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Rated 4.66 out of 5 stars
I purchased this originally thinking it was a facial moisturizer. When I realized that wasn't the case, I was worried to put it on my face because I have oily, acne prone skin and didn't want to exacerbate the condition. However, I applied it anyway and was pleasantly surprised how much my skin improved. My skin has become less textured, my breakouts have decreased, and the redness has significantly subsided. I also find that my skin is less oily than it was when I was using a gel moisturizer marketed for oily skin.
This Cerave container is also very large when used only on the face, so I suspect I'll have this for over 6 months when used once a day. I have used dozens of facial moisturizers over the years (gel, lotion, acne-fighting, thick cream, etc.) and this was has beat them all, including my previous high-end Korean brand. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out.
**Small suggestion: I recommend you purchase the Moisturizing Cream that comes with the pump. I find half a pump to be more than enough for my whole face. The pump stops me from accidentally using too much product, plus it's more hygienic this way.
A dedicated Cetaphil user (and pusher😉) for years, I must admit I was extremely swayed by the advertisements for CeraVe when it came out. And the ingredients still sound impressive, surely ceramides and hyaluronic acid will do more for my skin than petrolatum and sweet almond oil, right? Wrong. I was so disappointed in this product. Initially I was so excited that I decided maybe I could go with the lotion formulation, save some time and maybe even use "normal lotion" like my friends! Wrong again. But that's a different review. So, I bumped myself up to the cream thinking that a thicker, more concentrated version would do the trick. Honestly the only positive that comes to mind for me is that you can purchase this cream with a pump. And I do appreciate that— I wish other brands would find a way to follow suit. It's quicker, more sanitary and keeps some ingredients more stable/effective. Apologies to readers looking for quick info, I'm hoping other brands do their research via Reviews. About CeraVe's cream, I can only imagine that those on the nearest to oily end of "Normal to Dry Skin" end of the spectrum would be the ones to benefit from this product. If you have dry skin, at all, and I mean even the need for something a little extra for your elbows or feet you will be sorely disappointed with this product. I've applied it to damp skin fresh out of the shower, and an hour later "as needed." Even doubling down like that didn't give any noticeable results, aside from noticing that my skin was nearly as dry as if I hadn't treated it at all. And lest anyone think I'm just a CeraVe-hater, I will go off topic (again) to say that I'm a big fan of their PM facial lotion. In fact, I'm never without a backup bottle of that product! Bottom line? This cream is not suitable for those with dry skin.
Chanchy from TX
I started buying this to address my young daughter's eczema and it addresses the dryness and itchiness during her flare ups.
B from Ohio
As recommended by a board certified Dermatologist, I picked this up and am very happy with it. It is thick and creamy, does not leave residue, and my acne-prone, dry, eczema-prone, sensitive skin loves it! I was using the Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion (with the pump) but it was too light for my thirsty skin. THIS cream leaves my skin moisturized but not greasy and I can use it twice a day if needed without issues. Helps my eczema calm down too. I only knocked a star because of ULTA's customer service, NOT because of the product itself. My package was left outside my apartment complex in a high traffic area and was stolen, which is not surprising, and the shipper ULTA uses refuses to help and ULTA refuses to give a refund because there is "proof of delivery." So unfortunately I purchased this product from Meijer instead and will not shop at ULTA ever again because if you get on the BBB website, this is an ongoing issue with this company..
Vic from Knoxville, TN
This was this first time I have used this cream and I absolutely love it! I have very dry skin, especially in the winter so I have even been using it on my legs!!
Sarah from Virginia
LOVE CeraVe anyway, but I was looking for a moisturizer for my skin during the winter that was thick enough to keep my skin moisturized and non-greasy. This stuff is perfect!
c from ohio
left skin greasy and clogged pores
Sam from Texas
This product is great! A couple of days into using it twice a day, I woke up in the morning and brushed my face with my hand and was shocked by how smooth and soft my skin was. This is my new favorite product.
Danooda from Atlanta, GA
I recently delivered and was hospitalized before that so my skin was extremely dry when I got home. This cream is thick but melts into your skin immediately without rubbing it in a million times. I noticed results within one day!
Milkteababy from California
I've been struggling with hormonal acne and dry skin especially during the colder seasons. This product caused me to break out in papule acne, and made my face feel oily. The texture also seems to be thicker than your average cream, and it doesn't spread as well. However, this is perfect for cracked hands and the rest of the body. I'm disappointed that it didn't work out for me, but it's definitely worth trying!
Pros: very moisturizing, perfect for cracked hands, affordable
Cons: Caused breakout, texture
Addie from California
I bought this as a body cream but I find the thickness of it can sometimes gunk up and feel like you're putting liquid hand soap on dry skin but my family members who have extremely dry skin loves this lotion!
LJ from CA
My skin get so dry during winter-time, and I was looking for a strong product to keep my face moisturized. I tried the smaller size of this product first to see how my sensitive skin would react to a heavier cream, and it was great. So I got the big size, it should last me through the remaining winter months.
Cat from Cleveland
I have combination skin and I struggle with acne and sensitivity so I'm constantly looking for the best products to keep my skin clear and glowy. I have paid upwards of 50$ for my skincare products before but nothing compares to this product it is a lovely creamy consistency and keeps the skin hydrated all day without being too oily plus no fragrance or harsh irritants. I just wish it was cruelty free ☹️
Bree from Knoxville, TN
I love this product! I have very problematic, dry skin during the winter seasons and especially this winter since I am pregnant and my skin has gotten worse due to hormones. The day after I got this moisturizer I noticed a significant difference with little dryness left. The second day I used it all of my dryness was gone! This product also is not oily or runny. It's perfect!
Gg from Meridian idaho
I put it on before bed and it has really made a difference on my dry, dry hands.
Natalie from Oklahoma
I have oily skin, but had heard really good things about this moisturizer. It is very thick and doesn't fully soak into my skin, so as a moisturizer it didn't work for me. I use it on my hands and feet in the winter though and it does wonders.
gloria from Florida
Have used this for years just at night. My dermatologist says whatever I am using, keep on doing it.
Lila from Fort Mill, SC
Purchased to use as a face moisturizer. My face had become ashy with dry patches. I saw improvement with CeraVe after a few days. My face is very sensitive. This product is fragrance free, so I've had no issues. It has also helped my hands that were badly chapped from so much hand washing. It may be too heavy to use in warmer weather.
Nell from San Antonio, TX
This was recommended to me by a dermatologist. This is my second time purchasing this product and I will continue buying it. It's very moisturizing and light on the skin.
Laura from Colorado
This stuff works like magic. I normally buy far more expensive creams/lotions because I love their scents, but was looking for something my husband could also use. This makes my skin feel silky immediately, and absorbs very quickly without feeling like I need to immediately re-apply OR leaving behind any yucky film on the skin. It's been fantastic for these dry Colorado winters.
Sensitive skin from Los Angeles
Broke my face out with unusually painful pimples around my chin. My face was fine before I used this so I know it was this cream.
Works wonders for my body! My legs and derrière have never been smoother.
Mel from Los Angeles
I love this cream! Adding into my routine has been game changing for my skin! I had been using the hydro boost moisturizer prior and felt like my normal/dry skin wasn't getting enough moisturizer, after one use my skin was more plump, healthy looking, and glowy! The consistency and formula definitely reminds me of the FAB repair cream but even more smooth. This product hasn't clogged my pores either which is amazing as products usually break me out
Lizard Lady from Pittsburgh, PA
I have very dry and very sensitive skin and have been looking for a moisturizer that does the job, but doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Between the amazing reviews and the very budget friendly price I decided to give it a go. Sadly, it ended up giving me hives all over my jaw and cheeks (thank goodness for masks I guess!) and my skin ended up dryer than when I started. I will say that I am unsure if that was because this moisturizer just isn't that moisturizing, or because of my sensitive skin, but I still look like a lizard who had an unfriendly encounter with a bee hive. I returned it and have since vowed to patch test new products and highly recommend you do the same.
Maddie from Massachusetts
I have dry and sensitive skin, this makes it feel very soft and moisturized. It's in a huge tub, I'm only halfway through the 16 oz (using it once a day) and I've had it for about 10 months. Very good product for the price
Vicky from Butler, Pa
I used it everyday when I wake up it really works
Noor from Dallas Texas
Nonoily. Quality . No scented soothing for my eczema
clara from LA
This is the best moisturiser, it's so good and it doesn't feel super heavy. I've recommended this to so many people and they end up loving it.