This is the only thing I will use on my super sensitive skin. I have really oily skin, but because it's so sensitive, it gets dried out and flaky really easily. At first I was worried that this would break me out or make my skin even more oily, but it leaves my skin really soft after I use it and keeps my skin clear. I prefer to use it without water, I just rub it on my skin and wipe it off with a dry towel. It's a great eye makeup remover too
I've used this as my main cleanser for as long as I can remember. I don't usually wear tons of makeup, but my face always feel better after washing with this. My face is not tight or oily, but soft and clean. I found with other cleansers that they strip too much, which is why I like how gentle Cetaphil is. It is not the most efficient at remove tougher makeup. For more sensitive skins, I would recommend this cleanser.
Price: 2, $12/16 oz jug
Packaging: 2, Really ugly, boring plastic-pump bottle.
Buy again: yes
I tried Cetaphil 3 years ago, and I thought back then it was a terrible cleanser because it didn't remove my Revlon ColorStay foundation (I didn't know it was so stubborn!) and it started burning my skin too.
My skin is clearer now, but this winter has really done a number on my skin and my regular cleanser was a little too harsh. My skin was winter-chapped, irritated, and breaking out frequently on my chin and my normal Benzoyl Peroxide wasn't doing much to prevent it. I had some cetaphil in my bathroom and I figured "Well... maybe I'll give it a second chance".
I've been using it for 6 days and I really really like it! It's been very gentle on my combo/acne-prone skin, but at the same time very effective in removing the oil, dirt and grime, and my very minimal makeup. I don't usually wear more than powder blush, concealer and loose powder, so cetaphil is great at taking those off!
I like to apply it with clean hands to my dry face, massage for 20 seconds, then wipe off with a tissue, or rinse with warm/hot water. It works really well for me, as it really cleanses without stripping my skin. It has calmed my face down, it's smooth and soft, it's not breaking out, and my face isn't as oily either!
I'll probably use it for the remainder of winter, and maybe even into the summer.
[EDIT: April 26, 2008]
I stopped using Cetaphil a few weeks after I wrote this review in favor of trying out other cleansers. This winter (again!) did a number on my skin-- everything seemed to strip it and dry it out badly I tried LUSH cleansers, other drugstore brand facial washes, nothing helped. In desperation I reached for Cetaphil again, and I swear I'm never switching again! I really love it. My makeup consists of sunscreen and occasionally mineral powder foundation and blush, so taking those off with this is easy. I apply a generous amount to dry skin, massage it around for 30-45 seconds, then take a damp facial sponge and wipe/massage it off, rinsing the sponge periodically. It probably takes me about a minute or two to get it all off, so it's not any longer than washing your face the "normal way" with other products. I also don't like bending over the sink because it hurts my back sometimes and I splash water everywhere. As a bonus, this stuff leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized! :) Love!
fantastic value and good for sensitive skin. first bought this in the states but it ain't great for removing make up and I've subsequently found Liz Earle products which suit my dry, eczema prone skin even better.
But for value cetaphil is still a great product
This is not a make-up remover and not for oily skin, so do not treat it as one. I have dry skin with hormonal break-out and not any other problems. I am using this for over a year and my skin feels great. My dry patches are gone and overall the skin is softer and smoother. I use this with a washcloth daily to give my face a gentle exfoliation and it works for me. I also love the sensitive skin cream and lotion.
I gentle unscented cleanser. It is not that great for cleaning though. I often have to "rinse and repeat" in order to get all my makeup off. I like that the ingredients are simple, but it just didn't do enough for me.
The only cleanser that does not irritate my sensitive eczema-prone skin. Does not remove waterproof eye makeup but I use a makeup remover for that anyway. My skin feels really soft and refreshed after I use it. Definitely recommended for those with sensitive skin.
This is a perfectly fine cleanser. It did not irritate my sensitive skin. I just did not like the smell. I will not repurchase.
I have normal skin with the occasional hormonal breakout. I bought this because it was unscented and gentle. ACK! I have never had acne in my whole life. I am very proud of my skin. I have been using this product for 1.5 months, and realized this is what was doing it. Not the product itself, but the result of this product.
I wear shiseido spf 55 and I needed a facial cleanser that wasn't drying. This didn't take anything off, not even makeup. I don't wear anything waterproof, this was just horrible. I tried to use it to clean my makeup brushes, and it wouldn't even get powder blush off. Plus, you have to use so much of it. It was about $13 CAD, which I thought was a little high for a drugstore product.
If you are getting breakouts out of nowhere, stop using this and see if it goes away. I know it was this because I kept my diet the same and started to eliminate items from my skincare. As soon as I took this away, I started to clear up.
purified water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
This is an excellent gentle face cleanser! It can either be washed off or wiped off. I think alot of women use face cleansers that are too harsh, when you wipe the Cetaphil off it does leave a little residue. This will soak into your skin after about 10 minutes and leave your face very soft!! My skin has been so soft since using this product and I've experienced less breakouts. I also use this as a gentle skin cleanser for my daughter since she was born. Great product!!