Cetaphil and Aveeno for Mama’s Sensitive Skin

Keratosis pilaris. Another -is to add to my long list. Contact dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, hand osteoarthritis. Then there’s the occasional tamaditis and the seasonal neurosis.

With a long history of dermatitis and other allergies, I paid no special attention to the itchy rash that appeared on my back. I dismissed it as prickly heat which I was prone to suffer from during the hot days of summer. However, when a couple of months had passed without getting any relief or seeing any improvement, I finally decided to see my dermatologist.

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Keratosis Pilaris, Causes, Treatment

The rough patches were mostly on my back so I really could not see them properly. They would often feel itchy when the weather was hot which was why I thought they were prickly heat. But sometimes it was to do with hormonal itchy skin, which I only recently found out. Unlike prickly heat though, the small bumps were not reddish.

When my dermatologist examined the rash, she explained that I had a condition called “chicken skin” or keratosis pilaris. Although this is harmless and could be easily addressed with topical medication, it is, unfortunately, a condition I would have to deal with the rest of my life.

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition characterized by small hard bumps that are often light-colored, hence, the term chicken skin. They make your skin feel like sandpaper and may appear on your back, upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and face.

Chicken skin is formed when a buildup of keratin blocks the opening of a hair follicle. Those with dry skin are usually more likely to have keratosis pilaris. Those with atopic dermatitis (*raises hands*) are also prone to having this skin condition.

My dermatologist prescribed fluocinolone lotion to be applied to affected area twice a day for no more than 7 days. My skin showed significant improvement on the third day. On the 5th day, my skin was smooth and soft already.

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Aside from fluocinolone, my dermatologist also told me to avoid using fabric conditioners on our clothes. She recommended that I shift to cleansers formulated for sensitive skin. She also stressed the importance of keeping my skin moisturized.

Skin Care for Mama’s Sensitive Skin

Even before going to the dermatologist, I had already tried Cetaphil Restoraderm and stopped using all other soaps at home. When I told her about this, she approved and said that it was a great choice and I should continue using it.

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Cetaphil Restoraderm(~845 pesos at Mercury Drug) is a skin restoring body wash that’s formulated for very dry itchy skin. It’s soap-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and is gentle enough even on baby’s skin. It contains Shea Butter (butyrospermum parkii butter) that moisturizes the skin.

Of course, it wasn’t enough to address my skin problems but I love how it moisturizes my skin so that I can do without lotion during the day when summer heat is at its warmest. At night, though, I make sure to slather on Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing Oil.

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Aveeno Active Naturals Creamy Moisturizing Oil (575.75 pesos at SM) is my current favorite! My kids love putting it on my arms and legs (makes me feel so pampered every single time!) and say it smells like Playdoh (which is probably why they love “playing” with it). My hubby loves it scent too. Most importantly, it relieves my itchy and dry skin. This Aveeno variant has skin-soothing natural colloidal oatmeal and skin moisturizing pure oat oil.

Since I fell in love with the moisturizing oil, I decided to try the Aveeno Active Naturals Moisturizing Bar (189.75 pesos at SM) too. This soap-free cleanser also contains natural colloidal oatmeal that gently cleanses and soothes dry skin. It leaves my skin moisturized so I can do without lotion in the morning. It’s fragrance-free but during the first couple of uses had a faint scent that reminded me of a grain store. It takes some getting used to if you love fragrant soaps. Aside from that faint scent of grain, I’m also loving this Aveeno. It costs less than a third of the price of Cetaphil Restoraderm which makes it more budget-friendly. The only downside would have to be its availability. Only select supermarkets and drugstores carry the Aveeno Active Naturals brand. I bought mine from SM Supermarket.

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I grew up with Cetaphil and have been loyal to the brand for years now but I must say that I’m really loving Aveeno Active Naturals. They will certainly now be part of my skincare regimen.

Kutis ng Bata, Alagang Derma + CETAPHIL Giveaway

May is the month when we celebrate motherhood.  Being partners of moms in skin care for the entire family, Cetaphil is once again holding Kutis ng Bata, Alagang Derma at the Mega Trade Hall.  On May 5, mothers and would-be moms will be rewarded with treats and free skin consultations.  A series of lectures will also be conducted from 11am to 6pm.  I’m taking the entire brood there so I do hope to see you there as well!
Also, take advantage of Cetaphil’s Get Two for the Price of One Promo for the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 and Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion.  Summer’s may be halfway over but you still need to stock up on skin care products.  These Cetaphil products are available in Mercury Drug, Watsons, Shopwise, S&R and other leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.
2 WINNERS!  Each get one Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 and one Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

2 WINNERS! Each get one Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 and one Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

Since Cetaphil has so kindly sent me a few months’ supply of my fave Cetaphil skin care products, I’m sharing some with you moms.  Be one of the two winners of a Cetaphil gift pack just by doing the following:
  1. Like The Tottering Mama on Facebook (click here) – 1 point
  2. Follow @TotteringMama on Twitter – 1 point
  3. Leave a comment below with the following information: – 1 point
    • Your fave Cetaphil product:
    • FB Profile Name:
    • Twitter Account:
    • Referred by:
  4. Tell your friends about this giveaway and earn 1 point for every friend you send over.  Make sure they name you as their referrer.
Nothing really cares for our skin like Cetaphil, so I do hope you win one of the gift packs. I’ll draw the winners on May 15 so you have two weeks to tell your friends about this giveaway. Oh, and I can only ship the items to those living in the Philippines.
See you and your family on the 5th!
(Update, May 18)
Cetaphil winners
Congratulations, JOY MERCED and AGNES DC!  Each of you will be receiving a Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 and a Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion.  Kindly reply to my email to claim your prizes.

Want To Win A Trip to Hongkong Disneyland? Join the CETAPHIL SKIN TREATS PROMO now!

For 65 years now, Cetaphil has been providing us with evidence-based skin care solutions for all skin types.   And until today, it continues to be “the country’s most prescribed brand of Cleansers and Moisturizers by Dermatologists and Pediatricians.”

In celebration of your continued patronage of Cetaphil skin care products, Cetaphil launches the CETAPHIL SKIN TREATS PROMO.  Now you don’t only get the gentlest skin care but you also get to have a chance to win Cetaphil gift packs, Ipad3, and a TRIP FOR TWO TO HONGKONG!

What do you need to do?   Just send a photo of yourself holding a 118mL Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and a scanned copy of the official receipt of your Cetaphil purchase with your full name, landline/mobile number, and email address to [email protected].

The promo runs from October 22 to November 22, 2012 only so send in your entries now!  I’m also wishing to win the trip for two to Hongkong which comes complete with Roundtrip Airfares, Hotel Accommodation for three days and two nights, Day Passes to Disneyland, AND $100 shopping money!  Now, that would be a wonderful Christmas treat for my daughter!!!

Watch this video for more information and visit http://www.facebook.com/cetaphilphilippines for the full mechanics.

What are you waiting for, strike a pose now with your 118ml Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and submit your entry.  You just might be able to fly to Hongkong Disneyland for free this December!  Oh, and don’t forget to keep the official receipt lest your entry be deemed invalid. Cross your fingers and hope to win!

Giveaway Alert: Gentle Skin Care with CETAPHIL

Cetaphil Philippines has so generously blessed me and a few others with their products.  I’ve been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for years now but have never tried their other products.  I’m glad though that I was given a chance to review their other products coz I’m loving them all.  Heck, had I known about Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream a few years back, I would have used it on my little ones when they were babies.


My daily regimen now includes washing with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 (in the morning), Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion (in the morning), and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (at night).  Among the new products I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks, I’m loving the moisturizing cream the most.  It is so rich that a little goes a long way.  You’d also presume that cream as rich as it is would be very greasy, but surprisingly, it doesn’t leave you with that icky feeling.


And because I want you to experience firsthand how great Cetaphil products are, I’m sharing these goodies with two lucky readers. Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to have a Cetaphil gift pack delivered right at your door.



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CETAPHIL: Much More Than A Gentle Skin Cleanser

The Tottering Mama is proud to be a Cetaphil online ambassador!

My sisters and I have been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser long before my children were born. If it wasn’t for my kids looked into sites like Product Playoffs and watching YouTube videos of some of their favourite social media influencers trying out this product, I don’t think they would have even considering giving this a go. But I’m glad that they do though, as I believe this is one of the best skincare products on the market. Yes, the ole blue and white bottle of Cetaphil was a fixture in our bathroom. So, naturally, I replied with a resounding yes when asked whether I would like to become one of Cetaphil’s online ambassadors. We have been using this product for several years now and can vouch for its effectiveness in keeping our skin moisturized and our skin problems at bay. If you’re like us and have sensitive skin or various skin issues that you try to tackle daily, using products similar to ones you can find on sites like https://naturesaidcbd.com/ or Cetaphil could help improve your skin and hopefully you can see more visible results soon enough. It’s all about patience and consistency with skincare.

Our long-term love affair with Cetaphil started when it was prescribed by our dermatologist to one of my sisters who has atopic dermatitis. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one riddled with skin problems as we all had dry sensitive skin that was prone to rashes and eczema. Our facial skin was the opposite though as it was oily and acne-prone. Fortunately, Cetaphil works well on all of us.


When my children were infants, they were bathed with only purified water and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Since sensitive skin runs in the family, I didn’t want to take chances and opted to use our dermatologist-prescribed cleanser on my babies. Had I known about the mositurizing cream then, I would have used that on them too.

Aside from being hypoallergenic, another thing I love about Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is that you could actually use it even without water. This makes clean up possible even when the kids are running a fever and can’t be given a real bath or when we get home really late and they’re just too sleepy to wake up for a quick shower.

I’m not really one who’d take my time to scan products on store shelves. Armed with a list of things to buy, it’s usually grab-and-go shopping for me. Which is why I was surprised to find out that Cetaphil had more to offer than their skin cleanser and cleansing bar.

  • PhotobucketCetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar not only deodorizes and moisturizers but also provides antibacterial protection as it cleans. I’ve written this on our grocery list so we can grab some for the little ones. Anything that’s antibacterial yet gentle on the skin is a must-have for those with very active preschoolers.
  • Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser is an effective deep pore cleanser for oily skin. This foaming cleanser removes oil and dirt without stripping your skin’s natural moisture. More importantly, it’s hypoallergenic. It only proves that gentle cleansing is possible even with oily skin.
  • PhotobucketCetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15 with Parsol 1789 is a light, non-greasy moisturizer that’s perfect for everyday use. It also protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion hydrates and protects skin for a full 24 hours. It contains Epidermal Replenishing Complex 5, a unique combination of five key ingredients that protects dry skin and enhances hydration.
  • PhotobucketCetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a rich formulation of emollients and humefactants that bind water to the skin to prevent moisture loss. This would work well to prevent diaper rash and maintain your baby’s smooth bottom.

Definitely, Cetaphil is more than just a gentle skin cleanser prescribed by dermatologist. It is a whole range of skin care for even the most sensitive skin. It’s actually a great line of skin care products for the whole family.

The Tottering Mama is giving away some Cetaphil products. Mechanics will be posted on Friday, October 5, so do come back and visit this blog then. 😀