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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser | Wonderful You Review

My skincare history is just like my personality – a drama queen, completely over the top. Before I even touched Clinique my routine was extremely basic – it just involved Cleansing, toning and moisturising with the brand Simple. When I got older and my skin broke out I moved over to Clinique, and when I discovered that wasn't at all appropriate I moved over to NUDE. For a long while their combination of cleansing and moisturising with a facial serum every few days worked wonders for my skin, the breakouts were minimal and my complexion as a whole was much clearer and even. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll probably have seen the post I wrote about it here. Now don’t get me wrong, I still swear by NUDE for my skin type, it really is an incredible brand and the serum and moisturiser are something I swear by. Unfortunately, my skin seems to have fought back and decided it doesn’t want me to use the cleanser anymore. My spots were coming back fast, fierce and painful – at first I thought it might be stress (this was just around Christmas time, and I had a lot going on prior to Australia), so I waited until I was away in the sun and when that didn’t even slightly help with clearing it up I started to panic. I was going to be in Australia for a month, and my skin looked horrific – not only that but when you have a tan none of your foundation matches, so I couldn't even cover up!

In Australia we were staying with Daniel’s family and for a few years his younger cousin had suffered with acne. He was now on medication as nothing had worked well for him – but luckily his Aunty had kept over some facial washes that he had used prior to his new prescription. I was willing to try anything (remember, I am a drama queen) so I jumped at the chance when she mentioned it!
Cetaphil is a soap free gentle foam cleanser – aimed at oily skin (although they do cater for all skin types), this particular one is aimed at problematic oily skin. If you find you have overly oily skin it’s more than likely down to your body producing too much sebum (this is released through your sebaceous glands, and is used to keep the skin supple). Although no face washes will completely get rid of this (I’m pretty sure it’s a hormonal thing that can only be combated by medication) – Cetaphil promises to reduce the amount of sebum your skin produces by up to 60% after using for over two weeks, twice a day (I was already converted by this point). Being soap-free it is also less harsh on your face, it doesn't leave the face feeling too tight and the skin is still lovely and soft – no dry patches.

It’s the first facial wash that has worked effectively enough for me to take my make up off with it. One pump lathers softly and removes make up, excess dirt and cleanses the entire face. It's a clear gel like solution (doesn't photography particularly well) and bubbles up extremely gently - not at all frothy or soapy. I use it again in the morning, but only need half a pump as I make it a rule NEVER to sleep in my make up! Being a 500ml bottle, it’s going to last me yonks. I used it every day for 3 weeks in Australia and it hasn’t even made a dent. Being an Australian brand, it’s not as readily available in the UK. However I know you can get it from both Boots and Amazon. It cost me $15 when I was over there, and my little sister spent just over £15 on it through Amazon a few weeks ago. So it’s not breaking the bank by any means.

My skin for the entirety of the holiday up until now, has been incredibly good. I will have the occasional spot but nothing compared to the massive breakout I had at Christmas. For example, today I am wearing just concealer under my eyes and over a few blemishes. No foundation. I know – say whaaaaat?! I just feel more comfortable with my skin and letting it breathe every now and then. Don’t get me wrong I’m still using my foundation every day usually; I was just giving you an insight into how much better it’s made me feel.

I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps my skin will always be this way. I’ll find a skincare product that works really well for my skin for up to say a year, and then my skin will become accustomed to it and reject it. However I do know that I can’t just use any product I fancy without doing some serious research first – my skin flares up at anything that is too heavy, highly scented or overly moisturising. Which is why I know that when I do find something that works for me for a while – it’s something worth shouting about.

I hope you found this post helpful – apologies if it’s a bit rambly! But I wanted to explain it properly for you :) 

I'm starting to believe that less is definitely more when it comes to skincare. So I'll probably be writing about my 'Day & Night' routine soon - is that something you would like to see?


Lucy Cole said...

Great review! It sounds really good!Xx


Tara Baker said...

I have the same problem with my skin. It's so annoying. I used Clinique for ages too, but then it just stopped working. I've found some natural solutions like lemon and honey quite useful, and drinking copious cups of green tea.


Dara said...

This was a really interesting review!
The best cleanser I've ever used is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar foaming gel cleanser, It's for oily sensitive skin.
It completely cleared up my skin and I've been using it ever since. Oh, and it's currently on offer for 2 for £15 in Boots!
You should give it a try :)
-Dara xx

Francesca x said...

This has really intrigued me! I have very similar skin to yours and it seems to be sorting itself out thanks to regular exfoliation and the Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturiser (AMAZING for blemishes) but I still have some pesky blemishes I want to get rid of - this may be the answer!
Do you suffer from scarring at all?! This is my main concern atm :(

Chelsea said...

You really have convinced me to try this out. I swear my skin gets used to products too, and then rejects them. Perhaps you could try switching between Cetaphil and NUDE? I'd love to read about your day and night routine. xx

Kate said...

I have super oily skin so i may have to give this a go! x

Amy said...

This has interested me as my boyfriend suffers with oily skin and break outs as well as this he has very sensitive skin.

I might get him some of this to try, it's worth a shot at least :)

Thanks Meg!

Amy xx
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lonelily said...

I've suffered from acne and breakouts since puberty. The only thing that worked for me was medication. My skin has thankfully cleared up now but I do occasionally get breakouts. I'm using Elemis just now which has kept breakouts at bay but I think I may invest in some of this for emergencies!

Lovely blog btw!

Kerry x


Leanne Rachel said...

Great review, so helpful! I always look at this when I'm in Boots but have never picked it up as my skin is so sensitive with new products. I think I might have to take the plunge and try it out! Thanks Megan :) xxx


rosaliejayne said...

Great review, I love this product, I've been using it for round about a year and I didn't realise just how much it works until I stopped using it for a few days, My skins sensitive and reacts to pretty much everyrhing so I'm glad I found such an inexpensive product that works :)
Rosalie x

Lisa L said...

I also swear by this product. I've suffered with acne for 10 years and my skin hasn't been or felt this good in all those years after discovering it a couple of months ago. I'm now frightened to try anything else on my skin as it works so well! x

Katherine xo said...

oh wow, definitely want to try this now! always looking for something to help with my oily tzone :) x


bexzbeauty said...

Great review, i've seen this in my boot's recently and i was going to pick it up the other day, but i wasn't sure if it was good or not. So after this review i might have to go and pick it up.
xx Becky

Anonymous said...

This looks good, will definitely give it a try when out of my usual gentle cleanser.
Please! Go here: www.beautymouth.com. Read, learn, she is amazing. There is no quick fix but there is so much more you can do to help.
Love and look after your skin everyone, dont get angry with it, you won't get another one xx

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Anonymous said...

You should try Made From Earths Grapefruit Glycolic Wash - it is very fresh smelling, and has a nice light texture. There's no greasy "film" left after washing with this cleanser, but it also doesn't dry the skin out. In fact, it seems to have helped with my combination/T-zone skin. The dry patches on my cheeks are gone and my oil is better controlled.

My skin is also brighter, as the glycolic acid does help to naturally exfoliate those dead and dull skin cells that tend to build up on the face. It's suprisingly gentle as well. At night when I wash, I allow this to sit on my face for about 60 seconds to allow the glycolic acid to do it's magic. It has a slight tingle to it, but nothing serious.

Jennifer Grey said...

This is going to be very helpful!
Thank you!

Sarah said...

Hi, I have this Cetaphil product on my list of Best Cleansers for Oily Skin on my website http://www.oilyskinguide.com. Perhaps if you wanted to review some of the others on my list you could let me know. I'm always looking for feedback on these products from *real* people :) Thank you.

matty blanca said...

My dermatologist tells me I have texbook combination skin - oily areas and dry areas. Im a natural healthy type, so I started using Made from Earth's Combination Skin Kit. It comes with 2 different Made from Earth face washes - one for when I am super oily, and another for when I do not want to strip my skin. Also, the Made from Earth "ph equilibrant moisturizer" is GREAT at balancing the oily areas and the dry areas

matty blanca said...

My dermatologist tells me I have texbook combination skin - oily areas and dry areas. Im a natural healthy type, so I started using Made from Earth's Combination Skin Kit. It comes with 2 different Made from Earth face washes - one for when I am super oily, and another for when I do not want to strip my skin. Also, the Made from Earth "ph equilibrant moisturizer" is GREAT at balancing the oily areas and the dry areas

viji kannan said...

Thank you. I just wanted to know where to ship it since I know now to keep producing it

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Pauline Reyes said...

Is it true that your skin will break out after using this for a month or two? The info came from other bloggers.
~Pauline @Kallony

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