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Cetaphil vs CeraVe

Started 1331270570.603 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1331585270.95 by Intern

which do you prefer? once I run out of purity I'm thinking about trying one of these. I've read great reviews on both products.

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BellaCarro1331270917.9238222 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011Atlanta

CeraVe hands down. To me, Cetaphil has a residue. Wait, are you talikng about cleansers or moisturizers? Either one, still CeraVe for me.

beauty jun­kie1331271349.538370 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006Ft Laud

I agree,Cerave. I actually like the foaming one.

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Miss Claud­ia1331272423.4814 PostsRegistered 2/2/2012
Is Cerave an inexpensive drugstore product like Cetaphil? I use Cetaphil and get it at Costco. It works fine for me and I like that it cleans my face without that dry tight feeling. I do not notice any residue but I don't really like the way it feels on my face when I am using it because it kind of has a slimmy mucus like consistency.

beauty jun­kie1331273377.628370 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006Ft Laud

Yes Cerave is a drug store brand.I find that the foaming cleanser removes makeup better then Cetaphil but they are both good products.The Cerave cleansers are not as slimey as Cetaphil.

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2bc1331278329.817413 PostsRegistered 12/31/2011

Another vote for cerave. I prefer the hydrating cleanser. The foaming cleanser irritated my skin.

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SilverFilly1331281081.307289 PostsRegistered 12/25/2009

Great question! I've wondered this myself. I've used Cetaphil for years but I've considered trying CeraVe.

just bee1331300711.9914378 PostsRegistered 1/3/2010Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cetaphil is utilitarian and a tad boring. CeraVe costs a little more, but the formula is a bit more luxurious. The way it feels makes it worth the extra cost.

I'm using up an old bottle of Cetaphil for shaving (works great!), and I always have CeraVe on hand for the dry days of winter.

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lindyliber­ty1331301177.1639 PostsRegistered 5/15/2011
My dermatologist recommended CeraVe. I like it very much!

PeaceKeeper1331302151.5631388 PostsRegistered 11/6/2007

Thanks for this post...My children's pediatrician recommended Cetaphil lotion/cream, so I bought the facial cleanser for them replacing their Purity. I'll definitely give CeraVe a try...even for myself!

Can someone tell me where to find it other than Costco? We don't have one near us. TIA...

just bee1331302247.54714378 PostsRegistered 1/3/2010Albuquerque, New Mexico

Both products are available at Walgreens.

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gigi11251331302423.34803 PostsRegistered 11/4/2010

Love the CeraVe hydrating cleanser and the big tub of moisturizing cream -- I've needed some extra hydration this winter and CeraVe has provided that without breaking out my oily, acne-prone skin. Cetaphil's fine but I don't care for the fragrance in the cleanser.

PeaceKeeper1331302659.8171388 PostsRegistered 11/6/2007
On 3/9/2012 just bee said:

Both products are available at Walgreens.


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Dusty11331302793.84934 PostsRegistered 5/21/2006

I've just started using CeraVe. I use the foaming cleanser at night & the hydrating cleanser in the morning. CVS had CeraVe BOGO 50% off last week. I was using Shisedio The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleanser $30.50 for 4.7oz & I was looking for something less expensive. It's only a cleanser after all. Cerave cleansers are 12oz for $12ish. They are nice, but aren't as lovely feeling or smelling as the Shiseido. They seem to do the job.

duffie1331302826.953338 PostsRegistered 1/5/2008infinity and beyond

you can also find cerave at wal-mart. i love the pm moisturizer and the hand cream is fab

Stargazer771331347499.2736274 PostsRegistered 10/24/2006

I've tried all 4 cleansers (2 for each brand). Cetaphil for oily skin has such a strong fragrance I had a hard time getting past it. Cetaphil for sensitive skin was kind of slimy and I wouldn't re-purchase. I liked CeraVe's cleansers much better than Cetaphil's. The hydrating cleanser was like a lotion and the foaming cleanser doesn't really foam, but that was my winner out of the bunch. I've re-purchased it a couple times already.

baby burns1331348212.318793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

i use cetlpill, my doc. recomended it, i like it alot, it cleans very well. i do not like foamy clensers at all, makes my face feel dry. iam sure cerva is nice too, just have never tried, because iam happy with my routine.

bow regard1331356887.673713 PostsRegistered 4/16/2009...the Long & Winding road.....

I've used Cetaphil for years and for the last year or so have used both Cetaphil and CeraVe and I lean more toward CeraVe. I love the hydration I get from it and find myself always choosing it over the Cetaphil.

QVCPhobe1331367712.91896 PostsRegistered 5/17/2010

I have rosacea and I have used Cetaphil, but lately, my doctor told me to use Ellette (?) with benzyl peroxide to help. Sometimes it is drying.

aprilskies1331377491.34803 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005

I just bought the cerave foaming cleanser but havent used it yet. I just finished a bottle of cerave moisturizer and while it was okay I didnt like it.

I think its really what works better for your skin.

irish261331385013.7644 PostsRegistered 3/10/2012

I have extremely sensitive skin and have used both brands. My dermatologist recommended I use Moisturel sensitive skin cleanser and it is by far the BEST cleanser I have ever used. In addition, I use the CeraVe PM moisturizer for day and my skin has never looked better. Try it out !!

my 2 cents1331398874.75119 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010

I have dry, sensitive, rosacea skin. I have used both CeraVe and Cetaphil and neither cleaner took all my make up....so I'm still searching for that one great cleanser.

luvqvc151331401199.18326 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007
I have combo skin with rosacea on my cheeks. I have used Purity, Cetaphil and CeraVe. Purity and CeraVe were both okay, but not great. I really didn't like Cetaphil. I just didn't feel like it was getting my skin clean. My new favorite is Sebamed. I use the face/body wash, face moisurizer, body lotion and the hand/nail balm. They are all great. I feel like the wash really cleans my skin, removing all makeup, without stripping it. Since I use a magnifying makeup mirror and get an up close look at my skin, I have really seen my skin become a lot less congested since using it. You can get it online at Costco and in the warehouses when they have a roadshow. It's also starting to be available at CVS. If you're on facebook, you can go on the Sebamed page to get a coupon to use at CVS. They have several different lines you can check out on the Sebamed website. I use the sensitive skin line since that it what the rep at Costco suggested. I love it!

cassiem1331414019.7536836 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't like cetaphil because it seems to leave a film on my face. It also contains sulfates, which can irritate my skin. I really wanted to like the cerave cleanser, but it makes my face sting when I use it. I haven't been able to figure out what the culprit is.

I Teach Too1331414822.9111790 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Eastern Iowa...If you build it, they will come.
On 3/9/2012 Stargazer77 said:

I've tried all 4 cleansers (2 for each brand). Cetaphil for oily skin has such a strong fragrance I had a hard time getting past it. Cetaphil for sensitive skin was kind of slimy and I wouldn't re-purchase. I liked CeraVe's cleansers much better than Cetaphil's. The hydrating cleanser was like a lotion and the foaming cleanser doesn't really foam, but that was my winner out of the bunch. I've re-purchased it a couple times already.


I think that the plain cetaphil has a strong fragrance that I can't get past. I don't mind the cleanser, I just can't get past the scent. And, at least for me, the scent LINGERS!

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Irshgrl312­011331415078.84714455 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

I am an aesthetician and I work for dermatologists. They haven't recommended Cetaphil in years. 20 yrs ago Cetaphil was probably one of the best most gentle on the market but that so isn't the case anymore. I don't think it cleanses thoroughly at all. CeraVe is a much better cleanser. Cetaphil desperately to reformulate their cleanser and update it.

The derms I work for are probably a lot more updated on "skincare" than most derms though. Most dermatologist are not into the skincare aspect of it but the skin disease aspect. My derms are up to date on both.

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