Rated 3.63 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I have difficult skin and this works great for me.
It is true, this is more of a light moisturizer than a serum, and it is also true that it contains alcohol, but I have to admit I was blissfully ignorant of these facts when I purchased it the first time and within two uses my face was smoother and more hydrated than it had been after using a more expensive brand for more than a year. I'm on my second bottle now and have had zero breakouts due to this product. Everyone is different and you need to judge for yourself, but I wouldn't necessarily count it out just because of some of the other comments.
Most Helpful Critical Review Disappointed
I have HORRIBLY dry skin all year round. Like when I scratch my face it snows. I also have acne. I use several of Cerave's products and love them. I've heard so many great things about the HA face serum. So I was really excited to try it... It made my face red. It didn't feel irritated, but it was red nonetheless. It feels great but it balls up on my face. I read their response on their website to other reviewers having the same issues, so I waited 15 min before applying moisturizer on top. I washed my face with their hydrating face wash. I didn't apply anything underneath. It still balls up. Not sure how long you're supposed to wait, but realistically if it's longer than 5 minutes I'm just not going to use the product. Other people have had great reviews, so give it a try! I'm going to try Ordinary (a much cheaper product) or PTR's.
Reviewed by 101 customers Amazing!!!
Rachel from Dallas
This stuff is life changing. I will forever have it in my skin care routine. Everyone's skin is different but you HAVE TO READ THE REVIEWS. Everyone complained of it pilling but if you read reviews it says to wet your face before you apply (I wet my finger tips and dab my face and apply to my face with product on my finger). If your face is wet the product soaks in nicely. Never pills under my makeup. My face is SO hydrated. It's incredible!!!
This product has the best reviews for the price!
Blondie from Michigan
I use it on my whole face twice a day!
Kth1023 from Illiniois
I wanted to love this but it just didn't work. It feels so good going on but even if I let it sit, when I put my moisturizer on it pills so bad. I'm also pretty sure it made me break out, that's the only thing I can narrow it down to. Not to mention it also dried my skin out.
Maddie from St. Louis, MO
Would buy again.
Lightweight for those who sweat
Bluebird84 from Indianapolis
I love this since it is lightweight and I tend to sweat a lot. I never experienced pilling with mine at all. I washed with the highlighting cleanser, followed by an acne serum, and then this CeraVe hyaluronic serum. I just wish it came in a bigger bottle!
Love this brand
Danielle from Texas
I read reviews that the product piled up but I did not experience this. A little goes a long way and it feels great on the skin. Soft and smooth. It is layaerble too. I wash with CeraVe hydrating face wash then follow up with toner. I apply the serum before applying CeraVe PM moisturizer and their eye cream with no trouble.
Love this product
Hailey from Boston
I don't know why this doesn't have better reviews! It does not "pill" or get flakey on my skin at all. I wonder if it has to do with what products it's mixed with? I've been using this nightly before my moisturizer, I have dry/ combination skin and it's definitely made a difference. My face is a lot less dry and I also notice my pores have shrunk- nothing crazy but they are definitely smaller. It is more of a moisturizer texture than a serum but I still recommend definitely.
linds87 from Oregon
this feels really good going on and I even wait for it to dry but no matter what, it pills so badly. it just doesn't absorb into the skin. I love cerave products but this is just not it. I wish this didn't happen but its bad.
I would buy this again
LisaT. from Colorado Springs, CO
I use this as my morning serum before my moisturizer.
Lack of moisturization
Ryan from Springfield, MO.
CeraVe is usually a great brand that makes good products, but this let me down. The product is thick, doesn't penetrate the skin well, and leaves a film over the skin. Hyaluronic acid is supposed to penetrate the skin so that you can layer a thicker moisturizer over the top. This does not play well with other products.
Pills so horribly
Stephanie V from Houston TX
Pills so bad it looks like I have dandruff on my eyebrows. Do not recommend at all!
Gloria from Tinley Park, IL
I have enjoyed all CeraVe products I tried until this one. The consistency was fine, but it pills so badly on my skin regardless of which products I use. I will not be repurchasing this.
I love it!!!
Ellie from Washington
I have a little fungal acne on my forehead, so I started to use this dandruff shampoo and no moisturizer on my forehead. It got the fungal acne away, but my skin made some sort of film from the lack of moisture. Now, I use the shampoo and then use a tiny bit of this and my skin in super smooth.
Lightweight and Effective
KMathew from Oregon
I put this on after I wash my face at night and I have loved the results so far. Will definitely be buying again.
Leaves Skin Smooth and Hydrated
Josie from Richmond, VA
I really liked how this product left my skin and can notice the hydration later. I didn't experience pilling with this product like others did except for when I used it with the AM moisturizer. I've learned to warm up the AM moisturizer in my hands and really rubbing the product in on top of the hyaluronic acid serum and I won't see any pilling. I just ran out of this product and would consider repurchasing after working down my skincare inventory.
Absorbs quickly but ingredients are lacking
Jess from Atlanta, G
My skin drank this up and felt amazing afterward but this brand offers other HA containing serums that pack more bang for you buck that don't include alcohol, so I'd go with that instead
How to use
Jordon from Richmond, CA
I have been reading comments about this product pilling and wanted to let everyone know per the directions of this product it says to apply on a damp face. If you google it, you will see.
I would buy this product and recommend for dry skin
Wendy from Fresno ca
My skin has been more hydrated using this product and I love it! I will continue to use it and probably stock up on this product!
I love it.
Rosie from El Paso, Tx.
I love it.
Janie B. from Houma, LA
After reading a few reviews, I decided to go ahead and give this a shot. When I first started using the product, I couldn't understand why others said it pilled. For the first few days, I didn't have the issue of it pilling. Now I find the more I use it, the more I'm learning that I don't like it. I cleanse my face then apply the serum. I wait a few minutes then apply my cerave moisturizer. As I'm spreading the moisturizer over my face, it starts to ball up and pill. It's so annoying. Also, it doesn't wear that well under makeup. I applied the serum to my face and continued on to do my makeup. As I was applying my foundation, you could see it pilling. I won't be buying this again, sadly.
Katie from Denver
So as many others have said, this product pills like CRAZY. Makes me think it isn't absorbing into the skin like a serum should. It also is a weird texture/formula—most serums are liquid, but this comes out of the bottle and is basically in a lotion form. I usually love cerave but this is a huge miss and a waste of money.
Love cerave hate this.
Olivia from Al
I wanted to love this so much! Because when it goes on it looks and feels amazing but after it's on the skin it pills if you try to add moisturizer it just rolls into balls. So disappointing!
Kadie from North Carolina, US
I have never had a hyaluronic serum before in my routine but this serum sold me on it. I like almost all of the products I've tried from CeraVe especially for my sensitive eczema prone skin, and this is no exception. It goes over my face oil well, and sinks in to the skin well to plump it up before I moisturize. I can absolutely tell a difference between my skin when I use this serum and when I just moisturize or use something less potent or effective. Love it!
A lot of Pilling
Kenia from CA
It hydrated my skin but when used with the cerave am moisturizer or any moisturizer it will start to peel off. I used it for months and switched out many foundations thinking it the foundations were the problem but when I switched out this hyaluronic acid and the cerave moisturizer for another brand's moisturizer and hyluronic acid my foundations lasted longer and did not leave me with a greasy face. Maybe cheap but not worth it.
Susie from Nevada
This product feels so good on your face and neck. It is so smooth and refreshing. I use under my moisturizer.