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Cetaphil CAUSES acne

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I have read many many times that the ingredient "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate" is pore-clogging and therefore acne-causing. However, the cleanser Cetaphil has that listed as one of its top ingredients!! Am I missing something here? Why do so many on these boards use Cetaphil when they have active acne-prone skin?? Won't it make it worse?

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Some ppl it works out fine for.other complain about breaking out. Its can go either way I guess. Whatever...I always tell ppl to dump the cetaphil and get Spectro jel...its very similar to it...but better!!!

Even the cetaphil for oily skin cleanser sux ass. I did not like it at all...and it never helped me.


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I have read many many times that the ingredient "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate" is pore-clogging and therefore acne-causing. However, the cleanser Cetaphil has that listed as one of its top ingredients!! Am I missing something here? Why do so many on these boards use Cetaphil when they have active acne-prone skin?? Won't it make it worse?

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ingredients of cetaphil antibacterial bar:

Stearic Acid , Sodium Tallowate , Water , Sodium Stearate , Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate , Sodium Cocoate , PEG-20 , Sodium Chloride , Masking Fragrance , Sodium Isethionate , Petrolatum , Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate , Sucrose Cocoate , Titanium Dioxide , Pentasodium Pentetate , Tetrasodium Etidronate , Sodium Palm Kernelate

I don't see the stuff you're talking about

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sodium lauryl sulphate is considered irritating at concentrations above 2%. Cetaphil has about 1%. Cetaphil is a pretty decent product, but it is increasingly looking outmoded ...the cetaphil theme has been improved upon by many other manufacturers....aquanil, moisturelle etc.

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You guys know like 99.9% of bottle products, including any cleansers soap, shampoo, etc. contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or ammonium lauryl/laureth sulfate right?

I'm guessing the vast majority of products use that because it has a purpose somewhere... it might just be a necessary evil... You know I think just walking around outside and haviing the air hit your face is irritating if you think about it, in the concentrations these ingredients come in, and joining them with all the anti-irritants, it most likely doesn't make that much of a difference. There probably has to be some kind of irritant in the product that serves a special purpose that no non-irritating product ever could.

Who knows? I'm not the expert. confused.gif


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Hmmm im not sure what you guys are saying is extremly relevant.

Ive been using cetaphil for about 6 months now (i import it through a friend from america). And the whole marketing of cetaphil and its on the bottle is 'non-irritating cleanser'. I think many people who have acne, like myself, think that there is guna some wonder cleanser that will get rid of our acne.Its not guna happen, all we can do is make sure our face doesnt hurt (which i know a lot about, last year i couldnt even talk without being in excruiating pain because of my cystic acne (i was on painkillers from doctors to relieve the pain!). Cetaphil has offered me something that other cleansers havent.

It soothes my skin, it can be used as a moisteuriser, so those people that find it irritating are doing something else to their skin. It soothed my skin when i was having such tremendous pain with acne lesions all over my face nose, cheeks, chin and all round my mouth. Acne isnt pleasant but if this product is used right, then it should take the pain away. Thats what its meant to do, soothe the skin, and its is specifically made with approval of american dermatology association for people with sensitive skin, not just acne sufferers but for those with excema and psoriasis.

Anyway if you still think this product is abrasive or drying, despite this, well your entitled to your opinion. And also i think we (as acne sufferers) all pay way too much attention to ingredients and chemicals in these products. Acne has not got a universal cure, each person will have varying degrees and types of acne that will react differently to different things.

so keep experimenting and see if you can find that cure......im still looking after eight years....and two dermatologists! smile.gif

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Hmmm im not sure what you guys are saying is extremly relevant.

Ive been using cetaphil for about 6 months now (i import it through a friend from america). And the whole marketing of cetaphil and its on the bottle is 'non-irritating cleanser'. I think many people who have acne, like myself, think that there is guna some wonder cleanser that will get rid of our acne.Its not guna happen, all we can do is make sure our face doesnt hurt (which i know a lot about, last year i couldnt even talk without being in excruiating pain because of my cystic acne (i was on painkillers from doctors to relieve the pain!). Cetaphil has offered me something that other cleansers havent.

It soothes my skin, it can be used as a moisteuriser, so those people that find it irritating are doing something else to their skin. It soothed my skin when i was having such tremendous pain with acne lesions all over my face nose, cheeks, chin and all round my mouth. Acne isnt pleasant but if this product is used right, then it should take the pain away. Thats what its meant to do, soothe the skin, and its is specifically made with approval of american dermatology association for people with sensitive skin, not just acne sufferers but for those with excema and psoriasis.

Anyway if you still think this product is abrasive or drying, despite this, well your entitled to your opinion. And also i think we (as acne sufferers) all pay way too much attention to ingredients and chemicals in these products. Acne has not got a universal cure, each person will have varying degrees and types of acne that will react differently to different things.

so keep experimenting and see if you can find that cure......im still looking after eight years....and two dermatologists! smile.gif

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Hmmm im not sure what you guys are saying is extremly relevant.

Ive been using cetaphil for about 6 months now (i import it through a friend from america). And the whole marketing of cetaphil and its on the bottle is 'non-irritating cleanser'. I think many people who have acne, like myself, think that there is guna some wonder cleanser that will get rid of our acne.Its not guna happen, all we can do is make sure our face doesnt hurt (which i know a lot about, last year i couldnt even talk without being in excruiating pain because of my cystic acne (i was on painkillers from doctors to relieve the pain!). Cetaphil has offered me something that other cleansers havent.

It soothes my skin, it can be used as a moisteuriser, so those people that find it irritating are doing something else to their skin. It soothed my skin when i was having such tremendous pain with acne lesions all over my face nose, cheeks, chin and all round my mouth. Acne isnt pleasant but if this product is used right, then it should take the pain away. Thats what its meant to do, soothe the skin, and its is specifically made with approval of american dermatology association for people with sensitive skin, not just acne sufferers but for those with excema and psoriasis.

Anyway if you still think this product is abrasive or drying, despite this, well your entitled to your opinion. And also i think we (as acne sufferers) all pay way too much attention to ingredients and chemicals in these products. Acne has not got a universal cure, each person will have varying degrees and types of acne that will react differently to different things.

so keep experimenting and see if you can find that cure......im still looking after eight years....and two dermatologists! smile.gif

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Hmmm im not sure what you guys are saying is extremly relevant.

Ive been using cetaphil for about 6 months now (i import it through a friend from america). And the whole marketing of cetaphil and its on the bottle is 'non-irritating cleanser'. I think many people who have acne, like myself, think that there is guna some wonder cleanser that will get rid of our acne.Its not guna happen, all we can do is make sure our face doesnt hurt (which i know a lot about, last year i couldnt even talk without being in excruiating pain because of my cystic acne (i was on painkillers from doctors to relieve the pain!). Cetaphil has offered me something that other cleansers havent.

It soothes my skin, it can be used as a moisteuriser, so those people that find it irritating are doing something else to their skin. It soothed my skin when i was having such tremendous pain with acne lesions all over my face nose, cheeks, chin and all round my mouth. Acne isnt pleasant but if this product is used right, then it should take the pain away. Thats what its meant to do, soothe the skin, and its is specifically made with approval of american dermatology association for people with sensitive skin, not just acne sufferers but for those with excema and psoriasis.

Anyway if you still think this product is abrasive or drying, despite this, well your entitled to your opinion. And also i think we (as acne sufferers) all pay way too much attention to ingredients and chemicals in these products. Acne has not got a universal cure, each person will have varying degrees and types of acne that will react differently to different things.

so keep experimenting and see if you can find that cure......im still looking after eight years....and two dermatologists! smile.gif

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i like cetaphil. i first started using it because my other cleansers were irritating my skin (drying it out, making it red, etc). it really soothes my skin & doesn't feel tight afterwards. & it hasn't broken me out.

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I have read many many times that the ingredient "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate" is pore-clogging and therefore acne-causing. However, the cleanser Cetaphil has that listed as one of its top ingredients!! Am I missing something here? Why do so many on these boards use Cetaphil when they have active acne-prone skin?? Won't it make it worse?

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that indredient is the reason why your cleanser foams.. its a foaming indredient.. its in most cleansers and shampoos.. sodium LAURETH sulfate is more harmful..


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Yeah, I don't like cetaphil...but I'm currently using it, coz I got the HUGE bottle and I dont' wanna waste my money. it doesn't get rid of makeup, that's my biggest prob. but I use it after Baking soda, so it's fine that way..

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Some ppl it works out fine for.other complain about breaking out. Its can go either way I guess. Whatever...I always tell ppl to dump the cetaphil and get Spectro jel...its very similar to it...but better!!!

Even the cetaphil for oily skin cleanser sux ass. I did not like it at all...and it never helped me.


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