Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
25 cloths for $7.49
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Cetaphil enters the cleansing cloth market with its legacy as being the go-to line for gentle cleansers—but these cloths are so gentle as to be minimally effective at what they're supposed to do: Cleanse skin and remove makeup.

The cloths feel sturdy and they don't fall apart during use, but requires a lot of effort (and at least two cloths per use) to remove a full face of makeup. And for removing eye makeup, well, most mascaras and eyeliners won't budge unless you really rub your skin, which we never encourage (rubbing can lead to sagging and inflammation).

Formula-wise, we were left wondering why Cetaphil used so many preservatives, including one (2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3 diol) that releases formaldehyde and is known to be sensitizing (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, February 2003, pages 259–264).

In the end, from a formulary, usage, and value perspective these are not the cleansing cloths to buy. They're only recommended for AM use, and only then if you rinse skin afterward—so you may as well just wash with a water-soluble cleanser!

  • Fragrance-free.
  • The cloths are good quality.
  • Terrible at removing most types of makeup, especially eye makeup and long-wearing lip color.
  • Requires at least two cloths to remove a full face of makeup, and then you'll still need to use a separate eye makeup remover—so you'll go through these in couple of weeks.
  • Contains a formaldehyde-releasing preservative that can be sensitizing, so you'll want to rinse the cleansing solution from skin.

Great for daily removal of impurities and makeup. Gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skins needs, they will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin's natural pH balance. This ensures your skin will be left feeling clean, refreshed and balanced after every use


Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Butylparaben, Allantoin, Zinc Gluconate

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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Im hoping Bp reconsiders. I have very sensitive skin. I cant use other mild cleansers for the reason you want this product to improve, the mineral based additivtives for cell communication etc... my skin is so sensitive that i cant even handle that. Im suggesting you Put this product in a different context. For non makeup wearers its a brilliant option. And with the product going dow the drain anyway, who cares about the extra stuff? Id rather a great moisturizer do the work.

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