Gentle Skin Cleanser

16.00 fl. oz. for $ 13.99
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Brand Overview

Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser is the brand’s top-selling product, mainly because it’s a straightforward cleansing option without anything in the way of bells and whistles. While it can’t stand up to more sophisticated cleansing options available since it was first introducted, it’s still a relatively good option.

Most of the ingredients that make up this cleanser are standard detergent agents, but it is fragrance- and irritant-free. The reason it doesn’t rate higher is that it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is one of the more drying cleansing agents available. That makes it not the best option for the still-developing skin of babies, which this one of the target groups this is supposed to be geared toward. The sodium lauryl sulfate isn't present in a great amount, but there are many other cleansers on the market that skip this addition.

It's certainly not the worst option out there, but because it lacks gentle cleansing agents, it's one we don't recommend. We suggest instead considering one of the far superior options on our list of Best Cleansers.

  • Effectively cleanses skin.
  • Contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is potentially drying.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. In fact, it's gentle enough for a baby's delicate skin. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin.

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

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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