Recommended to me by a dermatologist for my acne rosacea. Very gentle on my skin, doesn't irritate it at all, and it's much less drying than Cetaphil (which worked perfectly for me for a while, but now I'm a bit sensitive to it). Also used to have flakier skin on my cheeks, this definitely helped fix it! Here's to hoping it keeps working for me.
Takes off alllll my makeup without breaking me out or drying me out. I follow this with witch hazel then moisturize.
I bought this by mistake when I was looking for the CeraVe foaming wash (the packages are nearly identical) because my trusty ol' Cetaphil was starting to dry my skin a bit, and I couldn't be happier about being a ditz and getting the wrong product.
I have an autoimmune disease that has a huge hate-on for my skin, and I have tried freaking everything out there claiming to be for sensitive skin. Some products were better than others, but still every single thing I tried gave me at least one issue.
I've been using the moisturising wash for about 20 days now, and I haven't had a single issue. I freaked out at first when I realised this wasn't the foaming wash, especially when I put this on my skin and realised it felt like thick creamy liquid vaseline. I used it that day expecting a break-out and a horrible rash at the very least, but I was surprised.
This product is amazing. It WILL clean your skin even if you don't feel it (you learn to tell the difference after a few days though - I can't describe it), but I don't recommend it for removing make-up, especially if you wear foundation. It is amazing for dry, sensitive skin. I can't describe the feeling of having a fresh, clean face that doesn't sting or pull, and that is plump and happy. I like the feeling of this so much that I usually spend ages every morning massaging this thoroughly all over my face. I discovered that some tiny plugged pores I've had for a few months now simply became unplugged (gross, I know) as I was doing this the other day, so now I'm even happier. This washes off super easily by just splashing water on your face, so you don't irritate it further by rubbing or scrubbing at it (great for sensitive or acne-ridden skin!).
I'll just add my regime here in case anyone else has really finicky sensitive skin and is still looking for something that works: I use Vanicream at night, along with my retinol treatment. I wash my face with this in the morning, put on my topical antibiotic treatment if I need it, and then moisturise. I take my make up off at night with Albolene which not only is gentle, but also helps unplug cloggy pores and it brushes away flakies without ripping them off and hurting your skin underneath that. It's so gentle I can't even describe it. Then I wash my face with Cetaphil (I'm still looking for a better 'deeper clean' soap for nighttime).
My skin hasn't stung, throbbed, broken out like it was hit by the adolescent stick again, bled, flaked or just plain hurt me since I started using all of the above products together. I really can't recommend it enough. I still don't have perfect skin and I suspect I never will, but I'm just happy my skin looks and feels healthier and that I don't have to worry about what it's going to do every single freaking day.
I've used this cleanser for 9 months and still have almost half a bottle left! It's definitely a good value for the price.
-Does not break me out
-Does not strip my skin; leaves skin balanced
-Removes general dirt and oil
-Does not remove makeup
This is a very good basic cleanser. My skin is left feeling clean and refreshed, but not dry. It doesn't claim to do anything crazy, but it does say that it removes makeup, which I don't find true at all. It does fulfill every other claim, however. This is a staple product for me. I am on the search for something better (if only this helped with blackheads!) but it is the best cleanser I've found so far. I recommend this and will repurchase.
I started to use Cerave after it is recommended to me by my derm. I have been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for over a year after I was diagnosed with Rosacea. I have luck using Cetaphil, but since a few months ago, I had this out break with unknown reason then my doc asked me to use steroid cream. It was better at first, then after a month it worsen my rosacea. Later, i searched online and found this called "steroid induced rosacea". Ever since, my skin become more sensitive, and everything I have been using for my skin either stopped working, or a bit irritated to my face. I had to change my entire skin care products, and when i went to visit my derm, she asked me to use Finacea for the rashes, redness, bumps, and pimple caused by steroid (for anyone that has rosacea, please do not use anything that contain steroid). And she recommended me to use Cerave cleanser and lotion. I've been using both now, and find it really helps to calm my face, and soft my skin. All the problems I initially had are almost gone, with very few bumps, and some redness. The only reason I took out one lip is because I find it clog my pore a little, but there is nothing i can't accept, I just have to find a gentle toner to help the situation, because this cleanser and the lotion really keep my condition at calm, and good. I hope it works well for you all as well....................good luck! Update 11/13/11: I've stopped using this along with the lotion after I can no longer tolerate how much they clog my pore. I guess they are only good for people with dry skin with no visible pore.
I have very dry skin and often am left with flakes, dry itchy spots, and even cracks at the corners of my lips. Even Cetaphil was not gentle enough for me, so I moved on to this and I'm so happy I did. It has greatly helped my dry skin.
This cleanser almost looks and feels like lotion. Probably not the best for those who don't have dry skin. It takes off some makeup, but not all, so I have to use wipes beforehand. It has not caused any breakouts, but I am a bit biased since I'm using acne meds at the moment. Overall, I would greatly recommend this to anyone who wants a cleanser that is not stripping in any way!
This stung my skin a little whenever I used it. Cetaphil cleansers always do that to me, too. I should mention that I use Differin cream, so that might contribute to the problems I had with this cleanser. It was alright otherwise. It takes a little getting used to at first, but it does the job. Nothing to write home about. It's probably worth a try for most people, however.
I just got a sample bottle that I've been test-driving, along with the other CeraVe products(also samples), so this is more of an initial impression review. Love this cleanser so far - it's really helped with the dryness brought on by use of an OTC retinol(which I've discontinued for the time being on account of just wanting to stabilize my skin and get past these red dry flaky patches. My trusty old Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser was also drying my skin out. Well, they're all gone, after just 3 days of using the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser(alternating with an AHA cleanser). I'm definitely going to buy this.
If I have any updates later, I'll post them!
I absolutely love this cleanser. I had been diagnosed with blepharitis, which can cause dry eye, and I saw a positive review on a "dry eye" forum that this cleanser had helped resolve her eye problem. After trying eye scrubs,baby shampoos, and other foaming facial cleanser around my eyes, they just got worse. I thought, after reading the positive review, that I would try this one. I gently cleanse my eyelids and lashes and the results have been amazing! No more scratchy, gritty, burning eyes, they have actually been feeling normal. Also, the dry flakes on my sensitive face have disappeared. Awesome results.
I received a sample of this from my dermatologist, he recommended it to me as well as some other cleansers mainly because I get dry and flakey skin during the winter and also from my topical acne medication.
I tried using this while I had some flakes and found that it felt like lotion. Like I was washing my face with lotion, and I just found that to be very weird. After putting it on my face, it started to sting and burn immediately.
I don't know if it was stinging or burning because of my dry/flakey skin or because of another ingredient.
Although this particular cleanser didn't work for me, I found happiness in the fact that cerave's foaming cleanser worked like a charm.