SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Based on 756 reviews
This blend of gentle cleansing ingredients thoroughly removes makeup, excess oil and impurities while soothing skin.

SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Based on 756 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
Large Pores


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    237 ml
    473 ml
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.
Show details

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

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

Changed my skin for the good


This is changed my skin for the good! I had red, overexfoliated skin with large and clogged pores. My old cleanser was too harsh, so I decided to start using the Oil-Reducing cleanser. Just used it at night in the shower after removing my makeup. Now my skin is so much clearer, less red, and softer.




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


The BEST!!


Have been using this product for years. LOVE it 💖 Honestly won't know what I'd do if I didn't have Pauls Choice. Highly recommend this face wash :)






I removed any makeup beforehand, used about as much as a 10c piece at once. It is so soft! it's like liquid velvet. Definitely made my skin feel so clean yet it doesn't make your skin feel tight or dry. Usually with normal cleansers (if you have oily skin) it'll be greasy within 10 minutes of washing your face. This didn't happen. It cleans deep into your pores and you can feel afterwards. My skin felt very light and fresh and i couldn't see any clogged pores or shininess. 10/10 will buy again.




Love this cleanser


I love this face wash. It is gentle enough for my combination skin and i can use day and night without any type of drying out or irritation. I also love how it is reasonably priced and crulety free!


Highland, ny


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


This is perfect


Shifting away from high end, highly fragranced and expensive cleansers I was seeking a fragrance free effective product and this is perfect. I love this cleanser and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Removed my makeup, even the eyes, with ease and left my skin feeling clean, but not tight in the slightest. My days of searching are over, this is my go to. Less is more, increasingly reading the need to not double cleanse by experts,( not beauty therapists )and keeping my routine simple. This is my am and pm cleanser and it is paying dividends, my skin is loving it.


New Zealnad




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



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