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Which CeraVe cleanser is best for you?

Follow our simple guide to choosing a cleanser suited to your skin type and concerns.

Cleansing should be the first step in your skincare routine, used to remove makeup, impurities and debris from the pores. The type of cleanser you use is crucial to getting this step right, and over-stripping the skin with ingredients that are too harsh or drying can damage the skin’s protective barrier - and actually create skin concerns rather than solving them.

To help you find the right cleanser for you, we’ve created a simple guide that explains the four main skin types and the formulas that work best to care for your skin.

which cleanser is right for you?

Hydrating Cleanser

Best for: Normal to Dry Skin

Normal to dry skin types need a cleanser that is both hydrating and gentle, such as CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser. This soothing cleanser is specifically formulated for sensitive skin on the face and body that’s prone dryness. As with all CeraVe formulas, it contains 3 Essential Ceramides to help protect the natural skin barrier (responsible for blocking harmful irritants) and Hyaluronic Acid to attract and retain moisture on the skin. Use it every morning and evening and follow with your usual serum and moisturiser.

Hydrating Cleanser

SA Smoothing Cleanser

Best for: Rough and Bumpy Skin.

Also suitable for Keratosis Piliaris & Psoriasis prone skin

If you have rough, bumpy skin on your body, you may need a cleanser that hydrates and exfoliates at the same time. CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser does this with a formula enriched with exfoliating Salicylic Acid, 3 Essential Ceramides and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. When used each morning and evening, this cleanser gently removes oil, dirt and makeup from the skin and can also be used on skin prone to Keratosis Piliaris.

SA smoothing cleanser

Cream to Foam Cleanser

Best for: Normal to Dry Skin

If you have a dry skin type and want to remove makeup, you’ll need a cleanser that doesn’t strip or damage the skin. One of the latest innovations is CeraVe’s Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser that is formulated to effectively remove makeup, oils and dirt without leaving the face feeling tight. It also removes eye and facial makeup with ease, so there’s no need to double cleanse (a known moisture stripper) or use multiple products. It does this with an efficacious formula that features an amino-acid surfactant to remove dirt and oil alongside Hyaluronic Acid and 3 Essential Ceramides that attract and retain water on the skin and protect the skin’s natural barrier.

Cream to Foam Cleanser

Foaming Cleanser

Foaming Cleanser

Best for: Combination and Oily skin types

Combination skin types are more prone to discomfort and imperfections so require a cleanser that soaks up oil without drying the skin out. CeraVe’s Foaming Cleanser is recommended by dermatologists due to the way it gently cleanses the skin with a refreshing foam action and calms the skin with the B3 vitamin, Niacinamide. This foaming action negates the need for double cleansing which can actually damage the barrier function and cause redness, irritation, and dryness.

Use our cleansers every morning and evening, and why not try CeraVe’s AM and PM Facial Moisturising Lotion to hydrate your skin all day long?