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:

What’s 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.

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


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

It’s the first step of your skincare routine.

Performance & Personal Opinion

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.

cerave foaming cleanser review

Who Is This For?

Oily and acne-prone skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

It may not be moisturising enough for dry skin.


A big white tube with a pump applicator. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s practical and will last you for a long time.

Does CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Live Up To Its Claims?

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse, remove excess oil and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry.True.
Featuring three essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this gel-based foaming cleanser is an effective yet non-irritating way to cleanse and care for your normal to oily skin.True.

Price & Availability

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

Do You Need It?

If you have oily skin, this is an excellent option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


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