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    Updated on Jul 25, 2020. Posted on Jul 25, 2020

    27 Redness-Reducing Products That Actually Work

    These products won't leave you on red.

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    1. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.99.

    2. 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 cleanser
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have severe redness in my face that I’m sure is rosacea since pretty much every face wash makes my face even worse. I finally found this recommended on a website to calm my skin. It’s so soft and actually helps with the redness. I also haven’t broke out at all over the last three months, which is pretty much a miracle because my skin always flares up. I highly recommend trying this if you have sensitive skin." —Ronald P.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    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
    amazon.com

    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 product
    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.

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

    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 $19.99+ (available in six scents).

    6. 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 instagram.com

    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 $46.

    7. A refreshing Mario Badescu face mist if your skin needs a midday pick-me-up. It's made with aloe and rose water, which calms the skin and reduces inflammation.

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    Promising review: "Wonderful product; I use it after I wash my face and before I apply moisturizer. I feel like it makes a big difference with evening out redness on my face. It smells and looks great as always and works just as well as it has when I've bought it in retail stores!" —Rochelle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

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

    The tube
    @weleda_usa / Via instagram.com

    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 $18.50.

    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
    amazon.com

    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
    amazon.com

    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 $21.99+ (available in two styles and a variety of colors).

    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.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.75+ (available in three scents and also as a facial mist).

    12. Or an e.l.f. color-correcting green primer because green and red are complementary colors, meaning the green will neutralize any redness on your face.

    Model before and after showing the primer evened their skin tone
    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 $6 or e.l.f. Cosmetics for $10.

    13. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $13.97.

    14. 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. I'm forever indebted to this stuff."

    Get it from Sephora for $52.

    15. 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 cream
    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.

    16. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $13.95.

    17. A Glossier 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.

    18. An intensely hydrating moisturizer for calming red, inflamed skin with a gentle formula made with colloidal oatmeal to baby your skin.

    User before and after photos showing the cream lessened redness and reduced the number of breakouts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "First of all, this cream has an amazing texture. It’s like the smoothest, softest 'whipped cream;' it just feels heavenly when you apply it. My face has been really dry and red, and I’ve been applying this cream every day. Within a week, skin feels softer and renewed. Not perfect, but definitely a noticeable, softer difference! I’m also using this on my baby who has a few eczema rashes on his torso. The rash hasn’t disappeared yet; I’ve been applying it daily for about a week— but it’s gotten smaller and less red, so I think this is helping!" —Kona K

    Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    19. 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.

    Close-up of a model wearing the sheet mask
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these face masks! I have rosacea, and these help reduce the redness that comes along with that, as well as making my skin feel super soft and clean! Great value for a great price!" —jadenhaley

    Get six sheet masks from Amazon for $8.50.

    20. 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
    amazon.com

    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 reallly 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.

    21. 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
    Amazon

    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.

    22. 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
    amazon.com

    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.

    23. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

    24. A daily moisturizer for peeps with sensitive skin. It's free of parabens, steroids, mineral oil, alcohols, and petroleum, so you can soothe your skin without irritating your rosacea or eczema.

    Reviewer before and after photo showing the cream substantially reduced redness on their cheek
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product really works. I wish I took a before and after picture... I had a rough red rosacea patch on my cheek. It was bumpy and raw looking. Just gross. I used face lotion every day thinking if I kept it hydrated it would work. But it never did. I used this cream and within a week I noticed a difference. I still have redness but it’s barely noticeable and my skin is sooo smooth. I highly recommend this product to anyone struggling with rosacea. I will also say that I only put it in affected areas...I do not use on my entire face. I’m so so happy with the results and feel like I have normal skin again. It has given me such a boost of confidence!" —Shauna O

    Get it from Amazon for $16.63.

    25. A moisturizing hand cream because dry, red, cracked knuckles don't belong here.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG! This my new favorite hand cream! I had terrible, ragged, red, sore cuticles. After using this cream for two days, my cuticles are getting smooth, they are no longer sore, and the redness and raggedness have abated. Have I mentioned it smells like lemon cake? And not that artificial cake, it smells like real cake. I love it. And the price is great! I highly suggest this to anyone as an intensive repair cream or as daily maintenance." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.04+ (available in four scents).

    26. A bottle of eye drops if chronic red eyes make it look like you didn't get a wink of sleep. These drops should work in just one minute and last you up to eight hours.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the eye drops got rid of their red eyes
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works great without the rebound redness that other products cause! I'm an optometrist and bought it for myself!" —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $16.71+ (available in two sizes).

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

    Model wearing the primer showing its creamy texture
    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.

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