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7 Holy Grail Products Everyone With Sensitive Skin Should Know About

The creams, cleansers, and oils that keep my chronic eczema at bay. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

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1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to provide fast relief when your skin is honestly freaking the fuck out.

A couple of months ago, I had the worst dermatitis flare up I've had in years. As a teenager I was on medication to control the painful patches of eczema across my chin and cheeks, but since coming into my 20s and learning more about my skin, I'm usually able to keep it under control — so you can imagine my surprise when my redness came back with a vengeance. 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. Since discovering this cream I've also fallen in love with the brand's Facial Radiance Pads, which I use every few nights (or once a week if my skin's being extra sensitive) after cleansing to exfoliate and tone.Get it from Amazon for $11.95+.
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A couple of months ago, I had the worst dermatitis flare up I've had in years. As a teenager I was on medication to control the painful patches of eczema across my chin and cheeks, but since coming into my 20s and learning more about my skin, I'm usually able to keep it under control — so you can imagine my surprise when my redness came back with a vengeance.

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. Since discovering this cream I've also fallen in love with the brand's Facial Radiance Pads, which I use every few nights (or once a week if my skin's being extra sensitive) after cleansing to exfoliate and tone.

Get it from Amazon for $11.95+.

2. Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil that will nourish any skin type, but is especially helpful to dull or dry faces.

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. Get it from Jet for $41.85.
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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.

Get it from Jet for $41.85.

3. Organic Jojoba Oil to leave your skin looking dewy and healthy as hell.

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When someone asks me about my skincare routine this is what I tell them about first. Though jojoba oil is technically a wax, it has all the benefits of a face oil in that it leaves your skin looking dewy, plump, and super hydrated. The trick to using jojoba oil is to apply it at night (if I apply it in the morning, my makeup basically melts off my face in minutes) and properly massage it in. After applying, I wait around 10 minutes before applying a night cream, so it can really soak in. I have friends who have also sworn that jojoba has helped clear acne — really, it's a wonder product that I truly believe would suit every skin type.

Get it from Amazon for $10.08+.

4. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser that has a cult following for a reason.

Ask a person with sensitive skin what their holy grail product is and there's a 99% chance they'll say Cetaphil — and for good reason, because this shit is magic. If you're not familiar with this cleanser, it's soap-free and as gentle as can be. I always double cleanse when using Cetaphil — it takes two washes to properly remove my makeup THEN wash my face — but I can't recommend it highly enough. It's been in my life for 10 years already and I don't expect it to ever leave my skincare routine.Get it from Amazon for $14.42.
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Ask a person with sensitive skin what their holy grail product is and there's a 99% chance they'll say Cetaphil — and for good reason, because this shit is magic. If you're not familiar with this cleanser, it's soap-free and as gentle as can be. I always double cleanse when using Cetaphil — it takes two washes to properly remove my makeup THEN wash my face — but I can't recommend it highly enough. It's been in my life for 10 years already and I don't expect it to ever leave my skincare routine.

Get it from Amazon for $14.42.

5. Burt's Bees Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin for a deeper clean that still won't irritate.

Because I wear makeup every day, sometimes I feel like I needed a more thorough clean than my beloved Cetephil 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.Get it from Amazon for $7.21.
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Because I wear makeup every day, sometimes I feel like I needed a more thorough clean than my beloved Cetephil 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.

Get it from Amazon for $7.21.

6. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask if you struggle to find a hydrating mask that doesn't cause a reaction.

When my sensitive skin is having a moment it normally means some pretty intense dryness, especially in my most eczema-prone areas. Clinique's Moisture Surge range has gotten me through some terrible winters, and I actually use the CC Cream every single day. I find masks some of the most difficult products to buy as so many leave me red-faced and in pain, but this hydrating overnight mask has my complete trust.Get it from Amazon for $33 or Sephora for $35.
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When my sensitive skin is having a moment it normally means some pretty intense dryness, especially in my most eczema-prone areas. Clinique's Moisture Surge range has gotten me through some terrible winters, and I actually use the CC Cream every single day. I find masks some of the most difficult products to buy as so many leave me red-faced and in pain, but this hydrating overnight mask has my complete trust.

Get it from Amazon for $33 or Sephora for $35.

7. Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant if you're looking to add an anti-aging element to your skincare routine, but want to start off with something gentle.

I'm a big fan of Paula's Choice products, so when I decided it was time to introduce a chemical exfoliant into my skincare routine, I knew I'd feel safest with something from their range. A great explainer on the Paula's Choice website explained why BHA products, as opposed to those with AHA exfoliants, are better suited to sensitive skin, which helped me feel comfortable about splurging on a product I was low-key terrified of. Now, I'm glad I did because I really love it! When using this exfoliant, I pay attention to my skin's reaction to try and gauge if I am overusing, but as a general rule, I only use this one or twice a week, when I'm not using the First Aid exfoliant pads I mentioned earlier.Get it from Amazon for $25.65 or Paula's Choice for $27.
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I'm a big fan of Paula's Choice products, so when I decided it was time to introduce a chemical exfoliant into my skincare routine, I knew I'd feel safest with something from their range. A great explainer on the Paula's Choice website explained why BHA products, as opposed to those with AHA exfoliants, are better suited to sensitive skin, which helped me feel comfortable about splurging on a product I was low-key terrified of. Now, I'm glad I did because I really love it! When using this exfoliant, I pay attention to my skin's reaction to try and gauge if I am overusing, but as a general rule, I only use this one or twice a week, when I'm not using the First Aid exfoliant pads I mentioned earlier.

Get it from Amazon for $25.65 or Paula's Choice for $27.

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