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

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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.

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.

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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