Acne-Prone Skin

Treat acne while maintaining the skin barrier.

In patients with acne, a compromised skin barrier and low ceramide levels leave the skin susceptible to bacteria, dryness, and irritation. Harsh acne treatments further aggravate the skin.1,2

Ceramide-containing cleansers are associated with a lower risk of irritation and can improve skin barrier function, which may enhance patient adherence to acne treatment.3
CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser is gentle yet effective, treating acne while maintaining the skin barrier.
  • 4.0% benzoyl peroxide: an ingredient proven to reduce C. acnes without bacterial resistance4,5
  • pH level of 5.5: levels of less than 6 are shown to markedly reduce C. acnes growth1
  • Ceramides 1, 3, & 6-II help maintain and restore the skin’s natural protective barrier
  • Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) soothes the skin
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Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is widely studied and has proven to be one of the most versatile, safe, inexpensive, and effective acne therapies.6
CeraVe 4% BPO aligns with AAP guidelines for mild, moderate, and severe acne treatment.
Higher BPO concentrations, such as 10%, may provide minimal additional efficacy and can result in increased drying and irritation.6
Both cleansers and leave-on formulations of BPO have proven effective at reducing the growth of C. acnes.7
Ceramide deficiency and acne
Ceramides are lipids that form the skin barrier and help retain moisture.2 When ceramide levels are low, moisture escapes through the skin barrier. Low ceramide levels leave the skin susceptible to dryness, irritation, and proliferation of the inflammatory C. acnes.8
In a clinical study, acne patients presented lower levels of ceramides and diminished water barrier function.9

Recommend a gentle yet effective acne regimen to enhance Rx adherence

CLEANSE & TREAT CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
TREAT Prescription medication
MOISTURIZE & PROTECT AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion

Featured Products

Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser

Formulated with 4% benzoyl peroxide and ceramides 1, 3, & 6-II to treat acne while maintaining the skin barrier.


AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

Designed to protect against UVA/UVB, help restore the protective skin barrier, and provide up to 24 hours of hydration.


PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

Developed with ceramides 1, 3, & 6-II, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to hydrate and calm the skin while helping to restore the skin’s natural barrier.


Resurfacing Retinol Serum

Formulated with encapsulated retinol to help reduce the appearance of post-acne marks, plus licorice root extract to help brighten skin’s appearance.


Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

Designed to protect against UVA/UVB, help restore the protective skin barrier, and provide up to 24 hours of hydration, with an ultra-light matte finish.

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