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Medik8 Red Alert

Medik8 Red Alert

Size: 0.5 oz (15 ml)

Medik8 Red Alert Serum actively reduces the appearance of skin redness, providing intensive, calming relief for redness and flare-ups caused by skin hypersensitivity. This extremely targeted formula has just one active ingredient that is cutting edge and remains quite rare yet is incredibly effective at treating redness and wrinkles. Here at Truth In Aging we’ve tested Medik8 Red Alert ourselves and found it to be an impressive anti-redness product, so you can purchase it and know it will work for you.

This anti-redness serum uses teprenone to provide calming relief from redness and flare-ups caused by skin hypersensitivity, rosacea irritation and erythema; the formulation also includes organic sage extract, a potent soothing and calming ingredient. This product also works to treat broken veins and protects skin against other irritations by improving the lipid barrier of the skin which visibly reduces the signs of soreness and surface irritation.

TIA Review by Marta: Medik8 Red Alert Solution isn’t your mother’s anti-redness, broken vein treatment. This extremely targeted formula has just one active ingredient that is cutting edge and remains quite rare. I have been trying out on my roscacea, thread vein-prone cheeks and and sides of the nose and find this to be the most effective solution so far. For an added bonus, that rare ingredient I was talking about also repairs wrinkles. The active is teprenone.

To appreciate what it does and how it works, we need a 101 on telomeres, recently discovered by scientists and regarded as one of the keys to aging. Telomeres allow cells to distinguish chromosome ends from broken DNA. If DNA is broken there are two options after the cell cycle is stopped: Repair or death. Telomeres shorten every time a cell divides. When they become very short, they trigger cell crisis and cell death. As we know, cells can only replicate a limited number of times - a phenomena called the Hayflick Limit. In cosmetics, the objective is not to lengthen the teleomeres, but stabilize them so that at least they won’t shorten. Maintaining telomere length extends, we are told, the Hayflick Limit by one third. And that is what teprenone is supposed to do – stabilize the telomeres. And, as such, may be a useful anti-aging active. It is also said to mend broken veins and calm rosacea.

The only problem is that there’s no independent research to corroborate these claims. Actually, there’s another problem with teprenone. It seems to be shrouded in patents and this may be why I have seen very few cosmetics using it. Medik8 says it operates under an “exclusive” license from the IP owner. Sederma (the makers of Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000) manufacture teprenone under the brand name Renovage, which can be found in products by Osmotics and Your Best Face. My one-woman trial suggests that teprenone can help greatly with redness, rosacea and broken veins and I see Medik8 Red Alert having a regular place in my skincare routine. The formula is rounded out with vitamin E and sage extract. As always with Medik8, I wish for a little less silicone, but otherwise there’s nothing to dislike. Got Questions? Contact Us

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Medik8 Red Alert Solution (15ml/$60 in the shop) isn’t your mother’s anti-redness, broken vein treatment. This extremely targeted formula has just one active ingredient that is cutting edge and remains quite rare. I have been trying out on my roscacea, thread vein-prone cheeks and and sides... read more

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  • Anne

    (1 out of 5)

    Wow -- I should have read the ingredients more carefully. It is basically jojoba oil and I have broken out in about 6 places by evening. I think this is way too oily for anyone with skin that is prone to break out. I do love the Medik8 Firewall but the Red Alert is clearly not going to be in my routine!

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  • Robin

    (4 out of 5)

    I love this product! I don't have rosacea like the other reviewers but I do have extremely dry skin that becomes very red and irritated. I've seen dermatologists about the problem. The redness is mainly around my nose, upper lip and chin. One doctor suggested that I was maybe allergic to toothpaste but I never really got a conclusive answer to what was causing the irritation. This product works better than anything the doctor's subscribed. It works very quickly and is hydrating. The only thing I don't like is the packaging, I prefer pump dispensers because they are more convenient.

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  • Kay

    Have to amend my previous review. Product stopped helping and flare-ups increased in both duration and severity. Now of course this could be the result of stress and/or the power of the effective triggers involved. But I wondered as well whether the serum itself could have begun acting as a irritant/trigger since I test as wildly allergic to sage, so even though it is the last ingredient here and probably minimal in the ingredient mix, I put the serum aside. In the meantime, what seems to be helping the flare-ups is antihistamine dosing, as recommended by the dermatologist. I understand this does help in numerous rosacea cases. But sad to say, even if Red Alert is not in any way a culprit in my current set back, it didn't help me in the end.

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  • Kay

    (5 out of 5)

    I started using this I'd say 3 - 4 weeks ago, first with a small "travel" size bottle (bought elsewhere) and continuing now with a full size bottle from the TIA store. I have to say, I'm impressed. I have early stage Rosacea but reactivity to a lot of triggers. I can't say that us of Red Alert has counteracted these triggers -- a couple of glasses of wine and I still glow. But I've found that it does cool, not completely, but pretty nicely, when I'm dealing with a reaction, and certainly better than any other elixir I've tried. Also, Red Alert seems to calm the redness that persists after a reaction quite quickly. By morning, the reaction will pretty much be gone. However, what is most impressive to me is the effect this stuff seems to be having on day to day (not related to any exacerbation by triggers) high coloration on the cheeks, nose and chin, and the effect it's having on small spider veins in my face. My sin tone is definitely beginning to even out, and the small spider veins are much less noticeable. In addition, the puffiness at the nose and nasal-labial folds that Rosacea brings appears to be improving too. So I have to put this stuff first in line and way ahead of any of the other Rosacea products I've tried. Vis a vis the teprenone and wrinkles, I think I do notice an effect on the fine lines in face, but I'll have to watch that more as time goes on. I use the stuff, pretty generously, all over the face, twice a day.

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  • Patricia

    (5 out of 5)

    This is the best product I have found so far for my rosacea. I have already repurchased twice. My cheeks flush nowhere near as much these days. Even when they do it is a much less painful experience with very little heat and no more swelling!

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  • Ann

    (5 out of 5)

    I love the way this serum feels on my skin, and the way it is slowly reducing the visibility of my thread veins.

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  • Carolyn

    (5 out of 5)

    The red alert serum works best for me after using the PMD. It has provided much grace for those instances when I get heavy handed. In the past I have had red marks and occasional welts after using the devise. The red alert works magic overnight. I am currently sampling the 3TR that came in my DWM collection. Impressive.

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  • Marta

    June 28, 2018


    Hi Amelia, I do still use it from time to time, but you could also check out Sciote Bio:

  • Amelia

    June 27, 2018


    Hi Marta!
    Is there a chance you're still using this product or might there be something else you use that is really great?

  • Marta

    April 17, 2014


    Hi Ros, for me it did a bit of both. It hasn't eradicated them, but it has helped. Note though, that I continue to use this product (so that's been about 8 months now) so don't expect overnight miracles. Patience and perseverance are our watchwords. The good news is that (because I am targeting just the apples of my cheeks), I am still using the same bottle

  • Ros

    April 14, 2014


    Did this help rid the thread veins themselves or merely the redness?

  • Simmondsia Chinensis Oil
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Tocopherol Acetate
  • Teprenone
  • Salvia Officinalis Extract

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In the morning, after cleansing, use the integrated dropper to apply Red Alert Serum directly to the face. Alternatively, place a drop on your finger and then blend into the skin. Can be used all over the face or on specific areas of redness or rosacea.

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