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The TikTok-approved CeraVe products right for your skin type


TextAlex Peters

Social media loves the derm-approved budget brand but which cleanser should you choose?

In the last few months, CeraVe skincare products have taken TikTok by storm. Thanks to skincare influencers like Hyram Yarbro recommending the products to his five million followers, the 15-year-old drugstore brand has become a holy grail for many, so popular that it keeps selling out and long-time fans are at a loss as to why they can no longer source their favourites.

Developed by dermatologists, all CeraVe products work to protect and restore your skin barrier which makes it great for those who have sensitive skin or suffer from concerns like eczema and psoriasis. It is also super affordable.

Cleanser is the foundation of your skincare routine and an important first step to preparing your skin for everything that follows. CeraVe has a range of cleansers created for all different skin types and it can be confusing and overwhelming to know where to start, especially for those just beginning their skincare journey.

It’s great to get recommendations from experts on social media, but everyone’s skin is different and just because something works for an influencer doesn’t mean it will work for you. So to help out we’ve broken down each cleanser to help you decide which you should be using. 

FOR DRY SKIN AND SKINCARE BEGINNERS

For those people who have dry skin, CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser is the one. Containing essential ceramides to restore the skin’s barrier and hyaluronic acid for hydration, this cleanser won’t strip your skin of any moisture. Extremely gentle and fragrance-free it isn’t at all irritating so is perfect for those with sensitive skin as well. A great staple.

FOR OILY SKIN

Foaming cleansers are great for removing excess oil, dirt, and make-up and are recommended for people whose skin is on the oiler side which often includes teens and men. While CeraVe’s Foaming Facial Cleanser will help to remove the excess sebum on your skin, the cleanser will still leave your face hydrated as it contains hyaluronic acid. Niacinamide will help soothe the skin and keep the barrier protected. 

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR SMOOTH SKIN

CeraVe’s Renewing SA Cleanser contains salicylic acid which will act as a gentle exfoliator, helping to sweep away dead cells and soften rough skin. Recommended for those with blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, this is also a great product for people with facial hair as it will help with in-grown hairs and razor bumps. It is also suitable for psoriasis-prone skin. A good first step for skincare beginners who haven’t tried chemical exfoliants before. 

FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

CeraVe’s Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser is for those people whose skin is acne-prone. Containing benzoyl peroxide, the cleanser works to clear and heal inflamed skin including hormonal acne and deeper cystic breakouts. While the benzoyl peroxide tackles the acne, the niacinamide will help soothe the skin and keep the barrier protected, while hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture.

FOR A FIRST-STEP CLEANSER

Micellar waters have become a popular first-step cleanser to remove your make-up. Micellar water is made up of micelles (cleansing oil molecules) which are attracted to dirt and oil and help break them down. Gentle enough to be suitable for all skin types, CeraVe’s Hydrating Micellar Water also contains ceramides and niacinamide to help calm the skin without disrupting the protective skin barrier.

FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY-CONCERNED

As we all know, plastic pollution is a big problem. Across the world, we generate hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year and it is having a seriously damaging effect on the environment. If you are looking to make a change in your beauty routine and ditch the plastic, then cleansing bars might be a good option. CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar is soap-free and created for dry to normal skin. As with all CeraVe’s products, the bar contains ceramides to help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier.

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