Facial redness can be caused by several factors, some short-term and some longer lasting. It's often associated with dry or sensitive skin. Our product range for redness-prone skin includes moisturisers and cleansers formulated with ceramides and other soothing ingredients to help comfort skin and restore its moisture barrier.


    • Use Gentle Skincare Products: To avoid initial irritation, choose cleansers and moisturisers that are fragrance-free and designed for sensitive skin. With 3 essential ceramides, CeraVe products help comfort skin and reduce the appearance of skin redness.

    • Apply Anti-Redness Creams: Creams that contain ingredients such as ceramides, niacinamide, or hyaluronic acid can help sensitive skin and reduce redness.

    • Wear Sunscreen Daily: Protecting your skin from the sun can prevent further irritation and redness. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30.

    • Avoid Your Triggers: Identify and avoid personal triggers. These might include spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, or extreme temperatures.

  • CeraVe has several moisturising options suitable for sensitive skin prone to redness:

    Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains 3 essential ceramides, vitamin B5, and our highest concentration of hyaluronic acid to help soothe skin and lock in hydration by supporting the skin moisture barrier. Suitable for normal to combination skin types.

    SA Smoothing Cream for Rough and Bumpy Skin adds salicylic acid to our 3 essential ceramides and hydrating hyaluronic acid. It works to exfoliate rough, bumpy skin in addition to supporting the skin moisture barrier, and also reduces visible redness.

    Ceramides Moisturising Cream for Dry Skin: Developed with dermatologists, for people with sensitive skin that's dry to very dry. The combination of ceramides and hyaluronic acid helps support the skin moisture barrier and reduce skin redness.

    • Skin Sensitivity: Reactions to skincare products, food, or environmental factors can prompt redness around the face.

    • Sun Exposure: Exposure to the sun without proper protection is likely to cause sunburn, leading to redness.

    • Extreme Temperatures: Both very hot and very cold weather can cause your cheeks to flush.

    • Stress and Emotion: Stress, embarrassment, or other strong emotions can lead to temporary conditions, like flushed skin or blushing.

    If you're dealing with a persistent or ongoing skin issue, CeraVe always advises you consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice and treatment.

  • Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is best known for its role as an antioxidant in helping delay visible signs of ageing - brightening skin, smoothing wrinkles, and reducing the visible appearance of dark spots and other hyperpigmentation concerns. Its ability to stimulate skin cell renewal is also useful to address mild acne-prone skin.

    However, the effectiveness of retinol in addressing skin redness depends upon the underlying cause.

    1. For blemish-related redness, retinol can be an effective option. It helps to unclog and refine pores, reduce breakouts, and diminish the redness associated with acne.

    2. For sensitive skin, retinol might not be the best choice. Retinol can sometimes irritate the skin, potentially worsening the appearance of redness. This is especially true in individuals with sensitive skin. Some formulations of retinol are designed to be gentler and may be tolerated by people with sensitive skin.

    3. For redness from sun exposure or ageing, retinol may help by promoting cell turnover and collagen production, both of which can improve the overall texture and tone of the skin, and potentially reduce the appearance of redness over time.

    CeraVe says:

    As with any skincare treatment, results with retinol can vary, depending on your individual skin type and the cause of redness. CeraVe always recommends consulting a healthcare professional before using retinol to determine whether it's a suitable treatment for your skin concerns.

  • Absolutely! With multiple skin benefits, niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3 and sometimes called nicotinamide) is indeed beneficial in fighting facial redness, especially for people with sensitive skin. Here are the ways that niacinamide helps:

    1. Moisture Barrier Function Improvement: It helps strengthen the skin's barrier function. A stronger moisture barrier better retains water for improved hydration and protects against external stressors, reducing the skin's susceptibility to redness.

    2. Regulating Oil Production: By regulating the production of excess sebum (natural skin oils), niacinamide can help in reducing the redness of mild acne-prone skin.

    3. Improved Skin Tone: Niacinamide is known for its ability to generate a more even skin tone and improve skin texture, both of which can indirectly make facial redness less noticeable.

    4. Plays Nicely with Other Ingredients: Niacinamide can be combined with other skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, and some other antioxidants, allowing for a more comprehensive skin care regimen to address multiple concerns, including skin redness.

    5. Suitable for Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide is gentle and generally well tolerated by sensitive skin types, making it a popular option for anyone struggling with redness-prone skin but unable to tolerate stronger ingredients.

    CeraVe says:

    When incorporating niacinamide into your skincare routine, CeraVe recommends starting at lower concentrations (around 5%) to ensure your skin tolerates it, especially if you have sensitive skin. We also suggest patch testing new products and consulting a healthcare professional if you have specific skin concerns.

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