Growing up with rosacea and middle school bullies pointing out it looked like I was “wearing too much blush” sent me reaching for redness-reducing products the first chance I got. Now that I’m more knowledgeable about the skin-care world, I’m able to pinpoint the ingredients and products that actually do what they promise and promote a more even skin tone. From makeup to skin care, these products will be your redness-prone skin’s new best friend.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 ($52)
This product lives up to the hype that’s been built around it. The green-to-beige cica cream instantly neutralizes redness for a more even skin tone. You can use it alone as a color corrector for a more natural look or as a primer for foundation if you’re looking for full coverage.
Stila One Step Correct ($36)
This product is pretty to look at, but it also means business. The swirl of colors is perfectly curated to help knock out redness. Three color-correcting pigments, which differ based on skin tone, work together to even out skin tone, but that’s not all. It also primes and brightens skin in one quick step.
Haus Labs Triclone Skin Tech Medium Coverage Foundation ($45)
Arnica is the secret ingredient in this skin-shifting foundation. The pigment combined with proprietary fermented arnica helps reduce redness, even skin tone and protect from environmental stress.
Erborian CC Red Correct ($45)
This secret weapon can be used all over the face or simply to target redness-prone spots. The green formula evens out complexion, protects against sun damage with SPF 25 and soothes and hydrates skin. It’s lightweight with a radiant finish, so whether it’s your entire makeup routine or just the beginning, it’s a must for those with redness.
Chantecaille Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation ($82)
Those with redness often also experience dryness—which makes this gel foundation, made of 60 percent water, a perfect option. The innovative pigments in the formula provide medium-to-full coverage in a lightweight formula while keeping skin hydrated.
Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Color-Correcting Concealer Cream ($35)
This full-coverage color corrector hydrates skin and conceals redness. It can be worn under makeup or on its own without having to cake on layers to reduce redness.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation ($38)
This dermatologist-loved brand is a safe bet when looking for color correction. The liquid foundation provides up to 16 hours of medium coverage. Within this formula are concentrated high-performance pigments that work to cover dryness, blemishes, dark spots, uneven skin tone and redness. Meanwhile, the foundation also provides hydration and sun protection.
Lancer Redness Relief Intense ($115)
This recent launch from Lancer is inspired by in-office procedures, so you know it’s good. It helps visibly reduce redness from inflammation, vasodilation, skin irritation, and sunburn right before your eyes. The soothing manuka honey, centella asiatica extract and eperua bark extract are to thank for a clearer complexion.
Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum ($70)
Dr. Loretta offers a multi-tasking serum that helps calm redness with vitamins E and F while glycolipids replenish moisture loss. It’s safe for sensitive skin and fights free radicals.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel ($70)
Thyme, olive and cucumber extracts team up to soothe irritated skin in this gel serum. Meanwhile, mulberry reduces discoloration and gives your complexion a welcome brightening boost.
Paula’s Choice Redness Relief Repairing Serum ($31)
This formula boasts anti-aging and redness-reducing benefits in one silky serum. Hundreds of glowing reviews make this product a hero in the redness-reducing category.
Tula Calming Vitamin B Serum ($48)
Although this serum is formulated without fragrance, it has a refreshing scent, but that’s not the best part. Ginger, aloe, cucumber and oat provide short-term redness relief, while probiotic extracts get to work on skin texture and resilience. Not to mention, there are four types of vitamin B to protect skin against irritants.
PCA Skin Anti-Redness Serum ($69)
Say goodbye to flushed skin and say hello to a more even complexion. This clinical combination of botanicals and nutrients helps reduce inflammation, redness and hypersensitivity to external aggressors. If you have damaged or broken capillaries, don’t fret. The caper and red algae extracts can repair the damage and help boost circulation and improve skin tone.
Tower 28 Beauty SOS Intensive Redness Relief Serum ($34)
This lightweight, pH-balancing serum is especially perfect for summer heat-induced flushing and sunburn that’s tinted your cheeks. It visibly reduces redness and irritation and promotes clearer, happier skin.
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream ($56)
Growing up, I swore by Clinique products from my mom’s beauty shelf—and they still hold up. The brand has a Redness Solutions lineup you could follow, but if you opt for just one product, make it this one. It rapidly soothes skin with redness and blotchiness.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense ($42)
La Roche-Posay is well known for its soothing products (read: it cured my retinol irritation), so it’s no surprise they have a great option for redness reduction. This hydrating serum features ambophenol, neurosensine and light reflectors to calm visible redness.
Colorescience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 ($145)
Colorescience has whipped up this redness corrector with SPF to combat unwanted color on your face. It’s specifically designed to rid redness related to rosacea and acne.
Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum ($42)
This serum helps reduce the appearance of redness and irritation from dehydration and a weak skin barrier. More than 85 percent of people said it lessened visible redness over the course of four weeks.
CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser ($16)
A gentle cleanser with calming ingredients is essential for anyone with redness. Before applying your serums and creams, start with this cleanser.