Best Products for Sensitive Skin

“Why so sensitive?” This is the question people with reactive skin often ask themselves when faced with rejuvenated skin. And no one wants their skin to become sensitive.

If your current skincare routine isn’t up to par, you may want to look for gentler products, but even those products can cause more problems. Don’t worry, though: you have sensitive skin, and we have dermatologist-supported solutions. We asked our dermatologist about the best products for sensitive skin and some ingredients to look out for.

The best ingredients for sensitive skin
David Lortscher, M.D., CEO of Curology and a board-certified dermatologist, says sensitive skin tends to be better used sparingly. It’s also a gentle recipe for a product worth keeping an eye out for.

Board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, says the moisturizing ingredients that support the skin barrier are especially important for those with sensitive skin, because the more the skin barrier is damaged, the more fragile the skin becomes. (Yikes.)

Moisturizers preferably contain three ingredients: moisturizers (such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin), emollients (such as squalane, fatty acids, fatty alcohols), and closures (such as lanolin, zinc oxide, and beeswax).

Also, don’t forget soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, etc!

Ingredients to avoid
Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian-Connell, says those with sensitive skin should avoid fragrance, harsh chemicals and any ingredients that can harm the skin barrier.

King added that any potential irritation, like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) (or the infamous retinoids), can be a problem for sensitive skin. The same applies to irritating sulfates, which can cause the skin to lose its natural oils.

And watch out for natural skin care products as well.” It’s important to note that even natural ingredients can sometimes cause irritation to sensitive skin because [skin care products] may contain a variety of fragrances or plant derivatives that may cause a reaction in some people,” Garshick said.

Remember, always do a patch test before using a new product. If symptoms of irritation occur, stop using it as soon as possible.

Keep these tips in mind and click on the photo gallery to see the best sensitive skin care products that your dermatologist has rated you full.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $9.59.
This drugstore cleanser is a classic for many reasons, and it’s Garshick-approved for sensitive skin.” ……………. “It helps to cleanse the skin without stripping away natural oils,” she says.” And it’s also acne-free, which makes it especially good for those with acne-prone skin.”

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, $18.
Afraid of acids in your skincare products? This toner shouldn’t be too harsh on reactive skin.” This toner contains 2% glycolic acid and is relatively mild in strength for those with sensitive skin or those new to AHA products.” Lortscher said.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $14.90.
“This gel gently soothes and cleanses all skin types, including sensitive skin,” says Lortscher.

Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Mandelic Acid Lotion, $22.
FYI: This exfoliant has a less harsh skin acid.” Mandelic acid is an AHA derived from bitter almonds and tends to be milder compared to other AHAs such as glycolic acid and lactic acid.” Lortscher said.

Vanicream Moisturizer, $13.49
“It’s a good choice for people with sensitive skin because it’s free of fragrances, dyes, lanolin, parabens and formaldehyde.” Garshick explained.” This moisturizing face cream is non-greasy and helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin.” She adds, “This product is a great choice for all skin types, especially those with eczema or other types of sensitive skin.”

GoodJanes H2OMyGod, $42
Xiao Wang recommends this moisturizing cream from GoodJanes.” Triglycerides, castor oil, dimethicone oil, squalane, safflower seed oil, argan oil, glycerin and vitamin E all moisturize the skin and help support the skin barrier.” She said.” Chrysanthemum and rosehip extracts, as well as licorice extract and apple stem cell extract, have anti-inflammatory properties that help calm and soothe the skin.” She continues, “And the peptide ingredients provide anti-aging properties that do not irritate the skin.”

Derma E Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, $23.96.
“A lightweight, gel-based moisturizer with vitamins A, C and E,” says Lortscher.” This product may help reduce the signs of aging in those with sensitive skin.”

Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+, $14.99
“This sunscreen is a great choice for those with sensitive skin, and it’s also safe for kids because it’s a mineral sunscreen, which means it contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.” Garshick said.” While it provides broad-spectrum SPF 30+ coverage, it is easy to apply and does not contain any fragrances or parabens, which can be irritating for those with sensitive skin.”

Neutrogena Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin Broad Spectrum SPF60+, $10.99
“Physical sunscreens tend to be less irritating to people with sensitive skin,” explains Lortscher.” Chemical sunscreens can cause irritation and trigger allergic reactions in some people.” This sunscreen is free of fragrances, dyes, oils and harsh chemicals. From the packaging, it is clear that it is suitable for sensitive skin.

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $12.38.
“This facial moisturizing lotion with ceramides is perfect for people with sensitive skin,” says Garshick.” It helps to moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin barrier without clogging the pores.” Be careful if you are acne prone.

Dove Sensitive Skin Shower Gel, $5.99.
“It’s a great option for people with sensitive skin because it cleanses the skin without drying or irritating it.” Garshick said.” It’s formulated with a combination of its moisture renewal that helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier, so it feels clean, soft and smooth.”