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All of us get a little red-faced at times, whether from exercise, winter wind blasts or even bashful blushing. When that rosiness sticks around for more than a few minutes, though, it’s time to figure out a way to tone it down. Make the right soothing and protective moves to return your sensitive skin to its normal shade.

Switch to using a mild facial wash that is designed for sensitive skin to wash your face each morning and night. These products are often soap-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free, makes them less likely to irritate skin. Rinse your face in cool or lukewarm water, rather than hot water.

Place five to six aspirin tablets into a bowl and crush them up using the back of a spoon until you have a fine powder. Pour in 1 to 2 teaspoons of water and stir the mixture until a thick paste forms. Spread the aspirin paste over the red areas of your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse it off using cool water.

Apply a dime-sized amount of a redness-reducing moisturizer that contains licorice, cucumber, white tea extract, ginger or vitamin C. These ingredients can help to sooth redness and inflammation. Massage the cream over all red areas of your skin at least once per day.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 to all areas of the skin before going outdoors. Apply extra sunscreen to reddened areas of skin, which are already inflamed and need more protection.

Cover your face with a scarf before going outdoors in cold or windy weather. This protects your skin from both the sun and from the cold, which can draw moisture out of your skin and increase redness.

Increase your intake of foods such as nuts, vegetables, whole grains, fruits and berries, which according to Daily Glow can help restrict blood vessels and reduce redness. Stop eating spicy foods, which can increase redness by dilating blood vessels.


If your face stays red after home treatment, visit a physician to determine whether you have a skin disorder that requires more intensive treatment.

If you drink alcohol, reduce or eliminate your consumption. Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate and may result in a red complexion.

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