Cetaphil is a line of skin care products from Galderma Laboratories, which is headquarted in Fort Worth, TX. The first Cetaphil product was created by a pharmacist in 1947 and the cleansing formula is still used today. By the 1980's the products for people with sensitive, dry and/or acne-prone skin were becoming widely popular as an alternative to harsh soap. Its line of cleansers and lotions are now available in drugstores and grocery stores worldwide.

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33 products

10,499 reviews

64% would repurchase

Recent Cetaphil Reviews

Cleansers -Cetaphil -Gentle Skin Cleanser

on 11/18/2017 10:25:00 AM


Let me tell you all the truth about Cetaphil and Galderma products......the main ingredient is Petroleum aka Petrolatum aka Parrifium Liquidum. Its literally vaseline plastered on your face. I too was prescribed this product as well as the Galderma moisturizer, Nutraderm, by my Dermatologist! I just have to add, Cetaphil is crap for removing make up even after oil cleansing. I used it for many years and my skin was fine,until, I started getting really bad acne that just wouldn’t go away. I started researching the ingredients and found that Petrolatum is just a pharmaceutical grade plastic layer that is placed over the skin and basically stops your natural oils from evaporating ie. Suffocating your pores. I stopped all my Galderma products and opted for organic, natural skincare products. Then the crap hit the fan. My skins barrier practically stopped functioning because for so many years, my skin thought it was producing enough sebum because it did not evaporate so it basically underproduced sebum. So my skin became extremely sensitive and dehydrated. I started using the Dermalogica Ultra Calming range which focusses on repairing the skins own Barrier and not making it lazy. And I gotta say, my skin has never looked better. My acne cleared 3months after I stopped all Petroleum products on my face. My acne was caused by layers upon layers of suffocating plastic and my pores just needed to breathe! I have been using petroleum free products for 4years now and what used to be severely dry skin is now skin that only needs body lotion every other day. I still use Dermalogica on my face (because Natural face washes just don’t remove make up properly) and Organic natural body washes in the shower. They are filled with anti oxidants that rid your skin of free radicals which is a must.

Gels/Soaps -Cetaphil -Restoraderm Eczema Moisturizing Wash

on 11/7/2017 3:07:00 PM


This is the only body wash which calms the mild KP on my forearms. It's so gentle and hydrating - I even use it for shaving (underarms and legs) and always zero irritation. I've tried various body washes, soaps, oils from organic and conventional brands -
the PH level always felt off and left me with tight stripped skin. So glad I found this product. The matching lotion is also fantastic.

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Cleansers -Cetaphil -Cleansing Cloths

on 11/4/2017 7:35:00 PM


Finally a facial wipe I like! This has to be about the 20th wipe I've tried. These are gentle on my sensitive rosacea n/d skin and remove my makeup. I thought these were going to be too gentle like the Simple Micellar wipes but they remove everything on my face easily. I don't use them on my eyes because my lashes tend to fall out when using a wipe and I treasure my lashes after using latisse so I am very gentle with them. The wipes are big enough unlike the Olay 4-in-1s, and I enjoy the nubbly side that's not too rough.

I love the packaging. I can get 1 wipe at a time unlike Clinique's packaging where I was always getting multiples and had to stuff them back in the package. And then had to struggle to close the lid. Argh.

I also don't feel like I must rinse after using these like I did after Cerave's wipes which stung my face, so great one step for quick morning cleaning or great for makeup changes. Oh and these are totally scent-free unlike several brands I've tried that sneak fragrance in, like L'Oreal and Neutrogena.

I have already repurchased.

Cleansers -Cetaphil -Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar


Dried my skin out, and exacerbated my acne.

I normally would not use a bar soap on my face, but this soap was reviewed so highly on MUA that I was hopeful it would work for me. After the first day using it, the cystic acne around my jawline was noticeably more inflamed. After the second day, I noticed my skin became more oily throughout the day and I had to blot my T-Zone a lot. The third day, while applying my makeup, I noticed how patchy and flaky my skin was in areas; by the end of the day, my face was slick with oil. A lot of my cystic acne has now surfaced into horrible, inflamed white heads, and I have other small zits popping up on my face where they normally would not surface. Other acne that was receding and healing, has now become worse.

I tried this soap on my body, because I didn't want my purchase to be a complete waste. However, it has also dried out my skin and left dry patches in places. If you have dry skin, DO NOT purchase this product! It may work for some people, but for me it was a complete waste.

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Cleansers -Cetaphil -Dermacontrol OIl Control Foam Wash

on 11/2/2017 12:55:00 PM


WAY too perfume-y! I have stopped washing immediately below my nose with this product so as to minimize the fumes. Bit of a fail when it comes to claims that it rinses cleanly and doesn't irritate (even if it's technically not skin irritation). I expect this product would work best for someone who is moderately oily. I am only borderline oily (and more "combination") so I find it rather drying and stripping. I'm currently stuck with it though and have used it about a week so far. (That is at least enough time for me to tell if I'm developing skin irritation or not.)

I give 3 stars because it does remove oil and my sensitive skin has miraculously not shown visible irritation* other than dryness (*for me, irritation usually takes the form of redness and widespread acne breakouts), which I cannot say for the vast majority of products for oily skin, with the typical "scorched earth" policy for skin cleansing. However I am very used to the calming friction reduction of foaming face washes that lather *in your hands*, and I much prefer unscented products whenever possible (like the Dermacontrol skin cream with SPF, which is just fine at what it does, without added odours). This product is dispensed as a foam, and the dispensing leaves something to be desired. I have to turn the bottle on its side if I don't want to make a mess, and it's neither shaped nor weighted to handle well that way. Very easy for it to slip or drop from my hands. :/

So overall 3 stars because it does deliver on what it promises, but I am not at all a fan of the packaging and depending on how long this stuff lasts at 4-5 pumps per use, I'm not crazy about the price either.

11/16/2017 - I have used this product for a while longer. Eventually I managed to get figure out how to make 3 pumps of foam work, without feeling like I'm rubbing bare hands all over my face (due to its thinness, evaporation, and lack of slip). It didn't help at all, and clogged pores have been on the increase all over my face, as well as a rough/ leathery feeling that only irritating cleansers have tended to leave me with. I have just switched back to my HG face wash that I thankfully found on sale today. Instantly fixed the rough feeling. I have taken an additional lippie off for this product, because it does cause subtle irritation which appeared to be growing over time. (Not surprising with so much intense fragrance, poor cushioning of the face from hands, and no slip as you rub it over your skin.)

Final rating: 2/5 lippies.

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