Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate for Chronic Redness
1.01 fl. oz. for $48
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Labeling this "an intensive treatment" is a bit like stating a leisurely stroll really got your heart rate up! By and large, this is just an OK fragrance-free moisturizer for normal to dry skin that's also sensitive. Avene's thermal spring water doesn't have any miraculous benefits for reddened, irritated skin. It's really just water, and not much different from "regular" water seen in thousands of moisturizers. Anything precious it contains "at the source" likely doesn't survive the processing that happens during the manufacturing of products like this—and the minerals it contains cannot penetrate skin (their molecular size is simply too big).

In order to make this a slam-dunk for sensitive, easily irritated skin, the anti-irritants this contains should be front-and-center (and there should be a greater mix of them plus repairing agents), but here they're relegated to a mere dusting. Still, the "GOOD" rating is warranted because this moisturizer has value for dry, sensitive skin—and it does contain some tried-and-true ingredients that help restore and rebuild skin's delicate barrier.

  • Fragrance-free, gentle formula.
  • Contains some classic barrier repair ingredients.
  • Creamy without being greasy or slick.
  • Lacks an impressive amount of anti-irritants capable of reducing redness.
  • Despite the name, this isn't a concentrated treatment (it's just a moisturizer).

Intensive treatment reduces the appearance of redness, improves microcirculation, and relieves irritation.


Water (Aqua) Avene Thermal Spring Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-33, Dextran Sulfate, Dimethiconol Disodium EDTA, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Phenoxyethanol, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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