Why are Dermatologists still recommending Cetaphil?

So last night on my way home from work I stopped in the drug store where I became involved in a conversation with some young adults  discussing what they were doing to treat their acne.   One young lady was using a prescription medication and was cleansing with Cetaphil at her doctors recommendation.  After 13 years as an Esthetician I have had many  clients tell me the same thing. Doctors have been giving patients this advice for years, and I think they’re wrong.

Here’s the problem: Anyone who has acne knows that a big problem for them is skin redness and irritation, and if they’re using a prescription acne med or strong OTC acne products, it’s most likely dry as well.  The young lady I met yesterday was dealing with both issues and was  very frustrated with how her skin looked and felt.  The breakouts were clearing up, but her face was covered with red spots and was so dry it was uncomfortable.  Because Cetaphil has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) as the main cleansing agent, simply washing her face with it was causing her skin to become overly dry and irritated.  I have a previous post about the problems of using products that over cleanse the skin* , but if you haven’t read it, you should know that S LS is one of the most irritating substance you will find in a facial product, and is such a strong degreaser that it strips the skin of all oil.  Cleansing should not strip the skin, it should wash away the make-up, and dirt that sit on top of a thin layer of protective oil leaving the skin refreshed not irritated.

So why do dermatologists recommend a product that contains such a harsh, drying ingredient?   I have no idea, but if you’re a dermatologist, I would love to hear your answer.

*Here is a link to my previous post https://facetimewithjudy.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/the-best-kept-secret-for-beautiful-skin/

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