I don't really understand all the hype surrounding this clenaser. My skin is slightly dry and sensitive. I'm not very acne-prone, but this left enough residue behind to give me some. I did notice that my face felt less dry while using it, but it didn't work that well at cleaning it, either.
I can see how this could be a popular cleaser. It's cheap, it doesn't irratate your skin, doesn't burn, doesn't dry out your skin...unfortunatly it doesn't really do much of anything. I usually use foaming cleasers so it was wierd going from that to cetaphil. When washing, cetaphil just felt like I was rubbing my face with a thick water like liquid or a lotion. My face didn't feel clean (the left over residue didn't help either). I just didn't like the way it left my face feeling. It also didn't seem to improve my skin at all (it didn't ruin my skin either but still). All in all, this cleaser wasn't bad but it also wasn't good. It was just "meh".
My fave cleanser! Really gentle and doesnt irritate my skin at all.Love it. I usually use foaming cleansers but i don't feel weird switching to this although it's non foaming. It obviously doesnt remove makeup as its a GENTLE cleanser people. Take off your makeup using a proper makeup remover then use the cleanser to wash the remaining residue from your face. Took one lippie off as the packaging could be improved :)
NO! What a disappointment. I was hyped because this cleanser is touted/suggested by dermatologists...well, it does not remove makeup. I am not really sure what it does. Does not work for me, that is for sure. ICK!
This is an OK face wash but only if you don't have makeup to remove. I would buy it again only to use in the morning shower. I like the creamy, non-foaming nature, but it just isn't strong enough to remove makeup at any level--I still need to wash my face again to remove it all. It's a cheaper alterntative to pricier cleansers, but considering the fact that it JUST DOESN'T work, I can't say I would recommend it. I have since discovered Purity Made Simple by Philosophy, which is like Cetaphil, but thicker/creamier and actually works at taking off all of my makeup. I have oily skin, so maybe that has something to do with it; this might be a product for people with dry skin who don't wear much makeup.
Now, I love a scrub and dont really go for cream cleansers at all. I used to use body shop tea tree oil scrub but wanted something a little less drying. I switched to dermalogica microfoliant and its great. When i get home from work I use cetaphil to get all the makeup off then dermalogica to make my skin feel really clean. In the mornings I alternate between cetaphil and dermalogica. Over all, this is a winner.
Cetaphil seems to be the kind of product that a lot of people either love or hate. I frankly like it, though I'm not sure it would work for me as the only facial wash in my arsenal. Cetaphil is very smooth and buttery, so it should work for most skin types except the very oily and the very sensitive. I like that it doesn't lather up and get overly soapy, so I can open my eyes and take some time to get the rest of my morning lineup of products ready before rinsing it off.
I do have oily skin, so I don't use Cetaphil at night. However, I can use Cetaphil in the morning, followed by Clinique's level 3 toner, and be fine for at least 8 hours oil-wise. Cetaphil does feel like it leaves a little bit of something on your skin, but I'd like to believe that it's due to the product not stripping your skin as much as some cleansers do. Since I use toner after cleansing with Cetaphil, I can't say if Cetaphil by itself will make you break out. When I apply it, I rub it all over my face and sometimes leave it on for a few minutes. I then wash it off, though you can also wipe it off with a cloth or similar product.
My mom purchases a generic version of Cetaphil, and while she can't tell a difference in it, I can. It seems to be more harsh (perhaps more alcohol than real Cetaphil?) and not as smooth, so I don't like it and won't use it unless I'm at her place and I have nothing else. Generic is a cheaper alternative if you're not too sensitive and picky, though. continued >>
Its kind of hard to tell if this product does much to help my skins condition -- it certianly doesnt do any harm though. I find it provides more of a placebo effect, i really WANT it to work on my skin so i kind of convince myself that it does. For now i'm just using up the bottle. I guess the real test will be how my skin reacts when i STOP using it...
I still feel the cheeks are dry after using.
For anyone thats been to a dermatologist (like I have), this cleanser is recommended the most. As, it doesn'ty compromise the skin's moisture barrier. And, its ingredient listing is one of the shortest you will find.
I am currenty a Retin-A user. This cleanser is always being recommended to be used in combination with such more than any other cleanser on the market. But, I simply don't enjoy using this stuff to cleanse my face with. Even though it doesn't have any added fragrance to it, it still has somewhat of a chemical smell to it. Also, it doesn't rinse cleanly from the skin either. And, it never feels like its actually cleansing my face at all.
I have tried to like this cleanser so many times. But, its just not for me. I have found that using a mild, non-irritating gel based cleanser is better for washing my sensitive, combination/oily skin with than this stuff.