Vanicream vs Cetaphil | Which Body Lotion Is Better?

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: January 11, 2024

As a skincare editor who has personally tested products from both Vanicream and Cetaphil, I'm often asked how these two popular sensitive skin brands compare. While they share some similarities, […]

As a skincare editor who has personally tested products from both Vanicream and Cetaphil, I'm often asked how these two popular sensitive skin brands compare. While they share some similarities, there are also key differences that may make one better suited for your individual skincare needs.

Vanicream and Cetaphil are both known for their gentle, non-irritating formulas making them great options for those with sensitive skin conditions like eczema or rosacea. Their bestselling cleansers and moisturizers contain minimal ingredients and avoid common irritants like fragrances, dyes, masking fragrance, and harsh surfactants. However, Vanicream takes it a step further by excluding any ingredients that have even the slightest probability of irritation, making their products ideal for those with the most sensitive skin.

When it comes to texture and feel, Vanicream products tend to be thicker and more emollient. Their cleanser has a dense, creamy lather while their moisturizers are rich yet fast-absorbing. Cetaphil products are lighter in texture, almost milky or gel-like. For some, the thicker Vanicream formulas provide superior moisturization for dry skin. For others, Cetaphil's lighter textures may feel more comfortable.

As far as ingredients, Cetaphil uses chemical emollients like cetearyl alcohol and dimethicone to hydrate skin. Vanicream relies more on simple moisturizers like petrolatum, glycerin, and squalane derived from olives. Cetaphil cleansers contain chemical detergents to remove dirt and oil whereas Vanicream uses milder, soap-free cleansing agents. So those with sensitivities to common chemical ingredients may react better to Vanicream.

When comparing user reviews, both brands receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. Longtime users rave about the gentle, non-irritating formulations suitable for their sensitive skin. The majority agree Vanicream and Cetaphil improve skin texture, reduce dryness, redness, and other irritations. Negative reviews for both brands are rare and typically relate to personal preference around texture or feel rather than irritation.

Finally, Vanicream products tend to cost a bit more than Cetaphil products. Their cleansers range from $9-15 for a basic pump bottle compared to Cetaphil's $6-12 cleansers. Both brand's moisturizers range between $10-20 depending on size and specific product.

Overall, it's hard to declare one brand clearly "better" than the other. For those willing to pay a little more for thicker, fragrance-free formulations, Vanicream is an excellent choice. But Cetaphil offers very similar gentle cleansing and hydration at a lower price point. In the end, it comes down to your own skin sensitivities and preferences around texture, ingredients and price. Hopefully this overview provides some helpful guidance to choose between these two great sensitive skin brands.

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Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of TheDermDetective.com where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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