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Question: What are the best cleansers for sensitive skin?

Answer: Sensitive skin happens for a number of reasons, whether it be hereditary, problems with diet, lack of moisture, or even environmental factors. Whatever the case may be, sensitive skin can be a total pain. If you’re like me, sensitive, itchy skin can sometimes even be debilitating  and cause you to scratch the living daylights out of your skin trying to get the itching to stop, only to be super late for wherever you’re headed. Choosing the right products is imperative when dealing with sensitive skin to help ease the discomfort and minimize any unpleasant reactions.

Remember not to rub your face raw when cleansing. Even though being “squeaky clean” may seem ideal, you’re actually stripping your face of its natural oils and further irritating your already sensitive skin. Just like the gentle cleanser you desire, be sure to treat your face gently and avoid rubbing and over-washing.

Vouch for a cleanser with minimal ingredients. If you aren’t able to pronounce (let alone recognize) most of the ingredients listed in a product, then that cleanser probably isn’t right for you. Look for cleansers that are fragrance and soap-free. Cleansers that are hypoallergenic are also a bonus.

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

They don’t call it a daily cleanser for nothing! Take comfort in knowing that this soap-free cleanser is gentle enough to be used every day to wash off the day’s grease and grime, without irritating your skin or causing redness.

2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser

Another fantastic soap-free cleanser comes from Aveeno. I used to have the worst luck with body and facial washes in the shower and  I’d come out itching like crazy. It was’t until I switched to Aveeno that the itching completely stopped. My skin felt instantly soothed and nourished, especially with this cleanser’s ultra-moisturizing soy extract.

3. Burts Bees Natural Skin Solutions Sensitive Facial Cleanser

Try this rich, creamy facial cleanser that’s naturally hydrating and has even been said to even help with acne and blackheads. It’s a win-win!

If you have sensitive skin, you may feel like you’re outnumbered and out of options when it comes to skincare. However, brands are becoming much more sensitive (pun intended) to these issues and are looking out for their customers. Browse the skin care aisles with confidence knowing that you can find some great options to treat your skin with the best (non-irritating!) care.