Aveeno Ultra Calming with Feverfew: User Reviews

There is a lot of interest from rosacea sufferers in treating their rosacea with natural or herbal therapies and remedies. Many shy away from treatments like antibiotics and metrogel.

So far the best collection of information about natural products I’ve found is a paper called Treatment of Rosacea with Herbal Ingredients. One of the herbs mentioned in that paper was Feverfew. Just to recap ;

From: treating rosacea with herbs

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

One of the primary active components of feverfew, parthenolide, inhibits serotonin release from platelets. Feverfew inhibits 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase, resulting in a reduction in human blood platelet aggregation.

In a recent study by Martin and associates, 45 days of treatment with 1% feverfew PFE (parthenolide-free extract) – Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Ultracalming, improved mild inflammatory acne by inhibiting the release of inflammatory markers from activated lymphocytes and reducing neutrophil chemotaxis. It is these immunomodulating properties that suggest feverfew PFE[TM] may be a useful treatment for rosacea.

Aveeno has released 3 products from their `Active Naturals Feverfew‘ range ; Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream and Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser.

From: Active Naturals Feverfew

A calming and soothing solution for Sensitive Skin, Feverfew, a resilient flower related to chamomile, thrives in the harsh conditions of the Mediterranean mountain region. For centuries this hardy little flower has been cultivated for its medicinal value. AVEENO® scientists unlocked feverfew’s true potential by creating a unique way to process feverfew which retains the naturally active benefits of the ingredient to soothe and calm irritated skin.

Advancing the Science of Feverfew

Naturally calming feverfew found in AVEENO® is a patented skincare breakthrough and has been shown in preclinical testing to effectively deliver the broadest range of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits compared with over 2,000 other natural ingredients. In addition to providing anti-oxidant activity, it calms and soothes compromised and assaulted skin. Feverfew is proven to reduce redness and irritation caused by internal and external aggressions.


With naturally calming feverfew, a natural ingredient related to chamomile, this light, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically proven to visibly reduce facial redness and soothe irritation. It helps to actively manage dry, red uncomfortable skin. Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer also helps maintain healthy-looking skin and is shown in clinical studies to deliver visible skin improvements in as little as one week.

Use it daily to reduce redness, calm and soothe irritations, and diminish blotchiness for even-looking skin. It is gentle enough to use every day and safe enough for the most sensitive skin, even those with rosacea.

Additional Product Benefits Include: UVA/UVB sunscreens, oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic

User Product Reviews:

mrsmcompton, on Aug 14, 2005 said:

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a comercial for Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser and it talked about removing the redness in your skin. Well, I have never really thought a lotion or cleanser would do anything for me, but decided I’d try this one and ohhhhhh am I so glad I did! In the first few days of using it, there was no change and I was discouraged, but by the end of the first week, I could see an amazing difference and didn’t need to even TRY to use the green cover stick. I used my normal make up and for the first time in a LONG time I didn’t see these big red cheeks staring back at me! I’m not saying this product will do miracles or even work for everyone, but it sure did help me! And for like 7 bucks at Walmart, it was sure worth a shot!

belcanto, on Mar 28, 2006, said:

I’ve been using Aveeno Ultra-Calming moiturizing cream. It seems to help a little, but it doesn’t moisturize quite enough at times. Others here have said that it made their redness worse, however.

Suedusty, on Jan 6, 2006 said:

I tried Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizing Cream on the right side of my face last evening. It caused my mildly red face to become bright red and very inflammed on the right side. I washed it off, put some zinc oxide on which calmed it down a bit.

polockhart, on Feb 4, 2007 said:

I have been trying both Aveeno and Eucerin lines of redness relief washes, sunscreens and moisturizers. So far I really like the Eucerin sensitive wash (have not broken into the Aveeno bottle yet), find the nighttime Eucerin fairly good, the Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer with sunscreen (15) absolutely wonderful and the Ultra Calming Moisturizer really good. I just bought the Eucerin Sunscreen Moisturizer (30) but haven’t opened it yet. If I had to choose between the two brands, Aveeno would be the one. It can calm the worst redness very quickly, even if I have been out in the cold and wind and actually have swelling. It leaves my skin silky smooth.

ljclayer, on Dec 19, 2006 said:

Just wanted you all to know I have found a new cleanser (Aveeno Ultra Calming) that is working out well for me. I used to use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser in a bottle but discovered (after using it for 3 years) that it does not remove the tinted Zinco. I had seen similar messages posted about Cetaphil, but I was hooked and did not think it did not remove my Zinco until I “cheated” and used an alcohol based toner a couple times and saw beige all over the cotton square. Yuk, made me wonder what else it did not take off or if it left too much stuff on my face…would that contribute to acne ? This Aveeno product is not drying and not oily and when I put it on my face it feels soothing.

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  1. Kellie says:

    I’ve always had flushing and what I thought was just regular acne since I was a teenager. My mother played my flushing off as being hereditary however Im now 29 years old and the flushing has become increasingly worse and occurring a lot more often. My nose will get bright red and hot and basically all the triggers that are addressed in Internet literature are the exact triggers that cause my nose to flush…how embarrassing!!! I don’t know to cease the flushing episodes, which occur on a daily basis. But the flushing isn’t what led me to think I was suffering from rosacea, it’s my eyes. Within the last 2 years I’ve noticed my eyes becoming blood shot and sometimes even burning. I assumed my eyes were dry or I was just tired. So, I researched on ghe Internet why this started occurring and why it was a regular occurrence. The Internet led me go literature on ocular rosacea and all my symptoms make sense and point to rosacea.
    I currently use the ProActiv 3 step acne system to treat my papules/pustules which my primarily occur on my chin area…again embarrassing! All along I’ve thought this is acne I still haven’t outgrown but I’m reading that papules/pustules are a symptom of rosacea. I’m making an appointment to see a derm to get an official diagnosis because at this point I’m self-diagnosing myself 🙂 I have a feeling the derm may tell me to stop using the ProActiv however I’m afraid that if I use the OTC Aveeno or Cetaphil face wash it’s not going to be enough to treat the acne part of it. Any suggestions?

  2. AM says:

    Rosaliac–by LaRoche Posay–has solved my sunscreen dilema AND helped the flushing and pain enormously.

    Their whole line of Rosaliac is designed for rosacea.

    I have to have sunscreen in S. CA and this is lovely, very light and effective.

    I am going to switch to their cleanser, too.

    Spendy but totally worth it.

  3. AM says:

    G.G. — I am 100% positive there is a connection between dairy and rosacea, at least for me. Other foods, too.

    These are:

    Dairy, white flour, wheat, refined sugar and excess caffeine–particularly diet Pepsi. Even Almond Breeze bothers me.

    I am greatly improved on a diet that includes far less of these things.

  4. Kim Johnson says:

    Now that I’m well in the 4th decade of my life, my skin type has changed from excessively oily to combination normal-to-oily. I find that I need moisture without pore-clogging oils and heavy creams. Made from Earth’s Rosehip Hibiscus Face Serum is the perfect product for providing age-defying moisture and antioxidants without a heavy cream or hefty price tag. This is one of my favorite facial moisturizers.
    After washing my face with a gentle pH balanced, soap-free cleanser like the Green Tea Toxin Cleanser (also from Made from Earth), I let my face air dry prior to applying the serum in small dabs under my eyes and face.

    People try to guess my age, and they are usually ten years off! Go me!!

  5. jmk says:

    5 months after starting with the Mario Badescu products recommended in this thread, I can say I am still thrilled with the results. No major breakouts at all, until I left my control cream home while on a 10 day holiday. I was shocked to find I was back to square one with a full blown break out. But best of all, back to perfect skin within a week of arriving home to my missing products…. Pretty amazing. I was taking it for granted (I mean, how could a no-frills product line give me such great results?)…..But this proved it otherwise…..

  6. tonys says:

    on jmk’s recommendation, i got a tub of Mario Badescu control cream, just as a major break out was on the horizon the cream showed up in the mail. I was about to break the golden rule and resort to a steroid cream, but the Mario Badescu control cream seems to have reduced the inflamation somewhat. About 2 hours after application my skin feels like its on the mend, very early to tell i know, but promising.

  7. jmk says:

    I am happy you were able to at least try my recommendation. I did have a pretty good break out at the end of summer, even using the products, probably due to heat, humidity, and too much alcohol on vacation, but I was back to good within a few days of limited alcohol and a/c….

  8. Arianna says:

    I bought this bottle for about $15 dollars at wal-mart. In about a week it calmed my redness somewhat but it would leave my face flaky because I have really dry skin. Yesterday I started using my old moisturizer and my skin is not flaky anymore but SUPER red though. I highly recommend this product but do have caution if you have really dry skin, hope it works for you.

  9. Comment via email from Anthony:

    “Try Mario Bidescu Control Cream, its the ONLY thing that works for me.”

    • chet says:

      Hi David, I am new here. Do you still use and recommend the above cream? I suppose it’s a moisturizer? I have been applying coconut oil with limited success for a long time. Not using any scripts, but am about ready to begin. Thank you very much,

  10. Valerie says:

    I consider myself a mild to medium rosacea sufferer. I have the redness across cheeks and fairly red nose. I don’t like the redness but really, really don’t like the breakouts that are itchy, burning, and sometimes pus filled. I tried the Aveeno Ultracalming Foaming cleanser and the daily moisturizer. I like the cleanser and my skin felt nice and silky with the moisturizer but within two days I was breaking out terribly. I stopped the moisturizer and things are calming down. I think its the sunscreen in the moisturizer that is doing it. I have continued to use the cleanser, its been about a week and the redness is definitely better. However, I just broke out with a few more itchy bumps last night. I am not sure if its the cleanser or if I ate something that triggered it. I am impressed with the product though.

  11. Kyrsten says:

    Is it non-comodogenic? Another aveeno moisturizer I tried caused whiteheads all over =/

  12. mirene says:

    Aveeno Ultra Calming Cleansing Cream in the tube has been discontinued June/July of 2011. If you found this product had helped to calm the redness call or email Aveeno and request that they return this product to the stores. The moisturizer has helped reduce some of my facial redness.

  13. MHB says:

    Thank you for sharing this article. Last year, I tried the Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer but found that it caused my skin to burn and feel very tight. My search for a moisturizer continues. I am currently using Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream. I haven’t had a problem with it yet although it does contain alcohol. *sigh*

  14. BLee says:

    used Aveeno ultra calming foaming cleanser to clean rectum and vulvar areas due
    to labels read ”frangrance free / hypoallengic. Am now having problems as in
    Rectum irritation. Am under docter care. I need to know if ingredients in this
    product could cause this. I have sensitive skin, NO longer use this product. Pls
    advise me back.
    Thank you,

  15. Robert says:

    This moisturizer has an annoying flowery fragrance and just irritated my face, making it even redder than usual. So much for ‘ultra-calming’.

  16. Jena says:

    I LOVE Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Cleanser and Lotion
    Works fine.

  17. dfg says:

    it gave me an awful rash all over my face

  18. Crystal says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Aveeno facewash with the Feverfew–it works WONDERFUL for my face (I’m thrilled to finally find something I can wash my face with!!!)

  19. Jane says:

    I have discovered and am now using AVEENO Ultra Calming Make-Up Removing Wipes. The feverfew is in it and can be very soothing for your skin especially if you are having a burning, stinging, swelling flare-up. Fold the wipe in two and then lay the wipe on your cheek and gently press. Then gently slide the wipe off of your face. Repeat on the other side of your face with the other side of the wipe. It is very soothing.

    Sometimes after applying the calming lotion I do redden up but it subsides. I am now using a make-up brush to apply anything to my face especially the moisturizer. When I get up in the morning before eating my breakfast I brush on another layer of the calming lotion or other moisturizer. It helps to regulate the redness in relation to the furnace going on. (This is kept very low at all times.)

    Does anybody get facial swelling after getting over heated. I work out at a gym and if my face starts to heat up I swell on my cheek bones and then all over my face. UGH! I keep blue ice in the fridge for the swelling. I wrap it up in a clean dish towel and pat on my face. The swelling is accompanied by burning. If I can stop the burn the swelling does not continue.

    Hope this helps.

  20. susan says:

    I live in the UK and have tried almost all rosacea products, I do not have spots and pauses but severe redness caused by having to take the oral steroid prednisone when I had adrenal failure. I am very fair and blonde and even the heat generated by the TV or this tablet cause my face to flush and hurt. The best soothing cream is BOOTS NO7 CALM SKIN redness relief balm which has can be used under a moisturiser, make up or just on it’s own. I live in a small town and know most people so can trust the shop assistant who told me that it was very good and most popular. Customers had like me spent a fortune on various expensive products and having tried Book’s own would use nothing else. Put it on after washing twice a day but I’ve noticed that if I have a flush at any time I just splash water on my face apply the lotion and throws redness starts to subside. I can’t recommend the product enough. If anyone else has rosacea after having to be on oral steroids for medical reasons I would like to hear from them. My face looks and feels like a burns victim if I do my housework or walk my dogs and my confidence is zero.

    • lou says:

      Hi Susan, thanks for your post, I’m a COPD suffer and have to take oral steroids when I get an exasperation. I didn’t realise that the rosacea had anything to do with that. I didn’t have rosacea till after I spent 6 weeks in hospital 19 months ago in which time I was taking a high does of steroids, which I still had to take in a less dose for three months after I left. I notice my rosacea gets worse when my lungs are stressed. I am at my wits end, my face feels like it’s on fire, I am fed up of spending money buying expensive products that don’t work, and I’m loathed to go to the doctors for more medication. I am going to try the boots calming balm you have recommended. I was on this thread checking out the Aveeno calming lotion, but I think it has alcohol in it, plus there’s been a few reviews about it giving some people a rash. My partner uses their triple oat lotion for his eczema and loves it, thats why I was checking it out. I definitely will try the boots no 7 as I found most of no 7 range good in the past, (before I had rosacea).

  21. paula reese says:

    I’ve used Aveeno moisturizer for years and have always loved it. However, it’s a little heavy for my face so I finally decided to switch to an actual facial moisturizer. The Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Firming Serum is gold.

    I use witch hazel after cleaning my face morning and night. I follow with a few dabs of the Made from Earth Vitamin Firming Serum and my face is seriously great. I’ve had no breakouts since using it and my face is SO soft and my skin is really bright. My nose has always been pretty oily (not dripping oily, but I definitely blot it a few times-a-day), and this has remedied that.

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