I currently own 3 products each from CeraVe and Cetaphil: a cleanser, a lotion, and a cream. I used to have a mild form of eczema called Pityriasis Alba which was when I began using CeraVe. I can't vouch for what Cetaphil has done for my eczema because when I had an outbreak of eczema, I strictly used only CeraVe, as prescribed by my dermatologist. I was too afraid to venture away from CeraVe for a few years since it worked (and still does) so well for me. This comparison review will simply compare the two brands against each other for general purposes. You can find my blog post about how CeraVe fared for me and my eczema here.
A brief introduction to the brands before I begin the comparisons:
- Marketed towards those with sensitive, dry, or damaged skin or anyone looking for a gentle cleanser.
- Formulated with ceramides, humectants (hyaluronic acid), and emollients to replenish and retain moisture.
- MVE® delivery technology provides a controlled release of ingredients over time.
- Currently has 6 products in their lineup (2 cleansers, 3 lotions, 1 cream.
The products I'll be reviewing are:
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: "gently hydrates throughout the day"
- CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: "penetrates to rebuild the skin barrier"
- CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: "penetrates to rebuild the skin barrier"
Where to purchase CeraVe products.
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- Marketed towards those with sensitive, dry, and/or acne-prone skin.
- Currently has 12 products in their lineup (3 cleansers, 2 cleansing bars, and 7 moisturizers). Here is a comparison chart if you're wondering which product you should start with.
- Apparently you can use it to even treat head lice?? Credit: The New York Times.
The products I'll be reviewing are:
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: "great for daily makeup removal, will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance"
- Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion: "clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours. The moisturizing formula is fast-acting, long-lasting, and helps moisturize extra dry skin. Non-greasy, non-irritating, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free."
- Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: "non-greasy cream formula that is excellent for the hands, feet, elbows and knees—anywhere that requires intensive moisturizing. It is also appropriate for facial use and is fragrance-free."
Where to purchase Cetaphil products.
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A quick note about my skin:
Sometimes Sensitive and/or Dry. Has been Normal for a little more than half a year now. Sometimes I'll have random outbreaks of dry patches of skin (has not happened recently. Happened more often about a year ago). These dry patches of skin could be found most often on my cheek bones, beneath my eyebrows, or the area surrounding the eye (eyelids or eye bags).
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser vs. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- Both are very gentle on my sensitive, sometimes dry, sometimes normal skin.
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: slippery consistency, spreads thin easily, leaves a thin film over my skin (protective layer??). At first the thin film was weird to me but I got used to it and now I like it.
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: thicker than CeraVe, almost jelly-like texture, I have to use a little more of this than I would CeraVe. Does not leave skin with a thin film like CeraVe does, which might be more appealing to some.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser photos
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser photos
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion vs. Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
- CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: thin in consistency, soaks right into my skin. I mainly use this in the summer time and it works well as an all day moisturizer. Lightweight and doesn't leave me oily. I've also used it to thin out my foundation on days I wear foundation. Lovely stuff.
- Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion: very greasy/oily feeling surprisingly. I had a hard time holding my pencil to take notes while testing it. At the end of the day, my face is very oily and slick to the touch.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion photos
Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion photos
You can't see it here but my hand was really greasy and shiny.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream vs. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
- CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: very thick (always makes my noise perspire), leaves my skin matte (love it!), extremely moisturizing (I will only use this cream when I get eczema breakouts, nothing else).
- Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: thicker than CeraVe, same results as with the lotion (greasy/oily feeling). I tried using this at night all over my face one night and woke up looking uber shiny.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream photos
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream photos
I forgot to take a picture of my hand after applying the cream but it's just like Cetaphil's lotion.
Overall, I prefer CeraVe over Cetaphil. Both cleansers work well for me but Cetaphil's lotion and cream (at least the versions I own) are just too greasy for my face. I applied Cetaphil's cream earlier today to my entire face and I feel very greasy right now. The weather wasn't warm today so I wouldn't consider that a contributing factor.
I'd recommend either cleanser for:
- those with damaged, irritated, or sensitive skin
- those taking taking/using strong acne medication and need a gentle cleanser