If you have sensitive skin, getting a face wash that really does the job can feel a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s time-consuming and, at times, hopeless because you need to find the right balance between cleansing your skin thoroughly without causing angry flare-ups.

When our skin is sensitive, products that contain strong chemicals and acids can disrupt the skin barrier, causing irritation, inflammation and loss of hydration. That’s why gentle, soap-free cleansers and facial washes are your skin saviours – so here’s our edit of the best in the biz.

Superdrug Superdrug Calm Skin Soothing Facial Wash 150ml £2.99 Buy Now

This soothing facial cleanser helps to calm and soothe your skin while deeply cleansing to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities. It refreshes and purifies, helping to improve the condition and texture of your skin.

La Roche-Posay La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel 200ml £11.99 Buy Now

If your skin is both sensitive and oily, this is the cleanser for you. It gently cleanses and helps to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, leaving skin feeling squeaky clean. If you don’t know about the La Roche-Posay range, check it out – it’s specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

Cetaphil Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 473ml £9.95 Buy Now

This offering from Cetaphil will remove dirt and impurities without stripping skin of natural lipids, leaving it soft, smooth and healthy. The formula is fragrance free and matches the pH value of skin, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.

Burt's Bees Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser 170g £11.49 Buy Now

A soap-free cleanser that removes dirt, oil and makeup, while moisturising sensitive skin. The formula is made with 99% natural ingredients and contains rice and cotton extract, as well as soothing aloe, for gentle and skin-friendly everyday use.