yay!!!! i've FINALLY found a cleanser thats cleared my skin up! :D took a lot of trial and error, but i read so many good reviews on this on i thought i'd give it a shot.
things i like:
gentle, doesn't irritate
cleared up my acne
also seems to have helped clear scarring
a lot of product
a weird gel feeling, doesn't lather
I have extremely oily skin and I use this as my daily cleanser. It's less harsh than most soapy, clear cleansers so it won't strip your face of essential oils. My only gripe is that it's not strong enough to completely remove dirt and makeup. On my oiliest days, it feels like I am washing my face with moisturizer and it leaves a filmy feeling behind. You should use toner afterwards with this to completely remove makeup and oil. I cannot use this alone to remove my foundation. I have to remove with face wipes first. But it's cheap and easily available in most drugstores, so it'll do for now.
My dermatologist told me to use this because I have acne pron sensitive and it did nothing for me. Nothing.
If you are as oily as I am, forget it. Don't even bother. I know people tell you that you need to try not to overly dry out your skin if you have oily skin because you'll just make your skin produce more oil but this is maybe slightly true if you weren't genetically predestined to have oily skin. My skin is ridiculously oily, has been since I was 13. This does not work at all for me. I still have half the bottle left from giving this a go. On the other hand my friend has near perfect skin with a couple of clogged pores and needs something this gentle for her skin so this works great for her. Look at your skin, if you can see your pores and you're breaking out and even slightly oily everywhere, look elsewhere because this will not remove one drop of oil off you're face. There are plenty of gentle skin cleansers out there for your skin.
Good ol' cetaphil has become my standby facial cleanser. My oily, acne-prone skin really likes this cleanser and I seem to get a mess of pimples and blackheads when I try and switch from this to any other cleanser. I like that my face does not feel "stripped" after using this. Rather, it feels fresh and moisturized. The creamy, non-foaming texture does take some getting used as it does feel like you are slapping some of your body cream on your face but once I was used to it, its no problem at all. I use this at night in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia and my skin just loves it. No irritation just fresh, clean skin. I do have to use a makeup remover with this as it DOES NOT remove makeup like it claims to. I use a makeup remover wipe first then follow up with cetaphil. Overall, it is a good, reliable old friend for me and I will continue to purchase this as I don't want to "rock the boat" so to speak where I try something new and it fails miserably.
I started using this cleanser a few months ago after a microdermabrasion. The microdermabrasion irritated my skin so badly that I broke out. My skin never broke out and every cleansing products that I used that were for acne just made it worse. When I started using this cleanser it change my skin. My skin was not as irritated and it calmed the redness. The only downfall is that it didn't remove my makeup as well and I don't wear heavy makeup. So, I bought a microfiber towel to wipe off my makeup and follow with the cleanser. I just bought another bottle yesterday. Cetaphil is the only cleanser I use.
This stuff is ok. I took one lippy off because I find that sometimes it can really burn my skin in certain areas of my face. I took another off because I find that I have to wash my face with it twice to get all of my makeup/gunk off. I'm not a huge fan.
I bought this after my Dermalogica special cleansing gel ran out and I was awaiting another shipment... Well, it's not for me. I only purchased a small bottle luckily, as I found it did not do anything for my skin. On the plus side I did not experience any breakouts. I am back to using my favourite Dermalogica and am using the rest of the cetaphil as a body wash.
I really, really wanted to like Cetaphil! It's widely available where I live and it's so cheap too! I've used it twice, once when my acne just started ages ago and recently, after using COUNTLESS products for my acne. It didn't work the first time I tried it, no effect whatsoever. But after years of abuse with acne products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid etc etc etc, I thought I'd go back to basics and try Cetaphil again in case my skin has changed, hoping something so widely available and convenient for me like Cetaphil would work.
Sadly, it didn't work. And this time, it's worse than the cleanser having no effect at all. After washing my face, it would feel soooo tight. I guess some people like the tight feeling, but when I used this, I could see my face drying out and I could see my skin flake! And after that, I actually started breaking out too (remember, even skin that is too dry can cause acne too). I think I abused my skin too much with acne treatments that it just couldn't handle the stuff that's on the ingredients list (SLS, parabens etc). Since it dried my face out, I thought I'd use the cream too. It made my skin better, but I still broke out! After that, I stopped washing my face altogether and my skin actually got better then I started using this random foam cleanser sample I got from The Face Shop (the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, if anyone's curious haha) It also dried my skin out and broke me out a teensy bit, but not nearly as badly as Cetaphil did. Now I don't use anything on my face except tea tree oil and my face is 70% okay lol..
I'm not trying to discourage anyone from using any of the Cetaphil products :P I just hope this review provides some perspective that no matter how highly praised a skincare product is, you gotta physically try it for yourself and see if it's good. You can only hope that the positive reviews apply to you too!
Having read so many great reviews of this product, I wonder if I am doing something wrong...I have been using this cleanser for several months now and am not thrilled with it. It is VERY gentle on my skin, does not leave it tight or anything. My problem is that I don't think it cleans very well. I don't have a problem with the fact that it does not foam; that is not important to me. After using this, I end up removing more impurities with a toner. Very gentle, but no squeaky clean feeling.