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Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

No more letting oily and dry areas duke it out. This foaming cleanser removes dirt and oil without stripping skin or leaving a hint of residue. And it's a perfect cleanser for combination skin.
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  • Blackheads, Enlarged Pores
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Calms and soothes sensitive skin

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 341 Reviews)
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  1. Kori T.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Sorry but no, not a good product
    • I waited for just past the 3 week mark on using this product combined with Paula's Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, I took pics of each day I used this and my skin got worse over time. I have extremely oily skin and have to use blotting sheets all day. I just hit 30 I thought this product would work on my occasional cystic acne but oh I was wrong the first week I used it my cheeks broke out, it just got worse from there. My skin even got dried out in places around my mouth. Never again!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Kris
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    great cleanser
    • I love how gentle this cleanser feels on my skin, it feels a lot like a soap rather than a normal facial cleanser and it doesn't feel tight after, but you can still tell that it's clean. A little goes a looooong way too, as I can use just a dab (about a pea sized amount) to thoroughly cover my entire face. Great product!

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 15, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Don't Love the Suds but Good Cleanser
    • I love pretty much everything in the Balancing line, better, actually, than the newer Resist lines.... This cleanser is the only item in the Balancing line that I don't simply love. I like it fine: it cleans very well, does not irritate, and does what it says: it keeps the oily zone matte and does not dry out the cheeks. So what's wrong? Well, it's a personal preference: I hate anything that lathers and foams up. It reminds me of old laundry detergent commercials, where the more suds the better.

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, March 13, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    cystic acne
    • After using a little bit than two weeks I started to have cystic acne on my skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 16, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Nikki S
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 05, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best cleanser I've ever used
    • This cleanser is perfect for oily skin. It cleans your skin while keeping it moisturized and removes makeup from the skin incredibly well. Definitely will repurchase.

  6. Ibette R
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My skin is amazing!
    • Have been looking for this kind of product. It is a holy grail for my oily skin! It's been a week using this and it's amazing! It dries out a little but using the moisturizer SPF (I use the resist SPF for oily skin) helps balance it out. Will definitely be repurchasing!

  7. Sarah M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Causes Breakouts
    • I bought this for myself and for my 12 year old daughter. She used and broke out! I used it a few days later and broke out severely, after my face felt tight and dry! I didn't want to waste and saved it "for a rainy day". Well, two weeks ago, I ran out of my other cleanser and turned to this. My face is still recovering from the severe breakouts. I love PC exfoliants- but I'm so disappointed in this and I have to throw it away. This was a big waste for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. Laura J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 21, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Too Drying (dry/oily skin)
    • I really like most of my Paul's choice products; however, I find this one too drying for my "dry/oily" skin. I find this dries my skin out too much, so I become super oily; I haven't able to get enough moisture back into my skin to balance it out after this cleanser. Once this bottle is done, I will return to a more moisturizing cleanser.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 23, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Mariana G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    In Love
    • I was shocked when, after washing my face, I would apply this product and I could still see dirt marks in the white cotton! No wonder I developed black heads over the years! I am in love and have seen the difference!

  10. RST
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Perfect Cleanser
    • I've repurchased this cleanser at least ten times. I sometimes get curious & try something else - I've used all of PC's cleansers at one stage or another (excluding Clear) but I always return to SB. It's deep-cleansing but never irritates my incredibly sensitive skin. It's also an excellent make-up remover - I double-cleanse in the PM as I wear waterproof sunscreen & eyeliner. My skin is always left clean & calm.

  11. Helan N.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 07, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    My thoughts and opinions.
    • I've been a customer for a while now and I love PC's products. On the other hand this cleanser and toner line doesn't work well for me at all. I have been trying to use it for a while to see if it makes a difference on my skin but it seems like w/ the cream texture of the cleanser it doesn't fit well w/ my oily skin and big pores. I usually go w/ the hydralight cleanser b/c that worked really well for me and I loved it!!! Thought I'd try something new and I'm not happy w/ the results at all..

  12. Roxas
    Reviewed on Friday, February 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect!
    • This is the best cleaner I have ever used. It leaves my skin feeling "balanced". It does not make my skin dry or flaky and it doesn't give me zits. And it cleans very well. No tight feeling or residue that I can tell left over.

  13. Eden K.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Search Ends Here
    • I’ve been trying and discarding cleansers for years trying to appease my combination skin and I’ve never used one as effective as The Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser. I’ve been using it for months and my face has never felt tight or dry, even during the dry winter months; where I’d generally be an oil slick a few hours later, I can now report nice matte pores late into the afternoon. I’ll certainly invest in the 16oz next time.

  14. Victoria J
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love
    • This is the only cleanser I've ever used that doesn't leave my skin dry and tight yet gets rid of all makeup and oil. Amazing product.

  15. Joslyn
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 18, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love, wish it had pump dispensing
    • It's creamy and yet my skin feels clear of oil after using, but not tight. It's the perfect cleanser and my skin is pretty oily and breakout prone but I don't appreciate the triclosan included in the clear line cleanser, so this is a perfect sub. I would LOVE if it came with a pump for easier dispensing. I have to store the bottle upside down in my shower and sometimes standing water ends up in the lid. A pump would be easier and prevent possible contamination. I would even buy it separately!

  16. viv d.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    gentle yet effective
    • Love the way my skin feels after. I've always used scrubs in the past to get my face super clean and this stuff I thought for sure when I started to wash my face that it was going to be a waste of money because there was no grit and very little suds, I didn't believe anything this gentle could get my face clean but it did. My skin was clean, it was soft with none of that overstripped stickiness afterwards.

  17. Jessica S
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    life changing products
    • I used to underestimate the value of a good skincare routine. I relied on occasionally washing my face with a generic cleanser or a very harsh exfoliant and hoping for the best. My T-zone was hopelessly oily and my cheeks and the area between my eyes were constantly dry and peeling. This cleanser sucks up the excess oil and doesn't dry out the rest of my face. I will never stop buying this and will gladly pay a few more dollars for a quality product, my makeup applies flawlessly now.

  18. Sarah
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Cleanser I have Ever Used!
    • I have used a ton of cleansers over the years- cheap ones from the drugstore to high-end "designer" cleansers and this one is hands down the best! I have super sensitive, acne prone, combination skin. This cleanser is powerful enough to remove all my makeup including the 3 coats of mascara I apply every morning and yet gentle enough for my skin, leaving it soft without the tight feeling. I have also tried other PC cleansers and this one is by far my favorite. I now buy it in the 16oz size!

  19. M J Davis
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great cleanser!
    • This is a great cleanser! Removes all traces of make-up; even my waterproof mascara. It cleans but does not strip my skin. It does not leave a film; it rinses clean. Also, a little cleanser goes a long way; it is long lasting. It is an amazing cleanser!

  20. Leslie
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not for me
    • I typically use Purpose cleanser but wanted to try something new to see if it would help with my acne/large pores/oily skin. This seemed to take all my makeup off but I felt like I had a layer of film on my face after washing. Also when I incorportated this and the light antioxidant serum into my skin care routine my face broke out the worst it has in a while. It was very soothing and gentle to my skin, though.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can help with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  21. Paul
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Primary cleanser
    • Been using the cleanser for little under a month and so far so good. Leaves skin feeling pretty clean and is not drying at all.

  22. Madeline H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect For Me!
    • I could not be happier! I've used this cleanser 5 times and my skin has improved so much. My flakes went away, my skin feels smooth and balanced (not dry/tight and not greasy/heavy), and my breakouts are healing. I've suffered so long with red, irritated, dry, oily skin with blackheads and deep stubborn acne. It's nice to have a cleanser that makes my face feel NORMAL! I love that it is fragrance free and not super foamy. It feels so gentle and when I dry my face it just feels fresh - not tight.

  23. Lisa
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Best
    • I'm on my second bottle now (I ordered the larger size this time) and it has become a staple in my routine. This is one of the rare cleansers that actually removes all foundation without drying out my skin. I've even tried using a makeup wipe after cleansing, to see if I had any foundation remaining, and it was clean! It's creamy and foams up nicely with just a pea-size amount. I feel it is comparable to Clinique or Estee Lauder's creamy cleansers, but a much better value!

  24. Siouxi V.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Slip and Slide
    • My favorite cleanser to use with an electric facial brush (I use olay but I'm sure it be just as effective with others). It creates just the right amount of slip to allow the brush bristles to gently scrub the impurities away. It has an excellent texture and can take off makeup in one go. Slightly hydrating and levaes you feeling clean and fresh.

  25. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent daily cleanser
    • The thing I liked the most about this cleanser is its gentleness and size. It contains very gentle surfactants that won't irritate or dry out the skin, and also plaint oil that immediately replenish the skin after wash to minimize transepidermal water loss. It also does a great job at removing my very water resistant sunscreen, so I assume it would be good at removing makeup also. The 16 oz size also lasted me a long time.

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What makes this product unique?
If you love a creamy yet non-greasy cleanser that produces soft lather, Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser is the perfect solution. This cleanser is formulated for oily/combination skin and works perfectly to remove excess oil and all makeup without stripping skin. Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser has a pearlescent texture and cushiony foam that treats your skin gently while offering thorough cleansing.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser is formulated for normal to oily/combination skin and those prone to blemishes.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Balancing OIL-REDUCING Cleanser

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55; and Contact Dermatitis, June 1999, pages 310–315.

Key Ingredients: sunflower seed oil, Aloe barbadensis, sodium cocoyl isethionate

Product Ingredients:

Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (gentle cleansing agents), Stearic Acid (fatty acid thickener), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Glycol Distearate (skin-conditioning/opacifying agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (water-binding agent), Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizer and pH-adjusting agents), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser 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.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

How is Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser different from the One Step Face Cleansers?

Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser cleanses skin every bit as well as both Hydralight and Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleansers, but uses a different ingredient composition to do so. The One Step cleansers do not foam or lather, but Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser does, albeit mildly. Many customers prefer this type of lathering cleanser, even though the lather itself has no effect on cleansing ability.

I have oily skin. Which cleanser should I use?

Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser would be great, or, if you prefer a gel texture, Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser is the way to go. If you have oily skin and breakouts, go for Clear Pore Normalzing Cleanser.

Will Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser leave my skin feeling dry & taut?

No. Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser was carefully formulated to cleanse the skin thoroughly and remove makeup plus excess oil without stripping or drying the skin.

Do I still need to use an eye makeup remover?

Only if you are wearing waterproof mascara, waterproof makeup, or long-wearing lip color or stains. Otherwise, this cleanser is effective at gently removing all other types of face and eye makeup.

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