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    23 Skincare Products For Anyone With A Sensitive Nose

    If you're sick of wrinkling your nose in disgust, you may want to give these babies a try.

    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. A Eucerin night cream with a major superstar ingredient: licorice root. Slather this on pre-ZZZs to soothe your complexion and wake up to healthy, glowing skin that doesn't resemble the shade of a tomato. "Who invited you?" —this cream to your natural blush.

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin that gets red and inflamed easily, especially in the cold or after taking hot showers. Most moisturizers only make it worse but this one is a miracle worker! I put it on every night before bed and always wake up without any redness. I also use it before putting on any makeup which helps reduce/eliminate any irritation from the makeup. It's very moisturizing as well and doesn't have a scent, which is perfect for me as a lot of scents make my eyes sting." —julierae9

    Get it from Amazon for $10.91.

    2. A CeraVe moisturizing lotion free of irritating fragrances and oils *and* suitable for face and body, so you can feel confident knowing your skin won't react with every slather. More than 20,000 (!!!!) reviewers swear by this formula for moisturizing their sensitive skin: no redness, no breakouts, and it's particularly great for soothing body acne.

    reviewer holding white and blue lotion bottle

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product!!! I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin that is now aging. I've searched for a facial moisturizer all my life and never found one that I actually liked. High-end, low-end; it either caused breakouts, was too greasy, not enough moisture, etc. I've also always tried to go with natural products, but they either didn't work or had coconut oil that caused breakouts. For me, this is a HOLY GRAIL product! I've never said that about any product I've ever tried (which is a lot!!!). I use this on my face, neck and chest daily. Gives me the perfect amount of moisture without being greasy. Plays well with all my makeup, too." —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.62.

    3. A multi-use Glossier skin salve perfect for a) hydrating your lips by way of castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin, and b) *also* hydrating the most irritatingly dry parts of your limbs on-the-go. We're all looking at you, pointy elbows and peeling cuticles.


    This cruelty-free, hypoallergenic salves coms in a variety of delicious scents and tints ranging from birthday cake and berry to mint and coconut — but it also comes in an unscented option if you have a sensitive nose. Hooray!

    Promising review: "This balm is the best. I have the birthday one and the unscented (for before bed because I don't like wearing scented/glittery products to sleep). The birthday one smells SO good. Both scents are super hydrating and not sticky. They make your lips slick but you don't get that gross sticky thick feeling. I predict that this will be the first lip balm I'll use up before I lose it!" —Caseyd

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

    4. A moisturizing Avène skin recovery cream designed with sensitive skin (the kind that gets extremely red at even the mention of a new ingredient) in mind; this combination of thermal spring water and amino acids are even gentle enough for rosacea and eczema.

    model squeezing cream out of white tuve / Via @aveneusa

    Promising review: "This is a holy grail product for me, I don't know what I would do without it. It is perfect for my ultra sensitive skin! I have over 30 contact allergies and this is the only product that works for me and keeps my skin from drying out and flaking." —Bridget

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    5. A gentle raved-about Vanicream 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 dye-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    white and blue body wash bottle

    Promising review: "I was diagnosed with sensitive skin and perfume allergy and this is the only product that does not make me itch. All other fragrance-free advertised products still contain fragrance right in the ingredients. I was also impressed with the silky smoothness of this body wash and the fact that it didn’t completely dry out my skin. This has been a total game-changer for me." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    6. An Avene cleanser lotion compared to ~the touch of an angel~ by one satisfied reviewer. This gentle, no-rinse formula uses plant-based cleansing agents to do a heck of a job when it comes to removing impurities without disrupting your skin's barrier. Simply apply it with a cotton pad, use a tissue to remove it, and voila.

    Just a note that if you're wearing heavy makeup, you'll want to use an additional makeup remover before applying the above cleansing lotion (we recommend #30 on this list, the La Roche-Posay micellar cleansing water).

    Promising review: "This feels like the touch of an angel. This is literally the most gentle cleanser I’ve ever used, especially around the eyes (I’m a daily contact lens user so I touch my eyes often). This cleanser has the best of both worlds. It doesn’t sting and feels like a lotion, at one point I had forgotten to rinse it off my face (had to help family member with something). Took me 30 minutes to realize that I didn’t rinse off my face and I didn’t moisturize my face either BUT IT FELT HYDRATED." —SecondaryBooks

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    7. An oil-free Supergoop! SPF40 sunscreen that protects your complexion against the suns rays *and* blue light, doesn't leave behind a white cast, and won't break you out. It's no wonder so many reviewers consider this a holy grail.

    model holding white bottle of sunscreen with yellow cap / Via @supergoop

    Promising review: "This is the BEST sunscreen I have ever used! It leaves ZERO white cast. It has no sunscreen scent. In fact, it doesn't really smell like anything, which is great because I hate fragrances in my skincare. It protects from blue light from electronic devices which is great because it doesn't feel like a waste of sunscreen since I only have a 10-minute drive to work, but I'm in front of a computer all day." —Renee Rounds

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    8. A Kiehl's gel cream here to save parched complexions and have 'em crying hallelujah. This oil-free product is truly *chefs kiss* for the warmer months ahead: It has an instant cooling effect and is quick-absorbing, meaning you won't wake up to product on your pillowcase.

    the blue jar with white cap

    It also helps your skin retain moisture thank to imperata cylindrica root extract!

    Promising review: "The texture reminds me of aloe. It's not sticky, no fragrance, helps moisturize without feeling greasy, a little goes a long way, and didn’t irritate my acne. I feel like it helps the dry patches I have due to acne spot treatments, too, and it's great underneath makeup." —maitefigueroa

    Get it from Sephora for $32.50.

    9. A gentle La Roche-Posay cream cleanser that picks up makeup and impurities while maintaining your natural pH balance, aka your complexion won't feel stripped of moisture. Everybody (everybody in this equation = folks with dry-to-normal skin) rejoice because this is your new holy grail., / Via @larocheposayusa

    This daily cleanser contains prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide, and glycerin.

    Promising review: "This is very gentle on my sensitive skin. My face feels very clean after I use it without being overly tight or dry. This one is working out really well so far after several months of daily use." —P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A Bioderma cleansing water capable of drawing impurities to the surface of your skin like a darn magnet. This stuff truly banishes all remaining traces of foundation: the kind you thought was picked up by your cleanser but alas, was not.

    the clear bottle with pink cap / Via @biodermausa

    Promising review: "This is probably one of the only products that I have repurchased multiple times and will continue to do so. It's very gentle and it's super effective. There is no smell and it takes off any makeup easily. It doesn't need to be washed off, it's non-oily, and it doesn't dry out my already dry skin. On lazy nights, I will just use this to take off my makeup." —Tara Szendre

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in five sizes).

    11. A retinol serum that enlists the help of bakuchiol and chlorophyll, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin (retinol = some pretty powerful stuff). This tackles dullness and fine lines with a vengeance but is *super* unique because it doesn't leave behind redness or irritation.


    Promising review: "I've used other retinols and retinoids over the years, but was always turned off by the chemical smell and feeling that they were harsh on my skin. Not this one! It actually smells nice and feels like it soaks into my skin instead of sitting on top of it. Very smooth, not tacky or sticky at all." —Moxmoxmox

    Get it from Versed for $21.99.

    12. A noncomedogenic, fragrance-free CeraVe moisturizing cream that you should've started using, like, yesterday. This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin D — all of which provide light exfoliation so your skin can retain more moisture, plus it's super effective at combating (and calming) everything from psoriasis to body acne.

    Promising review: "I get back acne, but it's also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft! Five stars!" —RosaRoe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.28

    13. 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 vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, and aloe-infused wonder won't leave your skin feeling taut *and* is an expert at removing those pesky last traces of makeup.

    the white bottle with a red cap / Via @thayersnatural

    Promising review: "I love that this product contains aloe and is unscented. I have been using this for about a year now and will never go back to any other toners! It's gentle and doesn't cause breakouts. I know I'm putting natural, healthy ingredients on my skin when I use this!" —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    14. A Neutrogena gel cream to improve dryness and provide ultimate hydration for up to 48 hours. If you're looking for a ~tall glass of water~ to quench your face thirst, look no further than this fast-absorbing and oil-free formula.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    This fragrance-free moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid!

    Psst, pro tip if you have extra dry skin: apply this formula to damp skin, let it dry, and then use your daily moisturizer to really lock in the effects.

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive, red, dry skin that hates me. I was using a moisturizer that I really loved but cost $$$, so I tried this one as they have similar ingredients. I'm now on my third jar of this. It's the best I've ever used. Not greasy or sticky, no scent, not irritating, cheap and super moisturizing." —Normal Norma

    Get it from Amazon for $16.44.

    To learn more, check out "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

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

    on the left a person with a transparent sticker placed on top of a pimple and on the right the same person with with the same transparent sticker filled with white pus

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50.

    16. Or! Hero Cosmetics surface strips to treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with the same medical-grade hydrocolloid formula.

    model applying a white transparent sticker that covers most of her jaw

    Promising review: "As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have had issues with body and butt acne like no other. I had tried everything to clear them up, but nothing helped. I'm horrible at picking at blemishes as well, so I decided to give these a try. I LOVE these patches!! Even better that they come in large patches, which was a lifesaver for cluster bumps! WOAH! I would leave these on for eight to 10 hours and it would draw so much of the pus out. After just one use of a patch, I noticed a dramatic difference and sometimes it completely cleared them up." —Ashley

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. An eco-friendly Makeup Eraser so you can put down the disposable (and smelly) wipes and look toward greener pastures, i.e. helping the environment whilst cleansing your skin. This seemingly simple cloth actually swipes off all your makeup when combined with a bit of water — and yes, that includes waterproof mascara.

    Lynzy Billing / BuzzFeed

    Plus, you can throw this in the wash when it starts to get super dirty *and* rest assured that it has a life of up to five years.

    Promising review: "THIS. THING. IS. AMAZING. I have literally never had clearer skin. It does exactly what it says it does, erases your makeup. Waterproof or not, it all goes away with just a little water and a little bit of scrubbing. I will forever be amazed by this. Never buying another makeup remover product again." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

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

    18. A Youth to the People cream that deserves a standing ovation from any audience member that has suffered from clogged pores, fine lines, and dehydration. Consider this product the new A-list celebrity in your skincare routine.

    thick tan cream in jar

    This cream is powered by a powerful trio of Ashwagandha, squalane, and fermented reishi that won't irritate reactive skin.

    Promising review: "After the first couple of days using this, my skin started to feel a lot less dry. I have combo skin and have had no problems with this cream! I don’t even break out when I get my period anymore. Love the glass packaging and the fact that it's scent-free. My skin is happy." —mrsofarrell

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in two sizes).

    19. A CeraVe eye repair cream to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (because beauty sleep = overrated, am I right?). Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail like this ~$11 feels like striking gold.

    reviewer before photo of visible dark circles and after photo of visibly less dark circles

    Promising review: "This is like a little miracle tube. I use it before bed and then in the morning too. I use it even if I didn't wash my face. I've gone from looking like there are bruises under my eyes to looking normal again. I no longer feel the need to use concealer under my eyes on a regular basis. I highly recommend! I use a few other products that make my sensitive skin red or burn, this doesn't do that. It doesn't have an overwhelming smell either which I appreciate. It's worth every penny." —Amber Jaeger

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

    20. A Pawpaw two-in-one pot you'll consider *major* bang for your buck: it's got a sugar lip scrub to slough away dead skin, plus a nourishing lip balm made with Pawpaw, olive oil, and aloe vera.

    hand holding yellow and black palm-sized tub with the cap labeled "Dr. Pawpaw scrub & nourish" while the jar contains white, gritty product

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. It takes so little and makes my lips so smooth. There really is no fragrance or flavor. The scrub is sugary and the balm is extremely moisturizing and it lasts. I put it on at night just before bed and again in the morning." —Prime shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

    21. An oat and vitamin E Aveeno shave gel safe enough for even the most sensitive, temperamental complexions. More than 5,000 reviewers swear that this noncomedogenic formula is great for combatting razor bumps, plus no added fragrances means no irritated nostrils.

    reviewer holding the white bottle labeled "Aveeno therapeutic shave gel"

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive, dry skin, especially in the winter; sometimes so dry, I get painful patches on my legs. I always get razor bumps on my legs, under my armpits and delicate areas. I needed something to combat this so I figured I'd try Aveeno and upgrade my razor. This shave gel is like NOTHING I've ever used before. The color, texture, and consistency is something I haven't come across in a shaving cream/gel. No more razor bumps!" —Norma

    Get it from Amazon for $3.64.

    22. A Sol de Janeiro body lotion with a rich, creamy consistency that won't feel like you're wearing 100 layers of grease upon application. Hooray for lightweight formulas that are actually effective — and don't smell like grandma's perfume, to boot.


    This fragrance-free lotion is packed with Brazilian passionflower, colloidal oatmeal, cupuaçu butter, açaí, and coconut oil to soothe, calm, and moisturize even the driest skin.

    Promising review: "This lotion is wonderful. I love that the product has zero fragrance, so it does not interfere with my fragrance. The lotion is thick but not heavy or greasy — just provides great moisture. The packaging is convenient and easy to use. I love this brand of moisturizer and this is a super scentless option." —chauny76

    Get it from Sephora for $40.

    23. A Vanicream clinical strength anti-perspirant free of dyes, parabens, and formaldehyde. For anyone with sweaty pits *and* sensitive skin, this stuff is proof that magic exists.

    hand holding Vanicream anti-perspirant deodorant

    Promising review: "I have allergies to fragrances and perfumes. It makes finding a deodorant a real nightmare. Thank goodness for Vanicream. It's worked well and has no smell at all (even to my super-sensitive nose). No skin irritation either. Can't recommend it enough." —Heather j

    Get it from Amazon for $8.81.

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

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