The Best Products For Sensitive Skin

by Stephanie Montes

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.


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.

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.

Skincare: Moisturizing

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


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.

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.

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.

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.