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13 Gentle Makeup Removers That Actually Work on Sensitive and Acne-Prone Skin

photo: IMAXTREE.

For sensitive or acne-prone skin spefically, cleasing oils or waters combined with a cleanser are the easiest and safest route.

"I really only like the pre-cleansing oil from Environ for serious makeup removal, but honestly I need to wear a lot of makeup on set and I never use a makeup remover," says Reck of her Recommendations. "I juat use a great cleanser like January Labs Pure and Gentle Cleansing Gel ($32), Kat Rudu Coco Cleanser ($48), Environ Low Foam, or the Colbert MD Gel ($60), which is amazing.”

Pair any of these gentle formulas with Reck’s go-to cleansers and you’re as good as gold.

Environ Pre-Cleansing Oil

Use this botanical extracts-infused formula before your main cleanser to not only remove stubborn makeup, but to help wiggle whiteheads out of the skin too.

$39.99 at Concept Skin Care

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.

$8.99 at Ulta

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm

This balm-to-oil makeup melter is the first of two products for a double cleanse routine that completely removes makeup and grime without drying the skin out.

$45 at Dermalogica

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

A soap-free, no-rinse makeup remover made with grape water to decrease sensitivity, chamomile extract to soothe inflammation, and glycerin to restore moisture.

$28 at Sephora

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

Japanese Camellia is a botanical oil that’s rich in 4 different vitamins as well as omegas to provide moisture and antioxidants (barrier protection) in addition to removing makeup.

$48 at Tatcha


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