Redness on the face is a pretty common problem. All skin types can experience redness. Everything from your emotional state of mind to allergic reactions can cause it, but we are here to tell you that there are ways to reduce temporary redness. Of course, if you’re experiencing prolonged or intense redness, it’s always a good idea to see your dermatologist for professional advice.
Keep reading to learn how to reduce the appearance of temporary redness in your skin.
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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 allergies or what you consume; 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 Rose Water 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. Triggers can 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 might be 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 often allergies. Those of us that have them know that almost anything can cause an allergic reaction. From artificial fragrances to detergents, it’s amazing how many things can trigger allergies and therefore cause redness in the skin.
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 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 with booze 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 your recent alcohol intake.
Like most skin issues, your period 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. The same goes with lack of menstruation, i.e., menopause.
As always, your genetics play a part, too. If your parents or grandparents are or were prone to redness in their skin, you might be as well. Very fair skin often is more prone to redness.
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. That said, if you are experiencing severe redness, or feel your redness might be caused by a serious internal factor, 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. Use a purifying cleanser that removes pollutants and impurities without drying out the skin or causing irritation that can cause redness. A gentle cleanser like So Clean! is a good start.
Next, we highly recommend a soothing toner, such as Rose and Shine rose water toner to help reduce temporary redness. Made for all skin types, rosewater is known for its soothing properties--another factor that makes it perfect for red, irritated skin. Of course, if you are allergic to roses, look for different kind of soothing toner.
If you’d like to use a serum, we suggest one that won’t cause irritation and is super gentle on the skin. Try an antioxidant-rich toner like Just Dew It. It will deeply hydrate your skin and contains aloe vera, which is known as a soothing skin care ingredient.
Finally, moisturize and protect your skin with a gentle moisturizer like our Crème de la Cream and an eye cream like Eyes Eyes Baby. 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.
As you can see, there are some easy and effective 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; if the problem is chronic, be sure to see a dermatologist.