Need facial cleanser recommendations for sensitive skin...

JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
I have very sensitive skin that reacts to fragrances ( chemical and natural) and harsh cleansing detergents ( sulfates). So, I am on a desperate search for a fragrance free and sulfate free facial cleanser and or soap. Ideally it would be nice if I could find it at a drugstore but will order online if have to. Any suggestions and your experiences with said recommended product would be greatly appriciated. Thanks. :D
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    whoa!

    i never realized how hard it is to find a cleanser WITHOUT sodium lauryl sulfate...

    :(

    Lush Ultra Bland??? but i'm not sure about the fragrance factor of that one - i know it has way less perfume in it than other Lush products. Burt's Bees Orange Facial Cleanser - but i'm not sure about the scent because i haven't tried any of their products. and then there's L'Occitane en Provence Olive Facial Cleanser - it appears to have no added fragrance.

    anyone else?
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    This is the only cleanser I have found that is detergent-free and also has the correct PH for skin. It has no added masking fragrance, but it does have a scent from the ingredients. My skin has been great since I stopped using detergents on it.

    http://dianayvonne.com/product/CSC23_4
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I reccommend Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming cleanser. I'm using it right now and it is probably the most gentle thing I've used in my life. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and no sulfates! I'd use it on my hair. (but don't of course)
    3b-3c CG
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    This is the only cleanser I have found that is detergent-free and also has the correct PH for skin. It has no added masking fragrance, but it does have a scent from the ingredients. My skin has been great since I stopped using detergents on it.

    http://dianayvonne.com/product/CSC23_4
    Hi, looks good but I have a question. What is your skin type? I have oily to combo, sensitive and acne prone. Do you think it would work for me? Thanks. :D
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Ok, has anybody heard about this and do you think it would work better than a cleanser to keep my face/pores clean? Thanks.

    http://janeiredale.com/products/magicmitt.html

    http://www.wondercloth.com/content/default.asp
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i have no idea if those cloths would work. Michelle Breyer uses Jane Iredale, perhaps if you sent her a pm, she might have tried the cloth?
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote:
    i have no idea if those cloths would work. Michelle Breyer uses Jane Iredale, perhaps if you sent her a pm, she might have tried the cloth?
    Hi, thanks I will email her about the mitt. :D
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Ok, I found another website that seems to have good cleansers,what do you guys think? http://www.elysiandream.com/fragrance_free_products.htm
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    JuicyTube wrote:
    I reccommend Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming cleanser. I'm using it right now and it is probably the most gentle thing I've used in my life. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and no sulfates! I'd use it on my hair. (but don't of course)

    I use this too. No issues for me. It has cocamidopropyl betaine, but no sulfates. There are also no rfagrances in the ingredients list that I can tell. The front of the bottle say fragrance free, but it doens't always mean much...

    ETA, I'm an oily sensitive. Breakouts are mostly hormonal for me and not product related.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    Ok, has anybody heard about this and do you think it would work better than a cleanser to keep my face/pores clean? Thanks.

    http://janeiredale.com/products/magicmitt.html

    http://www.wondercloth.com/content/default.asp

    I guess it depends on what triggers your sensitivity. For me, I have to wonder if using the cloth would cause more issues than some cleansers.

    If rubbing/scrubs/mechanical exfoliation don't trigger your sensitivity, it might be worth a shot.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    jersey, those look like EXACTLY what you need!!!

    :D
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

    Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote:
    jersey, those look like EXACTLY what you need!!!

    :D
    Do you mean the cloths or the other website that has the cleansers? Sorry, I need to eat I am getting serious brain fog. :lol:
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hi, looks good but I have a question. What is your skin type? I have oily to combo, sensitive and acne prone. Do you think it would work for me? Thanks.


    I have oily to combo, sensitive and acne prone skin also. Wheat Germ Oil Cleanser is a match made in heaven for our skin type.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    Ok, I found another website that seems to have good cleansers,what do you guys think? http://www.elysiandream.com/fragrance_free_products.htm



    I didn't see a liquid cleanser on her site, but maybe I just missed it. In general, the things look OK, all natural and all that jazz...but I think they are soap. Soap isn't great for my face, because the high PH of soap just tears up my skin barrier and leaves me susceptible to breakouts. You can't make a low PH soap, just because of the nature of the soap-making process.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    Ok, has anybody heard about this and do you think it would work better than a cleanser to keep my face/pores clean? Thanks.

    http://janeiredale.com/products/magicmitt.html

    http://www.wondercloth.com/content/default.asp



    These are just micrfiber cloths. You can buy the same thing at Walmart for $1.97. Sure, you can use these to clean the face without a cleanser and some people have great luck with that. I personally need a cleanser to cut the oil a bit after a long hard day.

    Use caution with any microfiber cloth on the face. They are more abrasive than they look. Start very gently.
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Hi, looks good but I have a question. What is your skin type? I have oily to combo, sensitive and acne prone. Do you think it would work for me? Thanks.


    I have oily to combo, sensitive and acne prone skin also. Wheat Germ Oil Cleanser is a match made in heaven for our skin type.
    Oooh, you got me very interested now. :D
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    Ok, has anybody heard about this and do you think it would work better than a cleanser to keep my face/pores clean? Thanks.

    http://janeiredale.com/products/magicmitt.html

    http://www.wondercloth.com/content/default.asp



    These are just micrfiber cloths. You can buy the same thing at Walmart for $1.97. Sure, you can use these to clean the face without a cleanser and some people have great luck with that. I personally need a cleanser to cut the oil a bit after a long hard day.

    Use caution with any microfiber cloth on the face. They are more abrasive than they look. Start very gently.
    Thanks, great points. I was more concerned with bacteria, even though they claim that they are bacteria proof or something. :lol:
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Ok, what about one of those skin care recipes with ingredients that you can make from your kitchen. This is one from Laura Dupriest who had a show on PBS on a few years ago. This is her recipe for a nightly facial cleanser.

    1 teaspoon yogurt
    1/2 teaspoon honey

    Mix together in small cup and massage all over face. Rinse and remove with warm water and a washcloth.

    What do you guys thing, does this sound like a good alternative to a facial cleanser? Thanks. :D
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    Ok, what about one of those skin care recipes with ingredients that you can make from your kitchen. This is one from Laura Dupriest who had a show on PBS on a few years ago. This is her recipe for a nightly facial cleanser.

    1 teaspoon yogurt
    1/2 teaspoon honey

    Mix together in small cup and massage all over face. Rinse and remove with warm water and a washcloth.

    What do you guys thing, does this sound like a good alternative to a facial cleanser? Thanks. :D


    I've tried it all...food has never worked as a cleanser for me.
  • LuciteLucite Posts: 19Registered Users
    The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser works well for my sensitive acne prone combo skin however it seems to have gotten mixed reviews on MakeupAlley. I second the rec. of the Aveeno ultra calming.
    Curl type: 3B some 3C in front
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    I was doing more searching on the web and some people recommend fragrance free baby wipes such as:

    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=84822&catid=47480&trx=PLST-0-SEARCH&trxp1=47480&trxp2=84822&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-SEARCH
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i wouldn't use those on sensitive skin - they bug my face and i don't have any problems with my skin.
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

    Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote:
    i wouldn't use those on sensitive skin - they bug my face and i don't have any problems with my skin.
    If you don't mind me asking why not? What in it are bad ingredients? Thanks. :D
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    no bad ingredients - the texture of the cloth.

    i've tried about 5 different ones too.
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

    Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
  • MassCurlsMassCurls Posts: 272Registered Users
    I have seriously sensitive skin (I have KPRF) and have been doing really well with Zia Fresh Cleanser.
  • SheSheSheShe Posts: 40Registered Users
    All I have to say is thanks RedCatWaves for recommending this cleanser! She's correct it is a match made in heaven for oily, acne-prone skin. It took me weeks to convince myself to try this product, so I kind of weened myself off of the black soap to begin using this, and I'm so happy I did. My face looks a whole helluva lot better now that I've started using that cleanser and HA mixed with jojoba oil as a moisturizer. I finally got a compliment on my skin today!!! RedCatWaves, you get 2 thumbs up!!!
    Currently transitioning AGAIN!!! I won't be for long because I'm constantly cutting it!:laughing7:

    Products I can depend on: Elucence MBC and generic PM the Conditioner!
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    SheShe wrote: »
    All I have to say is thanks RedCatWaves for recommending this cleanser! She's correct it is a match made in heaven for oily, acne-prone skin. It took me weeks to convince myself to try this product, so I kind of weened myself off of the black soap to begin using this, and I'm so happy I did. My face looks a whole helluva lot better now that I've started using that cleanser and HA mixed with jojoba oil as a moisturizer. I finally got a compliment on my skin today!!! RedCatWaves, you get 2 thumbs up!!!


    You're very welcome.

    Sooner or later, I'm gonna have you ALL using non-detergent pH-neutral cleansers. I want the whole world to have good skin.
  • 2happy2happy Posts: 5,138Registered Users
    SheShe wrote: »
    All I have to say is thanks RedCatWaves for recommending this cleanser! RedCatWaves, you get 2 thumbs up!!!

    I've followed her recommendations also and she hasn't steered me wrong yet!!
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  • SleighSleigh Posts: 1,226Registered Users
    RCW,

    What do you think of dr. bronner's castile soap?

    Also, when i remember, i got some sort of face wash from ulta's - the PH on it is 7...also contains no sulfates - cant remember the name of it tho! it is blue in color and little/no scent...bottle is smaller, twist top, and the instructions are mostly in french.

    are any facial cleaners acceptable if they are ph of around 7 and no sulfates?
    2c hair. maybe a little porous? my hair likes suave, vo5 and the big tease. going to be trying more lush soon. not sure how i feel about dr bronners.

    letting my hair be natural again after getting it straightened. yeah yeah, im a traitor :pirate:
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sleigh wrote: »
    RCW,

    What do you think of dr. bronner's castile soap?

    Also, when i remember, i got some sort of face wash from ulta's - the PH on it is 7...also contains no sulfates - cant remember the name of it tho! it is blue in color and little/no scent...bottle is smaller, twist top, and the instructions are mostly in french.

    are any facial cleaners acceptable if they are ph of around 7 and no sulfates?


    Dr. Bronners castile soap has a very caustic pH...probably around 12. All soaps do...it's just the nature of the soap-making process. A high pH causes as much skin barrier damage as detergents do. The castile cleansers I have recommended here have had their pH lowered with citric acid, so they are fairly neutral now.

    I stay away from all detergents on my face, not just sulfates.

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