This lotion-like cleanser has a lot going for it, including several gentle ingredients and an attractive price. Unfortunately, it’s a poor choice for sensitive skin (in fact, for all skin types) because it contains menthol. The tingle from menthol may feel refreshing, but it’s your skin telling you it is being irritated, and that’s always a problem (see More Info for details). This cleanser also contains fragrance, which is a no-no for sensitive skin, although all skin types will do better using fragrance-free products. Cleansers shouldn’t make your skin feel dry or tight, and the formulary missteps in this case make it a real problem for sensitive skin.
- Lotion-like cleanser contains some gentle ingredients.
- Won’t leave skin feeling dry or tight.
- Contains the potent skin irritant menthol.
- Contains fragrance, which is a no-no for sensitive skin.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)