Cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and colloidal oatmeal-based gentle skin cleanser in management of dry and sensitive skin: a cross-sectional study


  • Sumit Gupta GNH Excel Medical Centre, Delhi, India
  • Hemendra B. Shah Torrent Pharma, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Praveen Bhardwaj Apollo Medical Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Aditya Holani Department of Dermatology, Bharati Vidyapeeth's Medical College, Pune Satara Road, Dhankawadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Charu Singh Dr. Charu’s Skin Clinic No. 6, Broyana Multiplex, Near Kapil Petrol Pump, Sikandra, Agra, India
  • Sachin Yadav Derma Clinic, Hindu Rao Malka Ganj, Delhi, Malka Ganj, New Delhi, India
  • Rathish Nair Medical Strategic Affairs, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Krishnaprasad Korukonda Medical Services (India, Row), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India




Dry skin, Sensitive skin, Moisturizing, Itchiness, Pollutant, Irritation


Background: Effective skin cleansing is vital for maintaining skin health and appearance. An ideal skin cleaner retains moisture, removes oils, sweat, and dirt without causing irritation or dehydration. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, tolerability and usage trends of a gentle skin cleanser containing cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and colloidal oatmeal for individuals having dry and sensitive skin.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective review at 102 centres, focusing on individuals aged 18 to 65 years with atopic dermatitis and dry skin conditions who required the use of gentle skin cleanser. Total 568 cases were taken; 488 cases of dry and sensitive skin were further analysed over a 2-week study period.

Results: Gentle skin cleanser exhibited significant reduction (p<0.0001) in skin dryness, itchiness and irritation by 4.42±1.92 (63.38%), 4.03±2.71 (49.38%) and 4.44±2.07 (65.58%) respectively in participants with dry skin and by 4.25±1.48 (58.49%), 3.26±3.22 (18.02%) and 4.42±1.56 (63.23%) in participants with sensitive skin after its regular usage. Participants provided positive feedback and expressed overall satisfaction with the study product.

Conclusions: Skin cleanser was efficacious and well-tolerable in participants in providing moisturizing, soothing, exfoliating, and antioxidant effects making it a preferred primary choice for managing dry and sensitive skin. The cleanser effectively cleansed excess oil, dirt, dead cells, microorganisms, and sweat providing a gentle and mild experience, in daily skin care.


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