Finally, A Foaming Cleanser That Won’t Leave Your Skin Tight

by Gio

cerave foaming cleanser review

Is it me or foaming cleansers have gotten a bad rep lately? I can totally see why.

I started using foaming cleansers when I was around 15. Back then, my skin was oilier and pimple-prone. I figured, the more foam a cleanser makes, the better it cleanses my skin and gets rid of the extra oil and pimples.

Big mistake! Those cleansers were too harsh and just dried my skin. Guess how it responded? More oil and more pimples. Not my smartest skincare move, I tell you.

If you’ve had a bad experience with foaming cleansers like I did, it’s easy to paint them all with the same nasty brush. That’s unfair.

Foaming cleansers are still the best option for oily, acne-prone skin. And they’re now a lot gentler than they used to be in my teen days.

If I were a teen today (or just still had oily skin), I’d turn to CeraVe Foaming Cleanser. Here’s what sets it apart from other foaming cleansers:

Key Ingredients In CeraVe Foaming Cleanser


Surfactants is how you call those ingredients that help water mix with oils and dirt so they can be rinsed away. In other words, they do the cleansing job.

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser uses coco-betaine and sodium cocoyl glycinate. They’re both derived from coconut and produce a creamy lather that is NON-drying.

Another thing they have in common? They’re mild. They remove dirt, impurities and even makeup without disrupting the skin’s protective barrier and drying out skin.


Ceramides are some of the building blocks of your skin. Literally.

Together with fatty acids, cholesterol and co, ceramides make up the glue that holds skin cells together. When this barrier’s intact, your skin is soft, supple and able to withstand harsh weather, germs and everything else that attacks it every day.

Problem is, most foaming cleansers damage this glue, making skin drier and prone to irritation. CeraVe Foaming Cleanser doesn’t. Its surfactants are gentle enough to keep this barrier intact.

Plus, it goes one step further: it’s loaded with ceramides that strengthen your skin’s protective barrier. Because your cleanser may not damage it, but the colder winter weather might.

I don’t know about you, but I want to give my skin all the help it needs to survive the colder winter months unscathed.

Related: Are Ceramides The Key To Healthier Skin?

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser has a lightweight, gel-like texture that lathers well. Yet, it’s not drying at all!

My skin’s more on the dry side now that I live in London but I thought I’d try the cleanser anyway cos a lot of you have been asking me about it.

I didn’t expect it to work too well for my skin type but I had to eat my words. While I’d still recommend CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser to anyone with dry skin, the foaming version does a great job at cleansing my skin without drying it out.

I massage it onto wet skin and soon, all my makeup, dirt and whatever’s else on my skin melts away. The best part? Afterwards, my skin doesn’t feel tight at all.

I still cringe when I think about my teen years. Back then, I thought that tight feeling meant it had done its job. Now I know it’s your skin’s way of telling you you’ve destroyed its protective barrier. Ouch!

If you’re struggling to find a gentle but effective cleanser for your oily/acne-prone skin, look no further. Try it now and thank me later.

Available at: $14.99/£14.00 at Dermstore, Feel UniqueUlta and Walmart

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Have you ever tried CeraVe Foaming Cleanser? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Coco-Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, Capryloyl Glycine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Phenoxyethanol, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Ceramide EOP

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Raluca January 5, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Hi Gio! I am 37 but I feel like my skin is in a constant revolution. It is constantly full of blackheads and whiteheads (some of them i just cannot get out). I live in Eastern Europe and do not always have access to the product you review or recommend but I was able to find this one though. I am using The Ordinary Salycilic Acid right after that. I feel like I need a quite heavy moisturiser right after and I happen to have bought Bioderma Smoothing moisturising care Radiance booster (which I was about to ditch because it felt too oily before Cerave) . They seem to work so well together. I’ve been doing this for 3 days now and I feel great so far. Hope the effect lafts. I am right after my period which is normally a time when my skin is better anyway, we’ll see how it looks in 4 weeks :). Thanks for all your reviews, I find them very helpful in my struggle with my own skin. Any idea what do I do with these whiteheads I have on my forehead? They seem buried so deep that I just cannot get them out :(((.

Gio January 12, 2019 - 2:39 pm

Hi Raluca, so glad my reviews are helping you. Hang in there, it takes a while to see results sometimes. Consistency is key. For whiteheads, salicylic acid is the best remedy. But again, if they’ve been there for a while, it’ll take a while to get them out. Be patient and keep using the right skincare products and you’ll see an improvement soon.

Celeste January 28, 2019 - 3:14 am

Cera Ve foaming cleanser is the BEST hands down! I’ve been using it for over 10 years and still come back to it every single time 🙂 I have oily skin still (I’m almost 30) and absolutely love it!

Gio February 7, 2019 - 6:38 pm

It’s a wonderful cleanser, isn’t it? Gentle and gets the job done.

mashi February 8, 2020 - 8:35 pm

is there a timestamp or date on your articles so that i can refer to the date written?

Gio February 9, 2020 - 6:46 am

Mashi, the date on the first comment is usually a good indication on when the post was first published.

But I do update all my articles regularly to keep up with product changes, so the article may have changed since its original publication date.

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