CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser


571 reviews

66% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

on 1/25/2015 9:54:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I am a huge fan of this facial cleanser! It has so many good qualities and features that other cleansers just don't have.

Summary of product:
This product is a moisturizing lotion facial cleanser. IT IS NOT A SOAP! I repeat: this is a cleanser, not a soap (yes, this is a difference!). The reason I feel the need to differentiate between the two is because a cleanser is a product that merely cleans using any sort of chemical that breaks down dirt, oil, makeup, etc. A soap is a product that cleans specifically using a high concentration of amphipathic (essentially, capable of breaking down any lipid like the oil that comes out of pores) molecules. So, all soaps are cleansers, but not all cleansers are soaps. The reason this product is a cleanser and not a soap is because, while it does contain a detergent, it is very low in concentration (very far down on the ingredients list). Further, the product uses significantly less harsh chemicals, such as alcohols, to clean. This cleanser is specifically designed for those with dry or normal skin (says so right on the bottle).

This product does exactly what it was designed to do. It cleanses the skin nicely of left over makeu, dirl, and oil at the end of the day using a good combination of mostly alcohols and a small amount of detergents (the phosphates and sodium lauroyl lactylate). This prevents the drying out of skin. I tend to have mostly normal skin (not dry or oily), but it does get a bit dry at the corners of the mouth at times. This is not much of an issue with this cleanser seeing as, it does not exacerbate the dryness, which is easily remedied by moisturizer.
This product hydrates the skin. It has so many good skin moisturizers! You almost never find this many in a cleanser. It contains Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, and Glycerin (for those that say it leaves behind some kind of layer on the skin, it's simply the hydrating glycerin).
Has a patented multivesicular emulsion formulation. What this means is that the skin hydrating and nourishing ingredients (like the ceramides and HA) can get deeper into the skin as opposed to just sitting on the surface and barely having any effect. Plus, it helps facilitate the gradual release of these ingredients into the skin so you benefit from them all day as opposed to just in the short time after washing your face.
The feel of this is very silky on the skin. It does not lather, however, IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO LATHER! Again, this is a cleanser, not a soap. Soaps lather. Cleansers, don't need to (they can, but it doesn't make a difference). Lathering does not actually help with the cleansing process. Companies actually add lathering ingredient simply because, they know people like the lather. It serves no actual purpose, except to make you feel as though you're getting a better clean (You arent, though. It just seems like you are.).
Leaves my skin feeling nice and soft. It is clean without that overly stripped, uncomfortably stretched skin feeling that comes with using an overly harsh facial soap.
Has a normal and light face cleanser scent, which does not linger at all.
decent price given the way-better-than-any-typical-drugstore-product formulation ($11 at Target).


To those that have complaints about the fact that it does not lather; again, I feel the need to say, it doesn't have to and it's not designed to do that. Don't fault a product for something it never claimed to do and does not need to do. To those who does not like the glycerin it contains: it's a hydrating cleanser for those with dry akin and Glycerin is one of the best skin hydrating ingredients around. It may feel like there's some sort of layer there (not in a bad way, if you ask me), but that's just because it's doing what it was designed to do! It's hydrating! Again, do not fault a product for doing what it's supposed to do. Understand what kind of compound glycerin is (a humectant, which, by definition, is a molecule that helps draw in and hold onto water) and the benefits of having glycerin on dry to normal skin, because there's really no reason for someone using a cleanser for dry to normal kin to complain about an ingredient like that. To those who don't think it cleanses well enough: you make not have dry or normal skin. This product is not designed to get rid of every trace of oil from the skin, only excess oil! So, if you have oily skin to begin with (even if it's just somewhat oily), this cleanser will not be strong enough for your needs, because (I feel like a broken record at this point) it is not designed to be. Those with oily skin need more harsh detergents to strip away all the oil. Those with dry to normal skin can't handle that (we end up with dry, peel skin. EW!).

So, overall, I love this cleanser. IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT IS WAS DESIGNED TO DO, AND IT DOES IT WELL! It cleanses my mostly normal (but a teensy bit dry) skin PERFECTLY!

17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

on 1/15/2015 3:04:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

The perfect gentle cleanser for those with sensitive, dry, or "winter" skin.

I use it as my 2nd cleanser in my nighttime double cleansing routine, and as my only cleanser in the morning. It's so gentle, which in the winter is exactly what I need. I'd love to incorporate something more "active" but my skin can't handle it. It needs a warm hug, some kind words, and to be tucked into bed and read a goodnight story. CeraVe is that warm hug.

If you wear makeup, you'll need to remove it first. I don't think this is strong enough to remove a full face of makeup. On lazy days you could even do a cleansing wipe + CeraVe.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 1/2/2015 2:54:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Bleah. Disgusting! Irritated my skin and made it dry! I don't get the hype! It happened the same with Cetaphil cleanser.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I think I have found my Holy Grail of cleansers!

Although the bottle states "for normal to dry skin," I, of course, have oily acne-prone skin! However, after years of harsh cleansers with acne-fighting ingredients, I have finally realized (DUH) that my oily, but also flaky, skin needs something SIMPLE and hydrating! It's really true! Oily skin does need hydrating cleansers and moisturizers to keep its own oil production IN CHECK! My skin feels no more oily than before, but it feels much softer and looks so CLEAR!

If you really require the deep clean feel (I do, and Cerave cleanser does not lather), I suggest using this gentle cleanser with a wash cloth or spinning facial brush (I use my Olay ProX). Also, first remove all of your eye makeup with your favorite remover (I love coconut oil!). Finally, I suggest you follow it up with the Cerave AM/PM moisturizers because they feel amazingly hydrating but so, so light!

This stuff is worth the extra money! It lasts a really long time! I think it makes my skin feel cleaner and healthier than Cetaphil, which I find to be too greasy feeling (and kinda smelly).

If you are on the fence between cleansers and your face sounds like mine - look no further! :)

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 12/16/2014 10:14:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

great for my hypersensitive skin :)

on 12/15/2014 11:41:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

My winter dry skin has hit full force since last week! After this being rec'd for me to try I got a bottle last Friday.

My skin was dry,flaky and tight/itchy feeling before this (and I have tried other things for dry skin) but after just a few days I have noticed less flakes and the tight itchy dry feeling is totally gone!!!

I love how it goes on creamy and really feels wonderful on my face (its very gentle feeling) and it does leave my face hydrated,smooth and soft.

So far so good with this facial cleanser!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Other

Eyes: Green

I really like this cleanser. It doesn't foam or lather so it never leaves my face feeling tight. :) some people may dislike that it's not foamy, but I really love it for my dry skin.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

- sanitary pump bottle
- large amount of product for low cost
- unscented
- very gentle on sensitive skin
- hydrates dry skin (my skin gets so dry in the winter that it hurts-- this product is gentle and cleans my skin without causing me pain)
- leaves skin feeling smooth and soft

- it will probably not remove all of your makeup if you are wearing a lot of it

Clearly a 5 lippie product. A must have for those who suffer from dry skin.

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 11/4/2014 7:29:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This cleanser has replaced Cetaphil as my "go to" gentle cleanser. It's hydrating (although you will still need a moisturizer afterwards), and it rinses off really well. One thing that it does not do well is remove eyemakeup: you will definitely need to use a makeup remover to get off all the last traces of mascara and liner.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 11/4/2014 7:10:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have very dry skin so I wanted to try this. It isn't really effective at removing anything. I had more dry patches on my face after using this, and it doesn't remove makeup, so I bought an oil cleanser to use along with this. (Garnier oil cleanser is fantastic for cleansing and removing makeup). After realizing that the oil cleanser did more than this did, I stopped using this. This isn't very effective for dry skin and doesn't remove makeup. I would instead recommend the oil cleanser from garnier, it is cheaper than this and much more effective!

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