March 13, 2017

Cerave Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil Review & Swatches

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Cerave Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil ($14) is yet another new body moisturizer that contains 3 ceramides and safflower oil to hydrate, sooth, and soften dry, itchy skin. Cerave has been on a roll releasing new skincare picks for Spring 2017. Lately, they seem obsessed with oil as this is the second product they launched including CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil that contains hydrating oils.

Since I’m always looking for ways to hydrate my awful dry skin I decided to give this a try.

Here’s my thoughts and review.

Cerave Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil promises a lightweight formula in a creamy oil that contains a host of hydrating ingredients including ceramides. Ceramides act to replenish the skin’s natural lipids that are lost from exposure to the environment. They not only restore moisture lost but they also help to protect the skin’s natural barrier and are particularly helpful when treating eczema. Cerave has always including a heaping helping of ceramides in all their products from body to facial care and this new Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil is no different.

Going into this purchase I wasn’t sure what to expect from a creamy oil formula. I was thinking light, creamy, and perhaps morphing into an oily or slick texture. It’s none of these things! It’s actually the consistency of a sunscreen and holy cow is it difficult to apply. It takes a lot of effort to massage this into skin but believe me it is worth the effort. I find using it as soon as I step out of the shower when my skin is still wet proves the best way to apply as the product sinks it a lot easier. If I use it on my dry skin I’m sort of rubbing and rubbing and rubbing to get it absorbed. It is worth the effort but using it on your wet skin proves the easiest application. It’s not greasy nor oily and once absorbed it leave skins very smooth and soft. It almost forms a protective barrier on my skin that feels moist but not greasy. I don’t the formula is going to be impressive for everyone. Most people are going to feel it’s a pain to apply. I felt this way myself but after I used it a few times I’m kind of in love with this. I tend to have drier, itchier skin in the Winter and this soothed it instantly. If you have eczema or just dry, itchiness you’re bound to love this.

Cerave Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil can be a chore to apply but the soothing, hydrating finish is worth the effort!

Cerave Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil is available now at and

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  • Heidi

    Hmmm. I do tend to feel really dry and itchy in winter (and we just had a fresh blast of snow), so that ingredient list is calling to me!

  • Annie

    I wasn’t expecting this product to be the consistency of sunscreen, but it’s still interesting to me that you believe it’s worth the effort to apply immediately after showering. For my body eczema, I also use a CeraVe product in the red-labelled line, the lotion in the pump, which is like the regular lotion but with an OTC dosing of an analgesic to stop the itching. It really does help stop the itch, and using it on my face after an at-home low-powered peel eliminates minor irritation. The CeraVe Healing Ointment is awesome, too, since it’s essentially an occlusive (petrolatum like Vaseline) with emollient (ceramide) and humectant (hyaluronic acid) properties, which is why I like using it to turn any facial moisturizer of my choice into an effective sleeping pack.

    • Isabella Muse

      I find it absorbs a lot easier on went sin ๐Ÿ˜€ I haven’t used that one but sounds good ๐Ÿ˜€ I have used the Healing Ointment and even reviewed it last year, I really love that! I never used it as a sleeping pack though, great idea ๐Ÿ˜€

  • katrosado

    Thank you so much! My son has had an awful outbreak of eczema on his elbows. I’m going to pick some up as soon as the snow plows come through after tomorrow!

  • Michelle Luna

    Muse, when you/people say “apply while skin is still wet” does that mean literally you haven’t toweled off yet and water is still dripping off you? Or does it mean a super fast towel dab that doesn’t take *all* the droplets off, just most? Asking for a friend. (haha)

    • Isabella Muse

      just a quick wipe off with your towel, not necessarily dripping wet but damp ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Codename Duchess

      I apply stuff like this without toweling off first. Like as soon as I shut off the faucet, and usually with the shower door still closed (it’s warmer that way!). The wetter my skin is the easier it is to spread the product and rub it in. I’ve applied body oil that way for years.

    • Nat

      Just chiming in with the way I do it – I stand in the shower, and use my hands to wipe off the majority of the moisture. I find that if I try to take off a bit with my towel, it just absorbs it all before I can use my product (like L’Occitane Almond Oil). But I have super dry skin as well, so someone with more normal to oily skin might be better off using the method Muse describes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Claire L

    Reminds me of a similar product by Oilatum that I used when my itchy back was very bad and I had eczema patches on my legs. It worked very well and was very soothing.

  • Kim

    Ohhh I wish it was available in Singapore. The sweat and general humidity and heat seems to trigger eczema and the ingredients in that lotion looks awesome!

  • Yen

    I might have to try this. I have been using cetaphil’s eczema calming body lotion and that has worked pretty well. But I can never stop trying new products haha!

  • Katie

    I’m anxious to try this. I have terrible eczema on my foot. Unbelievable how much something can itch. Have found the most help with plain old castor oil, but it is pretty icky and un-glamorous. CeraVe makes high quality products and one of my projects for today is to find this!

  • Silvia

    Hmmm? I been using the Cera Ve moisteriser as primer, followed by a hint of foundation lightly and it works well on my face. Wonder if this would be thicker? No breakouts ever with these products and my face looks more plump and hydrated I really like them!
    On body especially after shaving legs I apply coconut oil as soon as stepping out of the shower it makes my skin soft and glowy then I rub some all over arms, elbows also, neck area. So good! Of all products I have tried coconut it is! To stay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lori Flippin

    Thanks for the review! I also found this hard to apply to dry skin. It felt weirdly, well……. dry! I’ll try it on damp skin this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      def try on wet skin, I had an issue getting it to absorb on my dry skin ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you’ll like it better using it after a shower. Let me know how you do!

      • Lori Flippin

        Oh my gosh, you were right. I tried it last night on wet skin and it absorbed like a dream! This morning I don’t feel like my skin is going to flake off and itch. Thanks again for the heads up on the application!

        • Isabella Muse

          Oh my pleasure. It’s a PAIN to use on dry skin but wet skin it woks a treat ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay!!!!!!

  • genevieve

    Damp skin is often the best way to allow oils to penetrate and hydrate. A great product.

  • Silvia

    There’s another product Sarna is an anti-itch lotion that has a nice cooking effect. Relieves dry skin, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, cool and soothes irritated skin. My mom gave me a bottle when I was itchy with a Jergen sun tan lotion i tried on my legs last Summercthst didn’t do a thing but create an itch luckily it healed fast. Is steroid free. So cooling. In case you can find Cera Vรƒยฉ this is a good one also.

  • maureen tzudiker

    I read about this somewhere and knew I had to get it because they said it’s halfway between an oil and a lotion. Oils for me are too much and never sink into my skin how I want them to. I really like how moisturizing it is and just kind of melts into the skin. However you have to be careful because it squirts out quite forcefully. I have this in my daily rotation of body moisturizers for sure.

  • katherine reynolds

    Used my Target red card to save a couple of dollars and got free shipping. It’s on the way!

  • Kathy Everett

    Ive always wanted to try the CeraVe Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil but it seemed costly @ $14.99 for 8 ounces. Went to my regular Target yesterday and these were full price. Today I went to a different location and had to get their last 3 bottles because they were on sale for $4.78! I combined them with a 16 oz CeraVe moisturizing cream (on sale for $10.97 until the 18th) for their Spend $20 & and get a $5 Target card for a future sale. I also had CeraVe coupons to use too. Can’t beat that kind of deal! You have to do separate transactions to get the $5 gift card if you’re buying multiples but it’s worth it. Online it’s spend $35 and get a $10 gift card. A big plus was that all of my jars of the moisturizing cream had free gifts with them like the bar soap and sample size of the healing ointment. I just tried the Soothing Creamy Oil and I love how it feels on my hands. I have Psoriasis and my husband has Eczema so we’re always trying new products. I’ll give him one of these and see how he likes it, but I know it will be hard to get him to use anything but the CeraVe moisturizing Cream.

    • Lori Flippin

      Oh my gosh, good for you!! I wonder why they were marked down so low. I’m going to keep my eyes open. ๐Ÿ˜€