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    28 Redness-Reducing Products That Actually Work

    These products won't leave you on red.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    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.

    the bottle of cleanser

    Promising review: "I have had a problem with sensitive, itchy, red blotchy skin that was prone to red bumps. I used soap for sensitive skin and would occasionally try different products but they ALWAYS made the symptoms worse. I decided to try Aveeno Calming Foaming Cleanser figuring it wouldn't work either. What a pleasant surprise. After using it just once there was less redness and no itching. The redness was always at its worst after showering. I've used it for only a week now but I have not had one red bump, no itching or redness! This is an unbelievably great product. Do not hesitate to try this if you are like me and afraid to try something new on your problem skin. It is amazing!" —Rose

    Get it from Walmart for $6.43.

    2. 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.

    Promising review: "I've had combination skin my whole life, am acne-prone due to my sensitivities, and easily dry out with most cleansers or when the weather is harsh. I also have dealt with bouts of perioral dermatitis. This is the ONLY cleanser that has worked for me to combat everything I have just mentioned. I initially tried this cleanser thinking it might work to remove the residual redness and dryness around my mouth leftover from the bout with the perioral dermatitis. I literally washed my face with this one evening, and the NEXT DAY my skin had quieted down. So I kept at it, and now I have the clearest, smoothest, softest skin I have EVER had. And I've struggled with my skin for ages. No more constant breakouts. No more redness. No more flaking, irritated skin. No more perioral dermatitis. The oily spots on my skin seem to be more in control now. I could walk out the door with no makeup on now and feel completely fine, which I have NEVER been able to do." —KPMT

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    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.

    Reviewer's before and after showing that the cleanser cleared up all of their angry forehead breakouts with minimal scarring

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school, so I never understood how awful acne really is. Little did I know, hormones and acne go hand in hand. When I was about 21–22, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful, laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posay's skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake and one I will not make again. I get compliments on my skin regularly, and I feel confident not wearing makeup." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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

    the squeeze bottle

    Promising review: "Within a week of using, I noticed I had an even complexion with almost zero hint of redness from (what was) my ever present rosacea. An even complexion was nothing more than a dream before I met The Ordinary's Azelaic. Miracle in a bottle!" —Aprilpop

    This product is currently out of stock at Sephora; get it from SkinStore for $8.40.

    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.

    Infographic showing the cream's main ingredients: aloe vera, manuka honey, coconut oil, jasmine oil, cocoa seed, and vanilla extract

    Promising review: "I love this product because I have very sensitive skin and rosecea on top of it. This lotion has calmed down my redness and my pores are actually shrinking. Also my skin has never been so smooth." —Missy Wilkerson

    Get it from Amazon for $22.47 (available in six scents).

    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.

    The squeeze tube
    @weleda_usa / Via

    Promising review: "I cannot believe my skin looks this good! I have very sensitive skin that flares up at the slightest hint of stress. Believe me when I say you will not recognize yourself in the morning! It was like my skin transformed overnight. It was smooth, poreless, scarring had almost disappeared and any sign of redness was gone. This was after one night! My coworkers mentioned I looked like I was glowing! I wash my face and apply two separate layers with clean hands to my face and neck. The smell is tolerable and the cream itself is extremely rich so I only wear it at night. You may feel like a greaseball but the results are worth it. I have not had a breakout since using this and, if anything, it gets rid of blemishes faster." —Robert F. Young

    Get it from Amazon for $13.30.

    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!

    The tub

    Promising review: "Amazing treatment. Advised by my dermatologist. Skin feels very hydrated and redness no more. Amazing!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon 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.

    The mister

    Get it from Lumin for $9.60.

    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.

    Reviewer before and after showing the scrub helped clear up breakouts on their cheek

    Promising review: "I've been dealing with acne and oily skin for over 10+ years, so you can imagine the acne scars/hyperpigmentation my skin has. I've used TONS of facial scrubs/masks that claim that it brightens your skin. The ACURE facial scrub is the BEST and most worth-your-money facial scrub I've ever used. My acne scars lightened almost immediately after use. I usually use it at night and leave it on for about five to 10 minutes and wash it off. My skin is seriously so smooth (normally I have to exfoliate almost every night or else my foundation does not go on smoothly) after just one use. The next morning, my skin looks so good! Acne scars are less red and my face is so smooth. I always use less foundation the next morning too. I love that its super affordable too. Will def continue to use this product." —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon 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.

    The ice roller

    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 this whenever I feel tired, and always after I’ve cleansed my face. I use rubbing alcohol to clean it after use and then put it back in the freezer in it’s own ziplock bag. I notice it’s helped with the redness in my face and it also helped when I’ve had migraines. It starts behind my eye so I roll it over whichever side of my head is in pain and it seems to help." —maihiro

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 8 colors).

    11. An alcohol-free Thayers toner 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.

    Promising review: "These first pictures were taken in December, and the results are after using it for five months. I’ve had terrible acne since I was 13 years old, which continued into my early thirties. I thought I’d always have it. Then I read about this toner. I’ve tried other toners but they dried my skin out and made my acne worse. Not this. This cleans my skin and leaves it feeling fresh, soft and moisturized. It has helped smooth out my red complexion and scars. And it smells so good! I can truly say that for the first time in my adult life, my skin is acne-free and glowing. Now I can walk around confidently without makeup. Seriously it’s this toner, benzoyl peroxide, a spot treatment (for the rare pimple I do get) and moisturizer. All it takes. I never thought I’d have clear skin. I feel like a new person! If you get anything for your skin, get this. You’ll thank yourself." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79+ (also available as a facial mist).

    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.

    The lotion, which comes in a spray bottle
    @skyniceland / Via

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

    Promising review: "This is the best lotion I’ve ever used. It’s expensive, but if I’m ever a little flush with cash this is always the first skincare item I’ll stock up on. When I was a waitress, coming to work on early brunch shift fresh-faced was such a challenge (especially if I was up late drinking and eating fried foods the night before!). This really wakes my skin up, tightens the puffiness, and makes me feel so fresh and clean! It smells great and I love the coolness. It might be a little too heavy to use too much in your acne-prone areas, although when spread thin I’ve found the cooling effect really tones down redness. I’ve given a blob or two to friends from time to time, and they immediately go out and buy their own. A word to the wise: be careful applying this too close to the eyes, as the mintiness is quite potent and might make your eyes water." —Emily Rose Clevenger

    Get it from Amazon for $48.

    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.

    The toner

    Promising review: "I've tried many toners. This one by far is the best. It soothes my skin, diminishes red areas, and keeps my skin hydrated." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon 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.

    Reviewer showing off their clear skin as a result of using the powder

    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: "This stuff is incredible!!! I have now been using it for three years and every time I get close to running out, I go and buy another one right away. I have adult moderate cystic acne and this stuff really calms them down and helps with the redness. Anytime I feel like I am getting a pimple or can see the under the skin bump, I will lather this healing powder all over it, all day long. This is definitely my go-to product!!! Highly recommend to anyone who suffers from the incredibly painful/stubborn cystic acne!!!" —justanothercollegestudent

    Get it from Amazon 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.

    Reviewer's progression photos showing the oil significantly lightened their acne scars and evened their skin tone

    Promising review: "Saw this on a BuzzFeed article and figured I could risk $15 on a product. And holy cannoli I am so glad I did. Within two days (TWO DAYS!!!) of using this on my face I saw a difference. I have extremely sensitive, easily irritated skin. As a result, I generally have redness on my cheeks and nose all of the time. I also have a tendency to get cystic acne bumps that take weeks to dissipate. NOT ANYMORE!! Those bad boys vanish within a couple days and are nowhere near as painful and visible. The redness is gone, my pores are smaller, there are no little bumps of uneven sin, my skin tone is even, and my face and neck are astonishingly soft. Like, watch out baby butts, there's a new standard for softness around here. And the natural glow it provides? Remarkable!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon 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.


    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.,

    Promising review: "I’m absolutely thrilled that I gave this a chance. I struggle with rosacea and my flare-ups can be intense and embarrassing. This has smoothed out my cheeks and the redness is less and the flakiness is almost gone with just three days of use. My skin is also sensitive and combination so it’s rare that something works that doesn’t make me me break out elsewhere. This will be a staple in my health and beauty routine!!!!!" —aerical

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

    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 Amazon for $3.50 or e.l.f. Cosmetics for $10.

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

    Model wearing the primer showing its creamy texture

    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.

    BuzzFeed editor wearing the color-correcting cream showing it gets rid of 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.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the gel dramtically reduced their cheek's redness

    Promising review: "Let’s talk. I’m 43 and have had rosacea for about five years, but it’s gotten pretty bad over the last two to three years. I don’t get a lot of pimples because of it, but I do get red. I mean, really red. I didn’t realize how bad my rosacea had become until, one day when I didn’t wear makeup, several people were surprised at my terrible sunburn. After lots of research, I found Prosacea. It does dry my skin a bit, but I counteract that with a moderately priced moisturizer and I’m good. The BIGGEST thing is that THIS STUFF WORKS. After three weeks, most of my face is NOT red, and I’m down to two good splotches of redness on the apples of my cheeks. I use it once a day, and I gotta tell you, I’m thrilled so far. I am VERY picky and barely ever write reviews, but I want my rosacea fam to know this stuff WORKS!" —Lisa King Peters

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    22. A multi-use skincare oil that'll tackle a variety of issues, including uneven skin, stretch marks, redness, 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.

    JSYK, Bio-Oil is a vitamin A oil, meaning it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen before going outside!

    Promising review: "I had cystic acne that left behind hyperpigmentation and scarring of all different hues — purple, brown, red — all over my face, mostly on my cheeks and temples. I have been using Bio Oil twice a day, every day, throughout this whole ordeal (two years now) and now I have NO hyperpigmentation or scarring whatsoever on my face. Also, due to all the different products I've used while I had acne, I now have extremely dry skin. Bio Oil is great for that too! I still apply it morning and night, and I have no dry or painful patches on my face. I've recommended this product to several friends who have acne scarring and hyperpigmentation and they have experienced the same results!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92.

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

    the bottle of face mask

    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of face masks, but after trying this one, I will say I love this product. Prior to using my skin was red and uneven. This oatmeal mask perked my skin right up. It soothed the redness down and instantly evened out my skin tone. It also moisturized my skin really well too." —Rae K.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

    24. A tea tree sheet mask because it'll calm your skin with chamomile and Asiatic pennywort, while deep cleaning your pores with tea tree oil and rosemary.

    The masks

    Promising review: "This mask is great for sensitive acne-prone skin and calms down my red irritated skin. All the ingredients are great and it’s not sticky like most masks. The mask is also thin and easy to put on so I’ve repurchased this mask several times." —Esther Kim

    Get six sheet masks from Amazon for $9.95.

    25. An acne patch because pimples always pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.,

    Promising review: "I have tried many of the acne patches that are becoming increasingly popular. This is by far the best brand I have tried. There is a good variety of sizes in this packet. I wash my face in the evening and apply a patch. In the morning, the patch is clearly filled and the size of the pimple has significantly reduced and redness is gone. It is honestly a lifesaver and it is an absolute steal for the price!" —Brankica Cosic

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $7.79 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 4,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    26. A Biossance squalane oil for hydrating parched skin and locking in moisture to keep your epidermis feeling soft, smooth, and plump. It may also help even your complexion, reducing redness and irritation.

    Hand pumping the clear oil from the bottle

    "I absolutely love this product! I use it everyday after cleansing with the Squalane cleanser and after 1 week I am already seeing great results. My skin is smooth and hydrated and the redness/pigmentation on my cheeks is already nearly gone! I even use a little on the rest of my body and hair and it is amazing!" —Samantha M.

    Get it from Biossance and Sephora for $32.

    27. An aloe and BHA toner that will make you say "ahhh" the second it hits your skin.

    the green toner bottle on a yellow background
    Soko Glam

    I personally use this toner every day and it noticeably soothes and moisturizes my skin. Redness is not a skin concern for me, but it definitely helps me with acne and smoothness and I shall be purchasing it over and over again.

    Promising review: "I apply this on a cotton pad after I wash my face with my Clarisonic Mia and I instantly notice the redness in my face fading. This product is great if you have redness, dryness, or any sort of irritation. This doesn't break me out (I have sensitive, oily acne-prone skin) and it is gentle yet effective. I've used this for a week now and my skin has drastically improved! My face isn't red, my acne is almost gone, and my acne scars have faded tremendously." —Vivian D.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $19.

    28. A La Roche-Posay Cicaplast balm with shea butter to soothe dry and irritated skin not just on your face, but your whole body too. It's perfect not just if you have allergic skin or a flare-up, but also just for everyday moisture.

    Promising review: "I had an IPL photo-facial followed by a SkinPen microneedling session and my face was tomato red, hot, and dry. Now, I’ve loved this cream for a while. I wish I could write a sonnet about it. It heals popped pimples, irritated tretinoin skin, cuts, scrapes, burns, you name it. So after the stuff the doctor gave me wasn’t doing much, I took matters into my own hands and applied some of this Cicaplast Balm. Within two hours I looked like a normal human being. I cannot praise this miracle product enough. I’m pretty sure it’s crafted with angel tears and unicorn magic. I’m blown away." —Sage Pennington

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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