Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser
6.8 fl. oz. for $8.79
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser is a gentle, fragrance-free, water-soluble cleansing gel whose simple formula is ideal for those with sensitive, easily irritated skin. It contains licorice root extract, a good anti-irritant, but considering the amount of it here and the limited time it’s in contact with your skin, it will not lead to “immediate redness relief.” The good news is that this cleanser isn’t apt to make persistent facial redness worse. It is best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin.


A gentle, soap-free gel that cleanses makeup and impurities without irritation and helps maintain skin’s moisture balance. It is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, safe for sensitive skin and appropriate for rosacea.


Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzophenone-4

Brand Overview

Eucerin At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.

Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.

This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.

There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.

A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.

For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.

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Dedicated to PC Hyrdalight One Step Facial Cleanser, but always need a box store backup when in a pinch and this is mine. I find my skin does well with a glycerin based cleanser such as PC Hydralight so sought out same from the Best Cleanser's list and this Eucerin Redness Relief was listed. Cleanses my Combo/Oily Tzone (with minor dry patches) skin well and is a pretty close consistency to my PC cleanser (first 3 ingredients are the same). No foaming, little to no lathering, good clean feel.

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This is my gentle face wash of choice.

I came from using Clinique's gentle cream redness relief cleanser, which I liked but was expensive. This product is different but I got very similar results: clean, non-irritated skin. I don't have rosacea, but keratosis pilaris rubra faceii which makes my cheeks sensitive. I also don't wear makeup. This foams up just the slightest amount, which means you have to splash your face a bit to get it rinsed off, but your skin is clean and doesn't feel tight or irritated. I love it.

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Lauren C.
Good for people not sensitive to benzophenone

I happen to be sensitive to chemical sunscreens, including oxybenzone/benzophenone. This product has benzophenone-4 as it's last ingredient. It made me break out after about two weeks use. I didn't look closely enough at the label, oh well.

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