RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
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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 124 reviews

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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
Concerns:
Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores

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Variations

    6.4 oz
    $19.00
    Travel Size...
    $5.00
    Sample
    $0.80

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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.
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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.
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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

Ingredients
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

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RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
 
4.4

(based on 124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (41)
  • Leaves clean feel (38)
  • Balances skin (33)
  • Not greasy (28)
  • Improves skin texture (24)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (5)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (48)
  • Sensitive skin (38)
  • Combination skin (32)
  • Oily skin (25)
  • Acne-prone skin (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (29), Beauty conscious (12), Budget shopper (12), Survivalist / minimalist (9), Beauty expert (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (15), Oily (9)

Reviewed by 124 customers

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5.0

Best Cleanser I've ever used

By Ches

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

    This is the best cleanser I've ever used. Not only does it remove all of my makeup, it doesn't strip the oil from my face making it more oily. I am 33 with combo skin and this has made such a difference in my skin care routine that I'll continue to order it until it's discontinued.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    Excellent Cleanser, But Larger Bottle Please

    By Jo

    from MO

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Removes Makeup Easily
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

    • Not Enough Product

    Best Uses

    • Aging Skin
    • Combination Skin
    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

    I've used Paula's Skin Balancing Cleanser for over 12 years and find it effective, but as I age it seems to be a bit drying. After receiving and trying a sample of this Resist Cleanser, I fell in love. It develops into a light, silky lather, removes my makeup very well (and I wear quite a bit of foundation, concealer, and powder), and leaves my combination skin feeling smooth and soothed, not tight or oily. Never irritates my sensitive skin. My only issue is the amount of product. I would love to see a larger bottle. Why are Resist cleansers only 6.4 oz. vs. 8 oz. like Paula's other cleansers? I am still using the same amount of product to remove my makeup. Resist is less product, more expensive, and I have to reorder sooner. Please provide more product even if I have to pay a little more. Other than this concer, this is the best cleanser I've ever used.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Always prompt delivery.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    5.0

    Great Non-Irritating Product

    By Renee

    from Moss Point, Ms

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

      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!

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 45-59
       
      3.0

      It's a bit dry for my me

      By Lucy

      from Bellevue, WA

      About Me Minimalist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

          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?

          Service and delivery comments:

          I bought it via amazon-prime. Very fast delivery

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          5.0

          Best Product Ever!!

          By Ashlee

          from Sonora, CA

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Gentle
          • Softens Skin
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

            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!!!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Fastest delivery and everything arrived perfectly!!

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            2.0

            Not for oily skin

            By Tgw

            from Winnipeg

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Smells Great

            Cons

            • Greasy
            • Not Effective

            Best Uses

            • Dry skin
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

            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.

            Service and delivery comments:

            None

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            2.0

            Over drying!

            By Morenita

            from Toronto, ON

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

            • Drying
            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

              Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser:

              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.

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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not significantly better than Skin Balancing cleanser

              By Asha

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Balances Skin
              • Gentle
              • Leaves Clean Feel
              • Not Greasy

              Cons

              • Doesn't Overstrip
              • Fragrance Free
              • Packaging

              Best Uses

              • Combination Skin
              • Oily Skin
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

              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.

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works well enough

              By K'

              from Costa Rica

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Balances Skin
              • Gentle
              • Not Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Combination Skin
                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                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.

                Service and delivery comments:

                I have ordered and reordered at lest 8 times already - the product always ships promptly and arrives in top condition.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful, gentle foaming cleanser.

                By Marek

                from Poland

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balances Skin
                • Gentle
                • Improves Skin Texture
                • Leaves Clean Feel
                • Moisturizing

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Combination Skin
                  • Daily Use
                  • Oily Skin
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                  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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