Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

What It Does:
  • Removes impurities and makeup
  • Cleanses skin without drying
  • Leaves skin feeling Smoother, Softer and Comfortable
  • Remove excess oil
  • Refines skin's normal balance

Who This Product Is For

The Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser is for those with normal to oily/combination skin who prefer a cream-to-foam cleanser that can be used around the eyes and rinses without leaving a residue.

How It Compares
  • This cream-to-foam cleanser delivers great value at its volume options, and is the most ideal for anybody looking for a no-frills cream-to-foam cleanser.
  • It is a great starter option for those with no prior preference for any cleanser.
  • The Hydralight Cleanser offers the same benefits for those with less oily skin.
  • For Very Oily and Sensitive Skin, opt for the Calm Cleanser for Oily Skin.
  • For Normal to Combination and Sensitive skin, the Earth Sourced Cleanser is a good fit.
  • The Calm Cleanser / Hydralight Cleanser is slightlier runnier.
  • The Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser has a milkier texture.
  • The Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is formulated with a richer blend of antioxidants.

Key Ingredients

  • Function
    Skin Types
    Normal to Combination / Very Oily
    Skincare Routine
    First Step, Before Toner
    Allergy Information
  • 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)


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  • 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. Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.
  • Do I still need to use an eye or face makeup remover?

    It depends on how much eye or face makeup you are using or if you are wearing waterproof mascara, waterproof makeup, or other hard-to-remove makeup. Otherwise, this cleanser effectively removes most types of makeup. If you feel you need an a separate makeup remover, Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover is ideal.

    How does Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanser differ from the other Paula's Choice Cleansers - how do I know which one is best for me?

    Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser cleanses skin every bit as well as both Hydralight and Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleansers, but uses a different ingredient composition to do so. The One Step cleansers do not foam or lather, but Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser does, albeit mildly. Many customers prefer this type of lathering cleanser, even though the lather itself has no effect on cleansing ability.

    I have oily skin. Which cleanser should I use?

    Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser would be great for slightly oilier textures, or, if you prefer a gel texture, Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser is the way to go. If you have oily skin and breakouts, go for Clear Pore Normalzing Cleanser.

    Will Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser leave my skin feeling dry and taut?

    No. Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser was carefully formulated to cleanse the skin thoroughly and remove makeup plus excess oil without stripping or drying the skin.

    Will this cleanser make me break out?

    This cleanser is extremely unlikely to cause blemishes. However, normal to oily and blemish-prone skins will likely find this cleanser too emollient for their skin type.

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