Is La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser The Best Cleanser For Sensitive Skin?

by Gio
la roche posay toleriane dermo cleanser review

Is your skin so sensitive, every cleanser you’ve tried stings like crazy?

I hear ya. The cleansing process is always traumatic for skin. You risk raising its pH, breaking down its protective barrier, stripping away its natural oil… It’s a minefield.

But it’s not like you can skip cleansing. Ugh. So what’s a girl to do, use only water? That may do in the morning, but it ain’t gonna take your makeup off…

Enter La Roche Posay Toleriane Demo-Cleanser. When you’ve tried everything, this baby comes to the rescue and takes everything off without the sting. Here’s what makes it the gentlest cleanser for sensitive skin:

Key Ingredients In La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

The real reason why La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser is so gentle? It has NO cleansing agents.

Wait, what?! How can it cleanse skin if it has no cleansing agents?!

Ethylhexyl Palmitate. It’s a substitute for mineral oil and works in pretty much the same way. It acts like a solvent that dissolves the oils and impurities on your skin so they can they easily be wiped off your face.

Plus, it’s so moisturizing, it makes even the driest of skin types softer and smoother. No way this is gonna strip your skin. It moisturises as it cleanses.

FYI, don’t let its origin scare you. Mineral oil undergoes a strict purifying process to remove all toxins. At the end of this process, it has no resemblance to oil anymore. It’s super safe even for sensitive skin and non-toxic.

Related: 5 Myths About Mineral Oil You Need To Stop Believing Right Now


Glycerin is a humectant. That’s a fancy way of calling ingredients that attract moisture from the air into the skin.

As your skin goes through the cleansing process, glycerin draws enough extra water to it to keep its moisture levels high. Once you’re done with it, your skin’s so soft and smooth. Like you’ve just moisturised instead of cleansed.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?!

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser has a creamy, milky texture that leaves a moisturizing residue behind – unless you wipe off the cleanser with a cotton pad or washcloth. That’s what I do.

It does a great job at removing dirt, impurities and most makeup from skin. I say “most” because it all depends on how much makeup you’re wearing.

I know the Kardashian look is very popular today. Personally, I’m not a fan of covering your skin under that many layers of long-lasting, waterproof makeup every single day.

But if that’s your cup of tea, cool. Just don’t expect this to take it all off. I recommend you use an oil-based cleanser for that and keep this as a morning cleanser.

If you’re more of the minimalistic type, La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser doubles up as makeup remover. I favour sheer foundations and non-waterproof mascaras that subtly enhance my natural look and this cleanser takes them all off effortlessly.

It’s also super gentle and does not irritate skin. If you feel like that tight, post-cleansing feeling is totally normal, give this one a go. Not only you don’t get that, but your skin feels so soft afterwards!

Available at: $23.99/£12.50 at Dermstore, Escentual, Feel Unique and Walgreens


Have you tried La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Capryl Glycol/Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin.



Andrew James (The Skincare Saviour) June 11, 2019 - 11:35 pm

I love the Toleriane range it’s so amazing I always recommend it to people with reactive skin.

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Sky September 16, 2019 - 6:43 pm

Hello, thanks for the info about this cleanser. I already use a mineral oil based cleanser, which the brand recommends following with a water based cleanser to remove residue. Is the LRP Dermo-cleanser a water based cleanser or is it basically another oil cleanser?

Gio October 5, 2019 - 5:13 pm

Sky, most cleansers are both oil and water based. Find one that removes everything and stick to that. No need to double cleanse.

Sanna Koskinen November 15, 2019 - 7:19 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought ethylhexyl palmitate is derived from palm oil, not mineral oil?

Gio December 20, 2019 - 6:40 am

Sanna, you’re right. It’s derived from palmitic acid, which can be found in palm oil.

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