Rated 4.53 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A Mistake Turned Holy Grail
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.
Most Helpful Critical Review New Formula is watered down
I used to really be a fan of this brand, but ever since L'Oreal bought their company, they water down their hero product. I have old jars that list all the good ingredient like their ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid above petrolatum. Now, they're listed below potassium phosphate, which is just an ingredient to adjust pH, so basically there's next to none of the good stuff now for the same price. Now the hyaluronic acid is so low that it doesn't even do anything, it's just there for their marketing. Such a disappointing change, DO NOT BUY.
Reviewed by 17404 customers I would buy again and again
Sweetpea from Peoria arizona
Greatest for dry skin especially in Arizona
Made my skin SUPER dry
bee :) from New york
I love the cerave cleansers but the spf doesn't work for me at all. I used it for about a week and it made my skin sooo dry it was almost peeling. I don't recommend.
I would buy this product again.
Jen from Weatherford, Tx
I love this moisturizer. I use it twice a day. It leaves my face feeling hydrated and protected
Buying this product again and again
Ali from Pasadena, TX
I have sensitive skin due to allergies that cause eczema on my eyelid. I always feel nervous trying new products but THIS! Honestly it didn't burn when put on and it keeps my face so soft and moisturized during the day. It doesn't feel heavy at all!
Ash from Texas
Super patchy, peels, separates makeup.
Laura from Atlanta, GA
I worked for a dermatologist for 8 years, so I've tried a lot of lotions and creams. Cerave is the best. I now work as an RN, 13 hr shifts 3 days in a row. The antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer that I must apply hundreds of times those days really trashes my hands, peeling and splitting are common. Cerave soothes and restores my skin on my days off.
NADI from Chicago
Every time I put this on it breaks down and it becomes flaky. It happens no matter what I use under it (normally vitamin C serum and Niacinamide). I have even used it on it's own and it breaks down. I thought it was cause I was rubbing it into my skin for too long but even with not much rubbing it happens.
Best lotion for dry skin
LisalouVA from Fredericksburg VA
This is the best lotion for dry skin. No question. And I've used them all. I first decided to try Cera Ve after watching one of those reality type shows featuring a dermatologist. I noticed she prescribed this lotion to folks with extreme skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. (The show tried to blur out the product but I recognized it as Cera Ve). I have used this nightly after showering since Christmas Day. And I have noticed a tremendous difference in the condition of my skin. I actually noticed a difference immediately. I'm in my late 40s and the texture and appearance of my skin has changed over the years. This lotion has definitely turned back the clock. My husband noticed which in itself says a LOT! Yes, it's a bit pricey but I stock up if I find it on sale and use coupons if I can find them. And it's so rich you don't have to use much. Worth every penny. I use the cream versus the lotion, but that may change when the weather warms. The cream may be too rich in the summer. Either way, I will continue to use this daily. The difference really is quite dramatic.
Winter skin loves this!
Daisy from MI
A little goes a long way with this lotion. It's not greasy and soaks right into the skin leaving smooth and hydrated skin. Will continue to repurchase.
Great for sensitive skin
Katie from Texas
My toddler had eczema and this lotion helps her a lot. It's thick and moisturizing without being sticky.
Burns to use
Stacy35 from AZ
I've been using this for several weeks now and it's very moisturizing. My only issue is that it really burns every time I use it so it must be one of the ingredients in there.
I always come back
SE Teachers Rock from NE
Now, with the pump it's even better!
product is great but $6 cheaper everywhere else
AK from Indianapolis, IN
This is a great lotion - light enough for daytime use yet still moisturizing. The sunscreen aspect goes really well onto my skin.
I just don't understand why it is $6 more expensive at Ulta? I just bought a new box of the AM and PM and will return both and purchase this lotion somewhere else - saving $12.
Jenny from Indy
Terrible to blend out I have to try so hard and also I got two cystic pimples two days into using this :( I'm sad
Use this lotion every morning under my make up.
AR lady from Jonesboro AR
Glad it has sunscreen! Use this every morning. Love Cerave!
Kai from USA
I see a lot of people talking about it causing or worsening bumps or causing worsening breakouts. This formula (specifically the ingredients petrolatum and phytosphingosine) can worsen fungal acne. This formula also contains cetearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol, which can be comedogenic (causing breakouts). Phenoxyethanol is an established allergen, as well. Also, methylparaben and propylparaben are both some of the most common parabens and are likely allergenic.
Basically, some people will and some people won't react to these products. It's good to keep a list of what ingredients you have reacted to so your dermatologist (or yourself) can better determine what products will work for you. If you got little bumps, look into fungal acne to see if you have it.
I use the Skin Bliss app, which breaks down ingredients, and it says this product is most likely poor for acne, blemishes, and sensitive skin with an overall so-so quality score. It is great for very dry skin, though.
Cerve it up!
Quakanene from East Lansing, MI
Great for purse, gym bag or car.
Super moisturizing without greasy feeling!!!
Luv the brand/products
Love this product
Dry skin Jane from USA
I purchased this years ago and keep buying more as the jars empty. Not only moisturizes my skin (dry climmate at times) but works in humidity as well. My go to for years
Great for aging crepey skin
JaneI from Athens, Ga
I use this on my body after showering.
ellie from pa
thick and nourishing for the skin but still dries down and is comfortable for day or night time. did NOT break my acne prone skin out 🙌🏼 i have skin and really loved this, for people with DRY DRY skin, i'd say pair this with ur fav product to "slug" with
Hannah from Pgh
I do not like this at all. It doesn't sink into the skin like I want a moisturizer to. It just doesn't feel good At all. Would not buy this again
I will always use this product.
Pinki from Manahawkin, NJ
I have really serious winter skin this year. so my doc suggested this especially for legs & feet. It is like a miracle.
NOT paraben free as claims
AC from California
Am I missing something here or is methylparaben and polyparaben no longer considered parabens? This product claims to contain no parabens yet the ingredients list the above mentioned parabens.
Not worth it
V from Washington DC
This gives a terrible white cast and does not blend in well at all. It also broke me out when using it. Genuinely wondering how it has 4 1/2 stars???
Good if applied correctly
Mayra from Las Vegas, NV
I used to have a problem with this product pilling when I applied over other serums. However, I found that by patting it on instead of rubbing it in, that it prevents pilling. Overall pretty good. It doesn't cause a white cast on my skin, but I have like a medium skin tone. Also doesn't feel oily which I like.