Rated 3.55 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 82 customers Pills
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.
Now I know
Sad from Illinois
I didn't know what ''pilling'' meant when I first read these reviews... now I know!! Lol. This serum doesn't even work into my skin, it just sits. And when it dries it will peel off.
Amazing for anyone worth acne or acne prone skin
Katie from Las Vegas
This is my go to product to help my acne. I use it every night before I go to bed and it helps keep my skin from breaking out and evens my skin tone ! Loveeeeee
Perfect for my combination skin
Sleepypup from San Jacinto, Ca.
I love this product! My is so sensitive and very few products actually work for me. I've always had to use heavier moisturizers on my face or else my skin would irritate and dry out. I love that I can't feel this on my face and yet my skin feels hydrated! Super lightweight and absorbs quickly.
Pills so so much
Bella from Texas
The product pills immediately after rubbing into the skin. I placed the serum under my moisturizer then tried to add CC cream and the serum caused the CC cream and moisturizer to pill off leaving my skin red and feeling even more dry than before.
PILLS LIKE CRAZY
grace from cincinnati oh
i can't put this product on in the morning because if i even touch my face, it pills up. i still need the hydration so i use it at night. would recommend the ordinary hyaluronic acid serum instead.
Not just for dry skin!
Ashie112 from Reno
I have been using this product for about a week now & I love it! I have pretty sensitive skin when it comes to facial products so this one has been a home run for me! I have more dry to normal skin but it doesn't make you oily.
Can't live without it!
Susy from San Diegp, CA
All the hydration my skin needs in a bottle. Perfect bundle with your moisturizer!
This is the product that's in my top 5 faves!
Anjali from New York
I used this product before moisturizer. This works so good! I definitely recommend for all skin types!
Didn't absorb into my skin
Beth from Bakersfield, CA
It just sat on my skin.
I'd put my moisturizer over it and it felt like they just mixed and it still didn't absorb into my skin.
I let it sit a little longer hoping it would dry before putting my moisturizer but it was the same.
I have oily skin so idk if that was part of the problem.
Have used the Neutrogena Hydro Boost HA and this one absorbed well. I just wanted try another brand to see if it gave me different results in case I wasn't getting enough hydration. But this one wasn't it.
Would not recommend.
PPP from Davie FL
I never really write reviews but I felt compelled to with this purchase. This serum is amazing! So creamy and hydrating. I use this at night before my night cream and after my BHA toner. My skin texture has never felt so smooth and bump free. For reference, I have combination skin.
Natalie from Colorado
Completely changed my skin's glow and bounce!
I've even converted family members lol
Also, people do complain that it can have adverse results but please listen to estheticians (like LABeautyologist) and make sure that your face is damp with water or toner so the HA uses that moisture rather than "stealing" moisture from within your skin.
I use morning and night.
Beth from Bakersfield, CA
It didn't absorb into my skin and I had trouble when applying moisturizer afterwards.
I would apply less to my face but it gave the same feeling.
And I couldn't tell if it actually hydrated my face either. I have oily skin but this gave me a kind of jelly feel to it and just made it worse. I would have to wipe it off and just stopped using it.
I use like 3 other CERAVE products that I love, unfortunately this one did not work for me.
amazing with other cerave products!!
me the me from san diego, ca
used after a wash w/ cerave hydrating facial cleanser + AM spf followed with sum bio oil. suuuuper supple skin, i notice a huge difference in my routine. PRODUCT PILLING can happen with any two products. be aware, dont let it prevent you from trying this line!!
Yes, I would buy this product again.
Ellen from Connecticut
I see immediately the results on my face.,
Not a serum...
Maria from Oregon
It's a light weight moisturizer, but don't get me wrong, it gets the job done. I use it in the AM and prefer to use the thicker CeraVe moisturizing cream, which also contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides, in the evening.
-1 star because there is pilling when I layer it with ANYTHING else, including serums, no matter how long I wait between application or the amount of product I use. Not too big a thing, just annoying. I'll continue use until it runs out but I'll probably just use the moisturizing cream after that.
Loved in the beginning...
Lauren from California
The first couple of times I used this I felt as though I saw IMMEDIATE results. However, after a few weeks of use age (I would apply at night), I started waking up with small white pimples on my chin. I stopped using it to make sure this product was the problem, and they stopped. Also, the pilling with this product is bad so I wouldn't recommend wearing under makeup or during the day if you're going to be wearing more than one skincare product!
I'd recommend the ordinary hyaluronic acid!!
J from Chicago, IL
Hmmm this was okay, but I definitely had better. This is good to have for backup in case you run out of your main hyaluronic acid serum.
Wanted to rave about it :)
JoJo from Bronx, NY
I love the CeraVe line and wanted to love this one, but unfortunately I didn't. It's much thicker than a typical serum which is normally supposed to go under your moisturizer. This has the same consistency of a moisturizing cream so it can feel a bit heavy. Another thing I didn't like which many other people have commented on is the PILLING!! UGH! It doesn't absorb well at all and anytime you touch your face, it crumbles onto your fingers or on your pillow. It doesn't matter how little you use or how much time you allow it to sink in. I'm not able to rate the efficacy of it because I didn't use it long enough.
Definitely a must purchase!
Cowboys Fan from Dallas, TX
I apply right after eye serum and before moisturizer. It soaks right in and makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. I have recently used Dr. Brant's serum, and decided to try Cerave because I love the moisturizing cream and also to save a little money. I'm glad a tried it- it is phenomenal, so I just purchased 2 more during the Days of Beauty sale.