CeraVeDiaper Rash Cream
3 fl. oz. for $9.99
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If any diaper cream can be described as elegant, this fragrance-free formula is it! Yes, it contains a high amount of zinc oxide for its ability to protect skin from excess moisture and resulting redness, but this typically paste-like ingredient is micronized to spread easily and feel much lighter than standard-issue diaper rash ointments.

Aiding the modern-feeling zinc oxide is a mix of silicones and lightweight emollients to provide a silky feel and longer-lasting finish. A good mix of repairing ingredients is also included, making for an overall gentle formula that baby’s tender, potentially irritated skin will find most welcome.

One more comment: The hypoallergenic claim sounds reassuring, and this diaper rash cream is decidedly gentle, but see More Info to find out why “hypoallergenic” isn’t a claim to put much faith in. Also, the claim that this is phthalate- and paraben-free is may grab attention, but pure phthalates are never added to personal care products—though they can be a component of fragrances. As for parabens, despite media hype, they are not the health-harming, evil ingredients they’re made out to be, and in fact are among the gentlest preservatives.


  • The rare diaper rash cream that feels silky and not like a thick, messy paste.
  • Refined zinc oxide is much easier to spread on tender skin.
  • Contains a nice mix of skin protectants and repairing ingredients.
  • Inexpensive for such a remarkable formula.



  • The hypoallergenic claim is misleading.

More Info:

“Hypoallergenic” is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product “hypoallergenic” because there is no regulation that says they can’t, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled “hypoallergenic” that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word “hypoallergenic” gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren’t putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).

Last Updated:01.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Our patented formula with essential ceramides (ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, and ceramide 1) and InvisibleZinc™ glides on to leave a protective barrier that seals out wetness without the thick, sticky mess that most other creams leave behind. Free of parabens and phthalates, CeraVe® Baby Diaper Rash is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.


Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aluminium/Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Niacinamide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Mineral Oil, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Cerimide 1, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phytosphingosine, Isostearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid.

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CeraVe At-A-Glance

This expanding collection of skincare products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!

CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.

The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin.

It is for these reasons that most CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, broad spectrum sun protection, and baby care.

For more information about CeraVe, purchased by L'Oreal in 2017, visit www.cerave.com.

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