Yesterday my curiosity got the best of me, I stopped at Fred Meyer to purchase a Cetaphil cleanser as many of my clients are using it daily I needed to try it my self.
So far, thinking it was a cleansing milk I was not opposed to it, as cleansing milk do not over strip the skin.
Well I had a shock…I do not like to criticize products but cetaphil cleanser is marketed as a cleanser for dry and sensitive skin and this is purely marketing misinformation
1- it is a soap: it contains Sodium lauryl sulfate one of the most striping surfactant on the market (used in basic shampoo)
2- they make it non foamy, by adding propylene glycol (at a high percentage the propylene glycol used in cetaphil dries the skin and as it also is a bacterial agent it will disturb the natural bacteria of your skin)
3- it is preserved with Parabens (potential carcinogen and hormon disruptors)
4- when I washed my skin with it I felt very dry and it started peeling after 10 minutes.
5- when I asked a OHSU dermatologist why they were recommending cetaphil cleanser, I was told that ” now days women use so much makeup on their skin, women need cetaphil’s high detergency to remove all of it”.
SO PLEASE IF YOUR SKIN IS DRY OR SENSITIVE SWITCH TO A REAL CLEANSING MILK OR A CLEANSING WATER
Helene Lawless (Cosmetic Chemist & Esthetician)