I am DSPW
This product did not work for me-my skin felt irritated and it did an rotten job of removing makeup.
Definately a pass on this one for me.
I have used Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser as a morning cleanser for many years until I discovered Spectro Jel. I tried using Cetaphil in the evening but without success; it does not remove makeup effectively. The reason I switched my morning cleanser to Spectro Jel is threefold: 1- Spectro Jel does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Cetaphil does; 2- Spectro Jel smells better to me than Cetaphil although both are fragrance-free; and 3- Spectro Jel is more economical than Cetaphil. Reason # 1 was the most swaying for me: SLS is a known irritant, but because it is a very effective and inexpensive detergent allowing for better distribution of the product while washing hair or skin, it is found in countless personal care products like shampoos, toothpaste and soaps. Some experts deem it relatively safe in certain products due to short contact time, but research suggests that prolonged exposure to this irritant is likely to cause skin damage. Knowing this, I donít want to take any chances with skin care products containing this potentially harmful ingredient if they are going to remain on my skin longer than shampoo on my hair. Why then does Cetaphil, which contains SLS, recommend its usage with or without water? Doesnít using it without water mean that some of it will remain on the skin? Cetaphil is also recommended "to clean sensitive baby rash areas", but according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, products containing SLS can affect those prone to eczema and other irritants by taking moisture away from the top layers of skin, and people with sensitive skin (prone to dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and chemical sensitivity) by causing flare-ups of skin conditions or possibly worsening existing conditions. Regardless of its concentration or its place in the list of ingredients, should such a potentially harmful ingredient be found in a cleanser which claims to be "as gentle as it gets" ?Ingredients: purified water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben continued >>
Combination and acne prone.
I like this cleanser very much, it's really gentle and it does not dry my skin like some other cleansers do. This does not give any foam and it took me some time to get used to a non-foaming cleanser. This also doubles up as a makeup remover and can be used as a body wash. It can also be used without any water, which makes it advantageous when I am travelling. I will also use this for diy aspirin mask.
Boring it is. But it is also safe and I doesn't irriate my skin or make it feel dry. Also a bottle lasts forever.
This is a great cleanser, especially if you have sensitive skin. I used it around my eyes. It's very gentle, not foamy at all, cleans well, and leaves my skin soft and moist. No scent, no greasiness, no color, nothing. It's fantastic - but let's be honest - isn't it just a tad boring?
I've used various generic versions of this, and they are just as good as the brand name. I can only use this on my oily skin when it's going through a dry, sensitive phase. I've used it when my skin was dry from benzoyl peroxide or from Accutane (it was the only cleanser that didn't burn my skin). This is also good for more sensitive winter skin. But this is not my usual oily skin cleanser (I like Neutrogena fresh, foaming cleanser or Purpose clear gel cleanser).
I just started using this about a month ago and I love it. I have very dry skin and this makes it so soft. I almost never get flakey now even though I am using Benzaclin gel for occasional acne. I also have very clear skin after using it. This has almost no smell and isn't harsh but I feel it cleanses well. I will probably never use a different cleanser on my face.
This stuff is awful. It doesn't take any makeup off my face - not even a light foundation, you can forget about it taking off any kind of mascara. It leaves a gross film on your skin even after careful rinsing. And...it really stings if you use it after a workout or when your skin is irritated. Complete crap.
So sue me, I'm one of those Cetaphil devotees! I've got rosacea and this cleanser has been a reliable choice. Sure, the packaging is ugly and the product name doesn't radiate glamorous images of the south of France but for me this has been the most fool proof product out there. For the price ($12 at Costco) why not give it a try?
EDIT 02/19/2008: Last year I switched to Spectrojel which I find a lot more soothing that Cetaphil, it also doesn't dry my skin out as much. Cetaphil is still a good product, I just find Spectrojel superior.
EDIT 01/24/2009: Spectrojel ended up not being the dream I thought it was, can't really describe it, but my skin just didn't look that great. Thus, I switched back to Cetaphil about 8 months ago, I'm sticking with it. It's a classic, perfect product.
This product is okay for me in the mornings, but I don't use it at nighttime because it does not remove make-up. Also, I sometimes find it too drying, even though dermatologists recommend it for sensitive skin. It seems to contain a lot of alcohol.