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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser versus Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength .

Last updated on February 14, 2024. Published on March 27, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe face cleansers. They have a total of 9 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain benzoyl peroxide

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne, dry skin and brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any common allergens, oils, parabens or sulfates

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Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA
Niacinamide
Benzoyl Peroxide
Ceramides (3)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (5)
Good For Oily Skin (2)
Redness Reducing (5)
Reduces Irritation (3)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging (4)
Dark Spots (2)
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting (2)
Brightening (3)

Concerns

Drying (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (3)
Rosacea (3)
Eczema (3)

Notable Ingredients

Exfoliators
Benzoyl Peroxide

Benefits

Hydrating
Acne Fighting
Brightening

Concerns

Drying (2)
May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating
Rosacea (3)
Eczema (2)
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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does:
Community Rating: Mixed

Benzoyl Peroxide is famous for fighting acne. This is because it does a variety of tasks on the skin: it helps reduce excess oil, kill bacteria, and clear out dead skin cells. In other words, it is effective at unclogging pores.

These properties make it great at fighting different types of acne, including cystic and inflammatory types of acne.

When targeting the bacteria in your pores, Benzoyl Peroxide has been shown to kill the bacteria without causing sensitivity. It also helps keep your skin's natural bacteria and biome balanced. Having a healthy biome protects your skin from external harmful factors.

Once Benzoyl Peroxide is absorbed into the skin, our bodies turn it into benzoic acid and quickly exits in urine.

When using Benzoyl Peroxide, it may be irritating for some people due to a variety of reasons, such as a broken skin barrier or just an allergic reaction. We recommend speaking with a professional about using this ingredient if you have concerns.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 11.

3
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 3.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 6.

4
What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 7.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 20.

5
What it does: Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming
Community Rating: Disliked

Carbomer is a polymer of acrylic acid. Its main role is to create gel consistency within products.

Carbomer is commonly found in many types of cosmetics products. It is found to be safe in concentrations up to 15%. However, a high amount of carbomer can cause pilling or balling up of products. Most products contain 1% of less of carbomer.

CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 12.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 2.

6
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Chances are, you eat sodium chloride every day. Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt.

This ingredient has many purposes in skincare: thickener, emulsifier, and exfoliator.

You'll most likely find this ingredient in cleansers where it is used to create a gel-like texture. As an emulsifier, it also prevents ingredients from separating.

There is much debate on whether this ingredient is comedogenic. The short answer - comedogenic ratings don't tell the whole story. Learn more about comegodenic ratings here.

The concensus about this ingredient causing acne seems to be divided. Research is needed to understand if this ingredient does cause acne.

Scrubs may use salt as the primary exfoliating ingredient.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 15.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 13.

7
What it does: Buffering, Masking
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Sodium Citrate helps maintain the pH of a product. Normal pH level of skin is slightly acidic (~4.75-5.5). The acidity of our skin is maintained by our glands and skin biome. Being slightly acidic allows our skin to create an "acid mantle". This acid mantle is a thin barrier that protects our skin from bacteria and contaminants.

Sodium Citrate is a chelating agent. It neutralizes metal ions from water and prevents them from binding to other ingredients. This ensures the other ingredients will not be altered.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 16.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 14.

8
What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 19.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 15.

9
What it does: Solvent
Community Rating: Liked

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Propanediol is not likely to cause sensitivity and considered safe to use.

It is derived from corn or petroleum with a clear color and no scent.

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 22.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength contains this as ingredient number 10.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

43% are loved or liked
14% have mixed ratings
39% are disliked or very disliked
4% have no rating yet
15% are loved or liked
20% have mixed ratings
50% are disliked or very disliked
15% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser 28 ingredients

4.2 /5
from 10 reviews
AbigailSteuer_348's Avatar'
Aug 10, 2023

Benzoyl Peroxide for my acne

Benzoyl Peroxide for my acne

margaretjk's Avatar'
Nov 15, 2023

Doesn’t irritate and actually helps my acne without drying me out.

Doesn’t irritate and actually helps my acne without drying me out.

KristinKrilcheva_394's Avatar'
Dec 12, 2022

I can'T see any result.
I am using it 3 month now. The good part is that I don't have any skin reaction. I have very sensitive skin that reacts to everything, but this been good so far. I use it as a mask as well somethimes, but there is...

I can'T see any result.
I am using it 3 month now. The good part is that I don't have any skin reaction. I have very sensitive skin that reacts to everything, but this been good so far. I use it as a mask as well somethimes, but there is no effect on my pimples at all.

Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength 20 ingredients

4.5 /5
from 6 reviews
bsabrina's Avatar'
Apr 22, 2023

hit or miss
after developing cystic acne on my chin and along my cheeks, i saw this product on tiktok and decided to give it a try. Loved it for a few months, it definitely cleared my skin during the summer. helped a lot with cystic acne...

hit or miss
after developing cystic acne on my chin and along my cheeks, i saw this product on tiktok and decided to give it a try. Loved it for a few months, it definitely cleared my skin during the summer. helped a lot with cystic acne and texture. It got too drying when the seasons changed. also seemed to stop working for me after a while? I'm not sure what happened but suddenly it didn't work for me anymore. maybe better for really oily skin.

utr1cular1a's Avatar'
Aug 3, 2023

Disenfecting, a bit drying, but worth it.
The peroxide is going to break down the dead skin cells and any dried blood in your pores. It helps to kill the bacteria in them, which causes pimples and cysts. I've been dealing with fairly...

Disenfecting, a bit drying, but worth it.
The peroxide is going to break down the dead skin cells and any dried blood in your pores. It helps to kill the bacteria in them, which causes pimples and cysts. I've been dealing with fairly severe acne for a while, and I have problems with skin picking, but this helps. Make sure to moisturize well with it. It's steadily been eradicating the infections and cysts. Just avoid using medicated moisturizers directly afterward. Things like vitamin c or retinol will react with leftover peroxide, degrading and becoming less powerful. Either use a moisturizer without reactive acidic ingredients, or apply about 30 minutes after as not to waste the active ingredients in your moisturizer!

sunniiev's Avatar'
Feb 24, 2024

This is a staple in my routine. i’ve been using this for over 2 years and it keeps my skin clear from breakouts/rashes & reduced my texture. However, it is very drying so read the instructions for usage and f/u with a hydrating...

This is a staple in my routine. i’ve been using this for over 2 years and it keeps my skin clear from breakouts/rashes & reduced my texture. However, it is very drying so read the instructions for usage and f/u with a hydrating moisturizer if you have dry skin.

Great Value
Drying
No Scent
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