Beauty, Skin Care, Sunscreen

Skin(s)care Part 3: Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser blocked my pores.

Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser SPF 50+

I bought this after it being recommended by a youtuber. It says on the box it is for the face, sensitive skin and it is lightweight in texture. Well, you know what, it is none of those things in my opinion. I gave it a good bash for a week but stopped using it after the first week after developing small white heads all over my cheeks and chin. I desisted and all was fine. I went back to using it a week later and the white heads appeared again. It’s not as heavy as some SPF’s but it is certainly not lightweight in my opinion. It left my skin feeling greasy and shiny and suffocated. Even though the box says it is non comedogenic, it clearly is blocking pores. I have finished the bottle however it has been used on the back of my hands as it does have a typical sticky SPF texture to it.

When you run the ingredients through skincarisma.com you can see it has a lot of emollients which is why it’s greasy as well as having a few acne/oily skin triggering ingredients (at least 9 ingredients that are bad for oily skin or trigger acne). Cetaphil is touted as being gentle and sensitive on skin and when you properly look in to the ingredients, it raises an eyebrow for sure. Where are the ingredients that are good for the skin? Beyond the obvious good that the sun filters provide, what do we have? Glycerin, propylene glycol, tocopherol (vitamin e), maybe depending on your skin type. Vitamin E can be irritating, although uncommon, but is not advised for acne or oily prone skin.

Unfortunately there are a lot more ingredients in this product that can cause blocked pores and acne than anything else. I wouldn’t recommend buying this product if you have acne prone or oily skin. I have pretty normal skin and this caused me problems with whiteheads. I personally have no isse using these ingredients but this product also has silicones and parabens for those who wish to avoid these ingredients.

Tocopherol, stearyl alcohol, myristyl myristate and phenophexyethanol can be irritating to the skin so if these are known aggravators for you, best you avoid this one.

AQUA, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BISETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, OCTOCRYLENE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, STEARIC ACID, DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, PETROLATUM, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, DISODIUM EDTA, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, ETHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, METHYLPARABEN, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, PROPYLPARABEN, SODIUM CHLORIDE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, TRIETHANOLAMINE

All ingredients in bold have some level of comedogenic rating or fungal acne trigger according to skincarisma, cosdna.com and incidecoder.

Cetaphil is not getting on my face again!

You really have to do your own research first and not trust what is on the box or bottle! If there was Tinder for skincare, this would be a left swipe for sure.

I have since moved on to Asian SPF products and I am enjoying them so much more! See in depth reviews on Japanese Biore, Nivea and Hada Labo SPF here

S x

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