Rated 3.86 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Shrinks pores and smooths skin
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?
Most Helpful Critical Review Can be drying and irritating. Better for oily skin
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).
Reviewed by 385 customers DANGEROUS INGREDIENT!
Skinlover103 from NY
I bought this because of the hype and in hopes of clearing my skin and I regret ever purchasing this. DO NOT BUY! Check online for their warnings about this product and you'll run! It can be toxic to children and can cause Reye's syndrome and can cause itchy skin, difficulty breathing, etc which is NOT something that a clean brand should have!! I ended up with more acne, dry and unbearably itchy skin and now I'm on steroids due to a rash from this product. To those who are wondering, I've used salicylic acid in products many many times and I've NEVER had this reaction. It is this product! The FDA is currently investigating this product, something I wish I knew! I posted about it online and MANY others had the same experience as myself. BUYER BEWARE!!
I LOVE THIS
A from Oklahoma
I worked so hard on my skin and tried everything. This is the only thing that seems to have worked. Buy this product
Excellent for breakouts
D.Floyd from NC
Love this cleanser! Dr. Vanita Rattan suggestion for skin of color; no harmful ingredients to trigger hyperpigmentation
B from Chambersburg
I use this cleanser twice a day and I love it. I had terrible hormonal acne that just would not go away. This cleanser is wonderful for it. It has cleared my skin and made it so smooth and soft!
Britney from Harts, WV
I started using this because I saw it on Tiktok and within a few weeks I started to notice a few pimples popping up everywhere, but I dismissed it I know that it can take time for skin to get use to new products. But a few months later, it caused acne to show up more frequently, bigger, and even worse than before. I usually always had clear skin until I used this product. My face is painful. This product was awful for me.
Lidia from Waterford, ca
Ordered online because my local ultras were sold out. Well, I opened the box and half the product was spilled inside its packaging. Not a very smart way to package liquids. The product itself is great it's a basic salicylic acid was. A bit drying but follow up with a good moisturizer.
Leah from 48180
I use this every night, and have noticed a huge difference in my skin. Ive struggled with fungal acne and just regular acne for years and tried everything! And this worked! I use it every night with a mini exfoliating facial brush
Bri from NJ
This does absolutely nothing for active breakouts or preventing. I would use this once a day (at night) because using twice a day can cause over exfoliation.. anywho this does nothing. It doesn't help breakouts at all. Will be switching after I finish the bottle.
Grace from Oklahoma
I have Combo skin, I'm acne prone and I have semi sensitive skin. I use this in the morning to help my white heads on my nose. I think it works wonders and my nose is so much softer!!
mia from yuba city, california
I've been using this for a few months and i see no improvement. my acne comes across my whole cheeks, forehead, temples, chin, and upper lip. i feel like my acne has gotten more painful and irritated. I did try the hydrating cleanser too, and it didn't do anything but make me more oily. i'm cerave just doesn't work for me :/
Simple face wash
Seema from New Jersey
Totally fine wash. Does not irritate and does not have an odor. A little expensive, but you do not need to worry about irritating ingredients.
K. from Maryland
At first for about 2 weeks, it did nothing. Then all of a sudden I started breaking out on my chin & my face being really really dry. I decided to mainly apply this cleanser on my chin for about a week. I noticed it was getting worse to the point where I got more pimples & the pimples were swollen. I immediately threw this cleanser away & applied a different product that over night took the swelling away & dried up the pimples. If I could give this no stars, I would!
Wifemomdaughter from The Woodlands
One of the best facial cleansers I've ever used. The price for the quality of the product is right, and I've noticed such change in my skin after only a few months. Doesn't strip my skin and works well for sensitive skin!
Truthteller from California
This product made my skin break out like never before, please please do research before buying this product. This is a very hyped product but it definitely doesn't work for everyone I recommend cetaphil
I love it
Devan from Kentucky
I use this as my base cleanser along with my acne cleanser and my skin hasn't been this clear in over two years.
Dry & Don't See A Difference
Chataax from Maryland
Bought this about 2 weeks ago, really wanted to love it but i just don't see a difference. I notice it's drying out my skin. When I wash my face off, my face feels really tight & dry. Disappointed, not for me.
Worth the hype for KP!
Lolo from Seattle
JUST BUY IT! If you suffer from KP, please do yourself a favor and just get it. It's helped the appearance (red dark marks) immensely after one month of consistently using it every day while I shower. I wish I had started using it soon and I hope by month 4 (summer) everything will be gone and I'll be able to wear dresses. Fingers crossed!! It's worth every penny, my confidence is coming back. :)
Gentle But Effective
Lyss from IL
I have combo skin and am very breakout prone! I alternate between a gentle cleanser and this one and it has really helped to lessen my active breakouts and smooth my skin's texture! Highly recommend!
Mari from Texas
Cleared my fungal acne on my forehead ! & made my skin super soft.
liz from usa
this is great if you have combo/oily skin and experience break outs occasionally. i use it about every other day and i find that it cleans my skin very well without over stripping it.
My go to
S from MA
I use this product at least once a day, sometimes twice. It has helped my acne dramatically in the warmer months, but it is drying in the winter. If you have oily/combination acne prone skin I highly recommend
If you're on the dry side, use a couple times a week
K. Summer from Huntsville, Alabama
I used to struggle with acne and really rough, bumpy skin on the lower half of my face and this completely resolved that issue. I still get hormonal acne once a month, but this does a great job of helping it disappear quickly. However, I do have very dry skin, so I only use a few times a week and more when I do get a breakout. If I used it everyday I would have extremely dry skin. Also, please be careful for how long you leave this on! I usually leave it on for a minute to allow the salicylic acid to do its job, however I accidentally forgot about it one day and left it on for 5-10 minutes and had some pretty bad burns on my face, but that was completely user error. Other than that one mishap, this product has genuinely transformed my skin. I've used it since March 2020 and its continued to be beneficial.
It's sooo good
Alyssa from Texas
I have oily and acne prone skin and this helped so much with pimples and break outs. Will definitely buy again and definitely recommend
I like this.
rye from winter haven fl
I am someone who has struggled with acne for years and it is hormonal acne. all other products were drying out my skin severely while not really helping the acne. i changed my routine after a couple tik toks and i like this product. doesn't irritate my skin too bad and it seems to help clear it up.
Brooke from MN
I was starting to wondering why I was getting these extremely dry areas and almost like open sores on my face when I realized this was the only thing in my routine that changed. I really wanted to like it like everyone else but I've never had this terrible of skin before in my life. I've been in the skincare industry for a while so I know what purging is going to look like, it was definitely not this.