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How to Reduce Redness on Your Face: 5 Causes & Calming Tips

Noura Al Thani explains the reasons for facial redness and how to fix it:

Rosacea, seborrhea, lupus, acne, and eczema are a few of the conditions that cause facial redness. If your skin is rough and red—and you want to get rid of this occasionally painful condition—then you first need to figure out what’s causing your facial redness.

Here are five common triggers that can make skin redness worse, and various treatments that might help. However, if you suspect an underlying allergy or medical condition, it’s always best to consult your physician to determine the true cause of your facial redness or other symptoms.

1. Stress: Exercise Regularly

Stress adversely affects our health in a variety of ways, so it should come as no surprise that excess stress can exacerbate facial redness. You can prevent stress-induced redness by practicing meditation, exercising regularly to improve your cardiovascular health, and ensuring you get adequate sleep to allow your body time to rest and repair itself.

2. Sun Exposure: Laser Treatment

We all know spending too much time in the sun can cause a sunburn, but long-term sun exposure can also cause various skin issues like dark spots, wrinkles, and even cancerous lesions. If you’re already experiencing facial redness, any amount of sun exposure can make facial redness worse. The UV rays from the sun trigger your blood vessels to grow; the only way to reduce this is with laser treatment. Remember, be sure you’re applying sunscreen every time you head outside.

3. Alcohol: Avoid It!

Alcohol causes inflammation throughout your body, and this inflammation is easy to spot on your skin. In what’s known as an alcohol flush reaction, excess alcohol causes the small blood vessels in your skin to widen, and more blood to flow close to the surface of your skin. Frequent drinking over time may also cause capillaries to break. Drink in moderation—or abstain completely—to avoid facial redness and other harmful effects, including discoloration, saggy skin, and enlarged pores.

4. Poor Quality Cosmetics: SPF Protection

Using poor-quality cosmetics with harmful ingredients can irritate the skin, resulting in itchy redness. Some chemical compounds found in cheap cosmetics can also cause allergic reactions and damage to your skin. Always select high-quality products that repair and rejuvenate your skin while providing the look you want. Check out Colorescience for products that offer SPF protection and a flawless finish.

5. Spicy Foods: Stop eating them!

If you’re struggling with rosacea or another form of facial redness, leave the spicy foods alone. In a survey of over 500 rosacea patients published in Rosacea Review, 61 percent of those affected by spicy foods listed hot peppers as a trigger for their rosacea signs and symptoms. It turns out spicy foods like horseradish, hot sauce, salsa, and hot sausage, and even spices like chili powder, paprika, and black pepper can increase the appearance of facial redness from dilated blood vessels in the skin, trigger an outbreak of rosacea, or worsen existing symptoms.

Listed below are some specific products we recommend—including creams, cleansers, and sunscreens—that you should include in your skincare routine for effective results:

· Aveeno Oat Calm & Restore Cleanser

· Glow Recipe Avocado Recovery Serum

· Evenprime Daily Moisturizer

· FAB Niacinamide Eye Cream

· Bliss Block Star SPF 30


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