RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
Based on 149 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 149 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-Ageing, Enlarged Pores

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    190 ml
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Why is it different?
RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is an advanced anti-ageing, 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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Research American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 2, pages 107-29

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

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

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 (stabiliser), Sodium Chloride (stabiliser), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Caprylyl Glycol.

Ratings & Reviews

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


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


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.




Favorite cleanser ever


I didn't use a cleanser before starting my PC skin regimine. I was absolutely clueless when it came to skincare - I didn't even own a moisterizer until two years ago at the age of 22. Add smoking for 6 years, and lack of sleep due to twins and a toddler... You can imagine how tired and dull my skin became. The PC regimine I started a month ago has given me the best skin of my life and I start with this cleanser! It makes my combo skin feel so soft and smooth and even and clean, NOT tight and squeaky at all!


Dallas, TX




Love love love this product my skin as transformed!

Shawna G

Atlanta, GA


Perfect for traveling


Best for delicate morning cleanse and afternoon refreshing. I have extremely sensitive skin + Rosacea. I wish Paula would do a body wash with this formula.




My favourite cleanser at last


A much-improved version of the Resist cleanser. I found the original didn't clean my skin well enough but now that there that there is this version for combination skin, it's become my go-to cleanser. Only use a small amount as it becomes a creamy soft lather as you rub it on your skin and you'll only waste it otherwise. My skin feels great after rinsing and this cleanser fits in so well with my skin routine that I now have fewer blackheads, if any.




I Had To Review This!


Never would I think I'd be so enthused about a cleanser. I had to write a review. I'm a huge Paula's Choice fan. I have normal to dry skin however I didn't want to buy a cleaners made for dry skin because I always find that it doesn't take off my make up. I hoped that this would be somewhere in the middle. This is the butter of all cleansers. It feels so luxurious on the skin but I come out with nearly all of my eye make up removed after washing my face at night. I use this in the morning and at night and I do not have dry skin from over-washing.




One step makeup remover


The best cleanser, it removes makeup in just ONE step, it's a time/money saver.




Squeaky Clean!


Let me start by saying I was turned on to PC about 8-9 years ago looking for a cleanser and moisturizer that were effective and budget friendly. Through that time, I have used several of Paula's cleansers. I recently landed on trying something new for my aging skin (I'm 44). I already had success with products in the Resist line so I figured I'd try this cleanser. I love it. Truly. I've used cleansers twice the price with less than stellar results. This one does what it needs to. I end up with cleansed skin that never feels taught, stripped or overly squeaky clean to the point of dryness. I feel cleansed, but my skin remains soft and supple. I am neither oily nor dry anymore, but am prone to sensitivity and breakouts. It's nice to know this will remove most my makeup, with the exception of waterproof mascara. When I'm wearing full coverage makeup, I will cleanse my face twice to be sure to remove all traces of makeup, mostly because I hate using a remover. I use twice a day, and even on nights when I'm exhausted and skip moisturizer (yes it happens), I still wake up without dried out skin. It's almost as if this has a protective layer whereas other cleansers out there feel like I washed my face with bar soap or worse, I end up with a funky residue like I'd used greasy cold cream. This is the happy medium! I never let myself run out of this cleanser! Oh on another note, I tried PC Resist cleanser for normal to dry in the light blue bottle. It was ok. It didn't feel as luxurious in texture and I felt it was less effective at removing makeup. I'll be sticking to this dark blue bottle formula instead.

Heidi Deidi




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