Rosacea, acne, sensitive skin…no matter what the cause, skin redness is embarrassing, painful and most of all unnecessary! Don’t spend the summer hiding indoors; we’ve got the scoop on eliminating skin redness.
Too bad it’s not as pretty as it sounds. Often confused with acne, Rosacea is a common disorder most prevalent in fair skinned women over the age of 30. Symptoms include redness in the face, visible blood vessels, bumps or pimples and watery, irritated eyes. While the cause of Rosacea is unknown, aggravators can be sun, stress, wind, alcohol and spicy food. But don’t be discouraged! There are tons of products on the market specially designed to treat your Rosacea.
Dermatologists will usually prescribe a combination of oral antibiotics (such as Minocycline or Tetracycline that helps reduce the symptoms) and topical treatments (such as Metronidazole or Azelaic Acid that keep flare-ups under control).
Other options include surgical methods such as laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments or electrocautery.
There’s no getting around it; everyone gets the occasional blemish. But for those who are afflicted with more serious acne, the redness can become overwhelming. Pimples are unsightly enough, not to mention the irritation and scarring that occurs when we inevitably poke and squeeze them. Here are a few simple tricks to relieve the redness:
- Put a dab of toothpaste on the problem zit overnight to dry it out and reduce redness and swelling.
- Cut open a garlic clove and rub it on the affected area at regular intervals throughout the day. Beware! Garlic is smelly, so just spread some lemon juice over the area and rinse after applying garlic.
- Cover an ice cube with a clean cloth or grab an ice pack. Place it on the red marks for a few minutes several times during the day to reduce swelling and redness.
- Get some redness relieving eye drops and apply on the affected area with a cotton swab. This will constrict the blood vessels, reducing the appearance of acne redness.
For those with sensitive skin, it doesn’t take much to become irritated and inflamed. Always go for fragrance-free products with the fewest ingredients. Look for naturally calming agents like Aloe, Green Tea and Chamomile. Don’t forget to spot test! If you’re not sure about a new product, sample on a small spot of your face to see how you will react. For a quick fix, grab a cold compress. It feels great and helps to soothe redness.