As someone with both sensitive skin and adult acne, I have a hard time finding non-irritating cleansers that work. I think everyone has heard of Cetaphil, the facial cleanser consistently touted as The One: the most gentle, effective and cheap cleanser on the market. It was first recommended to me in high school and has come up consistently ever since in magazines and dermatologist offices, as well as at the advice friends, grandparents, and complete strangers.

The problem: It just doesn’t work for me. My face never feels clean when I use it, and I always break out—it actually does the opposite of what it is supposed to do. I keep trying it every few years, hoping that my skin has changed, but inevitably I get the same results.

A new alternative is the Striking Multi-Vitamin Crème Cleanser, a fragrance-free formula with a remarkably similar consistency. It is an almost creamy texture that does not foam, and is almost gelatinous. For me, however, I had a much better outcome than with Cetaphil. This product made my skin feel clean but not stripped of moisture. And after several weeks of continuous use, I can report that it did not irritate my skin, nor did it make me break out, and for me that is a rare combination indeed.

The cleanser contains avocado oil, which is full of vitamins A, D, and E, plus potassium and fatty acids, all of which contribute to fighting free radicals and fine lines. It also has been shown to reduce age spots, and is used in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. So particularly for people with sensitive skin like me, this ingredient is extremely effective. The cleanser also contains beta carotene, i.e. Vitamin A, which has been shown to prevent wrinkles and decrease sebum production, obviously great for the acne prone.

Keep an eye on these new Striking products made by biopharmaceutical company Helix Biomedics—I also loved their Multi-Peptide Serum with Smart Peptides.


Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate,C12-15 Akyl Benzoate, Laureth-4, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Laurimidopropyl Betaine, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Xanthan Gum, Farnesol, Linalool, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocapheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Persea Gratussuna (Avocado) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Beta Carotene, Oenothera Beinnis (Evening Primrose Oil), PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Axcorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.