Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream User Reviews



This study is saying that a gentle moisturizer is an important part of a rosacea beating regime.

This was one of the gems that took me years to realize. In order to best treat rosacea, you will need to find a good gentle skin care routine.

This routine should include a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Any prescription or over the counter topicals can then be added to your gentle care regime.

Another recent study found similar benefits when using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. The conclusion of that 2006 study was that “Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser may be a good choice for the cleansing part of a total rosacea skin care regimen.

This study concludes “in the management of rosacea, basic skin care regimens, including daily use of a therapeutic moisturizer, offer optimal benefits“.

Beneficial use of Cetaphil(R) Moisturizing Cream as part of a daily skin care regimen for individuals with rosacea. J Dermatolog Treat. 2007;18(3):158-62. , Laquieze S, Czernielewski J, Baltas E. , PERITESCO. Paris. France.

Introduction: Rosacea is a common and chronic disorder characterized by flushing, erythema, papules, pustules, and telangiectasia on the central part of the face. Because the facial skin of individuals with rosacea is particularly sensitive, irritants can trigger a worsening of the signs and symptoms of the disease. This enhanced sensitivity is thought to be linked to a deficient stratum corneum barrier function.

Materials and methods: In the present study, 20 individuals receiving twice-daily applications of metronidazole 0.75% gel for at least 15 days applied a gentle non-irritating moisturizing cream (Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream) twice daily for 15 days on one half of the face; the other side remained treated with metronidazole only and served as the control.

Results: Clinical assessments, confirmed by biophysical measurements (electrical capacitance, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and lactic acid stinging test), provided evidence that the moisturizer contributed to the restoration of the skin barrier: skin dryness, roughness and desquamation were much improved and skin sensitivity was significantly reduced. Skin properties and skin discomfort were also greatly enhanced and the patients were very satisfied with the product.

Conclusions: It can thus be concluded that in the management of rosacea, basic skin care regimens, including daily use of a therapeutic moisturizer, offer optimal benefits.

Moisturizing Cream Ingredients

Purified Water, polyglycerylmethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, petrolatum, dicaprylyl Ether, peg-5 Glyceryl Stearate, glycerin, dimethicone, Dimethiconol, cetyl Alcohol, sweet Almond Oil, acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, tocopheryl Acetate, phenoxyethanol, benzyl Alcohol, disodium Edta, sodium Hydroxide, lactic Acid.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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20 Reader Comments

  1. Denise says:

    am i suppose to put sunscreen over make-up? Make-up I am using has a rating of 15%.

  2. Hi Denise, you might want to try a moisturizer that contains sunscreen as a possibility. Then your makeup can go over the top. Also some foundations now contain some sunscreen as well.

    http://rosacea-support.org/the-best-moisturisers-with-sunscreen.html is one possibility.


  3. pauline says:

    As someone who has been burned a few times buying products that claim (very convincingly) to be phenomenal, and also as someone who NEVER writes reviews, I felt compelled to write this one.

    My husband had very bad rosacea on his face. We tried many different creams, some commercial, some alternative “all natural”. He had no real luck. Then we came across a recommendation for the Made from Earth skin care line. There we found the Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum, which is ideal for rosacea. At $15 a bottle – we had nothing to lose since we alreday tried all the xpensive treatments that did not work!
    It was inexpensive and having been burned before, I thought at least we’d only be out $15. I never expected it to work.

    My husbands Rosacea is gone. Seriously. He uses this every day. He noticed a difference in a month of continious daily use. Buy it – it is worth the price and more.

    • loriann says:

      Thank you for sharing this. Just placed my order, could not beat the price. Hope I have the same successful outcome.

  4. peg m says:

    My face has always been “rosy” and becomes more so with exposure to the elements, which doesn’t help because I spend a lot of time outdoors.

    I started using the Made from Earth Rosehip Hibiscus Serum last summer to soothe my skin before and after a day in the sun.

    Now that it’s winter, I love it even more. The cold temperatures and winds usually turn my face red and puffy to the point of stinging, but now when I get in I put on the serum to quickly calm my irritated skin. And my skin isn’t flaky and dry anymore either! It’s soft and healthy looking!

  5. B Hoareau says:

    I have been diagnosed with Rosasea and been trying different remedies.
    I need to know in what order to apply Metrogel,skin moisturiser and Sunscreen.

    I am usinf etrigel, Cetaphil Cleanser, Cetahil moisturing lotion and SP 50 sunscreen.


  6. Zoe says:

    Any suggestions for sunscreen for sporty people who are getting very sweaty in hot climates and swim? Protection from the sun verses clogging of pores with waterproof and harsh chemicals?

  7. rouge says:

    do u advise guys for men to use cetaphil moisturizer?is this good for men’s skin type?
    what are the adverse effect of this?TNX!

  8. Hi Rouge,

    I use the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion (not the cream as discussed here) every day after shaving and it works quite well for me. It gets absorbed well and definitely helps avoid that dry slightly irritated feeling afterwards.


  9. Hazell says:

    Hi I have been using cetaphil gentle cleanser plus the cetaphil moisturizing cream because it states fragrance free Lanolin free on rosacea skin I also get pustules. I am interested in finding a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredients Fragrance,lanolin,nickel because of allergy to these ingredients. I was first diagnosed with sebboreic derm, then rosacea with pustules and test then taken for allergy.
    It has been over a year since first diagnosed so would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows of a sunscreen that would be suitable for my skin.

  10. Jeltina says:

    Hi i’ve been diagnosed with Rosacea.i have very sensative skin and am at my wits end as to what i should use!!!!Rozea cream doesn’t do much for me.Thank heavens for NUDE powder,it does cover it up somewhat.Sunscreen?which one? HELP!!!!!!

  11. hazell says:

    Hi I have been using cetaphil gentle wash and cetaphil moisturizer for over 1 year now as I cant use frangrance, lanolin ,nickel.

    My skin is much better now and the dermatologist said she couldnt see any signs of dryness, I have been taking erthromycin antibiotics for some time now which seems to help a bit with pustules.

    I have also tried zinc and caster oil cream used for babys bots on my spots and some redness under makeup this week. I think because of the zinc it may work as a suncreen also takes away some redness, difficult to wash of if overdone. Also I have no idea if it could cause my skin to get worse would be glad of any comments.


    • Cass says:

      I sometimes wear zinc cream to bed and it helps a lot with my Rosacea. Sometimes I’ll dust sulfur powder over it

  12. Missy says:

    Just so everyone know. I tried Cetaphil moisturizing cream a week ago and spotted redness started on my face. Than I feel confused because I have no problem with Cetaphil gental skin cleanser and used it for years.
    So I check the ingredients online. It seems an ingredient called benzyl achohole is something causing the redness (which is not in the cleanser) and somewhat flaking. So be aware to this everyone.

  13. Haydybird says:

    HELP!!!always had sensitive skin, doctors gave me steroid creams to clear up ezcmea like problem but last few months have awful skin, stopped using elicon ointment the docs gave me and now have rosacea because of the over use of it. Problem now is i need a new skin routine as cheap as poss really but to help my flare ups. need to be able to get things easy as poss from local shops ie boots, superdrug etc….can anyone help me.Many thanks

  14. Sudhanshu says:

    I am an Indian man living in Central province of Saudi Arabia where the climate is very hot and dry. I have rosacea which flares up from time to time. I have been under treatment with different doctors over last two years but the only time I felt some relief from rosacea was when I was given steroid based ointments. I want to avoid steroid creams. Please suggest what would a good skin care routine for me. I use a Neutrogena moisturizing cream or New Dewsoft cream. After I shave my face, I use the Nivea after shave balm for senisitve skin. I also apply Neutrogena sunscreen SPF55 or Shadows sunscreen before stepping out in sun.
    I take very little tea or coffee everyday and no alcohol at all. I have itches and pustules on my face which are very irritating.

  15. Jennifer Griffiths says:

    July 4th 2017
    I have suffered with Rosacea for many years and I have extremely sensitive skin. My skin LOVES Cetaphil moisturiser and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It definitely helps. I also use Soolantra cream each day before I put moisturiser on and this has also been very helpful. I then use La Roche Pose BB cream. This is a 50 plus sunscreen. All these products have helped my skin

  16. loriann says:

    I am new to the Rosacea world, 56 flawless skin until about 6 weeks ago! I am a runner and after my run I look like I am dying. I am only cleansing with warm water and rinse in cold water. I just order from “Made from Earth” . I am hoping to find something to help, but the more I read the more I think nothing really helps. I have not wore any make up for 2 weeks. Can anyone recommend the best powder to tone down the redness and feel like I am looking the best I can under the circumstance. Thank you

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