The 9 Best Eye Creams for Sensitive Skin, According to Experts

Kiss irritation goodbye.

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Everyone has a little extra sensitivity around the eye area, making a vanity full of eye creams for dark circles, creams for puffiness, and even emergency salves for painful rashes an underrated beauty necessity. Once one of the best eye creams for sensitive skin works its way into your beauty routine along with them, reduced under-eye bags and fewer dark circles usually follow.

But having sensitive skin means paying especially close attention to labels on all of your skincare products, taking care to find formulas that will soothe and hydrate while avoiding ingredients likely to cause acne, dryness, or irritation.

"The skin around the eyes is especially sensitive even in someone with normal skin, so anyone with sensitive skin should be extremely careful with any product used near the eyes," dermatologist Dr. Stacey Tull, M.D. tells Marie Claire. "Because the skin is thinner, irritating ingredients can penetrate more easily and cause harmful skin reactions that could even affect the eyes."

To find the best eye creams for sensitive skin—and for those who would rather play it safe—Dr. Tull breaks down exactly what to look for ahead. Plus, she shares nine expert- and reviewer-backed picks to rejuvenate your under-eye area. Each eye cream was chosen based on its ingredients, results, and reviews from skincare enthusiasts.

What to Look for

Eye creams incorporate various ingredients that promise to lift, brighten, and soothe the under-eye area. For sensitive skin, Dr. Tull recommends formulas that are heavy on hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides.

On the other hand, she cautions to avoid irritating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, and retinol. Excessive perfumes, dyes, and preservatives can also have allergenic effects.

Before committing to a product, Dr. Tull suggests testing for potential sensitivity by applying a small amount of cream to the thin skin behind your ears. Like the under eye area, this patch of skin also delicate, making it well-equipped for trying new products before incorporating them into your routine.

The Best Eye Creams for Sensitive Skin

Meet the Expert

Dr. Stacy Tull, MD
Dr. Stacey Tull MD

Dr. Stacey Tull is a dermatologist specializing in dermatologic surgery at St. Charles County Dermatologic Surgery. She is currently based in Missouri.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, fashion, culture, and politics both at Marie Claire and for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.