I am 33 years old and have fairly oily/acne prone skin. There is nothing more frustrating! As a teen, I rarely if ever had a blemish or pimple. Suddenly, about 4 years ago, my skin went crazy. I have honestly tried everything to get my skin under control (Proactiv, Neutrogena, Skyn Iceland, birth control pills, salicylic acid, MD Formulations, oral and topical prescriptions, etc, etc). I cringe to think of the money I have literally poured down the drain.
I have often heard of Cetaphil being recommended by dermatologists, but I always doubted that the answer to my problem could be found on the drugstore shelf. Why oh why do I always think that you have to spend $$$ to get the best results?? Well, I was proven wrong here!
This cleanser does an amazing job getting my face clean, without leaving it the least bit dry. I wear a pretty fair amount of makeup (though I'm getting away with less and less thanks to this cleanser!), and it removes all traces. I refuse to use any product on my face that leaves it dry or flaky or red or irritated. In my opinion, that doesn't look any better than the break-outs, which is the reason that I used the prescription topical treatment exactly 2 times before tossing it. No problems with this cleanser at all.
A lot of reviewers have commented on the smell. It's not great, but it's definitely tolerable. The hair spray comparison is pretty close. I am more than willing to live with the smell to get the results. A very, very small price to pay. It doesn't linger and once it's rinsed, it's totally gone. Honestly, it wouldn't have even bothered me enough to mention it, I only did because so many others have.
I've been using this for several months now, and can't imagine not using it at this point. Absolutely, positively my HG cleanser!
This is a good clenaser for oily /combo skin but I have to agree with other reviewers and say that the smell is just awful. Someone said hairspray and they were not exaggerating. This ruins what could be a top-knotch product. Won't buy again because the scent is so off-putting. Doesn't lather as much as the press ads imply, either. I like a bit of foam myself.
This is really only for very oily skin, or in summer. It's not really a cleanser for 'normal to oily' skin, in my opinion. It cleans well but leaves my skin feeling dry afterwards. But, it is cheap and the pump bottle is practical.
ok well i can't say much right now about this product because i've only been using it for 2 days, but i can see a difference. first of all the reason i bought this is because of this: i was starting to beak out like crazy a few months ago and didn't know what to do, and i was trying every drugstore crap that got decent ratings on here, so what i first tried was Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Gel, which seemed to work well at first, but after like a week, it didn't seem to help as much, then i read good reviews about the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub, so i tried that and that seemed to help for about a month, but again just stopped doing well, and while doing all of this i always started with the cetaphil bar cleanser, so maybe i thought i needed a stronger cleanser, so i bought the Neutrogena oil-free acne wash, and thats when the problems really started. i after about a week i got small pimples all around my nose a cheek area, like 2 a day, just popping up everywhere! i never had skin like that in my life! and nothing seemed to make them go away, nothing, so i stopped using the acne wash, and the scrub for now, and went to Target and bought this Cetaphil, because i thought i needed something to give my skin a break, but still get rid of those horrible little zits. so after the first try i woke up with the pimples less visable and smooth, and almost gone really, so it really did the trick to put my skin back in neutral, at least, but i don't know if it will really make my skin better than it was before this mess. and right now after using it tonight my skin feels baby smooth, something i haven't felt in a while! it's really soft! so thats it.
i usually use desert essence tea tree oil cleanser, but i think it was getting to be a bit too harsh on my skin. a lot of people recommended this to me, and after about two weeks of using it day and night, i think my skin is reacting positively to it. this cleanser is very gentle and has not caused any breakouts and removes my (non-waterproof) makeup thoroughly. i usually rub my face with the cleanser for about 30 seconds before rinsing thoroughly; otherwise i feel like there is a slight film left behind. i think my skin texture has gotten slightly better as well. the pump is unattractive, but the price is good, especially if you can get it at target. overall a very good basic cleanser.
This stuff is AWESOME! Ive used countless brands of cleansers in my 34 years searching for the perfect one. I am so glad I finally found this, I will never be without it, it is perfect for my combination skin :o)
I've been using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser (or the generic equivalent) for years, but lately I was noticing a horrible tightness in my eye and upper cheek area. I tried some different moisturizers, but nothing really helped, so I opted for a gentler cleanser. I used this in the past, but shied away from it since it's expensive, and I wasn't *squeaky* clean after washing with it. I've since learned that feeling is what contributed to the dryness, and Cetaphil has really remedied the problem! The one thing that I used to ADORE about this product was its scent, but now it seems much stronger than say, three or four years ago. The obvious perfume weirds me out, but I see no adverse effects, and so I'll continue to use it and enjoy more comfortable skin. I use one squirt morning and night, but in the morning I add a pinch of baking soda for exfoliation. At night, it removes 95% of my makeup (leaves just a little eyeliner) so I don't bother with a separate remover. Good stuff!
I'm 37 with acne-prone/oily skin and this cleanser works very well for me. My skin can get irritated by cleansers that are too harsh and not cleaned well enough by cleansers that are too light. This cleanser is a great balance - it cleans off my make-up and leaves my face feeling clean. With overly-aggressive cleaners, my skin can become red, irritated and feel tight after washing. If the cleanser is too light or too "conditioning," it leaves my skin still oily or with a film over it. This is the first cleanser I've found that works almost perfectly with my skin type. I'm looking for a good cleanser with glycolic acid but for what this product is, it works beautifully.
I am constantly searching for my HG cleanser, and this is most definitely NOT IT! It's absolutely terrible. I have VERY oily skin, and this left me with dryness and flakiness after only a few uses. It stripped my skin and made it feel tight and irritated. This is not what oily skin needs! I will never buy it again, and regret putting my skin through this. It's sooo dry and flakey (yet also oily) now, looks gross! Don't buy unless your skin is very tolerant of drying cleansers.
I don't have the greatest skin in the world. I've tried almost every product on the market. Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clearisil, you name it. I won't slather on bennzoyl peroxide and scrub my face to oblivion. As I wait for my Accutane prescription to come in, I picked up this wash at the drugstore. I can't believe how great my skin looks! I couldn't believe how all those products did NOTHING and this did the trick for me!