Review: I Tried 4 Anti-redness Creams On My Acne Scars
Everyone has days when they have to deal with redness. Whether it’s a nasty breakout, cleansing too hard in the morning or the hot weather, redness can creep up on you anytime. The good news is, there are creams to cancel it out even on days when you don’t feel like layering on the concealer or foundation. For me, I don’t experience that much redness, but my acne scars (yes, those deep-pitted ones) are usually redder in the morning and need a bit more foundation or cushion to conceal—I usually skip the concealer. And since these creams claim to erase redness and make acne scars less obvious, I figured I’d make the perfect subject.
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Don’t underestimate the small tub that holds the product. You might think you have to restock after a month, but the cream is so pigmented and full coverage that a little goes a long way, so that tub can actually last you a long, long time. If you want minimal coverage, a dollop is all you need—and that is enough to cover all redness. For a foundation-like finish, use just a teeny weeny bit more to conceal areas that need more work.
On acne scars
After applying this, my acne scars become less obvious. You can even use it on your dark circles. If you have oily skin, be warned that your skin might look a little oily after a few hours, but nothing a bit of blotting can’t fix. The only downside is that it only comes in two shades: porcelain beige and light beige. If you have warm or dark skin tone, you might have problems finding a match. Light beige matches my skin tone perfectly.
I’ve heard good stuff about this, so needless to say, I had high expectations of the product. My skin was visibly brighter after applying it and most of my redness was gone. In fact, my skin looked more radiant and I was loving it. There was a bit of a white cast, which means this product is definitely not suitable for those with warmer skin tones.
On acne scars
While it didn’t exactly cancel out all the redness, it did make my acne scars look less obvious. Or perhaps I was just distracted by how glowy my skin looked. The downside? Your face can look oily. Granted, my sunscreen does leave a sheen despite it not being oily (if it’s not obvious enough in the photos LOL), but when I wore this, Fashion Director Janice legit asked me, “What’s going on with your face?” This might work better if you used a matte sunscreen.
This multi-tasker us supposed to reduce redness, the appearance of acne scars and dark spots, while brightening your skin tone. The cream is white, but doesn’t much of a white cast. While my face looked noticeably brighter after application, there was still a bit of redness.
On acne scars
I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t do much to make my acne scars less obvious. Perhaps it might work better if you used more, but it was a little hard to blend due to its thick consistency—or perhaps I should have used this before my sunblock. It also leaves a sticky after-feel, so I would suggest using it under foundation or cushion.
OK, I have to admit that the reason why I even thought of this story was because I read a review of this product and was sold. I mean, it’s green and that’s basically the best colour to combat redness. But don’t worry, the colour is supposed to change to beige to match your skin colour upon application. For me, it doesn’t immediately turn beige upon application—it formed a white cast—but after some time, it blends into my skin to give a natural-looking finish. It brightened up my skin tone, and did cancel out some redness, but not all. What’s left of the redness looks like a natural flush on my cheeks, so I didn’t mind it too much.
On acne scars
I was surprised that it actually made my acne scars looked less obvious. I also liked how it dries to an almost-matte finish. This is the kind of product you’d want to put on when running quick errands.