Cetaphil Cleanser & Moisturizer Review for Acne Prone Sensitive Skin : Did it Work?

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This article is about the Cetaphil review for acne-prone oily skin that is very sensitive and reacts to each and every new skin-care product. I am a skincare enthusiast and I suffer from bad acne quite often. After trying a lot of skincare products, I decided to switch to a simple-looking yet effective skincare product, Cetaphil. 

I was using a few active ingredient products in the past that made me break out even harder. As I love to experiment with new skincare products every time, I also have to pay the price for it. So after a lot of research, I bought this Cetaphil combination of Cetaphil gentle cleanser and Cetaphil moisturizer. 

To be honest, I was not very hopeful but I swept all my serums and exfoliants off my bathroom shelf and kept just these two bottles and a toner. Here is what I experienced.

How I Applied Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Moisturizer?

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for oily skin & acne prone skin – I took a coin-sized cleanser and rubbed it on my wet face to make foam. To my surprise, no foam was there, just a few bubbles and for a few days, I felt like it was not cleansing well. As the name suggests, it is actually gentle and doesn’t strip the oil from the face. So you need to be a bit patient with that. 
  • Toner – After the cleanser, I used Innisfree’s troubled skin toner and dabbed it with my fingers. 
  • Moisturiser – After one or two minutes ( Ideally it should be 5 minutes), I applied half a coin-sized moisturizer by taking it on my palm and applying it on the face in gentle circular motions till absorbed. 
  • I followed this regime once a day as I couldn’t wash my face in the evening during these chilling winters in India. 
  • I used lukewarm water (not hot) to wash my face, believe me, it makes a difference. 

How did the Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturizer Work?

It worked great.

  • First of all, I felt it is doing nothing on my face, there is no magic with this combo, and it takes time. In my case, it took 3 weeks to show the effect.
  • My acne reduced and the dullness on my skin disappeared.
  • Even with the acne scars, my face looks brighter than ever.
  • I think it repaired my skin barrier amazingly. I have been using it for about two months now as the combo is going on and on. 

Did Cetaphil make my Acne go away?

It did play a role in reducing my acne considerably but I will give due credit to my toner as it has salicylic acid in it. But as far as period acne is concerned, I still get them. 

Pros & Cons of Cetaphil Cleanser & Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin 


  • Pocket-friendly (one combo lasts for more than two months)
  • Gentle on Skin
  • Best for sensitive skin
  • Reduces Acne
  • Moisturiser is rich in avocado oil and niacinamide so hydrates the face well
  • Imparts a healthy glow to the face 
  • Repairs the skin barrier and calms down the irritated skin


  • Works really slowly 
  • You may feel that the face is not cleaned properly
  • The cleanser doesn’t make foam
  • Not very effective on acne marks (although it has niacinamide in it, it doesn’t work on acne scars) 
  • If you are worried about acne scars, then read this review of Pixi glow tonic for acne scars.

My Final Verdict About Cetaphil

It is a good option for acne-prone skin that’s red and irritated or if you have exfoliated or used a lot of active skin ingredients in the past. I think every woman who is facing acne in her 30s must try this combo to repair the skin, control acne, reduce dullness and get a healthy glow. 

You can buy Cetaphil Cleanser & Moisturizer Combo Pack here

cetaphil cleanser & moisturizer review for acne prone skin

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Dr. Pratishtha (P.T) is a Physical therapist (orthopedics) by education. She loves Nature, Skincare, Organized Spaces, Researching, and Holistic Healthcare. Whenever She is not working, she is Definitely watching Netflix and procrastinating on reading a book! Find her on Linkedin.

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