I just got this today, so I'll have to wait and update on the long-term effects but right now, I'm loving it! I actually really like the texture and while it's not the best at removing makeup (wouldn't recommend for anyone who wears heavy foundations) it takes mine off with a little extra work. It also leaves my skin super balanced feeling and really seems to hydrate rather just leaving a greasy film. I'm using it in conjunction with the lotion and the two really seem to work well together. Hopefully it won't clog my pores.
This started to break me out, so I've switched to the foaming facial cleanser. However, I've found this works great as a body wash.
Just a background, I have oily, acne-prone skin that is under control with the use of Retin A and spironolactone. My current derm has saved my skin and I will listen to any and all of her advice. I was looking for a new gentle morning cleanser and she suggested this(I had been using Cetaphil but was unhappy with it) . I use a prescription cleanser at night to get rid of make up, but I needed something for the a.m(and with the meds I use my face can get very dry). This stuff it awesome. It is not stripping, and doesn't make my face oily. It just gently cleanes my skin. I use this in the morning in conjunction with the hydrating lotion, and my face hasn't looked better! It is a bit on the expensive side for a drugstore face wash...but it works so I'm ok with it.
I have sensitive skin and rosacea and this was recommended by my dermatologist to use in conjunction with Finacea. This cleanser was very greasy. It took 2-3 washings to remove all my foundation. It also burned my skin. I now use a cleanser that came with my Clarisonic instead, which is much gentler and better at removing dirt/oil/makeup.
I love this cleanser. I find it better and less drying than cetaphil. My skin still feels a little tight and dry after use but it is by far the best drugstore find for my ultra dry, sensitive, dermatitis prone skin. I will definitely re-purchase this again. I am still looking for an even more hydrating, foam-free, gentle facial cleanser. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know.
I only use this in the morning so I have something gentle to clean my face. But I don't think this removes makeup very well. Texture is runny and leaves a film after rinsing. Packaging sucks b/c it doesn't come w/ a pump. I won't repurchase.
This is a basic, gentle cleanse, no lather, with a Cetaphil-like texture from fatty alcohols, instead of the creamy emulsion typical of other lotion cleansers. I'm one of those people who was well served by Cetaphil, so I am an easy sell for this formulaically superior version, with skin-loving hydrators traded in for SLES and parabens. You don't get the full benefit of CeraVe's ingredients as you would a moisturizer, but it certainly does no harm. And I definitely feel it softens your skin, which makes it a nice step before masking.
For those who are less than impressed by its thoroughness, thoroughly massage a generous amount into dry skin. Take your time. It won't remove heavy makeup or waterproof sunscreen, but you might be surprised: a gentle cleanser, properly used, is more effective as a foam, which is sometimes a shortcut to feeling clean. A quick lazy pass of bubbles over your face, depending on harsh surfactants to remove everything, how can that be good for your skin?
I don't want to jinx it, but I may have found my HG cleanser at last! My skin is hypersensitive, combination, and extremely acne prone. I recently started this cleanser and the PM lotion with clindamycin lotion and an oral antibiotic to fight acne.
Pros: This cleanser doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and hydrates so well, I barely have to use a moisturizer. It dispenses the perfect amount of product, so no waste. It's also cheap and readily available, as opposed to other high end, impossible-to-find products I've used and hated.
Cons: I can't vouch for its makeup-removing skills since I use a makeup remover first.
UPDATE 4/2/11: I've discovered this is a bit too heavy and moisturizing for the warmer weather (my combination skin leans towards oily when it gets warm) and have switched to a different cleanser for the spring and summer. However, I will definitely be returning to the CeraVe come winter!
I have used Cetaphil for years on my dermatologist's recommendation because I have rosacea. For the past couple of years as I've been getting older I've been getting some really dry itchy patches on my face and upper eyelids that absolutely nothing helped -- I did a little research and tried the CeraVe -- it was conveniently available at my local drugstore and from the first time I used it my dry itchy patches cleared up!! I use it to remove my makeup at night and it gets it all off, easily. I combine it will a little bit of DHC apricot scrub occasionally for my face,and use it plain around my eyes and my face is clean and soft afterwards. It doesn't even sting your eyes and removes eyemake better than anything else I've tried. This is my only facial cleanser from now on!!
I bought the hydrating cleanser and lotion for am use, the foaming cleanser and the pm lotion for pm use, and the cream for body use. Honestly, this cleanser doesn't remove makeup at all. It's just another cetaphil gentle cleanser. However, if you compare this with cetaphil gentle cleanser, you would want to pick this because the ingredients are far better than cetaphil. It has ceramines and hyluronic acid which are good for skin. I know the product will be eventually washed away and go into the sink. I do think when the product touches your skin the first moment, some of the ingredients will be absorbed, so i think it's still good?! All in all, I love this. If you use this with clarisonic brush, it will remove makeup as i tested it. However you wouldn't use this technique on your eye area for removing makeup. Hope this helps.
I have had this product for quite a while. When I first bought it on a whim, I really didn't like it. I have pretty oily skin and it seemed I was having some additional acne breakouts after I started this. I put it aside. I was using some Queen Helene exfoliator and it seemed too harsh. I decided to put them together and voila! Love it!!! I use it every day and my skin has never looked better! I probably use 1/3 Queen Helene and the rest is cleanser. Shake it up and leave it in the pump. I use it every morning. I don't scrub at my skin - just gently rub it around. Amazing. I will continue to do this until I find something better. Love love love this regimen!