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Updated on October 29, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both face cleansers. They have a total of 6 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin and brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, silicones or sulfates

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
Aveeno Calm + Restore  Nourishing Oat Cleanser For Sensitive Skin US

Ingredient Info

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At a glance

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Benefits

Concerns

Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine Cleansing
May worsen Eczema Icon
May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a fatty acid created by mixing similar compounds in coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. Dimethylaminopropylamine is a diamine, an amine with two amino groups.

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Decyl Glucoside Cleansing, Emulsion Stabilising

Decyl Glucoside is a glucose-based surfactant. Surfactants help clean the skin by trapping oil, sebum, and dirt to be washed away.

Ppg-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Ppg-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide.

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Peg-16 Soy Sterol Emulsifying
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Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Peg-16 Soy Sterol isn't fungal acne safe.

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Polysorbate 20 Emulsifying
0 / 0 Not safe for Fungal Acne Icon
Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Polysorbate 20 is made by combining ethoxylation of sorbitan, ethylene oxide, and lauric acid. It is a mild cleansing agent, surfactant, and emulsifier.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate Cleansing, Foaming

We don't have a description for Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate.

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Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Sodium Citrate Buffering, Masking

Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Sodium Coco Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Cleansing

We don't have a description for Sodium Coco Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate.

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Tetrasodium EDTA

Tetrasodium EDTA is the salt formed from neutralizing ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid with sodium hydroxide. It is a chelating agent and used to prevent metal ions from binding to other ingredients. This helps keep the product and ingredients stable.

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Methylparaben Preservative
0 / 0 Preservative IconParaben IconNon-Reef-Safe IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon ParabenParaben Icon 2 Concerns

Methylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and other harmful bacteria. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in both cosmetics and food.

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Xanthan Gum Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

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Propylparaben Preservative
0 / 0 Preservative IconParaben IconCan worsen Dry Skin IconNon-Reef-Safe Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon ParabenParaben Icon 2 Concerns

Propylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben with antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

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Ethylparaben Preservative
Preservative IconParaben IconNon-Reef-Safe Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon ParabenParaben Icon Non-Reef-SafeNon-Reef-Safe Icon

Ethylparaben is a preservative, is a paraben, and is not reef safe.

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Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract.

Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids Cleansing

We don't have a description for Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids.

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Sarcosine Skin Conditioning

Sarcosine is a skin conditioning ingredient. It is a synthetic amino acid.

Potassium Aspartate Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Potassium Aspartate.

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Magnesium Aspartate Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Magnesium Aspartate.

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Citric Acid Buffering, Masking
AHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AHAAHA Icon 4 Benefits 2 Concerns

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

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Sodium Hydroxide Buffering

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

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Avena Sativa Kernel Flour Abrasive, Absorbent
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Oatmeal flour is created by grinding down the kernels of oats. Oatmeal helps sooth, hydrate, and protect the skin.

Polysorbate 20 Emulsifying
0 / 0 Not safe for Fungal Acne Icon
Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Polysorbate 20 is made by combining ethoxylation of sorbitan, ethylene oxide, and lauric acid. It is a mild cleansing agent, surfactant, and emulsifier.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Poloxamer 188 Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Poloxamer 188.

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Zea Mays Starch Abrasive, Absorbent, Skin Protecting
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ExfoliantExfoliant Icon

Zea Mays Starch is starch made from corn. You might know this as cornstarch . It is used to thicken a product. It can replace talc as an absorbent.

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Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Emulsion Stabilising

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a synthetic polymer. It is used to thicken and improve the texture of products.

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Caprylyl Glycol Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Disodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

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Ethylhexylglycerin Skin Conditioning

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

Sodium Polyacrylate Absorbent, Emollient, Emulsion Stabilising

Sodium Polyacrylate is the sodium salt of polyacrylic acid.

Sodium Hydroxide Buffering

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning
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AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon

Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice is an antioxidant.

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Sodium Hyaluronate Humectant, Skin Conditioning
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Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Skin Conditioning, Solvent
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Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Emulsifying
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Polysorbate 20 is made by combining ethoxylation of sorbitan, ethylene oxide, and lauric acid. It is a mild cleansing agent, surfactant, and emulsifier.

As a surfactant, it helps collect dirt and oils for washing. Emulsifiers prevent oils and water from separating.

Polysorbate 20 also adds scent to a product. Since it is made using sorbitol, it has a sweet scent. Sorbitol can also be found in fruits such as apples and peaches.

The lauric acid used to create Polysorbate 20 is often derived from coconuts.

Polysorbate 20 may not be fungal acne safe.

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Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Buffering
Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
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6
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Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
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When to use

13 Routines
62% use in am
38% use in pm
100% use every day
513 Routines
44% use in am
56% use in pm
96% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser For Sensitive Skin 24 ingredients

3.5 /5
from 2 ratings
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Formal_Property

3 years ago · Dry Skin
Review

Basic cleanser
I use this cleanser in my morning routine. It does the job without leaving my skin feeling tight. It’s a good basic cleanser but I...

Basic cleanser
I use this cleanser in my morning routine. It does the job without leaving my skin feeling tight. It’s a good basic cleanser but I don’t notice any specific benefit. Would repurchase if nothing else catches my eye.

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bsabrina

1 year ago · Sensitive Skin
Review

just okay
the pump foams the cleanser as it comes out, so i feel like I have to use a lot of product. it kinda dissolves on the face. does remove...

just okay
the pump foams the cleanser as it comes out, so i feel like I have to use a lot of product. it kinda dissolves on the face. does remove makeup well and is non-irritating. very inexpensive product. better for those with no skin concerns

Aveeno Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser For Sensitive Skin 16 ingredients

3.9 /5
from 14 ratings
Light (2) Hydrating (2) Works Well (2)
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sylvia_933

1 year ago · Unsure Skin
Review

Good for sensitive and dry skin
My skin is sensitive and I recently tried this out- doesnt emulsify, but moisturizes and cleanses my skin, haven’t...

Good for sensitive and dry skin
My skin is sensitive and I recently tried this out- doesnt emulsify, but moisturizes and cleanses my skin, haven’t tried it for makeup removal as I usually use it as my second cleanser

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caabbage

12 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

Thought Aveeno was for sensitive skin
I looked through so many products. This has few ingredients and apparently shouldn’t cause issues! Well…...

Thought Aveeno was for sensitive skin
I looked through so many products. This has few ingredients and apparently shouldn’t cause issues! Well… used it for one night and gave me the squeaky clean/tight feeling!! Won’t be using again.