Let’s talk about the CeraVe line of products.
One of the things I love most about CeraVe is that it’s highly available and accessible in the United States. I can get it at most drugstores, Walmart, Target, and even grocery stores.
Not that it much matters anymore – most of us can access whatever products we want through Amazon or online sources. But I won’t downplay the convenience/instant gratification factor of shopping in-person. Sometimes you just need a product right away – and I like being able to run up to Walgreen’s to grab CeraVe if & when I want to.
If you live outside the U.S., I’d love to find out if CeraVe products are widely available where you live, so be sure to let me know by dropping a comment on this post.
CeraVe Products that are Fungal Acne Safe
Most of you reading this post have heard me talk about fungal acne, or you may have found my blog by searching fungal acne in Google. Either way – Welcome! And if you’re just learning about fungal acne (also called malassezia folliculitis) for the first time, I have LOTS of resources for you:
- What is fungal acne?
- How to tell if you have fungal acne
- From fungal acne to clear skin guide
- The Ordinary Skincare for fungal acne
In fact, I have a whole Youtube Channel with videos on the topic of fungal acne. Hop over there & subscribe so you don’t miss any of my future skincare & makeup content that is 100% fungal-acne-safe!
- The Ordinary Products for fungal acne
- Glossy Skin Makeup Tutorial for fungal acne
- My NightTime Fungal Acne Safe Skincare Routine
It is possible, but it sure isn’t easy to find products that are safe to use if you have fungal acne. (Pssst! I found tons in the Sephora Collection Line!) And when I say safe, I simply mean products that don’t contain ingredients known to feed the malassezia yeast.
But with CeraVe – there are quite a few options! Here are the 6 products from CeraVe I recommend if you have fungal acne.
I won’t lie to you – my actual favorite Micellar Water is the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Soothing Micellar Cleanser. It’s been on the shelves of my local Costco lately (major deal alert!), but unfortunately – it isn’t always available there, and I usually have to purchase it online.
So I’m thrilled that CeraVe offers us this Hydrating Micellar Water, which is conveniently available at Walmart, Target, and most drugstores. And a solid option for those of us with fungal acne.
By the way, did you know you can use Micellar Water as your cleanser? Like – as in your only cleansing step? It’s true!
I tend to remove my makeup with Micellar Water first & then wash my face with my favorite Bioderma Gel Cleanser. But I’m curious – how do you cleanse at the end of a long day? Two steps or one?
Do you have a cleanser that you love?
For most of my life, a cleanser that treats my acne problems and isn’t too drying has been nearly impossible to find. In fact, I’ve never had a cleanser I love.
And after I learned about fungal acne, it really narrowed down my options. But the irony of having fewer options is that the formulas you can use actually work for you instead of against you.
And this CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser with benzoyl peroxide is a rare gem. It has 4.5/5 stars and 3800+ reviews on Amazon that prove it!
The benzoyl peroxide in this formula is going to help you fight off the malassezia yeast that causes fungal acne, but it also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Ceramides that help to repair & restore your skin’s moisture barrier.
Did you know that your skin’s moisture barrier is vital to maintaining healthy, clear skin & preventing future breakouts?
Contrary to popular belief, those of us who struggle with acne don’t need to dry out our skin at all costs. And that’s why I’m all about this gentle cleanser that won’t dry you out or irritate your skin.
Ok, I have something to admit about the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.
I use it as my daily (and nightly) face moisturizer.
Yes, I know it’s a body lotion! But I don’t care, because my skin is absolutely thriving these days.
I have to do my due diligence and inform you that this product does *contain fatty alcohols, which potentially cause the growth of malassezia. Therefore, you should use sparingly or proceed with caution.
My thoughts on this product are that it may be a bit too rich for some people, but it doesn’t seem to cause me to breakout with fungal acne.
One reason I started using it as a facial moisturizer is because there just aren’t that many good (and affordable) moisturizer options for those of us with fungal acne.
But if putting body lotion on your face, or *fatty alcohols, ain’t your thing – here are a few other fungal-acne-safe moisturizers:
- Hado Labo Skin Plumping Gel Moisturizer
- Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream Moisturizer
- Biossance 100% Squalane Oil
- FAB Coconut Water Cream Oil Free Moisturizer *glycerin free
Grab My Free Target & Walmart Fungal Acne Shopping Lists
After I found out I had fungal acne, it was quite a task navigating the beauty aisles at Walmart or Target. I had my phone in hand – trying to look up ingredients lists and plug them into sites like sezia.co or folliculitisscout.com to see whether they were fungal acne safe or not.
Luckily – you don’t have to go to all that trouble!
Download my free Walmart & Target Shopping Lists, containing all the skincare and makeup products that are free of ingredients known to feed malassezia, and safe to buy if you have fungal acne.
I’m not sure why I haven’t tried the CeraVe Baby Cream yet, because it is essentially the same as the Moisturizing Cream (above), but better!
Why is it better?
None of the nasties! Meaning – no parabens, sulfates, or fragrances – so it’s safe & gentle for baby. And if it’s good enough for baby, it’s good enough for me.
Here are more good points from the Amazon product description:
- FOR BABY’S DELICATE SKIN | Moisturizes, protects, and maintains baby’s delicate skin with essential ceramides and vitamins
- ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES | Formulated with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) that help restore and maintain its natural protective barrier
- ALL DAY HYDRATION | Provides 24 hour hydration and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides (1,3,6-II)
- NO NASTIES | Paraben, Phthalates and fragrance free
- NEA SEAL OF ACCEPTANCE | Accepted by the National Eczema Association
Extra, extra! The fact that this product is accepted by the National Eczema Association is a BIG FREAKING DEAL, if you ask me.
I was suffering from severe eczema on my lips, neck, arms, and hands for years without relief. Then I figured out how eczema and fungal acne are related, and I finally got relief! Read about it here.
*Again, this product contains fatty alcohols, which potentially cause the growth of malassezia – so use sparingly or with caution.
I thought I was upset with myself for not trying the Baby Moisturizing Cream, but my real question for myself is : why the heck haven’t I tried the CeraVe Healing Ointment?
Remember that nasty little asterisk where I had to call out the fatty alcohols contained in those formulas that are a bit controversial when it comes to fungal acne?
Well, this CeraVe Healing Ointment is FREE of fatty alcohols! It’s the safest of the safest for fungal acne, my friend.
If you’ve tried it – tell me what you think in the comments. Should I use it in place of my beloved Moisturizing Cream? I see an experiment in my near future…
So first things first – you’re going to notice that the asterisk(*) is back in action on this product, meaning – yes, this CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 technically contains unverified ingredients (fatty alcohols, to be exact).
But, before you judge – hear me out.
Sunscreen is so important. But sunscreen that’s fungal acne safe? It’s available, but it’s not highly accessible, and it’s certainly not affordable. With the exception of a couple Banana Boat products that I hope to never have to use again in my life.
Do you also remember my little rant above about how good FA-safe moisturizers are hard to find?
Well this product is literally killing two birds with one stone! It’s also widely available, accessible, and (relatively speaking) affordable! So I say it’s worth a try.
In fact, when my Paula’s Choice Sunscreen runs out, I think I might give this a go.
Remember – *contains fatty alcohols, which potentially cause the growth of malassezia – so use sparingly or with caution.
More Fungal Acne Safe Products
If you’re curious about exploring other fungal acne (malassezia) safe skin care and makeup products, you can shop my picks right here.
Makeup Safe for Malassezia Folliculitis
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