I use to use only this and never had a breakout. It was all that I could use on my face to cleanse. I usually did not have to put on lotion afterwards. But my face has changed so I can no longer use it - wished I could. But loved it when I could use it.
I always come back to this cleanser. I've tried many others just for the heck of it, but I love this one very much. It is very light and doesn't take off a whole ton of makeup but, if you don't wear a lot of makeup every day or none at all, this is perfect. I have combo skin that tends to get too dry on the cheeks if I use most 'foaming' cleansers. Cetaphil doesn't dry your skin out. It is most certainly-gentle! You can even use this in combination with a heavier makeupremoving cleanser. Or you can just use it in the morning. :)
I know derms totally recommend this stuff but on my oily/sensitive skin it leaves me feeling a little filmy. I'm used to a refreshing clean feeling, which is what I usually like. I'm using up the last of my purity made simple,which to me is a little less "thick" then this. Maybe its just because cetaphil isn't as "luxurious." I also think it makes my skin a little sticky, nothing a littel toner wouldn't solve though. Cheap enough that if you're contemplating it, it'd be worth a try.
Great cleanser for people with sensitive skin. I prefer this one over the facial cleanser for washing my face. Some reviewers have complained that it does not remove makeup.
Removing foundation with Cetaphil:
Use a wet washcloth to wipe off the cleanser before rinsing, it will remove foundation thoroughly.
Removing eye makeup with Cetaphil:
Moisten a cotton pad lightly with almond oil (I like to put a little Vitamin E oil in it) and wipe gently over your eyes. This loosens the makeup. Use Cetaphil as usual (it removes the remainder of the oil and makeup).
UPDATE: Taking away 1 lippie, as it does nothing to control blackheads.
My HG cleanser. Leaves my skin feeling clean, but not tight. Removes my makeup. I love it and its dirt cheap!
My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil(liquid). It is a very creamy, gentle and soft cleaser soap. There is no scent and it feels like light skin cream when you put it on. I have to gently wash my face two or three times when I use Cetaphil sensitive skin liquid soap. Cataphil is so gentle it feels like it is not working. This is because it does not strip your natural oils.
If I do not wear makeup, Cetaphil liquid works fine to clean my skin. However, I like to wear makeup some days and the Cetaphil does not really clean it off. I asked my Dermatologist about this and she said that is because it does not strip the skin of itís natural oils. It takes a while to get used to but it is better for your skin than any other product. She did recommend that I try using the Cetaphil bar of soap and that has been better for me. I use the gentle skin formula and find it scrubs the makeup off but is still very gentle to my face. After using the bar of soap (rather than the liquid version) I put on the Cetaphil face lotion for sensitive skin after and my skin feels wonderful.
I would not recommend Cetaphil if you use heavy foundations or mascara. You may want something a bit stronger but be aware that other products can strip your skin of itís natural oils.
I believe Dermatologists recommend this so often because it does
not strip the skin and has such few ingredients it is easier for doctors
to figure out which medicines they prescribe are working or not or
if they need to switch you. Cetaphil is simple.
Good luck and I hope this helps.
I agree that Cetaphil is a very "gentle" product. It does leave your skin feeling smooth...although it felt more like a moisturizing lotion than a cleanser. My skin didn't feel cleansed at all.
Was given a bottle for free and used it (gasp) as a make-up remover. I wear very little makeup and so this was ok for me. Is certainly quite moisturizing but definitely would not use this as a cleanser. Would probably be perfect for people with dry skin. Also makes a very good handwash but that seems a bit wasteful to me!
Cetaphil burnt my skin.
After I used it for a week, my skin was red and irritated and burned.
Cannot say I am a fan of it.
I have a "huge" bottle of this cleanser in my vanity. I don't like the way it cleans (actually doesn't clean would be a better phrase) my face. It is indeed gentle and should be adequate for those with sensitive skin, as long as they don't rinse their face to remove product. I find it works much better when tissued off. My face actually feels nice after cleansing, not tight or dry, but that's it. It does an ok job of minimalist cleaning and is best used by those with skin issues.