While it is not necessarily an exceedingly common problem, face redness is a plague for those who have it. Sometimes accompanied by heat, other times simply a product of your skin tone, undue redness can be frustrating and embarrassing. While skin tone does play a role in the overall appearance of skin (including potential red or pink undertones), there are several practices you can complete to effectively battle the dreaded red visage.
Common Causes of Redness
Redness is typically caused by one of four things:
- Genetics/Skin Tone
- Sun Exposure
- Heat Exposure
- Skin Sensitivity
Genetics and skin tone can only be changed so much; makeup can counteract some of your natural tones, while a healthy diet filled with protein and healthy fats can aid in reducing inward causes of redness. Apart from these, however, some peace will need to be made with red and pink tones. There are colors (such as blue) that serve to counteract some of the harshness of red undertones and thus downplay their appearance.
Redness from sun exposure typically builds up over time. A sunburn here, a sunburn there—perhaps a tan in between—and skin will begin to take on the red tones of sun-exposed skin. This is best counteracted by always using sun screen, and avoiding extended periods of direct exposure to sunlight, particularly between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM.
Heat exposure can cause skin to flush red and emit heat, resulting in a blush-like appearance. Heat is not merely an environmental factor; heat can be caused by wearing synthetic fabrics that do not breathe properly, by using toxic chemicals in skincare products, or (of course) by dwelling in areas with high heat indexes.
Skin sensitivity is one of the most common and most misunderstood causes of redness. Sensitive skin is not merely prone to itchiness and breakouts when exposed to some products, but also a consistent redness. Numerous men and women have discovered that the redness they once though was natural was alleviated by eliminating chemical-laden products, synthetic fabrics, and harsh ingredients in the home, including cleaning solvents and bedding.
Are There Preventative Methods?
Fortunately, there are some methods to prevent or minimize the onset of redness. These include limiting sun exposure, avoiding chemical ingredients in skincare, avoiding synthetic fabrics, and eliminating harsh chemicals from your home, including cleaning products, hair products, and even synthetic bedding. While these do not guarantee the prevention of some amount of rouge in your tone, they will aid in limiting that rouge.
How Can Redness be Removed?
For those of you who have already developed red skin, do not despair; there are numerous at-home remedies used to combat redness. These include lemon, oatmeal, milk, diet changes, honey, and tea. First, we will discuss lemon.
Lemon is commonly used as a hair lightener; when applied to hair and exposed to sunlight, it has a natural lightening effect, creating chemical-free highlights for men and women dedicated enough to apply sticky citrus to hair before bathing in sunlight. Less well-known is lemon’s effect on skin. Lemon assists in creating an even tone to skin, lessening acne, and lightening dark spots and red tones. To use this method, simply apply lemon to your ace, leave on for 15-30 minutes, and remove using cool water. The remedy can be used nightly, but may cause irritation if used in excess.
Oatmeal has a well-known calming effect, and is one of the most effective methods of combatting redness and irritated skin. While it is frequently used to treat eczema, it can also be used to calm sensitive or irritated skin, soothing and eliminating redness. Because oatmeal is so mild, it can be used daily, if necessary. To use, simply create a paste, of sorts, with water and oatmeal, and apply to face. Leave on for ten minutes, before rinsing away with cool water.
Witch Hazel functions as a toner and astringent, so works double time; it evens skin tone (removing redness), while preventing breakouts and bacteria exposure. To use, apply with a cotton pad between washing your face and applying moisturizer.
Diet can play a role in the appearance of your skin; low-quality foods can cause a breakdown of healthy functions in the body, leading to outbreaks of acne, sallow, dull skin, and even redness. Redness is typically caused by a lack of a well-rounded diet, and is best fought against by employing a diet high in fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats such as milk and avocado. A healthy diet can go a long way in brightening skin.
Honey is a bit of a wonder for skincare, as it has anti-bacterial properties, functions as a moisturizing agent, and is capable of soothing skin. Be aware, though, that honey found in traditional grocery stores (frequently sold in bear-shaped containers) is not the type of honey capable of aiding in evening tone. Rather, employ high-quality, raw honey for this task. To use, simply apply once per day as a cleanser. Rub into skin after steaming for a moment to open pores, leave on for fifteen minutes, and remove with lukewarm water.
Tea is a powerful, but infrequently used remedy. Tea can be used both internally (to soothe the gut) and topically. The most common teas used to soothe are peppermint, chamomile, and green. To use topically, boil water and steep tea as usual. Soak a clean washcloth in the tea, and apply to face for 10-15 minutes, no rinse required. A single batch of tea can last 2-3 washes, but be sure to use a fresh rag each time.
A Word of Caution
Because most individuals who suffer from redness also suffer from sensitivity, be cautious in implementing a new hygiene routine; introduce new things gently and gradually, perhaps performing a patch test the night before to eliminate the possibility of an adverse reaction.
As you work to eliminate redness, do not forget to exercise patience; just as skin did not become red in a matter of hours, changing tone will not happen immediately. However, with patience and persistence, these remedies will have you well on your way to achieving your ideal skin.