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    Updated on May 19, 2020. Posted on May 14, 2020

    19 Holy Grail Products For Sensitive Skin That BuzzFeed Writers Actually Swear By

    My skin is sensitive, just like me.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 that you apply before your moisturizer for an extra dose of hydration. It'll have your skin looking and feeling softer in no time and is a real bargain for the price (under $10)!

    Megan Paolone / Via BuzzFeed

    "Over the last month and a half, my sensitive, rosacea-breakout-prone skin has been drinking this stuff right up. I put it on at night post-toner and pre-moisturizer, and in the morning before my moisturizer and under BB cream. My one complaint is that it feels sticky for two or three seconds before it starts sinking in, but once it does, man, you can feel the moisture." —Megan Paolone

    Get it on SkinStore for $9 or Sephora Canada for $6.80.

    2. A plant-based ocean cleanser that's infused with algae extract jojoba oil, and lactic acid to hydrate and detoxify your pores. It's super creamy and will leave your skin feeling like straight-up velvet.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I use this nightly and I'm absolutely obsessed. It's creamier than most cleansers, so don't expect a lot of bubble action, but it does an awesome job of clearing away dirt and makeup and leave my face feeling softer than a baby's bum!" —Alice Prendergast

    Get it on OSEA for $48 USD or The Detox Market Canada for $65.

    3. A tube of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream that will unfuss even the fussiest skin and make it all plump and cute, like you're actually full of youthful zest and vigour.

    Jessie Gaynor / Via BuzzFeed

    "I have seen a significant difference in my skin since I started using this cream two months ago. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a cold, and I had the very fetching nostril dryness that accompanies excessive nose-blowing. After two days of twice-daily application, all trace of dryness had vanished. This stuff also claims to 'alleviate signs of sensitivity,' which, as a skin sensie, I can corroborate. I haven't seen a trace of the garden of little red patches that used to bloom all over my face when I lotioned up." —Jessie Gaynor

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $63. Also available in a larger size.

    4. A tube of Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen that'll protect your precious pores from the sun's harsh rays. It's super smooth, non-greasy, lightweight, and won't clog your pores (aka everything you could ever want in a sunscreen).

    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via Buzzfeed

    "I only started using this a few months ago, but so far I really like it. It's sunscreen is clear, with the texture of a primer, so it doesn't feel like you're slathering your face in... well, goop. It melts right into the skin, creating a perfect canvas for any makeup to go on top of it. Aaaand it hasn't made me break out *at all*, which is basically a little miracle. AAAAAND it helps my makeup look even better. That's what we call a win/win." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $45 or in travel size on Free People Canada for $23.80.

    5. A bottle of green tea facial mist that'll give you hydrated, glowy skin in just a few spritzes. It's also a great way to boost your energy if you're hitting a slump and need something to wake you up.

    Victoria Kuglin / Via BuzzFeed

    "I adore this spray — it has an ultra-fine mist that feels fantastic and refreshing, without feeling like you're hosing yourself down." —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it at Skinstore for $18.59.

    6. A tub of Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask that's infused with fruit enzymes and is gentler than most clarifying masks. One use will leave you with softer, smoother skin, so it's basically a miracle in a jar.

    Megan Paolone / Via BuzzFeed

    "Blue Tansy is an herbal-smelling blue-green gel that goes on clear. It’s not messy like some of the clay masks and peels I’ve used, and it comes with its own spatula so you don’t contaminate the pot with your grimy fingers. Put it on cleansed skin, leave on until it’s dry and you’re feeling tingly (for about 20 minutes), rinse with warm water, and continue your skincare regime normally. No more blackheads, my previously giant pores look smaller, and my skin is noticeably less red, smoother, and brighter immediately after use. Seriously, after I use this stuff, I cannot stop touching my face. More than once it's helped me keep a pimple at bay. Plus, it’s mild enough (no alcohol!) to use more than once a week." —Megan Paolone

    Get it for $48 USD on Anthropologie or $63 on Sephora Canada.

    7. A bottle of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution that's basically like a cuppa Joe for your under-eye area. It'll make those dark circles and puffiness disappear in mere moments, so nobody will be able to tell you pulled an all-nighter.

    Jamé Jackson / BuzzFeed

    "It’s a somewhat thick, gel-like consistency that I just dab under both of my eyes and within minutes, the puffiness is gone. Sometimes, I’ll even put the product under my eyes and just let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing it in, and on some occasions, I’ve even put it on my forehead, or my cheeks, or anywhere else I just need an instant lift. Within minutes, the caffeine particles in the solution have de-puffed my skin, and my eyes look amazing and ready for me to go in with the rest of my skin care and makeup. In my opinion, the best part really is the fact that a little goes a long way — I can change how much I use based upon how severe my puffiness is. And I love the product so much, I’ll use it morning and night before heading out the door for a night out with the girls (or even just staying in and sleeping, IRL). Added bonus: If you have sensitive skin like me, this product won’t give you any problems." —Jamé Jackson

    Get it on LookFantastic for $9 Sephora Canada for $6.70.

    8. A bottle of balancing Ole Henriksen toner that'll give you a fresh face without stripping your skin or leaving it feeling tight. I react to most toners, but this one keeps my pores happy and my face zit-free.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I used to have a real love/hate relationship with toners, but when I stumbled upon this gem, a moved fully into the 'love' camp. It does exactly what it claims to do: control oil. Even around my time of the month (which is when it tends to be at its worst), my skin stays pretty balanced. Other pluses? It doesn't have that alcohol-y smell like a lot of toners do and feels a little more moisturizing. My skin also doesn't have that uncomfortable tight feeling after I use it either, which is great."—Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $38.

    9. Or, if you're looking for something a bit more affordable, a bottle of rose-infused Thayers toner that'll cleanse your skin without totally drying it out. It also smells like a bouquet of flowers, which doesn't hurt.

    AnaMaria Glavan / Via BuzzFeed

    "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it on Urban Outfitters Canada for $14.

    10. A tube of Origin's charcoal mask that'll suck the gunk right out of your pores and leave your face feeling fresh. It can even be used as a spot treatment, if you're not in the mood for a whole mask.

    Maitland Quitmeyer

    "In addition to the daily routine, I use Origin's active charcoal mask about once a week, which clears out my pores, rids my skin of pollutants from the air, removes excess oil, and squashes any burgeoning pimples in their tracks. It keeps my skin SO clear without drying it out or irritating it. PLUS you can use it as a spot treatment for acne." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on Sephora for $33.

    11. A tub of scent-free First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream that'll see you through eczema flare-ups, Sahara-dry skin, and everything in between. It's pretty darn thick, but sinks into your skin quickly and won't leave you feeling greasy.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    "I'd been traveling and in one flight moved from a freezing climate to a very humid New York City. My skin freaked the hell out, and none of my usual faves could get it back under control, so I decided to try something new. Every promise this cream's tub makes is true because within a fortnight my face was almost back to normal. This cream is now my go-to whenever my skin becomes irritated by a change in weather or new product." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it on LookFantastic for $42.50 or Sephora Canada for $44.

    12. A tube of Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash that's made with glacial water and white willow bark to detoxify and purify your skin, without drying it out. It's also great at combatting acne!

    JenniferTonti / Via Instagram: @jennifertonti

    "I use this foaming cleanse in the morning because its cooling effect really wakes up my skin. It has white willow bark, which is a natural form of salicylic acid that helps prevent skin congestion and acne. The oat and cylindrica seed oils also do a fantastic job of removing all the excess oils my face has so generously produced overnight, without making my skin feel dried out. It starts off creamy, and as you rub it into your skin with water, it becomes a foamy, milky gift from the skincare gods. That transition makes me feel like it's activating some magical ingredient that will make my breakouts disappear. Even if it's not magic, whatever it's doing — it's working." —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from LookFantastic for $40 or Sephora Canada for $35.

    13. A tub of Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask that'll work some serious magic on your skin while you snooze. It's packed with hyaluronic acid, so it's basically like a tall drink of water for your skin.

    Farrah Penn

    "Ugh. OK, I'm sort of mad I fell in love with this product because it is a bit pricey. I loved using it during the summer when I wanted to wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin without slapping on a really, really thick cream. It's full of hyaluronic acid that helps keep your skin moisturized all night, and my skin literally feels SO SOFT when I wash my face the next morning. I also have sensitive skin and this didn't cause any irritation, which is a huge win in my book." —Farrah Penn

    Get it on Glow Recipe for $45 USD or Sephora Canada for $59.

    14. A pack of revolutionary acne patches that'll come in handy when you're facing a flare-up. They'll magically make your zits disappear overnight and will also help stop you from picking at your active pimples.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via BuzzFeed

    "When ~something inevitably happens~ to throw my skin out of whack — like stepping foot onto a dry-ass airplane or being super stressed out — I keep a stash of Cosrx pimple patches handy. They actually absorb gunk from your pimple — it's gross, but so helpful! And you're INCAPABLE of picking at your skin when these are on! True little miracles, these are." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get three packs of 24 patches on LookFantastic for $12.30 or Anthropologie for $6 USD.

    15. A bottle of luxurious Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil that will nourish any skin type. It's especially helpful to dull and dry faces, which most of us have right now, thanks to the changing of the seasons.

    @jurlique / Via instagram.com

    "I love Jurlique, and not just because I'm Australian and it's an Australian brand. I'm obsessed with face oils, and while I find rose hip a little too rich when used on its own, I love it blended with avocado and macadamia oil in this product. My mom has extremely sensitive skin too, and this also gets her stamp of approval. All of Jurlique's products are certified organic, and a lot of their ingredients are grown on their biodynamic farm in Adelaide, South Australia. In addition to this oil, their range of soothing calendula products are great for anyone who struggles with redness." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it from LookFantastic for $73.

    16. A tube of Cosrx gel cleanser that'll leave your face feeling squeaky clean, without getting rid of its natural oils (you need those)! It smells a little medicinal, but it works actual magic when it comes to getting gunk out of your pores.

    Alice Prendergast / Via buzzfeed.com, Sarah Han / Via buzzfeed.com

    "Even though it's a gel, it does foam up! Which I love! I like to rub it in my hands before applying it on my face. It's super light and easier to work in and go to town with a lil' massage than, say, a creamy cleanser. I tend to get some breakouts when I travel, and I really think the betaine salicylate and tea tree leaf oil has helped kept my pores clear and prevented breakouts from popping up." —Sarah Han

    Get it on LookFantastic for $29.80.

    17. A bottle of Sunday Riley's U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Face Oil, which is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and black cumin seed oil to banish pimples, instead of harsh chemicals. Basically, it's out of this world.

    Jennifer Tonti / Via BuzzFeed

    "This is absolutely a ride-or-die for me. Yes, it's pricey, but trust me — it's worth the investment. It lasts a very long time as you really only need one to two drops a day when you're having a breakout. You might be skeptical about using an oil to treat acne, but let me assure you, it works — it's formulated with 1.5% salicylic acid, which helps to prevent breakouts and treat any pimple party currently happening on your face. For the best results, I use this after I cleanse my face and before I moisturize. That way the product has time to really soak into my pores and get things done. Every time I've used this oil I've actually seen a visible clarifying effect on my skin!" —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it on Free People Canada for $112 or Sephora Canada for $105.

    18. If you're feeling fancy, a Foreo Luna Mini 2 that'll scrub your entire face clean with T-Sonic pulses. It's gentle enough for sensitive skin and will get rid of makeup residue, dead skin cells, and just about anything else.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via BuzzFeed

    "Here's how it works: apply cleanser directly to your face, wet the LUNA, and move it around your face in circular motions. Throughout the 60-second process, the light on the bottom will flash and the whole thing will buzz, telling you to move the LUNA to another part of your face — from one cheek/side of your chin to the other, then your nose, and then your forehead. It removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil — and leaves your face free of ANY makeup residue. I wear a full face every day, and I am consistently amazed by the results of this tool." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on LookFantastic for $185.

    19. And finally, a tube of Burt's Bees Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin that's packed with cotton extract to give you a deep clean without irritating your pores. It also has a bit of aloe in it to ensure your skin stays calm.

    @burtsbees / Via instagram.com

    "Because I wear makeup every day, sometimes I feel like I needed a more thorough clean than my beloved light liquid cleansers can offer, which is when I turn to this product. It's also a cream cleanser, rather than a foam, so never leaves my face feeling tight or dry." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it on LookFantastic for $20.20.

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