I’ve got sensitive, acne prone, rosacea prone, and eczema prone skin that is a real pain to take care of. I envy people like my sisters who can use a bar of soap to wash their face or use alcohol as toner for preventing acne with zero irritation. (which is something I actually witnessed happen, to my horror)
With a complexion like mine, there aren’t a lot of products that don’t cause irritation, but I’ll tell you what – a hydrating sheet mask with a good formula is one of the few items in my skincare collection that makes an actual difference in how my skin looks and feels.
That being said, by no means am I recommending you buy the first sheet mask you find at your local drugstore. Most of them are formulated with less-than-stellar ingredients, especially for those with sensitive skin – essential oils, harsh chemical exfoliants, denatured alcohol, you name it. Using sheet masks like that is a one-way ticket to a damaged skin barrier and sensitized, inflamed skin.
To make the lives of my fellow reactive skin sufferers easier, I’ve put together a list of some of the best sheet masks for sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema and damaged skin barriers. They’re filled with ingredients that will soothe rather than strip, and will help bring some much needed hydration back into your complexion. Let’s get to it!
1. ETUDE HOUSE Soonjung Sheet Mask
I want to preface this product by saying it’s my favorite sheet mask of all time, and also part of my all-time favorite skin care line for sensitive, rosacea prone, eczema prone, and damaged skin.
Etude House’s Soon Jung line is amazing. It was designed for those with damaged skin barriers and sensitized skin, and their products have killer formulations. It’s also super affordable, so I have no qualms recommending it to anyone and everyone.
It’s got some of the only products that will calm down my skin even in the worst of flare-ups, and I use their barrier intensive cream, their moist emulsion, and their relief gel at least once a day. If you’ve got reactive skin and haven’t found products that effectively soothe your skin, I sincerely recommend you try this line of products.
Soon Jung’s sheet masks are no exception. They’re formulated with panthenol, centella asiatica extract, madecassoside, allantoin, and glycerin. They’re one of the few sheet masks I’ve ever been able to find that include a good helping of panthenol, which is surprising considering how fantastic it is. (it’s a compound closely related to vitamin B5, and has exceptional wound healing, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and hydrating abilities – it’s in almost every single product I use, including my sunscreen and BB cream)
As for the overall feel and experience of the sheet mask, the mask is made of 100% bamboo, and is velvet soft to the touch. It comes with way more serum than you need, which is a huge plus in my eyes because I use any left over at the end as an actual serum.
The mask leaves my skin feeling cool, soothed, and has an instant effect on my redness. For this reason, I like to use one right before I do my makeup for special events, or before I go anywhere important without makeup on. It’s the sheet mask I use most frequently, and I’m always stocked up.
2. Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Facial Mask
Another cult favorite skin care line for those with sensitive skin is Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin. Its well-known amongst the skin care community and was designed to help those with damaged skin restore and repair their skin barrier. One of its key ingredients, and what it’s named after, is its proprietary 5-Cera Complex, which is a combination of various ceramides.
Ceramides are lipids that are found in high concentration in the uppermost layers of the skin, and are a key ingredient in restoring skin barrier function. They work by acting as a protective layer that prevents trans-epidermal water loss, and shields the skin from environmental aggressors like the sun, air pollution, wind, and hot or cold temperatures. They’re also a skin-identical ingredient, meaning they are naturally present in the skin, which makes them suitable for all skin types, even those with the most reactive skin.
Dr Jart’s Ceramidin Dermask is formulated with panthenol, ceramide 3, honey extract, glycerin, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, and both sodium hyaluronate and hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid. I don’t like it as much as the Soon Jung Sheet Mask, but that’s just because I have a sensitivity to hyaluronic acid and can’t use a whole lot of products that include it. (I get red as a tomato, which is unfortunate considering how awesome an ingredient is for the vast majority of people)
Overall, it’s a coveted sheet mask that the large majority of people with sensitive skin will love. If you don’t have a sensitivity to hyaluronic acid, I 100% recommend you give it a try.
3. BE PLAIN Cicaful Calming Mask
BE PLAIN is another one of my go-to skin care lines (their chamomile toner is extraordinary, it does wonders for my dehydrated skin), and they’ve got multiple sheet masks that I love, use, and recommend.
My favorite of the bunch is their Cicaful Calming Mask. The mask is made of biodegradable and vegan cellulose (gotta love sustainability), the pH of the mask is a non-stripping 5.5, and it’s got the highest concentration of centella asiatica extract I’ve ever been able to find in a sheet mask.
Centella asiatica, in case you don’t already know, is a perennial herb that has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years, and is widely touted as one of the best ingredients for treating inflammation. It’s rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, phytochemicals, and in multiple studies has been shown to help repair the skin’s protective barrier and mitigate the effects of sun damage.
BE PLAIN’s Cicaful Mask contains a whopping 83% centella asiatica extract – that’s a lot. For reference, many of the other centella asiatica masks that I’ve found contain between 10% to 40%. It’s also formulated with tons of other soothing ingredients like allantoin, propanediol, glycerin, panthenol, and dipotassium glycyrrhizate (or one of the main anti-inflammatory ingredients in the licorice plant, known for its anti-inflammatory properties)
4. BE PLAIN Bamboo Healing Mask
Another one of BE PLAIN’s fan favorite sheet masks is their Bamboo Healing Mask. One of my favorite things about this brand, and something you can notice if you look at all of their products formulations, is how clean their ingredient lists are.
I’m talking zero irritants, no unnecessary additives or fragrances, and a minimal-ish formulation of wound healing, anti-inflammatory ingredients. It genuinely surprises me every time I read their ingredient lists because it makes me wonder why every single product from every single brand can’t be like this.
Their Bamboo Healing Mask’s two key ingredients are hyaluronic acid and bamboo, which has antioxidant and skin soothing properties. The mask contains 82% bamboo water, sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, and caffeine, which is known for its ability to constrict blood vessels and help reduce inflammation/puffiness. The sheet mask itself is made of bamboo cellulose and is 100% biodegradable.
5. BENTON Aloe Soothing Mask
If you’re a fan of aloe vera, look no further. There are tons of sheet masks on the market that contain aloe vera, but BENTON’s Aloe Mask, in my opinion, is the best of them all. It’s affordable, comes with more than enough serum, and has a great formulation that is perfect for those with reactive skin.
The sheet mask contains 48% aloe vera water, aloe vera extract, camellia sinensis leaf water, sodium hyaluronate, cucumber extract, butylene glycol, and beta-glucan. It’s formulated with zero irritants and is safe for all skin types, even those with rosacea, eczema, and the most sensitive skin.
Also, all Benton products are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, and some of their lines are packaged in tree free, 100% sugar cane packaging.
6. FaceTory Chamomile Waffle Sheet Mask
One of my favorite ingredients, both to ingest and put on my skin, is chamomile. I grow my own for tea and am constantly looking for products that include it in their formulations. It’s just one of those ingredients that has consistently given me results in reducing diffuse redness, and I don’t have enough good things to say about it.
On that note, FaceTory’s Dream Garden Chamomile Waffle Sheet Mask is amazing.
It’s the only chamomile sheet mask I’ve ever been able to find, and I love it. The sheet mask is made of soft cotton and is designed with a waffle pattern that holds the serum in place and prevents it from running. It’s infused with 80% chamomile flower water, and includes tons of other soothing ingredients like glycerin, green tea extract, licorice root extract, ginger extract, centella asiatica extract, evening primrose extract, olive oil, and sodium hyaluronate.
I will say, though, that if you’re sensitive to fragrance, you might want to skip this one because it includes some botanical oils that are quite scented. Otherwise, I’d definitely recommend it.
7. TonyMoly I’m Real Calendula Mask Sheet
Another all around superstar ingredient for all skin types, but particularly sensitive skin, is calendula extract. It comes from the common marigold flower, which has been used in folk medicines for centuries, and continues to be used in modern skin care to this day. Some of calendula extract’s best features are its antiseptic, antioxidant, and skin conditioning properties, and its ability to promote wound healing, reduce inflammation and protect against pollutants/photo aging caused by the sun.
If you like calendula extract or interested in trying it out, TONYMOLY’s I’m Real Calendula Mask would be a good choice for you. It’s formulated well, with ingredients like panthenol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, castor oil, collagen, and calendula extract. The mask is made of three layer pulp to help prevent the serum from evaporating, and like all Tony Moly sheet masks, comes dripping in serum with more than enough left over.
8. Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask
Everyone and their momma considers honey to be a miracle ingredient – from hair conditioning treatments, sore throats, burn healing, to DIY face masks. In many people’s eyes it’s a fix-all ingredient, sort of like Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And while it’s not gonna magically take away wrinkles and dark spots or treat cystic acne, it is still a fantastic ingredient to incorporate into your skin care routine.
What makes honey so great, especially for those with sensitive skin, are its antioxidant, antimicrobial and skin soothing properties. Also, its ability to prevent the formation of biofilms on the surface of the skin when its healing from damage makes it useful in wound healing.
A good sheet mask that is formulated with honey is Papa Recipe’s Bombee Honey Mask. Some of its best ingredients include licorice root extract, panthenol, ginger extract, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, green tea extract, propolis extract, and of course, honey extract.
9. NEOGEN DERMALOGY Probiotics Relief Mask
Don’t even get me started on Neogen Dermalogy’s Probiotics Relief Mask.
It’s another favorite sheet mask of mine, and one I find I recommend almost more than any other. It’s an all-around awesome mask with tons of sensitive-skin-friendly ingredients like honey extract, squalane, cholesterol, peptides, jojoba oil, ceramides, panthenol, niacinamide, and glycerin. Its star ingredient though, and the one that makes it stand out from any other mask I’ve tried, is probiotics. It contains three different types of probiotics – Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, and Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate.
Probiotics are an incredible ingredient for those with sensitive skin, and I incorporate them in my skincare routine as often as I can. Research shows that when they’re applied to the skin, they help reactive skin become less sensitive to environmental aggressors via strengthening its microbiome. They’ve also got potent soothing effects, which certainly doesn’t hurt. 10/10 would recommend again and again.
Those are all of my favorite sheet masks for sensitive skin, rosacea and eczema. I’m sure there are some that I haven’t tried yet, so if you love one that I didn’t mention, feel free to let me know about it in the comments below!
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