Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Reviews


Often quoted as an expert in the formulations of skin care products, Paula Begoin is a well known figure. Now with the introduction of a range of products that bear the name Paula’s Choice, rosacea sufferers will get to see whether all the expertise garnered from critiquing other manufacturer’s products can translate into excellence from Paula’s Choice created products.

Previously we’ve taken note that Paula likes the Cerave range and her comments on Kinetin and Pyratine and also Vitamin E.

A newly launched range of products under the mouthful named `Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief’ are targeted at extra sensitive skin, redness and rosacea. The range consists of 6 separate products:

  • cleanser,
  • toner,
  • exfoliant,
  • serum,
  • day moisturizer with SPF and,
  • night moisturizer.

Redness Relief Range

Are you ready for their full names and ingredients ? Well you may want to sit down as their names are long, and so are their list of ingredients. Only the claimed `key ingredients’ are listed here, see their product web site links for the extended list of ingredients.

Paula’s Choice Collections: Calm Redness Relief



Calm Redness Relief Cleanser

“the ease of a rinse-off water-soluble cleanser with the milky texture of a mild cleansing lotion.”

Cleanser Key Ingredients: glyceryl stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, matricaria flower extract, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluronate, aloe juice.

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief Cleanser



Calm Redness Relief Toner

“water-light toner for normal to oily skin gently reduces redness and irritation as it lightly hydrates skin”

Toner Key Ingredients: sea whip extract, glycerin, panthenol, colloidal oatmeal, epigallocatechin gallate, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, phytic acid, beta-glucan

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief Toner



Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

“lightweight BHA lotion exfoliant for sensitive skin soothes redness while unclogging pores and diminishing their size.

Exfoliant Key Ingredients: beta-glucan, allantoin, green tea, licorice root, willow herb, lauric acid, salicylic acid

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant



Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum

“lightweight, antioxidant-rich serum soothes irritated skin and calms redness with gentle, yet highly-effective ingredients”.

Key Ingredients: glycerin, licorice root, ceramide EOP, ubiquinone, phytosphingosine, cholesterol, ceramide AP,sodium cocoyl amino acids, feverfew extract, sea whip extract, beta-glucan, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide NP, soy extract, hyaluronic acid, willow herb.

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum

Day Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30


Calm Redness Relief SPF 30 Moisturizer (Normal to Oily)

“gentle, mineral-based moisturizing lotion with sunscreen for normal to dry skin replenishes and protects skin from sun damage.”
Day Moisturizer Key Ingredients: titanium dioxide, Glycine soja sterols, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, apricot kernel oil, cucumber extract, superoxide dismutase,palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, ubiquinone, hydrogenated lecithin, oat kernel extract, ceramides, allantoin, zinc oxide

Calm Redness Relief SPF 30 Moisturizer (Normal to Oily)

 “gentle, mineral-based sunscreen for normal to oily skin reduces redness and irritation while it moisturizes and protects.

Key Ingredients: green tea, aloe juice, allantoin, panthenol, algae extract, licorice root, glycerin, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, matricaria flower extract.

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief SPF 30 Moisturizer (Normal to Oily)

Night Moisturizer


Calm Redness Relief Moisturizer (Normal to Dry)

“silky face cream for normal to dry skin provides soothing relief to dehydrated, sensitive, reddened skin.”

Moisturizer Key Ingredients: sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed wheat protein, petrolatum, glycerin, hydrogenated lecithin,magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, squalane, oat kernel extract, decarboxy carnosine HCL, ceramides, whey protein,cholesterol, jojoba oil, linolenic acid, hydrolyzed jojoba protein, tocopherol, linoleic acid.

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief Moisturizer (Normal to Dry)

Calm Redness Relief Moisturizer (Normal to Oily)

“lightweight moisturizer for normal to oily skin is designed to gently hydrate and repair while reducing redness and irritation for smoother, more resilient skin.”

Web Site Link: Calm Redness Relief Moisturizer (Normal to Oily)

Moisturizer Key Ingredients: grape seed extract, sodium hyaluronate, green tea, licorice root, allantoin, beta-glucan, panthenol, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, willow herb, burdock root.

User Reviews

Does the Calm Redness Relief range work for rosacea sufferers?

As the Calm Redness Relief range is new, there are only a handful of reviews available from rosacea sufferers. There are some reviews on Paula’s site, so perhaps take these reviews with a bit of critical thinking

As more rosacea sufferers try this new range a better picture will hopefully emerge as to whether the Paula Begoin name and expertise can result in something great for sufferers.

Lisa From Vegas, 2/15/2016

I decided to try the new Calm moisturizer for dry skin, and I love it! It moisturizes my skin well without leaving me greasy or red. I use it around my eyes without irritation. What I am really excited about is that it wears great under my foundation. I am amazed at how well my skin looks at the end of the day! Thank you, Paula, for another fantastic addition to the moisturizers line-up. Definitely, my favorite so far!

OKJhk From Oklahoma, 1/29/2016

In my opinion, this is the best product in the Calm line. I have used the Moisture Boost moisturizer for years, but always switched to Cerave’s lotion during rosacea flare-ups. It seemed gentler and more soothing than Moisture Boost. This moisturizer is as gentle as Cerave’s, with the antioxidants that Cerave lacks. I do have to layer it with something else when I need heavy duty moisture.


It is simply the best cleanser I have ever used. I love how it produces a light lather, unlike most cream/lotion cleansers. And yet, unlike most foaming cleansers, it doesn’t dry me out. My skin feels so soft afterwards. Because I have dry skin with rosacea, I briefly tried PC’s Skin Recovery cleanser when it first came out. I went straight back to this one. It’s the best.

Cindy G. From Chicago, IL, 1/25/2016

Really cleans well, very soothing and cushiony. You get this luxurious lather and thoroughly rinsing formula with a cream texture. My skin doesn’t react to this in anyway but happy! No redness, no itches or clogged pores. I am 52 with rosacea – horriblly reactive fair irish skin.

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  1. susan says:

    I trust David’s unbiased reviews on all the latest rosacea products and am rapt at his in depth look at new medical information. You have a really excellent site and should be rightly proud of yourself. My rosacea was medically caused by having to take the drug prednisilone orally and as I am naturally very fair skinned and blonde of Celtic races I ended up with terrible ugly scalded appearance on my face especially when going about my daily chores, the pain gets unbearable and I have it badly in my eyes. I have learnt far more from your pages David than any medic. I do not have the spots or pustules just this terrible sore redness and dread taking even a lukewarm shower. I prefer to stay cold and try to keep the livid redness at bay, I am 63 now and fear for my future with this having to stay cold and as everyone knows steroids such as prednisilone thin the skin which it has already so what happens when age naturally does the same ? The heat of this tablet I use causes my face to go bright red and hurt and forget about watching TV. I have naturally photosensitive eyes so the pain when they start up with this optic rosacea is unbearable my eyes go red, my eyeballs feel as if my eyelids have been pinned back and hot air is blowing on them. The feeling of dry eye only eases slightly if I keep my eyes closed and my eyes when they are like this sink back into my head. I avidly read your site as it’s the only way I’m getting any real information as I have spent a fortune I can I’ll afford on all these ” wonder ” creams. I am trying to save up to see if laser treatment will help but the skin around my eyes blisters up and gets enlarged with blood or fluid of some kind and is always visible even when my skin is calm. These blisters under my eyes were the 1st sign of the forthcoming rosacea and really were proper blisters I voted even see the little sills floating about in the fluid. Being so fair I have always avoided the sun but the prednisilone got me well and good. Why I had to take it is another story of medical interference. I was receiving pain killing injections for spondylitis of the spine, unbeknownst to me they contained a steroid to make them longer lasting the steroid stopped my pituitary gland from working and I got acute adrenal failure hence having to take prednisilone for two and a half years and getting this rosacea. The medical help I received for this was zilch, the dermatologist even suggested just keeping on applying cold wet flannels all the time. The Endocrinologist on being shown photos of my face thought they were interesting and kept them. She should surely have known what it was and what had caused it. It took a very king nurse to tell just what it was and why. My GPS has been wonderful but even he is stumped at how best to treat it. I use the Zenmed products but not all as some don’t do a thing but the serum together with the UVT cream aren’t bad but then they are really up against it. The anti redness mask is useless and I’ve tried the others to no avail, though I do use the sunscreen on the odd time I go out, but my skin is SO reactive I have to use these things sparingly. I sometimes get so depressed as I had beautiful skin which sounds vain but is true, that porcelain skin that goes with blonde hair. My hair has darkened considerably as well. I see other women my age and feel like a hag whereas I was always young looking for my age. After having five beautiful children I still retained my UK size 12 with no belly or muffin top, I had a good figure n legs. The prednisone took my weight up until I was huge, I lost the weight but have saggy baggy skin, my legs would look good on a grand piano and my belly hangs really low, my brain enhances the back fat skin that’s left and my skin is crepes. I even have a turkey neck. I hate how I look and have zero confidence. When my face is really sore I genuinely feel like cutting away the skin in chunks. I’m also riddled with arthritis have sarcoidosis of the lungs and nervous system another off shoot of the steroids. Sorry to be so negative but where’s the positive ?

    • Karen L Mitchell says:

      So sorry to read what you are going through. I have been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I have had rosacea many years. I have been looking for a natural way to bring my arthritis under control and have found interesting information about ‘leaky gut syndrome ‘ that can trigger different types of autoimmune diseases including rosacea. I would encourage you to explore this as healing yourself internally may be a starting place to bring some relief to your condition. Sorry to not be more specific. Maybe Google healing leaky gut to control rosacea.

  2. Greg says:

    Buyer be informed: The majority of this line is made up of pre-existing products repackaged as part of the “Calm Redness Relief” line. Some of the original products aren’t even suggested for use for redness or rosacea; e.g., Calm Cleanser normal to dry skin is actually the Moisture Boost cleanser, and some of the repackaged products are more expensive than the original, up to $5.00 more. The one product that appears to be completely new is the serum, but it has regular Feverfew extract, which has been suggested as being more irritating than PFE (Parthenolide-free) Feverfew. If you are interested in trying any of these products, they do come in convenient trial sizes, and if you end up buying a full size but find it’s not for you, you can easily return it within 60 days of purchase for a new product or a full refund. I have used the above-mentioned cleanser and serum, but the results are mixed. Everyone’s skin reacts differently, and Paula’s Choice has some good, non-irritating products, but I think this specific line is somewhat of a disappointment.

    • Sarah says:

      Hey just a clarification, Paula choice says on their ingredient details if you click on feverfew extract, that they only ever use parthenolide free feverfew in all products containing feverfew.

  3. Comment via facebook post.

    “7-8 drops tea tree oil mixed with 2 tsp jojoba oil massaged lightly on cheeks and wherever else you have rosacea works amazing! Went to dermatologist told her no longer needed finances she said you’re looking good you shouldn’t stop, ha u said I was using tea tree oil she said whatever works!! Please try and give it time.”

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