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Updated on December 10, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe face cleansers. They have a total of 2 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin, brightening skin and sensitive skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain fragrances

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser US
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Face Cleanser
American Brand United States
Bubble Fresh Start Gel Cleanser
Bubble Fresh Start Gel Cleanser
Face Cleanser
American Brand United States

Ingredient Info

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At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Concerns

Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Daily Facial Cleanser
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine Cleansing
May worsen Eczema Icon
May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a fatty acid created by mixing similar compounds in coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. Dimethylaminopropylamine is a diamine, an amine with two amino groups.

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Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate Cleansing, Foaming

We don't have a description for Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate.

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Sodium Cocoamphoacetate Cleansing, Foaming

We don't have a description for Sodium Cocoamphoacetate.

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Panthenol Skin Conditioning
0 / 0 Helps reduce irritation Icon
Helps reduce irritationHelps reduce irritation Icon

Panthenol (also referred to as pro-vitamin B5) is a common ingredient that helps hydrate and soothe the skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Niacinamide Smoothing
Niacinamide IconGood for Oily Skin IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Dark Spots IconHelps fight Acne IconHelps brighten skin Icon
NiacinamideNiacinamide Icon 6 Benefits

Niacinamide has emerged as an all-star ingredient due to its many benefits.

Pantolactone Humectant, Skin Conditioning

Pantolactone is a synthetically created humectant.

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Emulsion Stabilising

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a synthetic polymer. It is used to thicken and improve the texture of products.

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Sodium Benzoate Masking, Preservative
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Sodium Benzoate is a preservative. It's used in both cosmetic and food products to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. It is typically produced synthetically.

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Parfum Masking, Perfuming
Fragrance IconMay worsen Eczema IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
FragranceFragrance Icon 2 Concerns

Parfum is a catch-all term for an ingredient or more that is used to give aroma to products. Parfum, or fragrance, can be a blend of hundreds of chemicals or plant oils. This means every product with "fragrance" or "Parfum" in the ingredients list is a different mixture.

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Sodium Chloride Masking
Can worsen Dry Skin IconBad for Acne Prone Skin IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
3 Concerns

Chances are, you eat sodium chloride every day. Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt.

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Citric Acid Buffering, Masking
AHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AHAAHA Icon 4 Benefits 2 Concerns

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

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Fresh Start Gel Cleanser
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer

We don't have a description for Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer.

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Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate Cleansing

We don't have a description for Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Cleansing

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate is a gentle cleanser and surfactant. It is the sodium salt of the Cocoyl Glutamic Acid and comes from coconut oil. As a surfactant, it helps lift dirt and oil to be washed away.

Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water Skin Conditioning

Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water is created by distilling parts of the lavender plant.

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Mentha Viridis Leaf Extract Masking, Perfuming
Fragrance Icon
FragranceFragrance Icon

Mentha Viridis Leaf Extract is a fragrance.

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Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Skin Conditioning
Helps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation Icon
2 Benefits

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice comes from leaves of the aloe plant. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is best known for helping to soothe sunburns. It is also anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, antiseptic, and can help heal wounds.

Hydrolyzed Rhodophyceae Extract

We don't have a description for Hydrolyzed Rhodophyceae Extract.

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Caffeine Skin Conditioning

Caffeine is most associated with coffee, tea, and cacao. In skincare, it helps with calming inflammation and anti-aging.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Gluconolactone Skin Conditioning
PHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconHelps with Anti-Aging Icon
PHAPHA Icon 2 Benefits

Gluconolactone is a PHA. PHAs are a great gentle alternative to traditional AHAs.

Ethylhexylglycerin Skin Conditioning

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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PreservativePreservative Icon

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

Learn more about Glycerin

Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Daily Facial Cleanser
5
8
liked
mixed
disliked
not rated
Fresh Start Gel Cleanser
5
4
3
2
liked
mixed
disliked
not rated

When to use

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50% use in am
50% use in pm
98% use every day
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47% use in am
53% use in pm
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 13 ingredients

3.4 /5
from 7 ratings
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kamiisamas

8 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

cetaphil we have beef now
ah, cetaphil. one of my first long term face washes. after actually paying attention to what it did, i realized it made...

cetaphil we have beef now
ah, cetaphil. one of my first long term face washes. after actually paying attention to what it did, i realized it made my oil production worse and caused a good number of pimples. it IS gentle, but almost TOO gentle for me? my dermatologist ended up telling me it wasn't good for my skin, so combo skin people keep an eye out i guess.

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earthlinglily

2 years ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

the first cleanser i ever usedπŸ™Œ
memories with it, but i have always hated how sticky it makes my hands feel. and i don’t really need a cleanser for...

the first cleanser i ever usedπŸ™Œ
memories with it, but i have always hated how sticky it makes my hands feel. and i don’t really need a cleanser for oily skin. doesn’t leave my skin feeling too stripped though.

Bubble Fresh Start Gel Cleanser 14 ingredients

3.8 /5
from 5 ratings
Drying (1) Light (1) Light Scent (1) Works Well (1)
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kamiisamas

8 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

meh?
nothing offensive about this cleanser, but on my combo oily skin it was incredibly average. didn't really feel like it was doing anything....

meh?
nothing offensive about this cleanser, but on my combo oily skin it was incredibly average. didn't really feel like it was doing anything. feel like it would be best on normal skin as it is just... very normal. finished a bottle and didn't rebuy.

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AideeCantu

5 months ago Β· Sensitive Skin
Review

Kept acne at bay but it dried me out