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The 13 Best Soaps for Sensitive Skin and Skin Conditions in 2018

With luxurious lather and nourishing ingredients to bring your skin back to a healthy balance.

Soap for Sensitive SkinDon’t you just hate it when your skin mysteriously breaks out on you? As diligent you are about cleansing away dirt and excess oil, you still notice bumps or rashes appearing all over your skin. The cause might actually be as near to you as the products you’re using in your cleansing routine. It’s no surprise. Synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and preservatives can all wreak havoc on your delicate skin. You’ll need to be extra careful when selecting products that are soothing and compatible with your skin. We’ve rounded up the best soaps for sensitive skin, so you can get about your pamper time worry-free.

Best soaps for sensitive skin

Ylang Ylang Calendula SoapYlang Ylang + Calendula Natural Soap from Schmidt’s
Cruelty-free, vegan
A nutrient-rich soap for a luxuriously soothing wash. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory botanicals that are beneficial to use on your face and body to fight skin conditions. Ylang ylang essential oil provides an anti-aging boost, while calendula soothes irritated skin. Oily skin types will benefit from this soap too. Turmeric is effective at fighting acne and reducing redness. The apricot seed gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. This soap bar has a rounded surface, so it won’t slip from your grip as you cleanse!

Organic Turmeric SoapOrganic Turmeric Soap from Aspen Kay Naturals
Can’t get enough of turmeric? We totally understand, since its potent anti-inflammatory qualities are such a relief for sensitive or inflamed skin. This soap packs a hefty punch of turmeric, with the organic turmeric extract, organic powder, and turmeric essential oil. Turmeric also helps to tone skin, and may also brighten dark spots too. It contains an antioxidant called curcumin that comes with a range of anti-aging benefits to protect skin.

Pure Olive Oil SoapPure Olive Oil Soap from Kiss My Face
Cruelty-free, vegan
This soap features just 3 ingredients, but it’s able to get the job done and enjoys a huge number of positive reviews from happy customers too. A whopping 86% of the soap bar is made up of olive oil. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that absorbs easily into skin, so it’s often friendly for people with eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions. It’s packed with antioxidants that nourish skin. Fans love this soap for its gentle formula that rinses easily to leave skin soothed (and never tight!).

Coconut Butter SoapCoconut Butter Soap from 100% Pure
Cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free
A soap that’s designed to nourish and protect your skin. The large size of this bar is ideal for using on hands and the whole body. Sensitive skin types rejoice, because the soap is made entirely from plant-based ingredients. Virgin coconut oil and olive oil moisturize and soften dry skin. Don’t forget about the anti-aging benefits from rosehip and grapeseed oil. This soap is triple-milled too, so you can enjoy the rich creaminess of this soap bar for the long run.

Black Clay Facial SoapBlack Clay Facial Soap from Osmia
Cruelty-free, vegan
A soap bar so gentle, it’s perfect for using on your face too. Osmia formulated this soap so that it wouldn’t irritate sensitive skin or even skin affected by perioral dermatitis. That’s thanks to the antioxidant-rich olive and jojoba oil that are especially compatible with skin. They moisturize without feeling greasy. The highlight ingredients are the Dead Sea mud and Australian black clay that work to restore skin to a healthy balance.

Pink Clay Soap BarPink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap from Herbivore
Cruelty-free, vegan
Prefer to walk on the pink side instead? The French pink clay in this soap gently purifies skin without drying it out or irritating. The soap contains a dose of vitamin E as well for moisturizing and healing skin. We’re in love with the citrusy floral scent from the rose geranium and blood orange essential oil. It’s medium-sized, so feel free to use it on your face or body for a soothing cleansing experience.

Morning Mojo Bar Soap from Ursa Major
Cruelty-free, gluten-free
If you have trouble waking up and getting about your morning business, this soap’s for you. The refreshing aroma from peppermint and eucalyptus will have you up and going in no time. What’s more, they leave your skin feeling just as fresh and purified. Pumice gently exfoliates while sea fennel hydrates, leaving skin toned and smooth. The willow bark helps to keep acne at bay too!

Parisian Garden Soap Bar from Saje
Cruelty-free, vegan
Sometimes simple is best for sensitive skin, and this soap bar certainly meets those requirements. It contains just 7 ingredients, all naturally derived. French green clay gently cleanses away impurities while leaving skin balanced. Vitamin C-rich lemon leaves skin radiant and refreshed, while lavender soothes skin and calms the mind.

Pure and Simple Organic Soap from Nurture My Body
This handmade soap is so gentle that it’s recommended for babies too. It’s pH-balanced, so it restores skin to a moisturized, toned condition. The oats are especially soothing and work to reinforce delicate skin with nutrients. Aloe hydrates, while cocoa seed butter locks in moisture to leave skin soft and smooth. This body soap is fragrance-free, so it’s perfect if you have a sensitive nose too.

African Black Soap with Shea Butter from Shea Moisture
If you’re struggling with eczema or psoriasis, you might want to try African Black Soap. It’s made out of a base of palm ash, tamarind, and plantain peel that help restore skin to its natural balance. These natural ingredients not only relieve itchiness, but also help to tackle the root of the problem with damaged, imbalanced, or irritated skin.

Tea Tree Charcoal Facial Soap from Meow Meow Tweet
Cruelty-free, vegan
Fighting a load of blemishes, but don’t want to use a body wash or cleanser that will dry your skin out? Try this detox soap bar. Activated charcoal absorbs impurities from your skin, while tea tree fights bacteria to keep acne at bay. Ground oats gently exfoliate to sweep away dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and smooth.

Organic Castile Bar Soap – Rose from Dr. Bronner’s
USDA organic, cruelty-free, vegan
This bar soap is packed with certified organic plant oils to moisture and smooth out dry flaky skin. In addition to skin-compatible jojoba oil, it also contains hemp seed oil that’s high in Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids to calm inflammation. That makes this soap effective at treating conditions like atopic dermatitis, as well as helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Dead Sea Mud Soap from One With Nature
Relax your mind and body with this soothing soap. It’s free of harmful synthetic ingredients, and restores your skin’s pH balance. The Dead Sea mud and salt also work to detox and strengthen skin with beneficial minerals. The addition of cinnamon bark promotes circulation for more toned skin. We’re also a big fan of the argan oil in this formula, as it works wonders in moisturizing without feeling sticky on skin.


Hopefully with these down-to-Earth soap bars, your sensitive skin won’t have such a rough time in the bathtub anymore. As always, consult your doctor first if you’re dealing with a skin or medical condition, and before you start using any new products or regime.

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