Cetaphil Rich Night Cream review: The skin saviour for dry, acne-prone skin

Ever dealt with acne and eczema at the same time? I have – and, let me tell you, it’s not easy.

On one hand, I wanted to slather on as much moisturiser as I possibly could in a bid to soothe the eczema and budge the never-ending flakey skin.

But on the other, I was scared that all of the ‘rich’ and ‘nourishing’ moisturisers would clog up my skin and cause more spots.

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream review

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream review

Eventually, I put my faith in the Cetaphil Rich Night Cream. It claimed to be ‘replenishing and hydrating’ yet non-comedogenic, which means it wouldn’t clog my pores.

It was exactly what I was looking for. But did it do the job for my acne-prone, eczema-ridden skin? Find out in my full Cetaphil Rich Night Cream review!

Key product benefits & claims

Product: Cetaphil Rich Night Cream 50g


Price: £10 RRP, but often on 3 for 2 or on offer for £8/9. Make sure to check out offers on Amazon (it’s often cheapest there, especially if you’ve got Prime), Boots, Look Fantastic & Superdrug.

The texture & consistency

The Cetaphil Rich Night Cream is a very thick moisturiser. For example, if you pour some out of the bottle and onto your hand, it doesn’t run around or spill down the sides of your hand – it’s just a thick, sturdy ol’ blob!

Despite being a thick consistency, it absorbs into the skin fairly easily and isn’t difficult to rub in. In fact, it melts into the skin really beautifully.

This night cream does leave a glow (that’s my nice way of saying shine) and tacky feeling on the skin. If you prefer something mattifying, this definitely isn’t for you.

But as this is a night cream, this isn’t an issue for me – in fact, I quite enjoyed knowing my skin was thoroughly nourished. It felt like a drink for my skin!

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream texture swatch

The results

Although this didn’t clear my eczema up on its own (I had to make numerous changes to my routine and work on reducing my stress levels), it played a huge role.

It made my skin feel so much more comfortable – and, alongside a stripped-back routine (goodbye, AHAs and tret) helped significantly to clear up the dry and flaky patches of skin I was experiencing.

I’ve even used this a couple of times during the day when my skin is extra dry and in need of nourishment. It does make my skin oilier than usual (so I wouldn’t recommend using this in the day if you’ve got oily skin), but I’d much rather that than flakey, sore skin.

Even better? Unlike many rich moisturisers, this didn’t seem to worsen my acne. That’s a huge plus for me, as many heavier moisturisers (Weleda Skin Food, I’m looking at you) cause tons of closed comedones and whiteheads all over my skin within days.

So if you’re a dry-skinned, sensitive skin guy or gal – or acne-prone with dry patches – who are looking for a gentle yet rich and fairly affordable moisturiser to quench your skin’s thirst overnight, I’d highly recommend the Cetaphil Rich Night Cream.

The scent

The Cetaphil Rich Night Cream contains no added fragrance and, in my opinion, barely has a scent at all. I always prefer it this way – because for me, the more added ingredients and fragrances, the more likely it is to break me out. In my opinion, fragrance-free is the way to go for eczema-prone or acne-prone skin!

The packaging

This night cream comes in a small, opaque, white bottle with a green closure and Cetaphil branding. In total, you get 50g of product. I got through this pretty quickly – it’d be great if Cetaphil could offer a larger bottle or tub of this product.

In my experience, towards the end, you really have to squeeeeeeeeeeze to get this stuff out the bottle as it’s so thick.

Cetaphil claim that they ‘use mostly mono-material containers and closures that are in part recyclable, so containers and packaging can be recycled at most facilities. Our paper-based packaging is made with renewable and biodegradable materials.’

For me, that’s a winner! These days, I’m much more likely to purchase from brands that focus on sustainability.

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream packaging

The price

The Cetaphil Rich Night Cream is around £10 per bottle. But I often see it on offer for around £8 or £9, so make sure to shop around at:

It’s often on 3 for 2 at Boots, so you can stock up on 3 bottles or combine it with other Cetaphil products like their Daily Defence SPF50 or Moisturising Lotion (I love them both!).

Good for, bad for…

It’s not often that I say a product could be a good choice for most skin types, especially normal, dry and combination skin types.

If you’re looking for a simple, budget-friendly cream that’ll nip any dry or flaky patches in the bud, without clogging up your pores or aggravating your skin, this is the one!

You might not like this cream if you have very oily skin, as it leaves the skin pretty tacky and slightly shiny. But do bear in mind that this is a night cream. As long as you rinse off your face come morning, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream ingredients


Stand-out ingredients

  • Glycerin: A natural moisturiser that protects against irritation and helps to restore the skin barrier.

  • Heliathanus annus seed oil: AKA sunflower seed oil! A great emollient that protects the skin barrier and helps to keep it hydrated.

  • Panthenol: A humectant (it can help the skin to attract water and then hold onto it) that helps the skin to produce more lipids, which are important for a strong and healthy skin barrier.

  • Niacinamide: An effective skin-restoring ingredient that helps to reduce uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness and a weakened skin surface.

  • Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil: AKA almond oil! An emollient with softening and moisturising properties.

Is the Cetaphil Rich Night Cream good for acne?

Cetaphil claim that their Rich Night Cream is non-comedogenic. I’m very (trust me – very) acne-prone and didn’t experience breakouts from this moisturiser.

But everyone’s different. According to cosdna, cetyl alcohol, prunus amygdalus dulci oil and tocopherol are slightly (rated 2-3 out of 5) comedogenic, so that’s something to be aware of.

If you’re wary, I’d recommend patch testing the cream for a week on a small area of your face. See if you notice an increase in breakouts in that area and go from there!

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream bottle

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream: The skin saviour for dry, acne-prone skin

This will forever be my go-to skin for those dry skin days on my acne-prone, easily-clogged skin. It’s a simple cream, with no fancy packaging or luxurious fragrances, but it does exactly what it claims to do and for that reason, I love it!

If you have chaotic, acne-prone yet sensitive, oily yet dry, combination skin (help) like me, I reckon you’ll love this. Equally, if you’ve simply got dry or sensitive skin in need of a gentle but nourishing night cream at a fair price, this is a great option for you too.

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