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I have rosacea and I was delighted when Clinique brought out this range of redness solutions. However, I have mainly been disappointed with the range, which is a shame. I bought this product along with some of the others and kept it to use when my cheeks flaired up. This small tube costs £24.50 for 30ml, which I think is expensive.
On one of these occassions I used this product and found it quite lightweight and easily absorbed. It didn't irritate my skin and was quite cooling and calming to use. However, I didn't find that it reduced my redness, so I stopped using it. It wasn't until I came on here to review it that I saw from the previous review that this product contains hydrocortisone, which isn't something people with rosacea should use. I agree with the previous review that including this as part of the product is a serious oversight on Clinique's part and it should be clearly labelled as containing this steroid.
I think perhaps this product may be suitable for people who have redness and not rosacea as there are lots of positive reviews on the Clinique website. However, this is not for me and I would say don't waste your money if you suffer from rosacea
With red sensitive skin you need to be careful with what products you put on your skin. If you have Rosacea then you need to be extra careful as many products will aggrievate your skin and can even cause the Rosacea to worsen.
When Clinique announced they had developed a range of products that were designed especially for Rosacea and other sensitive skin conditions that cause redness I went straight out and bought them convinced that this multi-national skin care company would know what they were doing when it came to Rosacea skin care products.
Unfortunately my experience with the range was dissapointing at best but the urgent relief cream was in my opinion the worst product in the range by far.
It isn't cheap being £24.50 for a 30ml tube. It come in a green tube and can be bought at Clinique counters or else online.
The cream itself is a light fluid as opposed to a thick cream and unlike the daily cream it comes in a squeeze tube instead of a jar so the spread of bacteria is minimised which I did like.
I used all the products and like most product ranges I fo some more suitable than others and adapted my skin care regime to incorporate them. I saved the urgent relief cream for when my skin was particularaly playing up as it is designed to only be used for those times when the skin is reacting to something or you are having a Rosacea attack.
The first time I used the cream I like the consistancy and how it absorbed in to my skin. It felt quite cooling and I was initially impressed with how it felt. It didn't feel heavy on my skin or leave it feeling greasy.
It didn't do much to calm my skin when I was flaring up but It didn't make it sting or itch either which is something a lot of products do when I'm having a bad Rosacea episode.
After using the urgent relief cream a few times I noticed the redness was taking longer to fade than it usually did so I discarded the cream straight away and I noticed an improvement in how long it took to fade the next time I had a flare up.
I wondered why it was causing me to go redder than normal and looked it up on the internet and found out that the urgent relief cream actually contains hydrocortisone as one of it's ingredients.
As anyone who has Rosacea knows hydrocortisone can actually make the condition worse and can even cause Rosacea in patients who previously never had it.
I have to say that I was quite shocked that Clinique would even release a cream that they claimed was for Rosacea that contained a steroid in it. The hydrocortisone might take away an initial flare up on some people but the fact it can make skin worse seems like a huge oversight from the so called skin care experts.
If I had known that the cream contained a steroid then I would never have bought it in the first place but this isn't made clear anywhere on the packaging and I really believe it should be.
Because of this I could never recommend the urgent relief cream and in fact would suggest that people avoid it as the risk of it making your skin worse just isn't worth it.