Paula's Choice • Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser • Cleansers

rated 4.1(299 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.73%

rated 1 of 5 nikkijz on 2/19/2015 4:25:00 PM more reviews by nikkijz

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

I found this cleanser to be creamy, but drying. It also didn't remove all my makeup. I had to either wash with it again or use another cleanser afterwards. The worst part about it was the fact that it really irritated my eyes. It made them, as well as the area surrounding my eyes, incredibly red, itchy and irritated. As a result of it not removing makeup and dirt effectively and drying out my skin, it created clogged pores and irritation. Definitely not a gentle enough cleanser for me.

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rated 5 of 5 luvhydration on 12/31/2014 10:36:00 PM more reviews by luvhydration

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

This product's cleansing power is great. It's very gentle, but it manages to clear my skin and pores very nicely. Rich lather, doesn't leave my skin feeling dry. My facial oil has been reduced by a slight amount, but the cleanser is so good that it's now my HG (over non-cruelty-free Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser).

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* bluestar21 on 11/29/2014 10:48:00 PM more reviews by bluestar21

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I usually don't hate or love cleansers. As long as they are gentle, I am fine with it. You really can't go wrong with Paula's Choice. I have combination skin with an oily forehead and nose, my chin is prone to dryness, and my cheeks are normal/slightly dry. I bought this without trying the sample, so I was surprised to see that it was a thick cream. It smells "creamy" (reminds me of an old Noxzema cleanser in the tube with the orange cap!). My skin doesn't feel overly dry after cleansing. I will probably try something else after this runs out, but it is certainly not a bad product at all.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* yjanney on 10/25/2014 12:13:00 PM more reviews by yjanney

Age: 36-43   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I'm actually impressed. I don't normally expect much from my cleanser - just get the dirt/oil/makeup off of my skin and don't leave me dry and tight or greasy. Other than that, I expect other products like serums to achieve major results with my skin. However, I had 3 samples as a GWP from the PC website, which was enough for about a week. This was a thick, creamy cleanser with a noticeable "non-smell" that reminded me of Murad's mattifier (kinda like Elmer's glue?). It can take a bit more effort to rinse clean than gel cleanser, but I found it to be worth it. I'm going through an enormous amount of stress in my life right now, and combined with TTOM, I ended up with my first breakout in months. I used this cleanser with my Clarisonic, and could see an obvious difference in the clarity and "glowiness" after a few days! My zits weren't entirely cleared up from this, but all of my other facial skin looked GOOD. Usually I'm quite satisfied with my Cetaphil, but I have plans to purchase the full size and start using this regularly. I'll update with results...

EDIT 1/12/2015: I bought the jumbo 16 oz. size of this cleanser a few months ago and have been using it every day and LOVING IT. It's gentle, my face feels soft and clean afterwards (not tight or greasy) and it feels luxurious. I wish this would come in a pump - right now it's in a squeeze bottle - but that's just a little thing. Love this!

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rated 5 of 5 XangoAnnie on 10/21/2014 12:21:00 AM more reviews by XangoAnnie

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

First let me say, that I am complete cleanser...junkie...I have combo skin. with pores that clog easily.I have never, ever, ever, ever liked creamy a gel girl...I am also pushing 80 yrs. but have been fortunate to have pretty decent looking skin...people have said I have beautiful, honestly think their eye sight is dimming..they obviously don't know anything about pores..and yes, I obsess over them, using a magnifying mirror..I know, I know..NEVER look in one..but, I digress.
I got a sample of it..expecting not to like it at all..and viola...lo and behold..this stuff is amazing. I have used it for a month so that I could give it a good test..since, I tend to think stuff is wonderful and then it's not.I makes my skin look, even, and more toned..and best of all, it practically makes my pores disappear. I do take my makeup off with Dickenson/s Witch Hazel..have for years..Hey, if it was Elizabeth Taylor's go to make up remover it's good enough for me!!! then I wash with the only need a teensy bit..I wet my face first..then put it on and "clean" with my Salux exfoliating nylon cloth..rinse off with lukewarm water then cool..I find my skin does not do as well with hot water. It feels luxurious, tight feeling...but toned feeling..if that makes any sense at all.....
I have only one teensy complaint. the delivery system sucks!!!I have given up trying to use the, won't come out..etc. I end up, taking it off and turning it upside down to squeeze it out. am dreading getting down to the end..where it is going to be a pain to get out...
but for this amazing stuff..I shall....suffer....

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rated 4 of 5 Spiralunix on 9/23/2014 2:49:00 AM more reviews by Spiralunix

Age: 25-29   Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm   Hair: Red, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

So many cleansers have irritated my sensitive skin, causing breakouts and/or redness. many even burn when I use them. This cleanser is gentle, doesn't burn, and the texture and tone of my skin improved after I began using it.

The cons:
leaves a filmy residue on skin
often felt that all makeup was not removed and had to use it twice.
Does not remove eye make up

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rated 4 of 5 Shylilsweety on 9/22/2014 10:55:00 PM more reviews by Shylilsweety

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

I am loving how gentle this cleanser is while being strong enough to clean and rinse off most of my makeup, with the bonus of not irritating my sensitive acne-prone skin at all. Not only that, it leaves me feeling clean without that "tight" snug feeling you're NOT supposed to be feeling. Also, my face feels really soft without being dried out.

I'm not sure how much oil control this product has, since I do use other products that target my oily t-zone and can't separte which is the one keeping me oil-free.

I do plan on repurchasing when I run out, but I am almost tempted to try out the other cleansers from Paula's Choice since I'm really liking the brand.

Tl;dr edition:

-Pro: Gentle, non-irritating, cleans without drying.

-Con: Doesn't completely remove all makeup, price is a tiny bit high and it's too bad this product cannot be purchased from a local beauty store like Ulta.

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rated 4 of 5 silviasandy on 9/18/2014 8:48:00 PM more reviews by silviasandy

Age: 25-29   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

A great cleanser, removes all oil in my face without making it too dry. The biggest size last me for more than a year, so it's quite economist.

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rated 5 of 5 cmacintyre100 on 8/6/2014 11:30:00 PM more reviews by cmacintyre100

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

A great cleanser. I purchased in combination with the skin balancing toner, 2% exfoliant and retinal moisturizer. This is by far the best line I have ever used - in fact the only line where I didn't break out after switching. I have been using this for well over a month and had no issues, my skin is clear and feels smoother and healthier. Expensive - but worth it as long as it works. I will be sure to look out for a sale next time I need refills.

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rated 5 of 5 jhenley on 8/6/2014 11:33:00 AM more reviews by jhenley

Age: 30-35   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Blue    

I have the huge bottle of this. I used the Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser. It was nice, that one is more of a gel cleanser, this one has a thicker creamy consistency. I like it better! Paula's products are great value too, this was $24 (for the large bottle) and it's far better than the pricey department store cleansers I've used from other lines.

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