Rated 3.91 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Overnight results!
Before you read just know that I don't have acne prone skin. I'll get the occasional breakout, but nothing more than that. What I DO have problems with are clogged pores & sebum on my nose and chin area, causing some major skin congestion and creating uncomfortable little bumps. I was going to try the CeraVe SA cleanser, but considering that salicylic acid is an exfoliant, I decided to go with this.
After using it for the first time during my nighttime routine, I woke up the next day to clear, smooth skin!! My pores even appeared smaller bc of all the gunk it managed to get rid of and I literally did not have any more congestion!
But here's the catch.. benzoyl peroxide can be a little drying to the skin no matter what skin type you are (yes, even you normal to oily skin peeps). Although this did not make my face feel completely stripped of moisture nor did it disrupt my protective skin barrier, I still made sure to use the CeraVe hydrating facial cleanser after then followed up with an extremely thick, hydrating moisturizer (the tatcha dewy skin cream to be exact) after I applied my serums.
So, as long as you are taking the precautions to keep your skin hydrated after you use it (aka using hyaluronic acid based products), you should not experience any dryness to your skin. I'd definitely recommend using this only once a day at night bc 1. it works good enough to use only once a day and still be really effective, and 2. you can pack alllll that moisture on your face and sleep in it to ensure ultimate hydration!
Most Helpful Critical Review Do Not Buy If Skin Is Sensitive/Acne Prone
I love Cerave and their brand actually comprises 95% of my skin care routine and I clearly have to love their products. However, THIS IS HORRIBLE. Or at least it was for my skin. I used this product for a week before I couldn't take it anymore. I bought this product to prevent or stop my acne but it made it 10x worse. I had giant cystic acne while using this product. My face had maybe 2 small pimples on it when I started use and within the first night 4 swollen and painful pus filled cysts popped up on my face. And I have never had that bad of a breakout before. However, the most unbearable part was the fact that my lips dried out overnight. I mean to the point they bled. And it's not like I was washing my lips with this stuff. I always have carmex on my lips and they are nice and moisturized is for them to dry out that bad overnight has to have been from the wash. Overall I do not recommend this product. However, everyone's skin is different. If you think it could work for you it doesn't hurt to try!
Reviewed by 68 customers Did nothing, made acne worse
Skincare Junkie from Kansas
This is way to expensive for it to do absolutely nothing, it barely even washes your face, my skin didn't feel clean after using it and it made my acne worse. Claims are fake.
Made my acne worse unfortunately.
Gab from Boston Ma
I love cerave products. Adore them. I use there moisturizers all the time. I decided to try this, and my skin has always been very acne prone but at the moment of trying was very clear. This made my skin blow up completely. I broke out everywhere on my face huge multiple pimples. I knew it was this since I didn't change anything else in my skin care routine. This may work for people with a few pimples here and there but would NOT recommend for someone with actual pimples or people with sensitive skin. My skin is ruined right now! Again cerava is great....but this...no thank you
Great Face Wash for Acne
Courtney from Spring, TX
This is by far the most effective face wash I have ever used for acne. I've learned that my acne responds best to benzoyl peroxide more so than salicylic acid so I figured I give this a try. There are no extra ingredients or fragrances to irritated your skin and this cleaner will not leave your skin feeling stripped and dry after use. I have definitely noticed a difference in the amount of new pimples I am getting and also how quickly current acne is shrinks. I would really recommend!
Mask Acne from Orlando, Fl
I normally don't struggle with breakouts.. I get the occasional zit around that time of the month but nothing crazy. Then COVID happened and wonderful mask acne showed up. This cleanser gets rid of my white heads over night!! If you're struggling with acne in general, you have to try this. I have very sensitive skin and this does not irritate me AT ALL! New favorite product!!
BE careful if you have sensitive skin!!
Rica from Mechanicsburg, Pa
I used this twice and the following day I woke up and the perimeter around my face had hives and was VERY Itchy.
I think it's great
i can't think of a nickname from usa
I really think this is a nice cleanser. It's gentle but will take off grime and whatever else is on your face. I don't exactly think it's helping to get rid of my acne but it definitely is preventing future breakouts, but that is probably because my skin doesn't really react to benzoyl peroxide. Not a problem with the product though. Also, I read a review saying it smelled funky, and I disagree. It just smells like a facial cleanser. It doesn't smell like roses or anything but it doesn't smell bad. Even if you're sensitive to smells I couldn't imagine anyone hating this, but of course I could be wrong. When you put it on your skin it's creamy and not lathery, but you can build it to a lather so it's great for both people who prefer not to have lather and people who do. I also think it is worth the price.
Caused cystic acne
No from US
I bought this product to help my acne but it made it much worse and caused cystic acne. I had to go to a dermatologist to help clear the cystic acne infection and the acne this product caused. Do not recommend.
Works Better Than Anything I've Ever Tried!
Fragile Skin from Eugene, OR
I use it once or twice a day, depending on how my skin looks. It does not leave my skin feeling "tight" as almost every other product does. It is easy to apply and rinses off easily. Everyone's skin is different, but this is WELL worth a try.
hi from lake orion mi
i love this cleanser!! i have acne prone skin and it cleared up some of my blemishes! definitely recommend!!
Completely changed my skin
Mb12313 from Illinois
This has been the only cleanser to actually help my skin. I've struggled with hormonal acne around my chin area and the normal breakout for years since I have extremely oily skin. I've tried everything. Within the first week of using this my skin has changed completely from having the worst breakout of my life, to even textured skin and no more cysts popping up
Not the best
Hanna from Dallas tx
Funky smell (which I don't mind) but it didn't do anything for my skin. If anything it made my acne worse! I get bumps here and there on my face and painful bumps as well and this seemed like it gave me more painful breakouts! Will not buy ever again.
Didn't work for me but maybe for you
Oily skin from Idk
I've been using this product for a couple weeks now and have seen little changes in my cheeks but the pimples I've had for awhile now, won't go away. My skin type is mostly oily, which it helps with the oiliness but didn't really help with the acne. It may work for you but it didn't work for me.
Didn't work for me but may work for you
AB from PA
I'm not sure what the problem was. I used this for around a month, first every night then alternating nights with a salicylic acid face wash. I didn't see any change in my breakouts. Could be how I was using it or maybe benzoyl peroxide just isn't effective on my acne. I also don't now how great cream cleansers are for me (this is way more of a cream cleanser than a foaming cleanser). I have combo oily skin and not sure this really got into my pores even though I would make sure to give it time to work before rinsing off. I will see, I didn't notice any dryness or irritate for this. So if benzoyl peroxide is your thing and you have dry, sensitive skin, this might be for you. Still a big fan of the CeraVe brand as a whole.
Terrible. Burnt face.
Alexis from Joliet Il
Terrible. Within 3 days of using my face is burnt and red, itching and swollen. Completely broken out in places I have never had issues with before. My face is painful and I have huge pimples on the side of my face.
Waiting for a Dermatologist to see me.
Great face wash!
Lina from New York, NY
I've been using this face wash for over a week now and it has improved my skin. I get hormonal acne and this has helped prevent that. Even the acne spots I did already have this face wash cleared it up.
Made me breakout worse
Teen from Florida
I know purging is a thing but my skin was already bad before and now it's so bad i got like 30 new blemishes all over my cheeks using this product.
My new favorite cleanser
Shayna from Chicago, IL
I love this product! I have combination skin and this cleanser does a great job of balancing my skin textures. Skin feels really smooth after use as well! If you use it twice a day as recommended and combine it with a good toner and moisturizer, you're skin will be GLOWING.
Keeps Acne at Bay
BF from California
I've used this daily or every other day for months now and it works really well for me. I rub it between my hands before applying to the face then let it sit for about 2 minutes before washing off.
Purchased because of Dr.Dray!
Helping to clear my skin
Bug3 from Sioux City, Iowa
I use this every other day in conjunction with SA cleanser. This has really helped my hormonal acne breakouts.
Best acne cleanser!
kcasares1214 from Texas
This is probably the best acne cleanser I have ever used. I gave myself time to try it out for two weeks to properly give this review. I love that it feels so soft on your skin and it doesn't strip the skin or dry it out. I have oily to dry skin and get the occasional break outs. I had developed a red bump on my nose and when I used it the morning of getting the pimple it had already reduced the swelling on my nose and the redness. the tube says its a foaming cleanser but it never foams with me. It feels really creamy and gentle and it does not irritate your eyes at all. It takes all your make up off. It has no noticeable scent. I have used Cereve products for 10 years and I don't know how I missed purchasing this one all these years. I really recommend!
instantly loved it!
bebecitaa from FL
i have moderate acne and the first night i used it the next day i saw a some change on my skin. my acne wasn't as red and the bumps had become smaller but after using it constantly my acne was little to none. i recommend using it once a day at the start bc it can dry out your skin. i would use it at night and then a moisturizer from the same brand and in the morning i used the normal face wash that they have too with the vitamin c serum they have and a moisturizer. 10/10
The best cerave cleanser!
AVT from California
This is the best, gentle, lightly foaming cleanser for acne prone skin yet! there's no nasty fragrance, it doesn't foam that much, only a nice light amount. it helped to clear the light underground bumps on my forehead, and i haven't broken out since using this. if your struggling with breakouts and bumps, this is the very very best cleanser on the market!
made my whole face red and burn
kayla from oakley kansas
i used this product once a day. at first my skin looked great bad after a couple of days it got red and would burn when i washed it off. wouldn't recommend for sensitive skin.
So far so good
Angel from New Jersey
I decided to give this product a try especially since cerave has been getting a lot of hype. My skin was doing the worse it has In awhile. I found that this cleanser helped a lot with the small acne around my forehead. Overall my acne has decreased so I recommend this cleanser.
Will but again
Alexandra from Texas
It makes my skin red at first but a few minutes later the redness goes away and the size of my pimples reduces.