I have dry acne-prone skin, and this stuff totally worked for me. It is non-comodegenic so it doesn't make you break out, but it cures all my dry spells (especially during the dry winters and deserty summers). It doesn't leave a greasy feeling either, but I wouldn't recommend it to oily skin types. If it ever gets too oily just use a peel mask and/or a drying out agent once or twice a week to control oil production/acne.
I'm trying to switch to more natural products now, but for a long time this was one of my staple lotions for dry skin. It didn't reduce flakiness for me(my skin gets extremely flaky), but it did soften my skin nicely, and was one of the best drugstore products for moisturizing. It wasn't nearly as greasy as other creams that moisturized well, either.
Very, very good stuff-- as good or better than fancy creams that cost five times as much. It's a light, greaseless, calming cream that sinks in quickly. I have very dry, retinized skin and it makes flakes go away on impact. It's economical in that it really does "do everything" well-- it's a great facial and body moisturizer, and doesn't sting when used as an eye cream. I've had the tube forever, but I've been using the lotion on my face and just realized that the cream is actually far lighter and more effective than the lotion!
My mother has used Cetaphil religiously since a rash-y skin condition sent her to the dermatologist several years ago. She swears by it. Me, I've been playing the field with body lotions (under the pretext of wanting a lighter/thinner formula) but so far I haven't encountered a product that works as well as Cetaphil, period. Its consistency is amazingly thick and rich without being even the slightest bit greasy. My skin feels soft and moisturized for a full 24 hours after applying the cream. It also works well as a base for perfume and helps prolong the lasting power of my scents. Mom, you were right all along about this one!
I have never used this product on my face! I have very oily skin on my face and cannot imagine using this on that area of my body. For my body however it is a different story. Especially in the winter I get very dry flaky skin even though I love in the humid city of Charleston, SC. This works wonders when applied right out of the shower. If i get lazy one day and dont use it, I see a huge difference; my skin gets so itchy, dry, and flaky. I use this all over my body. A definite re-buy!
Normally, I would never use such a heavy cream on my face - I have oily, acne-prone skin that's only kept under control by Retin-A Micro. But recently, I got too experimental with some glycolic acid products which dried my skin out so much that I ended up with something resembling a chemical burn near the side of my mouth. The skin on the rest of my face was dry and extremely flaky as well. I was desperate.
That's when I read the reviews of this cream on MUA. I figured my skin couldn't possibly look any worse than it already did, so I slathered some on one morning. Well, the results were AMAZING. My parched, peeling skin immediately looked smooth and hydrated. I was even able to put foundation on without it looking flaky. And, after a few days of applying the cream every morning to my entire face and every night to my burned area, the burn actually healed. I still have a dark mark where it was, but it's not longer a creepy, flaky, open-wound thing. This worked even better than I think polysporin or Aquaphor would have!!! And I DIDN"T BREAK OUT!
Now that my skin is (almost) back to normal, I will use this skin only on especially dry patches. I think it's too rich for every day, all over. But if you're getting dry and flaky, this is a life saver.
I also wanted to mention that I bought a small tube of this product for $8, rather than the huge jar for $12. It's less cost-effective, but I think the tube seems more hygenic than the jar.
This is a must have for anyone with dry, sensitive skin. It is the only thing I've found that is heavy enough to keep my cheeks from flaking under makeup. One tub lasts most of a year, and the tube is great for travel. It is soothing, and doesn't burn my face at all.
Use on my body and face. Has not broken me out. Maybe a little heavy for Summer, but this winter it's wonderful. I wished I would have known about cetaphil when my face started breaking out.
I bought the CVS version of this stuff, and I love it. It's made my face so smooth and soft! I'm using the acne.org skin care regimen to try to make my skin completely clear, and using all that BP dries out my skin like crazy. I was skeptical about paying $11 for the cetaphil brand, but was very happy when I saw the knock-off CVS kind for 1/2 the price! Also, when using the regimen on acne.org, it says to use less moisturizer than BP, and with most moisturizers, this just would not work because they are so skimpy & you have to use a lot to keep your face from getting dry. I only need 1-2 drops of this stuff on my face to keep it well moisturized. I use a q-tip for getting this stuff out of the tub, because I don't want to stick my fingers in there every time (bacteria!). This stuff is going to last me forever & I love it!
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream… Hmm… I like this! So far anyway. I’m not crazy about it (the list of ingredients is a little long), but I like it (it has no fragrance and doesn’t contain parabens). When the air is so cold and dry that I feel like it's sucking all of the moisture out of my skin, this cream does the job. Got mine for $20.97 (Canadian) in a huge 16 oz (453 g) jar. I immediately transferred it to several smaller jars and gave one to my husband who uses it on his hands and one to my daughter who uses it on her face. Just before bedtime, during the coldest months, I use it alone on my face still moist from cleansing. In the morning, I wake up to comfortable, healthy looking skin. Because it isn't greasy, I have even used it under my makeup and was quite surprised to see how well it worked since all of my life I have steered clear of dry skin creams especially for my face. For the price, I think it is a great basic moisturizer for parched skin and just the thing to winterize mine. I have a feeling this cream will become a must in our household every winter. Still looking for the tube version some of you mentioned…
THE LABEL SAYS: Cetaphil moisturizing cream was formulated specifically for chronic dry, sensitive skin. Contains a superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants, proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss.
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (and)
Propylene Glycol, Petrolatum, Dicaprylyl Ether, PEG-5 Glyceryl
Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone and Dimethiconol, Cetyl Alcohol,
Sweet Almond Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,
Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium
EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid.
EDIT January 5, 2007: This cream is amazing!
Will be using it every winter as a facial
moisturizer if I can find it in a tube.