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Zenmed Anti-Redness Mask

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May 19, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
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.


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.
  • May 6, 2017

    by Annemarie

    I tried zenmed redness mask for my very sensetive rosecea skin and it made my skin so tight and red , not good for something that's meant to alleviate and soothe skin, I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had this problem or if your skin takes time to adjust to it.

  • December 3, 2011

    by Sparky

    ZenMeds Anti-Redness mask works for my mild case of rosacea. I've had rosacea for about 8 years and the cream from the doctor (Metronidazole) was very slow to do anything. After 3 days, I noticed: the thickness was going away, the redness and telangiectasia was fading, healthier looking skin.. The only bad thing about the product is the price. Hopefully the price comes down in the future.

  • December 20, 2010

    by Marta

    Hi Lori, we link to the review in "related posts" just below the article above. Here is the link as well:
    I think rosacea management is more about avoiding triggers (be really careful with cleansers especially). Baby Quasar helps a lot. I'll put together a round up of things that I think work over the next week or so.

  • December 19, 2010

    by Lori

    I am curious how things went with this product. I have a very dear friend who suffers from rosacea and is always on the hunt for an effective treatment. I told her I would check it out here and let her know!

  • December 1, 2010

    by Gabi

    I've also spent money on anti-redness products, mostly concealers and many of them made my skin react. I've found a trick to "conceal" my red areas by applying a little blush to the non-red areas to normalize. It actually looks normal with a little glow, and it saves me a ton of time that I would spend applying concealer to all the other areas:

  • May 19, 2010

    by jubo

    I have heard good results come from this treatment, hope it works for you.

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