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CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser with salicylic acid cleanses, exfoliates and removes excess oil while reinforcing the skin's protective barrier with ceramides.
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Rated 3.87 out of 5 stars
I started using this cleanser 3 weeks ago and I can tell a difference with my enlarged pores and combination skin. I break out sometimes with those nasty big zits underneath your skin, but since using Cerave SA Cleanser, I have not had any of those! I love how my skin feels and looks after washing with this. I sometimes us a Clarasonic brush, and other times, just a Buff Puff pad. The pores in my T zone area actually look smaller. I believe this is the salacylic acid working to deep clean the pores, which in turn, makes them appear smaller since they are not clogged up. I also use the Cerave SA lotion underneath my makeup now as my moisturizer and so far so good. In addition to using the SA lotion on my face,I slather it on my legs after shaving and it has been helping with ingrown hairs on legs too. For the price, an 8 oz bottle lasts a long time so it's a great value. Even better is how much I like it. I'm hooked on Cerave now for life. Excellent products that work for much less than those commercial brands, so what more could you ask for?
I bought this because it was highly recommended by Paula Begoun as a good cleanser for combination skin. I do like that it has no fragrance, it foams a little bit, it gets my skin clean, it rinses completely, and my skin feels good right afterwards. However, I've been using it for about a week now and my cheeks have a constant burning/tingling feeling. I think it is just too drying for that area of my face. I'm pretty disappointed, but will continue to use it on my chin where I am prone to break outs. If you have oily skin, this would be a great product, but not so much for more "normal" type of skin (which is how I would classify my cheeks).
Ashley from Chicago
I have not been able to find a cleanser as amazing as this one. I had uneven skin tone around my mouth and huge pores and this has fixed it all. I love it and will continue to pay an arm and a leg for it that's how great it is
Tony from San Diego, CA
Around mid July, I had started developing flat warts around my cheeks and jawline. I tried every single wart solution but to no avail. I came aross Dr. Dray's channel on Youtube who recommended this cleanser. I've heard about Cerave for a while now and decided to give this a go. I was hesitant at first because I didnt want to spend anymore money on another cleanser. (I have like 6 different types of cleanser and wanted to finish them first before trying a new one and Cerave is the only drugstore one so far) I've only used Cerave for the past three months and it has already gotten rid about 85% of my flat warts. I can't believe one drugstore cleanser has outdone six other high-end cleansers in clearing my skin. I realized that maybe it's because of all the fragrance and other free radicals in the cleanser that was causing my breakout. I will continue purchasing this cleanser ONLY and probably switch my skin regimen to a more simple and fragrance-free ones.
Sara from Wisconsin
I usually love CeraVe products and wanted to use this to help with the sebaceous filaments on my nose. I know there is a "purge" timeframe, but unfortunately, this never went away and it has made me break out in my nose and chin very badly. This might just be too harsh for my skin type, but I wouldn't purchase again.
Candice from Colorado
I used this once and my skin felt sunburned afterwards. When I got out of the shower and looked at my face I was shocked. I had small hives and my face was beet red and itchy. I have never had a reaction to a facial cleanser like this. Very odd.
bri from florida
I use this cleanser often, and I haven't experienced any horrible break outs. My skin isn't acne prone so my review may be biased but I use this cleanser to remove my makeup and it leaves my skin spotless.
Ashly from Texas
It has helped my skin minimize the breakouts it's had and cleared it up.
Vanessa from Austin, TX
I used this product after several recommendations, but even after the supposed purge stage, my skin was terrible. My face was red, flakey, and filled with acne worse than ever before. Tried sticking it out for a few months, but it wasn't worth it.
BB-8 from Los Angeles, CA
I got this after using the murad salicylic acid wash because this was less expensive. I was using it for a bit and wondered why I was breaking out so much until I read the ingredient list. Why does This face wash have corn oil?? It is known to be a pore clogging ingredient. Won't buy again
Brooklyn Middleton from Dayton, Ohio
I loved this, it got rid of my acne in a week.
Ashley B. from Cincinnati, OH
This is the only cleanser that has cleared my hormonal and mask acne! I've literally only used it for 3 days and my acne is almost completely gone! I only use it at night though as I find it can be pretty drying but I pair it hyaluronic acid, first aid beauty moisturizer, and some rose hip oil.
Chelle from Boston, MA
So I wanted to wait until I actually saw a difference in my skin until I left a review. I had visible pores a month ago, my dermatologist recommended a face wash with this very same Salicylic acid wash. My pores are visibly smaller. Haven't broke out in a while, also controls oils in my T zone which is great but doesn't dry out my face either. Of course I use moisturizer after but any way love this product. Almost done with it after about a month & 10 days & will definitely buy again! Getting the bigger bottle next time.
EmilyDC from Washington DC
This is the only face wash that clears my acne without leaving my face super dry. I've tried all of Cerave face washes. I get breakouts on my chin and jawline and this clears it in a couple days washing day and night only. I don't even need an acne cream. It lathers well and leaves my face soft.
Mayra from Chicago
I have been using this cleanser for over a year now and I can not use anything else because my skin breaks out. Gets rid of oil and dirt on my skin. And removed pimples in a day. This is my all time holy grail product I swear by! The best!!
moni from Kcmo
I really wanted to like this cleanser bc I have textured skin so I was hoping it would help clear it but it caused red bumps on my cheeks and forehead and it also burned really bad
Thalia from Yakima
My all time favorite cleanser. I've been using this for over a year now and it works wonders! I usually like to mix it in my hands real good to activate the ingredients. on days where my skin is a dry I make sure to hydrate well especially at night. In the winter I like to switch between this and another cleanser because of my sensitive skin.
Sydney from TX
I used this product a couple of times several days apart, and it instantly dried out my skin. We're talking flaky. Not to mention my cheeks were BURNING and I had red blotchy patches all over. I don't have sensitive skin, and this product was still too harsh. It's ben three days since my last use, and my face still burns
r from texas
helped me with my breakouts
Jogging Mya from Texas
I was struggling for weeks with bumps on my head, from what I'm assuming to be simply clogged pores from sweating so much during this summer heat. My usual benzoyl peroxide wasn't budging it, and otc adap gel helped some but seemed to stop showing progress and the bumps seemed to come back. I turned to this cleanser when my research suggested an aha/bha may be able to help clear my pores and it's worked wonders in under a week!
I wash my face once daily with it, and I've learned to moisturize at least the "typically" dry parts of my face afterward because it can seemingly cause over drying of the skin resulting in flaking. It's also gentle! I was worried with it having salicylic that it may cause some irritation and burning and I haven't had that issue so far. I highly recommend this!
apricot1 from Los Angeles
I always find myself going back to this cleanser ❤️ forever my fav!! Great for acne prone skin.
Sarah S from Wisconsin
I cannot believe I used to waste my money on 30-40 dollar face cleansers. This cleanser works great on my acne prone skin and helps reduce the unwanted bumps and texture on my skin. I personally do not find this cleanser to be too drying, but if it is I would suggest using it as your night cleanser.
PJS from New York, NY
I use the SA wash as body wash in order to keep keratosis pilaris from flaring up. In addition to sunlight/vitamin D, the SA wash and moisturizer help a lot with the dry, red bumps that I had. they have receded quite a bit and I'm very pleased.
SaraK from Ohio
I used this cleanser in the morning and evening over three days. I quickly got small red bumps all over my forehead and by day three they were all over my face. I am so upset. I do not have overly sensitive skin and I have never had a reaction like this before. I am so disappointed and unhappy with my appearance. I hope it clears up soon. 😞
Tbirdie from Auburn, CA
My face was severely breaking out from a fancy "natural" cleanser, so I switch to this. I've used the other Cerave products and I liked the SA part of this wash for the acne, so I gave it a try. Totally made a difference in my skin! Within 3 weeks all my acne was gone. I use a gentle silicon brush to apply it. I leave it on for about a minute while gently exfoliating. Gross, but I can feel it doing it's work. All the small acne surfaces and I can gently exfoliate them out. Made a huge difference on my skin! The one negative is that it doesn't take make up off well, so I just use a make up wipe and it's fine.
Oily skin from Michigan
I used this product for about 3 weeks. It caused small little bumps to rise to the surface all over my face and made my acne worse. At first I thought my skin was just purging but after sticking to this cleanser for 2.5 weeks and nothing had changed, I decided to try a new cleanser. Overall, it helped with my oily skin and eventually led to drying it out, but didn't help with my acne. If you have oily skin and moderate acne like me, I'd stay away from this cleanser. This cleanser is more geared toward people with very mild acne.
Fiona from 63043
I will say I saw a change in it 100%, but it wasnt much. and nothing on ny shoulders. However, I do understand this is more for the face, and I have not used it on my face. I reccomend Benzol Peroxide better.