Have you ever woken up, sluggishly walked to the bathroom mirror, looked at your face and saw a red, blotchy face staring back at you? Or how about at the end of a long workout, you’re in the locker room, and your face is so flushed, no amount of cold water seems to make it go away? It’s the worst.
If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of redness on your face, you’re not alone. Blotchy, uneven skin is an issue that affects many people—but, fortunately, there are products that can help calm your sensitive skin and reduce redness for good. (Though, you should certainly determine the true, underlying issue of why your face turns red, especially if it’s frequent. It could be rosacea, so check with a dermatologist.)
Whether you have the occasional red spot or struggle with chronic blotchy skin, we have you covered with 17 products that can help improve your complexion and eliminate redness.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream
This neutralizing cream is packed with anti-aging peptides, colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe and avocado, and great for rosacea, blemishes, sun damage, age spots and more.
$32 at It Cosmetics
Glossier. Face Exfoliator
In three weeks, this product promises to reduce redness and make your skin more even.
$24 at Glossier.
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream
This product will instantly calm your skin's visible redness (by 33 percent!). It's great for rosacea, too.
$29 at Clinique
Mario Badescu's Calma Mask
This mask is not only ideal for those with red, irritated skin, but also for more serious skin conditions, like rosacea.
Medik8 Red Alert Serum
If you have sensitive skin that's prone to redness and irritation, try this serum. It contains Teprenone, which has the bonus effect of reducing wrinkles, so you're left with smooth, calm skin.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer
The last thing you want to do when combating redness is to slather on a product that will make you break out. Aveeno kept this is mind when they created this moisturizer. Its noncomedogenic lotion promises to deliver results in as little as a week.
Dermelect Redness Rehab Rosacea Relief
This product reduces redness while creating a barrier between your skin and the possible environmental triggers, like sun, weather, and pollution.
Repechage Hydra 4 Mask
Here's another mask worth trying for redness relief. Infused with fresh seaweed and olive leaf extracts, this formula locks in moisture and reduces puffiness and swelling associated with irritated skin.
Glo Soothing Gel Mask
This mask contains Rose hip seed oil, vitamin E, and calendula extract to cool and calm angry skin.
Glo Skin Beauty
Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam
Start treating redness first thing in the morning and last thing at night with this cleansing foam. The paraben-free formula is able to remove makeup and pollutants without stripping skin's moisture.
La Bella Figura Healing Manuka Mask
Many exfoliants can make redness worse, but this mask contains mineral-rich manuka honey and resveratrol concentrated aronia berry, which exfoliate the skin while healing dryness and irritation.
La Bella Figura
AHAlife Skin Recovery Formula
Not only does this brightening treatment diminish the appearance of age spots and acne marks, but it eliminates red splotches.
Primavera Calming Moisture Cream
This cream rebuilds your skin's moisture barrier, so it can heal. Less irritated skin means more even-toned skin.
S5 Skincare Calm Serum
This serum delivers both instant redness relief, as well as long-term. Use both morning and night to get rid of chronic blotchiness.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask
It may seem counterintuitive to use blood to get rid of redness, but the dragon's blood (a plant resin with skincare benefits) in this mask reduces redness and smooths out imperfections.
Rodan + Fields Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment
Rodan + Fields offer a whole line of products for red, irritated skin. This particular product neutralizes discoloration immediately with its use of optical filters.
Rodan + Fields
Perricone MD No Makeup Concealer
Anyone who's suffered from sensitive, irritated skin knows the importance of a good cover-up. This product is able to conceal uneven skin tone while also offering UV protection.