pages 49–55

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Glycol Distearate (texture-enhancing), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (hydration/skin replenishing), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (hydration/skin replenishing), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Arginine (amino acid/hydration/skin replenishing), Cholesterol (hydration/skin replenishing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration/skin-soothing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Caprylyl Glycol.

Ratings & Reviews

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RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
 
4.4

(based on 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (40)
  • Leaves clean feel (38)
  • Balances skin (33)
  • Not greasy (28)
  • Improves skin texture (24)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (5)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (44)
  • Sensitive skin (34)
  • Combination skin (31)
  • Oily skin (25)
  • Acne-prone skin (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (29), Budget shopper (12), Beauty conscious (9), Survivalist / minimalist (7), Beauty expert (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (10), Oily (9)

Reviewed by 119 customers

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2.0

Not for oily skin

By Tgw

from Winnipeg

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Smells Great

Cons

  • Greasy
  • Not Effective

Best Uses

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

the listing said it's for oily skin. I have oily skin. I bought a travel size bottle and used it up. My skin did not feel clean or fresh after washing. It's like it leaves a film of oil. 2-3 hours after washing, my face would be so oily. The cleanser also does not foam much.

Service and delivery comments:

None

  • Skin Type:
  • Oily
  • Age:
  • 30-44
 
2.0

Over drying!

By Morenita

from Toronto, ON

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Non-Greasy

Cons

  • Drying
  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

    Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

    Really wanted to love this, but find it too drying. My skin feels stripped. Looks like I will be going back to the Skin Balancing Cleanser. Disappointed.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not significantly better than Skin Balancing cleanser

    By Asha

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Balances Skin
    • Gentle
    • Leaves Clean Feel
    • Not Greasy

    Cons

    • Doesn't Overstrip
    • Fragrance Free
    • Packaging

    Best Uses

    • Combination Skin
    • Oily Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

    I tried Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser because I have enjoyed other products in the Resist line. This cleanser is a fragrance-free, thick white cream which foams slightly when water is added. I regret that it took some time for me to understand the best way to use this cleanser was to dispense only a small amount, less than one whole "pump", and emulsify it with some water by rubbing my hands together before applying to face. The creamy foam spreads easily on the skin, and normalizes combination / oily skin by removing sebum without overstripping. However, if it is used directly from the bottle without properly diluting, or if too much product is dispensed, it is significantly more drying, which can eventually cause irritation or excess oil production. After using an entire bottle, I did not see any significant difference between this product and the more affordable PC Skin Balancing Cleanser. Having said that, I think if the Resist cleanser is properly metered out, the price per usage may even out, leaving the bulk of the choice on whether the Resist product improves skin due to its extra anti-aging ingredients. I did not see any real difference in my complexion, so I would repurchase Skin Balancing instead.

    Although the packaging of the Resist cleanser feels heavy and luxurious, it is kind of a pain to handle. I know that people were begging for pump dispensers, but I find that the product thickness means having to put a lot of pressure on the pump, and the tall, narrow bottle can easily slip. As an alternative, holding the bottle to pump doesn't work well with damp hands. I definitely prefer PC's shampoo-bottle style for facial cleansers.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works well enough

    By K'

    from Costa Rica

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Balances Skin
    • Gentle
    • Not Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Combination Skin
      • Daily Use
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

      I have tried the Balancing cleanser, the Resist cleanser for dry skin and this one. This one has always come on top. It is mild and does not irritate the skin or eyes. It does not feel stripping on the skin either. The only downside that I see is that, because of it's mildness, one single clean may not be enough if you are too oily or feel your skin too dirty at the end of the day. There are times when you finish washing and don't feel your skin to be "deeply" clean, if you know what I mean. When I wear makeup, I do prefer to clean it up first with a makeup wipe and then proceed to the cleanser. However, I do prefer this extra step before having to deal with a harsher cleanser.

      Service and delivery comments:

      I have ordered and reordered at lest 8 times already - the product always ships promptly and arrives in top condition.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful, gentle foaming cleanser.

      By Marek

      from Poland

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Balances Skin
      • Gentle
      • Improves Skin Texture
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Moisturizing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Combination Skin
        • Daily Use
        • Oily Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

        One of the better cleansers out there. My skin is acne prone, easily congested, sensitive, dehydrated and oily... every face cleanser that I've used left my skin feeling tight and dry. This one didn't, it gives me a lovely soft foam that cleanses well. I feel like many products work better on my skin, whenever I'm using this cleanser, it's so gentle that I would say it actually soothes my skin. My face doesn't get as oily anymore which is nice.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Favorite cleanser ever

        By Savanna

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Balances Skin
        • Gentle
        • Improves Skin Texture
        • Leaves Clean Feel
        • Moisturizing
        • Not Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone Skin
          • Combination Skin
          • Daily Use
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

          I didn't use a cleanser before starting my PC skin regimine. I was absolutely clueless when it came to skincare - I didn't even own a moisterizer until two years ago at the age of 22. Add smoking for 6 years, and lack of sleep due to twins and a toddler... You can imagine how tired and dull my skin became. The PC regimine I started a month ago has given me the best skin of my life and I start with this cleanser! It makes my combo skin feel so soft and smooth and even and clean, NOT tight and squeaky at all!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OMG

          By Shawna G

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Balances Skin
          • Gentle
          • Improves Skin Texture
          • Leaves Clean Feel
          • Moisturizing
          • Not Greasy
          • Smells Great

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Combination Skin
            • Daily Use
            • Dry Skin
            • Oily Skin

            Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

            Love love love this product my skin as transformed!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Always on time

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Elegant Feel, Great Packaging

            By Heather

            from Texas

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Gentle

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Combination Skin

              Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

              I've used most of the cleansers PC has produced over the years, and recently gave this one a try. It's gentle and has a luxurious feel, however, it takes a lot more rinsing than some of the other cleansers I have used. My favorites are Earth Sourced and Skin Recovery (the old formula).

              Still, this is a great cleanser if you like the creamy/foamy thing. I do love the packaging. Maybe I'll put my Skin Recovery into this bottle!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Perfect

              By Darren

              from Vancouver, Canada

              Pros

              • Gentle
              • Leaves Clean Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Acne-Prone Skin
                • Combination Skin
                • Daily Use
                • Oily Skin

                Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                This is a perfect cleanser for oily/combination skin. It removes just enough to leave a clean feel, but is not drying. It also does not irritate the eyes. People with dry skin should not be using this product.

                This cleanser does not foam by the way. It starts off looking like a cream out of the pump, but lathers into a gentle soap, much like the cerave cleanser for oily skin.

                However, while it DOES remove a lot of makeup with moderate amounts of rubbing, unless you're using a washcloth or scrubbing your face, which you shouldn't be doing by the way, it won't remove heavy makeup. I use a tinted sunscreen, plus BB cream daily, and it removes most of it, but not all. The rest is easily removed when I use a toner

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Stings my skin

                By van r

                from Alexandria, VA

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Leaves Clean Feel
                • Not Greasy

                Cons

                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                • Acne-Prone Skin
                • Oily Skin
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                I use this product at night only since my skin is quite sensitive. I love Paula's products but I had never tried a cleanser because I was scared of how my skin might react. Although it is a good cleanser and leaves your face clean, I was disappointed to notice that after a couple of days it just began irritating my skin. I would say to be careful with this if you have super sensitive skin.

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