Posted by: Jordan
What is it about Cetaphil that makes dermatologists and beauty editors fall all over themselves? I never understood why it was the top recommended “Cheap But Amazing!” product that you can’t live without. Every time I used it I either noticed nothing spectacular (during the best of trials in my early 20’s when I was blessed with sturdy skin) or it made my skin break out horribly (during the worst of trials in my late 20’s when I started to get classified as a “sensitive skin” type). After the last trial, a couple years ago, I was so alarmed at the immediate breakout that I did some Googling to find out if anyone else had issues with it (because magazines and doctors made it seem like you were Satan if you didn’t love Cetaphil). Come to find out, several people had aversions to Cetaphil, and a lot of people were crediting it to the harsh detergent agents (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates) in the formula. That was really the first time I started looking at the ingredients in my beauty products. I soon found that a ton of my products contained drying SLS’s. I ditched the idea of Cetaphil once and for all, and came the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with me, but everything wrong with the fanatics who were pushing this stuff on us poor, unsuspecting “sensitive types.”
Earlier this week a PJR reader, Lydia, wrote in asking for recommendations on what cleansers she could use to replace Cetaphil. I informed Lydia that there are a couple of great articles about Cetaphil and alternatives to it on Well and Good NYC.
From my own experience I can recommend Vapour’s new cleansing oil (massage on your face to remove makeup, then wipe off with a tissue) followed by a gentle foaming cleanser such as the one I tried by Juice Beauty. Or, of course, I also really love Weleda’s Wild Rose creamy cleanser and toner for sensitive skin.
Congrats to Lydia for going through the beauty product detox (and be sure to check out her awesome food blog. It’s entertaining, educational food porn at its very finest!) Leave a comment if you have other natural alternatives to Cetaphil to suggest for Lydia!