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#1 Skintuition

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:50 PM

If you read my recent posts, you would know that I struggle with dry skin from the BP, even after 5 months of usage on the regimen.
So, my acne.org moisturizer is running kind of low and I'm on the hunt for a better moisturizer, since acne.org's moisturizer + jojoba oil isn't great for taking care of flakes. I've narrowed it down to 2 alternative options, and I want y'all to tell me which one you think is best for flaky, dry skin and works the best with the regimen:

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion OR
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Which one is better in your guys' opinion?

l know there's a lot of hype about both, I am just curious to know what the overall general opinion is. Keep in mind that I'm looking for non comodogenic, non irritating, very moisturizing, natural, gentle moisturizers, these just seem like the best two. You guys decide.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

I LOVE CeraVe moisturizer.

I had dry, flaky skin for about a month and a half after starting Epiduo. I used CeraVe AM all day and then PM at night. Gradually, the flakiness stopped, and the moisturizer really helped. I still use both moisturizers now because my skin just isn't happy without it. It never breaks me out or makes me look extra shiny, but it also moisturizes my skin very well.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:39 PM

I second CeraVe. The first time I tried it some years ago I didn't like it, but I wasn't using it correctly. I was expecting a goopy creamy moisturizer I could slather on my face. Eventually I figured out that you apply CeraVe kind of like a topical. A tiny amount in a very light layer. I love it now. It is very cosmetically elegant. I love their AM version with 30 spf because I don't feel like I am wearing sunscreen at all.

For the price CeraVe is really the best value moisturizer anywhere. There is not another $12 moisturizer you can get in any drugstore that contains "luxury" ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and niacinamide. Most of the moisturizers with just niacinamide in them are at least double the price.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:55 PM

Out of those I've only tried the cetaphil one but I wouldn't recommend it. I find it just makes my skin greasy - even when I used it for dry skin caused by BP. I've heard a lot of good things about the CeraVe one though! I wish they sold it in Australia! :P

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:46 AM

I've never used the Cetaphil, but I'm going with CeraVe, because that's what I use (on Accutane, tons of flakiness) and it's very effective. It even helps a ton with my eczema.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:55 AM

Cetaphil is junk! Since their cleansers got rave reviews; so I walked into Walmart and picked up their moisturizer figuring it would be great too. Man, I was wrong. SUPER greasy and just terrible. I actually took it back...

I haven't tried Cerave but everyone seems to like it Posted Image Definitely don't go with cetaphil though...

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:44 AM

I LOVE CeraVe moisturizer.

I had dry, flaky skin for about a month and a half after starting Epiduo. I used CeraVe AM all day and then PM at night. Gradually, the flakiness stopped, and the moisturizer really helped. I still use both moisturizers now because my skin just isn't happy without it. It never breaks me out or makes me look extra shiny, but it also moisturizes my skin very well.

Wow I'm happy to hear that you like it!

I second CeraVe. The first time I tried it some years ago I didn't like it, but I wasn't using it correctly. I was expecting a goopy creamy moisturizer I could slather on my face. Eventually I figured out that you apply CeraVe kind of like a topical. A tiny amount in a very light layer. I love it now. It is very cosmetically elegant. I love their AM version with 30 spf because I don't feel like I am wearing sunscreen at all.

For the price CeraVe is really the best value moisturizer anywhere. There is not another $12 moisturizer you can get in any drugstore that contains "luxury" ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and niacinamide. Most of the moisturizers with just niacinamide in them are at least double the price.

thanks for the information, I appreciate it. I was leaning towards cetaphil until y'all commented and it seems like CeraVe is winning :)

Out of those I've only tried the cetaphil one but I wouldn't recommend it. I find it just makes my skin greasy - even when I used it for dry skin caused by BP. I've heard a lot of good things about the CeraVe one though! I wish they sold it in Australia! Posted Image

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check it out!

I've never used the Cetaphil, but I'm going with CeraVe, because that's what I use (on Accutane, tons of flakiness) and it's very effective. It even helps a ton with my eczema.

Everyone in the comments has voted CeraVe, so I definitely won't be going with cetaphil after hearing all the good thoughts about cerave. Plus I checked their website and the product seems to have good ingredients. CeraVe it is!

Cetaphil is junk! Since their cleansers got rave reviews; so I walked into Walmart and picked up their moisturizer figuring it would be great too. Man, I was wrong. SUPER greasy and just terrible. I actually took it back...

I haven't tried Cerave but everyone seems to like it Posted Image Definitely don't go with cetaphil though...

Thanks for the feedback. I read some of dan's concerns about some of the ingredients in Cetaphil so I was a little iffy about buying it, because I'm about 90% sure I have sensitive skin.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:17 PM

Posted Image UPDATE!Posted Image
Because of you good people here on acne.org, I went out and purchased the CeraVe moisturizer! Posted Image I'm excited to try it, I can't wait to share my opinions and first thoughts of it with you guys, if I liked it, if I didn't, I'll definitely keep y'all posted

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:21 PM

Make sure you apply it like a topical. I may have said this already. But you just need a tiny amount in a thin layer. Let it sink in. If your skin still feels dry, then apply another thin layer. But don't be like me and put a whole pump in your hand and slather it on your face. That's what I did the first time and I was like, what the hell this moisturizer is crap! Admittedly this was as a teenager and I wasn't very smart about a lot of things. But I guess I thought, my skin is soooo dry, so more is better.

I pulled it out again later and onyl applied a pea-sized amount and loved it.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

Make sure you apply it like a topical. I may have said this already. But you just need a tiny amount in a thin layer. Let it sink in. If your skin still feels dry, then apply another thin layer. But don't be like me and put a whole pump in your hand and slather it on your face. That's what I did the first time and I was like, what the hell this moisturizer is crap! Admittedly this was as a teenager and I wasn't very smart about a lot of things. But I guess I thought, my skin is soooo dry, so more is better.

I pulled it out again later and onyl applied a pea-sized amount and loved it.

oh... see I thought that's what you were supposed to do... Except I did it with 2 pumps. whoops

UPDATE!
So, I've used the cerave moisturizer around 2 or 3 times now. Here's my first thoughts: It makes my skin more smooth, and definitely improves the texture. However, it can sometimes bring a burning sensation to my skin... Not the most pleasant thing in the world. Also, it doesn't completely eliminate flaking, which is what I got it for, though it eliminates some of it. So, overall it's not the best moisturizer ever, but I'm going to give it time to see how I like it more.

Edited by WonderfulStrawberry, 09 September 2012 - 01:07 PM.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:37 PM


Make sure you apply it like a topical. I may have said this already. But you just need a tiny amount in a thin layer. Let it sink in. If your skin still feels dry, then apply another thin layer. But don't be like me and put a whole pump in your hand and slather it on your face. That's what I did the first time and I was like, what the hell this moisturizer is crap! Admittedly this was as a teenager and I wasn't very smart about a lot of things. But I guess I thought, my skin is soooo dry, so more is better.

I pulled it out again later and onyl applied a pea-sized amount and loved it.

oh... see I thought that's what you were supposed to do... Except I did it with 2 pumps. whoops

UPDATE!
So, I've used the cerave moisturizer around 2 or 3 times now. Here's my first thoughts: It makes my skin more smooth, and definitely improves the texture. However, it can sometimes bring a burning sensation to my skin... Not the most pleasant thing in the world. Also, it doesn't completely eliminate flaking, which is what I got it for, though it eliminates some of it. So, overall it's not the best moisturizer ever, but I'm going to give it time to see how I like it more.


I had a similar experience with CeraVe causing a burning sensation. Maybe with continued use, the CeraVe will help take care of the flakes. And you might try adding a few drops of jojoba oil to the CeraVe as well.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:34 AM

I remember using Cerave many moons ago and getting that burning sensation you talk about with a sort of redness. I never really preserved with it as I had a few other at the time to try. I'm sure I would have got used to it if I had stuck it out. Out of that 3 I'd say Cetaphil is the most moisturising but its awful greasy looking. My favoutire 2 moisturisers are Complex 15 and DML. Complex 15 I found similar to Cerave moisturising wise. I'd call it a light moisturiser. DML being my favourite.

Moisturisers out of all things, I find to the most personal when it comes to choosing one. One size doesn't fit all sort of. Its just getting that balance right. The more moisturising brands tend to be the heaviest. I find petroleum base lotions to be the best but they can sometimes be shiny on the skin.

Once your into the regimen a few months you might not need as much moisturising power. I used BP for over 10 years and I could get away sometimes with not even using one. If I was to go back on it after just 6 weeks I'd need a hardcore moisturiser like DML Forte as my skin would be just peeling off.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:11 AM

I remember using Cerave many moons ago and getting that burning sensation you talk about with a sort of redness. I never really preserved with it as I had a few other at the time to try. I'm sure I would have got used to it if I had stuck it out. Out of that 3 I'd say Cetaphil is the most moisturising but its awful greasy looking. My favoutire 2 moisturisers are Complex 15 and DML. Complex 15 I found similar to Cerave moisturising wise. I'd call it a light moisturiser. DML being my favourite.

Moisturisers out of all things, I find to the most personal when it comes to choosing one. One size doesn't fit all sort of. Its just getting that balance right. The more moisturising brands tend to be the heaviest. I find petroleum base lotions to be the best but they can sometimes be shiny on the skin.

Once your into the regimen a few months you might not need as much moisturising power. I used BP for over 10 years and I could get away sometimes with not even using one. If I was to go back on it after just 6 weeks I'd need a hardcore moisturiser like DML Forte as my skin would be just peeling off.

Yeah it burns when i'm not as careful with it. I know that it's the combination of benzoyl and glycerin, they don't like each other. I just have to make sure to rub in the BP really well. However, I have found that cerave is so much more moisturizing and makes my skin so much more smooth, and definitely takes care of flaking, which is what I hoped it would do. I'm 5 months into the regimen and the flaking never really stopped.



Make sure you apply it like a topical. I may have said this already. But you just need a tiny amount in a thin layer. Let it sink in. If your skin still feels dry, then apply another thin layer. But don't be like me and put a whole pump in your hand and slather it on your face. That's what I did the first time and I was like, what the hell this moisturizer is crap! Admittedly this was as a teenager and I wasn't very smart about a lot of things. But I guess I thought, my skin is soooo dry, so more is better.

I pulled it out again later and onyl applied a pea-sized amount and loved it.

oh... see I thought that's what you were supposed to do... Except I did it with 2 pumps. whoops

UPDATE!
So, I've used the cerave moisturizer around 2 or 3 times now. Here's my first thoughts: It makes my skin more smooth, and definitely improves the texture. However, it can sometimes bring a burning sensation to my skin... Not the most pleasant thing in the world. Also, it doesn't completely eliminate flaking, which is what I got it for, though it eliminates some of it. So, overall it's not the best moisturizer ever, but I'm going to give it time to see how I like it more.


I had a similar experience with CeraVe causing a burning sensation. Maybe with continued use, the CeraVe will help take care of the flakes. And you might try adding a few drops of jojoba oil to the CeraVe as well.

CeraVe definitely has its upsides. It really makes my skin feel moisturized, without feeling greasy, and has greatly improved the texture. However, I've heard stories of people saying that it causes burning while on the regimen, and I'm 99.9% sure the burning is caused by benzoyl peroxide clashing with glycerin, an ingredient in cerave. I heard that's one of the reasons Dan had to reinvent the acne.org moisturizer, because it contained glycerin. I like CeraVe though it takes care of flaking really well, you just have to be careful with it :)

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:12 AM

You can check cetaphil ingredients here: http://www.howto3000...ngredients.html



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:12 PM

I just got back from the derm and they recommended ceraVe over cetaphil.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:12 PM

In my opinion Cetaphil is more heavy duty. CeraVe is lighter.







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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:24 PM

I haven't tried the CeraVe and I do have to agree with the others on here that the Cetaphil is kinda thick and greasy...but I think it does a great job moisturizing and getting rid of flakes.  And I have not broke out from it.


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AM

 

Rainwater Botanical's Soap for Troubled Skin

Spot treat with Acne.org's AHA

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

Clinique All About Eyes with Baobab oil

 

 

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Clinique Take the Day Off Balm with Adzuki Micrograin Facial Scrub (All natural-awesome stuff!)

Acne.org Cleanser for extra cleansing ( I wear a full face of makeup)

Frugally Sustainable Blemish Astringent/or Rainwater Botanical's Toner for Troubled Skin (All natural-very soothing and non-drying)

1 1/2 Pumps of Acne.org's 2.5% BP 

Clinique All About Eyes with Baobab oil

Acne.org's Moisturizer (small amount)

 

When I get home from work, I like to let my face breath, so generally, I will use Clinique Take the Day Off Balm with the Adzuki micrograins, followed by a more gentle regimen. Currently, I am using Bare Minerals Blemish Treatment on any actives...LOVE this stuff!

 

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:43 AM

Hi! I got really inspired by your opinions but could you give the link to the Cerave moisturizer u are talking about? i don't think I will find it in Sweden, so i am going to order it from amazon and don't know which one I need.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:18 PM

Thanks for starting this threat. I was also wondering the same thing. I am only 3 days on BenzaClin and Retin-A and I'm gettting lots of stinging when i put moisturizer on after the BenzaClin. I feel like it reactivates the medication and makes it sting. Then when I put my foundation on, it burns even more. I'll be trying the Cerave.


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Wash with Acne.org wash

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Wash with Acne.org wash

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Moisturize with CeraVe and Acne.org AHA+ blend

 

 


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:41 PM

If you read my recent posts, you would know that I struggle with dry skin from the BP, even after 5 months of usage on the regimen.
So, my acne.org moisturizer is running kind of low and I'm on the hunt for a better moisturizer, since acne.org's moisturizer + jojoba oil isn't great for taking care of flakes. I've narrowed it down to 2 alternative options, and I want y'all to tell me which one you think is best for flaky, dry skin and works the best with the regimen:

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion OR
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Which one is better in your guys' opinion?

l know there's a lot of hype about both, I am just curious to know what the overall general opinion is. Keep in mind that I'm looking for non comodogenic, non irritating, very moisturizing, natural, gentle moisturizers, these just seem like the best two. You guys decide.

 

I'm new to the Regimen, and I wanted to clarify, are both of these options approved on the Regimen? And which CeraVe moisturizer are you using? I see there is an AM and PM facial moisturizer as well as a Moisturizing Cream and Lotion.


Edited by AgentPeach, 08 November 2013 - 01:42 PM.

Current Process:

Morning

Wash with Acne.org wash

Treat with BenzaClin (5% BP 1% Clindamycin)

Moisturize with CeraVe

 

Evening

Wash with Acne.org wash

Treat with Retin-A

Moisturize with CeraVe and Acne.org AHA+ blend

 

 





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