Cerave – Foaming Cleanser (amazing!)

CeraVe - Foaming Cleanser


Cerave has a product range that has been developed by dermatologists that are effective and wallet-friendly. Cerave foaming cleanser is one of my go-to products. I like to use this as my second cleanse at night; it removes any residue left by the oil cleanser without being harsh or any hint of stripping my skin.

Packed full of skin-caring ingredients the foaming cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, without any harsh drying effects.

Cerave foaming cleanser product claims

  • Gentle – this certainly is very gentle, after use skin feels fresh and clean. 
  • Maintains moisture balance – I find this to be true, never have that dry tight feeling I’ve felt from harsher cleansers (especially of the spotty teenager time when astringent cleanser and toners would only do, urgh!)
  • Maintains the natural protective barrier / non-irritating I googled what a compromised skin barrier might look like and was presented with the following symptoms: tightness, dryness, redness, itching, and sensitivity. I can honestly say I have not experienced any of these!
  • Non-comedogenic (doesn’t block your pores) – agreed, does the opposite gives a very gentle but thorough cleanout!
  • I appreciate that this foaming cleanser is fragrance-free. Lots of people love their skincare to smell gorgeous, but I am firmly in the camp that says that fragrance is unnecessary and can easily be an irritant.

Key ingredients include:

  • Ceramides: Essential for healthy skin, ceramides help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Ceramides can be particularly helpful when you have a compromised skin barrier and need to strip back the skincare routine back to basics. This cleanser is usually to give your skin some breathing space to repair itself.
  • Hyaluronic acid: This ingredient attracts hydration to the skin’s surface and helps the skin retain moisture. A molecule of hyaluronic acid can draw 1000 times its own weight – hello hydration! But it works best to use hyaluronic acid is a moist or steamy environment and quickly get on with your skincare routine (stops the acid drawing moisture out of your skin!)
  • Niacinamide: Helps the skin barrier and calms the skin. The product is an all-round good egg, that really can help with several skin issues.

My Final Thoughts

This cleansing wash is an excellent basic daily facial cleanser. The texture is gel-like and does a great job at cleaning. I honestly can’t recommend enough for normal to oily skin types.

There might be some concerns as this is a foaming wash, but Cerave has been smart in the way they formulated the foaming cleanser. Typically you will need to include a surfactant to encourage a cleanser to foam, and these have been receiving some bad press recently. To be honest, in large amounts, surfactants would not be too healthy for either you or your skin. But in the quantities used in skincare, a suitable formulation can be an excellent enhancement – especially if you are more oily or have combination skin.

For those with skin on the drier side, Cerave also produces a hydrating version. I believe they have just launched another version in the UK with salicylic acid, that should be good for spot-prone skin and those with texture. I really would like to try the salicylic acid one – but need to make sure I’m not adding too many acids in a skincare routine!

Thie foaming cleanser is available on the high street at Boots. You can pick up a 236ml bottle which is around £9.50.


5 star rating

I would repurchase the Cerave foaming cleanser, and it provides gentle but comprehensive cleaning at a wallet-friendly price. This cleansing wash is, in fact, in my permanent rotation.

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