Has it just been a hot minute that you have been under the sun and your face is already redder than a ripened tomato? Redness on the face is sometimes a very embarrassing condition. Why? Because, while the rest of your body is sporting a normal skin tone, your face goes out of the way to shine amidst the rest with the bright redness.
There can be multiple reasoning for redness on the face, otherwise known as skin flushing. While the most common reasons skirt around the intensity of the sun and the sensitivity of the skin, there can also be a few medically hindering factors behind the facial skin redness.
We also reached out to the well known Dr. Mohiba Tareen who is a nationally acclaimed, board-certified dermatologist and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University to get some insights on who are more at risks of developing redness of face, to which she reverted back with,
“Individuals of all skin types may suffer from facial redness. In particular, those with sensitive skin, allergies, or auto-immune disease (such as lupus) may be prone to redness.”
What Causes Redness on Face?
Now, this is where it gets interesting. While a little pinkish tinge on the cheeks is a common phenomenon while you are blushing, the other causes of skin flushing or facial skin redness can vary from direct exposure to sunlight to even several other medical conditions.
Some of the common causes of redness on the face include:
- Direct exposure to sunlight for longer periods of time
- Blushing or strong portrayal of any form of emotions, be it anger, embarrassment, etc.
- Continuous workout
- Drinking alcohol
- Consumption of spicy food
- Abrupt changes in temperature
- Skin sensitivity
We reached out to renowned dermatologists and skin specialists to bring the most authentic outlook for our readers.
When we reached out to the famous dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD via e-mail to ask about one of the most common questions relating to facial redness, he was very descriptive with his knowledge and answer to the same. Our question was whether or not facial redness is always a sign of Rosacea to which he replied with,
“Facial redness is a defining characteristic of rosacea. If patients do not have some degree of redness, then they likely do not have rosacea. Rosacea patients suffer from intermittent facial flushing, that is out of proportion to the trigger and lasts for extended periods of time. Patient also suffer from burning and stinging of the face. Over time, the repeated intermittent flushing turns into fixed background redness. Some patients also develop red bumps and pus pimples in addition to the facial redness. When we treat rosacea, our goal is to improve the functioning of the skin barrier itself while reducing inflammation. At the same time, we tried to reduce the redness that patients suffer from. This can be done with topical medications like Mirvaso and rhofade as well as physical modalities like lasers.”
How to Get Rid of Redness on Face?
In order to reduce redness on the face, you need to understand the primary cause behind the problem. Once you are well versed in what the problem is, you can move forth with the methods of prevention.
There can be a number of factors responsible for facial skin redness and in order to treat redness on the face, you need to ensure that you are opting for the correct prevention method.
Some of the common prevention tips to reduce redness on the face include:
- Try and fine-tune your skincare program. If your redness is caused primarily because of any kind of reaction to the skincare products, it is best to locate which one it is and get rid of it for good. Try and do a patch test first to locate which is the one causing the problem.
- Protect your skin with sunscreen
- Use a scarf if sunscreen is not doing the job of concealing your face and still causing redness
- Keep yourself hydrated, either with water or with juices to replenish energy at the same time
- If rosacea is the reason behind the redness on your skin, try and see a doctor for it. Apply the medication and follow the regime that the dermatologist suggests to reduce redness on the face.
- Acne can also be a contributing reason for redness. Try and keep your face clean, exfoliated and your pores unclogged to ensure the prevention of acne on the face.
To further advocate the best ways of treatment, we reached out to one of the best dermatologists in Houston, Dr Paul M. Friedman (MD), to ask about the best medications that work for alleviating the condition of facial redness to which he replied stating,
“To reduce redness secondary to rosacea, I recommend a series of treatment sessions with the pulsed-dye laser to target facial blood vessels as well as a daily application of Rhofade (oxymetazoline HCL 1%) cream. Rhofade temporarily constricts facial blood vessels for up to 12 hours. Although the cream is a temporary treatment, studies have shown that daily rhofade use can, overtime, reduce facial redness. I also recommend a daily sunscreen of SPF 40 or higher for rosacea patients as sun exposure can trigger redness.”
Home Remedies for Redness on Face
- Coconut Oil
- Aloe Vera
- Vitamin E
- Baking Soda
- Green Tea
- Petroleum Jelly
- Oatmeal Facial Mask
- Cold Compress
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an amazing remedy in the treatment for redness on the face. It is loaded with beneficial nutrients which not just help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but also helps in reducing the appearance of the redness around the face.
It is loaded with Vitamin E which helps fight the symptoms of rosacea, the redness of the skin being the primary one. It heals the damage caused to the skin because of the amazing antioxidant properties that it has.
What To Do?
- Pour some coconut oil in your palm and rub it to warm it up a bit
- Apply this on your face and gently massage it into the skin
- Leave it on
- Repeat this process every day once or twice to see noticeable results
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known for its amazing healing and soothing properties. The same is also beneficial to reduce redness on face because of its amazing cooling and soothing properties. The antioxidant and the anti-inflammatory properties (R) come a lot in handy to gradually treat and remove the signs and symptoms related to the redness on the face.
What To Do?
- Cut an aloe vera leaf
- Scoop the pulp out and apply it all over the affected area on the face
- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes
- Wash it off with some water
- Repeat this process twice or thrice daily
Side note, if the redness is caused because of direct exposure to the sun, you can even switch it up and freeze the aloe vera pulp and apply that directly on the face for healing and well as soothing effect.
Aspirin is rich in salicylic acid which is very promising in the treatment of acne and pimples. Not just that, it even possesses anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial for toning down the redness on the face that is often caused by acne scarring and the pimples.
What To Do?
- Crush a few aspirins in a mortar and pestle
- Add some water to make a smooth and thick paste
- Add this over the acne and pimples and around the redness on the face
- Repeat this a few times throughout the week
Side note, if it starts itching, get off this treatment and switch it up with something that would affect your faceless.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is considered as one of the most effective anti-oxidant amidst the other categories of Vitamins. It is also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties which effectively help reduce facial redness.
It is believed that the antioxidative property of Vitamin E helps fight the oxidative stress of the body that is caused because of the excess presence of free radicals in the body. The free radicals are the primary reason behind the facial skin redness which is why it is best to fight them with the remedy of Vitamin E.
What to do?
- Get the Vitamin E capsules and pour out the gel on the palm of your hand
- Apply this all over your face
- Leave it on till it completely seeps into the skin
- Wash it off with cold water and pat dry
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is loaded with amazing anti-inflammatory properties (R) that are crucial to keep the possibilities of acne and bay. Not just that, it is that which helps treat redness on the face with ease and without any kind of drastic side effects.
Not just that, it also helps draw out the excess sebum on the face and unclogs the pores and tightens them for firm and clear skin. Because of its heavy alkaline properties, it is not harsh on the skin and helps keep the redness on face away.
What To Do?
- Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl
- Add 1/4th cup of honey to that to make a smooth paste
- Apply this over the face, emphasizing on the redness more and leave it on till it dries out completely
- Wash it off with water and pat dry with the towel
- If you face feels too dry, apply some moisturizer on it
6. Green Tea
Green tea constitutes of heavy quantities of catechins which not just imposes amazing anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory but antioxidant properties as well (R). This helps with the condition of acne which often tends to worsen the condition.
The regular consumption of green tea maintains hormonal levels (R) in the body and helps in boosting the overall well being of an individual. Not just that, it also combats the inflammation and reduces facial redness which are the two most important side effects of acne or pimples.
What To Do?
- Drink two to three cups of green tea every day for boosting the overall health
- For the redness exclusively, steep a green tea bag in hot water for 5-10 minutes
- Refrigerate this teabag for half an hour and rub it over the redness on the face
- The amazing properties of the green tea will heal and treat redness on the face
- The refrigeration will add a cooling and soothing feeling to the redness
Honey is not just known for its sweetness but medicinal properties too. It is jam-packed with amazing antimicrobial properties which is beneficial for the treatment. The redness on the face can be due to multiple reasons which is why it is best to source the cause first and administer the remedy accordingly.
The moisturizing property of the honey is what contributes to the treatment for redness on the face. It heals the skin from within and rids the face from any kind of microbial infestation which could be a reason for the acne and pimples.
What To Do?
- Pour honey in a bowl
- Use your fingers or a brush to slather it on your face, especially the areas which are redder
- Leave it on as a mask till it dries completely
- Wash it off with some water and pat dry with a towel
- Repeat this process once daily
It is not always possible to treat redness on the face and witness noticeable results right off the bat. For situations like these, it is always best to rely on makeup and not just the natural remedies to treat the problem.
Makeup for redness on the face is effective if you want to cover up the problems easily and with little to no time in hand. Try and opt for some color corrector first to negate out the redness and then apply the concealer for extra coverage.
The only thing to ensure is that you apply a concealer that matches your skin tone and doesn’t make you look like a ghost or way too tanned. Color correcting the facial skin redness with the green color corrector helps mellow down the sharpness and makes your makeup look more “skin-like”.
9. Petroleum Jelly
If you were in the notion that petroleum jelly is going to clog your pores and cause acne, you were slightly mistaken. Petroleum jelly has been reported to not actually clog any of the pores rather actually help moisturize the skin which (R), after all, is the end goal to reduce facial redness.
What To Do?
- Apply the petroleum jelly on the face
- Gently massage it into the skin
- If it becomes too sticky for you, wash it off or let it stay otherwise
- Repeat this every night before sleeping till the redness mellows down
Side note; make sure to wash your face every morning to wash off the remnants of the petroleum jelly before you step out of the house. The oily base on the face can often attract more dirt and germs which ends up causing acne which is not something you want.
Cucumber is one of the most used ingredients for skincare and all because of its amazing healing and soothing properties. It is rich in water content which is what helps soothe the redness that could either be the aftermath of acne or even because of the direct exposure to sunlight.
If it is the latter, you can even refrigerate the cucumber and then apply it over the redness for a better soothing effect on the skin. Repeat this on a regular basis to help reduce the redness on the face and eventually get rid of it for good.
[Also Read: Cucumber for Acne]
11. Oatmeal Facial Mask
Oatmeal is an effective remedy if you are hunting down ways to reduce redness on the face. The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal help heal the skin problems and get rid of the signs and symptoms that often either accompany acne or even rosacea.
What To Do for Acne Redness?
- Mix one cup of rolled and coarsely ground oatmeal
- Add some honey to the mixture and a little bit of rose water or even just normal water to make a thick paste
- Apply this on the face and massage it on your face to gently exfoliate your face
- This will draw out the oils and dirt from the clogged pores and help clean your face
- Repeat this process three or four times a week
What To Do for Rosacea?
- Get a cup of rolled oatmeal
- Cook it with water and cool it down
- Add a bit of honey to it and mix to make a smooth paste
- Apply the cold paste on your face and leave it on till it dries out
- Wash it off with water and gently pat dry with a towel
- Repeat this two to three times a week
12. Cold Compress
Cold compress is a great remedy for redness in the face because of the cooling feeling it propagates throughout the affected area. It is specifically amazing for redness caused because of sunburns.
The coolness from the cold compress helps dissipate the burning feeling under the skin. It also propagates the blood circulation, thereby, aiding in getting rid of the redness easily.
What To Do?
- Use a reusable cold compress and chuck it in the freezer
- Apply this on your face and leave it there till the burning sensation or the irritation fizzles away
- Repeat this twice or thrice throughout the day
Lifestyle Tips to Prevent Facial Redness
We have walked our way through the various causes that could be the possible reasons behind the redness on the face. Now, let us focus on the various prevention methods that can keep this problem in check.
Some of the common tips to prevent facial redness include:
- Get rid of the harsh soap that is loaded with chemicals that’s probably not even good for you. These harsh chemicals often tend to irritate the skin which is what ends up causing facial redness.
- One of the most common reasons for redness on the face is because of the temperature of the water you are bathing in. You might not understand but the too hot temperature may cause your skin to become red and inflamed. Not just that, the application of warm water even opens the pores up which could cause acne if the dirt and oil get clogged in it.
- If you get sunburns easily, try and protect your skin with sunscreens. If you have sensitive skin, try and opt for the ones that are not dumped with chemicals and won’t be that harsh on the skin.
- Try and avoid foods that will make your blood heat up and make your facial skin look redder than normal. Alcohol, spicy foods, and even caffeine are categorized under these foods.
- Smoking is also sometimes a contributor to the redness on the face. Not only does it affect the lungs, but it also tends to restrict the smooth flow of blood which is one of the primary reasons behind the facial skin redness.
- Relaxation also helps calm down the burning redness on the face, especially if it is caused because of emotional turmoil like anger or embarrassment. Take deep breaths and move on with your normal schedule and things should fall into place.
Redness on the face is a very common phenomenon and roots from several causes, both physical and mental. Whatever the reasons are, we hope these above-mentioned remedies and tips will do the trick for you to reduce facial redness.