Review: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

by Bionic Beauty on 18.Aug.2007 · 3 comments

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is billed as a face wash that removes makeup, does not clog pores, contains no fragrance and doesn’t disturb skin’s natural pH balance.

Cetaphil Face Wash for sensitive skin

Cetaphil Gentle skin cleanser - face wash for sensitive skin

After trying this wash for ten days, it may be right for some folks out there. However, it dried out my skin more than usual (due to the alcohols in the contents?). The texture is nice- smooth and fluid. The scent is similar to pHisoderm which is fragrance-free as well but there is a slight “scent” there. Cetaphil did receive Allure’s Best of Beauty Hall of Fame award.

Value is terrific- an 8oz container of Cetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserCetaphil Gentle skin cleanser - face wash for sensitive skin can last you up to 6 months and costs $10.54 at

I’d suggest you wash once with Cetaphil to remove the makeup and gunk on your face, then again to actual clean the skin and pores. I found this wash works very well with a wash cloth a couple times a week to gently exfoliate skin.

This wash is truly MUCH easier on your skin than the heavily scented, beaded washes commonly found on drugstore shelves. Just be sure to continue your normal skin care routine (whether it’s toner, serum, sunscreen and/or lotions).

Before you commit to an entire jug, I would ask your drugstore if they have any samples for you to try. Then you can decide for yourself if this wash is for you.


1 JaneH July 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I’ve used Cetaphil for many years….and I would never use anything else. I’m wondering if you used the Normal to Oily as opposed to the one for All Skin Types…….My mother purchased to normal/oily variety by accident……it’s a fairly new addition to the line……and it dried out her skin. She gave it to me so I tried it, and it made my eyes sting. I am used to being able to remove my eye make-up with full strength Cetaphil, so was quite surprised. I would recommend the Cetaphil for All Skin Types to everyone. It’s wonderful!

2 BionicBeauty July 19, 2008 at 8:01 am

Jane, That must’ve been it! Thank you! I was wondering why my skin was drying out and everyone else was raving about it. I’ll pick up some for All Skin Types next trip to the drugstore. Without looking at the exact ingredients, I bet the Normal/Oil variety has a bunch of alcohol that’s drying my skin and making your sting.
Thanks again for your help. MUCH appreciated!! 🙂
Bionic Beauty

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