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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, For Normal to Oily Skin, 16 Ounce

Cetaphil daily facial cleanser for normal to oily skin was formulated for dermatologists as a gentle, non-irritating cleanser for normal to oily skin. It removes surface oils, dirt and makeup without leaving skin tight or overly dry. It is a non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores.

Key features

  • Specifically formulated for normal, oily, and combination skin
  • Removes surface oil and dirt without leaving skin feeling tight or overy dry
  • Non-irritating and won’t clog pores

Honest reviews


DO NOT buy, nasty!

I love the Cetaphil lotions and cremes but this isn’t doing it for me. This product has a very bad smell, it smells like those liquid soap bubbles kids use to blow bubbles, and it even has that thin consistency too. It’s very slippery to put on your face and hard to lather, and almost impossible to rinse off. It also burns my face which is weird because I’ve used fragranced products with medication that didn’t burn as much as this cleanser does. I can’t tell if it cleanses well. I hate the smell and consistency of this product!Update: The Cetaphil gentle cleanser is SO much better than this!

Kim Sapulpa, OK

If it burns, stop use IMMEDIATELY

I’ve used a lot of harsh facial cleansers… Stuff with benzoyl peroxide or salicyclic acid… Without any burning or redness. But as soon as I tried this “gentle” stuff my face felt like it was on fire… I now have dried out red splotches on my face and its been more than a day. Reading online it seems some people are allergic to something in this stuff, and I am probably one of those people. Bottle is in the trash. So if this burns your skin, don’t even try using it again!

Catalina Revere, MA

Much better than the Gentle Cleanser for my skin type

H have difficult-to-control oily skin I hear everyone rave about Cetaphil facial cleansers, so a few years ago I went out an purchased the Gentle Cleanser. I hated it! It was too creamy, left my face with a weird film, and did nothing for my oil or acne.Recently, I discovered the normal to oily skin version and I must say, this is a HUGE improvement. This leaves my face feeling squeaky clean, but does not dry it out. I’m currently using a prescription retinoid cream (which can cause some dryness and flaking) but this cleanser still does not irritate those areas.It’s also a great value for the price. I’ve been using my same 16 ounce bottle for months. Definitely recommended for those with oily and acne-prone skin like me. If you’ve got dry skin, the Gentle Cleanser is probably better suited for you.

Jeannine Cassville, PA

Very effective and gentle ;->

To be perfectly honest, there are many expensive brands out there that probably use this as their base and then add color or fragrance to it to change it up a little. This product is really all you need. It is definately a gentle cleanser that does get off most, if not all, traces of make-up and grime. It doesn’t make the skin feel dry and it doesn’t have anything in it to irritate your skin. Best of all? – it’s so well priced. When you are trying to cut down expenses, this is a no brainer. It is so well priced for an excellent product and you do not need to spend $30 and upwards on ‘better’ cleansers, because really there aren’t many cleansers on the market that are better than this anyway. I love it and won’t use anything else ever again.

Lilly Bee, VA

Great Product. A Regular Item in Our Grocery List

Cetaphil is an amazing product. Our family has been using it for such a long time that I can remember. It is not sudsy like ordinary soap which makes it very easy to rinse. You will not spend a lot of time just to remove that slippery feeling when using soaps. After you dry with a face towel, you will feel the difference on your skin. Oil is gone without you face feeling stretch dry. It is very gentle.

Harriett Glandorf, OH

I have oily skin and this works without leaving a film

Hi. I have oily skin and this works without leaving a film. Doesn’t suds up, so it almost doesn’t seem to be doing anything, but works great. Easy to rinse off

Estella Freedom, OK


This is the best facial cleanser out there in my opinion. Leaves no residue, smells fresh, and I couldn’t be happier.

Pamela Tewksbury, MA

Product I CANNOT Live Without

This is one of those products that I HAVE to have in my bathroom and use it twice daily and have for YEARS! I swear by this stuff. The clean fresh soft feeling it gives me after I have washed my face is like no other product can achieve. If I feel grimey mid day, I crave to go wash my face with Cetaphil and I feel so much better. It is just the best feeling of clean. Now my teenager has to have his own bottle in his bathroom and my husband is now using it.

Penny Comstock, WI

Really Works!!! Trust Me on this…

First of all, my skin is extremely dry (yes, even during the non-winter season) to the point that it is peeling skin. I have used expensive cleansers from Saks to Over the counter like Walgreens. I am extremely pleased with Cetaphil because it does not dry my skin afterwards. Also i like because it does not have any scent and is non colored based. The pump also makes it really easy to dispense.I used this in the morning and evening. For those who has very dry skin, i would highly recommended this. Then apply a very good Organic coconut oil to serve as a moisturizer.

Coleen Dedham, MA

My favorite facial cleanser

My dermatologist recommended this and she uses it in her clinic. This is a gentle yet effective cleanser. And not too expensive.

Beverly Grass Range, MT

Cetaphil facial cleanser

We have sensitive skin and the cetaphil works well to clean your face with out causing any irration or anything. It leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh!

Eleanor Circleville, NY

Great Facial Cleanser

Love this facial cleanser. Ive been using it for years. Like this one better than the other scent though. Foams well and washes off good. Better than the more fancy more expensive brands.

Dolores Sunbright, TN

This or nothing!

My sensitive skin only allows me to use this facial cleanser, and not anyone else’s. So when I found a bulk package on here, I was so grateful!

Annmarie Spring Valley, CA

This is the Gold Standard

This is a great product. Cetaphil is recommended by dermatologists for a reason. Most of them aren’t even paid to push it! I hope. Anyway, the only other product I would recommend outside of this would be one of CeRave’s facial cleansers. That’s another company that seems to know what it’s doing. Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming!

Martina Pico Rivera, CA

It was fine the way it was

I have the same review for this that I have for the Cetaphil Anti-bac bar cleanser: WHY did Cetaphil ruin a perfectly good, frag-free cleanser by adding fragrance to it? I KNOW that when this first came out it had no fragrance. I know that because I went out and bought it ASAP, thrilled that Cetaphil was finally acknowledging customers with oily skin. And it’s not just a simple, light fragrance; like the bar soap, the fragrance is strong and sweet and cloying enough to make it impossible to use without giving me a headache or making me feel nauseous. WHY, Cetaphil, WHY?????

Francisca Mexico Beach, FL

Not good for overly sensitive, does not fight stubborn acne

When I started using Cetaphil, my skin was overly sensitive. It burned and turned beat red while using this and right after using it and made my eyes water. I do have oily skin so I knew I needed to keep using this if I wanted my acne to go away. Even though I used this habitually for nearly two years, I still kept getting acne. After washing my face,my skin still felt oily (especially in summer) it also felt overly dry sometimes in winter. I realize now I should have not been using it in the eye area to remove eye makeup, but I did and my eye lashes flaked out when using this.I know it works well as a base facial cleanser for individuals with oily and more resistant skin, that is not as acne prone (I say this because there is very little if any salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in it) but it did not work for me. I give this cleanser a two star and not a one because I believed it helped de-sensitize my overly sensitive skin. Now I can use more potent products with out having my skin flake off and burn.

Cortney Nicktown, PA

My gosh, the smell….

I just love Cetaphil gentle cleanser and bought this one by mistake. It works and that’s why I gave it 2 stars but it is so STRONG smelling that I simply can not use it. I do not have a problem with scents or perfume but this is over powering. It’s so bad that I stopped washing my face with it after one try and I cant even wash my hands with it as the smell creeps into my mouth and nose.Unless you have no sense of smell do not buy this.

Lenore Marthaville, LA

Don’t Think Twice…

Just buy it and enjoy!I have oily/combination skin and it works perfectly for me. It cleanses and softens and reduces the incidents of break outs and other skin flare ups.I use it with the “Clarisonic” cleansing brush and the combination is amazing! I now get compliments for my “beautiful skin” and I’m over 50!

Latoya Creola, AL

I use it for shaving

I use this for shaving. and it works amazingly. I don’t actually use it to clean my face as I don’t feel like it cleans my face properly, but I have ordered quite a few of these to use as a shaving lotion for me and my husband.

Adrian Bloomington, ID

Works to clean sking without causing breakouts!

I have dermititus and have used ZNP bar for years. After they stopped making it I was forced to find something else. My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil. Well, she was right but she was also wrong!So far i’ve found that Cetaphil does not cause breakouts and it does keep my skin clean. I don’t care for the alcohol smell of it I get when in use so hope they can improve on that. I cringe every time I have to use it.I’ve found I have to use as directed (apply to WET FACE) rather than just dry face. When I applied to dry face I broke out with pimples. Now using it as directed I’m fine.My dermititis shows up with this product though. It does not have anything in it to treat my condition like the ZNP bar did. So I am supplimenting by using Noble Formula a few times a week along with my twice daily use of the Cetaphil. So far so good. (Noble Formula caused breakouts when used daily)Only time will tell but I hope this works!

Latoya Thurston, OR

This is my favorite face cleanser

I had went through multiple cleanser in my life.With my acne sice age 15 I had problems with finding the right one.This is my best one,delicate cleans well .I am happy that amazon carries it because I will keep reordering forever ! 🙂

Janette White Heath, IL


This face wash is amazing. It feels good on the face, and after rinsing off my skin feels fresh. For years, my face had been varying from overly dry, to overly oily with new acne forming everyday. I also have larger pores around nose, and reddened areas of face. I feel like I’ve tried every face wash and lotions, with some experimenting with natural remedies like honey, baking soda, and lemon juice. I finally found a good combination using Cetaphil, with a little coconut oil. Perfect. My skin is finally even toned, only occasional outbreaks, not too oily or too dry. I have sensitive skin, but decided to start out with the daily facial cleanser instead of the sensitive skin cetaphil, and it has worked perfectly. Very pleased!

Vilma Tombstone, AZ

Best price for the quatity

Found these on Amazon………again for the best price I could find (no surprise to me!). Have used this for several years and it works great for me. Was recommended by my dermotologist so have used it ever since. Product doesn’t dry out your skin but you can feel the clean feeling afterwards.

Amber Foothill Ranch, CA

I love this cleanser

I really like what this cleanser does for my skin. I have spent alot of money on cleansers, from the super expensive to the really cheap ones. I am always looking for the next best thing. I never thought this non scented simple cleanser would keep my skin balanced. It really works for me and I love it even more with my Clarisonic Cleanser.It doesnt foam as much as other cleansers but cleans my skin thorougly without overdrying

Adrienne Weedville, PA