The Best Face Cleansers for Your Skin Type

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin types have a tendency to get irritated when using products that contain harsh ingredients. That's why many most dermatologists recommend cleansers with mild ingredients, like aloe, cucumber natural extracts, anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants in lower concentrations, says Dr. Fox. He recommends avoiding alcohol-based products, toners, scrubs, or things that rub your face too hard.

Some people need to be tested by a dermatologist for skin allergies which often eliminates skin sensitivity. [source: Dr. Fox] Dr. Hooper suggests looking for creamy, fragrance-free cleansers, like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, which contains glycerin and ceramides to help restore your skin's barrier. [source: Dr. Hoooper]

Other experts suggest those with sensitive skin seek out cleansers that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, such as Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin. [source:] Dr. Sanchez agreed that people with sensitive skin should avoid chemicals that are likely to irritate and cause allergies, including fragrances. Some botanicals, such as aloe, may calm inflammation, but just because something is natural doesn't mean it won't irritate your skin.

For all skin types, though, it's important to always apply moisturizer in the morning with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from sun damage. And if you feel like your skin is breaking out regularly, is irritated, or out of control, make an appointment with your dermatologist to get their recommendation for a customized skin-care routine. [Dr. Fox]

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  • Joshua Fox, MD, personal correspondence, October 14, 2013
  • Kolsky Hertzig, Alyssa. "Skincare Basics: How to Wash Your Face."
  • Deirdre O'Boyle Hooper, MD, Personal correspondence, Oct 1, 2013
  • Miguel Sanchez, MD, personal correspondence, Oct. 16, 2013.


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