Product Review: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

When I was younger, I had to deal with oily, sensitive, breakout-prone skin. I couldn't wait to get older so my skin would improve. Now that I'm over 50 and dealing with menopause, I have discovered (as we usually do) that getting older didn't get rid of my problems - it just gave me new ones. Who's with me?

Bottle of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser lying on a wooden table

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My mature skin is still sensitive. It's only oily in the t-zone, and normal everywhere else. And now, since I've been using tretinoin (Retin A), I have some flakiness AND I've started having minor breakouts again. Ugh. One of my favorite cleansers that I shared in the post, My Favorite Facial Cleansers for Mature Skin, is CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. It's formulated for normal to dry skin, and is fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and noncomedogenic. It's for normal to dry skin, and like other CeraVe products, contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid with their MVE® Delivery Technology.

This is a non-foaming cleanser, so if you're someone who wants a cleanser that lathers - this isn't for you. I don't mind a non-foaming cleanser, and often find that they provide much more hydration.

back of a bottle of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser showing ingredients and directions for use

I rotate cleansers in the evening, but I almost always use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser in the morning. I dampen my face with warm water, then apply one pump of the cleanser with both hands. I leave it on while I brush my teeth, then use a damp washcloth to remove.

Back of a bottle of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser showing information about the product

The only issue I ever have with this cleanser is when I have self-tanner on my face. For some reason, it tends to strip the color, so I usually avoid using it during the summer months (or if I'm tanning for a vacation). I recently discovered another cleanser that is very similar and I'm hoping it won't strip the tan. (I'll be doing a review on that one soon.)

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is available in three sizes: 3 oz., 8 oz., and 12 oz. - I purchase the 12 oz. size from because it's the best deal. If you like to purchase locally, CeraVe has a coupon that can be printed. If you want to shop all of my favorite products in one place, you can check out my Amazon shop.

Do you use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser? What's your favorite cleanser?


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