Blemishes banished without a broken barrier? Yes please!


Content Producer / September 20 2023

The product

Are you ready to have a dermatologist take over your skin care routine? Aren’t we all! This blemish-busting wonder serum is specially designed to ensure your skin’s barrier isn’t disturbed while still fighting away all the unwanted congestion. It’s like CeraVe is reading our minds!

It’s formulated with barrier-protecting ceramides (three to be exact), licorice root extract (to calm, soothe and even heal acne scars) not to mention the HOT (we’re skincare buffs here) active niacinamide that pairs perfectly with (an oh-so-gentle form of) retinol for the ultimate acne-busting serum. 

The consistency of the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum is a light gel-like meets traditional serum. It’s easy to apply, and quickly absorbs into the skin. 

Here’s what our panel of Review Crew® testers had to say about the pore-refining, texture-smoothing serum.

The panel

BEAUTY/crew sent the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum to a panel of men and women aged 16-35 with various skin concerns and types ranging from blemish-prone to moderate acne and even normal-to-oily skin.

The panel

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum.

It became their blemish-banishing bestie: When your serum promises to control your blemishes, you’re really out here hoping it will deliver. That’s why we handed it over to our Review Crew® to put it through its paces. And sure enough, they raved about its blemish-banishing ways. Not only did our members see a reduction in blemishes, but they also saw less frequency of new ones appearing! Tell us that isn’t magic!

The pore-refining finish: Our panel's main concerns were blemishes, however what goes hand-in-hand with blemishes? Pores. Yup, we all have them; can’t escape them at this point! Or can we? Our reviewers were shocked to find their pores minimising by the moment with use of this formula. That takes us on to point number three…

The texture-resurfacing capabilities: Sloughing away unwanted, uneven skin cells is all in a day's work for the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum. Once it refined our members' pores, they were able to see the texture of their skin looking more even and feeling much smoother! The members were able to feel all the added moisturising, skin-brightening goodness (without being left with oily skin). A win in our books!

The verdict

“I have been using the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum for about one month now, and I have been very happy with the results. I have noticed a significant reduction in the number of blemishes on my face, and my skin texture has also improved. I have also noticed that my dark spots are starting to fade. I have sensitive skin, so I was worried that the retinol in this serum would be too irritating for me. However, I have not experienced any irritation at all. The serum is very lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. I would definitely recommend the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum to anyone with acne-prone skin. It is a gentle and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin.”
Arjun M
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I’ve been trialling the CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum and already noticed my skin feeling softer and blemish free. I liked using the serum with my other CeraVe range product and noticed my makeup application feels easier to apply and my skin looks well polished even without any makeup on. The product is easy to dispense from the bottle and has great texture too.”
Stephanie G
REVIEWcrew® Member
“CeraVe claims their Resurfacing Retinol Serum helps smooth your skin's texture by reducing the appearance of blemishes, minimising the look of pores and improving your skin’s surface. Shall I just say, yes! Yes it does! I have prone acne skin with scarring. This product has assisted with chilling out my blemishes but also reducing scars. It's formulated with Niacinamide and 3 essential ceramides that work together to lock in skin’s moisture and help support your skin’s moisture barrier. I used this product at night, really focusing on the areas that truly need it more. I could see visible change in my skin texture but also how frequently I had blemishes. They weren’t as red and huge. My pores were smaller and overall feeling smooth. I’m extremely impressed and highly recommend trialling this product! It’s fantastic.”
Katarina K
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sounds of this derm-approved, blemish banishing serum? Read more CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum Reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by CeraVe to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum is based on a combined total of 50 reviews submitted and is correct as of 20/09/2023.

Main image credit: Are Media

Emma Allcock began her career in the world of fashion and beauty in 2015, interning for various PR fashion houses. Naturally her love for style soon extended to beauty, and Emma landed firmly in the beauty and wellness world thanks to an internship-turned-role at local Australian fragrance brand Maison Blanche. One thing that remained consistent whether unpacking accessories or creating social content? Her commitment to an always-perfect manicure. Luckily, she’s since turned her talents to helping her readers achieve the same, writing about all things beauty and wellness. Emma is now a Content Producer for BEAUTYcrew, with her words and recommendations also appearing across beautyheaven. Emma loves the process of diving deep into the world of testing (and writing) about everything from haircare to fragrance. When she’s not slathering her skin in something new, she’s going for an early morning stroll to catch a stunning sunrise (coffee in hand, of course), because life’s all about that wellness balance after all.