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Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser
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5 fl. oz. for $22.50
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

NOTE: As of summer 2015, we were informed by our readers that there has been a potential reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to thoroughly update this review!

Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser is an emollient cleansing lotion that is a fantastic option for those with dry, sensitive skin because it lacks detergent cleansing agents. The emollients and silicone are what remove makeup, though they can impede rinsing and might make it necessary to use a washcloth.

This cleanser contains several anti-irritants that are beneficial for all skin types, and because the formula doesn’t rinse easily, some of the soothing agents will be left on skin, which is good. The claim that this can make skin smoother with mild exfoliation is inaccurate; there are no exfoliating ingredients in this fragrance-free cleanser. Overall, this should prove a helpful option for those with rosacea and/or dry skin.

Claims

Melts away makeup and impurities. Helps clam redness and irritation while preserving skin's moisture balance. Smooths with mild exfoliation.

Ingredients

Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Sucrose Stearate, Sea Whip Extract, Cholesterol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Acetyl Glucosamine, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Caffeine, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Yellow 5, Green 5, Blue 1

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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07.10.2015
This was the missing link for fighting my rosacea

I've been trying to control my rosacea for 18 months. I've read all the reviews of products recommended on Beautypedia and blog sites, I've tried lots and found they did nothing or irritated my skin.Then I started using this and my rosacea has cleared up completely. I also started using LRP serozinc at the same time so it could be a combination of both but this cleanser really works for me. I use it as a second cleanse after using the take the day off balm.Right now I'm loving my clear skin.

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06.13.2015
Redness promoter

This product actually burns my eyes. I tried it twice, the second time with no makeup on. Although it doesn't make my skin red, red eyes are not a good compromise. I'm going to use it just on my face. Clinique now has no cleansers I can use. I will have to look out for another product with another company.

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Judy
01.10.2015
Great Winter Cleanser for Rosacea

Great cleanser to combat dryness and rosacea in the winter. I use this in the evening along with Toleriane Dermo Cleanser in the morning. I apply to dry skin and rinse with warm water. Removes my makeup well including non-waterproof mascara. Like Paula reviewed, some of the cleaning agents remain on the skin leaving a slight greasy feeling but they are absorbed quickly. This product has made a difference in my skin, no more stinging and my redness is reduced.

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Dawn V.
10.20.2014
The best for my very sensitive skin

My face has been feeling stripped and dry, and I'm working on restoring some moisture into it. This is the only cleanser that doesn't make my face feel dry or tight. I use this in the AM and it rinses off easily. For makeup removal, I've been gently massaging off my makeup with Clinique's take the day off balm. No more harsh makeup remover wipes! I have tried A LOT of different products, so I thought I would share my success with these two!

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Lindsey B.
10.04.2014
great for exactly what it claims

I have sensitive, dry skin with eczema that is easily inflamed, irritated, and red. Every other cleanser, even others that claim to be for sensitive skin, would burn/sting. This cleanser feels calming when applied with fingers and tepid water (air dry) and helped stop the irritation cycle, including the tell-tell redness. I felt this product did exactly what it claimed when no other product could be tolerated.

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Janelle G
07.03.2014
Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser by Clinique

This product is a must for me. It has helped me with my rosacea flareups considerably. It is soothing as the title says. I use it together with Cetaphil 2x daily. It is not a makeup remover so I use Comforting Cream Cleanser from Clinique to remove my long wearing foundation. I highly recommend it. Wish it would cost less, but you get what you pay for.

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Anonymous
06.30.2014
This Product Does Not Work as a Cleanser

I love Clinique products, however this product does not remove make-up at all no matter how long you leave it on or how you remove it. It doesn't irritate the skin however it is still an ineffective cleanser.

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BJ
06.10.2014
Cleanser?

It may be gentle, it may not cause redness, but it doesn't clean. I have used a little, I have used a lot, I've worked it in for minutes and I've worked it in for seconds. It doesn't matter how I use it, when I use a tonic on cotton pad, makeup, and just plain dirt comes off on it. I don't see now Clinique can call this a cleanser.

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01.21.2013
A great option for those lookimg for a gentle end of day face wash.

I use this product one a day, minimum, sometimes twice if I skip a shower. It's a great face wash when you just need a rinse at the end of the day. I should share some info about me. -I don't wear makeup. -I have keratosis pilaris rubra faceii, a redness in my cheeks due to keratin overproduction in my skin. -My skin is otherwise balanced, not really oily, sensitive, or blemishy. I tend to use this first, per the instructions, and followup with a lotion. It doesn't foam up. It doesn't feel oily. Just creamy and gentle, which may seem counterintuitive for a cleanser. But it works and makes my skin feel clean and really good. I'm a fan.

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