I have used so many cleansers in my lifetime it's almost embarassing. I've used over the counter and prescription cleansers. I have cystic acne that flairs up when I'm stressed and on my period. I wouldn't call this face wash an overnight success but it has been a success for me. I've been using it for almost 6 months now and my acne is much better controlled. However, this wash does make my skin a little dull so I use clinique exfoliating scrub (the one with menthol) every few nights after washing my face with this cetaphil. I'm not sure how this stuff works because there's no benzoyl peroxide or salycilic acid in it. It does decrease the oil throughout the day. It does take away some nataural glow which if frustrating but I love having clearer skin. I just moisturize with clinique moisturizing gel (the pink one) at nighttime to give back a little radiance. Of the mornings I moisturize with Mac oil control moisturizer. Some days I have to use the clinique gel of the mornings too depending on the time of year and weather. I did use the cetaphil oil control lotion with the wash for a while but I felt like it wasn't doing anything for my skin. It didn't break me out but I didn't see a difference in my skin either. I wish the bottle was clear so I could see when I'm about to run out rather than just having to feel the bottle to see if I'm getting close. It's about ten dollars which is pricey for a drugstore brand but it's cheaper than proactiv which I used before this. I have repurchased this facewash twice in the 6 months I've been using it so the product lasts a while considering I use this morning and night and sometimes in between.
I forgot to meantion that if you keep this in the shower make sure you replace the lid on the bottle as soon as you're done getting the product out. Water gets into the bottle very easily and when it does I feel like it changes how the product works. I've ruined a few bottles like this unknowingly and kept using them. My face tended to breakout more when I let water slip in.
This burns my eyes. It comes out as foam, but is not lathery on face. However, it removes my makeup, and leaves my skin clean and smooth. I haven't noticed whether or not it controls oil. Their liquid cleanser is much better at foaming up.
I love this cleanser! for the longest time I was using a Murad cleanser that me and my mom shared then I switched to this because my dermatologist had recommended it to me and its awesome ! at first I didn't really like the idea of a foam cleanser bcuz I thought it would be TOO gentle and its the complete opposite. Although it doesn't get rid of ALL my makeup it gets off about 90% after this I just use my witch hazel toner and that does the trick. Its not over drying at all I like it alot better than the murad cleanser. It also helped with my redness and instantly calmed my skin and I felt so clean after using this. If I were too recommend any thing to anyone it would be this cleanser.
At first I was sceptical that a foaming wash could cleanse without over-stripping the skin. However after a month of using this light, easy-rinse foam I found it has not caused any further breakouts or disturbed my existing blemishes.
The packaging does NOT claim to clear acne first of all, it states that the formula is non-acnegenic which means it does not upset the acne on the skin.
This is gentle enough to use twice daily. As it is so gentle and oil-free, it is not as effective at dissolving make-up- especially eye make-up. I recommend using something a bit more emollient for this part of cleansing.
I would happily continue to use this even without any breakouts as it respects the natural moisture barrier of the skin and there is no "squeaky" clean feeling afterwards. The price is very reasonable and the packaging is well-thought out.
I would re-purchase again.
Disappointed, did not like it as much as the original formula. Its an ok cleanser, but it leaves makeup residue on your face. So make sure to use a toner afterwards. I use clinique acne solution.
This is my new favorite product! My skin feels so rejuvenated after I use it in the AM. It has a light scent, (it doesn't produce a lot of foam unless you pump a lot of the product into your hands),it goes on smoothly and washes away the product residue after you wash it unlike some face washes. I love how clean my face feels after I use this product. I use this product in conjunction with the new Cetaphil DermaContril Spf moisturizer so I can not tell if this product helps with the oil control throughout the day. I also bought this product thinking it was a face wash to help my acne prone skin. After reading it at home closely I realized it was marketed to help control oil, not help with current acne. I was disappointed in that aspect of the product. I bought this product because I thought it would help control my acne. I am not an expert in reading the decodable ingredients in products, but I don't think there are any ingredients to help control acne. Like I stated before I can not tell if this product helps control the oil in my skin because I use it with the Cetaphil DermaControl moisturizer during the day. But I can attest that I will re-purchase this face wash in the future. It does not dry out my skin, and leaves it light and refreshed. Will buy again.
Stick with it! I began using this product after my friend's dermatologist recommended it to her. It does what it says, controls oil n prevents breakouts. I'm 26 and was still suffering fron acne until i found this. Now i get minor breakouts every now n then but nothing like before. The only downer is it does dry your face a little after you wash it. I will definitely repurchase, a little goes a long way. I've had my bottle for about 2 months and i use it twice a day (morning and night).
I dont know why my derm recommend me this product for acne cleansing.
it does reduce my oil producing, but doesnt prevent my acne... I dont see anything improved ... go with something else guys if you want to reduce your acne for real...
I received a coupon in the mail to try this product for free, so I picked it up from Wal Mart. I introduced this into my skin care routine as my morning face wash, so I don't know how well it removes makeup. It comes out as a foam and rinses clean.
However, as with many of the other reviewers here, this product broke me out. For me, I think it was the castor oil in it. That would also explain why the OCM did not work out for me either. So at least now I have identified an ingredient my skin can not tolerate.
This is horrible. It broke my skin out so badly. The perfume in it is way too strong, they have it mentioned on the back as masking fragrance. It's more than masking, it's overpowering. But obviously the worst part is it breaks my skin out. I had to go back to the store to get another face wash, one that works, and I noticed this Cetaphil was marked down for clearance. If only they had done that 2 weeks ago I would have saved myself $$ and a handful of zits. Thanks cetaphil! BIG MISTAKE!