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