We may think all facial cleansers are harmless, effectively “pure” by their cleansing nature. But that’s not the case.
Fun fact: Pretty much all skin is sensitive. That’s the very nature of skin, after all (besides keeping our bodies from being disorganized piles of bones and organs).
Skin senses. It’s an organ; and like all organs, it responds to the environment it is in. In skin’s unique case, it also absorbs what we put on it.
Skin cleansers can contain harsh and drying agents like alcohol, chemicals known to cause irritation, artificial ingredients, and even animal byproducts (sheep oil or bee vomit on your face? No thanks). And while some skin may be inherently more sensitive than others to what’s put on it, all skin can benefit from gentle cleansers. Here are some of the best facial cleansers for any type, especially extra sensitive skin.
1. Beauty By Earth Lavender Citrus Face Wash
A facial cleanser that goes deep, but ever-so-gently? That’s the power in Beauty By Earth’s Lavender Citrus Face Wash. Lavender essential oil soothes and calms irritation and blemish-prone skin. And the citrus action helps remove dirt while helping to balance excess oil without stripping the skin’s natural oils. Say goodbye to blackheads and impurities and say hello to a renewed and refreshed natural glow.
2. 100% PURE Coconut Oil Moisturize Cleansing Milk
Coconut milk is pure luxury for your lips (and belly, especially when it’s frozen like ice cream!). But did you know this tropical mainstay is also heavenly for your face? It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and can repair dry and damaged skin, too. Think satiny silk, and you’re not far off the mark. The 100% Pure Coconut Oil Moisturize Cleansing Milk delivers liquid softness without and harsh drying action. You’ll want to wash your face on the hour with this cleanser.
3. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser
Part of the challenge of having sensitive skin is it can often be prone to breakouts. The tendency there is to want to dry them out—and for good reason. Drying out blemishes reduces the scarring that comes with popping and picking. But the challenge for sensitive skin is that too much drying out can actually lead to more breakouts. When the skin’s natural oils are stripped away, it tries to compensate—overproducing oil that can clog pores. But Juice Beauty has figured out how to keep skin hydrated with cherry and aloe juice while also working to dry up problem areas. You’ll feel like you’re getting twice the cleansing action and double the benefits in one bottle.
4. Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water
Desert Essence brought tea tree oil mainstream, and your life is probably better as a result, whether you knew that or not! Tea tree oil has made its way into all kinds of products from skin cleansers and masks to shampoo, toothpaste, and even laundry detergent. It’s a powerful antimicrobial—especially beneficial for blemish-prone. But it can also be quite gentle. Desert Essence perfects the “essence” of tea tree oil in its Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water, infused with tea tree. It’s so gentle you don’t even need to rinse it off with water—just swipe and go.
5. Willing Beauty Do Over Cleanser
Looking for permanently gorgeous skin? Who isn’t, right? The Do Over cleanser from Willing Beauty promises hydration and strengthened complexion without stripping the face’s natural and necessary oils. Made with enzyme-rich apple extract, the HY+5 COMPLEX gives you a glow that’s as naturally perfect as you are. Kinder Beauty subscribers, you’re in luck, because the Willing Beauty Do Over Cleaner is one of our featured items in the March subscription box!
Jill Ettinger is an LA-based writer and editor focused on vegan and cruelty-free living.