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    Mar 24, 2020

    24 Redness-Reducing Products That Actually Work

    These products won't leave you on red.

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    1. A combination Aveeno foam cleanser + makeup remover made with chamomile to soothe your skin. If you have a skin condition like eczema, you want to avoid overwashing and harsh cleansers. Thankfully this saves you from having to wash twice (first with a makeup remover and then with a cleanser) *and* it's super gentle.

    Ulta

    Promising review: "I get redness somewhat like rosacea on my cheeks for years of my life and this product has definitely accomplished a big positive difference. My skin color is also more balanced and clear. Nothing ever worked. It is a very soft foamy gentle cleanser, not very soapy." —My_Beauty_Charm

    Get it from Ulta for $10.99.

    2. Or a gentle cleanser if your sensitive skin flares up when you even read the words parabens and fragrance. Don't worry, this is free of both of those ingredients as well as dyes, lanolin, formaldehyde, gluten, and sulfates.

    Dermstore

    Promising review: "Very mild. It doesn't make my face flake, itch, or turn red. I have very sensitive skin. I will order this again. I have also recommended it to a friend who has children with very sensitive skin." —Dermstore Reviewer

    Get it from Dermstore for $9.22.

    3. A La Roche-Posay gel acne cleanser so you can tell those painful, red, swollen pimples to take a hike. It's formulated with salicylic acid so it's tough on breakouts, yet it's gentle enough for morning and night use.

    @larocheposay_us / Via instagram.com

    Get it from Ulta for $14.99.

    4. A brightening cream with azelaic acid, an ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties that'll help treat swelling and redness.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I use this once a week at night and it really helps reduce redness and smooth out my skin tone. It's a good size so it lasts a long time!" —alemer

    Get it from Sephora for $7.90.

    5. A face and body cream for handling all your skin issues — redness, dryness, itchiness, you name it — fast. It's made with a collection of calming ingredients like manuka honey, aloe vera, shea butter, and coconut oil.

    Honeyskin

    Promising review: "SERIOUSLY in love with this product! I have lupus, which comes with butterfly rash, redness, and inflammation on my face. I purchased this to see if it would calm my skin down and I didn't I have any redness or any type of irritation on my face. My skin is extremely sensitive especially when it comes to moisturizers but trying this was a game changer. Going to continue to purchase this amazing product!" —Customer

    Get it from Honeyskin for $14.97.

    6. An organic lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers to hydrate parched skin. ALSO! Dry hands or feet? OKAY! Because this works wonders on your body, too.

    @weleda_usa / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I’ve tried many moisturizers around the colder seasons. My face dries out and gets flakey especially around the nose. I’ve been using this cream every night and each morning, my face is soft! No more dry patches. Not harsh on my sensitive eczema-prone skin either nor did I break out! Finally found my holy grail moisturizer. Can’t wait to try more Weleda products!" —Mariah

    Get it from Weleda for $18.99.

    7. A healing cream to treat the root cause of your skin's redness. Plus, it's formulated to strengthen your skin's natural damage-fighting abilities while simultaneously hydrating it. Now that's a win-win-win!

    Dermstore

    Promising review: "My rosacea went crazy after the holidays and I was suffering with VERY bright red, VERY reactive skin. I decided to change my entire regime focusing strictly on my rosacea. This is one of the items I purchased and am glad I did. My skin is no longer reactive, red, bumpy, or breaking out. It has calmed my skin, where now I look in the mirror and can actually smile. I was becoming very embarrassed and self conscious letting anyone see me. I did have to go through a tough couple of weeks while my skin got used to the product, but the difference is amazing. My jar has never separated like some say. It is slightly heavy, but it does absorb nicely, and I have absolutely no issues wearing it under makeup, or alone with only a swipe of SPF. The smell can be slightly off putting, but has not affected my skin at all." —Dermstore Reviewer

    Get it from Dermstore for $88.

    8. A refreshing face mist if your skin needs a midday pick-me-up. It's made with green tea extract, which calms the skin and reduces inflammation.

    Lumin

    Get it from Lumin for $12.

    9. A brightening facial scrub so your skin is ✨glowing✨ instead of tired and red. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    @acurebeauty / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I have very oily and sensitive skin. Over the years with acne and stuff, I've always found it very hard to find a good face wash that worked well with my skin, but this one is amazing!! Definitely buy!" —linz

    Get it from Ulta for $9.99.

    10. An ice roller that'll perk up your skin, make your redness vanish, and help de-puff your perpetually puffy eye bags.

    Sephora

    Store it in the freezer until you're ready to use it. When that time comes, swipe it over your face for cooling facial. Reviewers say it also helps with migraines and sinus headaches,

    Promising review: "I use the roller at night, right before I lather up my products. This has reduced the puffiness and inflammation making my skin feel calm as well." —stefywefy

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    11. An alcohol-free Thayers toning mist for busy bees who need their skincare to work just as hard as they do. It's anti-inflammatory, meaning you may be able to kiss your redness goodbye. Plus, it's an astringent meaning it helps tighten your pores and dries up excess oils.

    @thayersnatural / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "This product comes in a spray bottle for easy use! I love this facial mist not only for the refreshing component but also for the toner. Thayers Facial Mist keeps my complexion bright and blemish free; as well as keeps my pores super clean. I am more than happy with this facial mist and personally use it throughout the day. Its great for a quick pick-me-up! I recommend Thayers Natural Remedies Facial Mist!!! A great value for an effective toner/facial mist." —sargentd546

    Get it from Ulta for $10.95 (available in four scents).

    12. A Skyn Iceland cooling lotion, because it helps de-stress your oily, congested, redness-prone skin with its calming blend of white willow bark (contains salicin, which is where salicylic acid comes from), omega fatty acids (preserves skin's moisture barrier), mint (reduce redness), jojoba (soothes and moisturizes), and Icelandic kelp (fights inflammation) among others.

    @skyniceland / Via instagram.com

    Read our full review of Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Lotion for more deets (#1)!

    Promising review: "Incredibly refreshing and my skin looks improved after only one use. I love the sensation; my face feels cool, clean, and refreshed. During a busy week, this product is wonderful to use. So glad I found this!" —Knoxvillereview

    Get it from Ulta for $46.

    13. A K-beauty rosewater toner to get your full-face flush under control. It contains lactic acid, which gently exfoliates and softens your skin while keeping it moisturized.

    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "I use this every night and every morning and I cannot recommend this product enough. Three drops is enough to cover your entire face and it smells so divine. I love smelling the roses while I apply it to my face. I truly think this product has improved my skin and reduced my redness." —Kristen

    Get it from Soko Glam for $23

    14. A Mario Badescu powder if breakouts have made your skin red and angry. Just sprinkle this sulfur-based powder on affected areas and it'll sop up excess oil and help reduce redness while healing your breakouts.

    Ulta

    Reviewers use it as a last step in their skincare routine or as a "setting powder" to lock in their makeup and prevent grease and oil.

    Promising review: "I tried this product because some of the ingredients were recommended as treatment for seborrheic dermatitis, and here they were in combination! If I did not use it, I am sure it would come back. But the itchiness and redness all around my nose, nasio labial folds, and under where my eye glasses lay is nice, smooth non-irritated skin again thanks to this product. I use it everyday after I put my foundation on. It's the only thing that has ever helped, and I have tried MANY treatments." —Serena

    Get it from Ulta for $12.

    15. A bottle of rosehip oil so you can say see ya' to dark spots and redness and hello to plump, bright, clear skin. It's safe to use on your face, nails, and body and the results are scrumdiddlyumptious.

    Radha Beauty

    Promising review: "I’m a huge fan of this product! My face is normal-dry and has been dull lately so I decided to revamp my (nonexistent) skincare routine. This oil is amazing. It moisturizes so well and doesn’t make my face oily at all. I wash my face, use a toner, then out the oil on and use my jade roller or gua sha with it and then end with a moisturizer. My skin has never looked better! Highly recommend this product!" —Amy Q.

    Get it from Radha Beauty for $14.95.

    16. A hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 serum that'll hydrate and calm your skin so your complexion is beautifully bright and even.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life?! I love it! I have dry, sensitive skin and the dry winters here make my face so red and irritated. This serum adds such a beautiful bounce to my skin and hydrates so delicately. Never feels dry or sticky! So light, airy, and helps boost up those cells!" —tara.croswell

    Get it from Glossier for $28.

    17. A NYX oil primer for dry skin-types that want to add moisture before applying foundation. It's made with jojoba oil, which is ideal for reducing eczema- or psoriasis-related redness as well as safflower oil, which smooths the skin while removing dirt and oil.

    NYX Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I always used the cream-type primers but decided to give this oil primer a try. I love it! I'll never go back to cream primers. After I turned 40 my skin started to get flaky on my forehead and under my nose after applying makeup, even with primer on. After I started using this oil all flakes disappeared and have not come back! I even use this as a face moisturizer after showering and it gives me that dewy look. Highly recommend, specially if you have dry/combination skin." —Momofboys

    Get it from NYX Cosmetics for $14.

    18. Or a color-correcting green primer because green and red are complementary colors, meaning the green will neutralize any redness on your face.

    elf Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I had horrible acne as a teen. My skin is oily, sensitive and scarred, and still red. I use this whenever I leave the house but don’t want to put on makeup. THIS STUFF IS AWESOME! I just spread it over, put a little concealer under my eyes, mascara on, and go! It’s my no-makeup makeup! :)" —Jordanne

    Get it from e.l.f. Cosmetics for $10.

    19. A priming moisturizer to kill two birds with one stone and color correct *while* hydrating your skin.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "This is more than a moisturizer for me. I also use it as a primer. I love the dewy, natural finish this gives while softening my fine lines and pores. I naturally have pretty red skin and this helps soothe my skin for a better makeup application. Didn’t break me out or irritate my skin in anyway. A little goes a long way as well! I’ve had this since November and still have plenty to go! So worth it." —Alzata

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    20. A color-correcting treatment if you want to enjoy even skin *and* sun protection. This Dr. Jart cream has SPF 30 and can be worn under makeup as a primer or by itself if you just want to cancel out your redness.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Elizabeth Lilly swears by this cream. Here's what she has to say:

    "I use this every single day and to demonstrate just how well it works, I put it on half of my face in the pic above. Seriously, the color-cancelling prowess is impressive. Also it took me nearly a year to go through the full-size jar. So if the price has you feeling iffy, you can try out a travel version. Seriously, I'm forever indebted to this stuff."

    Promising review: "I purchased this to help with some general redness I get and sometimes cannot cover up. I don’t wear heavy makeup at all so I use this as a primer and color correcting treatment. I. Love. It. It works perfectly for me and is a little dewy. Will definitely be repurchasing and recommending." —KristinS2020

    Get it from Sephora for $52.

    21. A medicated rosacea gel so you can just live your life without flare-ups. It contains sulfur, a common ingredient in rosacea, acne, and seborrheic dermatitis products that helps reduce redness.

    Walgreens

    Promising review: "I was getting facial skin irritation that would cause red bumps on my forehead and cheeks. Tried this product and within days my skin cleared up. Amazing product that I highly endorse if you are embarrassed by redness of the face." —Tommy2242

    Get it from Walgreens for $8.89.

    22. A multi-use skincare oil that'll tackle a variety of issues, including uneven skin, stretch marks, and acne scars. It helps your body retain moisture (bye bye dry skin!) and absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    @biooilusa / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "It does seem to improve the appearance of red marks from old acne scars as well as some newer scars from an unfortunate shingles outbreak on my face. It smells nice and will last a long time as a little bit goes a long way. I can't wait to see how long-term use improves my skin even more." —EmAustin

    Get it from Ulta for $9.74+ (available in three sizes).

    23. An oatmeal repair mask for calming red, inflamed skin with a gentle formula made with colloidal oatmeal to baby your skin.

    Dermstore

    Promising review: "This is great for my combo skin. It moisturizes and soothes and calms down the redness. It's also less wasteful than a sheet mask." —Dermstore Reviewer

    Get it from Dermstore for $24.

    24. A green tea sheet mask because green tea is basically a superstar ingredient if you're looking to treat redness. It contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallate, an ingredient known to tackle inflammation and help even your complexion.

    Grace & Stella

    Promising review: "Perfect sheet mask for blemish skin. This reduces any inflammation on face." —Beauty Couture

    Get six sheet masks from Grace & Stella for $16.

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