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Acne Foaming Cream Wash

CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash for face & body is our first-ever acne treatment product developed with the highest concentration of benzoyl peroxide available without a prescription to treat acne without disrupting the skin barrier.

  • Made For: Acne-Prone Skin
  • Helps With: Active Acne Breakout

CeraVe

CeraVe’s new Acne Foaming Cream Wash goes on with a hydrating finish that feels less irritating on the skin. With 10% BPO, this product allows a higher concentration of benzoyl peroxide to treat blemishes without immediate dryness after application.

Dr. Ryan Turner, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Acne Foaming Cream Wash

Product Details

A gentle yet effective acne wash is the first step in caring for acne-prone skin. And when choosing an acne cleanser, it’s essential to look for acne-fighting ingredients recommended by dermatologists, such as benzoyl peroxide. A benzoyl peroxide cleanser can be effective for the treatment and management of acne because of this ingredient’s ability to help clear acne pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads from the skin’s surface. Using a benzoyl peroxide face wash or body wash can also help prevent new acne from forming and allow the skin to heal.

 

CeraVe is the #1 dermatologist-recommended acne brand,* and CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash is our first-ever acne treatment product developed with the highest concentration of benzoyl peroxide available without a prescription. This clinically-tested 10% benzoyl peroxide acne wash with maximum OTC strength offers multiple benefits for acne-prone skin. Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash is formulated to clear, treat, and help prevent acne pimples and blackheads on the face and body.

 

Our benzoyl peroxide wash features a lightly-foaming, creamy texture that treats face and body acne without dryness or flaking. With a patent pending formula that combines benzoyl peroxide, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and three essential ceramides, this acne wash effectively cleanses, without disrupting the skin’s protective barrier. Skin is left feeling comfortable and smooth, and looking clarified with continuous use.

 

*Source: IQVIA, ProVoice Survey, 12 months ending March 31, 2023.
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Key Features & Benefits

  • 10% Benzoyl Peroxide

    10% Benzoyl Peroxide

    Helps clear acne and blackheads and allows skin to heal & helps prevent new acne pimples from forming
  • Non-Comedogenic

    Non-Comedogenic

    Won't clog pores
  • Fragrance Free

    Fragrance Free

    Fragrance-free formula
  • Paraben Free

    Paraben Free

    Formulated without Parabens to be gentle on skin

Key Ingredients

  • Helps restore your skin's natural barrier, helping to keep moisture in and harmful elements out.
  • Clears acne breakouts and helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming. Also helps promote the shedding of dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores (and acne breakouts).* *Baumann, L. (2015) Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients (pp.292-296). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical
  • May help calm skin, reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and increase moisture in skin’s uppermost layer.
  • Essential for maintaining skin's moisture balance. Helps give skin a smooth, plump texture.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: BENZOYL PEROXIDE 10%

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, CERAMIDE NP, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP, CARBOMER, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCOLIC ACID, TRIDECETH-6, TRIETHYL CITRATE, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CHOLESTEROL, PROPANEDIOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, XANTHAN GUM, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BENZOIC ACID, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE

Please be aware that ingredient lists for the products of our brand are updated regularly. Please refer to the ingredient list on your product package for the most up-to-date list of ingredients to ensure it is suitable for your personal use. 

How to Use

How to Steps

  • 1
    Use every morning and evening
  • 2
    Apply a dime-size amount to damp skin and gently massage, avoiding the eye area
  • 3
    Rinse well

Tips

  • Use this benzoyl peroxide acne wash on the entire affected area one to two times daily
  • Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two times daily if needed (or as directed by a doctor)
  • If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day
  • If going outside, apply sunscreen after using this product. If irritation or sensitivity develops, stop use of both products and consult a doctor.
  • Avoid contact with fabrics and hair. Benzoyl peroxide has a bleaching effect that may stain or cause discoloration.

When

    Time of Day:
    Anytime
Routine Order:
  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize
  • Protect

Where

Face and Body
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FAQ

  • Benzoyl peroxide washes, like CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash, are ideal for individuals with acne-prone skin. If you struggle with acne, a benzoyl peroxide cleanser can help clear acne pimples and blackheads and help prevent new breakouts from forming on your face or body.

    Including CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash in your daily skincare routine is a great way to help get acne breakouts under control and promote a clearer, healthier-looking complexion. With 10% benzoyl peroxide (the highest concentration available without a prescription), our Acne Foaming Cream Wash can be beneficial for those with acne or ongoing breakouts on the face and body.

  • CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash features a gentle yet effective formula that is suitable for daily use. It can be applied once or twice daily (morning and evening) as the first step in your body care or facial skincare routine. We recommend using this acne cleanser once per day to start, gradually working your way up to two times per day. If you experience skin dryness or flaking, you can reduce usage to every other day. If skin issues persist, stop using this product and consult a board-certified dermatologist for personalized guidance.  

  • CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash features a gentle yet effective formula that is suitable for daily use. It can be applied once or twice daily (morning and evening) as the first step in your body care or facial skincare routine. We recommend using this acne cleanser once per day to start, gradually working your way up to two times per day. If you experience skin dryness or flaking, you can reduce usage to every other day. If skin issues persist, stop using this product and consult a board-certified dermatologist for personalized guidance.  

  • Choosing the right cleanser for your acne routine is essential. The ideal formula can help thoroughly cleanse your skin without disrupting your skin barrier. It can also help target acne-related skin concerns while setting the stage for the rest of your routine.

    When choosing between acne cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Although both ingredients are considered effective options for fighting acne, they have some key differences. Benzoyl peroxide products, for example, work by targeting P. acnes—a type of bacteria known to cause acne. Using CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash can help keep acne pimples under control and help the skin heal.

    On the other hand, salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant known as a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that promotes the skin’s natural elimination of dead skin cells. Because salicylic acid can penetrate into the pores, it’s often considered a beneficial choice for people with clogged pores. When in doubt, a board-certified dermatologist can help recommend the best active ingredient for your acne cleanser.

  • To apply CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash, massage a dime-size amount onto damp skin. Continue massaging the creamy formula onto your skin for approximately 30 seconds, or until it lathers into a lightly-foaming texture. Take extra caution to avoid the eye area. Once you’ve thoroughly distributed the cleanser onto the entire affected area, gently rinse your skin with lukewarm water and dry with a soft, clean towel. Next, continue with the rest of your skincare routine by applying a lightweight moisturizer, sunscreen, and any other acne treatments as recommended by your dermatologist.

  • After cleansing with CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash, there are a few other essentials to consider for your acne routine—specifically moisturizer and sunscreen. We recommend choosing an oil-free moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 for your daytime routine, such as CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. This hydrating face lotion is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores), making it ideal for acne-prone skin. It also features beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides.

    If you’ll be swimming, sweating, or spending extended amounts of time outdoors, we recommend using a water-resistant sunscreen for your face and body, such as CeraVe Hydrating Sheer Sunscreen. Benzoyl peroxide may increase photosensitivity, meaning it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. Therefore, it’s crucial to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, in addition to other sun protection measures recommended by the FDA—like wearing protective clothing and seeking shade during peak hours.1 

    For your evening routine, we recommend a lightweight night cream that’s suitable for acne-prone skin, such as CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. This fragrance-free moisturizer helps hydrate, calm, and soothe your skin while helping to maintain your skin barrier. In addition to these skincare basics, your dermatologist may recommend targeted acne treatments depending on your skin’s needs.

  • CeraVe offers a range of products for acne-prone skin, including two benzoyl peroxide cleansers: CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser and CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash. These cleansers are both designed to help treat and prevent acne. They’re also developed with dermatologists to avoid disrupting your skin’s protective barrier and include beneficial ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and our three essential ceramides.

    The main difference between these two formulas is that they feature different amounts of benzoyl peroxide. Whereas our Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser includes 4% benzoyl peroxide, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash contains 10% (the highest strength available without a prescription). If you’re unsure which concentration is right for you, a board-certified dermatologist can help you select the right formula for your skin’s needs.

    Another primary difference between our two benzoyl peroxide washes is that CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser is formulated for use on your face. On the other hand, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Wash can be used to help treat and prevent acne blemishes on both your face and body.

    1.  ”Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses.” U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Aug. 2022.
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