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The Best Facial Cleansers for Over-reactive Skin

author image Joshua Duvauchelle
Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.

Ultra-sensitive, over-reactive skin often becomes inflamed, red or itchy when exposed to the various detergents and soaps found in standard facial cleansers. Facial cleansers specifically formulated for sensitive skin lift away grime, dirt, makeup and other matter while soothing your irritated skin. The result is a clear, clean complexion without redness or inflammation.

L'Occitane Ultra Comforting Cleansing Milk

L'Occitane's cleanser was named one of the best cleansers for sensitive skin by skincare expert Paula Begoun. In her review, she says it's a "very good option," helping to soothe your skin while cleaning and rinsing "better than expected." It comes formulated without any irritating fragrances or herbal extracts.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Purpose's facial wash was named by InStyle magazine's beauty editors as the best cleanser for sensitive skin. In her review of the product, dermatologist Amy Wechsler says it helps to get rid of debris and dirt without stripping your sensitive skin of important oils.

Good Skin All Calm Creamy Cleanser

Good Skin's cream-based cleanser garnered top praise from Begoun, who gave it her rare "Paula's Pick" award. She says it helps remove all types of debris, including makeup, while moisturizing your skin with sensitive skin-soothing ingredients like silicone and plant oils. In the end, she lists it as one of the top facial washes for sensitive skin.

Clarins One-Step Gentle Cleanser

InStyle magazine's editors picked Clarins' cleanser as one of 2009's "Best Beauty Buys," naming it the best exfoliator for sensitive skin. Its microbeads help to exfoliate your skin surface for a more radiant complexion without irritating your sensitive skin by over-scrubbing.

Eucerin Aquaphor Gentle Wash

Eucerin's washing product comes recommended by the National Eczema Association, which says it's gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It's made without soaps, fragrances or any other irritating substances, and it rinses clean with no residue.

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