Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, $10

Testimonial: Last August, my skin started breaking out for no reason. And when I say "my skin," I mean everywhere--my face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. I've always had acne-prone skin (mostly my chin and--yes, I'll admit it--my back), but I had never gotten anything on my shoulders. All of a sudden I had all these little bumps, and they wouldn't go away. I went to a dermatologist, who barely looked at me and gave me all these topical treatments. Nothing worked. My skin was getting worse--breaking out even more and getting extremely sensitive. I was mad. She told me to buy a cleanser that was about $30. It seemed to work okay but nothing magical. One day I left it at my boyfriend's house and I had nothing to use. My brother had some Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin that I never felt like trying but now, I needed something. I'm glad I tried it because this stuff is GREAT.

Cetaphil's Daily Cleanser is clear, thin, and slippery (I know, I know, weird word choice, but you know what I mean!). I use about 2 pumps per area; its thinness makes it easy to spread out a small amount. It foams a little bit but not too much. While I was using it for the first time I thought, "There's no way this is doing anything." It's so gentle and non-irritating--but don't let the gentleness fool you! Right after the first wash my skin felt clean and tight (you know I love that feeling). I had washed my face at night and the next day my zits and pores were smaller (the very next day!). I kept using it and after a week or so the bumps on my chest and shoulders were gone, and my face and back look better than they have in a loooong time.

Cetaphil has greatly reduced my breakouts and made the ones I do get smaller and less lingering. I do recommend using a moisturizer afterward because it leaves your skin kinda dry. I'm also going to try a new exfoliating scrub to add to my routine--while this is an awesome cleanser, it doesn't do much for blackheads, and I feel like I need some dead skin scrubbed off. More on that later!

Final verdict
Cost: $10 for a 16 oz. bottle is a great price, especially compared to high-end brands and that $30 stuff the dermatologist made me buy. And it lasts a long time!
Skin clearing: OMG, my skin is much happier. It soothed my pissed off skin and shrank my pores. But, maybe I'll add a scrub to take care of my blackheads.
Skin type: This one is made for normal to oily skin. I have sensitive combination skin and this is perfect for me. They also have a Gentle Skin Cleanser for very sensitive skin (skin conditions like severe acne, rosacea, or eczema, even for children).
Repeat offender: Yes! If you have troubled skin and nothing is helping, give this a try. I will buy this again and again and recommend it to everyone.


PS, back to makeup: is selling this Smashbox Cream Eyeliner set for only $15! Want want want.


  1. st helenes apricot scrub i blogged about! truuusttt.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! I have the same problems and have been using Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Scrubs for YEARS and it hasn't done a whole lot for my acne, and I hate trial and error stuff when it comes to acne products because there are just too many and I don't want to waste the money! I'm definitely going to try this stuff, thanks again!

  3. just a little hateration---i got the sensitive-skin formula cleanser on the advice of a dermatologist, and i find that even *that* is still too much for my skin on my face (and leaves my eyes stinging). that said, i use their sensitive-skin lotion on my face daily.

    j'adore this blog. sooooo helpful, ladies.

    re: other posts
    i, too, am on the hunt for the world's most fabulous mascara---something with thick coverage that elongates without flaking and clumping and is easy to wash off. and when i say "i am on the hunt" i mean "i am sitting in my squashy living-room armchair, wishing i had the perfect mascara and want you to find it for me and blog about it."


  4. DJ, I'd try the Cetaphil bar soap, just to see if that works for sensitive skin. I have used it a few times, in the beginning it feels like it dries out skin a little bit but nothing too harsh. Look out for a mascara post this week! It isn't "the one" but it isn't bad either! Thanks for loving and trusting us so much, we will do our best in the hunt!


  5. YES. I agree. I use Gentle Cleanser everyday and it rocks ^^