Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser versus Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser .

Last updated on September 07, 2023. Published on February 04, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both face cleansers. They have a total of 3 ingredients in common

Suited For

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

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens or silicones

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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
ph level
5.5
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

Vitamin E
Ceramides (3)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (6)
Redness Reducing (4)
Reduces Irritation (3)
Anti-Aging (4)
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin
Acne Trigger
Irritating

Benefits

Hydrating
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
Acne Trigger
Rosacea
Eczema
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Glycerin β€’ Cetearyl Alcohol β€’ Peg-40 Stearate β€’ Stearyl Alcohol β€’ Potassium Phosphate β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Ceramide AP β€’ Ceramide EOP β€’ Carbomer β€’ Glyceryl Stearate β€’ Behentrimonium Methosulfate β€’ Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Cholesterol β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Dipotassium Phosphate β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Phytosphingosine β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Cetyl Alcohol β€’ Polysorbate 20 β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin

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Water β€’ Glycerin β€’ Coco-Glucoside β€’ Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate β€’ Acrylates Copolymer β€’ Caprylyl Glycol β€’ Mica β€’ Sodium Chloride β€’ 1,2-Hexanediol β€’ Titanium Dioxide β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Disodium EDTA

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Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

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1
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 Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
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 Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does:
Community Rating: Disliked

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

It is a chelating agent, meaning it neutralizes metal ions that may be found in a product.

Disodium EDTA is a salt of edetic acid and is found to be safe in cosmetic ingredients.

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 17.

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 12.

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

50% are loved or liked
4% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
4% have no rating yet
25% are loved or liked
33% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

Usage

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Reviews

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 24 ingredients

3.6 /5
from 48 reviews
AnneR's Avatar'
Nov 29, 2020

Nice but boring
Skin felt OK but not as hydrated as I was expecting

Nice but boring
Skin felt OK but not as hydrated as I was expecting

sameteamdwight's Avatar'
Mar 9, 2021

Reasonable
This is a fine cleanser but leaves me feeling a little dry. It's the HG for a lot of people but I only use it at night and I feel facial tightness immediately. It is genuinely an okay cleanser and does take off makeup/SPF...

Reasonable
This is a fine cleanser but leaves me feeling a little dry. It's the HG for a lot of people but I only use it at night and I feel facial tightness immediately. It is genuinely an okay cleanser and does take off makeup/SPF adequately but I'm still looking for something a little more... exciting and moisturizing.

OhDearTheBees's Avatar'
Nov 20, 2020

Decent
It not for everyone, yes it cleans the face but it left my skin feeling rather dry and irrated.

Decent
It not for everyone, yes it cleans the face but it left my skin feeling rather dry and irrated.

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser 12 ingredients

3.8 /5
from 18 reviews
SabrinaPorteous_27's Avatar'
Jul 20, 2022

Too drying for my sensitive skin
I've been waiting to try this product for a while now as it has been recommended to me by many as a HG for ultra-sensitive skin. However, after the first use, my skin felt tight and unrefreshed. The next...

Too drying for my sensitive skin
I've been waiting to try this product for a while now as it has been recommended to me by many as a HG for ultra-sensitive skin. However, after the first use, my skin felt tight and unrefreshed. The next day, the skin around my eyes and mouth were dry and red. I typically only get dryness in these areas if my skin is reacting to something it doesn't like. I was quite shocked that I had this experience, so I gave it a couple of days to see if my skin would get used to it. It did not. I had a better experience with Cetaphil and Cerave's gentle cleansers!

Lylz777's Avatar'
Apr 27, 2023

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my...

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my products trying to get rid of the itch, never realizing this was the culprit. After I stopped using it, i tried some of the old products again and there was no itching.

Lakooo's Avatar'
Apr 17, 2023

Not irritating, but very drying
I was given a bottle of this because US dermatologists recommend it for patients with sensitive skin. I will never buy it for myself because it leaves me feeling stripped dry.

Not irritating, but very drying
I was given a bottle of this because US dermatologists recommend it for patients with sensitive skin. I will never buy it for myself because it leaves me feeling stripped dry.

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