Why You Should Use Cetaphil Products for Acne


How can you know what skin care products to use?

There are so many skin care products out there. It can hard to choose among these and find one that actually works.

Go on a site like Amazon or walk into your local drugstore and you’ll be bombarded with bright labels making claims to be the ‘Holy Grail’ for skincare. Fortunately, when I walk into the drugstore I know exactly what I’m going to get: Cetaphil.

I use Cetaphil products for acne and always have since I was younger. Because I’ve had acne for years, this does not mean these products cured my acne, but they never irritated my skin and helped me on the path to clear skin.

This is really the best you can hope for with over the counter skin care products. They won’t outright get rid of acne, but they do serve a purpose and I think they’re important to have in your acne fighting toolkit.

Why Cetaphil?

The reason Cetaphil sets itself apart from other skincare brands is because of the composition of the products. If you look at Cetaphil products, they tend to have a lot less components than do their counterparts.

While some might equate more ingredients with a more effective product, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, too many ingredients is just asking for irritation and breakouts. Cetaphil products only stick to what’s needed and doesn’t experiment with ingredients at the expense of the customer.

Cetaphil Products for Acne and how to Use Them

While Cetaphil offers a wide variety of products, unless you’re having a specific skin issue, there’s really no reason to go beyond the moisturizer and cleanser.

To use the Gentle Skin Cleanser, run some warm water over your face. Then apply two pumps to your hands and lather it up. Apply the cleanser to the skin and rub gently (or use the Clarisonic Mia if you have one). Then wash off with warm water.

I recommend using it no more than once a day (if you even feel like you need it).

For the Moisturizing Lotion, gently apply it to your face after cleansing. Also, if you’re going to be spending time in the sun then it’s a good idea to apply the moisturizer before going outside.

You may notice that your skin looks ‘shiny’ or oily after using the moisturizer. That’s okay to an extent, just make sure you’re not using excessive amounts. Just a little bit is all that’s needed.

Alternatives to Cetaphil

I personally have never used any skin care products for as long of a duration as I have Cetaphil, so I don’t feel comfortable going in depth on another line of products. However, based on some personal research and anecdotal evidence, Cerave seems to be an awesome brand as well. Just make sure to do your own research to find what’s right for you.

I know I seem to be pushing this brand pretty hard, but the reason I’m doing so is because I’ve spent tons of money on skincare products only to have my skin end up worse than when it started. These products are truly great, and not only have I used them for years, but my family has too (as you can see in this awfully taken photo).


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Review of the Acne.org Regimen

When you have acne, you do whatever it takes to clear your skin. That means scouring the internet for the ‘Holy Grail’ of skin care products and routines. On this search, you’ll inevitably stumble upon Acne.org, one of, if the not the largest websites on skin care.

Acne.org is a fantastic resource for people who suffer from acne. Some of the features include personalized skin care routines, tons of product reviews, an entire forum of people dedicated to clearing their own skin and helping others do the same, and of course, their famous acne.org regimen.

The routine is quite simple at only 3 steps. Here it is directly from their website:

3 steps of The Acne.org Regimen:

  1. Acne.org Gentle Cleanser
  2. Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
  3. Acne.org Moisturizer

The Acne.org Regimen should be performed both in the morning and in the evening, about 10-12 hours apart.

Easy enough right?

This routine makes getting rid of acne so simple in a world of a bazillion acne products, but before you jump into the regimen, you have to ask Does it even work?

If you’ve read any of my other articles, you probably know that I am not a fan of this routine for obvious reasons. The products used only target the external symptoms of acne and do nothing to fix the root causes of acne.

Let’s break it down further:

1.) There’s Too Much Emphasis on External Products

To the naïve pimply teenager, it may seem like a good idea to use as many different products as possible and lather them on your face; this is a big non-no.  I’ve written before about how putting too many products on your face may be contributing to acne.

Our bodies are well designed machines. The surface of our skin regulates itself with the amount of oil it secretes, the ph. balance of the mantle and more. This is a natural balance that can easily be disturbed. When we wash our face, especially with products, we disrupt that balance, and the more products we use that balance becomes even worse.

For the acne.org regimen, it prescribes washing one’s face twice daily with a cleanser. For me this is too much. There’s really no reason to wash your face twice a day, let alone with a cleanser, unless you sleep in mud or work in a coal mine.

The same goes for moisturizer, however, the moisturizer here is there for a reason, and that is to moisturize the skin after the Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) is used. BP really dries out the skin, and using it twice a day every day will make it significantly dry, which necessitate the use of moisturizer.

However, this does not mean that either are a good idea.

While I do own and recommend you own Benzoyl Peroxide and moisturizer, they are not to be used nearly as often as they are prescribed in this regimen.

BP should only be used to stop a large pimple that is about to surface, or one that already has. It is ti be used sparingly, and if you find yourself using it often, than you need to regulate your skin care regimen and overall lifestyle.

Moisturizer is not as powerful as BP. You can be a lot more liberal with moisturizer than with BP, but there is no need to lather it on. While they say moisturizer is effective at preventing wrinkles and skin cancer, it may be causing breakouts. This is why it is important to find a happy medium between your skin care products.

2.) They’re Selling Their Own Products

There’s nothing wrong with people advertising their own products, especially at a site like Acne.org where there is a wealth of free information. However, the problem I have is that all three products acne.org recommends they also sell.

Notice they don’t push products like Cod Liver Oil or fruits and vegetables, because obviously they would have difficult time selling those, but getting their hands on skin care products is easy. I don’t think it’s fair to exclude fundamentally important aspects of a proper acne regimen because one doesn’t sell those products.


There are definitely better regimens out there. When you look for one, find one that focuses on the internal and root causes of acne, not ones that push a Band-Aid approach to acne.

People who use this routine are in the same situation as Proactiv users. They become slaves to their skin care products, because once they go off their skin will breakout because not only were there skins reliant on the BP, but also the natural balance of their skin was thrown off.

For an effective program, check out my Quick Start Guide to tart your journey to clear skin today.