SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser
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SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser
This blend of gentle cleansing ingredients thoroughly removes makeup, excess oil and impurities while soothing skin.
  • Effectively cleanses skin without drying
  • Leaves skin with a soft feel
  • Concentrated cream-to-foam formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine

SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Based on 399 reviews

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This blend of gentle cleansing ingredients thoroughly removes makeup, excess oil and impurities while soothing skin.
  • Effectively cleanses skin without drying
  • Leaves skin with a soft feel
  • Concentrated cream-to-foam formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Oily Skin, Combination Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores

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Variations

    8 oz
    $18.00
    16 oz
    $26.00
    Sample
    $0.50

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser quickly dissolves makeup and removes impurities while refining skin’s normal balance. The gentle foaming formula also works to improve the appearance of enlarged, congested pores.
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What does it do?
Works quickly to remove excess oil and makeup as it visibly refines the look of enlarged pores, leaving skin feeling exceptionally clean, smooth, and balanced without any dryness or a tight feel.
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How to use
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.
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Research

Indian Journal of Dermatology, 2008, issue 4, pages 163-166

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

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

Journal of Cosmetic Science, May-June 2007, issue 3, pages 229-44

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

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (cleansing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Glycol Distearate (texture-enhancing), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (sunflower oil/non-fragrant oil/antioxidant), Acrylates Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration/skin-soothing), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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Paula's Choice SkincareSKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz
 
4.4

(based on 399 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (287)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (34)
  • Leaves clean feel (32)
  • Not greasy (29)
  • Balances skin (24)
  • Improves skin texture (15)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (6)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (5)
  • Dries out skin (5)
  • Irritates skin (4)

Best Uses

  • Combination skin (30)
  • Daily use (30)
  • Oily skin (20)
  • Sensitive skin (19)
  • Acne-prone skin (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (19), Budget shopper (18), Beauty conscious (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (7)

Reviewed by 399 customers

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5.0

Favorite cleanser to date

By Laura

from Albany, NY

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Gentle
  • Leaves Clean Feel
  • Not Greasy
  • Smells Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne-Prone Skin
    • Combination Skin
    • Daily Use

    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

    I used to use Olay face wash on Paula's recommendation but it had the lid on the bottom and kept leaking out, wasting money. I decided to try one of Paula's cleansers as it was the next cheapest option that I liked. The big bottle lasts for almost a year with twice daily use and so is a great deal. I also like the cleanser better than the Olay because it rinses clean and doesn't leave a film. I really like the packaging as the top doesn't get messy. I have acne-prone skin and this cleanser hasn't given me any problem.

     
    2.0

    Removes makeup, but really burns eyes!

    By Bellalily

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Removes Makeup Well

    Cons

    • Burns Eyes

    Best Uses

    • Combination Skin
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

    This cleanser works really well to remove makeup, but I was really surprised at how much it burns my eyes! I've used many different cleansers, but none have irritated my eyes as badly as this one...which I wasn't expecting, as usually Paula's products are so gentle. This leaves my eyes red and bloodshot. Not sure it's worth returning when we have to pay for return shipping...unfortunately, I bought the big bottle :(.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great product but bad packaging

    By Busy Izzy

    from Claremont, CA

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Balances Skin
    • Gentle
    • Great at removing makeup
    • Improves Skin Texture
    • Leaves Clean Feel
    • Not Greasy

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

    This product is excellent. I've been using it for years and my skin has greatly improved since using it. I had been getting acne blemishes in my late 50s. It truly is gentle and effective. For thorough removal of makeup, I will wash, rinse and repeat but otherwise I find it very pleasant to use (with one inconvenience I'm describing later). I use it with the Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Toner and I notice my skin texture and appearance are worse when I skip even a couple days.
    My only real complaint --which is the reason I didn't rate it 5 stars-- is that the bottle it comes in is totally wrong for the product. The cleanser is pretty thick and should come in a bottle that is easy to squeeze and stands upside down so gravity always has the product quick to dispense. So it is really slow and annoying to dispense once you've used only a third or so of the cleanser. The bottle it comes in can't really be stored upside down because the product then oozes into the empty spaces in the dispenser cap. What I've been doing is transferring it to a travel bottle, but I think Paula's Choice can do better.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Did not work with my skin

    By Katie

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Greasy
      • Ineffective

      Best Uses

        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

        I didn't have luck with this product. It didn't help control the grease and made my skin greasier.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        buy all the time

        By Nathalie

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Balances Skin
        • Gentle
        • Leaves Clean Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Combination Skin
          • Daily Use
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

          like the formula - gentle yet still effective, use every evening after makeup removing with Clinique cleansing oil, and asked my boyfriend to use it as well, his skin improves after that

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this for stubborn eye make up

          By Pores for Pia

          from Columbia,MD

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Softens Skin
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

            I am 43 and have slight wrinkles and acne. I am too old to use the over the counter acne cleansers because they dry my skin out too much and wrinkles start to become more pronounced. This product cleans my skin, keeps my acne in check. I still break out if I eat a lot of candy. I get bad cystic acne when eating too many sweets. Since using this product, they don't get as bad and goes away quickly. I usually wash my face 2x a day, but I add a 3rd wash when the cystic acne starts. My wrinkles are very slight around eyes since using the product. I think they just went back to normal wrinkles. This cleanser is awesome for eye makeup removal. I wear water proof expensive eye make up and it is impossible to get off. I've used so many different products to get it off. My eyes would be sore from constant wiping. I close my eyes and rub cleanser around the area. When I rinse, it is completely gone. No traces of eyeliner anywhere. I don't use any of the eye make up remover products I have and my eyes aren't sore. This does not dry out my skin, but it is oily, so my skin can handle it.

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

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great to balance out skin breakouts

            By Emily

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

              I use this twice a day, and since I started, my skin hasn't had a huge breakout since. I tend to have very bad acne, but dry skin, so it's hard for me to find a cleanser that helps me even out my skin while not drying it out too much. Definitely recommend this product to anyone with combination skin!

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29

              (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Staples Face Wash

              By Alexis S.

              from Dayton, OH

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Non-Greasy
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

                Just using this product along with the Skin Balancing toner, Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, Daily Skin Clearing Treatment since March and my skin has never looked this good. I have combination (more on dry side during the winter, sensitive and acne prone skin. I followed Paula's Choice recommendations for products for this face type and I'm literally not going back to anything else. My skin is after the cleanser feels clean, soft and supple. Formula is milk and milky but effective in cleaning . Love this product!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 18-29

                (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best cleaser I've found!

                By knas

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores

                  Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

                  I've tried so many cleansers for my oily, acne-prone skin over the years, and this isthe absolute best I've found. I like that "squeaky clean" feeling after I wash, and I've never been able to find a creamy cleaser that provides this. THIS IS IT! My skin has cleared up almost entirely after just one week of using this twice a day, in combo with a PC toner, exfoliant, and moisturizer. I'm thrilled to have found this line of products and this cleanser. If you struggle with acne, don't wait--try this now! I love that PC allows you to buy samples, too. I ordered the full size products after only 2 days of using this cleanser.

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

                  (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Used for Over 10 Years

                  By Sunshine

                  from Boise, Idaho

                  About Me Minimalist

                  Pros

                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Softens Skin
                  • Soothes Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

                    I have been using this cleanser for over ten years, only straying once or twice before coming back to it. (My skin stings with other brand cleansers.) The big bottle lasts for at least a few months, and the cleanser does a great job of cleaning off my makeup without overstripping my combo (oily in summer and oily to some dry areas in winter) skin.

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

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