Buzzkill: Cetaphil’s Dirty Truth

Sorry. I hate buzzkills as much as anyone else. But I have to do it.

When I found out my beloved La Mer had mineral oil I was in denial for quite some time.

But this particular product–Cetaphil–irks me since (1) it’s so readily used and (2) it’s the skincare darling of many dermatologists (not to mention beauty magazines, starlets, etc).

Why do I dislike Cetaphil? Well, since you asked…

First, let’s consider the not-so-lovely ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.

Yeah, not impressive. But it’s really not impressive when you consider this little summary from Well and Good:

All but the water are chemically manufactured (let’s hope), and propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and the three parabens have a seat on the dirty dozen, a list of cosmetic ingredients to avoid as potentially toxic.

Second, there are no quality or helpful ingredients besides the “water” which is funny since you wash your face with water. Spirit Dermson of Spirit Beauty Lounge explains:

Cetaphil does not contain even one single beneficial ingredient and what it does contain is the equivalent of toxic sludge. Whether you think it’s keeping your skin healthy or not, it is absorbed into your bloodstream and research has proven almost all of the few ingredients in it are carcinogenic.

And even if this cleanser isn’t necessarily irritating and seems to wipe off the day well, it has no obvious benefit. Moreover, it could do harm and will never do good.

The last point–and probably the creepiest–is that derms have a tight relationship with the manufacturer of Cetaphil–Galderma–“the leading pharmaceutical company devoted entirely to dermatology”.

Ewwww…not sure how kickbacks could be involved, but I think it’s a weird connection. Remember, I’m a conspiracy theorist in the making…

In conclusion: sorry for bursting any Cetaphil-phile bubbles. The truth hurts, but it shall set you free (of deceptive-muck).

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