12 Cleansers That Were Made With Sensitive Skin In Mind

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As someone with hormonal acne and oily skin, it’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of irritation and I’m always looking for the perfect cleanser that’s gentle, effective and won’t aggravate my sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin has no unifying medical definition and can be caused by diet, genetics, allergies or an underlying skin condition, says Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic. “Most people with sensitive skin will describe stinging, burning, redness or tightness usually after the use of skincare or household products. Sensitive skin is relatively common, with scientific papers suggesting that anywhere between 40 - 60% of women report skin sensitivity of some degree”, she explains.

So if you’re experiencing red bumps, tightness, stinging sensations or an unexpected breakout, here are 15 soothing cleansers that will keep inflammation at bay.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

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This gentle, non - foaming gel cleanser, £28 helps calm, cool and reduce the redness and heat that often comes with sensitive skin reactions. The fragrance free, vegan formula easily rinses off without leaving any residue and skin feels more comfortable immediately after use.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser

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Tata Harper’s makeup melting nourishing oil cleanser, £66 boasts a gentle formula that dissolves excess sebum and even the most stubborn of mascaras. The blend of bio-compatible oils will leave your complexion soft and refreshed, all while keeping the skin’s moisture barrier intact.

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

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Packed with nutrient - dense supergreens and a natural pre-biotic, this gel cleanser, £25 works to re-balance the skin’s microflora and transform skin that’s lacking vitality and radiance.

Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser

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Few brands have tackled redness in the skin quite like Clinique. As one of the first brands to embrace probiotic technology, their soothing cream-gel cleanser, £19 clams visible redness, reduces inflammation and leaves skin feeling clean and comforted.

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

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This aromatic, creamy cleanser from Aurelia, £42 is like a spa in a jar. Infused with chamomile, eucalyptus and bergamot, it fuses together probiotic and peptide technologies, gliding onto the skin and lifting impurities and makeup.

Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion

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Experts in sensitivity, Avène created their extremely gentle and affordable cleanser lotion, £8.75 specifically for irritable skin. It’s lightweight and fluid, the formula is kept simple with few ingredients, as Dr Mahto recommends, and it contains no parabens, fragrances or colourants that could disrupt the skin.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser

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Rich but not heavy, The Body Shop’s aloe cream cleanser, £8 is a blend of pure, hand-filleted aloe, sensitive skin’s best friend. A natural skin soother, aloe is perfect for allergy-prone, itchy or red skin.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Softening Foaming Gel

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Dr Mahto told My Beauty Matches that she often refers patients to La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane range, due to its effectiveness. This foaming gel cleanser, £11.90 combining the famous Thermal Spring Water and glycerine gently cleanses skin and removes makeup, leaving even the most intolerant of skin comfortable and relieved.

Oskia Perfect Cleanser

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Oskia’s cleansing and nourishing balm, £32.50 is particularly effective for dry skin, which can often be a reaction where the skin barrier fails to function normally and nerve endings in the skin are left exposed to the environment, says Dr Mahto. Rich in youth-boosting vitamins, prebiotics and essential fatty acids, it removes makeup, decongests and restore moisture levels.

Aesop In Two Minds Cleanser

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Aesop’s blend of salicylic acid, witch hazel and sage leaf in it’s gel-based daily face wash, £33 deep cleans the skin. Best suited to combination skin, it’s non drying, nor does it strip the skin of it’s natural oils.

Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

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Pollution is fast becoming an added reason to explain skin sensitivity. The Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, £21 offers a solution. Enriched with moringa extract, shea and mango, it restores the skin’s radiance while providing comfort and restoring the skin’s biological balance.

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil

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Typically, cleansers for sensitive skin stick to the traditional gel or milk textures. However, Caudalie’s new cleansing oil, £18 enriched with sweet almond and grape, dissolves makeup on even the most sensitive of skins, without causing a reaction.

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