I've used this for a long time. When I started using prescription grade retin about 5 years ago now is when I first started using this product. Retin makes skin very sensitive at times, and I've always been able to count on this cleanser. It feels very nourishing. At times when my skin is more irritated in general, this cleanser can sting slightly. I've found that's due to damage to my own skin barrier, which doesn't have anything to do with this product and more likely related to over-application of my nightly retin- A cream.
For a deeper clean however, I don't count on this product alone. If I wore make up such as mascara or foundation, I need something a bit strong to get my make up off. I typically pre-cleanse on those days with Basis sensitive skin bar.
CeraVe is a holy grail product that helps me keep my skin balanced! Its often the one thing I grab to use on my face when I head to the shower. On very light/no make up days it's the only step I need to wash my face.
It is a little expensive but lasts a while. You get a generous amount of product for your money. I also like that the brand is developed by dermatologists. When I told my doctor I use CeraVe she seemed pleased and approved of my skincare choice.