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Regardless of your skin type, skin irritation happens to the best of us. Whether it’s brought on by dryness, weather changes, a bad reaction to a product, or, well, just about anything, reactive, sensitive skin can be one of the most difficult beauty problems to deal with because it can seem like the more you do to help it, the worse it gets. These 10 products, from cleansers to masks and more, are our absolute favorites for soothing our skin when all hell breaks loose.
Mario Badescu Calma Mask ($22, mariobadescu.com)
This oil-free mask is particularly excellent for inflamed acne-prone skin—it works to calm redness and soothe irritation with calamine and kaolin clay. It’s so gentle, you can even use it on razor burn or post-waxing.
Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm ($130, tammyfender.com)
It’s pricey for sure, but if sensitivity and irritation is a real issue for you, it doesn’t get much better than this thick, rich balm. It absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving no trace of residue behind, and the all-natural ingredients are just a bonus.
Neutrogena Acne Wash Redness Soothing Facial Cream Cleanser ($7.99, ulta.com)
Acne-fighting ingredients can be seriously irritating to the skin, why is why this soothing anti-acne wash, which contains chamomile and aloe, is a must if you suffer from both breakouts and sensitivity.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum ($54, jurlique.com)
Not only does this lightweight, gel-like serum soothe delicate skin, but it helps to protect against skin aggressors to minimize future damage, thanks to a unique blend of plant and flower extracts, including aloe, cucumber, and camellia.
Almay Soothing & De-Puffing Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($5.03, drugstore.com)
Irritation in the eye area is an all too common issue, especially during allergy season, but these super gentle makeup remover pads will take the sting out of wiping your mascara away while also reducing puffiness and swelling.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask ($38, origins.com)
In times of a major skin crisis, we turn to this creamy, fast-acting mask for instant relief. It reduces the appearance of redness and blotchiness while also calming reactivity, so your skin will feel better and look better, too.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Protective Gel ($62, skinceuticals.com)
All skin types can benefit from this lightweight oil-free hydrator, which contains cucumber and thyme to soothe and repair reactive skin, but it’s especially perfect for acne-prone types who also experience irritation.
Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser ($27, murad.com)
A good soothing cleanser is hard to come by, but this gentle gel wash features a low lather and anti-inflammatory ingredients that calm the skin while removing impurities.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream ($65, katesomerville.com)
Jojoba oil, avocado, aloe, and more star in this unique moisturizer, which utilizes the natural lactose in goat milk to soothe and repair aggravated skin. Rich and fragrance-free, with a refreshing feel as it goes on skin, this is one of our very top picks for treating sensitivity.
Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($28, sephora.com)
For unbeatable sun protection and a gentle, skin-calming formula, this sunscreen can’t be beat. The fatty acids in this lightweight hypoallergenic formula help to hydrate, providing nourishment and sun protection all in one slick tube.
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