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The Best Moisturisers for Sensitive Skin – Whether You’re Dry, Oily, Acne-Prone or Ageing

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Affecting 60% of Australian women, sensitive skin is a common concern that can make choosing skincare difficult. At La Roche-Posay, we’re often asked to recommend our best moisturiser for sensitive skin. Our response? There is no one-size-fits-all solution, as sensitive skin can differ from person to person.


Truly sensitive skin (as opposed to sensitised skin) is something you’re born with. Often presenting alongside other symptoms such as dryness, acne or even skin allergies, sensitive skin can differ greatly in severity, from mild, occasional reactions to chronic redness and discomfort. Increased sensitivity can also be triggered by various external factors.So, if you’re looking for the best moisturiser for sensitive skin but are not quite sure where to start, start here. This go-to guide navigates skincare for sensitive skin, whether it’s oily, dry, acne-prone or showing first signs of ageing.

What Is Sensitive Skin And What Causes Sensitivity?

Characterised by symptoms that may include redness, flushing, blemishes, tightness, itching or burning sensations, sensitive skin largely comes down to genetics. Some intrinsic factors that might cause increased sensitivity include a thinner epidermis, low skin pigments, or blood vessels nearer the skin’s surface.

Certain triggers can also lead to increased sensitivity. These differ between individuals, but can include: sun exposure, pollen and pollution; cold weather; hot water; alcohol, smoking, caffeine and spicy foods; aggressive exfoliation and active ingredients; acne medications; stress and hormones; dry or dehydrated skin.

Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin That’s Dry

Dryness and sensitivity often go hand in hand, as sensitive skin’s impaired barrier function causes increased water loss. It’s a double-edged sword as dry, dehydrated skin leads to increased sensitivity – and so the cycle continues.

The best moisturiser option for sensitive skin that is also lipid dry will start by replacing lost moisture. It will also contain skin caring ingredients, while avoiding potential irritants.

La Roche-Posay’s range for ultra-sensitive skin, Toleriane caters for dry to oily-prone sensitive skin. With its rich, replenishing texture, Toleriane Ultra Sensitive Moisturiser is the pick for sensitive and dry to very dry skin.

Formulated with skin soothing Neurosensine™ and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, it provides immediate moisturisation for sensitive skin. With glycerin to attract and retain moisture, the intensely hydrating formulation contains minimal ingredients for maximum sensitive skin tolerance. Free from preservativess, parabenss, fragrance and alcohol, Toleriane Ultra Sensitive Moisturiser lastingly hydrates sensitive skin.

Alternatively, Toleriane Sensitive and Sensitive Riche Prebiotic Moisturisers help moisturise and protect normal-to-dry skin prone to dryness and redness. Dermatologist-tested, fragrance- and alcohol-free, Toleriane Sensitive boasts ceramides and prebiotic La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to help replenish the skin’s barrier and support a healthy microbiome

Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin That’s Oily Or Acne-Prone

Oily and acne-prone skin can be sensitive, too. This may be particularly relevant for those on prescription acne medication. It’s also important to remember oily and acne-prone skin still needs moisturising. Allowing the skin to ‘dry out’ will have an unwanted rebound affect, causing the skin to produce excess oil.

Sensitive, acne-prone skin: Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser is La Roche-Posay’s anti-blemish moisturiser that targets pimples while hydrating the skin. With zinc to help balance sebum, niacinamide to care and LHA and salicylic acid to unclog pores, it visibly reduces red marks and imperfections in as little as 12 hours.

Sensitive, oily skin: Effaclar Mat is an oil-free, dual-action formula that visibly mattifies skin and visibly refines pores. Oil-regulating active Sebulyse targets excess sebum, while LHA micro-exfoliates helps to refine skin texture and visibly tighten pores.

Sensitive skin weakened by prescription acne medications: there’s Effaclar H. This caring formula replenishes moisture for skin impacted by overly-drying acne treatments. New generation lipids help replenish the skin’s protective barrier, as niacinamide targets redness, and shea butter and glycerin nourish and restore softness and moisture.

Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin Concerned With Ageing

Sensitive skin can show visible signs of ageing earlier. If you want to manage the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, an anti-ageing sensitive skincare regime is required.

Known for its many skin benefits, Vitamin C is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient. Formulated with 10% pure Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, Redermic C10 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser helps to visibly plump and hydrate skin. After a week of application, skin looks firmer and more even, with a visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.

Another effective moisturiser for sensitive skin concerned with ageing is Hyalu B5. Targeting wrinkles, loss of volume and elasticity, it contains two kinds of the ‘moisture molecule’, hyaluronic acid. High molecular weight HA helps hold in surface moisture and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, low molecular weight HA penetrates the skin for a deeper re-plumping action.

For more information on improving the life of your sensitive skin, visit the La Roche-Posay website.

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