11 Best Face Washes for Sensitive Skin
By now you know how important it is to cleanse your skin daily. Cleansing your skin helps remove excess oil, makeup and other impurities that can cause clogged pores and a dull appearance. Since cleansers are a must-have skin care product, there’s a plethora of formulas on the market in a wide range of textures. And while the options are welcomed, it can make finding the best formula for your skin type feel a bit like an endless journey.
If you have sensitive skin, this process can be even more difficult. Chances are you’ve tried a cleanser only to have it irritate your sensitive complexion. You may be hesitant to give a new cleansing formula a shot, but don’t fret—we’ve got your back! Read on for our picks of the 11 best face washes for sensitive skin.
CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser is formulated with MVE delivery technology, which provides a controlled release of ingredients—think: essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid—to help repair and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier. Use daily morning and night to gently remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil.
Formulated for sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser removes excess impurities and oil from the skin’s surface without causing over-drying. It’s so gentle, in fact, that it can be used twice daily to condition, soothe, cleanse, and calm sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to a wet face and neck using light, circular motions and then rinse thoroughly with water.
Sensitive skin types will love this gentle cleanser formulated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, which is shown to soothe and fortify skin. The lightweight, milky formula cleanses, tones, and removes all traces of makeup—even eye makeup!— in one simple step. To use, sweep a cotton pad over your facial contours until it wipes clean. No rinsing required!
Free of sulfates, oil, soap, alcohol, and fragrance, Garnier SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser is an ideal choice for sensitive skin. This cleanser gently foams to remove oil, impurities, and makeup for soft, healthy-looking skin. Rich in glycerin, this foaming lotion softens the skin as it cleanses away impurities, leaving the sin feeling fresh and clean—never tight or dry.
Ideal for all skin types—particularly dry or sensitive skin—this mild, daily cleansing oil effectively removes dirt and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural balance. The unique texture quickly transforms from a gel to a light, thin oil that envelops the skin’s surface to gently melt away facial impurities. What’s more, the formula—with chamomile, aloe vera, and cucumber fruit extracts—is gentle enough for use on the eye area and leaves skin smoother, more radiant, and comfortably soothed.
This unique foaming cleansing water utilizes La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. Purifying and soothing, this cleanser respects the skin’s natural pH, and uses micelle technology to gently lift away impurities on the surface of the skin. Plus, the foam formula makes application and removal a total breeze! Use morning and evening as a daily face cleanser, applying the foam to your face using your fingertips and massaging until clean.
Editor’s note: Most micellar waters don’t require rinsing after use, but this particular formula calls for it. After massaging your face with the foam, rinse it off gently with lukewarm water. Keep in mind that this micellar water is also not suitable for removing eye makeup.
Are you a big fan of micellar water? If so, you’ll want to give this hydrating formula a try. It’s formulated with niacinamide to help calm the skin, hyaluronic acid to help retain the skin’s natural moisture, and three essential ceramides. The result? Skin that’s clean and hydrated without irritation.
Traditional bar soaps can be harsh and drying, but this cleanser bar is anything but. In fact, it’s even formulated with CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream to help lock in moisture while removing dirt and oil.
Some face wipes can irritate the skin, but these were formulated to be extra gentle, enough to be used on even sensitive skin. Simply sweep a cloth over you face to cleanse the skin and remove dirt, oil and makeup without irritating your complexion. Plus, its compact size and portability makes it a great addition to any gym bag or purse.
This sensitive facial cleanser contains centella asiatica, and helps to soothe cleanse and strengthen the skin barrier of sensitive skin. Cleanse away your impurities without causing discomfort or clogging pores.
Help dissolve stubborn long-wear face makeup and cleanse your skin with this new bi-phase cleanser by Lancome. The formula features an oil phase and a micellar water phase to cleanse the skin and remove impurities. The result? Skin that feels refreshed and instantly cleansed. You don’t even have to rinse!
No matter which formula you choose to cleanse your sensitive skin, remember to follow up your cleansing with an application of moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and comfortable!
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