I ordered a bottle of Zenmed Anti-Redness Mask ($29) online a couple of months ago and, after some mishap with the shipping, it finally turned up this week, long after I'd forgotten all about it. As a mild rosacea sufferer, I am always on the look out for new solutions and I can see why Zenmed, with its mostly botanical approach caught my eye.

Zenmed is a company that has found a niche in the decidedly unglamorous end of the skincare market with products for cold sores, stretch marks, eczema and rosacea. They major on botanicals and combine them for what they call a holistic approach and, by and large, steer clear of fragrance or chemical irritants.

The key weapon in Anti-Redness Mask's arsenal is willow bark extract. A component of willow bark is salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant and is used in many acne treatments because of its ability to help skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation. Willow Bark Extract also contains “phenolic acids; such as salicin, salicortin, fragilin, populin, triandrin and vimalin, as well as flavonoids, tannins (gallotannins and catechin-type tannins) and minerals,” which all allow it to aid in skin rejuvenation.

The additional anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties of Willow Bark Extract may soothe acne-ravaged skin, but it is not proven that this ingredient will actually prevent or clear away acne. Willow Bark Extract’s astringent properties are, however, thought to soften and loosen dry, scaly, or thickened skin so that it falls off or can be removed easily.

Although salicylic acid is often recommended as an rosacea treatment, not all skin types are the same and some rosacea sufferers may find it makes matters worse. Nonetheless, I am willing to risk it in this formula as it is accompanied by several skin soothers, including aloe vera, chamomile and cucumber. Yucca is also useful in that it provides several nutrients including iron, selenium, vitamin A and E. Meanwhile, the willow bark is given a helping hand from licorice, which can control redness, flushing, and other types of inflammation.

I'll be trying Zenmed Anti-Redness Mask out over the next few weeks and will let you know how it get on with it.

Ingredients

Purified water, vegetable glycerin, willow bark extract, sclerotum gel, certified organic aloe vera gel, extracts of yucca, green tea, cucumber, licorice root, alantoin, extracts of chamomile and kelp, propylene glycol, methyl/propylparaben.