I use this cleanser in the evening (alternating with Aqua Glycolic Cleanser). I think it is a basic cleanser that is good at removing the day's grime. I don't know how it is at removing makeup since I don't wear makeup. The packaging is good; I like the pump feature for easy dispensing. The price seems a little steep given that it is just a basic cleanser, but it does last a long time. I don't find my skin to be too dry or tight after using this product, but I don't have sensitive skin and my skin is definitely oily at the end of the day. This cleanser seems to stop the oily-ness without overdrying my skin. My least favorite thing about this product is the smell. It does seem overwhelming and it is quite strong.
I have oily skin, but this "gentle" stuff is way too drying. I hate how it feels on my face, and it's hard to work up a lather with it. I wouldn't waste my money if I were you.
I'm not really a picky person when it comes to a good basic cleanser, but the smell of this stuff is far too overwhelming. it makes me feel sick. and while it does seem to be good for oily skin, I found it to be extremely drying, made my skin feel really tight, and not in a good way. Some of you probably like that it is in gel form, but it just feels icky to me. I won't be repurchasing.
With so many different kinds of cleansers out there these days, this is the most basic cleanser. It cleans well with drying out your skin too much and it doesn't make me break out now that my skin is super sensitive. I tried using more expensive cleansers with antioxidants and those with promises of better skin, but they just aggravated my skin (i literally went from perfect skin to acne prone skin everywhere) and cetaphil actually calmed it back down a lot. I'll be using it until my skin returns back to normal!
Honestly I had no idea what to think of this when I first bought it. I eagerly rushed home to try my new find, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it took off my makeup (even the majority of my waterproof mascara!). I was bewildered by the fact it didn't lather *at all*. That fact took me a while to get used to, but the fact is that it cleans my skin without stripping the oils, and that's all that matters. Ever other cleanser I've bought has made my oily skin tight after washing, but not this one. After washing, my skin feels comfortable when I touch it, and it has helped me get rid of some mild acne. I use this as a cleanser morning and night, and after I put on some acne cream over the areas where I usually break out. Wonderful product! The only other drawback is that the container leaks when traveling, even if you lock the pump.
This stuff is really good. It helps to balance my skin. I doesn't actually treat or prevent breakouts, but it didn't irritate my skin. Every other facial soap I've used leaves behind a film or eczema rashes, but this stuff doesn't do either. It's perfect for when you want to wash away the oil on your face without over drying. I recommend it to people who have combination skin and/or sensitive skin.
I started using this over a month ago when I decided to go back to the basics in taking care of my combination skin. I was using all types of cleansers aimed at getting rid of acne that just dried out my skin. All the products just helped give me a lot of cystic acne. I love this cleanser. At first, I hated the smell, but now, I don't even notice it. It's definitely helped to reduce my breakouts. I used to use the sephora makeup remover, but now I use this in place of it. I put 2 pumps on a cotton round and wipe off all the makeup. I usually go through about 2 or 3 cotton rounds. And then I wash my face with some more of the cleanser. I really love how this doesn't make my face tight and dry after cleansing. Once I'm done with this bottle, I'm going to try the one for normal skin and see what the difference is.
I really like the fragrance to this cleanser, I think it smells very clean. Its not a miracle cleanser, but it does a good job on oily skin. It cleanses well and its very gentle on the skin.
I guess I'm in the minority here, because I love the fragrance of this cleanser - I love it when I have a soft scent left on my skin after washing my face.
I have combination skin with a very oily T-zone, and I find that this cleanser is able to remove all my makeup easily. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean, but never tight & "squeaky clean" like others cleansers tend to do. I feel like I'm doing something healthy to my skin, and it hasn't caused me to break out or anything. I'm not sure how this would work in the summer, as I tend to be really oily at that time, but right now we're in the dry winter season and it's perfect.
The scent is related to the fact that some of the ingredients have a strong smell and they had to add a "masking fragrance".
The hairspray analogy best describes it.
The price is great, but you will need a topical agent to continue your anti-oil slick regimen & pore size reduction battle if you are very oily.
Cetaphil Normal to Oily Skin Cleanser combined with a prescription for Differin has helped for me.