Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser

6.80 fl. oz. for $ 8.79
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Eucerin's Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser's had a small ingredient change since the last time we reviewed the formula, but it remains an excellent option for those with sensitive, easily-irritated skin.

This water-soluble cleansing gel isn't accompanied by miraculous claims: it just does what it says, and does it simply. It's primarily composed of gentle detergent cleansers, and includes skin-conditioning castor oil (meaning it's best for those with normal to dry skin; those with oily skin might find it too emollient). There's even skin-soothing licorice extract in the mix, though since this is rinsed from skin it doesn't have a meaningful impact.

As far as performance, this cleanser effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup without leaving skin feeling parched or sticky. If you've been looking for a drugstore cleanser that's easy on your skin and your wallet, this might just fit the bill.

  • Contains gentle detergent cleansers.
  • Includes skin-conditioning and skin-soothing ingredients.
  • Effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser gently but effectively cleanses as it soothes.
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzophenone-4.

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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