06.18.2013
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Gentle Cleansing Bar
Rating
4.5 fl. oz. for $4.79
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:06.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Gentle Cleansing Bar is similar to Dove’s original Beauty Bar and is a soap-free bar cleanser. It’s an OK option for use from the neck down, but the sodium tallowate and sodium palm kernelate may clog pores and exacerbate breakouts.

Claims

A soap-free bar for head-to-toe cleaning.

Ingredients

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

Brand Overview

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its Web site; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses: No anti-acne products; no state-of-the-art moisturizers; the original Gentle Skin Cleanser is a dated formula that isn't nearly as elegant or efficacious as many other water-soluble cleansers.

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.  Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma (the company's Web site mentions this consistently), it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin, but it's disappointing that their SPF-rated products utilize active ingredients that can be a problem for sensitive skin. A mineral-based sunscreen would be a welcome addition for a line that stresses its value for sensitive skin!

We'd have expected the company to keep pace with the latest research into what it takes to create a truly great moisturizer, but that hasn't occurred either, and it could be done while still keeping the products suitable for those with sensitive skin.

As for their original Gentle Skin Cleanser, it is no longer one we recommend. Why? Although we were a champion of this cleanser for years (back when hardly anyone knew about it and good water-soluble cleansers were scarce), the formula has become dated and just isn't worth strong consideration over several other cleansers at the drugstore.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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05.17.2014
Love this soap

I love this soap. But I only use it on my body, not as a facial cleanser. It's gentle, clean-smelling and inexpensive.

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Kay
09.11.2013
Broke my skin out horrible !

I used cetaphil before i knew paula choice. I tried this cleanser because i read good reviews about it how it gentle cleans the skin. I live in asia and have an oily, acne n clogged prone skin, within a week using this cleanser, one day my skin broken out horribly with tiny white heads, covered all over my face !! I was devastated. Later i found out that cetaphil is a big NO NO if you have my skin type and live in the hot humid place. Lesson learned to always check review at beautypedia

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