12 Makeup Removers for Sensitive Skin That Derms Love

These products will remove stubborn makeup without irritating skin.
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When your skin is finicky, you can use just anything on your face and that's when it's time to take everything off. Choosing the right makeup remover is just as important as finding makeup that will not break you. "People with sensitive skin have to ensure that the tools and techniques they use to remove makeup are not too drying or too harsh," says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD

We tapped Dr. Bowe and a few other dermatologists to find out the best practices and products to seamlessly remove makeup on even the most sensitive of skin. From micellar water to cleansing oil, these products are doctor favorites.

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La Prairie Eye Makeup Remover, $ 70

Dr. Fusco recommends La Prairie eye makeup remover to many of her sensitive skin clients. If you do not want to buy two different products for face and eyes, she also like the La Prairie cleanser. "The brand's dual-phase liquid cleanser is also excellent for all" makeup removal and sensitive eyes, "she says.

Buy Now: $70, shop.nordstrom.com

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Simple Makeup Remover Wipes, $ 6

These makeup wipes do not have artificial perfume, color, or chemicals to irritate your skin. Dr. Fusco says makeup wipes are the best for removing a light layer of makeup. But if you are wearing a foundation, powder, blush, and lipstick-basically a full face of the product-it's best to use a more thorough cleanser.

Buy Now: $6, walgreens.com

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Weleda Sweet Almond Oil, $ 26

"For removal of makeup, powders, and sunscreen, use an oil first followed by a creamy cleanser, "says Dr. Fusco. The oil helps break down the oils and waxes in the makeup, making it easier to remove with a cleanser.

Buy Now: $ 26, dermstore.com

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Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm, $ 45

Double cleansing is a hot trend that I recommend frequently to my patients,” says Dr. Bowe. “I love using either a DIY recipe (a few Tbsp. olive oil mixed with about six ounces of bottled water) or Dermalogica's Pre-cleanse Balm.” For the second cleanse, Bowe likes to use a water-based cleanser with a pH just under 7.

Buy Now: ~45, ulta.com

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Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover, $ 16

This makeup remover is free of fragrance, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin types. The product also has a neutral pH, so it keeps skin balanced. “Our skin actually has an acidic pH that's between 4.5 and 5.5,” says Dr. Talakoub. “Most cleansers on the market have a pH of about 8-10, so it changes the pH of our skin making the skin very dry, tight and sensitive.”

Buy Now: $ 16, kloraneusa.com