This is absolutely my HG of skin products. I've had horrible, oily, acne-prone skin since I was 9 years old, and my confidence has been almost non-existent because of it. I'm 16 now, so I've had about 7 years of searching for this product and I wish I had found it sooner.
Before this, I've always tried using things specially formulated for acne-prone skin alone, but due to the recent changes in my skin, I've found that most products (even my prescription medications) seemed to do almost nothing for my skin. The most any other product seemed to be able to do for my skin was to dry it out, make it even more oily, and sometimes cause cystic acne, but after using this and my usual regimen, I swear I'll never go back. For the first time since I was a kid, my skin is clean, healthier looking, my pores are smaller and my blackheads are disappearing. While my results weren't produced from simply using the cleanser alone, I've still found it's the only one that really affects my skin in a positive way and leaves it with a nice, clean feeling.
+Wash with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser twice a day - morning and night.
+Use a baking soda exfoliant every 2-3 nights.
+Use a lemon juice/water toner.
+Use a VERY small amount of Cetaphil gentle moisturizer - morning and night.
+Steam face once a week and use a blackhead extractor tool.
It's been almost a two weeks since I've started this regimen and I've seen an undeniable change in my appearance. I'm absolutely pleased beyond words and, like I said, wish I had started this regimen a long time ago to save myself the scarring.
There are a few cons though, as some others have pointed out, and I won't deny their existence. For starters, I don't find the fragrance to be as awful as some seem to think, but neither is it at all pleasant. I can definitely see why it bothers some people. As far as removing makeup goes, I'm not sure I can really speak for it - I try not to use that much makeup to begin with due to my acne, I've found that it does a splendid job of removing my concealer and eyeliner, provided a few more seconds of gentle scrubbing is applied. It will not remove my mascara though, and I ended up having to use a makeup remover to do that anyways. It also tends to leave the skin around my t-zone a little bit dry as well - but Cetaphil's moisturizer seems to take care of that pretty well, and I can't complain. And finally, it IS kind of pricey - but honestly, I've spent hundreds on products that don't work anyways, so $10 every couple of months doesn't bother me anyways.
All I can say is that this product is definitely right for me, and I'm so glad I decided to try it. However, I don't think it's meant to be used on its own as some sort of miracle solution for oily skin, especially for those who wear make up on a daily basis. I think that if it's used with a proper routine, it can definitely make a change in your skin and life. Either way, I find it's worth a shot - just make sure you have a good moisturizer on hand.
Seeing as I've only used it for the better part of two weeks, I'll try to update on my progress in a month or so to see if the product is still working as wonderfully as I find it is.
I have been using this for a year now and I'm never using any other cleanser! I suffer form moderate to severe acne I'm on prescription acne medicine, the creams that I use suggest to use Cetaphil and that's how I fist began using this cleanser. I use it to remove my makeup also and it works fine. It never dries out my skin or makes it feel tight I'm also using it on my back now and it's working. This thing is truly amazing.
I have been using this product for years. This, in combination with a wash cloth, takes off all my makeup (except waterproof mascara). It doesn't dry out my skin and doesn't give me that dry skin feeling after cleansing either. My skin just feels clean and clear. Every so once in a while, I buy other cleansers that I think will work that are a little bit fancier but Cetaphil always works for me. I will continue to purchase this for a long time.
I have had a hard time finding a cleanser that doesn't irritate my skin, yet still cleans the oil off. After trying all sorts of high-end stuff, I tried this, and it works pretty well. It removes foundation pretty well, but left my eye makeup partially on, so eye makeup remover is still necessary. Otherwise, it's a good cleanser.
I have purchased this facial cleanser over and over again. If you have sensitive skin, this is the stuff to use.
I started to use Cetaphil at the suggestion of my dermatologist. My skin is sensitive, oily, and acne-prone (I really couldn't be unluckier here) so I really should have been using irritant-free products a long time ago, but the bland packaging really turned me off, which was so stupid of me.
I use an oil cleanser to remove makeup, so I didn't factor that in my rating. For those who do care, it's pretty lousy at removing makeup so don't expect any results here. It hardly lathers up, which I thought was going to be an issue, but it really isn't. It got all the oil off my skin, rinsed easily, and it felt clean without feeling stripped or irritated. Normally my face is pretty red immediately after cleansing, but not in this case (only slightly red). I'm almost done with the 8 oz bottle and I haven't broken out at all. My skin has improved. It also works well with my Clarisonic brush. I will keep using this until I find a better cleanser for my skin type. As I've been finding out, a lot of sensitive skin cleansers aren't that good at removing oil.
This was okay. I bought it because I was worried that my acne-fighting face washes were too harsh, and I was doing more harm than good. So many people recommended this. I used up the bottle that I bought, but I don't think I'd repurchase. It didn't break me out any more than i already was, or irritate my skin, so for that I applaud it. But I also felt like it never really *cleaned* my skin. Since it did pretty much nothing for makeup removal, I was using a separate face wash for that, and felt like I was kind of defeating the purpose of this super-gentle cleanser. I have since switched to using an oil cleanser, which I have had a lot of success with. To each their own, but for me, this wasn't my favorite.
I've used Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash for years but I finally reached the point where I could use a cleanser without salicylic acid...it was really over drying my skin. I bought this per my dermatologist's suggestion, thinking it would be gentle. The bottle even says, "removes excess oil without drying". That claim definitely isn't true though. It's so rough that immediately after I wash my face, I have dry patches on my cheeks and my face feels tight. I'm going back to Neutrogena.
This was really good for me when I had oily skin. Really liked it. NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH DRY SKIN.
I have acne prone, eczema and rosacea skin.
I use this cleanser at night as it's better in removing makeup compared with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. In the morning, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.I have been using this cleanser for 1 year. It doesn't clog my pores or dry my skin.