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Cleansers - Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

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rated 4.2(246 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 4.2
  • 82% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.6
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rated 5 of 5 on 2/20/2015 8:48:00 AM More reviews by TaliaVerdara

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel

I started using Epiduo a few weeks ago, and along with that I've also been using the Cetaphil dermacontrol foaming face wash and SPF moisturizer. No complaints, my skin is doing great aside from being a little more dry than usual. I needed something to take my makeup off with though and I thought the best thing to do was to get something from the Cetaphil line since it seems to be working well with my skin (and I also didn't want to mess with other products in fear of it burning my face haha). Great purchase. It gets all my makeup off and definitely doesn't burn!

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rated 4 of 5 on 11/23/2014 8:57:00 AM More reviews by Lizzielizay

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown

So far this bar soap is doing a great job! Been using it for about 1-2 weeks and definitely notice a change in my skin. I have acne/sensitive skin so im always looking for a product that's not going to make my skin worse. I've noticed a decrease in my acne breakouts, and its awesome with removing my makeup and making my face feel/look clean. Although the only complaint I would have is it makes my face feel abit tight after using.

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/3/2014 10:17:00 PM More reviews by apkota

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I am currently on an emergency trip. I left with a carry on and this soap. I had no choice but to use this as my face wash and body wash. When I skyped my husband, he asked what I was doing differently as my complexion is beautiful. In the past, I used this soap as a face wash and stopped due to horror stories about bar cleansers on facial skin. Yet, in the past when I used it, I remembered my co-workers asking what I'm using as my complexion is so beautiful. I'm down to a sliver of soap at this time. Of course where I am, there is not a place to purchase this item. When I get back home I will probably buy some more and continue to use this. It makes my life pretty simple.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/23/2014 3:51:00 PM More reviews by jenjenx2

Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I don't wear makeup on a daily basis, on those days that I don't, at night I mix Cetaphil with baking soda as a daily exfoliante, and it's gentle and does the job.
On the days I need some help removing makeup, I only use this on my eyes (after using an oil makeup remover) as even with the clarisonic, this isn't strong enough to do any good (in my opinion).
I buy this over and over, it's a staple.

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/21/2014 11:10:00 PM More reviews by Bellarose3

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I have normal/ dry from retinA skin. I have tried many other cleansers & ALWAYS come back to this. (Derm gave me bar when i was pregnant 8 yrs ago & had a strange rash from my daily facial cloths) It does dry my skin a little too much somedays, but it cleans it so well- & it doesn't burn or irritate my skin like a lot of other cleansers do. I have gotten to where I am afraid to try anything new bc I either get dry skin, acne, or a rash from fragrance any time I stray. Never used the liquid version. May try it this winter.

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rated 3 of 5 on 5/27/2014 11:34:00 AM More reviews by Carybear

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

HOLY CROW! I've passed this bar up many times, until recently I saw the study compared the three most commonly used bar cleansers that have a pH 5.5. Cetaphil is one of them, dove is another. Remember, we not talking about soap. Castile is soap, with a pH of 14. Ivory, Pears, Camay, et al all have pH ranges that are between 8 and 14.
I've tested them all with lab pH test strips (litmus strips) when you use alkaline cleansing products you are destroying your acid mantle. You will get the worst acne of your life unless you respect the pH people.

When it comes down to the question "what makes great skin" it's diet, as in a balanced, alkaline diet, water, free from flouride, and gentle pH balanced cleansers.
Dove is example. They say it's got a pH of seven but it varies from 6-7. That's ok...but Dove contains Lauric Acid, a highly comedogenic ingredient. Otherwise it's perfect.
Then we have CetapHil. I've been using it 3 days now. My skin is not dry, not irritated and stuff is coming out if my pores in a non-inflamed fashion.
Damn it. Started getting those bumps and nasolabial area, which is a clear indication of contact dermatitis. If not there, then around the eyes. I suspect it's the fragrance, which is quite strong however pleasant. I'm going to have to put this bar down and try something else I guess.
3 weeks later-no...it's not the CetapHil. I have cut out everything except this bar and aloevera juice/orange water I mixed myself in a stainless steel mister. As soon as I added back in a certain BHA liquid, I saw signs of irritation again. I'm going to keep going with this and eliminate anything irritating, since I know this bar isn't one of the offenders
A month later and I broke out in a strange dry rash in a line along my cheek. The masking fragrance is deleterious to my skin, clearly. If they would just take the parfum out, it would be perfect. I've written the company with this complaint, and if you feel so inclined, I'd advise you to do likewise.

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rated 5 of 5 on 5/26/2014 7:10:00 PM More reviews by MeghanElissa11

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Grey

I seriously am OBSESSED with this product. I'm suprised by people saying this made them break out since i have the most acne prone skin ever! ( break out from changing my detergent, face wash, shampoo, conditioner , anything!) This is the only product that calms my skin. I always go back to using this product.. one thing i will say is i find the product in the bar to be very different from the pump fash wash, I bought the pump one time when on promotion and broke out and found the texture and formula so different. If you have acne prone skin/ super oily in spots/ super dry in spots this is a must have!

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/30/2014 10:52:00 AM More reviews by Tiltyred

Age: Unknown Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

I ran out of my expensive facial cleanser and decided to try this cleansing bar because Cetaphil has such a good reputation, it's affordable, and I could have it delivered with my grocery order. I figured if it didn't work on my face, I'd just use it as hand soap. Turns out I like it better on my face than the expensive cleanser I had been using. I put my hair back, wash my face with it, including my eyelids and eyelashes, splash with lukewarm water until it's gone, and dry my face. It takes off ALL my makeup, including several coats of waterproof mascara, and leaves my skin soft and comfortable feeling. I'm thrilled to bits.
Some reviewers have mentioned a scent, but I don't smell it.
My skin is normal/oily, somewhat sensitive, and acne prone. I am happy with this bar.

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rated 1 of 5 on 4/22/2014 12:23:00 AM More reviews by ashaleyyy101

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Made me break out incredibly bad and felt like it clogged all my pores up.
Now i am trying to fix my skin :(

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rated 2 of 5 on 3/5/2014 12:25:00 AM More reviews by goldenpeach86

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel

I love Cetaphil! I have used the liquid version for years but wanted to try the bar as its a bit cheaper. I actually prefer this over the liquid not just because its cheaper but because it removes my make up better. You only need to wet the bar a bit and it will give you a great lather. This does have a bit of a fragrance smell which I dislike. The smell isn't horrible or anything I just prefer fragrance free products for my face. This doesn't irritate my skin and I like how its soap free. This does a great job of removing my make up which includes a good amount of mascara. When rinsing the cleanser off, my skin feels clean and soft, not dry and stripped like a bar of soap would do. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out. I have struggled with acne for years. I've had times where my skin cleared up then all of a sudden the acne is back with a vengeance. This brand has always been very gentle with my skin and hasn't caused any additional acne or skin concerns. I am a bit nervous of the fragrance in this product causing irritation as I advised but so far so good. If not, I will keep you posted :)

I just wanted to update my review and change the rating from a 5 to a 2.At first I loved this bar cleanser,it did a great job with removing my makeup and I didn't seem to have a reaction to it. However I found that no matter how careful I was, the cleanser was always getting into my eyes and boy does it sting. My skin was also becoming allot dryer, I was getting an uncomfortable tight feeling especially on my t zone. And the worst of it all was I started getting break outs :( I stopped using this for awhile and my skin started clearing up. I used the soap again and the next day I had some pimples. I recently switched to the Neutrogena extra gently cleanser and am having great luck with that. I will not repurchase this again.

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