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.
Item #: 115
  • Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles
  • Combination , Oily Skin
  • Calms and soothes sensitive skin

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 323 Reviews)
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  1. 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!

  2. 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
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. MRS. SUSIE F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    STICKING WITH THIS GREAT CLEANSER!
    • I'm half Filipino/white & 46yrs old & oily skin prone to redness depending on what I use on my face which is all most everything. I only have to use a little smaller than a pea size amount for my face. Afterwards, I gentle scrunched my face to see if I could feel any tightness, especially under my eyes, thankfully there wasn't & no redness. Also, I use Maybellines "Color Tattoo" eyeshadow which has tenacious staying power by the way, and this stuff gets it all off.

  9. Noah R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My skin feels clean
    • I really like this cleanser for my face. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, and the price you just can't beat! I wish it would deal with reducing pore size, but I don't think cleansers do that. I'm very pleased.

  10. Laura S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love This Cleanser!
    • This cleanser leaves my face clean and smooth, yet not dried out. Love the lathering quality it has. I did find out very early in my usage that a little bit goes a long way. So, I believe it's a great cleanser and a very good value. Top it off with the Skin Balancing Toner and my face feels and looks good!

  11. ASHLEY M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Good at drying out skin
    • I ordered this product thinking it would help my oily summer skin -- and it definitely cut back the oil! I ended up with lots of dry, patchy, irritated spots on my face, so maybe I'm just not oily enough? I'd say this would work great for people with very oily, acneic skin -- but maybe not so great for oily combo, sensitive skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work well for you. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange. We want to ensure you're always happy with your Paula's Choice products!

    —Admin
  12. Ralph
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    not for me :(
    • I was very happy to try this clenser with the rest of my PC products, but after 1 week, I noticed that it leave a film on my face even when I try to really rinse more with water... Now i have to found a new clenser for my oily/acne prone skin :(

  13. Jenny Q
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    love!
    • This cleanser is wonderful.I used it a year ago and thought it was OK but nothing special. So I went back to using Cerave which is a great product. However, even though I have extremely oily skin, the Cerave cleanser was too drying. So I bought the Paula's Choice cleanser again recently and am truly appreciating how gentle it is without being too emollient or stripping to my skin.

  14. KC
    Reviewed on Friday, August 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Just ok
    • I think this might be a better product for me in the winter when my skin tends more towards combination rather than just oily. It seems to be a really mild cleanser and just not enough for my skin. On the plus side, it doesn't take much to lather up so I can see the bottle lasting quite awhile.

  15. Ranessa K.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love!
    • My skin glows and feels clean and refreshed after every wash with this product! Love the feel and the light, clean smell too! Love the fact that I have had my 8 fl. oz bottle for a while now and it is still more than halfway full...you don't have to use a lot to get the clean results you want. I just love, love, love this product!!!

  16. Tracy M.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The bomb
    • Sorry to get all 90s, but this is a wonderful product. Cleans thoroughly and effectively, non-irritating, and a little goes a long way.

  17. Jessica C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works Great
    • I am on my second bottle and I love it. My brain was trained to want suds in my cleaners, but I've finally re-trained it and this cleanses just as well as a soap cleanser without the dryness. I have incredibly oily skin and this cleanser really helped balance that out. I also use the Skin Balancing Toner which is also pretty great. I will keep using it as long as it works.

  18. Jake Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best cleanser!
    • Great cleanser! I tried the Hydralight Cleanser, and it was good, but this cleanser is superior to me. It seems better for my skin type. I like the consistency of the cleanser, and it's safe to use around the eyes. I really enjoy using it, it's a pleasurable experience.

  19. Maica P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not quite satisfied
    • I was really excited to try this cleanser. I bought a bunch of samples (Desired to test before buying full price products) After using this product, I was a bit disappointed. Indeed, it is not stripping to the skin, but it did not really cleanse my skin as much as I wanted it to. "This foaming cleanser removes dirt and oil without stripping skin or leaving a hint of residue. " After using makeup removing wipes and this, makeup was still left over after toning.

  20. Monica
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Mixed feelings on this cleanser
    • I purchased this cleanser because of all the rave reviews; however, I have mixed feelings on it. It removes heavy makeup (even heavy eye makeup) and my skin looked "brighter" after cleansing but the surface of my skin had a weird "rubbery like" texture. This cleanser is too heavy for my skin- not clean rinsing or maybe because it has oil in it. I prefer the Moisture Boost cleanser.

  21. Lauren N.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Non-drying and cleared me up
    • I credit this cleanser as one of the biggest factors in clearing up my skin. I had been using Hydralight cleanser, which was gentle but I still had little bumps and clogged pores and pimples. I switched to this and not only does it remove my makeup better, but it has made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. It doesn't leave me feeling dry either.

  22. Markeliana M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Skin Balancing Cleanser
    • I have used this product for a week now and i am not very satisfied with its results. I have a normal skin. My skin feels tight after using this cleanser and some pimples showed up. maybe it is not for my skin type.

  23. DARREN L.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Cleanser
    • Fragrance free, non irritating ingredients, rinses clean while not overly drying. Great cleanser !

  24. Jason S
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great cleanser for oily combi skin
    • I have an oily combination skin and this is by far, the best cleanser I've found. The thing that I like the most about this cleanser is that it is rinsed off very easily and yet does not make my face dry. Usually, the one that is rinsed off very easily from other brands made my skin feel tight. the amount is generous so you can use it for fairly good amount of time. My skin feels smooth and clean after using this. I would recommend this cleanser to anyone with oily combination skin

  25. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 31, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    skin balancing oil reducing cleanser
    • I like this cleanser. Doesn't make my skin tight and dry after I wash it, it's fragrance free, and my skin just feels clean afterward.

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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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