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    27 Beauty Products That Reviewers Say Don't Irritate Sensitive Skin

    Whoever said "beauty takes pain" was not referring to any of the fabulous items on this list.

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    1. Ancient Greek Remedy Oil contains vitamin e, olive, lavender, almond, and grapeseed oils that can be used from head to toe for combatting dryness, dandruff, itching, redness, irritation, discoloration, and acne. On lazy days, this one bottle can act as your full hair and body moisturizer.

    This blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin so I am very picky about what I apply to my face and body. After reading the reviews and researching the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. This stuff is AMAZING and I am completely addicted. I mix it with my face lotion and apply nightly. It leaves my skin glowing and radiant. I have zero makeup on in my pic and I feel beautiful. Love, love, love ❤️." —Rita Vandermolen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    2. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant clears skin and unclogs pores by slowly sloughing off dead skin with a gentle 2% BHA (salicylic acid). Apply twice daily, no rinsing needed, for bright and radiant skin.

    Bottle of exfoliant on brown table / Via @paulaschoice

    Promising review: "I was starting to notice how clogged my pores were on my nose and after receiving this as a little trial travel size, I decided to go ahead and buy the full size. After using up the trial bottle, I have noticed a reduction in clogged pores on my nose and all over my face. My skin is sensitive and this did not cause any irritation. I incorporate this into my skincare routine every morning and night now as my "toner" HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —missmobb

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

    3. Salux bath cloths use a nylon texture to exfoliate and banish dead, dull skin. These come in a three pack and you can use 'em in the shower as a body scrub for a smoother complexion.,

    Promising review: "This is a holy grail to my sensitive skin and germaphobic personality! It does take time to get use to due to it's extremely rough feel, but once you start to use it on a daily, it's hard to use anything else! Nothing else gives me such a clean feeling on my skin during my showers. I use to have very bad skin conditions all over my body: eczema, body acne, dry patches, and dark spots. This helped clear basically everything, and now I'm more confident in showing my skin in public than I have ever been." —Jay G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. Bliss Jelly Glow Peel scrubs its way deep down into your pores to provide major exfoliation that makes even the most full-coverage foundation look like it's just your skin. It's100% cruelty free and made from quality ingredients like fruit enzymes, coconut fruit extract, vitamin B5, and niacinamide.

    Four pink exfoliating scrubs / Via @bliss

    Promising review: I didn't expect it to work as well, but it's BETTER than my favorite peel. It dissolves dead skin on contact, beautiful smell, skin feels soft, LOVE IT! Don't hesitate, for the price you can't go wrong. The only issue I foresee is overusing it because wiping away dead skin is pretty damn addictive! I tried it on my feet, elbows, ankles and my extremely sensitive face. Beyond pleased with this products performance in every respect!" —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    5. Bio-Oil works like a magician to help make scars and marks go ~poof~. It's packed with essential oils and vitamins to deliver long lasting hydration to all skin types without that sticky feeling.,

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome. I get dry patches on my face in the winter and since using this, no more dry patches! I have pretty sensitive skin and I can't use most creamy moisturizers because I'll break out, Bio-Oil adds the moisture I need without breaking me out. It also helps to reduce old acne scars and evens out my skin tone. As an added benefit, the smell is light and clean!" —Lydia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92.

    6. Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 provides your skin with protection from UVA and UVB sun rays. The solution dries to a matte finish and blurs pores, plus it's packed with silk extract and wild rose to combat redness and make your skin feel as soft as a cloud.

    BuzzFeed editor Maitland demonstrating that her arm with a different sunscreen was sunburned but her face with this one applied was not
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is a holy-grail sunscreen for sensitive skin! This is the only sunscreen I've tried that neutralized redness and shine, blurred pores, and did not highlight dry patches. This has a nice lotion-like texture. It does have a smell but I found it very mild and pleasant and not at all irritating on sensitive skin. It is ideal as a two-in-one sunscreen and primer." —Claire30

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    7. Skin1004 Zombie Pack Wash Off Face Mask treats eight of the most common skin concerns in under 15 minutes. A blend of albumin and aloe vera extract work overtime to reduce fine lines, lift skin, clear acne, reduce pores, moisturize skin, improve texture, balance pH, and give you a glow. Reviewers say this is also an affordable dupe for higher-priced brands!,

    Promising review: "I am pale as can be with sensitive skin so I do not take skin products lightly, however, this mask is amazing. At first I put it on and thought “Is this actually going to do anything?” Sure enough, two minutes later it hardened and it felt like I had just glued my face in place. It was a weird feeling, but I left it alone for the recommended time. After washing it off my skin felt brand new. It was smooth, soft, and I could feel my skin was tighter. I use it once a week and I’m in love with how it’s noticeably helped my skin." —Jordyn Grinnell

    Get it from Amazon for $20.90.

    8. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Face Oil contains antioxidants and omegas suited for all skin types (oily, dry, and combo). This holy-grail beauty item will give you a ~luxurious~ glow and provide the perfect base layer for your makeup.

    BuzzFeed writer holding product in their hand
    Buzzfeed/Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have really sensitive skin and everything makes me break out, I was hesitant to use something with 'oil' in the title, but this is different. I have stopped using all other products and I only use Drunk Elephant now, this moisturizer is amazing, wont make you break out, and will help clear your skin! It's worth EVERY penny!" —ToyaJ

    Get it from Amazon for $40.

    9. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water removes waterproof makeup that won't budge, getting rid of dirt and excess oil to leave you with clean skin sans residue.,

    Promising review: "I switched from using make-up pads and make-up remover for environmental purposes, and switched over to re-useable make-up cloths and micellar water. This has been my favorite, as it removes make-up and cleanses skin. I have very sensitive skin, so I just use this on my face at night and follow up with a light moisturizer. This combination has done wonders for my skin, and I keep on coming back to this one by Garnier because I've had no negative side-effects." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    10. Eva Naturals Vitamin C Serum packs retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid into one bottle. Just a few drops can moisturize, slough away dead skin, and eradicate bacteria in one quick swoop.

    reviewer before/after pic with before photo showing acne scars and after photo with significantly less scarring and dark spots

    Promising review: "I suffer from hormonal cystic acne that leaves horrible scarring on my sensitive skin, my skin has improved so much since i started using this product! For the first couple of weeks, my skin purged out any underlying blemishes but afterwards was clearer and smoother than I’ve seen it in YEARS! I love that it not only target my acne scarring with the vitamin c but also soothes the redness with the niacinimide and has anti-aging properties from the retinol AND helps minimize my black heads and pore size with the salicylic acid. It is the perfect product for my sensitive oily acne prone skin! I stopped using this product for a bit because TBH i was too lazy to order it again and my skin went back to being crap. I started using it again my skin looks amazing." —Jackie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. Lovoir Winged Eyeliner Stamp creates the perfect winged eyeliner every 👏 single👏 time👏. AND it will last! Whether you're sweating, swimming, or crying, you can confidently wipe your eyes without fear of messing up your purr-fect cat-eye.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising Review: "I am a believer!!! I didn’t know which size would suit me best, so I purchased the assorted sizes. My eyes are VERY sensitive, and as I’ve got older, they tend to water A LOT, especially when I’m tired. I thought wearing eye makeup was but a memory. I really did not think this would work; this product did not sting my eyes, and stayed on despite yawning, and eyes watering or tears of emotion. From the time I put it on, to the time I remove it it stays put (12+ hrs). Other brands melted and/or gave me panda/raccoon eyes. I constantly had to check and clean beneath my eyes, and the corners. I am in awe and amazed! I do not wear make up to work because of the panda/raccoon eyes; this product changes EVERYTHING!" —Oweary1

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    12. Bamboo Charcoal Oil Blotting Sheets absorb shine in seconds without messing up your makeup. Dab these rectangular papers over any greasy areas of your face instead of packing on more powder, and you'll be amazed at the results.

    Reviewer holding up a blotting sheet with grease marks on it

    Promising review: "I have such oily skin and am always looking for a way to keep it in check, especially during the summer. Even using oil control facial products and matte BB cream doesn't do the trick in the summer, and these are a cheap way to control the oil midday. I would definitely recommend. Also, I have sensitive skin and the charcoal was not an irritant at all. And if you get the case, it's pretty hand to make sure the paper envelop doesn't get beaten up in your purse." —cdg

    Get a pack of 200 sheets from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in three formulas).

    13. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream replenishes dry skin with essential ceramides so you can say goodbye to dry, flaky, itchy skin in just four weeks. It's great for all skin types and is suitable for face *and* body!


    Promising review: "I have extremely dry skin that's also acne prone and sensitive. That's a tough combination to treat because most products that heavily moisturizer also cause acne. This lotion is by far the best I've used! I can slather it on as much as I want without any irritation or acne and it soaks right in and soothes my dry skin. I'm a lifetime customer for sure!" —Laura K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.28.

    14. Hydrocolloid acne pimple patches help you stop picking at your face! These gently suck the gunk out of your blemishes and stop you from damaging your skin, which can cause acne scars (and further inflammation).

    Reviewer before and after photo using acne patch

    Promising review: "All I can say is WOW!! I had a date coming up at the end of the week when I started to get the most giant zit I’ve ever had in my life right in the middle of my forehead. I considered cutting bangs to cover it it was so embarrassing. After using these for only two days—the zit was almost completely gone and I was able to cover it with a little makeup for my date. These things are an absolute miracle. I have really sensitive skin, so usually when I try to use something like a spot treat my skin gets really dried out and the area becomes even more difficult to cover with makeup. I didn’t have that issue with these at all. You could get away with wearing one in the middle of your face if you’re going out (probably could get away with wearing it if the zit is in an inconspicuous place like the hairline though)." —Chelsea S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    15. Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer is mask-friendly because it goes right under your eyes to hide dark circles and bags. Plus, it takes seconds to apply and blend because of the handy sponge applicator.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I really like this concealer for everyday use. Let me start off by saying I’m an admitted makeup addict so I have a ton of concealers mostly more expensive ones but this little gem really surprised me. I have very sensitive skin especially around my eyes and this concealer didn’t bother me at all. It works well, not a super glam perfect canvas well but great for a natural everyday look. It’s quick and easy to put on and doesn’t crease or wear off easily. It washes off easily with soap though. This is my new go to concealer for quick everyday makeup." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in 18 shades).

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer for more deets.

    16. Mario Badescu Spritz Mist Trio comes with calming lavender, soothing cucumber, and healing rosewater facial sprays that are perfect for hydrating and cooling down flushed complexions in an instant. Plus, reviewers swear that these are fantastic for setting *and* refreshing makeup throughout the day!

    Three spray bottles

    Promising review: "I just bought a set for my mother and sister, because I want them to experience the nourishing spray. I have used this mist on my sensitive skin for over a year and it is amazing. I wake up and spray on the Rosewater, use the Green tea throughout the day, and the lavender at night. It is a great refresher even over makeup." —MicNic

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $21.

    17. E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer is made with squalane and blurs your pores to help your complexion feel soft as silk. It's perfect for oily complexions because it provides a matte finish that doesn't look dry, plus it's tiny enough to toss in your bag in case you need a midday touchup.,

    Promising review: "Ok let’s get one thing straight: I have dermatitis so my main issue is dryness not so much pores. I’ve had an extremely difficult time finding the right foundation as a result and eventually settled for Lancôme Skin Tint (but I’ve tried Tarte, Fenty, MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Pür, etc). Primers help my skin look less flaky a little bit but usually just end up making me look greasy with my tinted moisturizer. This is the best primer I’ve tried for my very, very dry flaky dermatitis skin. If you have sensitive skin, this will be work! AND IT’S SO CHEAP! It did help my pores too. I don’t all of the sudden magically have baby soft skin but it’s a VISIBLE difference." —annette828

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    18. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads uses lactic and glycolic acid to provide gentle exfoliation. The circular sheets are doused with cucumber, indian gooseberry, licorice root, and lemon peel which can help brighten dull skin and give you a dewy year-round glow.

    Model lifting a pad out of the 60-pad jar

    It's alcohol-free and safe for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I have very sensitive skin and I read that toners are great for evening out your complexion BUT everything breaks me out. This didn't! I used a jar and noticed that my skin looked more even and more pores were smaller. I went a few days before I purchased another one and noticed how my skin started to look uneven and oily. For real! It wasn't just in my head. I haven't been without since. It is worth it!

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    19. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay becomes everyone's holy grail mask within the first use — it has over 29,000 + positive reviews! Just mix this 100% natural calcium bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar for squeaky clean skin that will leave you with the perfect canvas for your next makeup look.,

    Promising review: "I’ve been meaning to try this for awhile after reading so many great reviews about it. It definitely surprised me. I have really sensitive skin so I tried it with water first instead of vinegar and followed it with Dr. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner and the results are amazing. I’ve had problem skin my whole life and I’ve never had a product work so well." —Lacey Ann

    Get it from Amazon from $14.95.

    20. Cirepil The Original Blue Wax aims to make at home waxing quick and painless. These high-quality beads gently wrap around head to toe body hair allowing for easy breezy removal and no wax strips needed, meaning you'll save some dough without compromising quality.

    Reviewer before and after photo of blue wax results on underarms

    Promising Review: "I've tried quite a few waxes over the years and this one might be my favorite. I seem to get fewer broken hairs (and my hair breaks very easily), and it usually grabs everything even if I have a few hairs going in a different direction. I really don't like anything else for my bikini line. I do Brazilians on myself and that isn't for the faint of heart. Having to redo sections is not only painful, but annoying. It's also a waste of product and therefore money. I do one section and I'm done. Sometimes I need to go a second time in the opposite direction, but usually not. I have very sensitive skin and some waxes result in rashes, not something you want to be dealing with on freshly waxed sensitive areas. This one, I've never had an issue. Love it." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon from $39.99.

    21. Neutrogena Hydro Boost blasts moisture back into your skin thanks to hyaluronic acid, which helps banish dryness and lock in hydration so your makeup won't pill.

    BuzzFeed / Kayla Sauzo

    This noncomedogenic beauty staple is also oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this moisturizer! I will never stop using it. I have extremely dry skin. I also have severe cystic acne and my skin is red and super sensitive all the time due to some medical issues. Moisturizers, no matter what kind tend to burn my face when I put them on. This moisturizer is cooling and because it's a gel, I had suspicion on how well it would work versus a heavy cream, but it changed my face forever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.12.

    22. Bella Skin Beauty The Eye Serum gives tired, dry, puffy peepers a boost of moisture with a blend of 13 essential oils and aloe vera. Apply one drop under each side to instantly look more awake, make your skin feel satiny smooth, and prevent your concealer from separating.

    Bottle of serum on white table
    Bella Skin Beauty

    Bella Skin Beauty is a small woman-owned business founded by Diana and Alexis. The brand is based in southern California and specializes in skin, hair, and body care products.

    Promising review: "My eye area is sensitive and easily irritated because of the Retin-A I use on my face. All eye creams, lotions, balms to date have increased the redness and flakiness except this eye serum which is light and soothing, this is the best. One drop is all it takes for both eyes and there is no scent or oiliness. This container will last a long time." —Beverly B.

    Get it from Bella Skin Beauty for $62.

    23. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eyeshadow Primer turns your eyelid into the perfect canvas — no more creasing or muddy eyeshadow that looks a mess because of oily lids. This non-greasy, pearl powder packed formula will make sure you're smoky eye stays put all day long.

    Promising Review: "Oh. My. Gosh, I have tried a LOT of different primers, from drug store to more expensive brands, and none have impressed me the way this one did! I have very oily skin, that is also very sensitive. This primer did not irritate my skin, and was not heavy or very 'silicone-y' feeling on my skin. Foundation went on great over it, I’ve tried several different ones to see if the performance varied. Nope! Makeup stayed on great with this primer! Didn’t break up or rub off, even in the high humidity and heat of the NC summer. Immediately had to buy two more after four uses, I don’t want to ever run out of this product!" —mydestiny524

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    24. Tower 28 Daily Rescue Facial Spray soothes dry, irritated skin with just one spritz. It's safe for all skin types because it doesn't contain any alcohol, oil, or fragrance.


    Tower 28 is small woman-owned business based in Los Angeles, California. The founder, Amy, started the brand after after working 15+ years in the beauty industry. Despite her career, she was unable to find a solution for her skin issues until she created Tower 28. The company specializes in non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free beauty products that are safe to use on all skin types.

    Promising review: "This product is perfect for refreshing my skin through out the day and calming my redness. As it only contains three ingredients, it’s so calming for my super sensitive skin. I keep it in my purse at all times for whenever my skin needs a pick me up. This product has truly helped me. I see a major difference." —travis3145

    Get it from Sephora for $28.

    25. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet16-piece Set come soaked in vitamin e, minerals, collagen, and essence to hydrate dull, dry skin. The mask formulas include pearl essence, cucumber, green tea, and many more — and for under $11, spa night is about to become every night.,

    Promising review: "I have dry, sensitive, eczema skin. My face is so flaky that I literally 'snow' everywhere. That's where these lil babies come in. I use one every day after I shower at night and my face started to clear up in a couple of days." —hanatsuki

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion targets acne with just a tiny dab of solution. The pink liquid dries whiteheads and pulls out oil and dirt overnight — just apply the solution with a cotton swab before bed and rinse it off in the morning.,

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I have combination, sensitive skin and have acne mostly in my T-zone. I will never use another spot treatment because I've never had another shrink a pimple so fast. I can put it on the night before and in the morning the redness has dissipated, the swelling has gone down, and the overall pimple is smaller. It doesn't dry out my skin too much or irritate it. It doesn't smell great, but who cares if it works. I don't really want my acne treatments to smell great anyway because I feel like they don't work when they do! The reason this product is different than other spot treatments is because it contains sulfur (and no, it doesn't smell like rotten eggs). This is why my dermatologist recommended it as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide. The price is totally justified and I definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers with moderate breakouts." —Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    27. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask bids blackheads adieu! This unique mask goes on like clay and dries to a cloudy foam finish. According to reviewers, the mask takes about seven minutes to dry — once it's nice and puffy, that means its captured the oil and dirt from your pores and its time to rinse off.,

    Promising review: "I've been buying this mask for a little over a year now, and can verify that it is totally worth the hype. I have relatively dry skin, but while I never had acne when I was younger, I quit hormonal birth control a few years ago and since then have started breaking out shortly after ovulation. I tried many more expensive masks, but I also have very sensitive skin, and previous products either left me itchy and irritated or had no effect. This mask has completely cured all of my skin problems, however. If I remember to put it on the night I think I've ovulated, I have zero zits, and if I forget and some start to show up, I do the mask and the zits have significantly retreated by the next morning. I only need to use it a few times a month so it takes me several months to go through a jar. I would pay four times more for this product if I had to!" —carof

    Get it from Amazon $12.99.

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