Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Last updated on 7 January, 2024

Oily yet dehydrated skin is something I have been struggling with when I switched to oil free moisturizers. Lately I am trying out different permutations and combinations to tackle the same. That’s when I thought of giving Cetaphil cleanser a try. Read onto know the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review to know whether I like it or not.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Brand Claims

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser cleanses without irritation to leave your skin soft and smooth. This mild, soap-free formula removes dirt, makeup, and impurities and also helps retain skin’s moisture It is a water-based and non-comedogenic (does not block pores) formulation. Thoroughly and gently massage the cleanser over your face, then rinse off or wipe off with a cotton pad or soft tissue for gentle yet effective cleansing.

  • Maintains Skin pH balance
  • Non-Comodogenic – doesn’t clog pores
  • Soap-free, non-irritating formula
  • Dermatologically tested


Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance

The cleanser is housed in a white plastic bottle with a blue twist up cap. The cap further has a flip top which closes with a sound. The packaging is one of the signature Cetaphil packaging. The texture of the cleanser is gel cream kind and consistency is runny. It is opaque in colour and doesn’t have any particular fragrance. The fragrance it possesses is a result of the formulation it seems.

My experience with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

As the name suggests Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is actually gentle enough to be used by all skin types. It doesn’t foam up yet cleanses the skin leaving it soft and smooth. The cleanser is a good fit in anyone’s morning routine. It is formulated with mild soap-free formulation that cleanses without irritation.
The skin doesn’t feel squeaky clean and the cleanser will just glide on the whiteheads (if you have them). Someone who is looking out for a squeaky clean feeling post using a cleanser, this cleanser isn’t for them. The cleanser is designed keeping gentle cleansing in mind and it effectively does this job. Whenever I use an emulsifying cleansing oil, I try to use this one as my skin gets dehydrated if I use foaming cleansers regularly in my double cleansing routine.

With many skincare fanatics using active ingredients like AHA, BHA, Vitamin C in their routine this might be a must-have cleanser for them. Sometimes chemical exfoliators can irritate the skin and in such cases even washing a face can be a task with normal cleansers. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is perfectly apt if you ever face damaged skin barrier or have gone overboard with chemical exfoliation. Any skin type can use this as a morning cleanser because the cleanser provides dual action of cleansing gently while making the skin soft and smooth.

The brand has mentioned that one can use the product with or without water however I have always used with water. In case of travel, you make use the cleanser onto the face directly and wipe it off with a damp cloth. The brand claims of this cleanser removing light makeup doesn’t hold true in my case. I have tried to remove a BB cream with this one and it doesn’t help much.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review


  • Soap-free, fragrance-free, non irritating formulation
  • Perfectly fits into the morning routine
  • Works good as a second cleanser in double cleansing, if you are using emulsifying oil cleanser
  • Maintains Skin pH balance
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Helps retain skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Can be used with or without water
  • Gentle and effective care for all skin types
  • Easily available online as well as offline
  • Little goes a long way and product lasts long time
  • Value for money product


  • Can’t be used as a light make-up remover

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser fulfils it’s claims of gentle yet effective cleansing while making the skin soft and smooth. It is an apt cleanser for all skin types as a morning cleanser or while using an emulsifying oil cleanser. If you are looking out for a cleanser that makes the skin squeaky clean then this cleanser isn’t for you. Those looking out for a mild cleanser or are into chemical exfoliation then you should definitely try this cleanser and take advantage of Cetaphil’s carefully formulated products.


About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.