The Best Products For Sensitive Skin

What exactly causes irritation? It turns out that the answer is incredibly simple: if you avoid using irritating products, your skin will be less irritated. But with an overwhelming amount of cleansers, moisturizers and makeup, how could you possibly know where to begin? Find out which items are suitable for you, and which ingredients you should steer clear of.

From breakouts to irritation, find the best beauty products for your face.

Skincare

Look for cleansing products that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologically tested.

Skincare: Cleansing

If your cleansers include ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate—the ingredients that make it lather—you could be starting off on the wrong foot. Opt for a gentle cream cleanser or cleansing milk that does not include these harsh irritants and you will see a decrease in redness.

Moisturizing Cleansing Milk

$32

REN Skincare

Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser

$39

Aesop

Skincare: Toning

Most toners contain alcohol, which if used on a sensitive face, can diminish the moisture levels. This can be the main cause of dry, itchy and flaky skin so look for toners with aloe vera and other natural ingredients.

Clarifying Toner

$35

Dr. Hauschka

Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner

$8

Thayers

Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

$24

First Aid Beauty

Skincare: Moisturizing

It’s so important to opt for scent-free lotions and creams. Synthetic fragrances can cause irritation, inflammation and redness.

Makeup

Invest in makeup that is hypoallergenic, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic (a fancy word for pore-clogging). Never leave beauty products uncovered and in contact with the air. This will cause bacteria buildup and is a sure way of making you break out.

Makeup: Primer

Lightweight, water-based primers made without synthetic dyes or petrochemicals will keep your makeup in place without irritating your skin and clogging your pores.

Prime Time Foundation Primer

$24

bare minerals

Oil-Free Primer

$20

Laura Mercier

Makeup: Foundation

Gain long-term effects from medicated makeup products that can clear up existing acne and prevent future breakouts, all while giving you a flawless face.

Acne Solutions Foundation

$27

Clinique

Better Skin Foundation

$13

Maybelline

Makeup: Blush

Believe it or not, even a powdered blush can contain high levels of oil. Opt for oil-free and keep an eye out for one that is oil-absorbing.

Powder Blush in Naked Peach

$19

Cate McNabb

Oil-Free Powder Blush In Sheer Amourose

$30

Lancome

Makeup: Brushes

Should makeup brushes be synthetic or natural? The presumed answer would be natural but it’s possible that with such sensitive skin, you could be allergic to the animal hair. If you haven't already, try giving synthetic brushes a go.

We know it's a pain but washing your brushes regulary will be a game-changer for your skin. If you are always on the go, quickly disinfect with a brush cleaner spray after each use.

Blush Brush No. 2

$58

Hourglass

Brush Cleaning Spray

$18

bare minerals

Radiance Perfected Foundation Brush

$38

Eve Lom