Is soap safe to use on very sensitive skin?

  • Certain types of soap are better to use than others.
  • Opt for fragrance-free and paraben-free formulas.
  • Look for products with limited ingredients to keep the number of potential irritants your skin comes into contact with as low as possible.
Is soap safe to use on very sensitive skin?

The simple answer to this question is ‘yes’ but the trick is to know which soap and what type of soap. With sensitive skin, its all about the ingredients. Nowadays when referring to soap, we also include body washes of all kinds: gels and oils and any cleansing formula. So, which is right for sensitive skin?


“Choose hypoallergenic, soap-free products which contain no added fragrances or colourings and are PH balanced” says Andrea Patel, Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner. ( This will help to reduce the likelihood of developing a reaction or irritation to the product.

Less is more

Remember to check the ingredients on your chosen products. The old proverb that less is more really is the key. The simpler the formula, the less likely it is to contain something that will disagree with your sensitive skin. La Roche Posay’s cleansers have all been devised for sensitive skin with fragrance-free and paraben-free formulas.

Lipikar Soap Bar

Cleansing the skin gently, this lipid-enriched cleansing bar is the closest thing you’ll find to soap in La Roche Posay’s range. Respecting the natural protective film of the skin, it helps restore its barrier and relieves any feelings of tight, itchy skin, restoring lipids to make the skin supple and comfortable again.

And for the shower?

Ideal for all skin types, even children’s, the Lipikar Cleansing Oil replenishes lipids and soothes delicate skin, protecting it against the drying effects of hard water. Its intensely moisturising niacinamide and shea butter formula helps restore the hydro-lipidic film to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.

Another option is Lipikar Syndet AP+ soap-free cream-wash for dry skin. A small amount goes a long way. Suitable for the whole family and in particular dry, atopic skin, its glycerin, niacinamide and shea butter formula moisturises and restores the hydro-lipidic film relieving any tightness or itching, providing 24-hour hydration.

How about a facial cleanser?

Approved Allergy UK, the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser is suitable for all skin types and works for eyes and face. A dual-action cleanser, it effectively removes makeup and cleanses the skin. Its minimalist, gentle formula doesn’t need to be rinsed off, making it practical and easy too!

What about eye makeup remover?

Finding the right makeup remover for sensitive skin is tricky, especially since the eye contour is often the most sensitive area. Toleriane Monodose Eye Make-up Remover is gentle, but effective in cleansing the eyes and face. Packaged in individual doses, these ultra-hygienic single-use bottles are formulated for sensitive eyes and are suitable for contact lens wearers, and even for those with eyelid eczema.