Bioré vs CeraVe | Which Sunscreen Reigns Supreme?

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: February 26, 2024

Finding the right face sunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin from UV damage while also ensuring it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on your face. As a skincare editor […]

Finding the right face sunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin from UV damage while also ensuring it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on your face. As a skincare editor who has personally tested countless sunscreens, I often get asked how Bioré and CeraVe face sunscreens compare. While both are popular drugstore picks with mineral options free of chemical filters, there are some key differences to consider.


One of the biggest contrasts is that Bioré sunscreens rely solely on chemical UV filters like Avobenzone and Octinoxate whereas CeraVe uses mineral filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. For people with sensitive skin, CeraVe's mineral formulas may be less irritating, though the Zinc can leave more of a white cast. Bioré's chemical filters tend to feel lighter and absorb faster without a white tint, but those with sensitivities should still patch test.


When it comes to texture, Bioré is renowned for an ultra-light, fast-absorbing finish that feels weightless on skin. Their sunscreens contain alcohol which helps the liquid dry down quickly. CeraVe has a thicker, creamier texture thanks to moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. While still non-greasy, CeraVe provides more hydration so it may not set fully matte. For oily skin, Bioré's drier finish may be preferable.


Both brands offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays. However, CeraVe's mineral sunscreens may be slightly better at protecting against long UVA rays. Bioré's chemical filters absorb more UVB rays which cause burns. As long as you reapply sufficiently, both will provide strong daily protection.

Skin Types

With its lightweight gel-cream formulas, Bioré works well for oily and combination skin that doesn't require much moisture. The alcohol can be drying for some. CeraVe is better for normal to dry skin needing hydration along with SPF thanks to its signature trio of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Those with eczema and sensitivity may also favor CeraVe's mineral options.


On Amazon, Bioré sunscreens like their popular Watery Essence have rave reviews for feeling invisible on skin. Fans love the refreshing, cooling sensation and matte finish. CeraVe also has loyal followers who prefer mineral sunscreens and appreciate the brand’s focus on sensitive skin. The sunscreens are highly rated for not stinging eyes or causing breakouts.


You can usually find Bioré and CeraVe sunscreens in the $10-$15 range for 1.7-3 oz bottles, so the pricing is fairly comparable. Bioré is a Japanese brand so certain products may be priced a little higher if sourced from Japan. Overall, both offer quality sun protection at an affordable drugstore price point.

Overall, while Bioré and CeraVe take different approaches, both make reliable daily SPF that protects and feels pleasant on skin. For lightweight moisture and a dewy glow, I’d go with CeraVe. But when I need strong UVA/UVB filters in an ultra-fluid texture, Bioré is my pick. As for mineral versus chemical, it comes down to personal preference and skin sensitivities. No matter which you choose, wearing SPF every day is vital for healthy, youthful skin.

Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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