Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

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  • face cleanser that contains spf.
  • it doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens or silicones.
  • it does contain fragrances and sulfates.
  • it is reef safe.
  • it is not fungal acne (malassezia) safe.

This product was submitted by NatashaKoneru on November 28, 2020

Face Cleanser American Brand United States

At a glance

Notable Ingredients

Protects From UV Rays

Concerns

Drying (2)
May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger

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

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar Ingredient List (17)

Ingredients Explained

This product contains 17 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
What it does: Cleansing
Community Rating: Disliked

Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a natural ingredient from the fatty acids of coconut oil. It is a surfactant and helps with cleansing the skin.

By binding to water and oil, it helps gently clean skin. It also helps the spreadability of the product.

Sodium cocoyl isethionate is also added to help create foam without drying the skin. However, this is depending on the amount of Sodium cocoyl isethionate.

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate may not be fungal acne safe.

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2
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Stearic Acid is a fatty acid that has many roles within cosmetic products.

As an emollient, stearic acid helps soften skin. It aids the skin's protective barrier by preventing water loss. It also provides a gentle cleansing effect without stripping away natural oils.

Stearic acid may also be used to enhance the texture of products. It can add volume and stabilize ingredients such as water and oil. This can help water and oil ingredients from separating.

Sources of stearic acid include animal or vegetable fats/oils such as coconut or shea. It can be naturally found in butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vegetable fats, and animal tallow.

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3
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying

Sodium Tallowate can be bad for dry skin.

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4
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's there to help 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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5
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying

Sodium stearate is the sodium salt of stearic acid.

The structure of sodium stearate makes it both a cleanser and emulsifier. As a cleanser, it helps dissolve dirt, oil, and other pollutants. As an emulsifier, it helps prevent ingredients from separating. This adds stability to the formula.

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6
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying

Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate is a type of sulfate.

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7
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying

Sodium Cocoate can be bad for dry skin.

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8
What it does: Humectant, Solvent

We don't have a description for Peg-20.

9
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Chances are, you eat sodium chloride every day. Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt. In skincare, sodium chloride plays many roles.

Sodium Chloride helps make product thicker. It also prevents ingredients from separating.

In some products, sodium chloride may be an abrasive, or exfoliator.

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10
What it does: Masking, Perfuming
Community Rating: Very Disliked

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.

In the US, the alternative name for parfum is 'fragrance'. The term 'fragrance' is not regulated in many countries. In many cases, it is up to the brand to define this term.

For instance, many brands choose to label themselves as "fragrance-free" because they are not using synthetic fragrances. However, their products may still contain ingredients such as essential oils that are considered a fragrance. One example is Calendula flower extract. Essential oil ingredients still impart a scent or 'fragrance'.

Depending on the blend, it can cause allergies and sensitivities on the skin. Some ingredients that are known EU allergens include linalool and citronellol.

Products use parfum often to give products a scent or cover up smells of different ingredients.

The bottom line is: not all fragrances/parfum/ingredients are created equally. If you are worried about fragrances, we recommend taking a closer look at an ingredient. And of course, we always recommend speaking with a professional.

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11
What it does: Cleansing, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Sodium Isethionate.

12
What it does: Emollient
Community Rating: Disliked

Petrolatum is created by mixing waxes and mineral oils. It is an occlusive and prevents moisture loss. The ability to trap moisture can make it good for hydrating dry skin.

Occlusives also help protect your skin against infection or allergies.

Petrolatum may not be safe for fungal-acne.

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13
What it does: Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate.

14
What it does: Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning

Sucrose Cocoate isn't fungal acne safe. It can be bad for dry skin.

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15
What it does: Cosmetic Colorant, UV Absorber, UV Filter
Community Rating: Liked

Titanium dioxide is known for its UVA and UVB protection properties. It is non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Titanium Dioxide is a physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens reflect light and prevent it from reaching your skin.

Protecting your skin against UV radiation can prevent the signs of aging. Sun damage is associated with fine-lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and hyperpigmentation. Titanium dioxide can help prevent premature aging.

With modern production, nano-scale or fine-grade titanium dioxide can be easily produced for cosmetics. In sunscreen, titanium dioxide absorbs UV light. Our skin is not able to absorb Titanium dioxide, even nanoparticles.

Titanium itself is the 9th most common element in the Earth's crust. Titanium dioxide is formed when oxygen is introduced and can be found in ores, dust, sand, and soil.

Pure titanium dioxide is a white powder that is used in many products to add or change color.

Titanium dioxide (CI 77891)

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We don't have a description for Pentasodium Pentetate.

17
What it does: Emulsion Stabilising

We don't have a description for Tetrasodium Etidronate.

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Apply to skin while bathing or washing. Rinse.

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