A little over a year ago, I bemoaned my awful skin. I eventually bought a Clarisonic Brush and McKenzie suggested that I use Cetaphil with it instead of the expensive face wash that was recommended. I used the brush, but I didn’t buy the Cetaphil. It worked pretty well, but wasn’t some kind of major $200 worth of improvement.
Eventually, I went back to the dermatologist and told her about my serious life-altering skincare problems. She advised me that the cleanser I used was way too harsh to be pulverizing my skin with and suggested using Cetaphil instead. Since then, I’ve learned that Cetaphil products are recommended by dermatologists more than any other brand. Like more than 90% of dermatologists recommend it. Who knew? I was always hesitant to actually try Cetaphil products because I thought they were too gentle for my skin. My skin is oily; therefore it must require some sort of super toxic cleanser that would attack my pores with Spartan power. As it turns out, that extra Spartan power was not helping the situation at all.
Anyway, she explained that although it seemed counterintuitive, drying out my skin actually caused it to produce more oil which exacerbated the oily problem. Therefore, I should cleanse with something gentle that would not strip the skin of the good oils, and then follow it up with a moisturizer. That made no sense. I wanted my face to be a desert, devoid of all moisture. I then got into further trouble for admitting that I did not wear any products that contained sunscreen. In my defense, all of my SPF experiences ended with one result: sunscreen = clogged pores = breakouts. She then asked me if my goal was to look like this in 30 years:
Most certainly not. So, I begrudgingly headed out to purchase Cetaphil products and moisturizer with SPF. I started with the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15. I was nervous the first week because I didn’t have that immediate dryness and tightness that I normally experience with a new cleanser and associate with product effectiveness. But, after that first week, I noticed a difference in my normally oily skin. While my skin appeared clearer, it was still soft. After an entire month of using the Cetaphil products, I was shocked that my skin responded so well despite the fact that I was putting moisturizer WITH sunscreen on it. It was a very confusing and exciting time for me.
I wash my face several times a day because it must be cleansed the SECOND I get home from work, when I wake up, and after I exercise. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser did not dry my skin out and left it feeling clean. I found that using the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 helped reduce oiliness throughout the day without that gross filmy feeling that so many moisturizers leave behind. The positive results continued through the summer. That in itself is incredible considering the level of humidity and my pervasive state of sweatiness.
I don’t typically like to do sponsored posts because they aren’t actually things I use or do, but I wanted to do this one with Cetaphil because I have been using their products for about nine months and I have been really happy with the results. Having acne-prone skin as an adult is pretty crappy, so I wanted to share some of the things that have been helping mine clear up and remain less problematic. Cetaphil is also offering a printable coupon for $3 off any two Cetaphil products if you want to try them out.
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