Ditch Cetaphil for These All-Natural Options (They Clean Your Skin Better, Anyway)

Ditch Cetaphil for These All-Natural Options (They Work Better, Anyway)

How many times have you found yourself in that one aisle at the drug store, overwhelmed by facial cleansing options, wondering if there’s any truth to those “miraculous” Cetaphil claims? Universally praised by beauty magazines, dermatologists and pharmaceutical companies alike, one has to wonder – does Cetaphil really live up to the hype?

While its affordable price tag might have some doing a doubletake, Cetaphil’s promise to cleanse “gently” appears to be just another empty promise.

Cetaphil contains only 8 ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben. If those ingredients sound complicated, it’s because they are. Water aside, all of these ingredients actually put skin at risk of damage and irritation.

Cetaphil Ingredients and Their Shockingly Harmful Attributes


Known endocrine disruptors that have been linked to breast cancer.

Propylene Glycol

Increases chemical penetration into your skin and bloodstream.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Known to cause skin irritation.

Read more on common chemicals that should be avoided here

Unless you’re allergic to one or more of these ingredients, using Cetaphil a couple of times probably won’t do much harm, but continued use can have adverse effects on your skin. The addition of other toxic beauty products (and boy, are they out there!) will only exacerbate the negative effects of these harmful ingredients.

Luckily, there are products out there that live up to Cetaphil’s marketing claims and are safe for daily use.

Product Picks

All Skin Types

This oil-free cleanser is gentle enough for delicate skin. It removes bad surface oil without stripping, drying or irritating the skin. Infused with cucumber, witch hazel, and citrus, your skin will surely feel clean and refreshed.

Luzern Labs Pure Cleansing Gel
Luzern Labs Pure Cleansing Gel $60.00

Oily, Combination and Blemish Prone Skin

This creamy cleanser achieves a deep clean without stripping the skin of vital moisture. It’s an oil cleanser that washes off! It lifts impurities using organic plant oils, alcohol-free witch hazel, and castile soap.

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Sensitive Skin

Trilogy’s dermatologist tested Very Gentle Cleansing Cream doubles as a cleanser and makeup remover. It calms and protects skin that is weak using maqui berry, camellia, and SyriCalm®.

Trilogy - Very Gentle Cleansing Cream

Dull and Mature

Recommended for dull, mature and unbalanced skin, this delicate, skin-balancing cleanser calms the epidermis. It reduces redness, stimulates cellular renewal and fades scar tissue. Also great for people exposed to urban stress, pollution, harsh, dry climates or for frequent travelers.

African Botanics Baobab clay oxygenating cleanser

Dry Skin

This vegan cleanser works synergistically with your skin to lock in moisture. It calms and soothes skin while hydrating and increasing cell regeneration.

Luvalla Milk Cleanser

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