CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser


579 reviews

65% 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


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.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

great for my hypersensitive skin :)


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: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

- 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.


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.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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!


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Other

This cleanser has seen me through the best and worst of times--clear skin, okay-looking skin, bad acne, drying acne treatments, Accutane, you name it. I'm a big CeraVe fan in general (except for the Foaming Cleanser---ick) and I've used this for several years now and have no plans to switch. I use this every morning and sometimes at night, if I have on no or barely any makeup. This is NOT meant to remove makeup. I like this because it is moisturizing, but not greasy. It rinses clean and doesn't leave a film on my face. This isn't as runny as Cetaphil and I like it a lot better. No fragrance to bother those of you with sensitive skin. It's about $12 but you can always find it on sale and/or print coupons from CeraVe's website.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a nice gentle cleanser. I'm not really a fan of gentle cleansers because I feel like they don't do anything, but I wanted to start using one in my skin care regime to give my skin a well deserved break. I definitely prefer this brand to Cetaphil. The gentle skin cleanser by Cetaphil is too thin for me and I like my cleansers to have more consistency to them. Some people said they feel like a film is left on their skin after rinsing but I don't have that problem.

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