CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion User Reviews

Recently the manufacturers of Finacea, Intendis, and Coria Laboratories, have begun promoting a new combination package it is calling Finacea plus.

This package encourages rosacea sufferers to combine a tube of Finacea with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and/or CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion.

In theory this sounds like a good idea. Many rosacea sufferers have discovered that a gentle cleansing and moisturizing combination is a key part of their rosacea beating rosacea.

Official Web Site Comments

According to the official CeraVe web site, CeraVe is suitable for rosacea sufferers; “If you are taking a prescription medication for a skin condition, CeraVe Skin Care products are designed to enhance a medication’s therapeutic effect. That’s why many dermatologists recommend CeraVe Skin Care products as part of their therapeutic regimen. The gentle and moisturizing ingredients in CeraVe Skin Care products can also help offset the drying effects of certain prescription medications used to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea.”

Further, the My Finacea web site claims the following benefits from using the CeraVe products.

Delivered with MVE technology.

CeraVe Skin Care products offer the unique Multivesicular Emulsion —MVE™— delivery technology. This patented system provides a controlled release of barrier-rebuilding protective ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish, while locking in precious moisture.

So the manufacturers are convinced, then.

Medical Opinions

From Rosacea: No laughing matter, Dr. Bikowski stresses skin care to make sure the outer layer, called the stratum corneum, is healthy. “That stops water from leaving, the skin from drying out, and stops things like microbes from getting in, also irritants and allergens.” He advises the use of the over-the-counter cleanser, moisturizer lotion and/or moisturizer cream marketed under the name CeraVe. …

“There is nothing over the counter that is of any medical value for treating rosacea except for the skin products [CeraVe],” he said.

Hmmm, Dr. Bikowski sounds convinced too.

Paula Begoun seems to be generally happy with the CeraVe range;

“Hydrating Cleanser deserves serious consideration by anyone with normal to dry skin that’s also sensitive, including those dealing with rosacea. It is an exceptionally gentle, soothing cleanser that contains several ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin …”

“Moisturizing Lotion is the lotion version of the Moisturizing Cream, and other than having a lighter texture and smoother dry-down, the same formulary comments apply. The blend of glycerin, ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid will help normal to dry skin look and feel very good …”

How To Use

Instructions that accompany Finacea Plus recommend that rosacea patients wash their skin with lukewarm water and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. This should be followed by an application of Finacea. Finally, it recommends applying CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion to the entire face.

What is the special offer ?

Well perhaps the package is slightly less than exciting. The prescription for Finacea Plus offers patients a $10 coupon towards the prescription cost of Finacea and a $2 coupon toward the purchase of either CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. A fairly modest discount scheme indeed.

The coupon itself is available at the My Finacea web site.

User Reviews

For more information on Finacea itself, see the Rosacea Support Group page containing Finacea User Reviews.

Here are some comments from rosacea sufferers who have tried the CeraVe range of products;

Artist said: I had also started using Finacea, a topical medication for rosacea, while still using the Cerave (the last few days using it.) I distinctly remember that the Finacea was extremely irritating to my skin, as if my face were on FIRE, when combined with the Cerave. Cerave is known to release moisture throughout the day due to microbeads or some such technology. It also contains ceramides, so maybe that has something to do with it. Who knows. I think this kept re-activating the finacea or just did not combine well with it. I then switched from Cerave moisturizer to Vanicream Lite Lotion

Carol, Brooklyn, Ohio said: (They) mentioned CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. I tried it and i hope coria labs never stop making it! In three days, my face looks like it did so long ago. I am in love with my skin on my face! I knew from the first night i used it. It was not greasy, it washed off very quick, no residue, no redness, no drying, no itching! I love it!!!!!! I have not had to use my acid mantle or clindamycin for the last three days! love it love it please please please do not stop making CeraVe hydrating cleanser.

DmanChicago said: This relatively unknown brand of cleanser has proven to be the best for my skin. I have moderate Rosacea-mainly the redness, bumps, pimples, and at times even cysts. I’m 47, I have tried literally every product out there and this is my pick. It is completely non-irritating, doesn’t dry my skin, and simply works to clean without the greasy feeling of Cetaphil.

Mikel said: Cerave Lotion is the only lotion I can use on my face, other than DML Lotion. Cerave is far more effective but DML works on the principle of less is more. I cant use the Cerave Cleanser though as my pores get clogged. Go Figure! I use the lotion as the cream is a bit heavy for my combo skin.

MelissaW said: I have a similar reaction to the Cerave cleanser interestingly enough. I find it breaks me out a bit. However I use both the Cerave lotion and cream successfully (so far) and find it very soothing and calming for my rosacea. I have dry skin though so that is probably why I can use the cream without any issues re clogging my pores.

CrabbyCathy said: Hold on to your socks, everyone. I think I have found a moisturizer I love, that beats my beloved Canvas Base Cream! In a matter of days, it has returned moisture to my skin, or at least helped my skin heal so that it can retain it’s own moisture, as nature intended. No more dry, itchy, stinging skin. I guess ceramides do work! I apply a dab to damp skin, concentrating on my cheeks, and dab the little bit left on my fingers onto my t-zone, where I don’t need as much.

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Final Comment

OK, the discount offer is pretty modest, but do you think you’d like to try any of the CeraVe products ? Are the something you will want to keep as part of your daily regime ?

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28 Reader Comments

  1. Tyler says:

    I love the lotion. It’s better than any other I’ve tried.

  2. maria m says:

    I am in my 50’s and have recently been diagnosed with Rosacea, which I believe was induced by the YEARS & YEARS of application of creams prescribed by my doctor for a mild condition of SebDerm! The doctor never told me that repeated use of steroid creams could INDUCE ROSACEA!!

    On a number of occasions lately, as I searched the stores for a “cure” to whatever was going on with my face, I had seen reviews for the “Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum”, but didn’t believe it would work – because nothing else I had purchsed had worked so far….The redness and rash I was experiencing had gotten much worse over the last month. I needed relief, badly.

    So I decided to buy the Made from Earth Rosehip Serum – it was cheap compared to other rosacea creams and I had nothing to use. WITHIN 2 MONTHS I WAS MUCH IMPROVED!! Honestly, my face even felt better!! The stinging has almost stopped except for the nose area, and the redness is almost 100% gone, as well as the overall “itchiness” from the latest flare.

    Don’t wait – go buy this BEFORE you see your doctor!! At least give it a try first; you have nothing but about $18 to lose! Hurry and get relief for yourself!!!

  3. Texas Rosacea Sufferer says:

    I like the CeraVe cleanser, but it doesn’t remove my makeup so I’m using Dove cleansing cloths for that. I normally use Aqua Glycolic cleanser as glycolic acid helps with rosacea for some people (I am getting no flares now and have been using it for a couple of years.) However, this week I started using Finacea gel so I am going to stay away from the Aqua Glycolic cleanser until my skin has had a few weeks to adjust to the Finacea.

  4. Sandra in Texas says:

    The CeraVe cleanser is mild, but doesn’t get my makeup off. I end up with makeup all over the towel I dry my face with. I’m using Dove cleansing clothes instead. However, I can use the CeraVe in the morning. I guess the CeraVe cleanser would get my makeup off if I used a wet paper towel with it but haven’t tried that yet. The lotion would be good for someone with oily skin. If your skin is dry from Retin A or any similar prescrip you’ll need the CeraVe cream instead of the lotion.

  5. Irene says:

    Curious to see how finacea is working for some folks, I am just shy of two weeks using the product, used the metrogel and skin didn’t respond well. curious

  6. Lee says:

    Like others I have spent a lot of $ on products that have initially worked, then aggravated my rosacea after a few weeks or even months. I am now using the Cerave cleanser and lotion twice a day. I also have the jar of cream that I use occasionally. If I do get a break out, I have Noritate and use at night either alone, or under the cream. (Noritate does not dry out my face like Metro-gel)! My face is slightly red, but I rarely have a break out. For make up I use Clinique concealer for any red spots and Bare Minerals from Sephora. I still have to stay out of the sun of course. I have used these products for about a year and am finally happy with my skin. PS, I also use the Cerave jar cream on other part of my body. One of my elbows had been rough and red for many years and now is soft and smooth!! Try it on your feet!! If you live near a Costco, buy the products there, much cheaper. Lee from Michigan.

  7. Mel says:

    I have what I consider to be moderate rosacea – quite a bit of redness in the nose, cheeks and chin area with it spreading into the jaw area recently. (I do not have the pustules/pimples that can go along with Rosacea.) Also, I have problems with my eyes – the grittiness and dryness associated with Rosacea. I have been using the Finacea cream pretty regularly for about 10 months, but only 1X per day due to the cost of the product. I can’t tell if it helps at all with redness, but I think it helps with the texture of my skin. I was starting to get thickening of the skin in some areas. I have been trying to find something that helps with the redness and I read about the CeraVe. So, far I like it a lot. It does not seem to irritate the Rosacea and seems to be lessening the redness. I have also been trying to keep my face really clean, as well as the eye area since I read that mites are more abundunt in Rosacea sufferers. I don’t have any recommendations for anyone, since this all seems to be trial and error – but, I hope this info is helpful to someone.

  8. ??? says:

    stop with your rosacea people!okay i have my story its about pimples! okay i hAd pimples nd i tried almost everything,deyy would never take my pimples off maybe just one but then another one wil come out i was happy but then mad at the same time because it would just damage my 13 year old skin.so i was planning that if i should buy proactive but then my friend said it didnt work so i changed my mind. cerave actually worked for me because it’s noncomedogenic,and thats good for acne proned skin. so im really happy with the results and i dnt need to put concealer anymore and look dry i could now show OFF my face with my natural color and be fresh and natural. so if theirs any teens out their and adults dis may not work for all but it worked for me!TRY IT DONT BE AFRAID . MY SKIN IS SENSITIVE AND ITS SENSITIVE ENOUGH FOR ANY SKIN PROBLEMS.SO IF THIS DIDNT WORK FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT HAVE BREAKOUTS OR PIMPLES OR ROCASEA! FIND CLEANSERS THAT HAVE :NONCOMEDOGENIC AND NONACNEGENIC.THEY ARE OIL-FREE AND CHECK IN THE INGREDIENTS OF YOUR FACE CLEANSER THAT IT DOSENT HAVE FRAGRANCE BECAUSE THAT WILL KEEP ON MAKING YOU BREAKOUT.SO WISH YOU ALL LUCK:))!BYE<3333

  9. Vicki says:

    I think I found my hg in skin care for my rosacea. I wash with CeraVe facial foaming cleanser, follow with Prosacea, and finish with CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion AM. In two days, I look almost human again.

  10. Great to hear Vicki, thanks for the feedback. I hope this simple regime continues to work for you !

  11. Vicki says:

    I spoke too soon. It was great for a couple of days. But this morning I woke up with a bright red burning face. Help! I think it was the Prosacea. What do you do for a major break out?

  12. Vicki says:

    I went to the derm today and he recommended CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and CeraVe PM facial moisturizer. He also gave me Halog for flare ups which has some cortisone in it. I hope this combination works. My skin is too red for words.

  13. Vicki says:

    It’s me again. The derm also gave me Clarifoam to use before the Halog. How hard is it to stop using the Halog? I have two weeks to use it and then stop. I don’t want the rebound effect. I guess a gradual weening would be best.

    Anyway, you should see my face today. It is at least 70% better. I’m glad I stopped trying to treat myself and went to the derm. He diagnosed me with rosacea and seborrhea.

    • CL J says:

      Your comments as well as others on this blog (thank you David) are very helpful.
      I think I will stop trying to treat my flare-ups …two serious ones and one smaller one …and go to a dermatologist.
      In the meantime, thanks to this blog, I’ll be trying CeraVe hydrating cleanser and lotion.

  14. Mary Anne says:

    I’m allergic to a lot of hypoallergenic skin products. Anything that contains the irritant stearic acid will make me break out in blisters, a rosacea outbreak. Many manufacturers, even though they know that stearic acid is an irritant, use it in their products anyway. The Made From Earth Green Tea Cleanser does not. Not only that but it is also non-drying and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking smooth and clean. I have been very happy with it, and my skin issues have cleared up considerably since I began using it.

  15. melissa z says:

    I have been using cerave hydrating cleanser and moisturizing lotion for almost two years and I have rosacea .While they don’t seem to help with redness they are very gentle and don’t bother my skin .the only drawback to the cleanser is it doesn’t remove makeup very well and I have to use a little jojoba oil before I wash.

  16. Grace a says:

    I used Cerave for years, but stopped using it because I found better results with Citrus Clear products. Typically whatever the dermatologist gives me works for a while, but then stops. Now that my acne has become a lot more mild. I’ve been using Citrus Clear every day and it really helps a lot. I felt like Cerave was only moisturizing and not really cleaning, but I really feel clean and refreshed after using the Citrus Clear Face Wash. I’d recommend it to any teenager who just wants their freaking acne to go away for good.

  17. Maria says:

    Hello, I was given a prescription for Mirvaso & Oracea and encouraged to try Cetaphil Cleanser & Cream, along with a mineral based sunscreen. I have not tried this combination yet, and wondering about the experience of others?

  18. Marty Hester says:

    Tonight I used cera ve moisturizing cleanser for the first time and it set my face on fire. I will be returning this asap

  19. Nancy says:

    Ironically, I’ve been using both of theses products for the past two years. CeraVe is the only product that my skin doesn’t react negatively to. I also apply vitamin E oils from the gel capsuls (400 IU and 1,000 IU) at night. My skin is stable but the skin barrier is still damaged as my cheeks easily loose moisture.

  20. From another comment –

    “I am using CeraVe pm facial moisturiser, Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF15 (for a sunscreen moisturiser) and Diorskin Nude BB Creme as my foundation. All seem to work well and do not irritate my skin. For years I used lancome and it was a terrible irritant. I tried CeraVe AM moisturiser which contains a sunscreen but this irritated my skin. I use the CeraVe cleaner and it is wonderful.”

  21. jessica says:

    I went to the dr and she recommended the cerave hydrating cleanser.when I washed my face my face stared to sting.i guess its not for everybody.went back to my old face wash.no problems.i am very upset my dr recommend that face wash

  22. Jessica says:

    I tried. The foaming wash.i didn’t have any problems.i use it with the cerave lotion on my face.

  23. Lora says:

    I have a tube of metrogel that expired in 2001. I’m sure I kept it because of the cost, and now my Dr. has prescribed it again. I don’t remember if it helped, and I can’t afford a $140 crapshoot. Dare I try the old tube?

  24. Angie says:

    CeraVe cleanser, day lotion, and pm cream work wonders for keeping my skin calm. I also use Burt’s Bees liquid mineral foundation when I’m going out, which covers any redness and imperfections in my skin, without ant irritation.

  25. “Not only did the CeraVe burn it left my face tight and shiny. So, it must strip away too much of the necessary oils.”

    ” A pharmacist and I read the ingredients of Cerave yesterday and we both agreed it’s still not gentle enough.”

    “When I used Finacea it didn’t help and my face burned and itched so bad after applying. After a few months I stopped.”

    ” I’ve been using Cere ve cleanser for a year now. It hasn’t helped! Nothing has! I’ve spent at least $500 in the last few months on different skincare that’s supposed to be good for rosacea & none of it has helped. Its an autoimmune disorder & can’t be cured. And no brand of skincare has made my skin look less red. But, some have definitely made it look worse! First $94 fibromyalgia vitamins in my newsfeed. Now, this I don’t know why I bother coming on fb at all anymore. I’m already depressed about all my medical conditions. Fb is not supposed to make it worse!”

    “I’ve been using diluted 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water for well over a month now, and I can’t remember when I was this happy with the results. May not be for everyone. Do some research and you’ll see others. Good luck!”

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