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30 Products That Will Save Your Sensitive Skin

Stop scratching already!

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1. bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation


Cost: $27

There's a reason bareMinerals is so popular. Its award-winning foundation (along with its sister, Matte SPF 15 Foundation) is formulated without binders, fillers, parabens, or synthetic chemicals. BareMinerals' Mineral Veil powder and Prime Time Foundation Primer are also sensitive skin-friendly.


4. Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush

Cost: about $11

Almay brands itself as makeup for sensitive skin. This blush blends and adjusts to your tone while grape seed, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba ingredients nurture your skin. If you prefer a sun-kissed glow, try Almay's Smart Shade Bronzer.

5. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash


Cost: $6 to $8 depending on size

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is soap-free, so it won't dry out or irritate your skin. Speaking from experience, it's truly "gentle as water." When you inevitably get this stuff in your eye, it won't feel like Daenerys Targaryen unleashed dragons on your pupil.

7. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Cream: Anti-Age Primary Treatment


Cost: $85

It's expensive, but VMV Hypoallergenics is an excellent brand if irritated skin is an ongoing stress. Their products' hypoallergenicity is supported by randomized, double-blind clinical studies. If you're hesitant to splurge, test out 75-cent sample sizes of their products first.


8. Almay Lash Care Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads


Cost: about $7

Save your delicate lashes with this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic eye makeup remover. Buyer beware: You might have trouble removing waterproof mascara with this. For something stronger, try Almay Longwear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads.

9. bareMinerals Natural Lip Color


Cost: $15

Made with natural oils, minerals, and waxes, this lipstick has no artificial dyes or preservatives. Unfortunately this may not work for those who are sensitive to plant oils. VMV Hypoallergenics has several lipstick and gloss options ranging from $24 to $27 that are a safer bet.


11. Tom's of Maine Soothing Mint Maximum Strength Sensitive Fluoride Toothpaste


Cost: around $6

OK, this isn't actually for sensitive skin. But if you have sensitive teeth, this toothpaste fights the pain with potassium nitrate. Tom's of Maine sells a flouride-free version as well.


15. Bausch & Lomb Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution


Cost: about $5

Sensitive Eyes Plus contains potassium, which is found naturally in your tears. It's great for rinsing your contacts before insertion, but don't use it to clean or store your lenses. For disinfection, try ReNu Sensitive Multi-Purpose Solution instead.

16. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash


Cost: $5 to $8 depending on size

Moisturize your dry skin with this dye-, fragrance-, and soap-free formula. If your skin feels extra irritated, try ditching the loofah; it's probably stripping your skin more than any body wash could.


17. Vanicream Shave Cream


Cost: around $7

This stuff is free of practically everything: alcohol, fragrance, gluten, lanolin, paraben, and preservatives. And the bottle isn't lying—dermatologists really do recommend it! It doesn't lather up as well as normal shaving cream does, which makes it easier to nick yourself if you're shaving in a hurry. Give yourself an extra minute to shave, and your skin will be smooth and bump-free.

19. DERMAdoctor Total Nonscents Ultra-Gentle Brightening Antiperspirant

Cost: $28

I know $28 for antiperspirant seems crazy, but this dye- and fragrance-free roll-on is a miracle worker if you have darkened underarms. Just be aware that it'll take a few months of use before you see its brightening effects. On the other hand, if you're irritated by the aluminum in antiperspirants, try Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant. Its aluminum-free formula minimizes irritation, but "long lasting" isn't very accurate. It wears off quickly in the summer and at the gym.


21. Free & Clear Shampoo and Conditioner


Cost: about $10 each

Free & Clear and Vanicream are owned by the same company that specializes in sensitive skin care. This shampoo and conditioner duo removes buildup without using dyes, fragrance, formaldehyde, gluten, lanolin, preservatives, phosphate, or sulfate. It's also gentle on dyed and permed hair.


24. Inoa Professional Ammonia Free Permanent Hair Color


Cost: Varies depending on the hair colorist

Stop inhaling mysterious fumes at the salon. L'Oréal Professional's Inoa hair dye is ammonia-free and odorless. It's a bit pricier than average dye jobs, but it'll soften and revive your damaged hair. For a cheaper at-home alternative, try Garnier's ammonia-free, oil-powered Olia line.


29. Campho-Phenique Pain and Itch Relieving Antiseptic Liquid


Cost: about $4

If you're allergic to neomycin (a main ingredient in Neosporin), finding antiseptic creams can be difficult. This one provides pain and itch relief for bug bites, minor burns, cuts, and cold sores.

30. All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor Insect Repellent


Cost: $9 to $15 depending on size

All Terrain uses cedar and citronella oils to repel ticks and other insects. Their spray is DEET- and GMO-free and won't wear off with sweat or water. It's even cruelty-free.

Note: It's possible to have allergic reactions to almost anything, even a product that claims to be safe for sensitive skin. The above products are merely suggestions, and everyone's skin is different. If you're prone to contact dermatitis ( = rashes), see a dermatologist.