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    Apr 19, 2020

    31 Nighttime Skincare Products For Sensitive Skin

    Me: *breathes* *skin begins to react*

    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. Hydrocolloid Hero Cosmetics pimple patches you should slap on a zit to 1) prevent picking, and 2) speed up the ~draining~ process. If you're looking for a no-frills way to stop cystic acne in its evil tracks, you may want to ~pick~ this product.

    instagram.com / Via @herocosmetics, instagram.com / Via @herocosmetics

    Promising review: "There are a must-have for anyone who breaks out. They prevent me from touching and picking at my zit, they stick so well compared to other brands, and they really suck out the pus. It's pretty gross to see but when that happens, the zit is flattened and sooo much better than previously. It really does help speed up the healing." —NYCGirl13

    Get a pack of 12 from Target for $6.99.

    2. An alcohol-free Thayers witch hazel toner for tackling all of your skincare concerns at once: We're talking acne, redness, unevenness, and dullness. Plus, this rose petal-infused wonder won't leave your skin feeling taut *and* is an expert at removing those pesky last traces of makeup.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I just added this toner to my nightly skincare routine and I’m very happy with the results! My sensitive skin has not reacted negatively, (I only use it at night as my skin is not very oily). I can really feel the effectiveness when I take off all my makeup at the end of the day. My face feels so clean and I love the smell!" —maxinista xx

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    3. A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It's also an absolute 🌟 superstar 🌟 at fading scars and brightening complexions.

    instagram.com / Via @acurebeauty

    Promising review: "To all my people out there with super sensitive and/or super dry skin, I know you understand how excited I am when I say that I've finally found an exfoliant I can use! I use this on my face two or three times a week and I have noticed that it makes a real difference with my hormonal breakouts. I also occasionally use it on the backs of my arms, where I sometimes have breakouts, and I have noticed that my skin there is smoother and less pimple-prone." —jonesjones

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    4. A Cosrx gel cleanser tough on built-up gunk, blemishes, and redness, but gentle enough for even the most sensitive complexions. Looking for a new go-to cleanser? Presenting this pH-balanced option.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Psst, this cleanser is packed with tea tree oil and natural BHA to tackle enlarged pores and blemishes.

    Promising review: "New holy grail! I was looking for a good replacement for my favorite yet pricey Drunk Elephant cleanser, and this is so much better!! So gentle, has a lovely light tea tree scent, and it leaves my skin squeaky clean and SOFT. I also haven't broken out once since using this, which is possibly a coincidence...but I think not!" —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $14.

    To learn more, check out "I Swear By This Highly-Rated Low pH Gel Cleanser To Clean Out My Pores".

    5. A non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Cerave moisturizing cream here to fight body breakouts, psoriasis outbreaks, and painful irritation with a vengeance. Time to tell your chest, back, and butt acne that it can run, but it certainly can't hide.

    instagram.com / Via @cerave

    This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin D that exfoliates dead skin cells. The result? Now that said dead skin cells are out of the way, the actual moisturizing properties of the cream will able to really seep into your skin for ultimate hydration.

    Promising review: "This is the only cream we used on my son. He has bad reactions to other brands and gets dried out by lotions. My friend recommended this when my son was diagnosed with eczema as a baby, and we haven't had any flare-ups since. We use it twice a day and everyone comments how soft his skin is." —Target Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    6. A makeup remover towel that is straight eco-friendly magic. Simply add water to this specially knitted cloth before wiping your face like you would with a makeup removing towelette: Lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, and even waterproof mascara will be banished in a jiffy.

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    Once it's filled with gunk, just throw it in with your laundry and BAM. Ready to re-use. No more throwing away a ton of makeup wipes.

    Promising review: "I was a little hesitant at first, but omg. It works. I don’t know how, but it works WITH JUST WATER. No harsh scrubbing, no red skin after using it. I have super sensitive skin and this caused no irritation. I am impressed." —ashhcooper

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two colors).

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Makeup Eraser That Claims To Remove All Your Makeup With Just Water".

    7. A gentle Shea Moisture African black soap packed with a generous dose of shea butter, organic oats, and aloe to deep cleanse *and* fight hormonal acne, eczema, and broken capillaries. Heroes? Not all of 'em wear capes.

    instagram.com / Via @sheamoisture

    Promising review: "I am in my 40s and have suffered with adult acne for YEARS. I have tried EVERYTHING including prescriptions, and nothing has ever worked (I have combination skin that's very sensitive). Well, after only a few days of using this soap my face is completely bump-free! I had a moderate breakout the very first day and figured this was another dud. Boy was I wrong! I am clearing up very nicely and maybe now some of these old acne scars can finally heal. It is a bit drying so you MUST moisturize." —DeeinNJ

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

    8. A Pond's cold cream cleanser that is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive cult product is hypothetically the only item you need in your skincare arsenal: Just a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.

    instagram.com / Via @ponds

    Promising review: "My favorite cleanser of all time! Keeps my skin hydrated without leaving excess oil. Also, I have VERY sensitive skin and Pond's causes no rashes or tingling/burning sensation at all." —Target Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    9. A Caudalíe overnight oil for successfully treating dry patches as easy as one-two-beauty sleep. Slather this formula of six plant and essential oils right onto your complexion before bed; wake up to a nourished complexion that serves serious glow.

    Caudalie

    Promising review: "Don't go to bed without this oil! Its seemingly magical restorative powers work while you sleep, soothing parched skin, fine lines, and any toxicity taken on during the day. I've just started using it and I can already see the difference in the morning. I wake to softer skin each day." —Michelle

    Get it from Caudalie for $40 (originally $50).

    10. A Banila Co cleansing balm that is to makeup what water is to the Wicked Witch of the West — it'll have your foundation, mascara, and lipstick melted off your face with just a few quick swipes. This transforms from a solid balm to an oil and is free of any artificial fragrances or alcohol, which means so 👏 long 👏 irritation 👏.

    instagram.com / Via @banilacousa

    Promising review: "I've bought this cleanser three times! Yes, it is THAT GOOD! And yes I've tried and tested others fully but I always come back to this. If you have hyper-sensitive skin, this is perfect for you. Zero scent! Zero irritants! And it melts dirt oil and makeup right off!" —Pearl B.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $24.

    11. A soap-free Cetaphile cleanser suitable for both face *and* body. That's right! This single ~$10 product is here to tackle everything from mascara removal to body breakouts, which means it's about to become the shining star of your nightly shower routine.

    instagram.com / Via @cetaphil

    Promising review: "I have dry, sensitive skin and have used this for a dozen years because it was recommended to me by a dermatologist. It is light and non-drying and gets rid of most of my light makeup." —Mollysmom

    Get it from Target for $9.59.

    12. Cetaphil cleansing cloths that remove dirt, trapped oil, and makeup (*cough* even waterproof mascara *cough*) without simultaneously stripping your face of moisture.

    Sarah MacMillan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have super sensitive skin and these are the only makeup wipes that don’t make my skin feel like it's on fire. Effective, moisturizing, and affordable." —Emelie

    Get a pack of 25 from Target for $5.99.

    To learn more, check out "9 Life-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP" (#3, to be exact).

    13. A Glow Recipe three-in-one cleanser for removing makeup, hydrating skin, and gradually combatting blemishes in just one blueberry extract-laden step. *begins to hum "Hallelujah" a la Shrek when realizing I won't have to quadruple cleanse*

    Glow Recipe

    Promising review: "I cannot go back to any other cleaner! It’s super gentle and still effective. I have super oily skin on my nose and on my cheeks and this just cleans up all the oil and dirt without making my skin tight, which usually every cleanser does." —missyaly

    Get it from Sephora for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A daily Vanicream moisturizer ideal for both face and body. If you've ever struggled with eczema, itchy skin, or clogged pores, then this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free product is bound to become your new holy grail.

    Target

    Promising review: "Best moisturizer ever! My skin is dry, sensitive, and acne-prone. This has been my all time favorite after using so many irritating moisturizers that feel like they're burning my skin. Very light and fragrance-free, so it really cuts down on irritation." —veronicas

    Get it from Target for $13.49.

    15. A hypoallergenic Glossier gel cleanser because you'd love to double cleanse, but you lack the energy. That's okay! This gentle-but-effective cleanser will literally ~melt~ makeup, oil, and gunk off your face — just add a few pumps to wet skin, cue mini facial massage, rinse, pat dry, and go to sleep. Only about .5 seconds have passed.

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    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin and this is amazing. SO smooth and gentle enough to not cause breakouts, but still strong enough to get rid of the dirt and gunk in my pores after a long day. If you're gonna buy anything from Glossier, it should be this." —Hufflebucky

    Get it from Glossier for $9+.

    16. A thick Weleda lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flower to hydrate extremely parched skin. Slap some of this on before bed (WARNING: It'll feel a bit greasy upon application) and wake up to a nourished complexion that will make you permanently break up with selfie filters.

    instagram.com / Via weleda_usa

    Promising review: "I love to use this at night. It’s super moisturizing and gentle on my sensitive skin. Plus, a little bit can go a long way and it lasts me several months." —Alf44

    Get it from Target for $18.99.

    17. An Apto celery juice mask your skin will ~eat up~ thanks to how hydrating and non-irritating the green formula is. Celery: Your tastebuds may hate it, but your reactive complexion loves it.

    instagram.com / Via @aptoskincare, instagram.com / Via @aptoskincare

    I consider this an absolute staple in my skincare routine. My skin is extremely sensitive and prone to redness (and like, I mean RED), which often gets worse when I apply a face mask. But this stuff? Nothing. It causes absolutely no redness or irritation — in fact, it calms it down a ton.

    Get it from Apto Skincare for $18.

    18. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant to tackle enlarged pores, pesky pimples, and fine lines with a vengeance. It also works OT to gently exfoliate (ta ta FOREVER, dullness) without causing redness or irritation along the way.

    instagram.com / Via @paulaschoice

    Promising review: "This product has truly changed my skin. I have been dealing with extremely acne-prone, easily irritated and sensitive skin for a decade now and have tried everything. so many skin care lines/products and countless dermatologists. I can use this every day and my skin is less red and more clear than ever before. I rarely ever get cystic acne now, and my skin has never been this happy. I will buy continue to buy this forever." —twiggylee16

    Get it from Nordstrom for $10.

    19. A Bliss jelly peel exfoliator because we all deserve skin softer than a baby's butt — and this delivers. Papaya and pineapple enzymes lift away dead, flaky skin to reveal a smooth canvas that allows the rest of your product to seep in more thoroughly. And the best part? It's not even mildly abrasive.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I absolutely loooove this product. The absolute first time I used it, my skin felt insanely smooth. It’s great for sensitive skin like mine, since it’s more of a jelly and less harsh. Plus, it's very affordable. I love this brand." —Target Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    To learn more, check out "7 Amazing Beauty Products I Basically Can't Live Without" (#7).

    20. A Mario Badescu eye cream to kick fine lines and dehydrated skin to the curb with one ~superstar~ ingredient: chamomile extract. If you're looking for luxury in jar form, look no further than this calming product.

    instagram.com / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This product is wonderful. It keeps the skin around and under my eyes very smooth and soft. I have extreme allergies and my eyes will swell shut for days if any little thing touches my eyes. I have had no reaction to this product." —Dawn

    Get it from Mario Badescu for $18.

    21. A daily face (and body!) Cerave moisturizing cream that checks off all the boxes: it's hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free and packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide non-greasy, 24-hour hydration.

    instagram.com / Via @cerave

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It's one of my holy grail skin items. I have been using this for about a year and it's amazing. Great for sensitive skin, helps with dry patches, you can use it on face and body, and a little goes a long way." —Target Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $14.49.

    22. A Sand & Sky body sand, because what do we detest? Stubborn ingrown hairs. Stop picking by way of this surprisingly gentle product (packed with Australian pink clay, coconut and macadamia seed oil, and biodegradable Mica glitter) that exfoliates and smoothes — zero harshness involved.

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    Promising review: "Best. Scrub. Ever. I just got this today and jumped in the shower to try it out as soon as I could. This is the best micro scrub I’ve used! It smells so good and provides a gentle exfoliation for my sensitive skin. MY SKIN IS SO SOFT! Add a drop or two of water to make it more of a 'paste' to start out with." —Whitney

    Get it from Sand & Sky for $34.90.

    23. A Youth To The People superfood cleanser for giving your skin a hefty dose of vitamins every night: we're talking kale, spinach, and green tea all conveniently found in this cold-pressed wash.

    instagram.com / Via @youthtothepeople

    Promising review: "This cleanser is absolutely a life-saving product. Seriously I can’t use any other cleanser since I have very sensitive skin. This makes my skin feel extremely soft and prevents from acnes and redness. Normally, any other cleansers make my skin burn when I wash my face, but this one doesn't! Plus, you only need a tiny amount." —Patilo

    Get it from Sephora for $10+ (available in three sizes).

    24. A three-in-one Fresh gel cleanser that removes makeup, impurities, and lightly tones thanks amino acid soy proteins (for elasticity), cucumber extract (for soothing), and rosewater (for balancing and calming). I guess not every rose has a thorn, eh?

    instagram.com / Via @freshbeauty, instagram.com / Via @freshbeauty

    Promising review: "Guys, this cleanser is unreal!! I used to spend $13 on eye-makeup remover pads and $15 on face makeup-remover wipes every three weeks. This product in the long run has saved me money and leaves my skin with a nice glow without drying me out. So awesome. I have super sensitive skin and this doesn’t irritate it at all." —joclow20

    Get it from Sephora for $15 (available in three sizes).

    25. A First Aid Beauty leave-on mask, because it's about time you permanently break up with redness and irritation. Star ingredients include calendula and arnica flower extracts, both of which ~speed up~ recovery and soothe even the most reactive complexions.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Holy grail of face masks! I have very sensitive skin and avoid moisturizers and masks until I tried First Aid Beauty. This mask will always be a part of my routine from now on. I don't use very much and use it in my PM routine. I wake up to soft glowing skin and it's well worth the price." —cstep

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    To learn more, check out "Just 11 Things To Try In February" (#11).

    26. A Kiehl's facial oil bordering on Harry Potter-grade magic. This squalane, lavender essential oil, and evening primrose oil trio boosts hydration and brightness whilst you sleep, smooths fine lines, and absorbs quickly — aka no more grease on the pillowcase you'll get around to washing...eventually.

    instagram.com / Via @kiehls

    Promising review: "This product has been great for my extremely sensitive skin. First product I’ve found that actually helps calm my face! Haven’t seen long-term results, but if nothing else, I would still repurchase for the calming effect this has on my skin. Also, I have combination skin and this is even nice on my drier areas under makeup. Love it." —waverose

    Get it from Sephora for $27+ (available in four sizes).

    27. A Bliss moisture cream so you can keep consistent dehydration at bay by using this soothing rose water and nourishing colloidal gold duo every night pre-Zzzs. It's even specifically designed for sensitive skin, so rest assured that it will become a welcome addition to your nighttime routine.

    instagram.com / Via @bliss, instagram.com / Via @bliss

    This formula is dye-, paraben-, fragrance-, and stearyl alcohol-free.

    Promising review: "As a previous beauty consultant at Sephora, I can say this is AMAZING. It smells lightly of rose water and works WONDERS on my super sensitive dry skin!" —Biancathemua

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    28. A hypoallergenic Dove body wash, because the heavily perfumed suds you've been using are irritating and drying — ergo, the time has come to *finally* swap in this soap-, paraben-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    Target

    Promising review: "This is my go-to body wash. I have very sensitive skin and this brand and formula is the only one I can use that doesn’t dry out my skin or make me break out. It’s very creamy and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight." —Brianna

    Get a pack of two from Target for $10.89.

    29. A concentrated Dermalogica serum with an impressive ingredient list: we're talking oat, glycerin, and evening primrose oil. This powerful trio hydrates and calms even the most irritated skin, so you can finally say "Let the door hit you on the way out" to redness and inflammation.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "Love this! I have fair, sensitive skin and this really calms it down. Soaks in nicely, has a soft finish, smells great, and even cleared up some of my breakouts!" —BexPlm

    Get it from Sephora for $60.

    30. A Caudalie grape water mist extracted from Bordeaux grapes, so consider this the expensive bottle of ~vino~ for the happy hour that is your nighttime skincare routine. A finishing spritz of this = a post-cleansing toner, a boost of hydration, reduced redness, and soothed rosacea.

    Caudalie

    Promising review: "I cannot rave enough about this product. I seriously want to bathe in it. The big can is about the size of a hairspray can and retails for only $18. Made with 100% grape water and nothing else, this does a fabulous job of hydrating my skin. It has also been super helpful at soothing my often irritated and sensitive skin." —Christopher

    Get it from Caudalie for $18.

    31. A Mario Badescu mild toner packed with aloe vera to soothe irritated skin and (*important*) contains no alcohol, meaning no extreme dryness or flare-ups will result from use of said product. So I guess it is easy being green?

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    Promising review: "Love! I just re-ordered because it truly is so gentle for sensitive skin and hydrates. Does the job!" —SG

    Get it from Mario Badescu for $15.

    My sensitive skin, reflecting on its new nighttime routine:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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