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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, 12 Ounce

CeraVe hydrating cleanser is a vital part of a daily skin care routine. It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier. It patented MVE formulation helps essential ingredients penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.

Key features

  • MVE works by trapping ingredients within multi-layered vesicles that are slowly released, layer by layer throughout the day, penetrating deep into the skin to moisturize and nourish
  • Non-Comedogenic, non-irriatating, developed with dermatologists
  • Helps restore and maintain the skin’s natural protective function
  • Contains ceramides that moisturize and soften skin
  • Hydrates as it cleanses

Honest reviews



Just bought this at Walmart today. I used it once and I really questioned if I accidently bought lotion and was rubbing lotion on my face, lol. There is NO lather whatsoever. So if your worried about becoming too oily I would follow up with a toner or witchhazel.

Dorothy White Sands Missile Range, NM

Highly reccommend for sensitive and acne prone skin

I have very sensitive and acne prone skin. This facial cleanser is very gentle. It does not foam, which initially made me wonder if I was really cleansing my skin deeply. After using this product for 5 months, I can say that it does cleanse very well. In fact, I am now more impressed with this non-foaming cleanser because my skin feels and looks more balanced. I think my previous facial routine, that included a foaming cleanser, actually dried out my face and made it out of balance, causing redness and acne. This cleanser seems to hold moisture, allowing my skin to feel more hydrated. I’m 43, live in the arid climate of CO, and have suffered daily from acne for decades. My skin has been totally clear now for about 4 months. (I’m elated.) I contribute this cleanser as one of the most significant positive contributors of my skin’s healthy appearance.

Eunice Grand Rapids, OH

Very hydrating

I heard a lot of positive reviews before buying this product. I use it in the morning before applying makeup. It does not dry my face.

Beatriz Sherwood, OH


Maybe it works for everyone else but it did not get my make up off my face. It was like I had to wash my face twice if I wanted it all off. I returned it.

Jean Port Clinton, PA

So glad my product went viral!

I was using a different product which just went up in price about 300%! Had to find something else and am I ever glad I was forced to change. Leaves my face feeling soft. LOVE it! Thanks St. Ives!

Robbie Somerset, WI

CeraVe cleanser

I like this hydrating wash very much. Leaves my skin soft and smooth. I would highly recommend it especially if you have sensitive skin.

Helga Hammond, IL

From AcneFree/ProActiv to CeraVe – what the heck, doc was right

My skin: Medically diagnosed with dry/sensitive skin. I thought for years that my skin was oily since there was oil on the surface, and I was breaking out. I was getting cystic acne too. My OTC treatments: Acne Free Severe, ProActiv. Both worked at first but not for long.Saw doctor and a dermatologist and an aesthetician: I actually have dry, sensitive skin. The surface oil was my oil glands overacting to moisturize my dry skin; dry skin flakes and clogs pores = recipe for acne (though the cystic acne kind requires internal treatment – food allergies, hormones – as well.)Using exfoliating products on my face everyday to scrub that acne and dead pores off was actually traumatizing my skin.The docs recommended CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser to keep the moisture in my skin and restore the protective barrier that had been broken by all the aggressive acne treatments I had been trying.This feels great to use; kind of looks and feels like petroleum jelly mixed with lotion, but looks can be deceiving: my face feels cleaned, and hydrated. The bad – dirt, makeup traces, excess oil – was taken out and the good was left in and restored if damaged. It’s almost a magical experience, my face feels happy afterwards.On Removing Makeup: I do use a makeup remover towellette before washing my face with this at night because I use extended wear makeup. If it’s not extended wear or waterproof, you can just wipe it off with this on a cotton pad. Other reviewers did not agree on makeup removal: I think it depends on the type of makeup you use and how much – is there a primer, foundation, setting powder and waterproof mascara involved? That’s when I pull out a makeup remover towellette. Was it a day with no mascara, just BB cream and concealer under my eyes – cotton pad with Cerave on it.I also use CeraVe’s AM and PM Lotions, and recommend those:CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, 3 OunceandCeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM, 3 OunceI started this regimen in July; it’s 6 months later: I’m clear from any breakouts, all I have is scarring that is fading with help from the CeraVe line’s nourishing, protective products,

Cheri Danbury, WI

Recommended by my dermatologist

I love all the CeraVe products. They were recommended by my dermatologist two years ago and this now 62 year old face looks better and better. Elsewhere (such as drug stores and even Walmart, these products were costly. Better pricing and Prime shipping means I will continue to get my supplies through Amazon. I even use this cleanser in the shower. I have sensitive skin and this product cleans gently. Follow with CeraVe AM or PM moisturizer, you have all you need. No offense Clinique

Rosalyn Lakewood, CA

Love CereVe Cleanser!

Love how this cleanser feels on my face, very soft and silky, leaves your face hydrated. I still use Almay makeup remover before hand.

Cindy North Egremont, MA

This stuff is PERFECT

My skin is the awful combination of oily and dry, so I was skeptical when my dermatologist recommended this as the cure. But two years later, I’m addicted. I wash my face with this daily and have seen a great improvement to the skin tone and blemish reductions. Very rarely do I see a pimple or blackhead – my skin is clear. When my hand eczema got bad this summer, another dermatologist recommended this non-lathering cleanser to wash my hands.Stocked up on a few bottles from Amazon and I’m all set! Recommend this product to my friends & family.

Stacie Lynx, OH


Wonderful Product.Use the hydrating in the morning, and the foaming at night.Leaves your skin so soft and silky feels like you already have moisturizer on.Love the entire Line of CeraVe it absolutely works magic on your skin. And in the world ofskin products it’s down right cheap!It’s all I use now, cleansers, lotion and sunscreen.LOVE IT!!

Brandie Linn Grove, IA

The Best

It’s gentle and non-drying without tightening the skin, but yet removes mascara. I’ve used many cleansers including some expensive ones, but this may be the best yet. I don’t have to worry about having dry patches on my face after a few days use with this cleanser. I will definitely continue to purchase this product.

Cleo Long Island City, NY

Skin Feels Good

I always order this product because it is good for your skin, dermatology recommended indeed. Have been using this product for quite a while now and will continue to do so.

Haley Oak Island, NC

Doctor Reccommended

I like the new packaging. I have combination skin and this works for all parts of my face. Been using it for years and will definitely continue.

Juliette Dayton, NJ

Great cleanser

This has it all, removes makeup, doesn’t dry out your skin, and is inexpensive.I will keep using this – getting ready to by a new bottle after 6 months of twice daily use, I’m almost out!

Socorro Willamina, OR

Like it

This cleans my face without drying my complexion. I have sensitive skin and this product does what it claims very nicely.

Melody Amarillo, TX

Good and basic….

I use this to remove make up before using my clarisonic. It gets the job done without irritating or drying out my face. I like it way better than Cetaphil. Its not greasy or perfumey. I like the fact that it contains ceramides and hyalauronic acid…they really make my face feel nice. I also use their am and pm moisturizers and I am very pleased with the whole line.

Mavis Moyers, OK