Cerave Vs Cetaphil: I Tried Them, Here’s The Winner!

By Patricia Rios

Cerave and Cetaphil are excellent, affordable brands that offer a variety of products for all skin types. But what are their differences? Which one is the winner?

In a nutshell, Cetaphil specializes in sensitive skin, while Cerave is best for dry skin. If you have normal skin, you will probably like both. 

Cerave Vs Cetaphil: I Tried Them, Here's The Winner!

Yet, there is more than that, so in this article, let’s discuss these brands’ key differences, similarities, pros, and cons!

Cerave vs cetaphil: Are they the same?

No. Even though they may have similar packages and the same type and feel, they are different brands: 


Cetaphil has much more time in the market, as it started in 1947 in Texas. They developed into a multinational skincare brand specializing in sensitive and acne-prone skin by offering simple skin care products.


Cerave specializes in hydration and skin rejuvenation. Their main ingredient is ceramides, which retain the skin’s moisture, protecting its outer barrier. They started in 2005 but are now part of the LOreal group (since 2017).

Cerave Vs Cetaphil: I Tried Them, Here's The Winner!

Down below, find some additional comparisons between CeraVe and Cetaphil:

  • Cerave counts with more advanced technology for dryness and skin roughness. They invested in ingredients such as three ceramides and hyaluronic acid types, while Cetaphil’s leading actor is Glycerine.
  • Cerave has been catching up with technology, including essential skincare ingredients such as Vitamin C and salicylic acid, while Cerave offers less variety.

Cerave Pros & Cons


  • Hydration and improvements in skin texture
  • These products won’t irritate my skin.
  • There is an excellent variety of products that I can choose from
  • Most of the time, the skin doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.


  • They should have a better product distribution as I can see some products on the site that are unavailable in the store. Also, I can see some products that are available in some countries and not in other places.
  • The price tag is a bit high, which may cause the product to be inaccessible to some people.
  • The eye cream can cause dryness.

Cetaphil Pros & Cons

Comparing products


  • Extremely gentle
  • Spreads well on the body 
  • Skin feels soft. I even can’t stop hubbing my legging onto one another, it feels amazing!
  • Provides Skin restoration
  • Improves facial skin texture in less than a week of use


  • I need to complain that the prices are high, as the face and body gentle lotion bottle is so small;
  • Some of the creams may leave the skin a bit greasy in comparison with Cerave’s texture.

The Verdict: Is Cerave Or Cetaphil Better?

trying different cerave and cetaphil products
  • Most people prefer Cerave over Cetaphil for products such as moisturizers, lotions, and some cleansers because of its hydration properties.
  • The opinions of those with sensitive, normal, and oily skin are divided, but most people will prefer Cerave.
  • Cetaphil is best to calm the skin when dealing with redness and irritation.
Pros and cons

Take a look at this comparison table for the main differences in different categories:

Texture and TouchI don’t think they both will offer great oil control results.
SmellSome products from Cerave may have a strange smell, while cetaphil has no fragrance.
Skin improvementCerave is slightly more hydrating than Cetaphil
Skin hydrationCetaphil worked beautifully when my hand skin was highly sensitized.
Removing makeupI don’t think they both will offer great oil control results.
Oil controlHonestly, I don’t particularly appreciate using these brands for makeup removal. But Cetaphil would work better for that.
Sensitivity improvementCetaphil worked beautifully when my hand skin was extremely sensitized.

Patricia Rios

I have been writing makeup and beauty content for more than ten years. My passion is to uplift you, my reader, to feel better about yourself.

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