CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
2 out of 5 2 5 1
1 Potential Fungal Acne Trigger identified 
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
However, your individual sensitivity to this ingredient may vary
This Product Also Contains:
1 Malassezia (Fungal Acne) Combatting Ingredient
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • 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
PRODUCT (Rating & Score)

More about CIR Findings ( S, SQ, U, UNS )

More about EWG Scores ( 1—10 )

Fungal Acne Trigger: 1 

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Ingredients Inside EWG CIR Cosmetic Roles
1 S Solvent
2 S Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant
Cetearyl 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).
  • Comedogenic Rating:2/5
1 S Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Opacifying, Foam Boosting, Viscosity Increasingagent - Aqueous
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
1 S Solvent, Skin Conditioning, Masking, Perfuming, Emollient
Cetyl Alcohol
1 S Masking, Emollient, Surfactant, Fragrance, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Opacifying, Foam Boosting
1-3 Surfactant - Cleansing Agent, Surfactant - Solubilizing Agent
1-4 Emollient, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Uv Absorber, Moisturising, Skin-Conditioning Agent - Occlusive
Potassium Phosphate
1 SQ Ph Adjuster, Buffering Agent
Ceramide NP
1 Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning
Ceramide AP
Ceramide EOP
1 Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning
1 S Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilizing, Gel Forming
3 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Anti-foaming Agent, Skin Protecting
Behentrimonium Methosulfate
4 SQ Surfactant, Antistatic Agent, Hair Conditioning
Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
1 Surfactant, Emulsifying
Sodium Hyaluronate
1 S Skin Conditioning, Humectant
1 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Stabilising
2-4 S Fragrance, Preservative
Disodium Edta
1 S Viscosity Controlling, Chelating Agent
Dipotassium Phosphate
1 SQ pH Adjuster, Buffering Agent, Anti-Corrosive
1 S Antioxidant, Fragrance, Skin Conditioning, Occlusive,
1 Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning
Xanthan Gum
1 S Skin Conditioning, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Binding Agent, Binding, Surfactant -Emulsifying Agent, Gel Forming
1 S Skin Conditioning, Deodorant
Please read the ingredient list on the packaging of your product to be sure that the ingredients are appropriate for your personal use

Reviews (4)

4 reviews for CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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    2 out of 5 2 5 1

    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!

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      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

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    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.

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    2 out of 5 2 5 1

    Yes, can attest to the fact that this is not Malassezia friendly. Triggered growth in my susceptible areas, (I have seborrheic dermatitis myself). Actually, unless I find a good moisturizer I’ll be back to this sadly. Trying out some from the safe list on this website.

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