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The 'Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser' is an absolute gem of a product that I discovered on one of my shopping trips in New York. Having battled problematic skin throughout the years, I am always up for trying 'gentle' products and I'm really happy I bought this.
Cetaphil comes in a white plastic bottle with a blue snap cap (smaller sizes) or blue pump (larger sizes).
This product is formulated to stand out from the much promoted beauty 'brands', although Cetaphil has grown in brand awareness, it maintains its class and portrays itself as a somewhat 'high end'/'medicinal' line of products. The product itself has a light gel consistency and even with water, it doesn't lather unnecessarily giving the illusion that it isn't working when it is actually doing wonders for your skin. The no-lather formula will cleanse your skin without stripping away moisture making it perfect for all skin types. It does not contain unnecessary fragrance, so it's suitable for babies too.
Although it doesn't remove makeup on its own, it's ideal for use in addition to a carefully generated and carefully considered skin care regime. I personally remove my makeup with Garnier Miceller water and cleanse with Cetaphil, followed by Retin-A in the evenings, and because it is gentle, it is really effective with such anti-ageing topicals because they are harsh themselves. It is well priced and on offer it is available for around £6 worldwide.
I have now seen this in Boots in the UK, and I would highly recommend it to anyone - any age, any skin type!
I occasionally suffer from skin breakouts, particularly at certain times of the month and this is when I use a great gentle cleansing lotion called Cetaphil. This cleanser is specifically intended for people with dry and/or sensitive skin. Though I don’t have a skin that is particularly sensitive, it does have some dry patches which can be a bit of a problem. This gentle cleanser is non-drying and suits my skin type down to the ground.
I have used this cleanser over the past two to three years, whenever my skin is suffering. It’s simple and easy to use. I just wet my hands and face and gently rub a small amount between the palms of my hands until it forms a light lather. Then I simply apply to my face and neck and pay special care to those areas which are most affected by the odd spot or pimple. It’s a good solution, because unlike some other cleansers I’ve used for problem skim, this won’t dry out my skin.
It rinses off simply without leaving any residue or tackiness behind and my skin never feels tight or pulled when I’ve used this facial wash. The bottle is a pump dispenser type and one little push don is all I need to create a good lather so a bottle the size I have (590ml) seems to last me forever. I pay £10 for a bottle of this size.
I like the fact that this is really gentle on my skin and doesn’t strip it of its natural oils. It has also been dermatologically tested and it’s completely fragrance free.
It’s not something I use every day, by any means, but it comes in really useful whenever I feel a spot or pimple rearing it’s ugly head.
It is a very popular product and really does clean your face well. It won''t make your skin dry. This product does not have bubbles or foam. This is good because foam can cause dryness at your skin. It is transparent and when you massage in, you can only feel something is wrapping your face like a mask. It did not tightens your skin.This product can be easily found at your local drugstore. This cleanser will not cause irritation as well and it does not irritates my super sensitive skin. This cleanser can be expensive but it actually worth buying it because it has better quality compared to others high end branded facial cleanser. It has a pump which can be lock. This make travelling a lot easier. Plus, it can be used by acne skin because it is very gentle. I do not suggest using it as a body wash because it is just a very small bottle and it does not foam which is kind of weird. You can barely see any bubbles from this product. It does not contains alcohol which can dry out your skin. Alcohol can evaporates the water at your skin although it leaves your skin feeling refreshing. This product can be easily shared with your friends, so you don''t need to bring a bunch of facial cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types which mean you can use this even you are a oily or combination skin type. I suggest this product to teenager because it is mild.
The Cetaphil fragrance-free skin cleanser, like the moisturiser, is true to its name in being gentle. It certainly does not have the harsh, damaging effect of some cleansers I have experienced, most notably from Oxy. The cleanser does not dry your skin out (or at least not excessively so for it to cause a noticeable difference) and behaves only as a product to remove unwanted excess from daily life, not to change your skin's natural state.
While I have been fortunate enough to not experience acne, I use this cleanser to simply keep my face clean and prevent spots, and it has worked effectively. Indeed, on Acne.org this cleanser is the most popular after the organisation's own product and hence sits in second place. It is therefore widely considered a recommended cleanser. Like most skin cleansers, the directions are to apply it morning and night. Due to the fact that it is such a mild cleanser, using the product twice day has no adverse consequences at all. When I did the same with other brands, such as Oxy and Nivea, not only did my skin dry out but it eventually began to look worse. No such problem exists with Cetaphil and when combined with their moisturiser, your facial skin remains in a healthy condition.
In terms of price and availability, it is identical to the moisturiser at approximately £6-9 (depending on where you purchase it) for a 236ml bottle. I tend to buy from Amazon and get it for £7 with shipping, however I think eBay is the cheapest and the Cetaphil UK website the dearest. A difference in comparison to the moisturiser is value for money. The cleanser lasts for a noticeably shorter period of time and this is predominantly due to the very liquid state of the product. It is not as thick as other cleansers (for example, the Neutrogena Visibly Clear range) which is not a disadvantage in itself but does cause you to finish the bottle quickly.
Whether you have a high grade of acne or simply require a daily cleanser to avoid spots, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is highly beneficial and effective with a reasonable price tag.
***Why I want the product***
My last cleanser Quinoderm Facial Wash although a good cleanser for skin that is prone to spots stopped working after a while for me but I continued to use it, mostly because I knew it did not irritate my skin, I felt it cleaned my skin well and it was cheap so I kept with it. That was until I noticed my skin getting more sensitive to products that I realised I needed to change brands, Quinoderm for example after I cleansed my face I would be red afterwards. I thought about going back to Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser but as always I fancied a change but knew I needed something that is still gentle with little ingredients as possible.
I already have Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion and knew they did a gentle cleanser but never looked into it before until now.
***About Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser***
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is as gentle as it gets and this is also the slogan for Cetaphil Cleanser. This cleanser is great for daily use and can be used as makeup removal. Originally it was formulated for dermatologists to use on their clients and recommend to them but was not for public use. It is perfect for sensitive skin and will not strip the pH balance. This fragrance free cleanser is non-comedogenic, which means it is unlikely to break acne prone skin out and gentle enough to use on all the family including children.
Like Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion, which comes in basic packaging, this cleanser is just the same.
Gentle Skin Cleanser comes in an off-white opaque bottle that is wider at the base and gradually thins out slightly as it gets to the top. The blue flip top lid that can be screws off when you need to get to the last of your product out. Cetaphil logo is green and blue with Cetaphil written in white. This product can come in difference sizes but the one I have is 236ml of product.
The back tells you a little about the product, directions for use and ingredients.
***Applying the cleanser***
Opening the secure flip lid and squeezing a little product out I am greeted with a product that looks more like a light gel that looks off-white, almost clear. There is no scent what so ever, which I am happy about.
Cetaphil say to use massage the product into dry skin, you can wipe away with water, with a soft tissue or cotton wool.
Taking 10p size amount, rubbing the product between my fingers then gliding it over my face the cleanser feels cool to the skin, soothing that glides along lovely with the gel like texture that does not feel irritating at all. The 10p amount is adequate for my face and light makeup, but if heavy makeup is worn I would recommend removing it first. Whenever I wear makeup I always remove it first with Olay Gentle Conditioning Milk and then use a cleanser to clean my skin but I wanted to see what Cetaphil said was right about a gentle cleanser having the ability to remove makeup. Yes I would agree to a certain extent that this cleanser can remove makeup but I personally feel because it is such a gentle cleanser it does not remove it all, especially when using a makeup fix spray and not actually designed for makeup removal.
After cleansing I thought my skin would feel a little tight due to it being a gel-like formula, I did not think it would be moisturising enough but my skin felt fine due to its pH properties.
***Price and availability***
I purchased this cleanser from pharmacy2u.co.uk for £6.85 for 236mls, which is great value for money. You can also purchase the 473ml for £13.95 from amazon.co.uk. You can also purchase from eBay.co.uk for cheaper.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
Reading other reviews on the Internet this cleanser seems to be hit or miss with a lot of people, especially those with acne prone skin. Some love it and some hate it due to the product breaking them out. I can use a product and know if it will break me out within a few days of using, sometimes quicker. I used a tester before purchasing the full size. The tester lasted me a week and that was using it day and night. I was happy enough then to purchase the full size version. Full size I have used for three weeks and still happy with the performance of the cleanser and thankfully no breakouts or irritation.
Before with other cleansers I have come to realise they we're irritating my skin, making it red, stripping my skin, making it dry thus making it worse. Since I have used this product the biggest change is my skin seems to be more even, less red and less sore. My skin is still not perfect due to broken capillaries that can make my face seem red but I believe this product has calmed my skin down.
The one and only downside I have found with this product and one that I am surprised about is if my skin is a little irritated in general or from weather, products like exfoliators, makeup etc this cleanser, although very gentle as it is can sometimes sting my skin. I say sometimes as this is rare but for some reason does happen. As soon as the cleanser is washed off the slight stinging stops and my skin is back to normal.
***Would I purchase again?***
Of course, I have already gone through the tester sample and purchased the full size version, no doubt I will be sticking with this cleanser for a while to come.
Cetaphil gentle cleanser
---------- Introduction ----------
So recently when I ran out of my cleanser, I had nothing to use, however my mum gave me this cleanser for free seeing as she didn't need it. I had never tried anything from the brand 'cetaphil' before, let alone ever heard anything about it, but I thought I would give it a go.
---------- About the cleanser ----------
This is what it says about the cleanser on the back of the bottle: 'recommended as a gentle, non irritating daily cleanser for sensitive and dry skin. Soap free formula removing dirt, make-up and other impurities without drying the skin. Helps skin retain needed moisture. Leaves skin feeling soft smooth and healthy. Smoothes and softens as it cleans. PH balanced for effective and gentle cleansing.' - This sounded perfect for me as I have dry and sensitive skin.
---------- Packaging ----------
This cleanser comes in a cream bottle with a blue pump lid. On the dooyoo picture it has a flip top lid, and so I must have an old cleanser and the packaging must have changed. On the front of the bottle it says 'gentle skin cleanser for all skin types' 'mild, non-irritating formula'. On the back of the bottle it tells you about the cleanser, how to use, the ingredients and how to contact the company. Overall the packaging is simple; I would probably rather it be something like pink and pretty, however obviously not everyone would want that, and so this cleanser is suitable for everyone to have on their dressing table no matter what age.
---------- Using the cleanser ----------
When I read the back of the bottle about how to use, I must admit I was a tad confused. This is what it says about the directions for use: 'Apply cetaphil to the skin and massage gently. Without water: Wipe off excess with soft tissue or cotton wool. With water: Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.' So basically you can either use this cleanser as a face wash or as a cleanser that you wipe off with cotton wool.
When removing my makeup I don't really like to use water and a face wash to remove it as I feel it doesn't remove every single trace of makeup. So instead I just pumped out about 2 blobs of the cleanser onto a cotton wool pad. I found that the 2 blobs only covered about half of my face and so I had to add to more blobs to cleanse the other side of my face. This I found a little annoying, it just didn't seem to spread across my face very well.
Also when I first used this cleanser I was so surprised about what it looked like. I expected it to look like a moisturiser or something, (I forgot it was a face wash as well) and so it just felt weird. It was like applying a face wash to dry skin, if that makes sense. Normally with cleansers that look like moisturisers, they absorb into your skin easier, however it took quite a bit of effort to get this cleanser to sink into my skin.
After using the cleanser I just splashed some water over my face.
---------- Results ----------
After using the cleanser I must say it does feel like all my make-up has come off. Also my face feels very soft and smooth which I was very pleased about. I was happy with the results. The cleanser was gentle on my skin and didn't irritate it, also it didn't dry it out any more, however I don't think that it really moisturised my skin.
---------- Price and Availability ----------
You can buy this cleanser from Boots. It will cost you £8.99 for a 236ml bottle. I find this a very expensive price as you can get most decent cleansers for around £4.
---------- Overall ----------
Overall this was a good cleanser at getting rid of all my makeup, leaving my face feeling soft and it was gentle on my skin. However I didn't like using the cleanser, it felt weird like applying soap to a dry face, it didn't spread across my face well or absorb into my skin.
I've been using Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser for quite a while now. When first purchasing this cleanser the reason I bought it was because it's soap and fragrance free, advertising as ideal for dry and sensitive skin, which I have. Another reason I bought this cleanser was because I wanted to able to clean out my pores and remove any blackheads I had without causing them to get clogged. I tried numerous products and methods yet always seem to have some. I noticed many recommendations for this cleanser to help remove them which made me go out and purchase it.
The packaging of the product isn't anything special, to be honest if I was browsing around the store it doesn't really catch my eye. Regardless I bought it anyway from Lloyd's pharmacy for £8.20, the bottle size being 250ml. There is two ways of opening the bottle, either unscrew the cap or flip the lid. When applying I usually flip the lid as there is a small hole on top allowing me to squirt out the amount I want to use. Although as it gets nearer to the end of the bottle it is harder to get out.
When squirting the cleanser out it doesn't appear very appealing. The consistency isn't thick, creamy or rich. It's quite faded in colour, almost looks like diluted milk but not as runny. The directions state to apply to the skin and massage gently. When doing so the cleanser doesn't foam up or become soapy, it sinks gently into the skin. Afterwards it says to wipe any access off with a tissue then rinse with water and pat dry with a soft towel. After using the product I felt no irritation and quite refreshed. Although I like the way it makes my skin feel and I'm very happy with how it cleanses, I do feel when I wear make-up I may need to do this process twice in order to feel fully cleansed. It is definitely more of a gentle approach, it is ideal for baby's skin as well.
I've found this cleanser has helped remove many of my blackheads as well. Before using I open my pores up using a hand towel soaked in hot water, when massaging the cleanser into the area of which the blackheads are, I do notice them coming out. After about a week of doing this once a day, almost all of them had been removed. Now I've been using this cleanser for quite a few months I don't see a blackhead in sight which I'm really pleased about.
Overall I do think this is a great cleanser for sensitive skin, the reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because like I stated earlier, when wearing make-up if I just cleanse the once I don't feel as if it has fully removed the make-up. It doesn't feel like a deep refreshing cleanse. I do love how it makes my skin feel really soft afterwards and my dry areas aren't as dry, but still need some moisturising. Usually one bottle lasts me around 6 weeks which I think is very reasonable for the price and results given.
Awhile ago when my skin got irritated and broke out very badly from something I don't really know. I have combination skin so I get acne here and there but that was the worst time ever. After 2 weeks, the pimples didn't go anywhere. My skin is very sensitive and I'd tried so many things before. I did a lot research and ended up buying Cetaphil.
The problem is it is not available in stores in the UK so you have to get it online. I got it from Amazon. The small one contains 200ml and costs 5.99. It clearly isn't the cheapest thing in the market but for the result, it's so worth the money.
The bottle looks medical, no fancy packaging. The cleanser itself is a clear gel, very light and has no foam so it won't dry out your skin. It contains no perfume, no color. The back of the packaging directs you to use the cleanser either with or without water. With water, you simply apply the cleanser to your skin, rub gently and then rinse. The "without water" instructions direct you to apply a liberal amount of the cleanser to your skin and to rub gently as well into a light lather. The excess should be removed with a soft cloth, instead of being rinsed off.
The cleanser gives a very clean and fresh feeling after washing and doesn't dry out your skin at all. I use this twice a day every day, feeling like I can't live without it.
So how well it works with my skin? It's amazing. After about 1 week using it together with the moisturiser, the acne started to go away. Although this together with the cleanser are advised for dry skin but I have combination oily skin and they work just fine. I have noticed many people with oily skin using this as well. Sometimes, just a clean and moistured face is enough to put the acne away.
After using it for a few weeks, my skin was much softer, my pores were clean and I didn't suffer nearly as many breakouts or itchy spots as I used to. If you suffer from oiliness in the T-zone and dried skin patches elsewhere, this is the perfect thing for you, especially for sensitive skin.
Having temperamental dry sensitive skin means I have a variety of skin products floating around the bathroom and one of them is Cetaphil skin cleanser. This skin cleanser is just like the facial washes other women use except it doesn't have any fragrance and is soap free so it's suitable for skin like mine.
Cetaphil is often recommended by dermatologists for problem skin because it is soap free, ph balanced and moisturising. It is gentle enough to use on babies and damaged skin so for people with dry skin it is a good all-rounder.
Cetaphil however isn't cheap and my 250ml bottle cost me in the region of £10 but I notice Amazon have an offer on at the moment making it just under £7 so if you're going to buy some shop around.
The bottle is a plain looking cream one with a blue flip lid and it looks medical rather than attractive! I tuck mine away in a corner because it just doesn't really look that great. Still it's what's inside that counts.
The liquid is a thick, almost clear liquid with just the slightest hint of white in it. It looks pure and as I said before smells of absolutely nothing. Sadly though I notice Cetaphil has parabens and alcohol in it which truly amazed me as this is highly recommended by dermatologists.
There are two ways to use this cleanser. One is without water and involves rubbing some into the skin and then wiping off with a tissue and the other is a standard rub it into the skin and rinse. I use water when I use Cetaphil because it does leave a bit of a layer behind and frankly I think using tissues would leave alot of product behind on the face.
So I wet my face, squirt about a 10p size amount of Cetaphil into my hand and rub into the skin. It lathers a tiny bit but not much and tastes foul if you accidentally get some in your mouth! Once that's done I rinse off with clean water and pat dry. The difference between Cetaphil and every other face wash I've ever used is the feeling of a slight residue on the skin even after rinsing. Initially it feels slightly oily and sticky but once your skin is dry it feels like you've applied a light moisturiser to the skin that's fully absorbed. Don't expect to pass a "squeak test" after using this because the idea is not to strip all the moisture out of the skin.
So does it work? Actually it works a bit too well and I don't use it every day or even my dry skin gets blocked pores. I find about three times a week is plenty to keep flaky areas at bay but one thing this goes very well with is exfoliating. I mix exfoliator and Cetaphil together so I get the best of both worlds and slough off dead skin but keep moisture at the same time.
If you have dry eczema this would be perfect and I suspect it would help with alot of dry conditions. I sometimes use it on my legs to shave with so I don't get itchy dry shins but be warned it does ruin the razor!
Overall this does moisturise dry skin while cleansing at the same time and if you give it time to dry before you freak out about the feeling of slight residue it leaves skin soft and smooth, and looking and feeling like you've moisturised. Too much use can clog pores but once you find your own personal balance it does help dry skin conditions. It doesn't look great and smells of nothing but it does do what it says on the bottle!
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser cleanses, moisturises and gently removes what your skin doesn't need, without stripping away the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or without disturbing the skin's natural pH balance / Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is designed specifically for eczema, psoriasis, acne or rosacea and works to soothe and soften sensitive and dry skin / Unlike soap, Cetaphil's gentle skin cleanser doesn't strip to skin of its natural oils and is / and lanolin free / Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is ; / ,Lanolin free, Suitable for sensitive skin.