Rated 4.24 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Life changing for CYSTIC ACNE
To start off, I have suffered from hormonal cystic acne along my jawline and neck for MANY YEARS! I use The CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum every night before bed, in conjunction with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Liquid Peel. My skin has not looked this amazing since my early 20s before acne was an issue for me. Be aware that my skin may be tougher than most people, so start out using this a few times a week, and work your way up. This regimen of 3 products I'm using has been an absolute MIRACLE for my cystic acne/prone skin. It's the ONLY topical regimen that has EVER consistently worked for me. My skin is like smooth shiny GLASS every morning (with the exception of a few TINY blemishes before my period every month, which is unavoidable for me I think). Overall, it has smoothed out my skin texture, refined my pores drastically, keeps my pores very clean, and cleared my acne to almost 95% better than what it has been for the past 7 years. If I ever do get blemishes, they are small, and they clear up within a day or 2, which is a miracle for me! I don't know how I survived without this product. I'm in love, and hope they NEVER discontinue it.
Most Helpful Critical Review Broke out like crazy
Horrible. First week, I used it every night and I broke out like crazy and had a chemical burn. My face was red, peeling, and had pimples all over. So I took a break for a week and stopped using it and my skin cleared up and the redness and peeling had healed. I thought that maybe it was just my skin purging and so I started using it once a week instead. Still no change. Skin is still breaking out and my face is still red. As of now, it's been the end of 3 weeks of using it. Might just stop using it altogether. By the way, I had great skin beforehand.. rarely broke out. I only had discoloration, texture, and acne scars. Now my skin is just ruined! Makes me wonder if the company is paying people to write these reviews or is writing their own. I would not recommend this item at all.
Reviewed by 189 customers too soon to tell
Monika from Texas
Bought this about a week ago based on reviews. Have mild textured skin and leftover acne scarring from high school. Can't wait to see what it's gonna do for me! So far so good.
So far so good
Richard from Germantown, MD
I've only been using this for a few days and have already noticed a difference. The dark circles under my eyes are significantly less visible. So far, no acne breakouts.
Leaves a sticky feeling on skin, and it's runny.
Ks from NY
Not a huge fan, was expecting product to be a thicker consistency.
Best thing I've bought for my acne
Jas from Pasadena
I would recommend to anyone with hormonal acne. I've been using it for 7 months and I have not had one pimple since a few black head but I helps reduce acne. Must be use with sunscreen and moisturizer.
Nazary from Vancouver, WA
I will say my acne isn't severe or even considered a lot. I have struggled with texture on my forehead, temple and a bit on my jaw and about a month of consistent use this has cleared my face. I am so happy! I have purchased this for my siblings whom also struggle with the same and I will continue to purchase to maintain my skin cleared up. I can't recommend this enough.
I can feel the difference
jayneenaa from California
I bought this on a whim without even looking up the product first online. I have been using this every few days and I think there is a noticeable difference in the texture and tone of my skin. I have never used a retinol before and I think this is good for people like me just starting retinol use. Its gentle and hasn't made me break out.
Best retinol for dry skin
slitt from South Florida
Was worried about trying a retinol since I struggle with the dry side combination skin. Doesn't dry me out and works really well for such a gentle formula
Go to beginner's retinol
Paige from Boston, MA
I look forward to the alternating nights that I get to use this product. Every time that I use it, I wake up with my skin feeling and looking so clear and bright. Such a good beginner's retinol
GO BUY NOW!
Lola E. from Denver,CO
Bought this serum about a two weeks and omg has my skin changed!! Redness and rough texture are 80% gone! Enlarged pores are significantly reduced! My skin is on track to looking the best it has in 5+ years!! Will always recommend (and I also buy pricier skin products too) and this has far exceeded my expectations 👍🏽♥️
DON'T USE if you have rosacea.
NeaMain from WA
I have very mild rosacea around my nose and on the apples of my cheeks, and it had been years since I'd had a flareup. I started using this product twice a week after a dermatologist's recommendation, but after the second application it triggered a bad flareup ALL OVER my cheeks and even my neck! I've NEVER experienced a flare up this bad, this itchy/burny, or this large! The bumps have finally gone flat and stopped itching, but they are still pink and noticeable, even after several weeks.
kevan from texas
it's quickly improving my skin (scars, texture and pores) and is gentle enough i can use every night. i love it.
I LOVE this stuff saved my skin
Bree from Mesa, AZ
I get really bad breakout during my period and this stuff literally reduces the size or completely gets rid of the pimples over night. Nothing else I've used worked almost instantly like this stuff. My skin is very sensitive and I almost gave up on retinol but this stuff is amazing. I get no sensitivity afterwards and it doesn't wreck havoc on my moisturizer barrier. I use it at night only once or twice a week with the renewing moisturizer and now both products are forever in my routine.
helped with my dark circles!
Aba from Austin, Texas
I've been using it once a day for the past two weeks, which I wouldn't really recommend because you'll build up a tolerance but oh well I've done it now. I have REALLY bad dark circles, I'm talking purple under my eyes. But with this, I've already noticed them getting much lighter and fading away! I'd highly recommend this!
Almost gone in one night
S from Whittier,ca
I got this because I had a bad breakout on my chin and I tried it out and it left my skin super soft and when I woke up it shrunk so much!!! I used it the following day and it is pretty much no longer visible. I recommend this product.
I will be buying this again! It works wonders
Kaysi from Savannah
I have been using it a few times a week for a few weeks now. I use to have beautiful clear skin, but it's not always so perfect since I became a mom. I have a couple places that break out worse than others and that's why I tried this product. I had active acne and acne skars. The first night I used it I could tell a huge difference the next morning! I used it every night for the first week and then started using it 3-4 times a week after that. It has severely improved the scars and I have no current acne!! This product is AMAZING!!! It did start to dry my skin and made me peel a little bit at first, but I expected that because it's a "resurfacing" serum. Just know if you have dry skin or sensitive skin this may not be for you unless you follow it up with a good moisturizer and sunscreen. I clean my face, put on my toner, retinol serum, hyaluronic acid, and last is moisturizer. This is a night routine for me, so I'm the morning after it's absorbed I put sunscreen on. Definitely be careful if your skin is sensitive!!
Beth from TN
I can say this product was amazing for me , I have some major pores / texture on my nose, cheeks and chin and in two days of using this product I saw a huge difference , I'm in love !
Ashley from Tennessee
I bought this about two months ago, and I have been extremely pleased with the results. My skin looks fresher and feels smoother. I will definitely be keeping this product in my skincare regimen from now on.
Amy Mitch from DFW
My skin feels amazing when I use this. I'm able to use it day and night and a little goes a long way
Bea from Ohio
I have noticed that my dark spots are fading after few weeks of use! Please don't use it daily, build up your tolerance. I started only once a week, then twice a week, etc. Do your research!! Don't buy something without proper research. With my acne prone skin this works so well!!
Feels good on my face
Lainie from St. Louis MO
I think my wrinkles are fading. Lines aren't as deep
Feels great but did dry my skin out a bit
Laur from Philadelphia, PA
I decided on cerave because I use their face wash and need to use really gentle products due to sensitive skin and years of fighting cystic acne and breakouts. This stuff feels really great on the skin - I've been using it for about 2 weeks and use a small amount only at night. However, I've started to go every other night because I've noticed it's been drying me out around my mouth a bit. I think for sensitive skin, it's a good product and trustworthy rather than other companies that aren't dermatologist approved. I haven't noticed a change in my skin as far as discoloration from small scars but it definitely feels good on my skin before I moisturize!
SueBee from Alabama
I use this for mature skin and it does a great job. It has helped my hyperpigmentation from aging and acne as a teen. Cerave is a great product that is kind to fragile skin. I will purchase again when I use up my second bottle.
Burned my skin!
ttt from Rochester, NY
I was looking to add a retinol to my skincare routine— I did my research, I knew to use it sparingly, but the very first time I used it, I noticed the next day it caused little dry patches on my skin, around my mouth, that burned and itched so bad!!
So I gave it a week or two, and wanted to try one more time before I tossed it. I mixed it with my moisturizer to try to lessen its strength...in less than 10 minutes my lips had swollen, burned, and itched so dang bad. I suffered for the next 3 days and had vaseline on hand at all times, for when my lips started to burn again.
I threw it away...the pain just isn't worth the results (that I'm not even sure I'd achieve?).
NoTY from Washington
Warning to all those who want add a retinol serum to your routine...
The instructions on the packaging are incorrect and damaging. Under no circumstances should you be wearing this product IN THE SUNSHINE during the day. Retinol is a variant of vitamin A and very popular for promoting skincell growth and turnover. However, when it is not paired with lathering your face in sunscreen, you will experience a chemical burn (dryness, redness, irritation). Make sure your sunscreen does not already contain retinol if you use this product. I would even advice to find a sunscreen brand that contains retinol over this potent serum, if you are out in the sun more than not.
In severe circumstances, skin cancer can be developed given its stimulation of collagen development.
Reserve any retinol products to be used in your night time routine ONLY. Good luck!
ZanieJ from Michigan
I've tried everything! From expensive to not. This works amazingly well. My face is extremely soft and fine line and pores are disappearing.