So, you've decided you want to try one of Cetaphil's cult-favorite, best-selling cleansers, but you can't quite figure out what the differences are? We've all been there, don't worry!
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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser vs Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
With both cleansers appearing practically identical on the shelf with their signature Cetaphil branding, we're going to have to dive straight into their formulas to find any differences of note.
Though both cleansers boast the same nourishing base of Niacinamide, Panthenol, and Glycerin, the Gentle Skin Cleanser contains just a single, soap-free, mild surfactant (cleansing agent) - Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - which is particularly renowned for its ability to mitigate disruption of the skin's moisture barrier.
The Daily Facial Cleanser instead contains *three* surfactants, namely: Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, and Sodium Cocoamphoacetate. While all three are also relatively mild when compared to typical cleansing agents - such as SLS & SLES - combined, they form a potent, soapy, deep-cleansing trio that tackles excess oil and makeup with ease.
This fact is further reinforced when we compare their textures: the Daily Facial Cleanser is a gel that lathers into a foam for the deep cleansing of pores (making it great for oily skin types). The Gentle Skin Cleanser on the other hand is a non-lathering cream, thus making it more moisturizing and less likely to strip the moisture barrier (making it great for normal-to-dry/sensitive skin types).
Looking for a hydrating cleanser for normal/dry skin?
Try the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Looking for a daily cleanser for oily/combination skin?
Try the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Other points of note include: price, in which they are practically the same per fluid ounce, and fragrance, in which it has to be noted that the Daily Facial Cleanser does contain a "masking" fragrance, whereas the Gentle Skin Cleanser is completely fragrance-free. Furthermore, while the Daily Facial Cleanser is to be used on the face, the Gentle Skin Cleanser is for the face and body.
Daily Facial Cleanser by Cetaphil
Our rating: ★★★★★
Gentle, foamy face wash for oily skin types.
What makes it special? Gentle gel to foam formula deep cleanses skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Clinically tested to remove dirt, excess oils and makeup without leaving skin dry or tight. Formulated with a dermatologist backed blend of vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and hydrating glycerin to reinforce the skin's moisture barrier. Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivity including dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier.
Which skin types? For combination to oily, sensitive skin.
Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil
Our rating: ★★★★★
Award-winning cleanser for sensitive or dry skin that moisturises as it gently cleanses.
What makes it special? Cetaphil is a seriously gentle therapeutic skincare range, specially formulated for all skin types (including dry and sensitive) to provide effective, gentle skincare to help your skin look and feel its best. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser cleanses, moisturises and gently removes what your skin doesn’t need, without stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils, and without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance.
Which skin types? For all skin types.