What Is Cetaphil?
Cetaphil is a range of over-the-counter skin cleansers and moisturizers offered by Galderma Laboratories, a joint venture between L’Oréal and Nestlé.They have been known from decades to produce gentle, fragrance-free, and non-irritating skin cleansers and moisturizers which help to soothe the skin. Cetaphil cleanser is advertised to eliminate acne, clean out pores and give a clear appearance to its users.
What makes it famous?
The mildness and simplicity of the Cetaphil cleanser are its main selling points. The company claims that the cleanser works gently and effectively for all skin types, including babies. Another key selling point is that it doesn’t remove natural oils from the skin. As a result, your skin will remain fully hydrated. The gentleness and the affordable price of the product make it so popular on the market today. Dermatologists have been recommending Cetaphil cleanser for the longest time because of its gentle, non-alkaline, and non-comedogenic formula which makes it suitable even for sensitive skin.
The Ingredients Used in Cetaphil Cleansers
The basic Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for all skin types contains water, propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, propylparaben, butylparaben, and methylparaben. Recently, the effectiveness and safety of the ingredients used in Cetaphil cleanser have been controversial. Some of them are considered to be harmful to health. Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol (emollients and emulsifying agents which help the product to stabilize) are the only useful ingredients which hydrate your skin.
Cons of Cetaphil Cleanser
- Many skin care professionals believe that Cetaphil cleanser does not contain any ingredient with anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial properties to nurtures skin. Therefore the product is non-beneficial to the skin. Some of them believe that the cleanser may not be very irritating to the skin, but it probably will not help it much either.
- The cleanser contains parabens in three forms, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. These are commonly used preservatives in food and cosmetics. Research suggests that they can cause hormonal changes, which may impair fertility and increase the risk of breast cancer. Parabens may also cause skin irritation, rashes or allergic skin reactions.
- It also contains sodium lauryl sulfate which is essentially a foaming agent used to remove dirt and oil from the skin. SLS is known to irritate sensitive skin by stripping away the natural oil and disrupting the acid mantle barrier of the skin. Prolonged use of SLS may cause dryness, cracks, and dehydrated skin.
- Propylene glycol is a humectant, but it also functions as a penetration enhancer. It allows products and chemicals to penetrate the skin and enter your bloodstream.
Is it Safe for Babies?
Considering the fact that all the ingredients used in Cetaphil cleanser, except for water, are chemically manufactured and are listed as cosmetic ingredients to be avoided as potentially toxic, Cetaphil may not be a gentle and simple cleanser as it claims to be. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid personal care products containing chemicals, like parabens for children. Parabens may alter hormone levels, altering fetal development or growth of a young child. Another ingredient used in Cetaphil cleanser, SLS, is one of the harshest detergents that can cause irritation in people with sensitive skin.