Redness on the face is a pretty common problem but even those who have it aren’t always in the know about how to solve it. Since all skin types can experience redness and everything from your emotional state of mind to allergic reactions can cause it, it’s good to know that there are actually ways to reduce temporary redness. (That said, of course, if you’re experiencing prolonged or intense redness, it’s always a good idea to see your dermatologist to make sure everything’s OK.)
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Main Takeaways: Almost anything from stress to serious skin conditions can cause redness in the face but there are ways of temporarily reducing it with simple skincare products.
Good to Know: Redness is often caused by simple allergies or even overdoing it on alcohol, but if you find your redness is chronic, it’s not a bad idea to pay a visit to the dermatologist.
Recommended Products: Rose and Shine Toner.
What Causes Redness on Face?
As you’ll see from our discussion below, there are many, many factors that can cause redness on the face--ones that range from how your body responds to external factors to how your own system works internally. Before we talk about how to reduce redness on the face, let’s talk about what’s causing that redness in the first place.
A number of skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis (which is a kind of eczema), rosacea, psoriasis, and even Lupus can all cause redness in skin. Other, more serious issues like certain kinds of cancers can also cause redness.
Another cause of redness on the face is plain old allergies and those of us that have them know that almost anything can cause this. From artificial fragrances to detergents, it’s amazing how many things can trigger allergies and therefore cause redness in the skin.
Although many of the issues that cause redness on the face, like the ones we’ll discuss below, can be solved with simple skin care products or lifestyle changes, if you have any of the conditions we’ve mentioned here, it’s best to see a dermatologist about how to treat them.
Believe it or not, stress is also a major contributor to redness on the face. If you’ve ever had an intense argument with someone, you may have experienced a hot sensation on your face. If you could see yourself, you’d probably notice your face--and maybe even your ears and neck--turning bright red because of it.
If you suddenly find an increased redness in your skin and you’re not sure why, you might want to check your meds. Depending on how your body works, medications can cause your skin to become red, especially new meds your body might not be used to.
We hate to say it, but indulging a bit too much when it comes to the old red vino doesn’t exactly help keep your skin free of redness. This is usually pretty short lived, but if you find your skin continuously red for no obvious reason, you might want to consider if you’ve been drinking more red wine than usual lately.
Like most skin issues, your period--and menopause--can cause redness as well. Not only can menstruation cause redness in the skin on its own, it can cause other skin issues--like psoriasis--to flare up more than they normally do.
As always, your genetics play a part, too. If your parents or grandparents are or were prone to redness, for whatever reason, you might be as well.
How to Reduce the Look of Redness on Your Face
Just as there are many different causes of redness on the face, there are also several different ways to take care of the issue with great skincare. That said, if you are experiencing severe redness, or feel your redness might be caused by a serious factor like cancer, we strongly suggest you speak with your doctor about how to treat it.
For the less serious causes of redness, however, we recommend making sure your skin is as clean as it can be. We recommend using a purifying cleanser that removes dirt and oil without drying out the skin or causing irritation that can cause redness on its own. Something like our own So Clean! natural facial cleanser is just perfect.
Next, we highly recommend a product like our Rose and Shine natural rose water toner which not only hydrates the skin, controls excess oil, and minimizes the look of pores, it actually helps reduce temporary redness! Made for all skin types, it’s also known for its soothing properties--another factor that makes it perfect for red, irritated skin.
If you’d like to use a serum, we suggest one that won’t cause irritation and is super gentle on the skin as many people prone to redness often have very easily irritated skin and serums can sometimes really pack a punch. We’re happy to report that our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum is known for its gentle approach--it even contains aloe vera which is known as a soothing skin care ingredient.
Finally, we recommend you moisturize with a gentle moisturizer like our Crème de la Cream and an eye cream like our Eyes Eyes Baby eye cream. Those with redness issues may think adding moisture to the skin makes it more prone to break out and irritation, but it’s important to keep skin of all types hydrated. The key is using something with natural ingredients that delivers just the right amount of moisture.
The one step you might want to skip, however, is exfoliating. Although it’s wonderful for extracting dirt and oil out of the skin on a deeper level, it could potentially irritate already red skin or skin that’s prone to redness. We recommend speaking to your dermatologist about whether exfoliation is right for you.
Although it’s definitely annoying, as you can see, there are some really effective, easy ways to reduce the look of redness on your face. Just keep in mind it will most likely take about four-to-six weeks to see a difference but if the problem is chronic, be sure to see a dermatologist.