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).


Click here to check out the whole Cetaphil store on Amazon!

I know you’ll love them.

Why Proactiv is a Scam!

If you didn’t know any better, you would think that Proactiv products are the Holy Grail of skin care products. I mean look at all those commercials with celebrities and other people with clear skin.

In reality, Proactiv is a scam. A farce. A lie.

If you think about it, if a company that needs to spend millions of dollars more than it’s competitors advertising it’s products, there is probably something suspect about that company. Take for example Cetaphil products. My family and I have used them for years, and I’ve never seen a commercial for their products. Their products sell themselves on their quality.

What is Proactiv?

Here’s brief overview of what Proactiv consists of:

Proactiv’s primary product is a three-part acne treatment kit that includes a cleanser, toner, and treatment. The kit’s only active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is a common compound used for acne treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria dries out whiteheads and has anti-inflammation properties... The toner contains witch hazel, which reduces facial oil… (Wikipedia)

To me there are two things that stick out right away:

  1. These products and ingredients can be found in any drug store or pharmacy, and
  2. These products do nothing to solve the root causes of acne (i.e. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, poor digestive health etc.)

A Further Look

Let’s take a look at the actual Proactiv Products. Let’s go with the Proactiv+ 3 step kit. For the price of $29.95, you get the following:

  • Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
  • Pore Targeting Treatment
  • Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

If you look at the composition of these items, you’ll notice that the first two items have Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient, and the third one uses Salicylic acid. We already know that Proactiv does nothing to treat the root causes of acne, but by taking an in depth look at the actual products you will notice that:

  1. You are being overcharged for typical over the counter skin care products and,
  2. There is a heavy dependence on Benzoyl Peroxide which I recommend you only use in moderation.

Why Proactiv is a Scam

The definition of a scam is a “dishonest scheme”, and I believe the Proactiv system fits that definition for a few reasons

  1. They charge excessive amounts: There 3 step kit listed above costs $29.95. You can walk into a pharmacy and find similar products for half the price. They charge so much because their marketing is so good they can sucker people into buying it.
  2. It’s on a subscription basis: If the products are so good, people should be running back for more and shouldn’t be forced to buy a subscription. This is simply a way to trap people into shelling out tons of money for their inferior products.
  3. Causes a dependence on the products: My recommendations for Benzoyl Peroxide are to only use it when a large blemish will or has surfaced. Otherwise, it’s pointless to use because it doesn’t solve the root problems of acne, it only treats the problems on the surface as a band-aid fix.
  4. Exaggerate claims and results: If you look at commercials, it’s oly people with mild acne that are shown in ‘before and after’ shots. The photos are often digitally enhanced and he actors in the commercials appear with makeup.

Professional Endorsements

I’m sure you’ve heard the Colgate ads that say “4 out of 5 dentists recommend Colgate”. While I’ll take that with a grain of salt, I don’t doubt it entirely as my dad was a dentist and recommends Colgate.

If you talk to any dermatologist, I can almost guarantee they will say Proactiv is bologna. While Western medicine, specifically skin care, has its shortcomings, I’ll take my advice from a licensed, practicing dermatologist than an A-List Hollywood celebrity any day.

I was fortunate to have a good dermatologist who told me this years back. Now, of course dermatologists wouldn’t recommend Proactiv anyway because they make no money from it, but regardless I believe their opinion is still valid.

So what does work?

I have my free Quick Start Guide laid out for you. It’s short and concise, but will walk you through everything you need to know about getting rid of acne step by step.

Also, if you ever have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me.


How to Use Benzoyl Peroxide to Fight Acne

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most commonly used treatments for acne. Because of its wide availability over the counter and cheap price, it is the top choice for many looking for clearer skin.

But how effective is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Its effectiveness depends entirely on what it is being used for. If it is being used for a spot treatment, then yes. If it being used as a standalone to treat acne then no.

It’s hard to deny that Benzoyl Peroxide does work at reducing blemishes. I personally use it if I see a blemish coming to the surface, but that’s the only time I use it.

How Benzoyl Peroxide Works

BP works by attacking acne bacteria on and beneath the skin. It does this by forcing air into skin pores and “oxidizing” the skin to help flush out bacteria. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that reduces the redness that accompanies lesions.

What you’ll notice about BP is that it is effective at treating blemishes that already exist. This means that it is simply a Band-Aid treatment to acne, in that it does nothing to solve the underlying issues that cause acne.

I personally use Benzoyl Peroxide, but only on rare occasions. You shouldn’t have to use it frequently either. It should only be used as a spot treatment, and if you find yourself using it more than 2-3 times a month than you’re going to need to reevaluate your approach to fighting acne.

There are people that suggest you use it all the time. One such site is ‘acne.org’ where their routine consists entirely of Benzoyl Peroxide (I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that they sell their own brand of BP???). This may “treat” acne, but it will never solve the root causes (i.e. vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, poor digestive health). Therefore, it is a fool’s errand to use BP as the sole treatment to acne, and if a person or site recommends you do so than I suggest you take their advice with a grain of salt.

Like I said I do use BP on occasion. I recommend that you get some Benzoyl peroxide for those occasions when a blemish arises.

What Concentration of BP Should I Use?

There are 3 commonly used concentrations of BP: 2.5%, 5%, and 10%.

According to this study, there is no significant difference in the effectiveness of the varying concetrations of BP. Yet, for some reason 10% seems to work well for me. That makes sense because 10% is the strongest, but that may just be the case for me.

If I were to recommend a strength it would be 10%. In fact, I here’s what I like to use:

Acnefree Terminator Maximum Strength BP, 1 Ounce.

Again, keep in mind that you can’t use this stuff all the time. If you do you’re skin is going to get sensitive and flaky. I personally use 10% although studies show that the different concentrations are equally effective.

I hope that clears everything up. Post any questions or comments below.