CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
2 out of 54 subscriber reviews. 2 5 1
1 Potential Fungal Acne Trigger identified 

We state that these are potential triggers because results will vary from skin to skin and to some extent the concentration of the triggers, some triggers at low concentrations might be more problematic, while at higher concentrations some triggers will actually cause the yeast to starve and die such as Polysorbate 20 (Guillot et al), also if there are any anti-Malassezia ingredients present within the formulation and at the right percentage, this could also work in your favor. Finally, the individual susceptibility and sensitivity of your skin to these "trigger ingredients" will also play a role in the severity and response of any trigger or the lack thereof.

So just because something might be problematic for person "A" that doesn't mean person "B" will have the same experience. Just avoid all potential triggers and you won't need to worry about this.

  • 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)

EWG Scores ( 1—10 )
1-2  <=> Low Hazard
3-6  <=> Medium Hazard
7-10 <=> High Hazard

You Can Find Out More about EWG Scores here and here.

CIR Findings ( S, SQ, U, UNS )
S   <=>  Safe As Used In Cosmetics
SQ  <=>  Safe For Use With Qualifications In Cosmetics
U   <=>  Unsafe For Use In Cosmetics

You Can Find Out More about CIR Findings here and here.

Comedogenic Rating (Likely to cause Acne)
This Score can be from zero to five (0/5)  to  5/5
Lower scores are better which means it has a lesser
chance of clogging the pores of your skin.

It's possible that your sensitivity to certain trigger ingredients differs from person to person. All Fungal Acne triggers should be avoided, especially if your skin isn't completely clear!

If you're not sure what fungal acne is, click here
Fungal Acne Trigger: 1 

Report / Report Re-Formulation

No Data Available

Ingredients Inside EWG CIR Cosmetic Roles
1 S Solvent
Glycerin (Polyol)
  • In a lab study, Malassezia was unable to grow on glycerin without the presence of fatty acids in the agar, indicating that it is not a fungal acne trigger.
  • Good For Dry Skin Types
  • Improves Healing
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, Antioxidant
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

  1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Review by
    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!

    • @EagleScout

      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

  2. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Review by
    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.

  3. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Review by
    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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