Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion is a non-comedogenic and non-greasy moisturizer that I use because it mild and non-irritating to my sensitive skin. This gentle moisturizer is the darling of every dermatologist I have ever been to see for my acne-prone skin. I like that it really doesn't clog my pore or contain any fragrance. There are no lanolins or parabens to irritate sensitive skin. I've always felt the cleanser leaves a little bit of a residue, but I have had success with the moisturizing lotion.
When I began using Tazorac (which is similar to Retin-A and Differin), my sensitive skin required this lotion. I applied a thin coat of Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, wait 5 minutes, and then apply the Tazorac over areas of my cheeks and chin where I have acne scaring that I am trying to refine. In the beginning, I could only use the Tazorac twice a week and I always used the Cetaphil with it. Now, I can use Tazorac nightly without the moisturizer underneath because I have been using the retinoid for about a year and my skin has built up a tolerance. I still get peeling and flaking, but I use my Shiseido Pureness moisturizer that compliments my other skincare regime.
If you are considering using a retinoids for fine lines, wrinkles, or scaring, try using the Cetaphil "buffer" when you are starting out. I hope that you will have good results, too. Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion is available without a prescription at pharmacy and drug stores for around $16.
Disclaimer: Product purchased by reviewer based on dermatologist recommendation.
Credit: Melanie Parker/Veronica Lake in I Married A Witch