Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil

Gentle Skin Cleanser

Average rating from 175 Ratings
4.2

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Gentle Skin Cleanser

4.2
from 175 Ratings
Product Overview

Quick Product Notes
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Paraben-Free
Sulfate-Free
Alcohol-Free
Silicone-Free
EU Allergen-Free
Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe
Minimal Ingredients

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Notable Effects & Ingredients

No Notable Effects & Ingredients

Ingredients Related to Skin Types
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Dry Skin
1
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
1
Sensitive Skin
None

Ingredient Safety Breakdown (EWG Health Ratings)

  • Low Risk
  • Moderate Risk
  • High Risk
  • Unknown
63%
13%
25%
0%

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Product Ingredient List

(Showing first 5 of 8 Ingredients)
EWG CIR Ingredient Name & Cosmetic Functions Notes
1
A
Cetyl Alcohol
(Emulsion Stabilising,Fragrance,Opacifying,Emulsifying,Surfactant,Foam Boosting,Viscosity Increasing Agent,Emollient,Masking,Viscosity Controlling)
comedogenic2
Comedogenic Rating (2)
1
A
Stearyl Alcohol
(Emulsion Stabilising,Fragrance,Emulsifying,Surfactant,Viscosity Increasing Agent,Emollient,Foam Boosting,Masking,Opacifying,Refatting,Viscosity Controlling)
comedogenic2
Comedogenic Rating (2)
1
Water
(Solvent)
3
B
Propylene Glycol
(Fragrance,Humectant,Skin-Conditioningagent - Miscellaneous,Solvent,Viscosity Decreasing Agent,Skin Conditioning,Viscosity Controlling)
Good for Dry Skin
Good for Dry Skin
4
A
Methylparaben
(Fragrance,Preservative)
Paraben
Paraben

Latest User Reviews

(Showing 3 of 8 Reviews)
dry PIHAcneFungal+ 2
A classic

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is very familiar to a lot of people: it's the first "gentle" cleanser that most Americans have used as a teenager or a young adult first getting into skincare. Many people using this are graduating from soap bars or harsh and fragranced scrubs and compared to those Cetaphil is indeed very gentle. But cleansers have come a long way since Cetaphil was introduced and Cetaphil's formula is kind of aging. Most notably the main cleansing ingredient is sodium lauryl sulfate which is now regarded as one of the harsher surfactants (although not as harsh as soap). Still, I find that the cleanser is just fine if a bit more drying than other gentle cleansers. It doesn't foam, which might be a good thing, because a lot of Korean foaming cleansers that are supposedly pH balanced (i.e. CosRx Good Morning Gel Cleanser) leave my skin about equally dry as Cetaphil. But Vanicream cleanser also foams and leaves my skin noticeably much less dry in the 15 minutes that I wait after washing my face to apply tretinoin.

The biggest strength of Cetaphil is that it is incredibly affordable and still quite a decent cleanser compared to many things much more expensive than it. Surely it is better than any designer brand that puts fragrance into a skincare product. You can get 40 oz of this stuff for around $15 at warehouse club stores and not worry about cleansers for 2 or 3 years. If you are affected by dryness it might be worth it to try Vanicream, CeraVe hydrating, or Neutrogena Ultra Gentle hydrating as I have found it makes a big difference for me as a tretinoin user. But for most people, there is a reason why this cleanser is so ubiquitous even though it is a bit dated.

combination AcneBlackheadsFungal+ 1
This product is good but not much improvement with my skin

So far I love this product but for me its only slightly improvement with my skin that makes me want to change other product . The texture of this product is best because not dehydrated my skin and my face feel not tight also feel smooth. Besides that, I like the smell of this cleanser.
Lastly, it's suitable with my skin.

combination PIHAcneAnti-Aging+ 5
Simple cleanser that keep my skin feeling healthy

It's just my preference, I think my skin always tolerate lotion type cleanser better. Oil cleanser clogs my pores, foaming cleanser always leave my skin dry and sensitive.

Cetaphil has been working well so far. But it has SLS and Parabens.. I hope it won't have bad effect as cleanser is washed off the skin quite quickly. Until I find a similar one without the Parabens.

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