The Good & The Bad ft. Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

The Good

As someone who has been using topical acne medication on a daily basis, my skin dries out quite terribly. The dryness is concentrated in and around the areas where I apply the gel (cheeks and chins area). Prior to using Cetaphil, it was really an uphill battle trying to find the right type of moisturizer that helps hydrate my skin when using acne medications.

I first learnt about Cetaphil when several Beauty bloggers raved about this product. I had to jump in, try it for myself to really understand what the big fuss was all about. Well, after initially trying it out, I can say that this product was worthy for all the big fuss it generated among skincare enthusiasts.

Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

I have been using this product for over a year and my skin has been loved it since day 1. During winter months is when I could really tell how this product works on those cold wintery days. A word of warning though, I would not recommend this product if you have an oily skin type. Due to this reason, I only use this product in the evening after I apply my acne medication before I go to bed. The next morning, I’m always woken up to soft and hydrated skin which is always wonderful!

If your skin type is dry, then this is the moisturizer for you. Your skin will surely love it. It is also a wonderful base product to be applied before applying foundation. A few things to note:

  • Very little of the product goes a long way
  • It is fragrance free and non-comedogenic (oil-free)
  • One 230ml bottle of Cetaphil lasts at least 6 months.

You can buy this product from Boots for the price of £8.99.

The Bad

All you Cetaphil lovers, you are not going to like what you are about to read. You might have heard about this or might not, but it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share this with you even after knowing about it.

In the past few weeks, I have read blog posts that explain how Cetaphil is not the simple and innocent moisturizer it claims to be. The blogs explain that Cetaphil uses toxic ingredients which are harmful to the skin. Surprised? Shocked? This was how I genuinely felt after I read about it. As someone who has been using it for a long time, it really made me think. Click here to read more about this. I have to say, my once positive opinion about this product has been swayed after knowing the unpleasant truth about Cetaphil.

Have you used Cetaphil Moisturizing lotion? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know by commenting below!

26 thoughts on “The Good & The Bad ft. Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

  1. Selena Hannah April 18, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Honestly, there is no direct correlation that any of these ingredients are harmful to your health. If there was a direct link to cancer, the FDA would ban that ingredient in cosmetics and skin care. There are so many speculations and not enough science to back any of the claims up. I’m a science major, so I have researched this quite a bit for college papers. If parabens are cancer causing agents, then blueberries and other fruits would be banned, which is where parabens come from in nature. If a product has fruit, it has parabens. That doesn’t mean it’s going to kill you, until research proves otherwise. I do say that I am concerned about paraben, but since there isn’t proof, I don’t worry about it too much. I love my Cetaphil moisturizer and I won’t stop using it until it’s taken off the market. Also, it is recommend by the national dermatologist association, so I have faith in them. Thanks for liking a post on my blog. I like the points that you bring up. Followed.

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    • withtinu April 20, 2015 / 6:35 am

      Thank you! This is by far the best explanation! I was confused and unsure as to what to make of it all but this explanation makes so much sense! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! 😄😄

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    • Rachel May 18, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Ah, you said exactly what I was going to say! Also, I get my fancy antioxidants and exfoliants, etc, from my other products. The only thing I want my beloved Cetaphil to do is moisturize and it really, really does! Cannot live without it. Also thanks so much for popping by my new blog, Withitinu, at – thanks for the support!!

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    • Sydney August 2, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      Actually cetaphil is banned already in many country’s and in planned to be banned in 2017


  2. kaimarquez April 19, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    In the Phils, anything Cetaphil is expensive and it’s practically endorsed by every skin doctor here! I tried it before cause of my skin asthma, it helped yeah, but I got similar ‘healing’ effects with johnson’s baby washes, which by the way are muuucch cheaper!


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    • withtinu April 20, 2015 / 6:36 am

      Oh wow! That’s really nice to know! Thanks for mentioning the alternative, never tried it. Might give it a go! 😄 x


      • kaimarquez April 21, 2015 / 12:37 am

        Oh, also Oilatum. They call it the cheaper Cetaphil 🙂

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  3. cat April 19, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Yes, I’ve heard some bad stuff about Cetaphil but it’s still available in drugstores so I’m confused too…

    Liked by 1 person

    • withtinu April 20, 2015 / 6:38 am

      A lovely reader (Selena Hannah) has given an explanation that makes a lot of sense (see above)! 😄😄 I hope that helps! 😄

      Liked by 1 person

  4. StyledWithJoy April 19, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    I will love Cetaphil no matter what! It doesn’t irritate my sensitive oily acne prone skin.

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  5. basicbeauties April 21, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I was shocked to hear this! I love using Cetaphil, I have to convince myself it is not harmful because I have extremely sensitive skin, and this does not irritate me at all! It actually really soothes my skin. Hopefully they don’t discover any flesh-eating problems in the near future or I’m screwed! My only problem with Cetaphil is that I feel like it doesn’t take off all my makeup on days that I go a little heavier, on those days I’ll substitute with Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, also fragrance-free, and does not irritate my skin. Thanks for this post. always good to keep these things in mind!

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    • withtinu April 22, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      I was shocked too! Yes, hope they don’t find anything bad! I haven’t tried Cetaphil’s cleanser but thanks for the tip!😄


    • withtinu April 22, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      Yes! I’m hoping the same too! 🙌🏼Thanks for dropping by 😄


  6. Mrs Im-so-fancy April 24, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Very interesting! And love Selena Hannah’s explanation more cz Cetaphil is like water to my skin. NEEDS it 🙂 Lovely blog! Would love it if you follow back too 🙂

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    • withtinu April 25, 2015 / 7:39 am

      Yes, her explanation just made a lot of sense 😄 haha, exactly how my skin feels too! Of course, you have a lovely blog! I 😄

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  7. Ana Rojas April 25, 2015 / 3:09 am

    I love reading your blog! Your insights on different beauty products is awesome. Thanks for posting..

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      • Ana Rojas April 29, 2015 / 3:04 am

        Can you add my website to your favorites list? I’ll reciprocate. This will help our blogs to gain more visitors.


  8. MsRamanXO April 25, 2015 / 7:43 am

    While I haven’t used Cetaphil before, I can understand your hesitation to use products with chemicals on your face or skin. Over the last couple of years, I have been transitioning to natural skincare products because what they put in soaps and creams just doesn’t make sense to me! ( a lot of them contain animal fat)

    I have finally starting making 100% natural, chemical free skincare products, including acne fighting moisturizers and face masks. Everything is Plant Powered!

    I’d like to extend the opportunity to you to try some complimentary samples and review them. Please let me know if you would be interested!

    ❤ xoxo


  9. pixistics May 21, 2015 / 1:49 am

    I have used it actually and I just hate the smell of it!


  10. anix321 July 8, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post!


  11. Chibimoekko July 17, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Thank you for stopping by mine 🙂
    I agree with some of the other users’ thoughts concerning the safety of Cetaphil. From what I can tell, the article is exaggerating the dangers of the ingredients. At the minimal amount that Cetaphil is using, it is unlikely to cause the damages cited. However, I do agree with the article’s claim about lack of antioxidants. Cetaphil is at essentially a “basic” moisturizer, which means that it provides only hydration but none of the other benefits. It’s a good choice for those with sensitive skin, much like petroleum jelly, but you should really amp up your routine with other things to give your skin the best treatment possible. Cheers~


  12. kchristiana August 27, 2015 / 2:12 am

    Thanks for checking out ASensitiveSubject! I’ve had a love/indifferent relationship with Cetaphil for many years but it never makes anything worse so I will definitely always keep it in the beauty cabinet.


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