For some people, it seems difficult or rather impossible to get rid of natural red skin tones. In other cases, this redness is the result of acne, rosacea, sensitivity, sunburn, inflammation or harsh cleansing with the wrong products. Redness is usually an indication of sensitivity, and needs to be treated with gentle products. While it may not always be removed completely, redness can be reduced and prevented.
Wash your face at least twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Avoid cleansers that work as peels and contain scrubbing beads, which may irritate your skin and make it more red. Rinse off cleanser completely. Dry face with a soft towel. Blot, don't rub.
Use a moisturizer that's either anti-inflammatory or treats symptoms similar to rosacea, such as one containing shea butter. Or, use a moisturizer, lotion or cream designed for sensitive skin, which claims to reduce facial redness. Rosacea skin treatments work well to remove redness even if it's not necessarily rosacea related. Make sure to use scent-free products.
Apply sunblock with at least SPF30 to your face every day. The sun irritates skin and makes it redder, so sunblock helps protect it and keep it hydrated.
Cover up skin using foundation or powder. Remember to choose all-natural products for sensitive skin or for removing redness. Avoid products with harsh chemicals, which will make your skin red after they're removed.
Talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Redness may be the sign of inflammation or an infection. Also, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend gentle products that won't irritate your skin. Ask about night creams containing keratin or moisturizers with shea butter. After using the right products and an optional dermatologist consultation, your skin should start looking healthy, glowing and the red tones will be reduced, if not removed completely.
Always wear sunblock even on cold days.
Wear concealer in a green shade to cover up red spots and mask redness.
Reduce the intake of alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine.
Consider possible causes of redness and look out for trends as to when your skin looks more red. Causes may include drinking alcohol or caffeine, stress, temperature variations, change of climate such as after traveling or exposure to sun.
If you believe the redness is the cause of a particular cosmetic or product, skip the product for a few days and compare the redness. You may be allergic or sensitive to an ingredient in that product.
Avoid peels, scrubs and other harsh products that are too tough on your skin and make it more red.
Don't neglect any visible signs on your skin. If the red tones appeared fairly recently and are bothersome, see a dermatologist.
Aleksandra Ozimek has been writing professionally since 2007 for a fashion blog, various online media and the "Queens Courier," in addition to interning at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in journalism and photography from St. John's University, where she is completing her master's degree.