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This shouldn’t be looked at to “cure” acne alone, but rather should be viewed as a strong staple to a balancing skincare regimen.
I have found for myself that using a gentle yet effective cleanser such as this one and saving the harsher “acne fighting” ingredients for my serums and lotions That I put on afterwords, has been the biggest key in finding balance in my skin.
I have found that adding a cleanser that has more acne fighting chemicals in it may seem to work in the beginning, but ultimately my acne never fully went away and I now believe it is because I was over stressing it by using acne cleansers plus acne lotions plus acne serums (all with different ingredients over the years from benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, glycolic acid, etc.). But regardless of what combo I used, I have not seen my skin as clear as it currently is with just using this cetaphil cleanser morning and night and a high quality moisturizer (I’m using Tatcha - The Dewey Skin Cream) and then I also use Differin gel once or twice a week. I also use a vitamin C serum once or twice a week before bed underneath my moisturizer. I’ve been using this face wash for two weeks now and currently have zero active acne spots after battling with acne for the past 6 years. This is the best my skin has looked since that has all happened.
A few weeks ago I used the acne.org Glycolic Acid for 4 consecutive days...oops! My skin started peeling/flaking, it was dry and I all the moisture was sucked out of my skin. #lessonlearned. I stopped using all my acne.org products and used this Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for 2 weeks. My skin is back to being soft and supple but I still need to treat my acne. I am still using this cleanser but I am slowly adding back my acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide. It's been 3 days and so far it working just fine. I am going to use this cleanser until I run out and then go back to the acne.org cleanser since it is tailored for the regimen.
I've owned and used this cleanser for over 6 months now. I have combination skin, with acne and blackheads.
While it does cleanse my skin without leaving it irritated or tight, I have not seen any change in my acne while using it - although my acne is probably hormonal. Be careful as it does contain sulfates and alcohols that can be drying to the skin.
I copied and pasted a comment I made on a blog. This will get rid of your acne. This product is mentioned. Read the whole thing.
I also went on Accutane when I was 20. I am now 29. The acne was gone for some time and came back until I've discovered how to get rid of it FOREVER (recently about a year ago I discovered the missing piece). Before I tell you what to do, I'm going to educate you on how the skin works. Many people like to buy products or start harsh treatments without knowing what they do. It is important to know how the skin functions before using anything. First of all, your skin likes oil. Sebum, also known as an oil or fat is naturally acidic to keep bacteria away. Our skin is at a ph between 4-5-5.5 to keep acne away and healthy bacteria on our skin. The issue is humans like to strip their acidic mantle (oil) and dry out their barrier, which makes our skin OVERPRODUCE OIL AND MIXES WITH DEAD SKIN CELLS (your pore gets clogged). You are breaking out because you have dead skin cells sitting on your surface that aren't being properly shed. You have DRY dead skin cells. Our skin knows how to desquamate or shed unless the barrier is dry and damaged. We have certain enzymes that shed our skin but when it's disrupted we get inflammation or dry skin or acne. Our skin needs to be properly balanced with the right amount oil and water, similar to our natural barrier. Too much oil, you get acne. Too much dead skin you get acne. Cleansers and certain alkaline products do this (SOAP). Think about it: Why do you think some of your friends who do nothing to their skin have great skin? They aren't stripping the acidic mantle, or oil from their skin. Most of these people probably cleanse once a night or never. Now I'm going to tell you what to do for clear skin FOREVER.
At night ONCE A NIGHT: Use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (not the daily facial one) for thirty seconds up to a minute max. Why? cleansing the skin too long causes dryness which in turn causes skin cells to dry out and clog your pores. They stick to the pore and do not know how to exfoliate properly. You need to keep skin acidic. If you cleanse too long skin becomes alkaline and a breeding ground for bacteria to invade.
Next: Apply Cetaphil Moisturizing CREAM (not lotion): With your palms melt this moisturizer on your face. Do not rub!!!!! Pat it into your skin so it absorbs. This cream is in a range of 4.5-5.5. It will keep acne away by being acidic and providing water to the skin that aids in exfoliation/desquamates. Never I mean ever again scrub your skin, rub it hard, never. Moisturizers exfoliate the skin that's a secret. People think they have to scrub and get rid of those dead skin cells that cause acne. NOPE. A moisturizer with oil and water will dissolve dead skin in about an hour and you'll glow. So as I was saying...melt it into your skin and put your finger on your face and if you see oil, good job. That oil is going to dissolve those dead skin cells that cause pore blockage (in about an hour your skin will glow bc all the dead skin went bye bye). Now when you pat it, pat it for about ten seconds or 15. You don't want to be patting it too long or rubbing. You also can sweep it on your face in an outward motion or downward. The point is youre applying heat to the moisturizer. and you are dabbing/patting You can even rub the moisturizer in your hands first then swipe it on your face (that works wonders). What you just did is you made the moisturizer absorb better into your skin and you created a barrier from air and harsh winds. Your skin needs to stay moisturized in order to be acne-free. Acne medications do get rid of acne bc they increase cell turnover and shedding as I mentioned, but guess what???????? MOISTURIZERS DO THAT TOO EXCEPT IT DOESNT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. People who have healthy skin have acidic skin and moisturized skin. Okay so back to the regimen....you cleanse ONCE A NIGHT AND APPLY THIS CREAM. THIS PROCESSS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE RUBBING, SCRUBBING, LONG EXPOSURE TO WATER (DRIES YOUR SKIN OUT). Oh and when you shower, keep your face away from water. Let water touch your skin only at the sink, once a night. Why??? bc water is a ph of 7 which is neutral not acidic. Also tap water has chlorine and salts which are drying and slow down the shedding of dead skin cells. In the morning, don't do anything at allllllllll. washing your face too much causes dry skin which causes that combination skin aka acne! comfortable skin is acne-free. When using the moisturizer, pat it in for not that long so you also let the water in the moisturizer get trapped in the skin to effectively exfoliate your skin. Skin needs water and oil to effectively shed. So your job is to provide a barrier overnigh, once a day, only at night. In a month, your skin will be a lotttttt better. it takes 28 days for skin to renew itself. why do u think acne meds take a while? they are shedding layers of dead skin which a moisturizer does the same thing, but bad dermatologists won't tell u that. Only the good ones will. The secret to clear skin to cleanse once a day and melting oil/water in your skin (moisturizer). have questions? message me.
the products mentioned above can be found in any drug store or supermarket and I don't work for the company btw. Those are the only products I like by cetaphil, the other ones haven't been good to me, for other reasons not due to acne. Other water in oil emulsions aka moisturizers can do fine but I just mention this one bc it's correctly ph-balanced and it has oil/water to dissolve that sticky layer that sits on your face. My skin is clear now and it glows every morning.
I have this before, since most youtubers love and rave about it and also my mom's friend recommend to me (when I used to have really bad acne), so I gave it a shot. I don't remember too much about it (since I used it a long time ago but somehow used up two bottles of original and knock off brand) but the three things that I remember were: it left this uncomfortable film feeling, kinda dried out parts of my face, and somehow it kinda stings (which SURPRISINGLY this is supposed to be GENTLE and be suitable for every skin type). Since it is a liquid cleanser, I felt that you have to used more inorder to take off all of the makeup.
I would probably try this out again in a travel size to see how my skin will react to it since I have hardly any breakouts...but yet again I don't wanna take the risk..
My current regimen:
Morning: Nothing (unless if there's a special event then gently cleanse with soap bar for 30 to 45 seconds, rinse, pat dry, and moisturize). If skin feeling tight/dry then slap on moisturizer (current fav vanicream cream).
Night: Cleanse with dove soap bar. If had makeup, then cleanse twice for 30 seconds. Every 2 to 5 days (or just when my skin needs it) exfoliate with a device (a baby rag towelette or hand glove exfoliate). Then use moisturizer (current fav vanicream cream).
Budget friendly?: Depending of where you buy it at, also if you get the generic brand of it.
Does it do its purpose?: Cleansing the skin, yea but its comes down to what type of skin the person has.
Would recommend?: Probably not...but then again EVERYONE skin is different.
Overall, I would probably suggest to try out the travel size and see how it goes from there (so that you don't have to spend the whole bottle), to see if you need to wash twice a day, once a day, and so on.
At first, my impression is that Cetaphil has a watery texture so I need to put a little more amount than I should because the formula slips between my fingers so in that situation is a minus point for me because its such a waste knowing that this product is way too expensive and too mainstream esp here in my country PH (shout out to the 'kuripot' people out there haha). Second is that when I rub it on my face, I can't feel that its doing anything on my face (yeah because its GENTLE psh! hihi) because I like the feeling of stripping the excess oils and dirts off my face. Third is I can't see any improvement on my face. Maybe because this is not the product for me or for people who suffers from adult hormonal acne.
After my skin became only further irritated at my use of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products to combat acne, I decided to try a more gentle approach. While this stuff definitely helped my skin to get less dried out, it just didn't keep any of the bad acne away like some face washes do. I struggle with cystic acne especially, so mine is more severe. If your skin is like mine, I don't recommend this cleanser. However, if you don't struggle with deep acne, or if your acne is just mild to moderate, I think this would do well for you since it is less drying.
**side note: I did have a skin-colored itchy rash once on my neck caused by some kind of plant or pollen I was possibly allergic to- this stuff worked wonders for getting rid of that! Just not for my acne, unfortunately.**
At 29 years old, working a full time corporate job, I was using clindoxyl to manage my skin, specifically for large pustules and cysts (1-3 a week) on my cheeks. For context, I've had pustular acne since I was 14.
However, despite the acne medication, I was still getting embarrassingly large and painful bumps every week and was just getting fed up having to work from home some days to hide my terrible bumps. I went to my doctor, who told me to use Retin A to reduce the scarring.
Before I switched from clindoxyl to Retin A, I decided I should give my skin a break and use a very basic cleanser to prepare for the strong Retin A medication (I was previously using Cerave Foam).
I stopped using clindoxyl completely, and started using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash my face. It has been 4-6 weeks now (can't recall exactly), and I have not gotten a single large pustule on my cheeks (or anywhere else) during this time.
My diet has been the exact same. My habits have not changed. Literally the only thing I changed in my daily routine was to wash my face at night with Cetaphil and my face has remained clear. No large pustules. No scarring.
I still get pimples, don't get me wrong, but they are tiny and go away within 12-24 hours or after I shower. After 15 years of dealing with this condition, having tiny whiteheads that go away in less than a day is like a dream come true.
I will update my post in a couple of months to check back if this really is the product that changes my skin for good. But so far, its been nothing short of a miracle.
THANK YOU CETAPHIL!
I have heard of this product from my dermatologist and friends, but never tried it as I have seldom used skincare products. However, this product was wonderful for my combination skin. It moisturised my skin, but did not strip it of its natural glow.
It does its job - cleansed the skin. It doesn't strip the skin of the moisture, so doesn't get rid of the oiliness, but hey, it is supposed to be for all skin types. I used this when I had really bad acne and my skin was so raw and sensitive. After the phase, I used it as a body wash and hand soap.