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Even though I’ve narrowly escaped the perils of winter breakouts, sensitivity is still something I along with a lot of other people face. Retinol has been a gift and a curse to my face. Yes, it made my complexion even-toned and smooth, but now I can’t throw just any face mask on at the end of the day. What’s even worse is that makeup wipes have become pretty much obsolete in my bathroom because they literally hurt to the touch. So now here I am, doing the leg work for you and I by tracking down gentle makeup removers that actually work.
But first things first. According to Cayli Cavaco Reck, Founder and Creator of Knockout Beauty, what causes acne and sensitivity to flare aren’t inadequate makeup removers. It’s actually good old fashioned improper cleansing. “Leftover cleanser or residue is a great way to ensure you will break out,” she says. “The best way to ensure you won’t break out is to wash your face morning and night.” She also reiterates that a makeup wipe or remover does not wash your face.
You still need to cleanse after, preferably with a pH-balanced formula to dry skin. For sensitive or acne-prone skin specifically, cleansing oils or waters combined with a cleanser are the easiest and safest route.
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1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Micelles are essentially magnets for all kinds of dirt, making this affordable no-rinse remover a must for your bathroom cabinet.
2. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion
This soap-free formula is a lotion that doesn’t require rinsing and is especially soothing to super sensitive skin. The brand’s thermal spring water is what gives it the ultra-gentle feel.
3. Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover
Glycerin, aloe leaf juice, allantoin, and green tea extract are just a few of the many skin-soothers in this ultra-mild remover.