Experts say the best facial cleansers are basic and gentle. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser doesn't have any bells and whistles, but reviewers say it cleans skin well without stripping it of moisture or leaving it tight and dry. Some users say it doesn't remove heavy eye makeup well, which leads reviewers to recommend using a separate makeup remover prior to cleansing for best results. Cetaphil has a simple formula consisting of water, gentle detergents and glycerin, which draws moisture to the skin. It does contain a small amount of fragrance, though, which may cause problems for those with sensitive skin. If you prefer a gentler, fragrance-free cleanser, experts recommend Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive Skin (*Est. $5 for 7 oz.).
Paula Begoun, cosmetics expert and author of the book "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," provides the most thorough review of Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. At her subscription-based website, Beautypedia.com, she reviews this and hundreds of other cleansers, rating them on the safety and efficacy of their ingredients. User reviews at MakeupAlley.com, TotalBeauty.com and Drugstore.com reflect professional opinion and give useful insight into consumer satisfaction.
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Paula Begoun gives Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser a good rating, saying it is a standard cleanser that works well for most skin types, except dry to very dry. She points out that it contains fragrance, however, which "seems like a misguided idea for this company," since it claims to be gentle.
Review: Daily Facial Skin Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin by Cetaphil, Paula Begoun
InStyle magazine lists Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser as the best 2011 cleanser for normal skin. Editors say that it won't irritate skin or clog pores. They praise the formula for not containing fragrance, but the ingredient label shows that it contains masking fragrances, though not likely enough to cause irritation for most people.
Review: Best Beauty Buys 2011: Skin, Editors of InStyle magazine, May 2011
3. Good Housekeeping
Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine recommend Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for those with sensitive or dry skin. Those with acne-prone skin should alternate the cleanser with one formulated specifically for acne.
Review: The Clear-Skin Makeover, Jenny Bailly, April 2008
Several consumers at MakeupAlley.com say Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of essential moisture. Some say, however, that it is very basic, with no special attributes.
Review: Cetaphil Normal to Oily Skin Cleanser, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Reviewers at TotalBeauty.com give Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser high ratings and say it cleans thoroughly but gently without drying out the skin. Some say it doesn't remove heavy eye makeup very well, however.
Review: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser gets good reviews from users at Drugstore.com, who say it is gentle, affordable and cleans well. Several also like its pleasant scent.
Review: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin, Contributors to Drugstore.com