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Doctor insights on: Cetaphil Antibacterial Soap

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

No: If by "intimate" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, cracking and itching, and should be avoided. In fact, it's best to minimize the use of soap at all: just a little water is enough.

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

No: You should not be using soap in or on your vagina. Soap is for skin, not mucous membranes.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Get a real Rx: This is unlikely to touch the deep-living bacteria that are part of the cause of acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, please get with your personal physician. We can manage all acne scientifically, and it's your right to have the benefits.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Best soap to use for folliculitis? Such as Cetaphil or Hibiclens?

Best soap to use for folliculitis? Such as Cetaphil or Hibiclens?

Any soap: There is no evidence that additives to soap are any more useful than regular soap.

Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I'm 23...how can I help my eczema? Does diet affect it? I use creams now. Also, Cetaphil has this new eczema soap and lotion...does it work well?

I'm 23...how can I help my eczema? Does diet affect it? I use creams now. Also, Cetaphil has this new eczema soap and lotion...does it work well?

Eczema management: Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by dry, wrinkled, itchy and occasionally red skin. Symptoms can be reduced with hypoallergenic cleansers and moisturizers such as Cetaphil, CeraVue, etc., and fragrance/dye free detergents. Moisturizers in ointment form penetrate deeper. Topical steroids are also helpful. Avoid eating foods that you are allergic to and stay well hydrated.

Dr. Robert Duhaney Dr. Duhaney
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Hi doctors. I have a question? Is cetaphil facial wash good for all skin type? I'm asking this coz I have an oily face. What soap can u recommend?

Hi doctors. I have a question? Is cetaphil facial wash good for all skin type? I'm asking this coz I have an oily face. What soap can u recommend?

Yes: Cetaphil is a good choice for multiple skin types. I've used it myself. Right from their website, for example, it says: cetaphil dermacontrol oil control foam wash specifically designed for oily and acne-prone skin. Get more info at cetaphil. Com. Neutrogena face washes are another good option.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Is cetaphil anti bacterial soap good for itchy neck?

Is cetaphil anti bacterial soap good for itchy neck?

Itchy Neck: Your neck can itch as a result of an allergic reaction to perfume, soaps, food, medication, cosmetics or jewelry, as well as insect bites, lice, sunburn, sunspots and even herpes zoster. In addition, skin conditions such as acne, eczema, tinea or impetigo can be the root of the problem. You must treat the cause so see a dermatologist. You could try hyrocortisone.

Dr. David Fink Dr. Fink
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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What is better and. Best for clear complexion bar soaps like cetaphil, neutrogena, purpose, panoxyl soap bar etc. Or liquid cleanser, or creamy cleanser?

What is better and. Best for clear complexion bar soaps like cetaphil, neutrogena, purpose, panoxyl soap bar etc. Or liquid cleanser, or creamy cleanser?

Depends on skin: One skin cleanser may work better for you than another depending on your skin, whether it is dry or oily, light or dark complexion, etc. I usually recommend a neutral or hypoallergenic formula, avoiding perfumes and other additives. Sometimes I suggest a pure soap such as dove, but it may be too drying for already dry skin. You should try different brands and formulas to see what works for you.

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Hi doctors. Is oatmeal soap suitable for oily face? Which is effective oatmeal soap, acne soap or cetaphil for oily face?

Hi doctors. Is oatmeal soap suitable for oily face? Which is effective oatmeal soap, acne soap or cetaphil for oily face?

YMMV.: Between the many recommended cleansers, your individual response is what determines which one works best for you.

Dr. John Rhoades Dr. Rhoades
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
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I have consulted a dermatologist and she is retired now. I was prescribed lotion and prednisone. Tablet helped initially but second time did not. I am using dove soap and cetaphil lotion all the time. No clue why the itch is back??

I have consulted a dermatologist and she is retired now. I was prescribed lotion and prednisone. Tablet helped initially but second time did not. I am using dove soap and cetaphil lotion all the time. No clue why the itch is back??

Below: Without your full medical history, this is impossible to give an accurate answer. If your derm has retired, call the office and find out where they are suggesting his patients to go.

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Dr. Antoanella Calame Dr. Calame
Dermatology
15 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What is the best soap for me. I've oily skin, pimples, redspot & darkspot on my face. What soap? Is it cetaphil, acne soap, kojic or oatmeal soap?

What is the best soap for me. I've oily skin, pimples, redspot & darkspot on my face. What soap? Is it cetaphil, acne soap, kojic or oatmeal soap?

You can always try..: Cetaphil oil control soap, if that doesn't work try a brand called "boots" this can be found at target. If that doesn't work contact me again and I will recommend stronger washes :].

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Nayana Trivedi Dr. Trivedi
Internal Medicine
35 years in practice
South Gujarat University, Government Medical College
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Used cetaphil soap n neoreen tablets and mometasone furoate loation for my oily n peeling skin and after 1 wk I had a rash on my forehead. What to do?

Used cetaphil soap n neoreen tablets and mometasone furoate loation for my oily n peeling skin and after 1 wk I had a rash on my forehead. What to do?

Stop using them: Of you developed rash after using all 3, then you should stop using them and once resolves may introduce one after the other to check what are you allergic to. Meanwhile if rash are itchy try OTC Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream and Hydrocortisone cream for NO MORE than a week. If spreading and painful you should seek medical advise to make sure you do not have infection.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is dove soap for men good moisturizer soap to avoid itching?

Is dove soap for men good moisturizer soap to avoid itching?

That is a better: Choice then the other soaps you brought up earlier.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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How can I moisturizer my labia minora? It's been dry and irritated. I only wash with warm water no soaps, I've read it was healthiest. Should I just apply regular lotion onto the labia? Thanks

How can I moisturizer my labia minora? It's been dry and irritated. I only wash with warm water no soaps, I've read it was healthiest. Should I just apply regular lotion onto the labia? Thanks

Dry Skin: Wash with cerave hydrating cleanser and then use cerave cream which is thicker than a lotion. Both of theses products are over the counter.

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I live in chicago when I go outside of house I get acne and itchy face its fine inside help? I use sensitive soap free facewash & oilfree moisturizer.

I live in chicago when I go outside of house I get acne and itchy face its fine inside help? I use sensitive soap free facewash & oilfree moisturizer.

Environmental factor: Symptoms suggest an environmental factor triggering skin problems. Possibly pollution, allergy, lake effect, or other cause. Best to check with dermatologist for help.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Bar soap or a cleanser to clean my face? And moisturizer or lotion for very dry, acne prone skin? My skin always feels dry and tight!

Bar soap or a cleanser to clean my face? And moisturizer or lotion for very dry, acne prone skin? My skin always feels dry and tight!

Good skin care: Although visiting a dermatologist to determine the cause (hormonal, skin care, topical reaction, etc) may be the best first step. A variety of skin care regimens ranging from gentle cleansers with appropriate moisturizers and exfoliation with the possible prescription of oral or topical retinoids may be a good beginning. However topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc may help.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which lotion is better? Curel or cetaphil

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