How to Get Rid of Redness on the Face

By Laura Bramble

Our face can be red for many reasons, including exercise, temperature change and embarrassment or shyness, but the worst reasons to sport redness are sunburn, allergies, irritation or ruddy or sensitive skin. Facial redness from these causes is usually accompanied by puffiness, itching, scaling, flakiness or bumps. However, there are many methods you can use to get rid of redness on your face.

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Step 1

Never leave the house without a good quality moisturizing sunscreen. Make sure it blocks both UVA and UVB rays and is noncomedogenic, which means it won't block pores and cause breakouts. Make sure you find a good choice that is gentle on your skin.

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Step 2

Make a calming and hydrating moisturizer your new best friend. Look for labels that indicate it is a product that is suitable for sensitive skin. It should be free of potential irritants such as lanolin, menthol or mint extracts and citrus oils.

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Step 3

Avoid alcohol, both the kind you drink and the kind you put on your face. Toners and cleansers containing alcohol strip protective oils from your face and are irritating; use only gentle cleansers and skip the toner. Alcoholic beverages cause dehydration and dilate capillaries next to the skin, making the skin look red.

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Step 4

Try using natural skin soothers and redness reducers such as cucumber, green tea and chamomile. Brew chamomile or green tea and refrigerate it for use as a toner. Slice fresh cucumber and gently rub it on your face, letting the juice soak into your skin.

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Step 5

Be careful about what touches your face. If you have bumps and roughness, you may have an allergic rash or contact dermatitis. Do not touch your face without first washing your hands to keep potential irritants away from your face. Think back and remember if you have used a new face product, detergent, fabric softener or similar product lately.

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Step 6

Test to see if you are exposing your face to irritants or allergens by avoiding contact with any possible culprits. If your skin clears up, then reintroduce each item one by one and monitor to see if the rash returns. If the rash comes back, discontinue using the newest item you reintroduced.

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Step 7

Consider that you may have a food allergy. Keep track of the foods that you eat by logging them in a food diary. Also note when your face is reddest and most inflamed. Look through the diary and see if there are any patterns between certain foods and the condition of your face.

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Step 8

Camouflage redness by using a green tinted base or makeup primer. A primer will also help makeup to smooth over any irritation better.