December 3, 2021

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9 Best Body Washes for Sensitive Skin of 2021

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Body wash may seem like a simple purchase, but it’s more important for folks with sensitive skin than it seems. The wrong formula can leave you with itchy, scaly, irritated skin.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab constantly tests the best body care, including body wash, body scrubs and nourishing moisturizers for sensitive skin, so our pros know which products fit the bill for sensitive skin. When choosing a body wash for sensitive skin, they recommend skipping added fragrance and avoiding any mention of “antibacterial.” Instead, look for skin-soothing and hydrating ingredients like dimethicone, glycerin and petroleum, and remember that when it comes to sensitive skin, generally, the fewer ingredients the better.

Below, find the best body washes for sensitive skin, including products tested in the Beauty Lab, editor favorites and rave online reviews (all fragrance-free!).

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Best Overall Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Skin Calming Body Wash

As calming as it is cleansing, this great value body wash is one of Beauty Director April Franzino’s favorites. “A body wash based on nourishing plant oils like soybean and castor seed rather than soap, which can dehydrate and irritate skin, this formula is also free of fragrance and cleanses well yet doesn’t leave skin feeling dry, tight, and itchy,” she says. 

  • Nourishes skin
  • Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight
  • Budget-friendly

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Best Soothing Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Ultra Gentle Body Wash

Made with sensitive and dry skin in mind, this gentle body wash makes skin feel hydrated post-shower. It’s also packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like aloe vera and glycerin to moisturize and soothe.

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Best Dermatologist-Tested Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Gentle Body Wash

Vanicream
amazon.com

$12.99

When Beauty Lab chemist Sabina Wizemann’s skin started getting itchy from her usual body wash, she turned to this dermatologist-tested wash formulated specifically for sensitive skin. “It leaves my skin smooth and soft and, most importantly, comfortable,” Wizemann says. “I appreciate it as a down-to-earth body wash, with no bells and whistles; it is packed with glycerin and uses mild coco-glucoside surfactant.”

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Best Moisturizing Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Hydrating Body Wash

Filled with ceramides and the skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, this body wash works to hydrate skin while it cleans. “I bought this because my eczema has been flaring up,” one reviewer says. “This one is … very thick, so it’s easy to use without much waste at all, it has no scent to aggravate my sensitive skin and the moisturizers really work.”

5

Best Body Wash for Sensitive Skin and Acne

The Body Wash

Nécessaire
sephora.com

$25.00

The star ingredient in this body wash is niacinamide, which brightens and clarifies skin and strengthens the skin barrier. “Feels like I’ve stepped into a spa every time I use this in the shower,” one reviewer says. “It smells so good and immediately relaxes my mind, feels so luxurious to wash with.” While the fragrance-free option is best for sensitive skin, this wash also comes in eucalyptus and sandalwood scents.

  • Made with skin-brightening niacinamide
  • Luxurious scent, though fragrance-free

6

Best Face and Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash

La Roche-Posay
dermstore.com

$14.99

Blended with shea butter and thermal water, this body wash is gentler enough to use on both your body and your face. “I love it because it actually makes my skin stay hydrated all night,” one reviewer says. 

  • Multi-purpose
  • Moisturizing

7

Best Body Wash for Sensitive, Eczema-Prone Skin

Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash

Skinfix
sephora.com

$24.00

If your sensitive skin is also eczema-prone, this body wash is formulated specifically with eczema in mind. “For the first time in years I am not covered in hives after a shower or bath,” one reviewer says. “The smell isn’t amazing, but scented products usually cause my skin irritation. It doesn’t lather a lot, but you also don’t need a lot.”

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Best Hypoallergenic Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Essence Skin-Saving Superwash Hair and Body Milk Shampoo

VMV Hypoallergenics
dermstore.com

$32.00

VMV Hypoallergenics is a skincare line that has been tested for allergies to ensure it works for even the most sensitive skin. “Light and smooth,” one reviewer says. “Very gentle.” Bonus: it also works as a shampoo, so it’s great for sensitive scalps.

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Multi-purpose

9

Best Natural Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

EveryDay Shea Body Wash

Alaffia
amazon.com

$20.13

A winner in this year’s Good Housekeeping Beauty Awards, Alaffia’s body was is formulated with six simple and gentle ingredients, like shea butter and coconut. Testers marveled that their skin didn’t feel tight after showering. 

  • Gentle
  • Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight

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