In this article, I will be telling you about the cleansers from therapy. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin combo skin, sensitive skin, I’m going to look beyond all the marketing to answer which one is actually going to be the best cerave cleanser for your skin.
In this article, I’ll be sharing about;
- Foaming facial cleanser from Cerave,
- The salicylic acid cleanser from Cerave
- The hydrating cleanser from Cerave,
- The hydrating cream-to-foam cleanser
So to figure out what CeraVe cleanser is best for you, I have to first talk about skin type because that’s probably going to be the easiest way to help you choose a cleanser that’s actually going to work for your skin. You can also read CeraVe cleanser reviews here!
So you’ve probably already seen skin types being split up into categories like dry skin, oily skin, combo skin, normal skin and sensitive skin. But let’s just quickly run through how you can tell the difference in case you’re not sure or you need a really quick refresher.
There are lots of different factors that might change it like your skin type can change from season to season. It can also change as you get older and even throughout the month as your hormones change and some factors in your environment can change it to like how humid it is where you live, but figuring out what skin type you have right now is still a really helpful starting point to help you choose the best cleanser.
5 different skin types
If your skin feels greasy and shiny all over and not in like a cute dewy kind of way. And you also have pores that tend to be a little bit more visible then you probably have oily skin. But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and your skin doesn’t have enough oil and it’s actually feels really tight or even flaky and you also tend to have smaller pores as well. Then your skin is probably more dry.
Combination skin is basically just a combination of oily skin and dry skin. If you have combination skin you will get a little bit of shininess usually around the T zone area but you also might feel a bit drier especially around the cheek area and especially during winter time.
Next skin type is normal skin and you know you have normal skin when your skin isn’t too dry or too oily and it’s just perfectly balanced. I hate calling it normal skin because it implies that if you don’t have perfectly balanced skin that it’s somehow abnormal, and that’s not necessarily the case. So I’m just going to call it balanced skin.
The last skin type is sensitive skin and this one should be really obvious as well. So if you have sensitive skin, your skin will tend to be a lot more reactive to different products that you are using so you might feel bit of stinging, itching, or kind of burning sensation.
Dry skin vs dehydrated skin
Dry skin is very different from dehydrated skin. This skin type that lacks oil. While dehydrated skin is skin that lacks water or moisture. Dehydrated skin is technically a skin condition and not a skin type and you can have oily and dehydrated skin or combo and dehydrated skin so they’re not the same thing.
Range of Cerave cleansers
Cerave foaming facial cleanser
This is great for balanced to oilier skin or combo skin. This cleanser has a gel texture and it lathers and foams up when it mixes with water. Even though it is made for oiler skin types, what I really like about is that it still doesn’t strip your skin too much because it got that ceramide complex in it as well as hyaluronic acid. This is important if you do have oiler skin, you want to make sure that you don’t overdo it and over cleanse and strip out all of that oil from your skin because that can lead your skin to produce even more oil to overcompensate.
In terms of the formula, not only does it have the ceramide complex and the hyaluronic acid but it also has niacinamide and that’s a loved ingredient. In terms of the overall formula, it’s really great for helping you take makeup and I think it could work for sensitive skin as well because it’s still pretty gentle overall.
Salicylic acid cleanser
Because this has a gel-based formulation like the foaming cleanser, its also generally better if you have balance to oiler skin or combo skin so this obviously includes some salicylic acid in it and that makes it great if you have comedonal acne like whiteheads or blackheads or if you have skin texture concerns like keratosis Polaris.
Salicylic acid overall is great for helping improve skin texture because it exfoliate off the top layer of dead skin cells so they don’t get clogged up in your pores and cause comedones to form but what it does is reveal that newer, healthier skin from underneath. And because this isn’t a cleanser format, this is a pretty gentle way of introducing salicylic acid into your routine.
So in terms of the overall formulation, this is a gel-based formula that’s actually quite similar to be foaming facial cleanser. So it does have that kind of foam and lather when you mix it with water and when you wash it off and it also has the niacinmide added into it as well. But unlike the foaming facial cleanser, this of course has that added salicylic acid in it hence the name.
I know that some of you might be concerned that the salicylic acid in cleansers don’t stay on your skin long enough for it to penetrate. But there have been some recent studies to show that salicylic acid can be effective in cleansers.
If you would rather use a simple cleanser that you can then layer other products like the Paula’s Choice Bha levon exfoliant on top of and you’re considering either the foaming or the salicylic acid then the foaming one would probably be better for you. But if you want one product to do both, then Salicylic acid one would be the one to go for. Aside from the salicylic acid, there’s really not much difference between the two products.
The hydrating series
The hydrating cleanser
This is definitely best if you have the dryer to balance kind of skin type but I would also recommend this to you if you have sensitive skin because I think it’s probably the most gentle out of all of the formulas. So something you should know about this cleanser is the texture of it is really creamy. And when you mix it with water, it doesn’t really lather up or foam up at all and that makes this less dripping if you do have dry skin. But it can also maybe be less satisfying if you really liked the traditional kind of soapy type of lather.
Something I wanted to clear up is that more lather doesn’t mean that you are getting a better clean. This doesn’t have a lather to it but it will definitely clean your face. I also find because it has that creamy texture that it makes it really good for taking makeup off as well because it just kind of like melts that makeup off. And for me I have no trouble taking off even waterproof eyeliner. So it’s really good if you want to cleanse everything off in one step instead of having to double cleanse.
Hydrating cream to foam cleanser
I’ve been using this for months now and I’m really excited about it because I think it’s a really interesting product. Not only because it’s a cream to foam hybrid, but also if you actually look at the formula, it’s pretty good. So let me first tell you about the texture. It starts off really creamy like the hydrating cleanser. But then when it mixes with water, it actually lathers up and foams up kind of like a foaming cleanser. It’s really hard to describe so I feel like it’s kind of the best of both worlds when it comes to the texture because you start off with the creaminess which helps to take off all the makeup. But it also finishes with like a really nice satisfying lather and texture to it. I mean, it just doesn’t get more satisfying.
Now another thing I’m really excited about is the ingredient list. They’ve added a ton of amino acids in here. And another thing that they actually don’t advertise on the bottle at all, or in any of their marketing material is that they actually have included salicylic acid in here. So based on all of that, it should really be called the salicylic acid hydrating foaming cleanser because it’s got the salicylic acid but it’s also hydrating and it has foaming properties as well. Hence, considered the best of all these products.
I think looking at the overall formula, this would be really great if you have combo skin, balance skin, or dry skin.
But if you have really oily skin, I would still recommend that you go with one of the gel-based cleansers. So one downside with the overall formulation is it does ingredient list. Because it has got those Amino acids and the cream to foam base plus the salicylic acid added in so if you have extremely sensitive skin, I would still pint you to the hydrating cleanser. The reason being more ingredients mean if you do get reaction, it’ll be much harder to pinpoint specifically what is causing it.
That being said, CeraVe tends to formulate really gentle products overall so I wouldn’t worry if you have extremely skin.
Can we use Hydrating cleanser with a Vitamin C serum?
Even if you fear the mix of niacinamide and vitamin C mix, you can use CeraVe hydrating series do not have Niacinamide in it. I know its really confusing since the gel formulas do, while these two also pack so many fuzzy ingredients that are sometimes hard to keep track.