Let me just get to the point. This is an amazing cleanser.
I use this one of two ways, Either on its own or with my Clarisonic. On it's own it removes all my makeup without me needing to scrub at my face, which is great since my skin is pretty delicate, or with my Clarisonic to really deep clean my face. Usually the latter. It keeps my normal skin from drying out or becoming too oily, it removes a full face of makeup without needing to scrub, and it prevents my skin from breaking out. I can really recommend this cleanser to anyone.
I used Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash since I was in high school. There were some changes in my skin which led me to try the Sage Facial Shampoo (Regular) and while that was nice, it costs a little too much. I know the knowledge of MUA will lead me to find a better cleanser. Recently I went on a combo of Aczone (dapsone) gel in the morning and tretinoin 0.05% in the evening and those medications has made my face slightly dry and flakey. You're supposed to wait about 15-30 minutes after you cleanse before applying tretinoin. That's when Purpose did not work for me. My face was super dry by the time it was ready for tretinoin. This is where the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser saved the day! I use about about 1/2 to 3/4 of a pump on wet hands, rub my hands until the soap starts to foam and I wash my face as usual. My face feels great afterwards, and I can go the 15-30 minutes before applying tretinoin without feeling super dry. Love!
I had high hopes for this cleanser since it was very recommended for oily skin gals like myself. While it did "fix" my oily skin, my skin felt so dry after the first few times of using it, it was definitely not pleasant. The things I did like about this cleanser: it was cheap, it worked very well with my clarisonic, and it removed makeup. I just really wish it wasn't so drying!
So far I am very impressed with this cleanser. It doesn't foam the way foaming hand soap does, but I'm actually happy about that. :) Doesn't irritate my skin, cause redness or leave it tight/dry/flaky7 (all of which are important to me because I have rosacea and possible seb derm). Rinses well and leaves my skin smoother than I've ever experienced. Not the cheapest (although inexpensive compared to department store brands) but I only need half a pump, so it should least quite a while.
I bet this cleanser is a dream for normal to oily skin. But my skin is dry and it's parched after using this.
I have had this cleanser for two years now, it's still pretty full. This is like cetaphil cleanser, which I hate, but I like this one better. I use this when I run out of my normal stuff. Or sometimes to wash my hands when they are dry. It feels like there is residue still left on your face. It doesn't dry out your face, clog your pores or anything. But this is not for me.
I always come back to CeraVe because it's so gentle and effective. It gets off all the mineral oil/cleansing oil residue from precleansing without irritating my skin. I'm very clog prone so I need a cleanser that will clean off EVERYTHING. This does the job and leaves my skin feeling smooth and not irritated. I really love it-- HG for sure!
Overall, I am very happy with this product. It doesn't do wonders for my skin, but it does a good job of cleansing it without leaving any residue. I use this every day and it doesn't irritate or overdry my skin. It keeps most of my acne at bay. It is affordable and I like that it comes in a pump- plus it lasts me a very long time.
I am so happy to have found this cleanser. I was using Paula's Choice "Hydralight," which I kind of preferred due to the non-foaming aspect, but this is SO much less expensive, and good/ neutral to skin. So far, very happy.
I still use Paula's for other skincare products.
This is my holy grail foaming face wash. I can't live without it, and it has done wonders for my skin. It's a simple, foaming, non-comedogenic facial wash with simple ingredients and which leaves no residue behind.
It's great for just a quick face wash, or with Clarisonic Mia or a washcloth. Great for environmentally-stressed oily/acne-prone skin. Soothing.