CetaphilDaily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin
16 fl. oz. for $13.29
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Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin is a standard, detergent-based cleanser that can work for most skin types except for dry to very dry skin. It's certainly not the most state-of-the-art cleanser formula out there, but it does what it says and does it well enough that it earns a three-star, good rating.

Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin is conveniently packaged in a plastic bottle with a pump-style dispenser. The formula itself is a clear, almost gel-like liquid that has slight foam once water is added. It does do a good job of removing makeup, far better than the original Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and doesn't irritate the eyes or dry out the skin.

One thing to note: while this is labeled as "unscented" on the brand's website, that doesn't mean it's without fragrance; instead it just means that this doesn't have a distinct scent (think floral or fruity). There is some masking fragrance included, and while this is a product that is rinsed away, it's something to consider if you have sensitive skin.

Otherwise, this is a good, affordable cleansing option, and one we recommend!

  • Does a good job removing makeup.
  • Doesn't irritate eyes or dry out skin.
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance.
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Cetaphil Daily FacialCleanser has a low-foaming formulation that is gentle enough to use on your face every day. Use it in the morning and at night to remove surface oils, dirt and makeup — all without stripping skin, which can leave it feeling tight and dry.


Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Glycerin, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Masking Fragrance, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben.

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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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