CeraVeRenewing SA Cleanser
8 fl. oz. for $12.99
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The “SA” part of Renewing SA Cleanser’s name stands for salicylic acid, which Cerave claims exfoliates skin. That’s true when salicylic acid issued in a leave-on product, but in a cleanser it is rinsed off before it can begin to work. In the case of this product, the pH is also slightly outside the ideal range salicylic acid needs to be effective. In other words, if you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits think again.

That aside, this is still a very good, gentle, fragrance-free cleanser for normal to oily skin, including skin’s that’s oily yet sensitive. It is not ideal for combination skin with dry areas, because the cleansing agents it contains can clean more than what dry areas or dry skin needs to not feel stripped.

The formula produces a slight lather, removes makeup easily, and rinses without a hint of residue. The inclusion of skin-identical ingredients is a nice touch, although these state-of-the-art ingredients are best when included in products meant to be left on the skin. 


  • Gentle, water-soluble formula rinses cleanly.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Fragrance-free.


  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant due to the cleanser’s pH and its brief contact with skin.
Last Updated:01.04.2017
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Gently cleanses and exfoliates while softening and smoothing skin. Non-comedogenic, non-drying, non-irritating.


Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Methylcocoyl Taurate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Salicylic Acid, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Sodium Benzoate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholecalciferol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide.

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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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