My dermatologist recommended this to me & gave me a bunch of free samples and i like it. Nothing to really complain about with it
The two competitors in my opinion are Cerevea and Cetaphil. In my opinion Cereve works much better, although I have plenty of friends that are vice versa.
This just doesn't do enough for me as a cleanser. I don't feel like its doing and sometimes I would prefer to use my dove soap. My skin isn't sensitive. This is designed (so is Cereve) for sensitive skin individuals or someone else using other topical ointments that doesn't want to additionally irritate their skin.
Will not buy again. Value is there but I don't like the product
Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser is a product I've always owned and has been laying behing my bathroom mirror forever. I bought it because I was hearing so many good reviews about it on YouTube, and even TV. I noticed that it is a dermatologist-recommended product as with all other products made by Cetaphil. In the US, The Gentle Skin Cleanser is targeted for "all skin types", although, in Canada, where I live, it is targeted for "normal to dry skin types". It is also 100% fragrance-free, non-comodogenic, oil-free, and hypo-allergenic. The ingredients are super simple. It contains only a very tiny bit of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate so that is why it is very gentle on your skin. I completely stopped using it after a couple weeks, I notcied it didn't do anything for my skin, it was horrible at cleaning my skin in general. It didn't remove my makeup, either. A year or so later, I decided to try it out again only now I use it as my morning cleanser and not my night one. I have combo/sensitive/acne-prone skin, and so this cleanser doesn't work at night time for me because I'm wearing makeup, and my skin is way too oily and dirty. For the morning, however, this cleanser works PERFECTLY! It's extremely gentle so my face doesn't turn red or feel irritated whatsoever. It has an interesting texture, it sort of feels like a liquidy handsoap but it's not so liquidy to be like water. In the morning, my face is pretty oily, so after I use this product, my skin feels clean but not overly-stripped of my moisture; it's just enough. I agree that this would definitely be a good product if you have more normal to dry skin. You definitely need to use another cleanser, or use a makeup-wipe before you use this cleanser at night time. I have been using this cleanser now for a while and I can definitely see a difference in my skin; it's much less irritated, and I think that's why my skin is getting clearer, because it's healing faster.
The packaging, in my opinion, is GREAT! It comes in four sizes, a travel size, an 8 fl. oz, a 16 fl. oz, and a 20 fl.oz. There might be a bigger one that they sell at certain locations such as Costco, but depending on your country, you will find this cleanser in various sizes. The 16 fl. oz and up come with a closeable pump which is SO convenient! The price is not cheap but it isn't expensive, either. In Canada, at Shoppers Drug Mart, this is $20.00 for 500mL, which in my opinion, for the amount of product you get, isn't TOO bad- the 250mL is around $10.00 I believe. In the US, for a 16 fl. oz at Walgreens, it's $10.99, although they sell a generic brand for a couple dollars cheaper and it has the SAME EXACT INGREDIENTS, which is awesome!
Overall, I definitely would recommend the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to anybody who has sensitive skin. It doesn't matter if your skin is oily, if you use this cleanser with another, or use it alone in the morning, you'll learn to LOVE it, like I did.
my dermatologist recommended this to me for my eczema-prone skin 7 years ago and i have been using it till now. Love it to bits.
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