If you have ever experienced facial redness, you’re probably aware of how annoying this skin condition can be. Like any other part of the body, the skin can be involved in immune responses. Inflammation can lead to the formation of a red rash that can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
Some people may mistakenly connect the redness with a temporary condition (such as heat rash) that will go away on its own – but in many cases, facial skin redness requires more steps than “waiting it out.” What causes this unwanted skin redness to come about and how can you reduce its appearance, bringing your skin tone back to its normal, beautiful state?
Reasons for Facial Skin Redness (and Steps to Reduce It)
Peel pads or products like resurfacing AHA are beneficial for some skin types and needs, but it is not something a person with skin redness should use – especially if the skin is dehydrated or dry. Using products that are designed to exfoliate can weaken the skin barrier, triggering inflammation. When this barrier function becomes damaged, the skin becomes more vulnerable to infection, leading to redness and sensitivity.
To get your skin back on track, use a product that will help to reinforce your barrier function while soothing it, like Eminence Organics Calm Skin Arnica Booster-Serum, which helps to both calm irritated skin and moisturize it.
Eczema can be a difficult skin condition to diagnose. It can be difficult to differentiate from contact dermatitis because both come with pink, inflamed dry patches of skin with significant burning and itching.
If you think you have this condition, the best first step of treatment is to reach out to a professional to determine the cause of the condition before you treat it at home. Slathering some moisturizer or soothing cream on it may help to “band-aid” the problem but until you determine what is causing your eczema skin redness, you won’t be able to fully and properly recover.
Contact dermatitis usually takes place when you use a new product or come into contact with something your skin isn’t privy to, leading to an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients. The best way to stop skin redness from contact dermatitis is to stop using the product. Common ingredients that irritate the skin are fragrances and preservatives. If you use an acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid might be to blame.
While you work out the kinks, try the Eminence Organics Facial Recovery Oil to help soothe your irritated skin.
Many people initially think that rosacea is the cause of their skin redness, but this is not always the case. It is a good idea to check in with a dermatologist to be sure. Rosacea is a skin condition that takes place because the skin is overly reactive and sensitive to environmental triggers, including stress, temperature extremes, alcohol and spicy foods. It can vary in appearance and in multiple forms.
Although there is no permanent “cure” for the condition, rosacea can be managed. Your plan of action to treat the skin redness depends on the type and severity of your condition. Topical options help to constrict blood vessels while reducing inflammation but more severe cases may require laser treatment or low-dose antibiotics.
Another form of dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis is easier to diagnose as the redness tends to show up around the nose and eyebrows. It is similar to dandruff but rather than affecting your scalp, it affects your face. It is typically caused by an increased level of yeast on the skin, which leads to redness, inflammation and scaling of skin cells at times.
Antifungals are the most common form of treatment to lower your yeast levels and reduce redness and inflammation. Your best bet is to talk to a dermatologist about the best product or ingredients for this condition.
Repeated sunburns may cause you to experience a more persistent type of skin redness. Sunscreen is the best way to prevent sun damaged skin. Protect your skin from the elements and UV rays with an appropriate moisturizer, such as the soothing Rhonda Allison eZinc Protection SPF22 topical.
Acne prone skin is susceptible to redness. Many people with acne have sensitive skin with redness that is concentrated by papules or pustules. The best way to bring down common skin inflammation related to acne is to treat pimples when they are fresh. Use effective acne treatment products, such as Eminence Organics Acne Advanced 3-Step Treatment System. More severe cases may benefit from special types of laser treatments that can be used in a dermatologist’s office.
Tips for Preventing Skin Redness on Your Face
Regardless of what causes skin redness, chronic redness is due to inflammation. During this process, the tiny blood vessels expand under the skin, pushing it against the surface. Over time, those capillaries remain dilated and lead to skin redness. The best way to treat is by avoidance.
Determine which lifestyle and/or environmental stressors have a negative impact on your complexion. You may want to avoid other common irritants, such as coffee, parabens, formaldehyde, triclosan, sulfates, witch hazel and phthalates, all of which can irritate and dry skin.
Once you figure out what might be causing your redness, limit exposure to the irritants and use proper skin care. Use hydrating products in combination with avoidance to help your skin heal. Products with calming properties like aloe, niacinamide, oatmeal and rose oil are helpful and remember to use sunscreen to treat redness-related skin conditions.