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How To Reduce Redness on Face: 10 Ways To Help Fade the Flush

Facial redness can be frustrating, learn about 10 tips to reduce redness on the face, including when it may be time to see a doctor about the issue.

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Excess facial redness is a common complaint, but there may be a few things you can try to help change flushed or splotchy skin to a more even-toned complexion.

Facial redness may be due to a specific skin condition like Rosacea, Eczema, or Lupus, in which case you may need to consult with a doctor or look into getting prescription treatments like our Strut Rosacea Formula in addition to trying out these redness-reducing recommendations.

But, if your facial redness seems to come out of nowhere or isn’t related to a health condition, these tips alone may help you get to a more calmed-down skin tone.

Learn More: 6 Rosacea Myths: Learn the Truth Behind Rosacea

1. Cool down your showers

If your facial redness tends to be the worst after you take a hot shower or a bath, try out a cooler water temperature to down the flushing.

Overly hot temperatures can cause tiny blood vessels called capillaries to dilate - causing increased redness on the face.

If you absolutely can’t give up those scalding showers, finish off with a cool rinse or a few splashes of cold water on your face to constrict those capillaries a little.

2. Step down your exfoliation game

Skin redness can occur from over-exfoliating your face, and if your redness tends to get worse during those times that you are exfoliating a lot, it could be time to step it down.

For most people, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is plenty, and if you tend to have very sensitive skin once a week might be all that you need.

3. Wear sunscreen

This one seems obvious, but if you are not wearing sunscreen every day you are increasing your UV exposure which could be contributing to splotches or redness.

Even if you aren’t planning outdoor activities that day, sun exposure from walking to and from places may contribute to your overall skin redness.

Finding a moisturizer with at least 30SPF to cover general everyday sun exposure.

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4. Hydrate your skin

When your skin is dry it becomes vulnerable and the natural protective barriers are weakened, which can lead to irritation and redness.

Find a gentle moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin and apply morning and night to make sure your skin is healthy and hydrated.

This goes along with making sure you are drinking plenty of water, to make sure you are hydrating from the inside out.

5. Know your triggers

For some, spicy food, alcohol, or caffeinated beverages can be skin redness triggers.

When you have skin redness issues, think back to if you recently consumed any of these common triggers.

If there seems to be a common food or beverage item triggering your symptoms, avoidance may be the best option.

6. Check for irritating ingredients

Certain common cosmetic ingredients may be especially irritating to sensitive skin.

Common irritating ingredients include alcohol, fragrances, preservatives, and parabens.

Look for products that are formulated for sensitive skin or say alcohol-free, fragrance-free, or paraben-free.

7. Choose products with calming ingredients

It may not be enough to just avoid irritating ingredients, also add in products that contain products known to soothe red, dry, or irritated skin.

Common soothing ingredients found in skincare products include hyaluronic acid, azelaic acid, ceramides, aloe, niacinamide, cucumber, oatmeal, green tea, and jojoba, olive, or coconut oil.

8. Go green

If you need to get rid of redness now, having a few green-tinted cosmetics on hand may cover up the redness asap.

Products with a slightly green hue tend to color-correct any excess redness on the face.

However, this is only temporarily masking the problem, so be sure to use this in addition to other tips that may help actually get to the root of the redness.

9. Cold compresses

If your redness ramps up on particularly hot days or after a long gym session, use a cool compress to help reset the flushing and help your skin return to its normal tone.

Face-shaped gel packs stashed in your freezer, or just a clean cloth dunked into ice water can quickly come to the redness rescue if you have a fancy outing just after an intense spin class.

10. Give your skin the nutrients it needs

If your redness seems to coincide with times that you aren’t exactly following the most balanced diet, your irritation could be stemming from your skin not getting enough of the nutrients necessary for skin health.

While getting your nutrients through food is best, look into a daily multivitamin or hair, skin, and nails supplement if you aren’t sure that your diet is as balanced as it should be.

StrutVite is our well-rounded hair, skin, and nail supplement formulated by pharmacists and physicians.

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