For some people, it seems difficult or rather impossible to get rid of their 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. Skin with a red tone is usually sensitive and needs to be treated with gentle products which will not further irritate it. Red tones in the skin may not always be removed completely, but they can be reduced and prevented.
Cleanse your face at least twice a day with a gentle cleanser such, as a cream or gel, by massaging it into the face with warm water. Avoid cleansers which 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, do not rub.
Use a moisturizer which is 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 the redness is not necessarily rosacea related. Products you use should be scent-free.
Apply sunblock with at least SPF30 daily to face during the day. The sun irritates the skin and makes it more red both in the summer and in the wintertime. Sunblock helps protect it and keep it hydrated.
Cover up skin using foundation or powder. Remember to choose products for sensitive skin or for removing redness from skin. These products should contain natural ingredients. Avoid products with harsh chemicals which will make your skin red after they are removed.
Talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Skin redness may be the skin of a possible disease or inflammation. Also, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend gentle products, even prescription products which will not irritate your skin but will help make it less red. 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 in it will be reduced if not removed completely.
Always wear sunblock even on colder days.
As recommended by doctors, avoid excessive exercise as well as extreme temperatures such as in saunas or the jacuzzi.
Wear concealer to cover up red spots such as one in a green shade which will 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 of your face. You may be allergic or sensitive to an ingredient in that product which causes redness.
Avoid peels, scrubs and other harsh products which are too tough on your skin and make it more red.
References and ResourcesHealth Line: Skin Redness- Signs of Erythema
Skin Care Guide: Sensitive Skin