Cerave Benefits

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a dermatologist who doesn’t recommend Cerave. The brand specializes in simple routines that strengthen the skin barrier with its namesake ceramides and other hydration-boosting ingredients.

Their products are formulated without fragrance and free of common irritants, making them ideal for eczema patients. Here, a few of our favorites from the line:


When eczema flares up or you have an insect bite that just won’t stop itching, a soothing lotion is a lifesaver. Developed with dermatologists, Cerave anti-itch lotions and creams contain effective active ingredients that temporarily relieve itching associated with minor skin irritations, itching due to shingles or poison ivy and sunburn.

The brand’s itch relief moisturizer contains 1% pramoxine hydrochloride, an over-the-counter anti-itch ingredient that provides fast and long-lasting relief. It also has a unique formula, including skin essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that help restore the skin barrier and retain moisture to keep your skin hydrated.

The same goes for the Cerave cleanser that contains its titular ceramides, which are known to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier and keep moisture in and irritants out. This gentle daily gel-cream cleanser is great for any skin type, including normal, oily, acne-prone or sensitive. It’s free of fragrances, which can be common irritants for those with sensitive skin.


Although Cerave may not be as high-end as some other skincare brands (we’re looking at you, Tatcha), the dermatologist-developed brand has all the necessities for a skin-care routine. Its products are gentle enough for sensitive skin and formulated without any added fragrance, dye, parabens or gluten.

All of its products feature its three essential ceramides, which are where the brand gets its name from and help to restore your skin’s barrier while providing continuous hydration for all-day radiance. They also use a technology called Multivesicular Emulsion, which helps the ingredients absorb into your skin to help strengthen the barrier for up to 24 hours after application.

Its best-selling product is the Cerave renewing SA cleanser which is a gentle yet effective face wash. It gently lifts away dirt, oil and impurities while removing dead skin cells to leave the face looking healthy and refreshed. The cleanser is then enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and glowing.


Probably the most important step in your skincare routine, cleansing helps clear any build up that may lead to blocked pores and blemishes. The dermatologist developed brand has a number of gentle cleansers for all skin types to help keep your face looking healthy and clear.

Their Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, formulated with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, helps lock in moisture and leave skin feeling soft. It also includes patented MVE Delivery Technology, which slows the release of ingredients over time, so your skin can continue to be protected even after you’re done washing.

Another favorite is their SA Smoothing Cleanser, which is a gentle salicylic acid cleanser that gently exfoliates and removes oil, dirt and makeup without disrupting the skin barrier or leaving it dry and tight. It’s great for people with rough, bumpy skin or those who are prone to breakouts. It can also be used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing skin texture.


Moisturizers replenish and retain moisture, making them essential for any skincare routine. They also offer a temporary plumping effect on fine lines and wrinkles. This non-comedogenic face moisturizer is formulated with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It’s suitable for all skin types and works especially well on dry skin, as well as sensitive skin and psoriasis.

This nourishing cream is one of the thicker formulas in the brand’s lineup, and it’s ideal for chronically dry or eczema-prone skin. It’s formulated with skin-evening niacinamide and barrier-restoring ceramides. It also boasts a patented delivery system of multi-layer, concentric spheres that release moisturizing ingredients over time for long-lasting hydration.

This hydrating serum is another holy grail for those with sensitive, dry or acne-prone skin. It cleanses and hydrates without disrupting the skin’s protective barrier, thanks to its hydrating hyaluronic acid blend. The hydrating face serum also helps refine, smooth and improve the appearance of pores, while it’s gentle enough to use on post-acne marks or skin that’s prone to sensitivity and irritation.