Summary:Very gentle cleanser that features a hydrating component. Lacks cleaning “oomph” but suitable for those with very sensitive skin.
The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is one product that I came about unintentionally. Since Cetaphil incorporates the same exact design on each of their products, it can at times be difficult to distinguish a moisturizer from a cleanser, nevertheless one type of cleanser from another. The latter situation is the one that I found myself entangled in. While shopping for the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser For Normal to Oily Skin, I picked up this product. Aside from some small writing on the front of the bottle, the two cleansers cannot be distinguished from one another, although in formulation they are significantly different.
It wasn’t until I pumped a few dabs of the product into my hands that I learned of the mistake that I made. The gentle cleanser has a distinct feel and appearance when compared to its close cousin. For one, it has a clouded appearance. Although the daily cleanser claims to be fragrance free, this one truly has no fragrance. Feel-wise, it’s very slippery and feels synthetic. Going on your skin, it doesn’t feel as if it’s doing much of anything. As much as you work the product in, you don’t get much of a cleaning sensation. Even after rinsing it off and patting my face dry, it felt as if it was still oily and somewhat dirty. So, while this product may be indeed gentle, I don’t know if I’d be fair to label it a cleanser.
With acne cleansers and any other cleaning products for that matter, we have come to expect some sort of foaming or lathering action. If this is what you’re looking for, you should look elsewhere. The cleanser retains its feel and appearance as it goes on your skin. This type of effect should be welcomed, as it indicates extra additives were not included in the formulation to make it that much more irritating. It does take some getting used to, but your skin will thank you for it.
Overall, this product is best reserved for those with sensitive skin that have had a poor experience with other products. The cleaning effect produced by the gentle cleanser is generally lacking, but should be sufficient if it is worked in thoroughly. Part of the problem seems to be that Cetaphil tried to incorporate some moisturizing agents into the formulation, effectively impeding its ability to cleanse the skin.
If you are wondering where to buy the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for cheap, you will have to do some digging. Many stores charge outrageous prices for this cleanser and other Cetaphil products as they are very popular. The best price for the cleanser can be obtained online or at wholesale locations that offer bulk packs of the product. You can store any of the unused bottles or give them to friends and family members to try as well. If after using this product you find that you could use a little more cleansing action, go ahead and try the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser For Normal to Oily Skin. If you use this product in conjunction with a moisturizer, it should play nicely with the driest of skin.