This paper is confirming the idea that a good, gentle cleanser can become an important part of a rosacea skin care regime.
According to the study, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is both well tolerated by the rosacea sufferers tested, and can also improve rosacea symptoms.
I really like this cleanser and have used it for several years now. It is mild and even though it doesn’t lather it seems to cleanse well enough for my needs. Just use plenty of water and a good pump of the cleanser and then it seems to work quite well.
Cutis 2006 Apr; 77(4 Suppl):27-33, Draelos ZD., Dermatology Consulting Services, High Point, North Carolina, USA.
A good skin care regimen is a critical part of rosacea treatment; however, care must be taken to choose nonirritating products because individuals with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin, and irritants can trigger a worsening of symptoms.
This study examines the use of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (a nonalkaline nonirritating cleanser) in patients with rosacea. To eliminate the confounding effects of various treatments, the cleanser was studied for a 2-week period in the absence of rosacea therapy 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 Dove Sensitive Skin Bar. During the 2-week study period, patients were monitored for skin barrier function through transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and corneometry; patients also were monitored for rosacea severity. Thirty patients were enrolled. No significant increase in TEWL was demonstrated at any point during the study, indicating that the gentle skin cleanser did not damage the skin barrier. Additionally, the cleanser was shown to maintain skin hydration.
Furthermore, a post hoc statistical analysis suggests there was a significant reduction (P<.05) in investigator-assessed rosacea severity on the cheeks, forehead, and nose at the end of week 1 and on the cheeks, forehead, and chin at the end of week 2 compared with the end of the washout period (after 2 weeks of cleansing with Dove Sensitive Skin Bar).
The mild nonirritating action of the gentle skin cleanser was supported by the lack of adverse events and the tolerability shown in the study. There were no increases in erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging, burning, or lack of smoothness in the skin during the 2-week study period, despite the fact that patients were not being treated for their rosacea during the study.
These results indicate that Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser may be a good choice for the cleansing part of a total rosacea skin care regimen.
Gentle Skin Cleanser Ingredients
The list of ingredients from the Cetaphil Cleansers website are ;
- purified water,
- cetyl alcohol,
- propylene glycol,
- sodium lauryl sulfate,
- stearyl alcohol,
- propylparaben and
See also the following post from Dr. Sy in the Highlights:
Cetyl alcohol & stearyl alcohol both belong to the family of “fatty alcohols”. They are used in products as skin conditioning agents, emollient, viscosity increasing agent (thickener), emulsifying agents, stabilizer, surfactant. If you feel the raw material for both (& other fatty alcohols) in your hands, you’ll find them to be thick and greasy.
So, why do some rosaceans react to liquid cleansers containing cetyl alcohol etc while others don’t? My guess is the ff. 1) The culprit is probaly not cetyl alcohol but may be the percentage amount of sodium lauryl sulfate in the formulation. SLS is the main cleansing agent in soaps & cleansers. It is very effective but, above a certain percentage, it can cause irritation in some people with delicate sensitive skin.
So the experts tell us that a gentle product like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser should be a good choice for rosacea sufferers. How says you? Would you recommend it to fellow sufferers who are seeking a cleanser that they can tolerate?
Worried about alcohol and SLS in this cleanser? read this for some more info – Cetaphil Liquid Cleansers with Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
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