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.

SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Based on 404 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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4.4

(based on 404 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (290)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (36)
  • Leaves clean feel (34)
  • Not greasy (30)
  • Balances skin (26)
  • Improves skin texture (17)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (32)
  • Combination skin (31)
  • Oily skin (22)
  • Sensitive skin (21)
  • Acne-prone skin (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (20), Budget shopper (19), Beauty conscious (8), Survivalist / minimalist (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (9), Oily (3)

Reviewed by 404 customers

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1.0

Completely ineffective

By Abbie

from Oshkosh, Wi

About Me Minimalist

Pros

    Cons

    • Drying
    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

      I've used this for over a month and I'm really disappointed that it has done literally nothing for clearing acne and really dries my combination skin out. It's not like it's cheap.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Fast delivery

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      1.0

      Caused breakouts

      By Fen

      from Boston MA

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Softens Skin

      Cons

      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

        It cleanses without drying but this product caused me to break out repeatedly. I tried taking out other products of my skincare routine not wanting to believe that this was what was causing it. Very disappointing.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        5.0

        Perfect for Oily Skin

        By Shum

        from Ottawa, Canada

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          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.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was a few days and products arrived in perfect condition.

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

          Essential

          By Joey

          from Maryland

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

            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.

             
            5.0

            Just ran out and buying it again!

            By emboom

            from Windsor On, CA

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Pros

            • Balances Skin
            • Gentle
            • Improves Skin Texture
            • Leaves Clean Feel
            • Moisturizing
            • Not Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Combination Skin
              • Oily Skin
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Cleanser - 16 oz:

              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.

               
              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

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