Reviewed: CeraVe Healing Ointment

Even though I was in a monogamous relationship with the CeraVe Healing Ointment back in high school (I used to carry a full tub in my dance bag and a mini in my pencil bag—remember those?!), I had fallen off the CeraVe wagon sometime in college when I became more and more interested in skincare and makeup with, I might add, an ever-increasing taste in products boasting ridiculously high price points.

It wasnt that the ointment didnt continue to deliver its miracle-working majesty, I just became obsessed with the idea of trying every new product I could get my hands on. My one mistake: I was intent on the off-base assumption that expense directly correlates to quality. Anyway, over the years, I had quite simply forgotten about my beloved CeraVe until I attended the American Association of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting in San Diego. Surrounded by the countrys best and brightest dermatologists, brands, and products, I had a quick meeting with a few lovely members of the CeraVe team who very generously sent me home with a slew of O.G.

brand favorites, including the CeraVe Healing Ointment. Read on to find out about my experience rediscovering one of my all-time favorite beauty products.

Pros + Cons


  1. Wont clog pores
  2. Non-greasy texture
  3. Has the National
  4. Eczema Association
  5. Seal of AcceptanceFragrance-free


  1. Doesnt absorb quickly
  2. Can be difficult to squeeze out of tube
  3. Contains mineral oil and petroleum jelly

The Bottom Line

If youre looking for an affordable way to heal your dry, cracked lips, hands, or feet, you truly need to look no further. The CeraVe Healing Ointment does exactly what it promises to do, making it a staple in my skincare routine.

CeraVe Healing Ointment

  • Best for: Dry, cracked, and chafed skin
  • Uses:Strengthens moisture barrier, hydrates and protects dry skin
  • Star rating: 5/5
  • Potential allergens: Mineral oil
  • Active ingredients:Ceramides, hyaluronic acid
  • Clean: No, contains mineral oil
  • Price: $10
  • About the brand:CeraVe was launched in 2006 after a team of dermatologists wanted to formulate skincare products enhanced with the power of ceramides. Now, they boast over 70 different products designed to heal, soothe, and nourish your skin.
  • CeraVe Healing Ointment $11.00 $8.24


About My Skin: Changes with the seasons

My skin loves California weather and has acclimated seamlessly to the not-too-dry, not-too-humid forecast here in Los Angeles. In fact, my skins newfound moisture barrier has made itself so at home that it decides to throw a tantrum the second I step outside city lines. Case in point: When I go home to Minnesota during the winter—and to below 20-degree temperatures—my previously resilient skin (internally callused and seasoned from 22 years of experience with frigid weather) becomes chapped in roughly two minutes. Unsettling to say the least.

On the other end of the spectrum, whenever I go south to my familys part-time place in Tucson, Arizona, my skin becomes so dry, flaky, and itchy that I sometimes struggle to even fall asleep. Thus, I had two options: I could vow to never leave Los Angeles again or I could forage for life- and skin-changing products to cover and heal each and every woe.

The Feel: Lightweight and non-greasy

If youre acne-prone and sensitive to greasy textures, this ointment still has your back, as its free of lanolin; its lightweight in texture, and its even accepted by the National Eczema Association as a savvy option for sensitive skin. If I had to compare the texture to something, Id say its like Vaselines more lightweight, non-greasy sister. Although, I do have to say that its not a fast-absorbing product, so if youre using it on your hands or feet, they might feel a bit slippery for a minute or two.

The Ingredients

Approved by dermatologists and boasting an expertly formulated melding of such thirst-quenching things as petrolatum, mineral oil, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and water, its really no surprise that CeraVe is such a heavy hitter when it comes to hydration.

Ceramides:One of the main skin-loving ingredients in this ointment is ceramides. Ceramides are naturally found on the outermost layer of our skin and are responsible for protecting it from damage and are essential for your skins moisture and hydration levels.Hyaluronic acid:I like to think of hyaluronic acid like a sponge for your skin. It soaks up the hydration and prevents moisture loss, so your skin looks and feels plump and hydrated.Petroleum jelly (aka Petrolatum): Yes, the main ingredient in this ointment is a whopping 46.5 percent petroleum jelly, otherwise known as petrolatum. While petroleum jelly has a somewhat fraught relationship in the skincare world (its manufacturing process has been linked to a potential risk of breast cancer), most dermatologists say its safe to use on your skin. Its main function is to create a protective barrier over your skin to help heal wounds faster and keep your skin nice and hydrated.

The Results: Soothed, plump lips

Having left my go-to lip balm at home in L.A., I quickly layered on a healthy heaping of the Healing Ointment—a natural and nostalgic gravitation. And sure enough, within seconds (and even hours later), my lips felt calm, plump, and soft. Not only did this ointment save my parched lips during the duration of my time in San Diego, but it has since secured a spot in my daily rotation, which is no easy feat.

I quickly layered on a healthy heaping of the Healing Ointment—a natural and nostalgic gravitation. And sure enough, within seconds (and even hours later), my lips felt calm, plump, and soft.

Oh, and when I discussed my rediscovery with other beauty editors on the trip and a few of my fellow team members here at, my verdict was only echoed. In other words, apparently, Im not the only professional beauty lover with a tube—or full-size tub—of the stuff within arms reach on my nightstand. And last, but certainly, not least, it makes for an ingenious alternative to lip gloss—simultaneously delivering shine and nourishment.

The Value: Stock up

This ointment is 100 percent a no-brainer buy. Despite the fact that CeraVe seems to make every "Best-of" drugstore roundup (from and beyond), I just cant believe the likes of something as budget-friendly as $11 could challenge and even prove to be far superior to the lip balms and treatments I have tried at five times the investment. Plus, when you consider its proficiency for multitasking (you can put it on sand-papery elbows, irritated cuticles, or even the ends of dehydrated strands) at less than $15 for a three-ounce tube, this one goes above and beyond "bang for your buck" value.

Similar Products: You have options

EltaMD Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment: This specially-formulated ointment ($30) is designed to be used to heal your skin after laser procedures or any type of surgical wound.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment: Aquaphor has been considered a direct dupe of the CeraVe ointment, and at almost half the price ($5), but instead of ceramides and hyaluronic acid, it uses panthenol and glyercin to heal and nourish dry and cracked skin.

Our Verdict

The CeraVe Healing Ointment is beloved by many, and for a good reason. It does exactly as it claims—moisturizing and soothing dry, irritated skin while healing it from the inside out. We have no choice but to give it two thumbs up.

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