Oily Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser is a gentle, foaming cleanser that removes 99% of excess oil, dirt and makeup without stripping or drying your skin. Formulated for teenagers and adults with oily, combination or acne-prone skin.

  • It rinses clean without leaving any residue that can irritate your skin.
  • It is pH balanced, non-comedogenic and ideal for morning and evening facial cleansing.
  • Clinically proven to reduce oily skin in 2 weeks.

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Noyan, Edmonton , AB, Oct 18, 2018

This is a great product, helps with my really oily skin, pros: cleans thoroughly and great against oily skin. Cons: the liquidy substance is kind of weird but I got used to it after a couple uses, it has a weird scent but nothing extreme that it would bother you, I liked the product and would consider buying again if it weren't too pricey. Thank you

alex, ottawa, ON, Apr 25, 2018

I’ve tried lots of things to help maintain non oily skin and Cetaphil is by far the best.

Isra, Calgary, AB, Jan 14, 2018

Oh. My. God. I was so scared to use this product at first as nothing had been working on my acne. I've been breaking out since I was in grade 5 and it's taken a serious toll on me, being 16 now after countless routines, facials, masks and more. My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil, and within 6 days of use my skin is almost perfect. The first 2 days I had a minor breakout, but the cleanser cleared that up really fast. My scarring has reduced and paired with a Cetaphil moisturizer (the sensitive skin one for the day and the face and body for night) it works like magic. I'm so happy I could cry, I've never seen my face this clear in 6 years. Thank you so much Cetaphil!

Yiota, Laval, QC, Jun 18, 2017

I received this product for consideration. I do like this cleanser, it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry. I love the scent, smells like baby soap. The one con for me is that it does not foam up. However I do find it does a good job of cleansing my skin.

Melissa, Sudbury, ON, Jun 17, 2017

I got this product from Glam Sense to test out and give my personal opinion on it. This has got to be one of the best face washes I have used and that has improved my skin big time. I get hormonal acne and this stuff keeps them at bay. It also competes with the high end brands too and that helps my wallet a lot!

Bao-Van, Langley, BC, Jun 14, 2017

Nice clean feeling and not drying. I have early 40’s Asian combination skin, and it works really well for cleaning. I find that the cleanser does not over dry my skin and leaves it feeling really nice and refreshed. I had no issues with it foaming up and the scent was really light.

Tania, Oujé, QC, Jun 14, 2017

The cleanser was effective and gentle on my skin. It did not irritate the sensitive areas of my face. The smell was a little strong, but not overwhelming. Safe for daily use. Le nettoyant était efficace, non irritant et doux sur ma peau. L'odeur était un peu forte mais tolérable. Bon pour usage quotidien.

Jamie, Morinville, AB, Jun 14, 2017

I love this face wash. It's very gentle but it's strong. I suffer from acne and especially hormonal acne. This really helped with the bad breakouts I would suffer due to hormones. My skin feels hydrated but not too oily. Typically I have very oily skin and this helped balance that

Jennie, Richmond, BC, Jun 14, 2017

I received a sample of this for review purposes. This cleanser is a very gentle one, I would imagine it is good for people with sensitive skin. I have oily skin and like the foaming action, which this cleanser does not have. It probably cleans the same, but I feel like bubbles are better. It is gentle though, so I think those with sensitive and oily skin might enjoy this.

Christie, Toronto, ON, Jun 14, 2017

The oily skin cleanser was great! it kept my oil at bay which is difficult and it didn't break me out. Im generally weary about trying new products because of how sensitive my skin is but this was amazing. I just wish it foamed a bit more!

Amanda, Pierceland, SK, Jun 14, 2017

I received this from GlamSense to try for my honest review. I am honestly not a fan of this cleanser. I have oily skin, especially in the Summer. So I was excited to try this cleanser. I found that it almost over cleansed. My face felt dry and tight after using, rather than soft and fresh.


Galderma, Canada, Jul 06, 2017

Hi, Amanda. We appreciate that you took the time to write a review for our Oily Skin Cleanser. Each person's skin is unique, and we are sorry to hear that you experienced dryness. Oily skin cleanser is indicated for Oily and blemish-prone skin, and it is formulated to absorb excess oil from the skin. Perhaps your skin is more of a normal type. You many want to try our Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser as it is fragrance-free.

Melissa, Duncan, BC, Jun 14, 2017

I received this from GlamSense to test out and give my honest review. Even though it's not foamy my skin feels nice and clean after, I follow it with a moisturizer as it does dry my skin out a bit. It has slightly weird smell but not terrible. I have had issues with my skin breaking out more and not sure if it's from this cleanser or because of hormones(im pregnant) so I will definitely continue to test this out for a while and see if it changes.

Katrina, Montreal, QC, Jun 14, 2017

I did not like the dispenser on this cleanser. I wish it had a pump. The product itself is just okay. It did not foam up very well. It has a weird smell. Performance-wise, it cleaned my skin well. It did not overdry my face. My skin was slightly improved for two weeks and then I started breaking out more than normal. I will probably not buy this cleanser again.


Galderma, Canada, Jul 06, 2017

Hi, Katrina. Thanks for your review of the Oily Skin Cleanser. Your feedback about the foaming action and scent of the product is invaluable as we look to the future of the Cetaphil product line. The larger size bottle does come with a pump. If you prefer a fragrance-free product, you may want to try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or our DERMAcontrol Oil Control Foam Wash for a foamier cleanser option.

stephanie, Nanaimo, BC, Jun 13, 2017

I found this cleanser to be very nice, it didn't leave me dry skinned or to oily. No tight feeling either. I loved that it was fragrance free and how large the bottle is I do wish it had a pump though. The only reason it's four stars and not five is I broke out so bad after using it for the week and once I stoped and went back to my old cleanser my skin went back to normal...

Melissa, Sudbury, ON, Jun 13, 2017

I got this as a sample to test out. In my 34 years i have tried a lot of acne products and this one def beats most of them. This is a clean clear product that not only cleans my face but protects it. I do get hormonal acne and this one helps keep them at bay. I do use another face wash for my make up but this one really helps with my acne during that time of the month.

LaFelina, Kingston, ON, Jun 13, 2017

I think this is a pretty decent face wash but I do have some pros AND cons. Starting with the bad news first, this cleanser claims to be foaming but I had the hardest time getting it to do so. I tried with more and less product and different amounts of water added, and I could never get a nice foam going on. Because of this, I found it quite difficult to get a clean feeling on my face, and I felt like I had to keep using more product to attain clean skin. My other con is the smell. Most Cetaphil products have little to no scent but this one has a subtle chemical-y smell and I don't like it. On to the good news. I think this cleanser was great for keeping my oil at bay and I love that it doesn't dry out my skin despite being geared towards acne-prone skin. I never get that tight feeling in my face after using this. I also like how smooth my skin feels after using it, and it balances my redness, too. *I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.


Galderma, Canada, Jul 06, 2017

Hi, LaFelina. Thanks for your review of the Oily Skin Cleanser. Your feedback about the foaming action and scent of the product is invaluable as we look to the future of the Cetaphil product line. We want to suggest that you try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for a fragrance-free option and our DERMAcontrol Oil Control Foam Wash for a foamier cleanser option.

Cal, Burnaby, BC, Jun 07, 2017

I got this for free from the Glamsense program. I found this cleanser to be average. I wasn't a fan of the scent; I found it a bit strong. In terms of cleansing it was average and did its job. I did like that it is pH balanced.


Galderma, Canada, Jul 06, 2017

Hi, Cal. We are grateful for your review of the Oily Skin Cleanser. We value customer input like this because it helps inform future decisions about broadening the Cetaphil product line. If you prefer fragrance-free products, we recommend that you try our Gentle Skin Cleanser. Our Oily Skin Cleanser, which is indicated for oily and blemish-prone skin, might not be matched to your skin type. Our Gentle Skin Cleanser is formulated for normal skin and may be a better fit.

Heather, Toronto, ON, Jun 07, 2017

Unfortunately, I can't recommend this face wash. It left my face feeling tight and sore, especially around my eyes. I had to stop using it after a couple of days because my face felt like it was burning. I have very sensitive skin, and it seems like this cleanser is too harsh for me.


Galderma, Canada, Jul 06, 2017

Hi, Heather. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Oily Skin Cleanser. Each person's skin is unique, and we are sorry to hear that our Oily Skin Cleanser was not a good fit for your skin type. Oily Skin Cleanser is indicated for oily and blemish-prone skin, and it is formulated to absorb excess oil from the skin. You may want to try our Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser which is more gentle in its formulation.

Tara, Sherwood Park, AB, Jun 01, 2017

Received this from Glam Sense - but it's my new favourite. It has a comforting smell, not too overpowering, and it's gentle enough that it doesn't dry out my combination skin. It does not strip my skin of any moisture but I haven't noticed a huge difference in oil production. Starts as a gel/liquid formula and once you add water, it turns into a gentle foam. My skin feels clean and fresh afterwards (and not too dry!) and I really enjoy using this.

Maria Dias, Toronto, ON, Jun 01, 2017

This is a great cleanser to remove dirt makeup and grim from your face it is non scented foams gently on your face without drying your skin at all I have oily skin it's nice that it's removes all the dirt from my pours leaving my skin feeling clean and fresh received this through glam sense and was pleasantly surprised!

lisa, WINNIPEG, MB, Jun 01, 2017

This cleanser is very mild, it cleans the skin, but does not work on make-up. After using it, the skin feels clean but nourished, unfortunately, I had to go back with something else to get my eye make-up off. It is really good for sensitive skin though, and when I don't wear make up, I can see the dirt come off on the facecloth!

Deanna, Toronto, ON, Jun 01, 2017

I like this cleanser because it is very gentle and it's effective. It gets rid of my oily skin and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I'm a big fan of the pump bottles for cleansers as I find it easier to use and less messy so this was perfect for me. I think it's a great size and price for what you get. It's effective, no strong scent and does the job. I would recommend and repurchase.

Tiffany, Surrey, BC, May 30, 2017

I got this product for free from Glam Sense and Cetaphil to try for free. This is an honest review of what i thought about the product. The face wash starts out as a gel like consistency but does lather into a light foam when you rub your hands or face cloth together. It has a nice light floral scent, I don't have any sensitivity to scents so I'm Ok with this. I find it left my skin feeling really smooth after using it and over time I have started to notice my acne flair ups to be fewer apart. It does a great job with removing access dirt and oil off your skin.

Elisa , Toronto , ON, May 30, 2017

I received this product to try for free from Glam Sense for my honest review. I've used different Cetaphil products before so i had a general idea of what this would be like. It is a very basic gel cleanser. It does not foam, has very little scent and does a pretty good job as a second cleanse. I always use a wipe or oil cleanser first and this helps take everything left over off including makeup and sunscreen. As a first cleanse it's ok but can leave some makeup behind. I have oily, acne prone and dehydrated skin and this doesn't strip it or make it too tight and I did not break out. It has a ph of 5-5.5 so it is balanced. I don't love this cleanser but I don't need hate it either. It is just too basic for me. I will stick with my cleanser because they're similar but my cleanser has added benefits like Niacinamide. if you need a basic gel cleanser with no frills then you'll like this.

Greer, Edmonton, AB, May 25, 2017

I have been using this morning and night and have been loving the results. It takes of makeup really well and leaves the skin feeling cleansed, not tight! The best part is that I'm less oily but not dry - a rare combination to find in a cleanser. It has helped with breakouts too! I also really like the smell!

Nita, Surrey , BC, May 25, 2017

I am in love with the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser! As someone who suffers from oily skin, I have to be very careful about which skincare products I use. The Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser leaves my skin feeling very supple and baby soft! Unlike many cleansers for oily skin, it does not strip my skin of moisture at all. I tend to use the "2 step cleansing" method, and so I use an oil-based cleanser to remove most of my makeup, and follow up with this cleanser to really clean my face. It does have a slight floral/powdery fragrance to it - but that does not bother me at all - just a heads up for those who are sensitive to smells. I absolutely love how fresh it makes me feel.

Winiesha, Toronto, ON, May 25, 2017

I love this cleanser and it has quickly become one of the go-to products in my routine. It's great for removing oil and any other dirt/makeup that's on my face and it is also very gentle (I don't have sensitive skin but I think it would work great for someone who does have sensitive skin). I use relatively harsh products on my skin at nights, so this works wonders in the morning all while being gentle. I would recommend it.

Sydney, Mississauga , ON, May 23, 2017

This does a great job at taking off all my makeup and leaving my skin nice and clean without the astringent/tight feeling! Doesn't smell like anything and doesn't foam up.

Melanie, Niagara, ON, May 23, 2017

This is a great cleanser for oily skin. There is an odd smell but nothing that bothers too much. Does the job and did not produce any acne.

Emily, Coquitlam, BC, May 20, 2017

The perfect cleanser for oily gals. Does not leave your skin feeling tight and dried out but keeps the oils at bay!

Sumayya, Scarborough, ON, May 19, 2017

Wow, this is so nice. I used this as soon as I got in in the mail because I just couldn't wait. Very little product is needed and it creates the perfect amount of foam to cleanse your face. I washed my face as normal and patted dry with a towel. I didn't find this to dry out my skin after washing it like I usually do after other products. I feel like it removed the "excess" oil just like it says on the packaging and not completely strip my skin. I give this a 10 out of 10.

How to Use

Apply to skin, gently massage and rinse.