CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
2.00 out of 5
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Good For Dehydrated Skin
  • Good for Dry Skin Types
  • Good for Sensitive Skin Types
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Oil-Free
  • Non-Irritating
  • Ceramides (1,3,6-II)
  • Provides 24-Hour Hydration
  • Developed With Dermatologists
  • Restore And Maintain The Protective Skin Barrier
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  • Potential Fungal Acne Trigger(s) identified
PRODUCT (Rating & Score)

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Ingredients Inside EWG CIR Cosmetic Roles
Water (H₂O)
Data Source [0]
1 S Solvent
Glycerin (Polyol)
  • Malassezia is not able to grow on Glycerin agar unless fatty acids are present.
  • Good For Dry Skin Types
Data Source [0], [1]
2 S Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant
Cetearyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol)Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol
  • Unexpectedly, the growth of some Malassezia spp., especially M. furfur, was observed in the presence of a primary fatty alcohol, Cetylstearyl Alcohol (Cetearyl Alcohol). Dobler et al. 2019. Whoa!!!
  • Comedogenic Rating:2/5
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1 S Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Opacifying, Foam Boosting, Viscosity Increasingagent - Aqueous
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne).
Cetyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne), Potentially Skin Sensitizing (Fatty Alcohol)
  • Comedogenic Rating:2
1 S Masking, Emollient, Surfactant, Fragrance, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Opacifying, Foam Boosting
Ceteareth-20 (Ether)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
3-7 Surfactant - Cleansing Agent, Surfactant - Solubilizing Agent
Petrolatum (Hydrocarbon)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne), May Contain Yellow Dye
  • Avoid If You Have Oily Skin
  • Comedogenic Rating:0/5
  • Avoid If You Have Oily Skin
1—4 Emollient, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Uv Absorber, Moisturising, Skin-Conditioning Agent - Occlusive
Potassium Phosphate (Salts)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne).
1 SQ Ph Adjuster, Buffering Agent
Ceramide NP (Lipids)
  • Ceramides can cause breakouts in some individuals, It is for this reason we recommend patch testing Ceramides before fully incorporating them into your skincare routine.
  • Anti-Aging Effects
  • Key-Ingredient
Data Source [0], [1]
Ceramide AP (Lipids)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne), Anti-Aging Effects
Ceramide EOP (Fatty Acids,Sphingoid)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne).
1 Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning
Carbomer (Polymer)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
Data Source [0]
1 S Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilizing, Gel Forming
Dimethicone (Polymer)
  • Comedogenic Rating:1/5
  • Silicone
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3 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Anti-foaming Agent, Skin Protecting
Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Quaternary Ammonium Salt)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
4 SQ Surfactant, Antistatic Agent, Hair Conditioning
Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Salts)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne).
1 Surfactant, Emulsifying
Sodium Hyaluronate (Sodium Salt)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne), Improves Healing
  • Good for Dry Skin Types
  • Comedogenic Rating:0
1 S Skin Conditioning, Humectant
Cholesterol (Alcohol)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
  • Comedogenic Rating:0
1 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Stabilising
Phenoxyethanol (Ether)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
4 S Fragrance, Preservative
Disodium Edta (Salts)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
1 S Viscosity Controlling, Chelating Agent
Dipotassium Phosphate (Salts)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
1 SQ pH Adjuster, Buffering Agent, Anti-Corrosive
Tocopherol (Vitamin (Fat-Soluble))
  • Depending on the source, Tocopherols may be UNSAFE. The Synthetic versions without trace amounts of soybean oil are okay. Patch testing highly recommended.
  • Comedogenic Rating:2/5
  • Good For Dry Skin Types
Data Source [0]
1 S Antioxidant, Fragrance Ingredient, Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous,Skin-Conditioning Agent - Occlusive,Skin Conditioning
Phytosphingosine (Sphingoid)
  • Safe For Malassezia / Fungal Acne at high concentrations. Can cause Malassezia to grow in low concentrations. Patch Testing Recommended.
1 Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning
Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
1 S Skin Conditioning, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Binding Agent, Binding, Surfactant -Emulsifying Agent, Gel Forming
Ethylhexylglycerin (Ether)
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne)
1 S Skin Conditioning, Deodorant

Reviews (3)

3 reviews for CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

  1. 0 out of 5

    Cerave has updated the ingredients of this product as per their website. It appears they have added Tocopherol and
    Petrolatum to the list. There is also the matter of Cetearyl Alcohol being a Fungal Acne Trigger, which makes this product no longer FA safe. See the ingredient notes section.

  2. 2 out of 5

    I tried this product as I was needing something more moisturising for my dry skin than just squalane oil (which I currently use). I used the ‘Dry to Very Dry Skin’ version in specific areas (around mouth; on forehead) for a short amount of time so I could see controlled results, and both areas have broken out in spots. It looks like my fungal acne has become more pronounced too. Not sure which ingredient(s) exactly is causing it, but I don’t think I’ll be using it again. I use other products with glycerin in them so I don’t think it’s that, but perhaps it could be the Phytosphingosine (listed above in ingredients ^).
    Also it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t find this moisturising enough for my dry skin.
    Apart from that it soaks into the skin easily and feels very light – both pluses for anyone else looking to use it.
    Thanks to everyone for this site – it’s an amazing tool to have and I appreciate all the time and effort that’s gone into it!

    • 0 out of 5

      Hi Heikan,
      It could also be the ceramides or their MVE Delivery Technology or both.
      What’s the rest of your routine like?
      Does the same thing happen if you try The Baby Version?
      You could also try something with urea in it Which is very good for dry skin.
      A surprise section will soon be added to this community to help our user base in situations similar to this one. Typically updates are rolled out every 30 days or so, stay tuned

  3. 2 out of 5

    Hello and thank you for this site!

    I really wanted to love this cream but it gave me a rash.

    Since I am sensitive to Glycerin (I think), I wonder what the following sentence means in the ingredient list – ” Another approach is to pair these glycerin-based products up with some form of chemical exfoliant or active, salicylic acid, urea, sulfur, etc.”

    Does this affect the glycerin somehow?


    • 0 out of 5

      Hi Kat,
      So sorry to hear that this isn’t working for you, in response to your question, what we are saying here is that if there is an ingredient in your routine that promotes the growth of Malassezia Folliculitis even in small concentrations and especially a very common compound like “Glycerin” which is practically in every product, you also should make use of an anti-fungal/active ingredient like Nizoral Shampoo or Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo for example.
      The idea here is that although the yeast will try to divide or grow by feeding on the ingredients it can metabolize, it will be doing so in a very hostile environment, thus limiting and halting its ability to proliferate, in essence causing it to die.
      Can you say if this is an MF/FA flare-up or just an allergic reaction?
      Could you also share the rest of your routine with us, so we can dissect it?

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We each individually have very unique skin types and this is exactly why one person’s “Holy Grail” Skincare product can be the worst nightmare for someone else. Especially if you have extremely, sensitive reactive skin. Hence, it is super important to test products out on your skin first before plastering them all over your body especially the face only to later pay the price for neglecting this very important step of adding a new product or starting skin care routine.

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