The Best gentle cleanser for sensitive skin

The Best Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin + 7 Tips for Beautiful Skin

Are you struggling to find a face wash that is gentle enough for your skin?

People with sensitive skin react with rashes, dermatitis and redness when they use certain chemicals. 

This can actually be avoided if you find the perfect product for your skin. 

Find out how to find the best gentle cleanser for your skin so you can have beautiful and radiant skin: 


The Problem with Most Skin Care Products

Not all skin care products are created equal.

In fact, it is proven that certain chemicals are just not appropriate for certain skin tones and skin types.

Many people, up to 15%, have issues reacting to various products, chemicals or ingredients that are used in face washes and cleansers!

That means there is a huge proportion of people reacting poorly to these products.

Unfortunately the majority of products are NOT created for people with sensitive skin.

Let me repeat that:

The vast majority of facial products and cleansers are NOT designed for people with sensitive skin.


Well, there are two main reasons people react to skin care products:

#1. They contain inactive ingredients that irritate the skin.

#2. They contain a high concentration of active ingredients (the good ones), but those concentrations are too high for some people.

​The good news is that you can actively avoid cheap inactive ingredients by simply purchasing high quality cleansers and face washes - this is what you should be doing anyway if you have sensitive skin. 

Manufacturers of products are always trying to make as much money as possible, and they do this by cutting corners.

For cleansers that means using very cheap alcohols, oils and parabens that people react to.

High quality products don't contain those ingredients but it comes at a cost - why? Because it costs money to remove those products and make a better product.

The second issue tends to be a bigger problem, though.

Sometimes you really can get too much of a good thing.

For instance:

You can get too much glycolic acid, too much vitamin C or too much vitamin E.

All of these things are amazing for your skin, but you have to realize that the amount of each one that you need is different for each person.

If you have sensitive skin it means that you need LESS than most people.

​But how do you know if you have sensitive skin?

Symptoms you have Sensitive Skin

It's actually pretty easy to identify if you have sensitive skin. 

Simply use this list below as a guide...

If you have any of these symptoms then you most likely have sensitive skin:

  • You react with rashes or dermatitis with certain ingredients or chemicals
  • Your skin turns bright red after you rub it
  • You have trouble with finding lotions, face washes, detergents, etc. that don't cause issues with your skin
  • You react to certain foods or food groups
  • You have gastrointestinal issues like gas/bloating or abdominal pain
  • Makeup can cause you to break out or cause redness/itching
  • You have fair skin, red hair or red pigmentation in your skin/hair
  • You have a lot of freckles

In addition to this list there is another easy way to determine if you have sensitive skin. 

Look at the fitzpatrick skin type guide:

Fitzpatrick skin type

If you are type I or type II you most likely have sensitive skin. 

People with this skin type generally have blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair and VERY sensitive skin.

People with this complexion should be very careful with facial products and only use gentle products and cleaners. ​

The Best Face wash for Sensitive Skin

So now that you know you have sensitive skin, what are you supposed to do about it?

Remember when I said that not all products were created for you?

Well it turns out that some are!

The perfect product for you will be one that contains a smaller concentration of active ingredients and one that contains few inactive ingredients.

The best one on the list is the facial cleanser from iS Clinical named cleansing complex.

Below I go over why I love this product and why you should seriously consider it if you have sensitive skin: ​

benefits of a gentle cleanser

Overview of iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Why it works:

  • ​Ingredients include: Willow bark extract (a natural and gentle exfoliator), sugar cane extract (natural and gentle form of glycolic acid to help reduce oil production)
  • This combination acts to provide your skin with natural forms of both salicylic acid and glycolic acid which help exfoliate the skin, reduce oil production and deep clean your pores without inflammation or irritation. 
  • This product also acts as both a toner and a make up remover which means you can save on other products and not have to risk reacting to these products (remember that a complete skin care line must include a toner)

How to use it:

  • This cleanser can be used in both the AM and the PM - I usually recommend starting with once a day usage (at night) and increasing to both morning and night if you need more of a boost. 
  • Can be combined with moisturizers but make sure you use the moisturizer AFTER the cleansing complex and only AFTER your skin is completely dry
  • I also recommend you combine this with active serum which naturally provides retinol and can seriously ramp up your skin care line. You can read more here
is clinical cleansing complex

Tips for those with Sensitive Skin

​In addition to using gentle cleansers you may want to consider these other tips to help reduce inflammation in your skin and clear up your complexion if you have sensitive skin. 

#1. Drink up to 1 gallon of water per day

Drinking lots of water helps naturally hydrate your skin and will also help you eliminate any excess toxins or chemicals that you consume throughout the day.

If you don't exercise daily (you should be!) you can get by with up to 64 ounces per day.

But as soon as you start sweating or working out intensely you should drink up to 1 gallon of water per day.

As a general rule make sure to consume enough water to make your urine clear. ​

#2. Eat organic food if possible

People with sensitive skin also react to foods, detergents and chemicals.

This means you may be reacting to processed ingredients inside your food!

What's even more interesting is that eating these foods may make your skin more reactive as well.

Cut out low quality foods by eating only organic foods if and when you can. 

#3. Use only high quality make up and facial products

High quality brands of make up contain fewer inactive ingredients and also leave out harmful chemicals that can irritate your skin. 

Remember that the brands you see in drug stores are often cheap and poorly made, and they aren't made for people with sensitive skin.

Don't be afraid to spend a little bit more money on your skin care products...

Trust me, your skin will thank you for it! ​

#4. Avoid drug store cleansers and make up

As a general rule, if you have sensitive skin, avoid drug store products. ​

See reasons above in this article. ​

#5. Take warm (not hot showers/baths)

Hot showers can lead to irritation and inflammation in sensitive people.

Hot showers increase blood flow and bring immune cells to the surface of your skin which may react to whatever you put on your skin after the shower. 

To avoid this reaction you can simply reduce the heat of the water you are using.

As a rule, make sure your shower isn't hot enough to cause your face or skin to "flush". ​

#6. ​Always test your products before jumping right in

Before you put a product on your ENTIRE face make sure to test a small trial on just a certain area (preferably one that isn't noticeable).

I usually put a little bit on my temple, or around my jawline just to see how I react.

Once I know it doesn't cause a rash or irritate my skin THEN I apply it to the rest of my face.

Practice this with all forms of make up or skin care products (yes, even the cleanser recommended above!). ​

#7. ​Avoid sun damage at all costs!

Remember that people with light skin types have less melanin than most people.

Melanin protects against sun damage.

Sun damage is also the MAIN cause of aging and irritation in the skin for most people.

You can protect yourself by using a high quality sun block, or simply avoiding the sun with a hat during certain times of the day. ​

Back to you

​If you have sensitive skin make sure you are using a high quality skin care product that contains few inactive ingredients and lower concentration of active ingredients. 

I recommend using products that contain natural substitutes for harsher ingredients such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid.

But I want to hear from you too:

Do you have sensitive skin? Which cleansers have worked for you?

Which haven't?

Leave your comment below! ​

Kat Rich

Hi! I'm Kat and I write these posts. I'm obsessed with eyebrows, hair and anything related to fitness. Right now I do microblading, 3d brows and semi-permanent eyebrows in Mesa, Arizona as a certified microblading artist. I'm a licensed cosmetologist and have been for over 10 years as well. I love experimenting with new products and love to share my experiences. Have questions? Leave them below!

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