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.
this stuff is okay there is so much better stuff out there...
I started using this cleanser as recommended by my dermatologist to calm skin after rosacea outbreak. It worked very well, and was very gentle on my skin.
It doesn't remove makeup very well, and was starting to clog my pores a bit.
I noticed more blackheads with this stuff. I had to switch to something with a bit more cleansing power. However, I will still keep some on hand.
My skin is sensitive/combination and I have tried MANY cleansers out there ranging from Neutrogena to La Mer. 9 times out of 10 those cleansers either dried my face out or clogged my pores and gave me occasional breakouts. 4 months ago my skin reached its worst stage and I had endless pimples on my cheeks. My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil and I became addicted to it eversince. It's the mildest cleanser out there, helps to maintain the skin's natural moisture and my skin never feels "stretched" afterwards. However, I cannot use it alone except the morning as it does not remove make up completely. Highly recommended!
I have a friend who is a cosmetician, and a few years ago she recommended this product (as well as the moisturizer) for my very normal skin. I like the milky feeling and the way it leaves my skin feeling soft, but I would not use it solely for my normbal-but-oily skin. For about six months, I used it in combination with aveeno foaming cleanser and a weekly scrub, and I found that to be very effective. Now, I'm using TESS(Teen Everyday Skincare System). To give my skin a break from the scrub, I use my cetaphil. Also, after I come home all sweaty from sports, i use a harsher facewash, and before I go to bed, just this gentle cleanser to increase softness, smoothness, and cleanliness. It is a good supplement face wash and for normal or dry skin, probably a good fit.
I am in a testy mood at the moment so I'll come right out and say it: I hate this stuff. I want to like it- you can't beat the price but this product feels so uncomfortable on my face (it feels like yuk). Plus it is truly the lamest cleanser I have ever used in terms of makeup removal- a wash cloth would help but that would further irritate my skin. I have a full bottle in my bathroom and for some reason I keep thinking I might experience a Cetaphil "revelation" like all the other Cetaphil devotees but I doubt that will happen so I am going to through it out. I like Cerave. People compare it to Cetaphil but in my opinion, it is a totally different product. Why do dermatologists continue to hawk this product? I think it is those pharmaceutical reps that hound them constantly.
This stuff is very mild & it actually softens your skin. However, if you're a greasy monkey and need a harsher cleanser to strip away your gunk ... this might not be the best option. I'll give it 4 lipstix cuz it works without water; it cleaned my face pretty well with just tissues in the backseat on a 5-hr car trip.
Definately gentle. But I still really like it. I never expected it to take off makeup after reading the reviews here on MUA. I don't have any skin issues and I would classify my skin type as 'normal.' So I only use it when I don't have any makeup on and it works great for me. I will definately repurchase.