Rated 3.94 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 139 customers Yes it is for stinky armpits
Angela1972 from Kentucky
Why the hate?//. Not only can you use this product as an acne wash for face and body BUT It most definitely is Recommended by dermatologists for BODY ODOR!!!Simply wash area (armpits or etc) and allow product to remain on area for 30 seconds and then rinse (treat acne areas the same). The benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes odor.. don't believe me? Look it up. But I would apply a simple moisturizer to prevent dryness.
If you have a stinky teen who covers their BO with cologne or perfume, you need this in your life ;))
(..I wonder if this would work on their feet too?)
Helps little by little :)
Jo from San Diego
It's been 2 weeks that I've been using this and i havent been breaking out as much and my skin does feel smoother too! While the improvement isnt that major, it is making little differences on my skin and that's good because I've almost lost all hope since every product that I try never works out. Also, I havent experienced the bleaching as many ppl mention on here, but I'd suggest still being careful with your clothes n stuff even though the product does mention it. You guys should give it a try!
MB from New York
I loveeeeee this face wash... I have oily skin and I get these stubborn little bumps on my face and I tried so many different cleansers and this is the only one that works for me. I use it every night and I use it with the cerave serum and moisturizer and it works wonders!!!
KMM13 from California
I was breaking out so bad during the summer that I got this based off @makeupforwoc recommendation and it took about a month for me to start seeing results. I was having painful red pimples on my chin and cheeks but this really worked to lower the inflammation and prevent more breakouts. Don't overuse it or you'll start to get dry skin! Overall I definitely recommend it though.
Relief From My Acne - Finally!
Katie from New Orleans, LA
I turned 30 two years ago and started developing painful acne along my mouth, chin and jaw line. This cleanser stopped it without drying my skin out! And I do have sensitive skin (can't even use physical exfoliants and a lot of products are too harsh). If I go a day without this cleanser for some reason, the larger acne starts forming. I'll use it once and there's a noticeable difference in the AM. Typically, I do this once a day in my PM routine. The majority of my other products are non-active, save this one and it does the job. It does clean pores but not entirely. I'm still working on my skin but this cleanser has helped tremendously. Try every other day to start.
Does as advertised
Natalie from Oklahoma
I have oily acne prone skin and since i've started using this at night(for about a month now) I have noticed a drastic change in my skin. It is very drying, so definitely follow up with a nice moisturizer. It also bleaches whatever you use to dry your face, but I was expecting that with the acne treating ingredients.
AMVH2320 from Nc
I suffer from bacterial acne and dry skin, while this is a little drying it outweighs having tiny white bumps all over my face. It's cheaper than another leading acne wash that uses benzoyl peroxide.
Worked Better Than Curology!!!
Maria from Austin, TX
I used this to wash my face every morning for about a month now. For the first week, I would get dry patches on my upper lip and cheeks near my nose. After that week, I guess my skin got used to it and the acne I had on the sides of my face and temples just disappeared. With continued use, some of the dark spots left behind are fading as well. I tried curology for a month before trying this product. It didn't work nearly as well as the Cera Ve cleanser. If you can get through the initial dryness, this cleanser has great results!!
Great product, horrible packaging
HANN from New York
This cleanser is really great and does exactly what it says it'll do! Great for oily-acne prone and sensitive skin! However, the packaging is terrible. If the bottle gets the slightest bit wet it'll turn your hands black from the ink on the bottle. Common! It's a cleanser they gotta know it'll get wet when using!
Working so far!
katiechristine224 from Laguna Niguel, California
I purchased this else where, but planning to buy from Ulta now that I know it's sold here - I've suffered from moderate to severe inflammatory acne for the majority of my 20's. I reached out to my PCP for help and she recommended Cerave as well as a prescription routine. I started using this wash a few weeks after I began the prescription routine in fear of drying my skin out and hurting myself. I'm happy I did that! Within a few days of using this product I can feel my skin having a different texture as well as clearing and healing. I gave this 4 stars as I'm still in the first 30 days. Doing great so far and I'm getting more!
Lou from Bstn
I use rarely on my nose as it does was blackheads. BUT, I use it to was my arm pits and allows me to skip deodorant.
gen from Phoenix, AZ
I thought my skin was purging but going through the entire bottle, I have NEVER had this much acne in my LIFE. I got this because I was dealing with problem areas from wearing a mask but I wish I never used this. I have painful, red cystic acne that I've never experienced. Now trying to find ways to get my skin back to what it was. My experience with this product was traumatizing
Great product, but don't expect results over night
Moodiefoodie from VA
When I first started using this product I broke out like crazy - because it was cleaning me out! Like any acne product , your skin holds bacteria for about 2 months, so I expected it to be worse before it got better. I have used this day and night for 2 months and my skin is no blemish free. It doesn't dry my face out which surprised me. The first week I used it I almost stopped because I broke out so bad, but after researching I realized it was doing its job. Give it a chance!
I think is very good
Vsco_lol. from I don't have one
I used this when I had a lot of acne because I was touching it and messing with it but after I found out about this product I got it and I used it with the Cetafil wash is very soft and I also used this one but afterwards I used the CeraVe moisturizer cream but it was heavy weight and I have oily skin so it didn't do anything so I stopped using it on my face but is good just not on oily skin and after I saw results on my acne so I would recommend.👍🏻
I can tell it's working so far!
Face2Face from WV
I have been seeing this advertised on social media and I wanted to buy it and try it! I have combo skin as well as acne prone/sensitive skin. I have 2 face washed I always use and they help a lot but I wanted to try this. I've used this face wash 4 times within the past 5 days of having it. I saw it work and improve my skin literally from the very first use. I was like whhhaaatttt?! I'm hoping this cleaner will continue to help my skin.
Didn't work for me
Nikki from Atlanta, Ga
I broke out more when I started using this. I used it for about a week and a half and every day I woke up with a new pimple.
Unhappy w U from USA
You can put in two different pictures of a girl rinsing her face but not give an ingredient list.
Michelle R from Los Angeles, Ca
Maskne is real and on top of my not so great skin, I was suffering. A friend told me her dermatologist recommend Ceravé products so I thought why not give it a try, after literally trying everything else. Within the past two months it was significantly cleared up my acne and reduced the amount of redness. Thankful for this product during these mask wearing times.
Stains clothes !!!!
Criesinmusic from California
Did nothing for me HIGHLY RECOMMEND HYDRATING CLEANSER FROM CERAVE THAT WORKS WONDERS
dried my skin out and BLEACHED my towel
cami from indianapolis, IN
After three days of using this cleanser, my skin was burning and felt like sandpaper. I also noticed bleach splotches on my towel but thought it was something else, I poured a little on my towel to see and it completely bleached it. I would be cautious to use something on my skin that is able to bleach towels and clothing. My skin still burns and is still really dry, I have to apply moisturizer every 2 hours.
Good but not great
Nimbusrune from USA
I used the whole bottle, and I love cerave products but it just didn't seem to have that much affect on my acne. It feel good to use, doesn't seem to strip the skin, and is unsented. But like I said didn't do all that much for my acne
This product is amazing!!!
Uptown Girl from Tucson, Az
This is a great product. My dermatologist recommended CereVe products to me years ago and they are great. In the last couple years I have started having problems with the pores in my nose clogging and breaking out. This product clears my pores and does not dry out my face or irritate my rosacea. I love it!!
princess v from South Carolina
I tried this even after the mixed reviews and it works great for me! But I only have hormonal acne, and I don't think this is strong enough for severe acne. It also does have peroxide in it, and usually those kinds of cleansers dry your skin out. I wouldn't recommend this to people with sensitive skin and cystic acne.
Pre teen from Massachusetts
Brought this for my 12 year old because she had some acne and blackheads around her glasses. Used a small amount at night and the next day woke up red on her face including her neck. Itchy throughout the day and hot. Next day was worse and ended up giving her Benadryl and helped... May be good for others but I returned it next day.
Helped my mask acne
Jessie from Southern Ca
I'm really happy I gave this a try. I was getting pretty bad acne on my jaw and cheeks from wearing a face mask all the time during this pandemic. My normal face wash wasn't helping at all so I needed something specifically for acne but not too harsh for my sensitive skin. I've been using this for 10 days and my painful acne is clearing up finally! My face feels better than it has for months and this hasn't dried my skin up or irritated it.