What Is CeraVe?

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The skin is the largest organ of the human body and one of the most neglected. Exposure to sunlight, allergens, artificial heat and air conditioning, pathogens and ineffective nutrition can all lead to dryness, itchiness and even recurring conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Prescription medications are available for serious skin issues, but good skin hygiene can go a long way toward avoiding them. CeraVe skin care products from Coria Laboratories is also an option.


CeraVe is pronounced "SER-uh-vee" and the name derives from the ceramides that are among the main ingredients in the moisturizing formula.


CeraVe is a line of nonprescription skin care products developed in association with dermatologists. The products contain ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Both of these occur naturally in the body, and both are necessary for the retention of moisture in the skin.


Ceramides are one of the main components of your skin. They are fats, also called lipids, which help the skin retain its moisture. As you age, these lipids are lost, which makes the skin dry and brittle. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body in the joints, the fluid in your eyes and the deeper layers of your skin. Its function is to hold things together and retain moisture. It is sometimes given as injections or as oral supplements for osteoarthritis and joint pain.


According to the Coria Laboratories website, CeraVe contains a patented delivery process called Multivesicular Emulsion, or MVE, which allows the moisturizers and emollients to be continuously released into the deeper skin layers throughout the day. This time-release feature makes CeraVe products specifically suited to be used with prescription medicines for skin conditions, which often have severely drying effects on the skin.


CeraVe products are available at most major drugstores. At the time of publication, they ranged in price from about $9 to $24, depending on the specific product.