6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
good for average skin types but too mild for problem skin,
This review is from: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, For Normal to Oily Skin, 8 Ounce (Pack of 3) (Health and Beauty)
I picked up a sample of this at a health fair and flashed back to getting samples of Cetaphil when I when to my dermatologist's office several years ago. I don't know if they still hand this out at dermatologist offices today. To me, it never made much sense that my doctor recommended this for my very severe acne. It's good for average skin or those with the occasional oily spots and break-outs but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for anything more serious than that because it's a mild cleanser - too mild for anything more severe than the typical skin-cleaning needs. For those kinds of problems you need a deep cleanser.
The reviews saying this doesn't do a good job removing make-up pretty much prove my point. Even this type of Cetaphil for oily skin isn't much stronger than soap. Out of the samples I got from my dermatologist I found the Aveeno products far more effective at deep cleaning (Aveeno is an oatmeal-based product and oats are natural exfoliators). Cetaphil is a good cleanser if you want to get your skin clean but have no particular concerns other than that. It won't feel too medicine-y and unlike stronger cleansers, won't smell or make your skin feel too tingly after you use it (unlike Noxema which has menthol and feels like you rubbed mouthwash all over your face). And it does help with mildly oily skin and mild to possibly moderate acne. Just don't trust it if you're treating severe acne, at least not by itself.