Tested on animals:Yes
Given this product’s name, there’s no mystery as to what it’s meant to do: reduce redness! But does it work? The formula, which has a somewhat creamy lotion consistency, contains some good emollients and a few soothing agents, but ultimately nothing spectacularly effective for reducing redness. For what this costs, it should be brimming with proven repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, yet those are given somewhat short shrift here.
Redness Neutralizer doesn’t list fragrance, but it’s actually not fragrance-free. It contains farnesol, an ingredient whose sole function is fragrance. That’s not the best in a product meant to reduce redness, especially if you have extra-sensitive skin. Interestingly, research on farnesol’s irritant potential has shown mixed results (Sources: Dermatitis, March 2012, pages 71–74; and Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, December 2010, pages 278–287) but ultimately, sensitive, reddened skin will show a greater degree of improvement if sources of fragrance are avoided.
One plant extract in this product deserves mention because it’s unique. The extract is listed as Eperua falcata, a tree that grows in the rainforests of French Guinea. According to information from the company selling this ingredient, this plant reduces micro-inflammation in skin in order to help strengthen its barrier. The idea is if you can reduce the inflammation, you’ll see less redness. This is true, yet the issue is there’s very little information on this plant extract (there are no independent, published studies) so we’re left to take the ingredient supplier’s word for it. Also worth mentioning is that SkinCeuticals could’ve chosen any number of other anti-inflammatory ingredients with solid research behind them. We’re not saying Eperua falcata isn’t worthwhile; rather, there are other options we know are effective for reducing inflammation.
Note: The peptides this contains are present in an amount that’s unlikely to convey much benefit. If you decide to try this, it’s best for normal to dry (but not sensitive) skin.