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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Product Review: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser + Mini Game Winner

I have been breaking out really bad lately - a lot of red spots accompanied with dry and flaky skin on the cheeks and on the sides of my mouth. I am thinking of three probable culprits - the unstable weather, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation, and hormones because I was PMS-ing. Whatever the culprit is, I had to figure out a way to soothe my skin and using the cleansers I normally use were out of the picture since they somewhat dry my skin even more. Good thing I saw my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for Sensitive Skin glaring at me partially hidden by the big bottles of cleansers. I have totally ignored it because I felt that it didn't cleanse my skin enough because it wasn't squeaky clean. I knew I needed something less drying so I finally used it again and since it's what I have been using for the past few weeks, I think it's about time I give it a review.

Photo taken from Cetaphil website

Product Description from Cetaphil Website:

As gentle as it gets.
Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for daily makeup removal. Originally formulated for dermatologists, this cleanser is gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skin’s needs. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. Recommended for years by dermatologists, it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is gentle enough for children, teens and adults.

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.


What I like:
- Gentle enough for my skin. It did not aggravate my break outs nor did it add any irritation. It also did not further dry my skin.
- Since I finally gave it a chance to do its work on cleansing my face every single day, I realized that it does remove my makeup. The eye shadows that I have been wearing to do the EOTD posts were effectively removed. I just need to use more product if I want to use it for makeup removal. I know a lot of people complained about it not removing their makeup effectively and that is because it is NOT a makeup remover - it is just a very gentle cleanser. But still, it works fine for me and if it does work for you too that way, I'm happy for you. :)
- Does not sting my eyes like other cleansers do!
- Contains no fragrance and my nose loves it!
- Does not leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and I'm sure that it does not strip my skin off its natural moisture.
- Leaves my skin radiant and soft after cleansing.
- When I used a wet tissue (from Japan Home Center that my mom purchased) on my face, it stung, had a burning sensation and my skin felt raw. I immediately cleansed my face with this and it somehow felt soothing and calmed down my irritated skin and it was no longer red after a couple of minutes.
- Locally available at most drugstores and department stores.
- Not that pricey compared to other cleansers I have used.

What I don't like:
- It sometimes feels like it leaves a very thin film of cleanser on my face so I have to rinse it double time.
- For those freaked out by paraben, this has Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben.

Overall rating: 4.75/5 I realized that I need something very gentle for my sensitive skin and this is it.

Will I buy again? Definitely! My mom even made a comment about my skin looking brighter and better since I started using this. Ever heard of the saying Moms know best? :P Though I want to try the Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal, Combination, and Oily Skin (which I understand is pricier).

Tips: If you plan to use this as a makeup remover, squirt some product on a cotton pad/ball then rub it very gently on your face without tugging your skin. You may also want to use a makeup removing cleanser before using Cetaphil and use this as an after-wash cleanser instead to counter the drying effect of the other cleanser. Do the same for eye makeup. It won't do much for heavy duty waterproof mascara but it will do for non-waterproof mascara with just a coat or two. Again, it is supposed to be very gentle for those with sensitive skin and it is indeed gentle.

How do you find Cetaphil cleansers?

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I hope you had a blessed Sunday, everyone. :)



  1. Cetaphil is the best ever cleanser for sensitive skin! I've been using the creamy Clarisonic cleanser with my Clarinsonic and it's also really good.

  2. @Jamilla Camel I agree. Glad it works for you too! I'm loving it so far. I still haven't found my HG cleanser so I am kinda hoping that this is it. :)

  3. This might be something that my skin would need right now. Thanks for the review!

  4. @laarni lopez I hope it works for you in case you decide to try it, dear. :)

  5. @wickeRmoss Interesting, Charles. How was it as a body wash? :)

  6. im glad it works on most people but on break out got worse, my sister told me that it brings out all ur zits at first like a week or a month then ur face clears, but i cant jut walk with zits that long hehe :P

  7. My mother used to purchased the generic brand of this and it works just as well, without the steep price (:

  8. i remember using cetaphil before but since i'm not used to cleansers that doesn't foam so i just didn't seem to like it...
    but now i really know better

    i'll try the one suited for oily skin sometime!

  9. OMG! i love this cleanser, i ditched my expensive proactive for this and i think it works best!

  10. so many good reviews about cetapill...I wanna try it too but this product unvailable in my country :(

    nice review by the way :D

  11. My BFF swears by this, she even wants me to try this too, although I can't get myself to do it just yet since I'm afraid it might trigger a bad reaction to my sensitive skin.

  12. Great review! will have to look for it now. :) <3

  13. my pamangins use this! all 3 of them because they all have sensitive skin. :// even hamham uses this hehehehe. :P i sometimes use this when i run out of makeup remover too i think it breaks me out. x(

  14. This one is really good on me . It gave me that gentle soft and clean feeling after washing. I even use this as a hand wash. =)

  15. I haven't tried their cleaners but I prefer ones that don't leave a film on my face. I'll probably give this a miss~ Thanks so much for the review!

  16. @aMz88 I can't believe this causes other people to break out (like you) but I guess that as with any product, it's a case of hiyangan. :(

    I never believed in the "purging" stage, y'know. The moment it gives me a bad reaction, I am ignoring that product right away. :D

  17. @G A B Y There is a generic brand of this cleanser? I wish there is one here so I'd get the same results at a lower cost. :D

  18. @~tHiAmErE~ Me too! I always preferred cleansers that foam up because it feels like it cleanses the skin better. I am actually surprised that I liked this a lot! :D

    I hope it does not break you out, dear. :)

  19. @CottonCandyINK I think this is one of the best cleansers for those with really sensitive skin. :) Glad this works great for you too.

  20. @nisaI wish every single product becomes available worldwide! I do hope the brand gets to your country. :)

  21. @Madz I have really sensitive skin - I have allergies and skin asthma and I even get rashes with just a slight change in weather - and this works. When I get allergies, I get them on my face too. But it''ll always be a case of hiyangan. I do hope that when you finally decide to try it, it won't cause any bad reaction to your skin. :)

  22. @sugar sugar Whaaat? This has got to be one of the gentlest cleansers I have ever tried. But always a case of hiyangan. I think you're happy naman with Mario Badescu. :P

  23. @Greenpease I couldn't agree more. It's so gentle on the skin. :)

  24. @PopBlush Yeah, I wish it does not do that but I just rinse more than I do with other cleansers. That's how much I like it. :D

  25. i heard so many raves about this product too, not just on beauty blogging sites. but i don't know, it seems i can't bring myself to try it. maybe because my son used to use this (soap bar) on his skin allergy and i tend to think of it as "medicine" hehe. but it's nice to know it can double as makeup remover too!

  26. @MereMakeupManiac Haha! I sort of have that notion too since this calmed my skin when it was irritated. Maybe you should give it a try one of these days. :P

  27. Oooh.. i'm having break out all-the-time! I really should give this a try!

  28. nothing beats cetaphil for gentle skin cleansing! have u tried the clarisonic? this and the sonic combined works wonders on your should try it! expensive but worth every penny!.im also a make up hoarder but lately my skin was all patchy and oily and no amount of make up can even hide i switched to cetaphil,clarisonic,and retin-a.You should try it! highly recommended.the retin-a is for pimples and it zaps those tiny lil wrinkles too.finally found my hg product!



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