Be careful here. Just because a cleanser labels itself "mild" or "gentle" doesn't mean it is. Dermatologists tend to consider a commercial cleanser mild if it's liquid, doesn't lather and has no fragrance [source: Tofte].
Three cleansers fall in that category: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and Aquanil Cleanser [source: Tofte]. They're strong enough to take off your mascara. You just squirt a little into your hands, rub the liquid onto your face and rinse.
When you read Cetaphil's ingredients list though, you may protest. The cleanser contains three alcohols and a detergent (sodium lauryl sulfate). Didn't we say to avoid those? We did. These cleansers are fine for most people's sensitive skin because the concentrations of the irritating ingredients are low.
We know this can be confusing. For other beauty products that are mild enough for sensitive skin, head over to the National Eczema Association's list. The organization has considered the concentrations of any potentially irritating ingredients. When in doubt, close your Internet browser and ask a doctor.
For more information on sensitive skin and how to take care of it, visit the links on the next page.