RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
Based on 125 reviews


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 125 reviews


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
Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores

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    6.4 oz
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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.
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 hyaluronic acid help condition skin, leaving it feeling exceptionally smooth, soft, and younger-looking after cleansing.
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

International Journal of Toxicology, 2001, supplement 1, pages 21-45

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

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

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

Stings eyes


I like the feel of this cleanser and I think it does a pretty good job, however I like to open my eyes and look in the mirror while I wash my face... and my eyes sting with this cleanser. Not pleasant to use but gets basic job done decently.


Troy, Michigan

The best cleansing foam I ever used!


I have used Korean ( Sul Hwa Soo, IOPE, Amore ) and Japanese ( Various lines of Shiseido products ) but none of the products I have mentioned worked as well and gentle to my skin as this one. This is it, unless they decide to change the ingredients and it doesn't work as well anymore, this will be my forever cleanser . I honestly even tried all sorts of natural and no chemical added facial cleanser too, and they might be gentle to my skin, but they don't do what a cleanser should do.


Naperville, IL


Great Non-Irritating Product


This is a great hydrating cleanser. It cleans make up off well and hydrates at the same time. A little goes a long way which is a plus!


Moss Point, Ms


It's a bit dry for my me


I was very happy with Paula's products & using Clear cleanser for 2 years till now, my skin condition has been improved a lot and I rarely has break-out again until I decided to change my cleanser to this one. As there are so many good reviews, I decided to upgrade from Clear-cleanser to this as I'd prefer foaming than cream/gel, however. 1. It's not foaming at all 2. It made my skin dryer 3. It caused break-out I would like to return this, but I have opened it & try, don't know if it's possible for me to return & change back to Clear-cleanser?


Bellevue, WA


Best Product Ever!!


I have used this product for over a year and a half and it is the best skin care product I have ever used. I have acne prone, sensitive and dry skin. It is really difficult to find products that work for my skin. The acne products dry my skin out so bad, and the products for dry skin make my skin break out. Paula's choice products are a life saver and a game changer. I can not express enough how amazing they are. My skin has cleared up and stays clear, even through the monthly hormone changes. I ran out of this cleanser last month, and decided to go get a cleanser from the drug store instead. BAD CHOICE! My skin immediately started breaking out and stayed broke out for three weeks until I finally ordered more of this cleanser. I will never be without it again!!!


Sonora, CA


Not for oily skin


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.




Over drying!


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.


Toronto, ON


Not significantly better than Skin Balancing cleanser


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.


Los Angeles


Works well enough


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.


Costa Rica


Beautiful, gentle foaming cleanser.


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.





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