SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Based on 405 reviews


SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser
This blend of gentle cleansing ingredients thoroughly removes makeup, excess oil and impurities while soothing skin.

SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Based on 405 reviews


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
Enlarged Pores

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    8 oz
    $18.00 $14.40
    16 oz
    $26.00 $20.80
    $0.50 $0.40

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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.
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.
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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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

Great Product for Everyone!


When I first started using Paula's Choice, I started with the Skin Balancing line. It did wonders for my acne prone, combination/oily skin. The day I started using this stuff was the day I knew I was done searching for the perfect facial cleanser.

No-Make-Up Jenna

Warren, Michigan

I am obsessed


When I first used this product, I could tell that it was much different than any other product I had used before. It is very moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. I've had skin troubles for years and I can't explain how happy I am to have found this product. My main concern prior to using this product was the size of my pores, and after just a few weeks of using this cleanser (plus the skin balancing toner) I've noticed a decrease in pore size and increase in overall skin health. I also want to mention I haven't gotten a pimple since I started using this product. So happy! Would definitely recommend.


Ottawa, Canada

Not Good


This cleanser turned my smooth skin into dry, uneven and dull looking skin. It was helping with the oil but but I couldn't get over what it was doing to my skin and I also started developing clogged pores. I rate this product a 0.



Perfect for Oily Skin


I absolutely love this cleanser. I use it every morning alone and with a washcloth in the evening to remove my makeup. It lathers just enough without drying out my skin. I have the large bottle and it has lasted me forever. Great price and my skin feels so clean and fresh afterwards. The smell reminds me of baby milk breath LOL but I don't mind :) I also use it once a week on my young daughters' faces and it doesn't bother them at all. The cleanser is perfect for my extremely oily skin.


Ottawa, Canada




My only regret is I didn't start using this (and the rest of my PC routine) younger. I can't say enough good things about this product so I'll just say this: if you have oily, acne prone skin, this and the Skin Balancing Invisible Gel will be your new best friend. If you want to add other PC products (like an antioxidant serum, the Radiance Mask, the Earth Sourced Toner, oh my god the 25% Vitamin C Treatment!!) please do but this and the Invisible Gel are literally life changing.




Just ran out and buying it again!


I use this at night and only need a quick rinse in the morning because my face still feels clean after a deep sleep. It takes off makeup without aggressive scrubbing and leaves my skin so so clean, my skin dries out after washing my face after but not with this wash. It actually leaves my face moisturized without making it oily.


Windsor On, CA


Favorite cleanser to date


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.


Albany, NY


Removes makeup, but really burns eyes!


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 :(.


Portland, OR


Great product but bad packaging


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.

Busy Izzy

Claremont, CA


Did not work with my skin


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


Philadelphia, PA


SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

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