Cetaphil and Cerave drugstore skin care products – are they safe?

A reader asked this recently because the Environmental Working Group gives Cetaphil and Cerave low scores for toxins. Please remember that there is no evidence that these products harm you, the user. The EWG is focused to a large extent on chemicals in our environment and reducing these as much as possible.  This is a goal most of us support, including me.
I think we also have to recognize that more organic or natural products are almost always more expensive. Not everyone has the extra money to spend on skin care products and they need a simple, inexpensive source for cleansers and moisturizers. etc. These fit that. Also, many people are struggling with finding time to get errands doneand find drugstore products to be very convenient. More “natural products” are starting to be carried in drugstoresthough, which is fabulous. For example, Bert’s Bees products tend to contain fewer chemicals and can be a good alternative.
You might also be interested in this resource I wrote explaining skin care ingredients & terms. Read more here.
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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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