Cetaphil Pro Oily Skin Oil Removing Face Wash


Pro Oily Skin Oil Removing Face Wash

8.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.50
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Recently renamed, Cetaphil’s Pro Oily Skin Oil Removing Foam Wash does an OK job of cleansing skin, but the inclusion of potent fragrance in its formula holds the rating back.


This liquid-to-foam cleanser comes in a plastic bottle with a pump that dispenses an air-light foam. Its gentle cleansing agents remove excess oil and makeup, rinsing away cleanly.

Things go downhill from there with the strongly scented formula, which, although low on the ingredient list, is potent enough to linger on skin for a bit after the cleanser is rinsed away. For the health of your skin (and eyes, if you’re thinking of using this cleanser to remove eye makeup), fragrance free is the better way to go—see More Info to learn why.

We also must point out that you shouldn’t put too much weight into Cetaphil’s claims that this cleanser's "innovative zinc technology" reduces surface oil and shine. While this cleanser can whisk away surface oil, it cannot actually regulate oil production. At best, the zinc gluconate in this cleanser may provide some anti-inflammatory benefit that can be helpful for reducing breakout-related redness… though it would be more effective in a product to designed to be left on skin.

All in all, this is just a so-so option for oily/combination skin, but why compromise when there are better cleansers out there, including many at the drugstore?

  • Contains gentle cleansing agents that remove oil and makeup without stripping skin dry.
  • Potently fragranced formula isn’t the best for the health of your skin.
  • The fragrance also poses a risk of irritating your eyes.
  • Can’t live up to over-exaggerated oil reduction claims.

More Info:

Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Cetaphil PRO Oil Removing Foam Wash is designed to cleanse oily skin. It is clinically proven to effectively remove pore-clogging oil, impurities and makeup from the skin. Light foaming action leaves skin cleansed without stripping or drying. Innovative Zinc technology reduces surface oil and shine.


Water, Zinc Coceth Sulfate, Glycerin, PEG-75, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Zinc Gluconate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA.

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!

If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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