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rated 4 of 5 on 9/24/2013 11:24:00 PM More reviews by NightShift

Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Other, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown

*My skin: Very sensitive, rosacea, slightly dry, with micro acne on forehead.

After not being too impressed with this cleanser at first, I have finally figured out the best way to get the most out of it, and it is now one of my favorite cleansers.

The texture of this cleanser is very similar to a gel, if I was to compare it to two others I would say it's a mix between La Roche Posays Toleriane (which is more a lotion consistency) and Cetaphil (which is more watery). It's very easy to work with and glides right over the skin, and feels quite soothing.

I'll say right off this does not get my skin clean ("clean" not stripped ;), and it is very poor at removing my current sunscreen (trying out Elta MDs physical, which is a tinted sunscreen)..as in, it doesn't make it budge at all or really anything for that matter. Makeup? Nope.

But as a *morning* cleanser this is a staple. Using two pumps- I find using a lot of product makes a difference in my case, I massage it all over my face and neck for a good minute. More would probably be better but I'm lazy :) Then, rinse off and I'm left with soft skin that has had its first boost of soothing hydration. I find this is a great start for my skin in the morning, and for me I do not notice a film. But my skin is not terribly oily and is thinner in some areas. If you're very oily you might notice a film, which I think is the cleanser attempting to mimic skin to help those who have a distressed skin barrier.

As for price it's not bad at all, about 11$ USD and CeraVe is pretty good at providing coupons or sales. It's also really nice to use products that I don't have to order online, at least for me!

All in all I think this is a very good, gentle cleanser and if you're quite sensitive I think it's worth a look :)

Thanks for reading!

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rated 3 of 5 on 9/14/2013 4:30:00 AM More reviews by Camaiu

Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

I was advised by a dermatologist to use this cleanser after I went in for hormonal acne. I used it for a while, it's not bad but I probably won't buy it again. The cleanser leaves a strange feeling on your face, very suffocating feel for the thickness/texture of the cleanser. It doesn't lather at all, very creamy. Doesn't leave my face too dry or filmy afterwards on my VERY oily skin.

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rated 4 of 5 on 9/13/2013 10:07:00 AM More reviews by kittencuddler

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green

Oh CeraVe... I tried this cleanser out after the foaming version left my skin dehydrated. I quite like this cleanser. It's gentle and non-stripping, and leaves my skin soft but gently cleansed. Unfortunately, I think it's slightly clogging for me as I occasionally get small white heads that I never got previously. Time to search for another cleanser.

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rated 5 of 5 on 9/8/2013 9:04:00 PM More reviews by aliceayres

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

I have been using CeraVe's hydrating cleanser for two years now. After trying different cleansers (see my reviews) for years, I have just stuck with this one. My skin has been changing. It goes from break-out city to smooth to dry to oily... it depends sometimes on weather, diet... it's pretty insane. I got tired of messing with my routine and opted to treat my skin as dry and sensitive by default so I was referred to this wash.

It doesn't lather. It's much like the Cetaphil cleanser, but I have better luck with this for some reason. No offensive smell. Ceramides and hyraulonic acid. It doesn't take all of my makeup off if I have a heavier face of make-up on, but it doesn't dry my skin out if I use it twice. My routine: Bioderma Sensibio/Crealine Micellar Water and cotton rounds to remove makeup. Apply CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser to face. Use Clarisonic Mia. Rinse. If I am out of my Bioderma micellar water, I just do the same process using the CeraVe cleanser. It works but I feel like the micellar water is better at removing makeup.

Happy skin! No breakouts. No dry skin. Just wish the bottle looked cuter. Also, when you get to the bottom of the bottle it gets annoying trying to get cleanser out but I'll deal.

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rated 5 of 5 on 9/6/2013 10:15:00 PM More reviews by glanda

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I like this product so much right now. It doesn't break me out, dry me out. I cannot find any bad things about it. I definitely will repurchase it. However, this product is always out of stock....Yeah, I just want to add one more thing... I have finished one bottle already, took me about 3 month for only morning use...

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/31/2013 1:05:00 PM More reviews by carrie79

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

I have dry, sensitive skin that can get over-cleansed even with "gentle" cleansers. This is a great morning cleanser for removing my night time moisturizer. It does NOT take off makeup, so I never use it in the evening if I've had makeup on all day.

While it has some great ingredients in it, I'm not sure whether they actually make much of an impact since it's just a cleanser that you rinse off. But my skin never ever reacts to it, it provides extra moisturization, and the bottle is larger than most so I don't have to rebuy often. The price is comparable to most other drugstore cleansers because of the size of the bottle (twice the price, but twice the amount too).

For now, I'm happy with it and I am sticking with this as my gentle basic morning moisturizer. I use foaming cleansers at night to remove makeup, and this is perfect to alternate with those since they dry me out if I use them day and night.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/27/2013 9:53:00 PM More reviews by Menolikepolos

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium Eyes: Blue

This feels very similar to Cetaphil. However, while it did not dry me out, I feel like it did not cleanse even as well as Cetaphil did... kind of a disappointment. I only used it a few times before I gave it away.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/22/2013 3:29:00 PM More reviews by Beachsugar

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green

I have rosacea with dryness but have oily skin. Great combo right! Anyhow, I was using Avene but things never really settled down. Finally I just gave up and cleaned with only water which made things even worse. Nose started breaking out in whiteheads. Went to the derm and she gave me some metrolotion saying the white heads have something to do with the rosacea but it never worked. Made me peel like crazy.
I bought this after reading the ingredients and some reviews. It has really helped. I do not wear make up daily and I've not figured out the right usage. As in days when I don't wear m/u to use or not to use. Though the more I use this the better my skin looks.
It has no smell. Is creamy and I do find that it removes m/u but I use a wash cloth first then I wash twice. I do not wear heavy m/u. Just powder products nothing liquid except mascara.

I'm very pleased with this find. Thinking of trying their moisturizing lotion but for now I will stick with La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/19/2013 10:03:00 PM More reviews by Crstna36

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I just bought this but haven't tried it yet so I will update and change lippies if I need to. I'm posting first without trying because after reading only one page of reviews in my age range I felt the need to say something of importance:
This is a FACIAL CLEANSER. Not a MAKEUP REMOVER! I get frustrated at people who complain about a product, thus bringing down ratings, when they are not using the product for its intended purpose. If you wear makeup use a makeup REMOVER first as its intended purpose is to remove makeup. Then use a facial cleanser to, yes! cleanse your face. Maybe some people want to do just one step and that's fine. Find a product that's purpose is a makeup remover and facial cleanser in one. However, those with sensitive or dry skin may find such a product too harsh. Try a cleansing oil, makeup remover cloths, balm, or cream that's sole purpose is to remove makeup, THEN use this Hydrating Cleanser to clean your makeup free skin. I bet at least 50% of people who gave a bad review will be much happier with this product.

The reason I purchased this particular cleanser is to use after my Alpha-Beta, Glycolic, or TCA peels. All of my other cleansers are the foamy kind and are too harsh on tender post-peel skin. I'm hoping this does the trick as I'm doing a second round (one per week) tonight. After 4 rounds I'm going to do my yearly TCA peel. The reason for the weekly peel is to prep my skin for the BIG PEEL, TCA.

I promise to update next week after using this cleanser for several days and give my opinion of the product itself. No more preaching, I promise!

09/24/13 ***!UPDATE!***
So, I have finished my series of 4 Alpha/Beta peels (15% Salicylic Acid & 50% Glycolic Acid, all pH 1) and am letting my skin rest and rejuvenate before doing a Jessner's + 20% TCA Peel. I have to say that the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is absolutely perfect for post-peel cleansing. I do use DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to remove my Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion PA+++ SPF 60 because that stuff is waterPROOF and needs an oil to remove it. I don't wear makeup post-peel so I just rinse off the DHC instead of using a cloth like I normally would. I follow up with the CeraVe and it's fantastic. It does not dry out my skin and does do a good job of cleansing. I have even rotated it into my cleansers to use if my face feels particularly dry, stressed, or if I've over done a facial. So I'm keeping my lippies and recommendations the same. (Side note: the reason I list the actual name of what product I'm using is in case someone wants to try it. I've read other reviews where someone raves about a product but doesn't mention the name of something I might like to try. So I hope that helps.)

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rated 3 of 5 on 8/10/2013 8:04:00 PM More reviews by amyc016

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I LOVE LOVE LOVED this...felt very cleansing and didnt even have to moisturize after. I have dry/sensitive skin and get pimples every once in awhile. After about a month of using this my forehead completely broke out. I don't usually have pimples on my forehead so i went back to my old Phisoderm facewash and it took a couple weeks but it went back to normal. I really liked this except for that :(

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