5 Face Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

Thanks to my genes, I have really sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin are more likely to have bad reactions to certain ingredients in products, and that reaction could be breaking out in acne or developing a rash. I have eczema and got a really bad eczema breakout on my skin as a result of some specific ingredients in skincare products. As a result, I’ve been on the lookout for skincare products that are gentler on the skin!

Here I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite water-based facial cleansers for anyone else who has sensitive skin.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

  • Price: $14.99 for 12oz // Purchase
  • Key Ingredients:
    • Hyaluronic Acid: helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture
    • Three Types of Ceramides: helps to restore the protective skin barrier
  • pH Level*: 5.5

This cleanser is a cult favorite. It’s highly recommended and always mentioned on the SkincareAddiction subreddit. I didn’t start trying this until a few months ago. The texture was something that I had to get used to because I’ve never used such a thick cleanser. It feels like you’re washing your face with lotion, and unlike a lot of the cleansers I’ve used in the past, this one leaves your face feeling like there’s a layer of moisturizer on it. My face feels really soft after using this and it doesn’t feel tight and dry.

I love this cleanser because of how easy it is to find, it’s unscented, it’s accepted by the National Eczema Foundation, and it’s pretty affordable.

I have seen some posts on the SkincareAddiction subreddit where people have broken out as a result of using this, so your results may vary.

This is good for those who are just getting into skincare and want an affordable cleanser that’s easy to find. This is one of my top choices for cleanser and I love how hydrating and simple it is.

Innisfree Minimum for Sensitive Skin Cleansing Milk

  • Price: $9 for 3oz // Purchase
  • Key Ingredients: none
  • pH Level*: 6.5

This is a really basic, minimal cleanser. All of the products from Innisfree’s Minimum for Sensitive Skin line are formulated with less than 13 ingredients. This is unscented, not made from animal products, has no parabens, and has no artificial coloring.

As for texture, this does not foam up at all. Like the CeraVe cleanser, this feels like you’re washing your face with a lotion. It leaves my face feeling really smooth afterwards and not dry or tight at all.

This is good for those who have really easily irritated or currently inflamed skin. Since there’s a really minimal amount of ingredients in here, you’re less likely to run into an ingredient that will irritate your skin.

Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Face Soap Foam

  • Price: $12.50 for 200ml // Purchase
  • Key Ingredients:
    • Lauric Acid: anti-bacterial
  • pH Level*: 8.5

This has been one of my go-to cleansers for years. I’ve repurchased it several times and I’ve been happy with how well it performs. I am pretty surprised to see how high the pH level is, but I’ve never had any issues with it, which might have something to do with the toners that I use afterward.

It’s very convenient since the bottle foams up the cleanser for you. My face feels really clean after this, but not tight and there’s no slippery feeling afterward.

This is good for someone who’s looking for a basic foam cleanser and has easy access to a Muji.

SoonJung pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser

  • Price: $13.20 for 5oz // Purchase
  • Key Ingredients:
    • Panthenol: hydrates
    • Madecassoside: repairs skin damage
  • pH Level*: 6.5

If you haven’t heard of Soon Jung, it’s a line from Etude House that was made for those with sensitive or damaged skin. They formulate all the products from this line to be slightly acidic since more alkaline formulas can damage your skin.

This cleanser is pretty similar to the Muji one in that it also comes in a foaming bottle. I would say that this foam is a little bit denser than Muji’s and the pH level is also lower. Like the Muji foam cleanser, it does not leave any feeling of lotion on your face afterward.

This is good for people with damaged or sensitive skin who prefers a foam cleanser.

Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

  • Price: $16.00 for 120ml // Purchase
  • Key Ingredients:
    • Matcha
    • Hemp Seed Oil
    • Vitamin B5
    • Sodium PCA
  • pH Level*: 6.0-6.5

I love this cleanser, and it might be my favorite cleanser out of the list. The scent smells like matcha-scented soap, it’s refreshing and pleasant. The texture of the cleanser is like a watery gel and it feels nice on the skin. Like some of the other cleansers, it leaves your skin feeling moisturized and soft immediately afterward.

This is good for someone who wants to feel a little bit more luxe when washing their face.

I think all of these cleansers are great, but if I could only choose three to repurchase, I would buy the Krave Beauty, CeraVe, and SoonJung cleansers. How about you? Have you tried any of these cleansers or is there another cleanser you’d recommend for sensitive skin?

*NOTE: For the pH level measurements, I purchased these pH test strips from Amazon and tested the pH level myself, which is why some of the levels differ from what is stated on the website.

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  1. Noor wrote:

    OMG I have the same problem! Thanks for your tips! 😀

    Xo Noor

    Posted 3.9.19 Reply
  2. alimackin2013 wrote:

    Oooo that Matcha Hemp cleanser sounds REALLY good. I can see why you like. I paid more then that for the Lancome cleanser I use though it lasts about 10-12 months so it is worth it

    Allie of

    Posted 3.9.19 Reply
  3. Nicole N wrote:

    Looks like a good skincare routine.

    Have a lovely weekend. Xo


    Posted 3.9.19 Reply
  4. omg the matcha cleanser sounds amazing


    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
  5. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the Ceravé range but I’ve never tried any of their products, this cleanser sounds ideal for my sensitive skin xx


    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
  6. The Krave cleanser sounds especially lovely. My skin used to be more sensitive before I worked on building up my moisture barrier but I’m still careful about the cleansers I use. I can’t get enough of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel because it’s so gentle and effective.

    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      I’ve never heard of that brand, I’ll have to check it out!

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  7. One that I don’t see mentioned here is Cetaphil. I love to use it with my Clarisonic or by itself. I’ve been using it for years. I’ve heard good things about CeraVe and that Matcha one I’d love to try!


    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      Ohhhh, I forgot about Cetaphil! I haven’t used that for a few years but I definitely remember it being gentle and also very moisturizing.

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  8. busyandfab wrote:

    Good to be aware about these cleansers. I’ve been using Innisfree products but not their cleanser yet.


    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
  9. great review, thank you for sharing
    IG @grace_njio

    Posted 3.10.19 Reply
  10. Radi wrote:

    I would love to try the matcha cleanser! Thanks for sharing these products.


    Posted 3.11.19 Reply
  11. Quinn wrote:

    I definitely have sensitive skin, so this is a great read! I haven’t heard out of 3/5 brands – must try xx


    Posted 3.11.19 Reply
  12. sundaydahlias wrote:

    Ooo I was curious about Muji’s skincare products. It sounds promising with how gentle it is.


    Posted 3.11.19 Reply
  13. Need to try! Sounds fantastic!
    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    Posted 3.11.19 Reply
  14. selinasinspiration wrote:

    I have very sensitive skin! Need to check out the brands you mentioned ❤
    Selina | Selina’s Inspiration

    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
  15. Chynna wrote:

    I haven’t tried any of these cleansers but they seem really good. I also suffer from eczema and have sensitive skin, so skincare is a minefield for me. Will have to check these brands out!

    Chynna | chynnawebley.com/blog

    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      Good luck, I hope they work out for you!

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  16. Jessica wrote:

    Love your roundup dear. Will check these products out. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
  17. Ashley wrote:

    I love that CeraVe cleanser- my skin is pretty sensitive and I love a gentle cleanser!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
  18. Melody Jacobs wrote:
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  19. yuka wrote:

    thanks for the recommendations!


    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
  20. Audrey wrote:

    I swipe skincare products from my mom whenever I visit home, so I’ve actually never really bought my own skincare products, excluding body lotions from the drugstore 😛 Buuut if I ever run out before I visit home, I’ll definitely keep these products in mind to try :3 Thanks for sharing! (I’m a sucker for anything matcha… mostly for food, but extends to skincare and everything else too hehe) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 3.12.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      Yesss, matcha is great in all forms :D!

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  21. Aww thanks for this awesome recommendation. I happen to have sensitive skin so I’m always looking for cleansers that are gentle for my skin. I never knew Muji came out with their own cleanser. That’s so cool and I’ll have to check these out myself.


    Posted 3.13.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      Yes! Muji’s sensitive skincare line is quite nice and I might make another post of the items in the future :)!

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  22. Jenny wrote:

    I love that Cerave cleanser! It’s not the most fun to use, but it’s so affordable and really does a great job of cleansing without stripping. The Krave one is next on my to-try list, I love anything matcha scented!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    Posted 3.13.19 Reply
    • Mai Nguyen wrote:

      I also love anything matcha scented! I’m surprised not more brands make matcha-scented items

      Posted 3.13.19 Reply
  23. Thanks for this Wonderful read about face cleanser. You shared great content. Keep up the good work.

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    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  24. Cerave is my favorite. Love your post. Thanks for the wonderful article. I just went through the article it’s really awesome.

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    Posted 4.7.19 Reply


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