Let’s not beat around the bush. When it comes to skin care, it’s easy to judge a book by its cover. A product with standout packaging is way more likely to get “ooh’d” and “aah’d” over than a standard pump bottle. That being said, every so often we come across a line where we’re willing to accept its more minimal packaging in exchange for simple formulas. One such brand that’s dominated the skin-care industry despite having a more, dare we say, clinical look to it, is CeraVe.
There’s a reason why CeraVe gets recommended by dermatologists and experts in the biz time and time again — it’s because the brand actually works alongside dermatologists to develop products. And what better way to create intentionally-formulated serums, moisturizers, and cleansers than by going straight to the source who knows the ins and outs of skin?
Don’t get us wrong — we love a good viral skin-care product as much as the next #TikTokSkincare lover. But sometimes we like our skin care how we like our wardrobe: back to the basics. And more often than not, the experts agree with this phenomenon, citing CeraVe as the way to achieve that, particularly if you have finicky skin. (In fact, we’ve seen plenty of them praise the brand on TikTok — confirming you don’t always need the latest and greatest on the market.)
“CeraVe is a commonly recommended brand in my practice, especially for acne patients and patients with eczema,” says Juliya Fisher, MD, a double board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan, New York. “The products are formulated with three essential ceramides to help with barrier repair, which tends to be compromised in eczema patients.” With CeraVe, you don’t have to worry about potentially irritating your skin, as all of the products are non-comedogenic and made without fragrance, parabens, or sulfates.
Plus, several of the products in the line have been accepted by the National Eczema Association, notes Kiran Mian, a CeraVe partner and board-certified dermatologist based in New York City — yet another reason why sensitive skin types adore this drugstore brand. TL;DR: from the Hydrating Facial Cleanser to the Resurfacing Retinol Serum, CeraVe offers everything your skin needs and nothing it doesn’t — and it manages to do so at an attainable price point.
While you certainly won’t get Tatcha-like packaging or luxurious-feeling formulas (Charlotte Tilbury, anyone?), what you will get are ultra-gentle products that work well for all skin types and can be used either as part of your everyday routine or after an intensive skin-care treatment like microneedling. Along with the no-fuss packaging, the product names are also straightforward and easy to remember — which can be especially helpful if you’re just dipping your toes into the confusing world of skin care.
Keep reading to find the best products from CeraVe that you’re going to want to add to your skin-care stash, stat.