Cetaphil’s Extra Gentle Daily Scrub has a name that makes it seem like it should go easy on your skin, but contains some ingredients that could aggravate it instead!
We’ll give credit where it’s due: The “micro-fine’ scrub particles in this somewhat thick, clear gel aren’t abrasive at all. The problem is since the bamboo particles are so finely-milled you can’t even feel (or see) the scrub action.
In fact, the beads are so small as to be imperceptible, meaning that if you’re counting on this for more thorough manual exfoliation, you’re out of luck.
While it’s true that this does effectively remove dirt and oil (not through scrubbing, but with gentle cleansing agents), what isn’t gentle on your skin is in its inclusion of fragrance. This formula has both masking fragrance and the fragrance ingredient heliotropine, both of which can cause skin irritation.
Despite the nice size and price, you’re better served by one of the options you’ll find on our list of Best Scrubs.
- Effectively and gently cleanses skin.
- Inexpensive and sized above average.
- Scrub action is too gentle, meaning little to no dead skin is being sloughed off.
- Contains fragrance and the fragrance ingredient heliotropine, which can irritate skin.