I heard a lot about this product from the net and friends so I decided to try it out. I would say it doesn't really do much for me. My skin has gone down hill for a few months now. I'm pretty sure this cleaner was not the cause but it might have adding on to the cause.
Ingredients: Water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
Price: £8.99 for 236ml at Boots. Though I'm sure you can find it cheaper if you shop around online.
My skin-type: Combination Oily T-Zone, dry everywhere else. Sensitive and blemish-prone.
I've tried the whole natural skin-care thing and I have to say it didn't work for me. Essential oils and moisturising butters etc seemed to irritate my skin even more.
Even so, I was a bit apprehensive (as I'm sure many of you are) about the list of ingredients in Cetaphil. Alcohol, parabens, SLS etc not exactly the first thing you'd chose to put on your face.
However, I was tired of wasting money on numerous skincare products that didn't work and left my skin feeling clogged or stripped. Cetaphil isn't a miracle worker, I don't think it does much for my acne so I use something else for that. But it doesn't make my sensitive skin react which is a huge plus for me. Besides it must be recommended by so many dermatologists for a reason.
It has quite a thin consistency, I prefer to use it with water although you can use it without (haven't tried that). I personally don't feel like it's left a 'film' on my face once I've washed/dried my skin, my skin feels fine. It isn't great for removing make-up so I normally use make-up wipes first and/or team this with my clarisonic in the evenings.
For those of you who are looking for a cleanser which will address issues such as acne, skin-tone etc then I wouldn't recommend this to you. It hasn't been formulated to address these skin issues.
However if you just want a basic cleanser at an affordable price that isn't likely to cause any skin flare-ups then I'd suggest you try this.
Used this cleanser for year and a half and liked it a lot! Gentle cleanse the face and does not irritate it at all. You need to use a makeup remover because this is not strong enough to remove it on its own. The only reason I am giving this a 3 is because it contains 2 highly comedogenic ingredients. Cetyl alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate(check temtalia.com for a list of comedogenic ingredients). For a year this was working really great but then i noticed that my skin started getting red and irritated for no reason at all. I started switching my makeup routine and my moisturiser because it never crossed my mind that this would break me out. I checked the ingredients by chance on priceline.com.au and was shocked to see that a brand formulated for sensitive skin would do this! Stopped using it 2 days ago and my skin looks clearer already! I now use Apivita cleansing milk with honey an orange for normal/dry skin and love it!
I really like this as a gentle evening cleanser. I have tried many different foaming cleansers, but they all dried my skin out (even my oily T-zone!), so I switched and am forever converted to this. I have tried other creamy cleansers as well, but I prefer this one.
I always take off my eye makeup first with eye makeup remover, and if I'm wearing a lot of foundation then I'll take that off with makeup remover as well - since the Cetaphil isn't strong enough to take any serious makeup off, in my opinion. Then I go over with the Cetaphil cleanser, and I always rinse it off (although you don't have to and you can just tissue it off, but I prefer to not have any residue on my face.)
If I'm not wearing much face makeup, just a light foundation/ BB cream etc, then this is fine to take it all off - just make sure you massage it in properly for about a minute.
It hasn't dried my sensitive skin out, and everyone I've recommended this to has loved it - even my very manly ex boyfriend who would never touch a skincare item!
This is a bit pricey - almost £10 in the UK - but a bottle lasts me ages and it is very much worth it either way!
This was recommended by my doctor many years back after I had skin microdermabrasion. It was effective for a while then I did not see any benefits. It did not help me with my acne either.
I must say I do not understand the hype for this cult cleanser. it smells like chemicals, doesn't clean very well, and worst of all it broke me out. the only redeeming quality is that it is super gentle but I think in this cleanser's case it is more of a fault since its gentleness makes it not clean well. there are much better options when it comes to gentle yet thorough cleansers (avene, cerave, etc). would not recommend or repurchase
Maybe my problem is this: I bought the equate brand of this product because YES (shoot me) I wanted to pay LESS. Isn't that why off brands are made? For cheap people like myself? Anyhow, the moisturizer was recommended to me by my derm a few years ago. I never bought it. However, i see RAVE reviews about Cetaphil cleanser. HUH? RAVE REVIEWS?!? I don't like this cleanser at all. t's thin and runny. My face doesn't feel clean afterwards. I have to go back over my face with a harsher cleaners. Maybe I'm the odd one out. This cleanser is not "da bomb."
Very inexpensive (around 8 dollars from CVS) and also very gentle on the skin. This is a great product if you are using medicated treatments with it to prevent overduing the drying out with the cleanser and the medicated topical treatments. I LOVE this and also Cerevea. They go hand in hand and I can't really tell which one is better.
I have perioral dermatitis. Which basically looks like acne that is concentrated around the chin and mouth. Which, I think, contributes to my crazy sensitive skin.
So, I was on antibiotics and hydrocortisone ointment for 6 weeks to get rid of the dermatitis and it worked. I asked my dermatologist what to use and she says she loves Cetaphil.
It is a pudding/milky/gel consistency with almost no smell. It doesn't foam when you're mixing it. Although it did not break me out with blemishes I can feel an undercurrent of dryness and irritation. My cheeks, chin, middle of forehead, and tip of my nose feel tight and like there is a fire that is about to start.
In shampoos, I know that I'm sensitive to SLS (Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfates). This has that in it and I'm wondering if it is what I'm reacting to. If it wasn't for that it would be a pretty decent cleanser.
ive been using this for about 6 months and i love it! i have oily skin and it really has cleared up my skin and made it better! deffinitly recomend!!