Sensitive skin is a battle many people face each day. Whether it's allergies, rosacea, acne or a general burning or stinging, sensitive skin can make it hard to choose products that won't cause irritation. Here are some our favorites that were formulated specifically with sensitive skin in mind.
If the mere thought of washing your face makes your skin hurt, try an ultra-gentle cleanser, like Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser ($7.99, ulta.com). If you prefer something with anti-aging properties, this Voya Clense & Mend cleanser ($46, aylabeauty.com) is perfect. Simple Advisory Board Celebrity Makeup Artist Gita Bass advises drying off your face with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel, since towels can often be too rough.
Not all toners are created equal, so it's important to use one that won't sting. Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes ($4.49, walgreens.com) is effective without being harsh. It also happens to be Drew Barrymore's secret weapon against breakouts.
Having sensitive skin doesn't mean you need to skip the serum. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster ($48, sephora.com) is rich with antioxidants and uses green tea extract to leave skin healthy, not irritated.
Sunscreen does a great job of protecting skin from the sun, but if it's not made for sensitive skin in mind, it can include a lot of unnecessary ingredients. This Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ ($10.49, neutrogena.com) is free of fragrance and contains 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients.
For many people, retinol means raw, burning skin, but Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream ($19.54, ulta.com) was made with retinol-sensitive skin in mind. Now you can have the perks of an anti-aging eye cream without the harmful side effects.
Ever worry that your dry itchy scalp means you have dandruff? Another possibility is you just have a sensitive scalp, and that's easy enough to fix. Krastase Dermo-Calm Bain Vital Hypoallergenic Cleansing Soothing Shampoo ($39, kerastase-usa.com) helps soothe your scalp, so you can style your hair in peace.
If you enjoy the fresh scent of body washes but hate the way they irritate your skin, try Lavanila The Healthy Body Wash 2-In-1 Shower & Shave ($15, sephora.com). The body wash is all natural but still delivers a sweet coconut smell.
Applying a new moisturizer can be a risky move for someone with sensitive, acne-prone skin. Rene Rouleau Skin Recovery Lotion ($39.50, reneerouleau.com) provides oil-free hydration without the parabens, dyes, colors or petrolatum found in other moisturizers.
Almay was actually founded as a makeup line for sensitive skin. Their new Smart Shade CC Cream ($8.49, target.com) helps diminish the appearance of discoloration and dark spots without flaring up any allergies.
It's hard to think of nail polish as irritating to the skin, but the truth is once you paint your nails, you're likely to touch your face or rub your eyes, which can lead to a red, itchy reaction. Clinique Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins ($16, clinique.com) is formulated to be non-irritating for even the most reactive skin types.