Red skin is one of those conditions that is really common. Many of us suffer from it regularly and many of us will have a problem with flushing skin from time to time.
If you are worried about your red skin right now, you might be wondering what you can do to soothe it away and get your regular complexion back. Below, you will find some ideas that might just help you to do that, bearing in mind that there can be numerous causes for red skin and some of them will have a medical explanation, which is why it is always a good idea to speak to a dermatologist first.
Find the cause
As mentioned above, there are lots of different causes of red, flushing skin, so if you want to treat the issue on a permanent basis, then it is a good idea to find out exactly what is causing it. Red skin can have a number of issues from skin conditions like rosacea and menopause to allergens and skin irritants. So, the more you can find out about the reasons for your redness, including this piece on Sensitive Skin: Causes, Treatment, And Prevention, the better you will be able to avoid products that cause it and get the appropriate treatments to stop it.
Apply an ice pack
If you were looking to soothe red skin fast, no matter what the cause, you will often find that applying an ice pack or cool compress to the affected area will reduce any swelling, soothe any irritation and reduce the level of redness you are experiencing too.
Try to apply ice packs for no longer than 20 minutes at a time, but if you find that your skin starts to feel sore before that time, then discontinue because although ice is pretty harmless when applied in the form of an ice pack, it can still cause issues that it is best to avoid.
Apply a sheet mask
Okay, so if your skin is red, you don’t want to apply just any old sheet mask to your face, because many of them may contain irritants, especially if you have sensitive skin, but a sheet mask made from aloe vera or rosewater is likely to be soothing in all the right ways, while also doing a good job of reducing redness too. Make sure you use the mask as directed and do not leave it on for more than the stated time, and chances are your redness will be vastly reduced.
Oh, and if you’re using a new ingredient, it’s a good idea to test a patch if it on your skin before applying to your whole face, just to be on the safe side and ensure that your skin is not going to be irritated further by its presence.
Go all natural
If you have noticed that your skin tends to get red and irritated when you use various products like makeup, cleansers, soaps, and things of that nature, then it is probably a good idea to stop using commercially made products that contain lots of harsh chemicals and start making your own instead, or at the very least buying beauty products that contain mostly natural ingredients like coconut oil, sugar, and rosewater instead of harsher chemicals that can dry out and irritate the skin leading to redness.
If that sounds too difficult, then start carefully testing every beauty product you own. After applying it, see what happens to your skin, If it looks and feels fine after application, chances are it is safe to keep using it, if not, and your skin turns red and sore then replace it with a gentler, more natural alternative instead.
Often, your skin will become red and screw because it is too dry. This is especially common in the winter months when cold dry air can be very harsh. That is why it is so important that you moisturize every morning before going out and every evening before you go to bed, the more moisture you can lock into your skin, the more effective it will be at withstanding the elements. Of course, many cooling moisturizers are now available, and they can help to soothe red skin in their own right too.
Visine is a brand of eyedrops that are sold for treating redness of the eyes. Many people have found that using Visine on their skin is very effective at getting rid of redness too.
Visine works by constricting the blood vessels of the skin to restrict blood flow to the area and therefore reduce redness in any area it is applied to. It can also be good for reducing the visibility of zits too, so it is one thing you should always have in your beauty box even if you do not have a problem with eye redness.
When using it to soothe red skin, do not apply it neat, but add a few drops to your regular moisturizer instead. This will stop it from being to harsh on your skin, which could cause redness and irritation to worsen, and of course test it on a small patch of skin before applying to your face just in case you are allergic or have some kind of reaction to it.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
Of course, not all causes of red skin are external to the body; what you consume can have an effect on how red your skin is too, If you eat foods that you are allergic to, for example, then the result could be hives and redness or skin, or if you eat a diet that is likely to cause inflammation, then you could end up with red blotches on your skin too.
Luckily, both of these things are actually pretty easy to deal with. If you suspect that an allergy might be causing redness, then there are blood tests you can take to determine what if anything you are allergic to, and elimination diets you can try to see if things improve too.
If you think that inflammation could be causing redness, then switching to an anti-inflammatory diet, which is high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and low in trans fats, sugar, and junk food, will work wonders. Not only will it soothe any redness, but it will help to clear up your skin and give you a much healthier glow too. Speak to a dietician if you think an anti-inflammatory diet could help you, then get in touch with a registered dietician today.
Avoid spicy foods and alcohol
On the subject of food, it is also worth saying that very spicy foods, such as chiles, and alcohol, can cause the skin to flush red, so if you have noticed that your skin is often hotter and redder after eating a certain food or having an alcoholic drunk, and you want to soothe that redness, cutting them out of your diet,m or at least cutting down on them is likely to be sensible.
In terms of alcohol flushing, this is something that is more commonly experienced by people of Asian descent due to a specific enzyme that Asians do not possess but it can be an issue for anyone so bear that in mind.
As you can see, there are lots of remedies you can try to get rid of red skin right now, so why not give them a try, assuming your dermatologist agrees, and say goodbye to flushed red skin once and for all?