For sensitive skin, dermatologists recommend hypoallergenic makeup brands

It can be not easy to find the right hypoallergenic makeup for sensitive skin. It can be not easy to find the best hypoallergenic makeup for sensitive skin. Every attempt at a new trend in makeup is another chance to bring a contact Dermatitis rash to our lives, even if we are using hypoallergenic makeup.

This is because the FDA doesn’t regulate hypoallergenic. The agency states that there are no federal standards and definitions that regulate the use of the term hypoallergenic. The term can be used on any cosmetic product, regardless of FDA approval.

Everyone’s skin is unique! It is possible to be sensitive to almost any ingredient in skin-care and makeup products. Therefore, it is normal to have some experience with new products, especially if you have sensitive skin.

It can be tempting to try to hide a rash or breakout from an experiment. This will only make things worse. We spoke to dermatologists to learn which brands of makeup they recommend for patients suffering from skin irritation.


Mineral makeup is a great option for sensitive skin and those with more severe acne. Joel Schlessinger M.D. is a Nebraska-based dermatologist who tells SELF that mineral makeup acts as a natural barrier to environmental factors. Mineral makeup doesn’t clog pores and is great for people who have acne.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale is a favorite mineral makeup artist. Dr. Schlessinger states that non-mineral makeups can contain a variety of chemicals with dyes, preservatives, harsh chemicals, and fragrances. These ingredients can cause irritation for many people.

Burt’s Bees

Michele Green, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, told SELF that Burt’s Bees is a drugstore brand of makeup that is great for sensitive skin. It is formulated without parabens or sulfates.

Dr. Schlessinger explained that parabens (a type preservative chemical) as well as sulfur (cleansing agents that make it easier for skin to remove things) “can prove to be too harsh for some, drying skin and hair and contributing towards rashes and blemishes.”

Physician’s Formula

Physician’s Formula is a trusted drugstore makeup brand that sensitive skin shoppers can trust, Sejal Shah M.D., a New York City dermatologist, tells SELF. They are free of parabens and noncomedogenic so they are less likely to cause skin irritations for people with sensitive skin.

Giorgio Armani Beauty

“Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation, is incredible,” Lily Talakoub M.D., dermatologist at McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center told SELF. Lightweight makeup from the brand won’t irritate or clog pores, so she recommends it often to patients with sensitive skin.

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