Is CeraVe right for my skin type?


Determining your specific skin type is the first step in finding your perfect CeraVe skincare routine. It can, however, be difficult to determine your exact skin type, especially if you’re starting your skincare journey for the first time. 
Our skin type can change over time depending on climate, age, hormones and other health issues, so it’s important to keep on track of the signs and symptoms. 

Normal skin

If you’ve got normal skin, you won’t tend to experience breakouts and your skin will likely feel neither dry nor oily. Chances are, your pores will mostly be small and your skin’s texture will feel smooth. 
You’ll be able to play around with different skincare and cosmetic products of your choosing without any sensitivity or blemishes. 

Oily skin

If your skin produces too much sebum, it may have a tendency to become very oily through no fault of your own. You’ll probably find that your skin feels overly greasy and shiny. 
It’s also likely that your pores will be large and your skin may be more prone to acne breakouts. Oily skin can be caused by age, genetics, where you live, and using the wrong skincare products. 
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin should skip the moisturiser - dehydrated skin can actually produce more oil because it’s overcompensating for a lack of moisture.
CeraVe’s moisturisers are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores and cause further oiliness. Exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid, featured in a range of CeraVe products, can also help to unclog your pores and remove excess oil.

To find out more about using acids in your skincare routine, check out our guide


Are CeraVe products suitable for acne-prone skin?

Acne is the result of skin that has become blocked with excess oil and dead skin cells. It can be caused by hormonal changes, genetics, certain medications or cosmetic products, friction or smoking. 
When the pores become blocked, different types of spots can occur including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Acne sufferers need to make sure to choose skincare products that don't clog the skin’s pores, as this could cause further breakouts. 
CeraVe products are non-comedogenic and often include ingredients that are beneficial for acne, such as niacinamide and salicylic acid. That means CeraVe products can be great additions to your skincare routine if you suffer from acne. 
Speak to your dermatologist first if you’re undergoing any other acne treatments to make sure CeraVe is right for you. 


Dry skin

If you have dry skin, you could be suffering from skin that is rough, scaly or flaky. Dry skin can tend to feel tight and itchy, particularly during a period of cold weather or when you’re feeling dehydrated. 
This skin type can also typically be prone to dullness and any fine lines you might have will be more visible. Dry skin can be caused by dry air, cold weather, exposure to harsh chemicals, washing the skin excessively or skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis. 
CeraVe have a range of gentle cleansers designed to cleanse and hydrate dry skin without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Hyaluronic acid and CeraVe’s three essential ceramides (1, 3 and 6-II) will also help your skin to lock in that much-needed moisture. 
You can read more about ceramides and how they work here.

Combination skin 

Combination skin tends to be a mix of oily skin with either dry or normal skin. If you’ve got a combination skin type, you’ll probably find that the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) will generally be oily and prone to blemishes. 
In contrast, your cheeks will feel either dry or normal. Balance is essential when it comes to choosing products for this particular skin type. 
CeraVe’s gentle cleansers will help to clear oil from your T-zone and hyaluronic acid-enriched formulas will help to add moisture to those stubborn dry areas. 


Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin isn’t necessarily a skin type, but you might see it written on certain skincare products. Your skin can be sensitive alongside being normal, oily, dry or a combination skin type. 
If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll likely experience redness, burning, or itchiness triggered by certain irritants in cosmetic or skincare products. Your skincare routine will need to maintain your skin’s natural balance and barrier function to help reduce the sensitivity. 

Is CeraVe suitable for sensitive skin?

If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll be used to choosing your skincare products with extra caution. Certain ingredients and unnecessary fragrances can lead to itchy skin, flaking, redness and a tight feeling. 
Luckily, CeraVe have a range of fragrance-free products that are formulated to be gentle on the skin. Look out for ingredients like niacinamide to soothe your skin and ceramides to hydrate and strengthen your skin’s barrier function.  


How to determine your skin type

If you’re still unsure which skin type you fall under, there are a couple of easy at-home tests you can carry out to help you confirm. 
Firstly, try a simple observation test to see how your skin behaves after using a cleanser. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry, waiting half an hour before examining the results. 
This is the best time to check to see whether your skin appears tight and flaky (dry), shiny and greasy throughout (oily), shiny in your T-zone (combination) or hydrated and comfortable (normal). 
You could also try using a blotting sheet half an hour after cleansing, too. Blotting sheets absorb oil and can help you to determine the level of sebum your skin naturally produces. 
Press blotting sheets to different areas of your face and hold the sheets up to the light to examine the amount of oil they’ve picked up: 
A lot of oil from all areas of the face: oily skin
Oil from the T-zone only: combination skin
Minimal oil from all areas of the face: normal skin
No oil: dry skin 
Now that you’ve determined your skin type, you’ll be able to choose the ideal CeraVe products to add to your skincare routine!


Faye Bonnell - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist on 16 March 2023
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