This product is advertised as a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. It is claimed to be gentle enough for all types of skin, including baby skin. Cetaphil states on their website that this is their most popular product. They state that it is a soap-free cleanser that cleanses without irritating the skin and that it does not remove the skin’s natural protective oils.

The Review:

So I went out and bought myself a bottle of this product being that I saw it suggested by several people for eczema sufferers. I used the product for about a month. Here’s the scoop.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a soft, smooth liquid that has a very slight moisturizing feeling. It cleanses well without leaving an oily residue. Although, it doesn’t seem to moisturize the skin, on the flip side it doesn’t dry the skin from its natural moisturizers. Also, it seems to be true that it doesn’t irritate the skin. Those are the positives points.

On the negative side it is not strong enough, in my opinion, to protect skin that is already affected with eczema. This is probably due to the fact that it is a mild cleanser and not specifically developed for eczema sufferers. It should be pointed out that they don’t advertise it as an eczema product.


  • Gentle for all types of skin
  • Baby friendly
  • Helps skin retain it’s natural moisture
  • Uncented
  • Good soap replacement


  • Seems too mild for more serious eczema rashes


If all you are looking for is a good soap substitute, then Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is possibly the product you are looking for. However, this product is too mild to protect skin that is already affected by eczema. They do, however, have another formula that is designed for “very dry” skin called Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion that I hope to try out and review in the near future.

As far as this product is concerned based on the fact that it’s a decent substitute for irritating soaps and is mild on all types of skin I am rating this product a 3 out of 5.


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