I am always on the look out for new rosacea solutions and a couple of months ago Zenmed Anti-Redness Mask ($29), with its mostly botanical approach, caught my eye. Since then I have tried it unsuccessfully on rosacea, thread veins and conventional breakouts. What’s more there is a serious flaw in the design of Zenmed’s pump with extremely icky consequences.

You may be able to see from the picture that the product is pumped right to the top of the semi-opaque bottle and is sent through a narrow channel to a small spout. The narrow channel started to get darker and darker and the cream itself pumped out brown. After leaving it for a weekend, I came back to black gunk.  Although this is most unlike me as I am super fussy, I gave it a few squirts until the product became clear again and carried on using it. After a couple of weeks it started to go brown again, as you can see from the picture I have just taken.

Meanwhile, I can honestly say that  Zenmed Anti-Redness Mask did nothing for me. The key weapon in Anti-Redness Mask’s arsenal is willow bark extract. Although this has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, it also contains 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. Well not, in this case, mine. 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. I don’t think Zenmed exacerbated my rosacea, but it certainly didn’t improve anything.

I am ditching Zenmed, not least because its packaging is unhygienic. For rosacea, I have gone back to my tried and trusted cures, for breakouts I am reaching once more for Astara Blue Flame and residual redness and thread veins respond extremely well to E’shee’s serum.

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.