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Rated 4.68 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.
Sam from MA
The only moisturizer I'll ever use. It is the best. No scent, love the texture and absolutely great after shaving your legs! I use it every single day.
Kenny from California
I absolutely adore this stuff. I pretty much use it head to toe. It's my perfect moisturizer, and I especially think you'll love it if you have dry and/or sensitive skin. It's mega thick and hydrating without leaving your face greasy at all. I find if I have any dry or red patches, putting this on before bed will make them disappear by the time it's morning. This is the perfect last step to use in your nighttime skincare routine to hydrate and seal in all your other skincare.
The only downside is this does not layer well under makeup. I find it can do weird things with spf or makeup and start pilling.
Caroline from New York
This cream is just okay. Don't buy into all the hype and ads. It does a fine job moisturizing, but every time I've used it (no matter the amount) it pills on my skin and if I run my hand over my cheek, a bunch of little "rolls" of dried up cream come off. Keep in mind I exfoliate well and have not had this problem with any other moisturizer, so it's not dead skin. Once I used it and had multiple people comment that it looked like my skin was dry and peeling because of this! I would only recommend it as a night moisturizer for this reason. It is very thick. I do like that it has a pump and think other brands should follow suit on this.
Nane67 from Fenton Michigan
Kun from Chicago
Go to product. Can use with anything anytime. I have dry acne (hormonal) skin. This is perfect amount of moisture for dry skin without aggravating acne.
Kayla from San Diego
I developed perioral dermatitis and I had such a bad rash around my nose and mouth. The sides of my nose were cracked and red. Extremely annoying and uncomfortable. I couldn't even put makeup on it because it just looked so bad. I used this one night and the next morning my dryness was almost gone. It's not greasy at all and does not sting the face. I have extremely sensitive skin and this did not irritate me or break me out. I had to come and write a review because it will help you so much if you have dry skin. If you've tried a bunch of products but nothing is working to heal ur dry patches, I would try this. Literally saved my skin and my barrier. I can wear makeup again now!
Miss Mary from Ohio
I lowkey dont know if this is used for just your face but I use this on my body after I shower, especially on days that I've been in the sun, and wow this cream seriously replenishes the skin! I typically breakout with certain creams and this did not break me out at all. My skin actually feels moisturized when I use this, I'm impressed!!
Makenzie baines from Holly springs North Carolina
I love this moisturizer. I've been using it a while now. I have dry skin cause I wear oxygen at night cause of my lungs so I makes my skin very dry. And THIS is the one. I love it!!!!!!
Amanda from Va
This product moisturize my skin without clogging my pores and it is cheap will buy over and over.
Samantha from Kentucky
This is the first lotion that has ever healed my dry skin itchy skin, and evened my skin tone. I use it on my face as a night cream, and my hands and feet for intense hydration. I have used sooooo many products, and won't be switching from this one ever!
Lina from New York, NY
I love this stuff! I have oily/combo skin and this does wonders for me. Keeps my skin hydrated without getting too oily. I got a little sunburn on my nose and forehead and I used this at night to prevent peeling and it did a great job. I use it on my face, neck, and body. My entire family loves it and uses it daily.
Liz from Dixon Ca
I use this twice once in the morning them at noght
Average Skin Kim from NJ
I used the product with the hydrating facial cleanser from the same company. Maybe my skin was too hydrated after using that product because when I put on the moisturizer it was a little oily and tacky. Definitely needs a few minutes to dry and settle on the skin.
Jenn R from Las Vegas
This is my go to moisturizer. I love that I can use it in the summer or winter to moisturize my skin. I have heard of other people using it on their face as well, but my normal to oily skin can't handle that much moisture. I love that it is fragrance free so I can pair it with my favorite perfumes
Diana from NY
I switched from this to the "Cerave baby" version of this cream for my face and have not had any breakouts whatsoever. It's the same key ingredients, minus the "MVE technology" ingredients that make it penetrate deeper into skin and can clog pores/cause irritation on super sensitive skin. It's the best. Although, I still use this product for my legs, arms, arms body bc it's so good at hydrating and smoothing skin...
Michelle from El Paso, Tx
Very good product great for my combination skin and it doesn't make your face oily.
Taleigh:) from Seminole oklahoma
I love how big the container is. It was all the way filled to top so I was happy about that. It feels good on the face and will buy again!
Alana from New Jersey
Unfortunately, this broke me out. I have very sensitive skin and did a patch test, but the adverse reaction didn't come for a few days (by which point I'd been slathering it everywhere). Gave it to my sister, who loves it. If you have super sensitive skin, opt for Vanicream or coconut oil.
:) from MD
I love this product overall. Even though it is a bit simple and boring it is amazing. it lasts super long and it helped my skin within days. The price isn't too bad although I wish they had a travel size. Anyways the product itself is awesome.
Bethany from Minneapolis
I love CeraVe and use the hydrating cleanser and regular moisturizer daily, so I thought I would pick this up to try as a night cream. Much to my surprise as soon as I put it on my skin broke out in a rash, all over my cheeks and neck. I immediately rinsed it off and out my regular moisturizer on, which seems to have helped, but I still have redness in some areas. I don't know what about this formulation irritated my skin but I am not sensitive at all and have never really had a reaction like this on my face. All this to say—even if you use other CeraVe products it's good to patch test!
CJ from Florida
I love that it has hyaluronic acid in it to make the skin look smooth and youthful. After putting this on my hands, elbows, and knees and legs, I see a dramatic difference. Perfect for the winter time.
Kathryn from texas
I bought this moisturizer as a dupe to the first aid beauty moisturizer as in quarantine I have DEFENITLY became a skin care junkie now and this is amazing, no smell, it leaves behind the smoothest skin it also works amazingggg under neath makeup!
Gissel from Austin Tx
When I use this product I wash my face with the CeraVe cleanser and than I use the moisturizer.
Steeleypr from Las Vegas Nevada
I love this so much!!!! I've spent so much money on high end moisturizers only to be disappointed! But this cream is the best! Non greasy feel and no fragrance which I like! You won't regret it!!
PrettyMitch from California
I go thru these tubs pretty quick. I use plenty other lotions but none can compare to this one. I love that it doesn't have a scent bc I can mix in my own fragrance and I'm smooth and smelling good all day. Leaves my skin soft for the day not just a couple hours and it's not greasy.