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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

BY CETAPHIL

4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.43 / 5 based on 8,544 Reviews

Product Description

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser works well as part of a skin care regimen to control dryness associated with topical acne medications and skin rejuvenating wrinkle products. Originally formulated for dermatologists, Cetaphil Gentle Liquid Cleanser is... see more...

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
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karen c.
karen c.
40 reviews
I have a history of moderate acne and normal to oily combination skin. When I first discovered that most drugstore cleansers for normal to oily skin were over-drying and irritating my skin, I searched for an alternative. At the time, there was not much to choose from--almost every oily-skin cleanser was an acne cleanser with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and harsh detergents. Beggars can't be choosers, and Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser became my go-to. Fast forward to now, and there are many more choices for somebody like me. Now that I have been able to try other cleansers, I see how terrible Cetaphil actually is.

Let me start with the fragrance--a "masking fragrance" that supposedly obscures the natural scent of the ingredients. The masking fragrance is a clean soapy scent, but not particularly pleasant when used on the face. Fragrance is fragrance, and this product is not fragrance-free, period.

Next is the irritation it causes. It doesn't matter how I use it--thick and concentrated or lathered with some water to thin it out. If I use this product daily, my skin condition degrades day-by-day, becoming increasingly sensitive. Even after taking a break from this product, when I resume, I get burning around my nostrils on day one, which is usually my indication that something is not going to work out for my skin type.

Finally, may I ask, "Normal to Oily"? Really? This product does not balance my skin, and if I use it in the AM, I am far oilier than if I use something like Paula's Choice Skin Balancing cleanser. In practice, I think it is really a cleanser for normal to slightly-dry skin.

The plusses, and the reasons I did not give only one lippie, is that this cleanser is really great at removing regular (not long-wearing) makeup with one wash. Also my skin feels clean but not overstripped when I use it. Bottom line, I am using the rest of my stash as a hand wash, and won't be repurchasing.
Naomi D.
Naomi D.
100 reviews
This is the most gentle yet effective cleanser out there! I have a number of face washes in my rotation, but I find this one is amazing when paired with my clarisonic. I tend to use my tea tree face wash by the Body Shop when my skin is breaking out, my Purity one step facial cleanser to take off makeup remover or when my skin is feeling super oily (this product tends to be drying if used daily), and the frothy face wash by Origins when I need a deep clean. Still, this is the one I return to again and again because it's suitable for my skin whether it is feeling extra oily or extra dry and never strips my skin nor leaves any weird residual feeling that some products tend to leave. It's great on the body too since it's fragrance free and my body tends to react more negatively to fragrance than my face. I'm almost out and I'm super sad about it; I know that out of all of my cleansers, this is the only one that I will repurchase again without question.
Megan W.
Megan W.
Mount Vernon, GA
355 reviews
I have used this product countless times. I love the product, process, and I love the outcome! However, something I can't deny is I hate spending so much money on skin cleaners! Where I live, I can never seem to find a medium sized bottle. All they have is the large and the price on that runs well over 10$ a bottle. BUT I have found a solution. It seems like everywhere that I go, I see the nameless bottles that are "Compare to Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser"... most people walk past it b/c they think it doesn't work as good. I decided to be different and purchase that product just to test it out, to see what the true difference was. My conclusion was that those off brands are the exact same as the brands with a label on it. We are buying high-end products n spending extra money on LABELS! I DECIDED TO ALWAYS SHOP CETAPHIL LABEL-LESS! Best decision I ever made. I got the same product for a way cheaper price. PS YOU CAN FIND IT A DOLLAR TREE FOR $1.
María A.
María A.
Raleigh, NC
20 reviews
Confession: I fall asleep in my makeup more often than not. Like probably 90% of the time. I usually don't wear foundation but there's enough concealer and blush at least to warrant a nightly wash.

I have to be careful what I wash my face with because most cleansers and washes cause me to develop small bumps, itchy and almost like bug bites, a couple of them on each of the main areas of my face. They go away in a couple of hours usually but it's a nuisance, and scratching my face isn't cool.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is my favorite face wash by far, and pretty much the only one I use. I switch it out ever so often with Shea Moisture's Coconut and Hibiscus Bar because my skin and hair "adapt". I remove my makeup with coconut or jojoba oil (sometimes followed by a Garnier Fructis wipe, if I wore foundation and contoured) and finish with Cetaphil in the shower.

I follow up in the winter, when my skin in driest, with their moisturizer.
Des S.
Des S.
Riverside, CA
15 reviews
This cleanser is a good deal but it's not for me. I purchased a mini bottle of this at Ulta, just to try it out and I liked it, but didn't love it. The smell is very strong & off putting. It reminds me of elderly lady perfume. As far as a cleansing product, it does clean my skin and take off my makeup however it doesn't leave that crisp, squeaky clean feeling that I like. (I guess that's a good thing because it means it's not stripping my skin completely but I still prefer squeaky clean.) I appreciate cleansers that are one step because I despise using makeup removers, so in that regard, this was great. I won't be purchasing a full size of this though because it did give my skin these irritating, unsightly bumps on my forehead and cheeks. I guess my skin didn't like it, which is odd because usually my skin isn't picky. If you have bullet proof skin and enjoy overly floral, odd smelling cleanser than this may be for you.
Alyson M.
Alyson M.
Catonsville, MD
52 reviews
I tried this product after I got my nose pierced because the piercer I went to recommended using a gentle face wash until the piercing healed to prevent it from healing improperly and irritating the fresh piercing. I had heard a lot of great things about using Cetaphil and knew it was a good gentle product. That being said, when I actually used it, I was not impressed at all. Yeah it's gentle and it didn't irritate my piercing at all which I appreciate, but I have really oily, acne and blackhead prone skin and I feel like this cleanser didn't adequately clear my pores when I used it on a daily basis. I was still breaking out regularly while using it which would cause me to use more product to cover up acne and cause my pore clogging to get worse. I guess if you don't wear makeup regularly and have dry to normal skin it would work well for you, but for people with oily skin this is a big thumbs down.
courtney p.
courtney p.
21 reviews
i picked up cetaphil because my boyfriend recommended it to me, and swore by this face wash that it was good. i used it for a week and my face broke out tremendously in white heads and small acne bumps/dots all over my face. i stopped using it and immediately went back to my previous acne face wash acne free so it can clear my skin again. i just wanted something to cleanse my face but wasn't technically an acne face wash. i did not like the outcome of this product! i woke up every morning to my forehead speckled in oil and new breakouts. he said it was bringing out all the impurities but i was too scared to continue to see the end result. it didn't dry my skin, it actually helped with my really bad dry skin. i might go back to this when my face is clean and clear to see if it was helping or ruining my skin with the many breakouts but definitely not anytime soon.

✕ do not recommend!!
Mytri S.
Mytri S.
Baltimore, MD
14 reviews
This has been a godsend for my acne prone skin. I've been using this for a few years now and I question why I didn't discover it earlier. My skin use to be very oily and is now combination, but still very acne prone. I've tried so many different cleanser promising to clear up my skin, but none had worked before Cetaphil. I realize now that those other cleansers were stripping my skin's natural lipid layer, whereas Cetaphil keeps it intact, thereby allowing it to heal faster and prevent any new irritation from forming. I now buy these in bulk and won't let any other cleanser (besides an oil-cleanser) touch my face. I've tried their other version, the daily facial cleanser, but I find that to be too harsh on my skin now. That's why I just stick with the gentle cleansing version.
Lily Z.
Lily Z.
290 reviews
This product has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. I first tried it in elementary school (I'm a college grad for reference), and I turn back to this cleanser time and time again. This gentle cleanser is great for those who have sensitive skin, but also works well for people with oily skin, like myself. This product leaves my face feeling clean and soft without making it feel dry. I always thought I needed a cleanser that washed all the oil off my face. As a result, my skin would just produce even more oil. This one works great because it cleanses the impurities from my skin and still leaves my face feeling moisturized. The lack of fragrance makes it suitable for those who have adverse reactions to strong scents. Highly recommend this product!
Christine D.
Christine D.
North Smithfield, RI
8 reviews
Starting using this after my dermatologist (and a few other esthitiicians I've spoken with) recommended it. I once heard a skin expert say that its less important to have a cleanser with fancy ingredients because it only stays on your skin for 30 seconds and then you wash all the product off (save the fancy ingredients for serums and moisturizers). The most important thing in a cleanser is that it gets your makeup and dirt off and is GENTLE. A lot of people don't realize that when they strip their skin of natural oils it can actually trigger MORE breakouts. My skin has been on point for the past year and it all started with switching to this cleanser. Its been around for decades and its tried and true.
Ines J.
Ines J.
Baton Rouge, LA
82 reviews
Is this good for sensitive skin?
Kathleen L.
Kathleen L.
Albany, NY
19 reviews
Will this cleanser help fight acne even though it's supposed to be more gentle?
Michelle L.
Michelle L.
Pittsburgh, PA
100 reviews
Everyone says its amazing! is it good?
Mica O.
Mica O.
Pontiac, MI
Is this good for dry/oily skin
Raysha L.
Raysha L.
North Bergen, NJ
45 reviews
On the packaging, it says this product can be used as a gentle mask as well. Has anyone tried this?

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