The Best Anti-Redness Skin Care On A Budget

It’s hard to find beauty products that soothe (rather than irritate) my rosacea.
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It’s hard to find beauty products that soothe (rather than irritate) my rosacea.

For the most part, I have pretty good skin. I don’t have acne or dark under-eye circles. And yet I still feel slightly uncomfortable going out and about without wearing foundation. Not BB Cream, not some concealer, but a good medium-to-full coverage foundation. Without it, my cheeks looks red and blotchy thanks to my rosacea.

Some days it’s not that noticeable, but the redness gets exacerbated if I have a glass of red wine, exercise at all, or even go outside in the chilly air. I can stop exercising, but I still have to walk my dog, and I definitely can’t stop drinking wine. So instead I’m choosing beauty products that will soothe my skin. Here are the four drugstore products that my sensitive, redness-prone skin has been loving. 

anti-redness products

Clockwise from left: Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin, nügg Soothing Face Mask, Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil, Pixi Redness Reducing Primer.

Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

I require a cleanser that effectively removes my makeup without stripping my skin dry and leaving it red and irritated. I’m still a big fan of VMV Hypoallergenics Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream, but if you want something under $5, I love Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. It doesn’t irritate or over-dry my skin, it takes off all my makeup, and it actually leaves my skin feeling soft.

One con is that it has an added fragrance. It doesn’t bother me, but if you can’t do fragrance then check out Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser for a sensitive skin cleanser that’s fragrance-free.

nügg Beauty Soothing Face Mask

I rarely use face masks because too many of them irritate my skin. I picked this one up on a whim at Target, and I’m glad I did. One pod is $2 and I get two uses out of it (although it’s not resealable, so I had to tape it back up). I bought the soothing variety that claims to calm and hydrate sensitive skin using shea butter and chamomile extract. Surprisingly, it did calm and hydrate my skin, leaving it slightly less red and much softer afterward. Now I pick up a few of these every time I’m at Target.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Face

I need a heavy-duty moisturizer to keep my skin from getting dry, flaky, and--you guessed it--even redder. I have a dozen different moisturizers that I like, but I’ve really been into oils lately. That might explain why this has become my newest HG moisturizer, because it blends sesame oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and five other oils in addition to cocoa butter, retinol, and vitamin C. This powerful blend is supposed to help with fine lines, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and dryness.

It comes in a dark bottle to protect it from light and it uses a dropper to guard against bacteria. There’s a slight rose fragrance but it’s not overpowering. I got a 1 ounce bottle for $10 at Target but you only need a few drops at a time, so I imagine it will last for months.

When I first put this on, I couldn’t believe how silky and moisturizing it felt without being greasy. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated, calms down redness somewhat, and makes it easier for me to put makeup on without it being cake-y. I can’t wait to see how my skin looks after six months of using this.

Pixi Redness Reducing Primer

Finally, whether or not I’m wearing makeup, I like to use this Pixi primer.

pixi redness reducing primer

After washing my face, doing the nügg face mask, and applying the Pixi primer.

It’s a little pricey for the drugstore ($10 for the mini size), but it’s worth it. The green tint cancels out a lot of redness if I wear it on its own, and if it’s a great base if I want to put foundation over it.

Thanks to these products, my redness is controlled enough that I feel confident going without foundation most days. I’m going to keep using them all regularly, and I’m also considering trying this Prosacea Gel that I saw at the drugstore recently. If that works well for me, I’ll be sure to post an update.

  • What drugstore products do you use to reduce redness?
  •  Have you tried Prosacea?