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Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser

Step up to the sink with confidence. We've got a face wash for the most sensitive skin. It calms and soothes skin, reduces redness and irritation.
Item #: 105
  • Anti-Aging, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Great for rosacea

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 149 Reviews)
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  1. Jane
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic for Rosacea!
    • Great cleanser for those of us suffering from Rosacea. It is ultra gentle, mild and non-irritating. Absolutely happy with my purchases, as I am on bottle number 3 having just received the 16 oz version.

  2. ItsAllGood
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    LOVE IT!
    • I LOVE this Cleanser. I know, really? It's a cleanser. Well, it's so gentle but so effective at cleaning extra sensitive rosacea affected skin like "I" have! Honestly, I am not sure which is better, Paula's Choice products or her amazing customer service representatives. Bravo Paula and Bravo Customer Service representatives. This cleanser cleans your skin but it's like getting a facial in a bottle. My skin feels so good, I actually look forward to cleansing my skin! Seriously!

  3. Lucy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Made me break out
    • I have normal/dry skin and Rosacea. Unfortunately this made my skin break out within a day or so. I contacted Paula's Choice and they gave me a refund right away. So, the product gets 1 star but customer service gets 5 stars.

  4. Cynthia T.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So awesome it should be illegal!
    • A cleanser that cannot clean makeup is not a cleanser. I wore heavy duty MAC primer, foundation, concealer, blush etc.. etc. This took off ALL of it. I've checked a few times with a makeup wipe to make sure it was all off and yup! No remaining makeup! I also love the larger size. I could not BELIEVE how big it was when it came in the mail! For a few seconds I thought they had sent me a shampoo, its HUGE! I wish I had more than 500 characters to rave about this product! You won't regret it!

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great
    • I do a double cleanse at night with this and it doesn’t leave my skin tight or dry. The first cleanse gets off the makeup and the second cleanse really gets my skin clean. It was so hard to find creamy water soluble cleanser that takes off makeup, washes away without residue, and is fragrance free until I found this. I'd rather it have a pump and maybe an oil like castor, safflower, evening primrose, or borage instead of mineral oil, but those are minor issues to me.

  6. Alexis S.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect cleanser
    • Found Hydralite cleanser too drying so the great customer service people replaced it with this. Am super happy with it. Cleanses well, but doesn't dry and leaves my skin feeling soft. Would highly recommend

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 28, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Too runny!
    • I was looking for a cleanser that cleans make up well and isn't too drying. This cleaner is really runny and it doesn't clean make-up! I tried using it with my Clarisonic, but it runs everywhere! It did not clean make up at all. I wiped my face with a towel after washing my face and there was still a lot of make up left on my face! Will be returning this product.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Thanks for your review! This cleanser contains severla ingredients capable of removing makeup, so we're not sure why it didn't work for you. Regardless, we're happy to provide a refund or exchange for another cleanser! Just contact our Customer Care Team and they will be happy to take care of you.

    —Admin
  8. Olivia N.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved my skin
    • This is by far the best cleanser I have tried. I have extremely sensitive acne prone skin and it helped make it much smoother and gave it the perfect dewey look I have been striving for.

  9. Jean L.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Had no idea...
    • I had no idea that a cleanser could make such a difference in my skin. It left it looking and feeling brighter and softer. Very glad I gave it a try.

  10. Amanda C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Cream Cleanser to Date!
    • I'm calling this cleanser the best because for me, it 1000% is! I am a natural redhead with pale, sensitive skin. This product has helped my face look so much better in such a short amount of time! I was very skeptical to use this at first because so many products have hurt my face before. My face feels and looks so clean after using this. It feels very soft, moisturized, there's NO redness/irritation, and no tightness or flakes. I LOVE THIS! I cannot go without this product.

  11. Kate
    Reviewed on Monday, May 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Easy on your skin
    • Very nice and mild facial wash. Does not dry out my skin. But you definitely will need a make up remover to use before washing as this is so mild that it does little for dissolving eye make up. Otherwise great facial wash.

  12. Jai P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great for Acne-Free Dry Skin
    • This cleanser is incredible for dry skin, always leaves my face soft and cleansed of all makeup. However, it does not seem to be cleansing as thoroughly as I need; my pores become congested very easily while using this cleanser alone. I find following it up with the Hydralight Cleanser combats this problem but the double cleansing can be a little drying at times. I have found my perfect match in the Skin Balancing Cleanser, but my non-acne prone friend loves this stuff so I'll pass it onto her!

  13. Andréa Görl
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Wonderful!
    • I will give it four stars, the only reason for that is... I dries me juuust a tad out. Nothing major. But still. It's a some what thick creamy cleanser, smells nice even though it's a perfume free one. Takes away makeup like a charm. AND I have to give a shout out to costumer service for the UK section (I live in Sweden), asked if I could add a sample of the mask in the same line to my order. It was too late to add it to the existing order so they sent me one for free! VERY NICE!

  14. Reviewed on Monday, May 05, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    works nicely, but goes quickly
    • I got this to use in conjunction with several AHA, BHA, and BP products for moderate acne. However, while most PC products I buy last ~10 months, this ran out very quickly. I switched to a similar beautypedia-rated "BEST" drugstore cleanser, which is 1/2 price/oz, and comes with 1.5x more. Lasts longer, is easier to repurchase, and no shipping cost. This cleanser was nice, but not worth the extra cost and inconvenience, especially since I get my "active ingredients" in my leave-on PC products.

  15. nY
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 03, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    full of surprises
    • I bought a big bottle of this Skin Recovery cleanser because it's about half price of my Green Beaver Make Up Remover that I just use as cleanser for about 8 years. PC made my skin feel "squeaky clean". I followed up with a cotton pad of toner on my face; pad came out clean -no grime. Can't say the neck pass the cotton/toner test. I didn't cleanse there. It made my skin feeling drier/tighter though; my old cleanser always left me hydrated. Thought to try it on my problematic scalp, -soothing:D

  16. Lola M
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    exellent!! but wish it had a pump
    • This cleanser is my favorite and was one of the first things i have purchased from paulas choice. For a creamy cleanser it rinses away clean without a filmy feeling on the skin. It removes all my makeup and my skin feels so calm. I have very sensitive dry skin. I love the amout of product paulas choice gives you for the price. I just wish it came in a pump or a pump would be available to purchase separately. Other than that its perfect! Thank you Paula!!!

  17. Wiggle
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good for rosacea
    • Since developing rosacea I've gone through many cleansers that haven't worked well for me (Cetaphil, Simple, Burt's Bees). I've also experimented with home remedies to no avail. So far, the Skin Recovery cleanser has been by far the best for me. I won't say it eliminates my rosacea symptoms (nor would I expect it to), but I notice fewer little red bumps, no tight dryness, and less oil sitting on top of the dryness. Everyone's rosacea is different, but I encourage others to try this.

  18. Lauren A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Creamy and Nonirritating
    • Pretty much everything irritates my dry, flaky (eczema) skin. This did not. Even where I had itched my face raw, it barely stung, and even for just a moment. It helped heal the rawness more quickly, was moisturizing, and was incredibly nonirritating. It also keeps my skin more moisturized for a longer period of time. I really feel it when I skip my Skin Recover cleanser and toner! Definitely a repurchase, though the 8oz has lasted me over a month with no end in sight.

  19. Ashley W
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very gentle, non irritating, gr8 for those using AHA or BHA
    • Love this cleanser. Very soothing. Also love the moisture boost version, which is a little creamier. Skin Recovery cleanser is thicker, but the Moisture Boost is creamier. Both are incredible. I ran out of PC cleanser and have been using a Cetaphil bar cleanser. (it's ok but not fabulous. also the soap stings my eyes if i open them even a crack, and the cleansers do not) Can't wait for my package to get here today!

  20. BungalowChic
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Creamy gentle cleanser
    • First I cannot say what a wonderful service it is to provide a live chat option for ordering. I submitted a paragraph describing my skin needs and issues and the rep suggested this line. She answered all of my questions and was top notch. After using the samples for just two days I ordered the full skin care line and it arrived on my door within a few days. It has been two full weeks and I am delighted with the how gently and thoroughly this product cleanses my skin. All dry patches are gone!

  21. brenda
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good Makeup Remover
    • I've been using this on my normal skin even though it's probably not the kind that I should be using because I like the creamy texture. It works great on taking off eye make-up with just some light strokes over the eyes and it washes from my face easily with splashes of water. I'm going to move on and try the Moisture Boost Cleanser after I finish this bottle and see how I like that one as well.

  22. Leigh R.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No more tight feeling!
    • I'm very pleased with this cleanser. My skin no longer feels tight and traumatized. I had been using the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming cleanser, which was acceptable, but still left a tight feeling. Now, it doesn't remove my Urban Decay gel eyeliner, but nothing does - I cannot blame this cleanser. My rosacea-skin is happy!

  23. Ms. Hiss
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Wintertime Bodywash!
    • Yes, it can be pricey for some to use as a bodywash, but hey- it's fragrance free, and with a soft puff a little can go further than you think! I started using this when my St.Ives ran out. I found with continued use that I needed LESS body moisturizer, and my body skin looks and feels BETTER! I will use an antibacterial liquid soap once or twice a week only on my feet and underarms, just to keep things copacetic. THANK YOU PAULA'S CHOICE for such thoughtfully formulated products!

  24. KS
    Reviewed on Friday, December 27, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Beauty Staple
    • My skin is really difficult to treat. It's dry and flaky, acne prone, sensitive, and pale, and I have large pores and a shiny T-zone. The flakiness worsens in the winter, so I opt for skin care made for dry skin. I've struggled to find a good cleanser that treats the dryness without aggravating my acne or my sensitive skin. This cleanser is wonderful! Gentle, very effective, moisturizing and doesn't cause breakouts. My skin is a lot calmer. It's a beautiful formula. I love washing my face now!

  25. Vicki D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 15, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Cleanser
    • I love this cleanser! It's creamy, non-lathering formula is perfect for my dry sensitive skin. It removes all traces of make up gently without drying out my skin. I hope Paula will always offer this cleanser.

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is a rich, intensely hydrating cleanser that rinses easily with water. Designed for dry to very dry skin, the creamy lotion texture glides over skin while it cleanses and removes makeup. Works throughout the cleansing process to keep dry skin supple while actually improving skin's softness and adding moisture. This cleanser is also an excellent option for truly sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.

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

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is formulated for those with normal to very dry or sensitive skin.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery SOFTENING CREAM Cleanser

Cutis, March 2005, pages 17-21; March 2004, pages 183–187; and December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, 2004; 17 Supplemental 1, pages 26-34;  Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55; and Contact Dermatitis, June 1999, pages 310–315.

Key Ingredients: soy oil, glycerin, beta-glucan, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, cocamidopropyl betaine

Product Ingredients:

Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (very mild cleansing agent), Hydrogenated Polydecene (emollient), Acrylates Copolymer (suspending agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (plant oil/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Polysorbate-80 (emulsifier), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (lather agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (emollient), Beta-Glucan (skin-conditioning agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (thickener), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (slip agents), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Laureth-4 (surfactant), Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin (all preservatives), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster).

DIRECTIONS: Splash the face and eyes generously with tepid to slightly warm water. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous yet gentle circular motions. Rinse well. Repeat or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup. Follow with the appropriate Paula’s Choice toner to give your skin a generous amount of potent antioxidants and skin-renewing ingredients. Next, apply your Paula's Choice exfolaint, serum and/or moisturizer.

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.

Do I still need to use an eye or face makeup remover?

It depends on how much eye or face makeup you are using or if you are wearing waterproof mascara, waterproof makeup, or other hard-to-remove makeup. Otherwise, this cleanser effectively removes most types of makeup. If you feel you need an a separate makeup remover, Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover is ideal.

How does Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser differ from the other Paula's Choice Cleansers-how do I know which one is best for me?

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is slightly more emollient than Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which makes it preferred for someone with dry to very dry skin. It is also more emollient than Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, though both the Resist and Skin Recovery Cleanser are great for dry skin of any age.

I have normal to dry skin on my cheeks but my T-zone is oily - would Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser work for me?

While it is an option, your best bet would be to try Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleansers for Normal to Dry Skin first. If you prefer a gel cleanser, consider Hydralight One Step Cleanser for Normal to Oily/Combination Skin.

I have normal to dry skin that gets noticeably drier in the winter - would Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser be a good seasonal choice?

Yes! This would be a very good choice for normal to dry skin during the winter months.

Will this cleanser make me break out?

This cleanser is extremely unlikely to cause blemishes. However, normal to oily and blemish-prone skins will likely find this cleanser too emollient for their skin type.

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