Rated 4.36 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Awesome!
I like this cleanser a lot! I have been struggling with terrible hormonal cystic acne since I was in the sixth grade. This past monday, I had twelve cysts on one side of my chin. Today is saturday, and they are 99% cleared, with no new breakouts forming. I have had this cluster of smaller cysts on the other side of my chin for four weeks with no sign of improvement. On monday they looked like a huge blister, and today they look like tiny scabs that are almost completely gone. This only dries out my pimples, not the rest of my skin, which is wonderful. I highly recommend trying this if you are at your wits end with acne. It cleared my skin without harsh chemicals or drying it out, it could clear yours too!
Most Helpful Critical Review I really wanted to love this stuff
I really, really wanted to love this product. I was thrilled by all of the reviews from other users. I was using a different product right before using this and it worked to combat my breakouts due to excessively oily skin. (I don't have hormonal acne, or sever acne, just slight breakouts due to my crazy oily face) However this product was a little to harsh and drying for me so I switched to this. Within two week I had such a bad breakout I couldn't bear another day with this. I know that you should give something a full month to test and that sometimes things get worse before they get better but I just couldn't do it. I did not see anything else improving either to help give me motivation that it would improve. SO I went back to the other product and stepped up my moisturizing and within two day my face is majorly improving. I am disappointed because I really wanted to love this. Based on other great reviews I would probably still recommend this. It just wasn't for me.
Reviewed by 563 customers Took ~2 weeks to see progress but it has helped!
New to Skincare from Florida
I like how it lathers and feels on my face when I put it on. My face feels great and refreshed after. I use this before my other skincare products and it makes me face feel prepped and ready.
Berenice from albuquerque
if im being honest it helped a little bit but i have these really bad pores little pores and i feel like i got more and my skin is more sensitive now? its like the wash just made my skin more sensitive and i get really painful acne now whenever i get it and ive been using this product for about 2 months and i dont see any progress ive also bought the lotion and the spf one and i really dont see any difference. jt just didnt work for me but it might work for you!
Made me break out
bree from NY
I really wanted to love this and I was hoping this would be my new cleanser but it made me break out so bad.
Annabelle12 from Nyc
The absolute best thing there is this cleanser is the best thing ever!!!!!! I love this it makes me skin so clear and does not feel tight at all. The ingredients and formulation are amazing this cleanser had niacinamide and hyaluronic acid together. This is so much better than the hydrating cleanser please get this it's truly amazing
Nick from Michigan
This product is almost perfect! It leaves your skin feeling very clean and not stripped, but I have SUPER oily skin and usually have to cleanse my face twice to control oils throughout the day. If they could make this in a version for those who are cursed with excessively oily skin, then this would be perfect for me. Not gonna mark it down too much because after a second cleanse I'm good to go! Highly recommend!
This stuff is *not* for everyone (imo)
Lissie from Arcata, CA
Okay so I've been using this since ~2015 so I think I've tried it long enough. And I've finally determined that this stupid cleanser is what has been causing painful cystic bumps on my cheeks and jawline as well as little whiteheads on my forehead. It's the only thing I changed about my routine, finally after even retinoid and aha/bha peels weren't fully working. I even tried giving up dairy for a summer. I thought this cleanser was so gentle and unobtrusive but it's not true. It's a good makeup brush cleaner and that's it (for me anyway). Now after around 3 weeks of not using this, my skin is the calmest and clearest it's been in, well, such a long time I can't even remember.
Now I use the Cerave hydrating cleanser and the Desert Essence tea tree cleanser in rotation (after removing all makeup with jojoba oil), followed by the Heritage rosewater spray and the Cerave moisturizing lotion. Occasionally I'll use the Ordinary aha/bha peel and salicylic acid mask. This routine I've found to be the best for my skin after so much trial and error and time and money. Skincare is so frustrating. Hopefully this helps someone slightly
Lina from New York, NY
This is one of the BEST cleansers I have ever used. I use it daily and prefer this one instead of the hydrating cleanser by Cerave. I think it is great on all skin types. I use it and I have oily skin and both my sisters who have dry skin use it and they love it as much as I do.
SDF from Toledo oh
I've never had acne or break outs but my skin got use to my routine and Products I've used for years recently so I seen recommendations on the face clean and it cleared my skin up in two days! Little pricey bit clear skin is worth it!
caycay from canada
Wow!!!!! Seen this on tiktok and had to buy. All I can say is it completely dried all my acne out without drying my skin. I have oily skin w acne and i have been using it for four days now and all my acne is GONE and no new growth.
I am soo impressed and glad I bought this. I also use dr dennis Xtra strength daily peel once a week and I've never seen my skin in such good shape. Every morning I wake up and my skin looks better and better.
If you're hesitant buy it because its so cheap and WORKS !!!!
Casey from Philadelphia pa
This is the best cleanser my sensitive skin has found. I've used almost all of Cerave's cleanser and the foaming feels like a more complete clean than the hydrating cleanser. I use this in the morning and sometimes the hydrating cleanser in the morning. Never dries me out or makes me red
Great for combo and oily skin ONLY!
Hunterbloom from Texas
I've used this for years and it still does the job. It's gentle and doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped. I do have combination skin and lean towards oily in the summer. I use another face wash on days that I need a little more working power.
Side note: my bf who has combo/dry skin and eczema, had a little reaction ( redness / eczema flare ups ) using this specific one, so I'd say use the Cerave hydrating facial cleanser if you're suffering from eczema.
It's good but not the best
Kim from Pasadena tx
I like this and finally was able to get my hands on this product that is very sought after. I never write reviews but felt the need to do so. It's good and gave my skin a different texture, I bought a rotating face brush along with it and it got rid of my bumps on my forehead but also it's been giving me white heads. Cerave really needs to do something about these "white heads" bc I never used to get them and now I do once I started using this product.
I got hooked!
AnnaBanana from Miami, FL
I got a sample of this from my dermatologist. It was a little gift bag for National Skincare Day or something like that. It wasn't a specific recommendation or anything but I like it enough to get a large bottle obviously. If there's a con, I think maybe the pump dispenses a bit too much but that's nitpicking. Great cleanser!
bella from illinois
amazingggg , dried out my skin just a bit but followed up with my moisturizer. tried the cerave renewing sa cleanser before this and it was honestly horrible , it broke me out so bad and gave me hella pimples and stripped out my skin , don't buy that one. This one is my holy grail
My daughter has noticed an improvement in her acne and skin
Jenach37 from WI
My 11 year old has noticed her skin being clearer and improved skin texture
J from GA
I tried this cleanser because it was recommended to me by my dermatologist. I have oily skin but this dries me out soooo bad. i like it at first but after a while, my skin would get red & really tight because of how dry it was. went thru about half the bottle then thru it away
Sofia from California
I am glad that I added this to my skincare routine. At first I was a bit unsure of using this due to my very oily skin and I was afraid it would worsen it. Although, I am so glad I did choose on using it... it has definitely helped and after 3 months or so I've seen progress. I will admit that the first few weeks my skin did break out a bit but that's what it's supposed to do... it's called skin purging and it's the step before getting clear skin. The progress of skin purging consists of getting rid of all that junk inside your pores. It will go away if you consistently use CeraVe. Overall I do recommend this.
jarochitaaaa from detroit, MI
I use this cleanser in the night and sometimes in the day although you can use it both day and night on the same day. For my morning cleanser i use the SA renewing cleanser by Cerave and it also leaves my skin feeling so smooth and fresh!
Elulu from Boston, MA
I noticed my skin looked smoother and my scarring and breakouts DISSAPEARED within two days. SERIOUSLY. TWO DAYS. I am in awe of this product and I'm so happy to have found it. I have very normal skin and my face feels tight and clean after washing but I'd imagine for dryer types it wouldn't feel great. Love it love it love it. I wish i took before & afters. I've even stopped wearing makeup.
Would buy again
amy from Florida
use it twice a day, not too drying
A must have!
Lu from Austin,Tx
I always keep one bottle in the shower and one at my sink, super easy to wash off. My face feels so clean hydrated
Izzy from US
I bought this with The Ordinary hyaluronic acid, and their two moisturizers for AM and PM. I was SUPER excited to get them because I've heard such great things and these products are hugely recommended by Skincare by Hyram. Out of all these products I think this is the only I kind of like... but, my skin has never been worse. I don't think it's the cleanser but at the same time it might be. My skin is bumpy and irritated, it's red and itchy. My skin is a bit dry but I hate any cleansers that aren't foaming so I got this one instead of the hydrating facial cleanser. This made my face feel refreshed and cleaned, but please don't get it if you have dry skin please use the hydrating cleanser even if you like this one better. But if you don't have sensitive skin or dry skin, (oily would be best, maybe normal), the would work great.
la_shortyyy from Illinois
cleared up my skin smmm .!
Wouldn't buy again
Liv from Scranton
Not a bad cleaners, but it didn't really cleanse my skin. Where as different cleansers you can feel as though all makeup and dirt is out of your pores, this only cleaned the surface of my skin.
SJ from Tampa, FL
I was trying to switch to a "better" drug store face wash and my skin reacted horribly to this. I broke out in a huge rash all over my face and it didn't settle for a couple days. I was surprised because I don't have sensitive skin and this brand is supposed to be developed by dermatologists so I had high hopes.