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Type of medicine

Topical Cleanser

Works by

Unclogging Pores, Treating Acne

Active Ingredient

Effective within


Side effects

Medication details


CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser is specifically formulated to cleanse and treat acne-prone skin. It is part of the CeraVe skincare range, which is developed with dermatologists to address a variety of skin concerns.

This face cleanser is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores, and it contains key ingredients to help combat breakouts while maintaining the skin's natural moisture barrier.


Proper cleansing is crucial for managing acne-prone skin. Follow these directions for using CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser:
Wet Your Face: Begin by wetting your face with lukewarm water.
Apply Cleanser: Squeeze a small amount of the cleanser onto your wet palms and work it into a lather.
Gently Massage: Apply the lather to your face in a gentle, circular motion, paying extra attention to areas prone to breakouts.
Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Frequency: You can use this cleanser in your daily skincare routine, both morning and night, or as recommended by your dermatologist.


CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser contains several key ingredients known for their efficacy in managing acne-prone skin:
Salicylic Acid: This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliates the skin, helping to unclog pores and reduce acne breakouts.
Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide helps to calm and soothe the skin, reducing redness and inflammation.
Ceramides: These lipid molecules help to maintain the skin's natural barrier, preventing moisture loss and protecting against external irritants.

Side Effects

While CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience mild side effects, such as:
Dryness: Salicylic acid can lead to dryness, especially when first starting to use the product. If this occurs, reduce usage to once a day or every other day and ensure to moisturize after cleansing.
Skin Irritation: In some cases, individuals with sensitive skin may experience mild irritation. If this happens, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist.


Before using CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser, consider the following warnings:
This cleanser is for external use only and should not be ingested. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid Eye Contact: Avoid contact with the eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
Sun Protection: Salicylic acid can increase skin sensitivity to the sun. It is advisable to use sunscreen during the day while using this product.
Consult a Dermatologist: If you have severe acne or concerns about using this product, consult a dermatologist for personalised skincare recommendations.

Store in a cool and dry place.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 5, 2023, 2:45 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I use CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser if I have sensitive skin?

While this cleanser is designed to be gentle, it contains salicylic acid, which can be drying or irritating to sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, consider a patch test before using it on your face. Start with less frequent use and monitor your skin's response. If irritation occurs, discontinue use or consult a dermatologist for alternatives.

Is CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser suitable for all skin types?

CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser is formulated for acne-prone and oily skin. If you have dry or normal skin, you may find it too drying. CeraVe offers a range of cleansers tailored to different skin types, so consider trying one better suited to your skin's needs.

Can I use this cleanser with other acne treatments or products?

It's generally safe to use this cleanser alongside other acne treatments. However, combining multiple acne products with similar active ingredients (e.g., salicylic acid) can increase the risk of irritation. Consult a dermatologist for personalized guidance on incorporating multiple acne-fighting products into your routine.

Does CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser help with blackheads and whiteheads?

Yes, CeraVe Blemish Control Face Cleanser contains salicylic acid, which is known for its ability to help unclog pores and reduce blackheads and whiteheads. Regular use can contribute to clearer skin by preventing and treating these common acne blemishes.

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