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How to Get Rid of Redness on Your Face

Many things can cause facial redness. Maybe you’re experiencing a hot flush, a flare up from a skin condition or perhaps your skin is a little irritated or thirsty. In any case, there are numerous causes of redness and how you treat each one differs. Facial redness is a sign of inflammation and is the result of blood rushing to the surface of your skin via dilated blood vessels. It’s the body’s natural defence to do this when it’s in the process of fighting off infection or irritants.

Although there are many different causes of facial redness, the main causes fall into three categories.

  1. Inflammatory redness - acne and rosacea
  2. Rashes - allergic reaction or eczema
  3. Flushing - caused by broken blood vessels

Let’s look at some of the best tips for identifying, soothing, and treating any kind of flare up from rosacea to over exfoliating.

Redness From Rosacea Symptoms

This skin condition begins with a tendency to flush or blush easily, bumps and dryness. Your skin is sensitive and is overreacting to environmental triggers including extremes in temperature, stress, spicy foods, and alcohol. It’s a common skin condition with approximately 415 million people worldwide experiencing it.

“We still don't know what causes rosacea or what drives it but it’s certainly an inflammation response within the skin that causes redness, swelling, and causes the pores to become larger, all these have a compounding effect on the skin,” explains ageing scientist Professor Derek Richard. 

Even though there is no cure for rosacea certain ingredients and application can help alleviate symptoms. Niacinamide can improve the appearance of rosacea by helping calm the skin barrier and visibly reduce skin redness. Wearing a SPF every day is a must for all of us but particularly for people with rosacea. This skin condition makes skin more vulnerable to UV light and can lead to an increase in skin inflammation and redness compared to people without rosacea.

Laser therapy and specifically pulsed dye laser (PDL) is effective at treating the most common type of rosacea, Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (which is characterised by flushing).

There are many causes of skin redness including rosacea

Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

The face is one of the most common places to get contact dermatitis. It’s basically a fancy way of saying that you bought a new skincare product, and your skin is not a fan of an ingredient, and it irritates the skin or causes an allergic reaction. Some of the most common irritating skincare ingredients are ones that you find in acne treatments like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

The best way to get rid of contact dermatitis is to cease using the new product and the rash will start to clear on its own when you stop exposing your skin to the ingredient that is causing the reaction. If the redness continues, visit a dermatologist for a patch test.

Redness From Sun Exposure

If you don’t apply sunscreen, you’ll get sunburnt and cause irreversible genetic damage to your cells.

“Sunlight is composed of the visible spectrum we all see and of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV). When your skin is not protected by sunscreen, genetic damage is occurring to your cells and those cells age more rapidly, develop wrinkles and most importantly will have a much higher risk of getting skin cancer,” explains Professor Richard.

If you’ve skipped the sunscreen and find yourself with a sunburn, look for products that will soothe your skin, especially those containing a high amount of plant active aloe vera.

Acne Related Redness

Acne redness is concentrated by pustules or papules and in severe cases can cause uneven skin texture, bumps, or skin thickening. The best way to treat acne related redness is to treat your skin when the pimples first appear, don’t wait. The best ingredients to use include salicylic acid, glycolic and retinol. If your acne doesn’t respond to these ingredients, you may have a more severe form and should contact a dermatologist.

Eczema Related Redness Symptoms

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a very common and very uncomfortable skin condition that causes skin to become dry, red, itchy, scaly and in some cases may weep or bleed.

“Eczema is caused by an overactive immune system. Your immune system responds too much to the natural bacteria or slight infection in your skin and it overreacts which is why you see the redness and flakiness,” explains Professor Richard.

Although eczema cannot be cured, using products that are moisturising are going to help repair the damaged skin barrier. Emollients like ceramides are going to help protect your skin by locking in hydration so the skin barrier can start to repair. Emollients fill the spaces of the skin barrier with fatty substances called lipids, this helps the skin repair and feel smoother and softer.

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Redness From Over Exfoliation

If you already have a weaken skin barrier (cue any area with redness) you’re at risk of over exfoliating an already sensitive area and can trigger inflammation. If your barrier function is damaged, you are putting your skin at risk to infection from microorganisms like bacteria and fungus which can lead to increased redness and sensitivity.

The key is to stay away from peels and resurfacing AHA’s and only exfoliate when your skin barrier is repaired. Swapping from a chemical to physical exfoliant will allow you to adjust the strength of the exfoliation so you don’t take off too many layers.

No matter the reason your face gets red, the key is preventing flare ups by identifying what triggers them. Always use gentle products that soothe, strengthen, and repair your skin barrier and the best ingredients are the ones you can find in nature rather than harsh chemicals. 

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