The 3 best drugstore face washes for sensitive skin

So, I’ve struggled with plenty of skin conditions – acne, melasma, scarring – and for a long time I thought I needed some tough cleanser to really get in there and clean up my problem skin. I’d use cleanser with salicylic acid and scrub it really good, thinking that would do the trick. Spoiler alert: it didn’t.

When I realized my approach wasn’t working, I started going to my (now beloved) esthetician and she told me that the secret is actually using a gentle cleanser so you don’t aggravate your skin. Your other products can do the targeted work on problem areas, but a gentle cleanser is the best place to start. And let me tell you, this has made all the difference for my skin.  Since then, I’ve researched and used plenty of face washes and cleansers, and these are my favorites. (These are also really well-reviewed all over the internet, so feel free to do some googling if you don’t want to take my word for it!)

facewashcucumbers11. Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser

This is my go-to cleanser and I love it. It has 98% natural ingredients, it’s soothing, and has a very mild but pleasant smell. Don’t be freaked out by the word ‘milk’ in the title – it has a gel-like texture. I especially love it because it removes every last trace of my ‘television makeup’ while still feeling gentle and lovely.


2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I started using this a while back when CVS ran out of Yes to Cucumbers, and I really like it. It’s such a gentle formula, it causes zero irritation, and it doesn’t have a fragrance (which I personally like). I use it morning and night and I’ve never had an issue.


3. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This is another gentle yet effective cleanser. It’s great at removing any last traces of makeup without over-drying your skin. I especially love that this also comes in a great travel-sized bottle – it’s my go-to cleanser whenever I’m on the road for work. I know I can trust it to get all my “television makeup” off and still keep my skin hydrated and fresh.

If you try any of these cleansers, let me know what you think! Or if you have a favorite sensitive skin cleanser that I didn’t list above, I’d love to hear more about it in the comments.

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