Cetaphil – Why The Hype?

I bought this a while ago to review as everyone seems to rave about it.. I had to give it a go, right? 
Recently it’s been popping up on my blog feed again because it would appear Boots are now stocking this “wonder cleanser”. I’d like to point out I bought this months ago in Asda.. they’ve had it for a while but nobody seemed to make a big song and dance about that, did they?. 
I have always considered my skin to be “problem” in that I get regular blemishes but I think I’ve been giving it harder time than is due as I’ve realised my breakouts are hormonal, mainly occurring around the same time each month and they tend to stay around my chin. I’ve read that chin pimples are aunt flow-related and that the side of your chin relates to which ovary the egg has been released from. Whether that’s true I don’t know but it sounds plausible and it makes me feel generally better about my skin type. I do tend to get oil though my t-zone and on my chin but I wouldn’t say my skin is greasy per se. If I use over-abrasive products or too much alcohol I can suffer dry patches but my skin isn’t really dry, it’s combination at worst.. normal at best. I used Cetaphil thinking that after a week or 2 I would be singing its praises and renouncing all other cleansers in my arsenal… but I am not a fan. It doesn’t leave me feeling clean. I like microbeads, a bit of exfoliant…something! A creamy cleanser just doesn’t do the job.. I like to feel scrubbed and fresh. I’m sure it’s great for people that break out because their skin is sensitive but mine really isn’t so I don’t think I was the best test subject. I haven’t actually seen any bad reviews of Cetaphil and I guess this isn’t one either. Not everything works for everyone and this is just not for me. 
Unless you have real problem skin I would give it a miss.. there are plenty of other cleansers out there that you will probably prefer and that come in much cuter packaging and smell lovely as opposed to this pharmaceutical looking face wash.
Sorry if I’m speaking out of school and mortally offending you Cetaphil converts
Miss BB


  1. 6 December, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    I agree – although it's nice enough it did nothing for my skin. If anything, it left it a little dry.

  2. Galen
    6 December, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    I've discovered that my skin is very reactive to cleansers and comes out in horrible cystic acne if I don't use the gentle cleansers it likes.

    In the evenings I currently I use an oil cleanser followed by La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Dermo Cleanser which is a *very* gentle cream that I wash off (you're meant to tissue it off but I like water) – I really like it but it might not suit everyone.

    Once my bottle of the Toleriane finishes I'm considering replacing it with some Cetaphil instead.

  3. 6 December, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    That's interesting about the chin spots!! My monthly humungous shark week chin zit was the only one I used to get all month but it seems to have stopped coming since I've been on the pill!

  4. 6 December, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    I have this and by the reviews I had read I expected miracles! While it does leave my skin clean, I find that it also left it dry and tight feeling. I'm not a fan of that, I'd rather my cleanser left my skin soft and supple..

  5. 6 December, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    I felt the same with the dryness too!
    Haha yeah no surprise I got divorced hey, lol.
    For someone like you it would probably be perfect.. just not for my skim type I think.
    Thank You x
    Yeah it interested me too! Made me realise my skin wasn't as bad as I thought… most girls get monthly breakouts and mine are almost always near my chin. I will do a post soon on where they are in relation to what causes them 'cause it was really helpful to me x
    yeah.. not so much! I prefer anything to this lol x

  6. 6 December, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    I do want to try this, but something about the boring packaging has been putting me off buying it haha. I don't have problem skin now as much as I used to though, so I may just give it a miss anyway.

    Frances x
    Twitter: @Francesss__

  7. 6 December, 2011 / 7:35 pm

    I'm glad I read this before I bought it!! By the sounds of it we have the same type of skin, I've tried everything from cheap Witch products to the Dr Brand Blemish program, which didnt do anything!
    I've got the body shop tea tree face wash atm and it seems to be pretty effective so far and relatively cheap too.


  8. 7 December, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    I just wanted to say thankyou 🙂

    I wish everyone was this honest instead of lying through their teeth for people to buy it 🙂

    i follow all your blogs and youtube channels 🙂

    Honestly is ALWAYS the best policy!!

  9. 25 February, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    I know this cleanser is not for everyone, obviously . Lucky you are blessed with non irritated skin. But for those who are not I do think this is good for them
    If you would like to read my post of this check out the link here, http://allthingsgirly35.blogspot.com/ thnkx

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