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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser versus Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser US .

Last updated on November 02, 2023. Published on April 12, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe face cleansers. They have a total of 3 ingredients in common

Suited For

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

Free From

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

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Face Cleanser American Brand United States
Face Cleanser American Brand United States

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Price

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Benefits

Hydrating
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
Acne Trigger
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Niacinamide

Benefits

Hydrating
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing
Reduces Irritation
Reduces Large Pores
Dark Spots
Acne Fighting
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Rosacea (2)
Eczema (2)
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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.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: 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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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser US contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: 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.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser US contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

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

This ingredient has many purposes in skincare: thickener, emulsifier, and exfoliator.

You'll most likely find this ingredient in cleansers where it is used to create a gel-like texture. As an emulsifier, it also prevents ingredients from separating.

There is much debate on whether this ingredient is comedogenic. The short answer - comedogenic ratings don't tell the whole story. Learn more about comegodenic ratings here.

The concensus about this ingredient causing acne seems to be divided. Research is needed to understand if this ingredient does cause acne.

Scrubs may use salt as the primary exfoliating ingredient.

Learn more about Sodium Chloride

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 8.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser US contains this as ingredient number 12.

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

25% are loved or liked
33% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet
31% are loved or liked
8% have mixed ratings
62% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser 12 ingredients

3.8 /5
from 24 reviews
kyniwi's Avatar'
Jan 28, 2024

Good for fungal acne but it’s pretty drying. I have dry skin so it’s not the best for me. I’ll be finishing the bottle I have then switching out for something less drying. It’s been good on my fungal acne journey, plus it’s not...

Good for fungal acne but it’s pretty drying. I have dry skin so it’s not the best for me. I’ll be finishing the bottle I have then switching out for something less drying. It’s been good on my fungal acne journey, plus it’s not irritating on my sensitive skin. It’s got simple ingredients but yeah.. drying.

Great Value
Drying
No Scent
Rheapat's Avatar'
Aug 5, 2023

Does not strip my skin or make me break out

Does not strip my skin or make me break out

Lylz777's Avatar'
Apr 27, 2023

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my...

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my products trying to get rid of the itch, never realizing this was the culprit. After I stopped using it, i tried some of the old products again and there was no itching.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 13 ingredients

3.4 /5
from 7 reviews
kamiisamas's Avatar'
Nov 1, 2023

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...

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.

Region: US
earthlinglily's Avatar'
Aug 15, 2022

the first cleanser i ever used🙌
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.

the first cleanser i ever used🙌
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.

Region: US
gmyneutron's Avatar'
Aug 4, 2023

Not fragrance-free
Made my skin itchy and tight. Smells like powder. In terms of accessibility here in the Philippines, it's only sold in the US(PH variant is the Oily skin cleanser) also not available in our e-com stores like Shopee &...

Not fragrance-free
Made my skin itchy and tight. Smells like powder. In terms of accessibility here in the Philippines, it's only sold in the US(PH variant is the Oily skin cleanser) also not available in our e-com stores like Shopee & Lazada. For it's price, not worth it.

Region: US

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