CeraVe Review

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CeraVe is a product line created by Coria Laboratories, LTD. The CeraVe line of skincare products claims to maintain and restore your “skin barrier.” CeraVe uses a patented “multivesicular emulsion” or MVE delivery technology that was only available through a prescription not long ago. The official website gives you a lot of information on the MVE system the product use, as well as what some other ingredients do.

The CeraVe product line was created in conjunction with dermatologists and was intended for use in the treatment of dry skin and other conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You can order CeraVe products from local retail and drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens, but products they are not available directly from the website.

CeraVe only offers three products on their official website and these are a hydrating cleanser, moisturizing lotion, and a moisturizing cream. That’s not a very large selection and there are many similar products on the market so let’s take a closer look.

Product Details

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser claims to be very mild and doesn’t clog pores. This product also features the MVE technology, which claims to release beneficial ingredients over a long period of time after the cleanser is applied.

The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and Lotion are very similar to each other but have are manufactured in a different product form. Both of these forms make use if CeraVe’s proprietary MVE technology as well, but the cream is thicker than the lotion and is best used on very dry skin areas such as elbows, knees, and feet.

The official website doesn’t include any prices or ingredients at all but a quick search turned them up. All three products contain the follwing: Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

The Good

  • The products contain hyuralonic acid, which has proven benefits for the skin.
  • The official CeraVe website is very informative about its products and what they do.
  • These products are very affordable; around $13 for a 12 oz. bottle of the cleanser from a third-party web vendor.

The Bad

  • No prices or ingredients are listed on the official website.
  • No money-back guarantee seems to be offered.
  • You can’t buy anything from the official website.
  • Products don’t contain a combination of known proprietary wrinkle reducers.

The Bottom Line

CeraVe products have been recommended by dermatologists due to their mild nature, but there isn’t much in the products for fighting wrinkles and fine lines. These products seem better suited for treating dry skin or certain types of skin blemishes. The MVE system is interesting and hopefully in the future they will use it in combination with known anti-aging compounds, instead of just ingredients that are known for general skin nourishment. CeraVe seems more suited for those with skin problems or very dry skin and not someone looking for an effective anti-aging compound.

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68 Comments/Questions/Answers to CeraVe

  • 1


    Can CeraVe be used on the scalp?

  • 2


    I have had a heck of a time in the past finding a lotion that moisturized my hyper sensitive psoriasis/eczema prone face. I can’t use products with fragrance or certain preservatives. Even dermatologist recommended cetaphil caused a flare up. CeraVe finally worked for me! Its not gross and greasy either. 4.5 stars (it has a mild grandmother smell but is totally worth it)

  • 3

    love cerave

    I love this product I’ve been using it for a month now and its really softening my skin and makes it look flawless.. I recommend this to everyone.

  • 4


    I was just put on CeraVe as I got a mild case of acne (out of nowhere) Tried lot of other stuff that dried out my face and made my acne worse. My dermatolgest told me to use this. And wow I have been using it for 4 days and already see a big difference. I can’t wait till my acne clearsup and really see the whole difference. I would have to say this has been the best facial product that I have ever used. Will keep you all posted.

  • 5

    Penny Barbato

    NYTimes article – Thursday, August 19th 2010. And I quote, “Niacin, in its two skin-friendly forms, is in over-the-counter anti-aging creams: two CeraVe facial moisturing lotions (both $13.99), containing niacinamide, claim to help repair DNA damage from sun exposure and improve fine lines and wrinkles.” Obviously you have been misinformed. CeraVe products do improve fine lines and wrinkles. I own it and it is a fantastic product for a little amount of money. They go on to also recommend Olay’s Pro-X line with scientific proof that it works better then the prescription for Tretinoin. Also, these products scientifically prove they are better then the outrageously priced StriVectin line – which has no research backing it.

  • 6


    I have VERY oily skin and am always looking for a lite and quick absorbing moisturizer that doesn’t leave me feeling like a grease pit by the end of the day. CeraVe is my new friend. I have been using it for about a month now and I am so happy with it, I can’t imagine using anything else ever again. Thanks!!!

  • 7


    Dr OZ had a guest Doctor and she said that women over 50 must use a cream that contains Ceramide and I found CeraVe … I will give it a try!!!

  • 8

    shannon roberts

    Yes I saw the Dr. Oz show also. I have only found one product (so far) with Ceramide which is CeraVe. I wish they could actually give brands on shows, it would certainly help the consumer.

  • 9


    I am a micro-current tech and do electric stemulation “facelifts” for a living, well yesterday I turned 50 and got CeraVe as a gift from 1 of my clients that knows I watch Dr. Oz have an autograph book by him and most of the time he is right on. So I am giving the CeraVa a honest try tonight.

  • 10


    I have been using this for several months now and LOVE it. I use Differin for wrinkles, skin tightening and this for general moisturization morning and night. Can’t imagine ever using anything else and I’ve never said that about a cream. It’s not greasy yet moisturizes well. Biggest downfall is the price.

  • 11

    Larene Bradford

    I have Celiac disease. Do your products have any wheat, barley, or oat – oil or protein in them?

  • 12

    Nan Hoffmann

    Can I use the CeraVe Cream in place of Biafine Cream after having the Levulan Kerastick treatment on my legs?

  • 13


    I would like to know if i can use this product on acne prone skin. I’m afraid that this will make me break out.

  • 14


    I was given samples of CeraVe by my dermatologist to use after blue light therapy for actinic keratosis. The CeraVe lotion has worked wonders on smoothing and protecting the dry skin. I love it.

  • 15

    phyllis Aerenson

    Are the products manufactured in the United States or in another country and imported.
    Phyllis Aerenson

  • 16


    I saw Dr.Oz show & tried CeraVe PM. Its not greasy. My skin is healtier, firmer, it cleared up wrinkles, bleamishes, bags under my eyes. It made my earlobes &neck younger. For me, CeraVe had been the next best thing to a total face lift!

  • 17


    I have eczema and extremely dry skin everywhere. Cera Ve has been a life saver – used to have skin that looked sunburned it was so cracked and irritated, but my skin is so much better now. I use Cera Ve everywhere – scalp, genitals, eyes, face – from top to toe. One warning, if your skin is red and irritated, Cera Ve will burn initially. So apply the product and put up with the burn as long as you can then cool off with a cold wet washcloth. As your skin becomes repaired this burning will go away.

  • 18


    My dermatologist recommended CeraVe Lotion, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser and Retin-A. I use the foaming cleanser with a Buff Puff Pad from Rite Aid and apply Retin-A at night. This has been the best skin care program I’ve ever used! I gave all of the above to my daughter and she’s absolutely thrilled as well.

  • 19


    I’d like to know too!

  • 20


    It doesn’t clog pores. It’s actually rather light.

  • 21


    Have searched for a good lotion that doesn’t irritate. React to fragrance and allergic to lanolin. Always had dry irritated skin on my face and raw hands from washing a hundred or so times a day(I’m a Nurse). CeraVe is the best. No longer flaky and skin on hands recovers quicker The face lotion doesn’t seem different, so I just use the regular lotion. The facial cleanser is also awesome.

  • 22


    I even use it on my new baby. Cures his dry skin almost instantly!

  • 23


    I’m a 49yr young man. Iv been using cerave for 3. Yrs now after a shower and shave use it on my face neck head(buzzed head) a love this stuff. No oily feel left behind makes my skin nice and smooth I def recomend this product

  • 24


    Is Cera Ve Moisturing Lotion and soap Gluten Free?

  • 25

    bill kennedy

    I have rosecea, will cerave help with red flareups & blotchy skin?

  • 26


    I saw that show too and tried CeraVe…I do like it a lot and wasn’t aware it came in a facial moisturizer. When I’m done with the body lotion, I’ll give it a try. That same day I also bought Curel which claims to have ceramide but checking the label, did not see it listed. Only CeraVe had it in the ingredients.

  • 27

    al nocentino

    can cerave moisturizing cream be used on the scalp

  • 28


    I am diabetic, and the past several years my skin has become very dry, flaky and itchy. I tried several creams and a coworker recommended CeraVe. There has been an 80% improvement in my skin texture, and a 98% reduction in itchiness. I just wish I could but the stuff in bulk at a cheaper price. I use the hydrating cleanser as an entire body wash daily, so the 12 oz bottle only lasts a week!

  • 29


    This stuff is AWESOME!!! I have been using it daily for the last three years. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist at the time because my skin is quite temperamental, fluctuating from very oily to extremely dry. I use the daily moisturizer and the facial cleanser, and my skin feels amazing. I immediately get a refreshing and relaxed sensation in my skin upon using it. I have noticed that with time, my skin has gotten softer and more even toned through its use. I highly recommend that you at least try it for a few weeks to see how your skin reacts to it as well.

  • 30


    What’s the difference i between the jar of cream, cerave am and cerave pm?

  • 31


    Been using Cerave cream for a couple weeks now. It’s amazing! Recommend by my dermatologist for eczema an extremely dry skin. Works wonders and best of all it is Made in the USA

  • 32

    Sharon Bowker

    Purchased AM & PM CeraVe after using the regular CeraVE. Unfortuanately it broke my face out terrible. I called 4 times and the customer service was awful. Hold on to your receipts or you’re stuck. Unlike some other companies who have gladly refunded money without receipts they flat out refused. Apparently they needed the money more than I do. No more CeraVe products for me.

  • 33


    Best lotion and cream ever, for my dry skin. Even helps heal painful winter cracks on my fingers when I apply before bed. Wearing gloves to bed enhances treatment.

  • 34


    Sharon, fyi CVS or Walgreens will always take products back.

  • 35


    I heard how wonderful this was and bought the facial wash, the cream and the PM moisturizer. Used the product for one day and my eyes burned. Eventually had to see my eye doctor and was given steroid drops to relive the swelling. No I did not put the product into my eyes;just my face but I could sense the vapors hitting my eyes. Very disappointed.

  • 36


    Can i cerave along with self tanner?

  • 37


    I too am using cerave lotion and it is burning my eyes. Why do moisturizers burn your eyes

  • 38


    I have been using the AM lotion for 6 weeks, and loved it until the other day. The lotion now comes out the bottle in hard little clumps, and I have to brush my face off before applying foundation. Don’t know what to make of this!

  • 39


    The sunscreen that it contains is very good but doesn’t last long. I had several products from different companies that contained that blend of sunscreens and they all did that after a month or so.

  • 40

    Jo Squire

    I just wanted to say Thank You for this product!! I have been working in Healthcare for 30 years. Since the “Paperless”system has increased,I would end the week with cut & bleeding thumbs.I would either have to wear thumb covers or put bandaids on to prevent the cuts. I have been using CeraVe for about 6 months. A week after I started,my thumbs healed and skin improved. No more cuts or bleeding.I now use all the products,Facial wash & night cream.Thank you again!

  • 41


    If you are using the lotion with the sunscreen, that may be what is irritating your eyes. I cannot wear any sunscreen at all on my face for that reason. Inevitably, somehow it will get in my eyes.

  • 42


    I was so disappointed with CeraVe. It does not live up to its hype. It is no better than any other skin lotion.

  • 43


    My first experience with cerave cream on face wasn’t good as its kinda thick. I was so afraid it might break me out. Fortunately, it didn’t. Have been using it day and night for 4 months since lol. I know it works wonderfully in conjuncture with retin-a (night), eliminating all drying effect the following day. In the am, I use LRP sunscreen daily as this contains no UVA/B protection.

  • 44


    It caused acne(hyperkeratosis) to become worse.

  • 45


    It made my acne worse. I have hyperkeratosis.

  • 46


    I have also experienced severe eye irritation, swelling and dry eyes after using the CeraVe Cream.

  • 47

    Shirley Roselle

    Can I buy CeraVe cream locally without having to order? In Mesa Arizona or Scottsdale az?

  • 48


    You can get it at Walmart

  • 49


    I tried cerave cream when my friend started using it because the dermatologist recommended it. I just love it! I also use the hydrating wash. My face is softer and my skin isn’t dry. I have noticed (after only using 1 1/2 weeks) the wrinkles under my eyes are softening up and the dry, red spots at the base of my nose are disappearing.

  • 50


    I bought mine at a Target (:

  • 51


    Love the product. I use cleanser and a m and p m lotion. I just discovered the body lotion and it is great for old skin!!

  • 52


    I just got the cerave lotion i had brake out on my arm and an alergic reacton

  • 53


    Cera Ve is great. Dermatologist recommended to help ease eczema issues 3 years ago and I’ve used ever since – more in the winter than summer. It’s the only thing that heals my finger tips from splits (due to cold weather) or eczema flare ups. Doesn’t aggravate my skin/eczema like most other creams and lotions I’ve tried over many years.

  • 54

    Deb Mays

    I’ve been an Operating Room nurse for 35 years and have battled dry, cracked,burning,itchy skin for years, especially my hands. I wash my hands or use the gel, at least 50 times in an 8 hour shift.Two days of using Cera Ve, after using almost every product on the market has turned my hands soft, smooth and the cracking is almost gone. If you think Cera Ve doesn’t work, I can tell you flat out you’re wrong

  • 55


    Been using the cream for about a month, luv it. Started using face wash and my eyes hurt and burn. Thought it was my contacts, wrong. It’s the face wash. Today got an immediate reaction.

  • 56


    This product is great. Due to skin sensitivity I have had trouble finding the right moisturizer for years, until I tried this product. Ya it’s pricy but you get what you pay for!

  • 57


    I have extremely dry skin and numerous allergies to ingredients in a lot of OTC products. the RX moisturizer was working but could only use it twice daily so never really cleared up the problem. when the Dr. asked me to try CeraVe for extremely dry skin in a matter of a week my legs and arms started to look and feel so much better. Its pricy but well worth it.

  • 58


    I would HIGHLY recommend this product line if its as good as the moisturizing cream. I had the worst case of dry, itchy skin Ive ever experienced, and NOTHING worked UNTIL this. Overnight results were unbelievable.

  • 59


    I’m 49 year old and almost 6 months ago I started having acne at my jawline. Which cerave product should I use to cure. I have combination and sensitive skin . Thanks

  • 60


    I am 66 years old, can I use CeraVe for wrinkles and fine lines on my face.

  • 61

    Tammy Griggs

    Where can I buy Cerave products, a retail store preferably.

  • 62


    how do i get rid of this!

  • 63


    it works ok. got something better?

  • 64


    LOVE these products. Best skin products ever. I spent thousands dollars on expensive products that never worked. This is my #1 product and money saver…Thank you CeraVe

  • 65

    Amber Reinertson

    Is it normal to have clogged pores and irritated skin a few days after using it?

  • 66


    I just started using the renewing SA cream on my feet. I have had deep cracks in my foot for probably 10 years that would bleed and very painful. Within about 3 weeks of using this my cracks are totally gone. I have tried everything to get rid of these. My kids can’t believe how good they look. Love this stuff and I have been telling everybody about it. Thanks for such a great product!

  • 67


    I just started to use this product. My skin improved immediately. Is a great product. Thank you CeraVe

  • 68

    tom regan

    bought four renewing-no results for bumpy or extremely dry skin with this product

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