Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar User Reviews

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Another article showing how important it is to boost the function of the skin barrier in order to get relief from rosacea symptoms. The conclusion of this poster session reads;

These results indicate that this gentle, nonalkaline, nonirritating cleanser may be a good choice as the cleansing part of a total rosacea regimen.

Indeed Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar may be a good choice for rosacea sufferers because it is a non-soap, pH skin matching cleanser known as a Syndet. For more information on Syndets see Syndets and Lipid Free Cleansers, What Are They? Do They Work?

The effect of a gentle nonalkaline skin cleanser on the skin barrier of rosacea patients, Zoe Draelos, MD, PA, High Point, NC, United States

Rosacea occurs most commonly in women with fair complexions between the age of 25 and 50 years, although it does occur in other patient populations as well. Rosacea appears as redness similar in appearance to sunburn and can be accompanied by papules and pustules.

A good skin-care regimen is a critical part of rosacea treatment, but care must be taken to choose products that do not irritate as rosacea patients typically have sensitive skin and irritants can trigger a worsening of symptoms.

The current study examines the use of a gentle nonalkaline, nonirritating cleanser in rosacea patients. To eliminate the confounding effects of various treatments, this cleanser was studied in the absence of rosacea treatments for a period of 2 weeks following a 2-week washout period in patients with mild to moderate rosacea.

During the ‘‘washout’’ period, patients were asked to cleanse twice daily with a leading cleansing bar, which contains sodium cocoyl isethionate and is formulated for sensitive skin. Over the course of the 2-week study period, the patients were monitored for rosacea severity and skin barrier function through transepidermal water loss and corneometry.

Thirty patients were enrolled. The results of this study indicate that this gentle skin cleanser did not damage the skin barrier, as demonstrated by no significant increase in transepidermal water loss at any point during the study.

Furthermore, there was a significant reduction in investigator-assessed rosacea severity at the end of week 1 on both cheeks, the forehead and the nose (P <.05) and at the end of week 2 for both cheeks, the forehead and the chin (P<.05) compared to the end of the washout period (after 2 weeks of cleansing with the moisturizing bar for sensitive skin).

The mild, nonirritating action of this cleanser is supported by the lack of adverse events and the tolerability shown in this study.

There was no increase in erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning, or lack of smoothness in the skin over the course of the 2- week study, despite the fact that these patients were not being treated for their rosacea during the study.

These results indicate that this gentle, nonalkaline, nonirritating cleanser may be a good choice as the cleansing part of a total rosacea regimen.

Author disclosure: Nothing disclosed at press time. Study and poster support provided by Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

Poster Discussion Session P597, American Academy of Dermatology, 64th Annual Meeting, March 3-7 2006, San Francisco.

Supplement to Journal of The American Academy of Dermatology, March 2006, Volume 54, Number 3.

Gentle Cleansing Bar Ingredients

Sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium tallowate, water, sodium stearate, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, sodium cocoate, PEG-20, sodium chloride, masking fragrance, sodium isethionate, petrolatum, sodium isostearoyl lactylate, sucrose cocoate, titanium dioxide, pentasodium pentetate, tetrasodium etidronate. May also contain sodium palm kernelate.

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So the Gentle Cleansing Bar seems like it might be a good choice for rosacea sufferers. What do you think? How do you like its ability to cleanse? Does the lack of lather worry you? How about its mildness?

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4 Reader Comments

  1. Paul White says:

    I tried this stuff many times and it really burns. It’s never worked. It has been way too strong for my sensitive skin.

  2. David Pascoe says:

    Sorry to hear it Paul. Sadly I don’t know of much that could be milder than the gentle cleansing bar. All the best in finding something that does work ok for your sensitive skin.

  3. Deb says:

    I’ve been using this for about a week now and have noticed I’ve been flushing more and have have had a few new breakouts. Maybe it was triggered from something else, but could it be from the masking fragrance?

  4. RaphaelF says:

    I’ve used the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse for several years now. I do the full-blown Lady Soma Detox about every 3 months – but in between, I take the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse. I believe it’s the best on the market for a gentle and reliable cleansing. Won’t dehydrate resulting in only greater problems later, but instead aids in normalizing proper bowel function. A must have!

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