A CeraVe survey found, 51% of dermatologist say the most common mistakes their patients make is using products that dry out the skin, 46% say patients need more education.

A new survey conducted by CeraVe  among 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 to 40 revealed that while 91% of consumers agree they know cleansing is important, only 23% say that a dermatologist would be pleased with their facial cleansing habits. As a dermatologist-developed therapeutic skincare brand, the company wants to educate all consumers on healthy skincare habits so they can reap the full benefits of an effective skincare routine. That’s why this ‘Cleanse Your Skin Week’ — now through Saturday, July 31, CeraVe is helping consumers find the best cleanser for their own skin to achieve a healthy, balanced clean and cleanse like a dermatologist.

According to the company, to maximize the benefits of a daily cleanse, consumers should be looking for products that are formulated for their skin type and feature key ingredients that remove dirt, oil, and other residue without stripping the skin barrier. The survey showed that 80% of respondents said they do not know what ingredients to look for in a cleanser, and 70% do not know what their skin type is. Additionally, 40% admit they need more education on ingredients, and 36% say they do not know the difference between cleanser formulas to choose what is best for their skin.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe cleansers are manufactured using ingredients to effectively remove build-up on skin without disrupting the skin barrier, the company noted. With a range of facial cleansers that deliver efficacious ingredients in different formulations, CeraVe offers a variety of cleansing products for dry, oily, combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin. Each cleanser is formulated with three essential ceramides – 1, 3 and 6-II – to help restore the skin barrier and hyaluronic acid to help attract and retain moisture, thus ensuring consumers can experience a healthy, balanced cleanse.

That same survey also reported that 71% of respondents are not actively seeking ingredients that help the skin barrier when choosing a cleanser, and 52% are not looking for hydrating ingredients. “The skin barrier is the foundation for healthy skin, helping to keep moisture in and irritants out, and daily cleansing with a product best suited for your skin type plays a critical role in maintaining your barrier,” said board-certified dermatologist Daniel Sugai, MD. “The CeraVe range of gentle formulas with three essential ceramides makes them suitable for a variety of skin types, so I can trust that my patients will experience an effective cleanse that not only cleans skin but leaves skin’s natural moisture intact.”

More than half of dermatologists (52%) say the ingredient they tell their patients to look for when selecting a cleanser is ceramides, according to a survey of 200 board-certified dermatologists conducted by CeraVe. Additionally, 51% say one of the most common mistakes their patients make is using products that dry out the skin, and 46% say their patients need more education on selecting products well-suited for their skin type.

“We recognize that everyone’s skin is unique, and that people have different preferences when it comes to choosing products that are best for their skin,” said Jaclyn Marrone, vice president of marketing at CeraVe. “As a therapeutic skincare brand, CeraVe is committed to providing effective skincare solutions for all people by offering a range of products, including a full cleanser portfolio, that have each been formulated with dermatologists to include the ingredients and formulas that will address all skin types and consumer preferences.”

While ridding the skin of dirt, oil and makeup is most often associated with the benefits of a cleanser, hydration should not be overlooked. In fact, nearly half (45%) of dermatologists surveyed say they believe that their patients’ dry skin can be corrected by a proper cleansing routine, and when asked what their own number one cleansing routine rule is, among the top answers was a cleanser that hydrates the skin (23%).