I asked the skincare board if any non-drying foaming drugstore cleansers even exist. This one had a lot votes on it so was next to try! Plus I already use other CeraVe products so it was the next logical step.
PRO: This cleans better than my other foaming cleansers! The area above and below my jawbone is my problem skin. I don't get regular breakouts there or anything but if I was going to, that'd be where they are most likely. Since using CeraVe foaming cleanser, it looks better than usual, and it's stayed this way! Also, I usually feel like foaming cleaners in general somewhat irritate my skin. I'm not totally sure about this one, but I think it doesn't irritate my skin at all (or if it does, it's a lot less than others). Removes all makeup and rinses super cleanly without any effort.
CONS: The bottle says "Normal to Oily Skin". I have normal to dry skin but decided to try it anyways due to there being so many high ratings from other people with dry skin. It's slightly drying like the rest of foaming cleansers I've used in the past so I do see why it'd be better for normal to oil. However, my skin is get pretty oily in the morning when I get up, so it's a good morning cleanser. But using it after a full day leaves my skin dry, like "woah, where did the moisture go" after patting my face before moisturizer on.
OTHER: Other foaming cleansers I've used were more eager to foam/larger bubbles (very minor though). Also, the consistency of this cleanser, it's not that it's thin, but it's a little more fluid. Note for some of the people who feel this leaves a residue too - make it foam BEFORE it's applied to the face. This cleanser works SO well with my SkinSonic too, using 2 pumps.
OVERALL: I was surprised by this cleanser. I wasn't expecting much at all. Ultimately it's not great for my skin type, but it does make a good morning cleanser. I also didn't expect it to leave my skin CLEARER than other foaming cleansers (I thought they were all created the same - apparently not!). Because of some those pleasant surprises, I'll be checking out CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser next. I wish I could give this 3.5, not just 3.
UPDATE: More for oily skin. I've been introducing a BHA and other steps into my routine and my skin feels drier than normal now. I don't think it's the additional products though since I they don't feel drying to me. My skin needs more moisture than this gives.
One of the best skincare finds... ever! I have super oily skin that wants to be breakout prone if I don't keep on top of it. I've been using high end and super high end cleansers which are great... but this very inexpensive, widely available extremely basic cleanser beats them all. Provides lots of foam and leaves my face clean without over-drying it. I love the pump dispenser and it's excellent size for the price so it's very economical. I will definitely repurchase this one.
UPDATE: after using this for three months I still LOVE it. I'm now on oral medication which has lessened how oily my face it but I *still* love this cleanser I just repurchased and probably will keep buying it since it works just as well as all the high-end, pricey cleansers I loved before trying it.
I like this face wash because it rinses clean and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry and crackly. However, if you're looking for something that clears up acne, try something medicated with salicylic acid. This doesn't make you break out, but it doesn't clear acne.
I've been using this product for about 3 months. I really wanted to like it because it seemed like it would be good for my aging/acne-prone skin. The cleanser itself feels good on your skin and seems to remove makeup adequately. However, I've noticed that my pores seem to be more clogged w/ more blackheads/whiteheads, and I've had an increase in cystic acne. At first, I thought it was just hormonal changes, stress, etc, but I discontinued using it last week and went back to my old standby, Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash, and my skin has cleared up substantially.
I'm surprised but I really like this product!! My usual rhassoul clay soap was drying me out after using for a couple of years and I got a weird skin reaction from some new natural mineral makeup I had tried so I needed something asap. I didnt want to wait for an online product so I went to the drugstore and picked this up for about $12. The bottle is huge and will last like forever. So its been about 5 or 6 weeks and this stuff is great. Foams very easy and doesnt dry out my skin or make me break out. In fact, I think it has helped my skin balance and hang on to its moisture better. Since this stuff is so cheap too, I can splurge on other things like serums and moisturizers. Overall, this is a great, uncomplicated facial wash that I think would be great for all skin types even sensitive which I have. The one thing it does not do is remove eye makeup well so dont expect that. I use my Fancl Mild Cleansing gel for that and the Cerave is a great follow up so your face feels really clean and hydrated. Like I said, the bottle will last forever but when I run out, I will def buy again :)
This product has compelled me to write my first review ever after visiting this board for many years! This cleanser is fantastic for my aging, acne-prone skin! Yes, i am still battling acne at my age, and this cleanser has calmed my skin like no other product I've tried. My pores are much less congested only after using for a few days and seem to be a lot less noticeable. I love that this cleanser leaves my face feeling clean but not tight or dry. Highly recommend!
I have combination skin that leans more towards dry that is also sensitive. I need something to removed oil and makeup, but some cleansers are too harsh and make me dry and flakey. This is really the prefect balance. It does not make me break out, it doesn't dry my skin, and it cleanses really well. I actually started using this at the recommendation of my grandmother from whom I inherited my dry sensitive skin. A definite repurchase for me. It's a really big bottle, and will last several months.
I guess my skin isn't normal enough to be considered 'normal' on this bottle claiming for normal to oily . I was looking for something to replace my olay sensitive as it left a slight film on my face. This didn't leave that film and rinsed clean but after using it a few successive days I notice drier skin, I don't like the taught feeling it leaves. Although olay left a slight film it never made me too dry. My search continues . Also I noticed a few more white heads than usual. I deem this the culprit . Oh well.
Changing my rating from 2 to 4 Stars.
Tried this again and it doesnt dry my skin out, or give me white heads. It's slightly more expensive than my olay but i love the huge size. What i don't like is that it takes about 3-4 pumps of this stuff to get a nice lather to cover my whole neck and face. initial down payment for this cleanser is expensive, about 11 bucks.
This is my new favourite face cleanser. it doesn't look fancy and I don't feel prestige while using it. However, it is practical and gentle. It cleans my face without stripping my skin dry. It doesn't irritat my skin esp skin around my eyes when there is ezcema. It doesn't sting my eyes at all even the cleanser gets into my eyes. It is inexpensive. The only bad thing about this product is the packaging, it looks really plain and boring. But I don't mind because I won't take my bottle of cleanser out to show off.
I must say....this is an awesome cleanser! I purchased this one for evening use and the Hydrating one for am use. It foams up quite nicely with my Clarisonic. I was also worried it would really be drying to my skin but it felt great! I really like the Hydrating version but I wear waterproof make up during the day and needed something more foaming to remove my make up. In the am I really don't need to do anything but hydrate while I cleanse. This is definately worth a try for sure. I have recently been diagnosed with Eczema and Seborreic Dermatitis. I have to be very careful what I use on my skin. I think I finally found my HG!