Sudden redness on the face and neck is called skin flushing. Sometimes you get rashes in different parts of your body. You may become too focused with getting rid of the rash that you forget to think about the real reason why you have acquired the rash.
It can be caused due to different reasons but mainly when the body is experiencing strong emotions or is exposed to the sun. Also due to medical conditions like menopause and rosacea. Other reasons may include drinking alcohol, exercising, some medications (such as diabetes and high cholesterol medications), spicy foods, and sudden change in temperature.
General red skin can be controlled with cosmetics and cleansers. However, the natural treatment is always easy, less costly and skin friendly. Here are 10 easy tips to get rid of skin redness.
1. Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal is great for soothing many different causes of redness, from sunburn to eczema to simple irritation. The starch, beta-glucans, and phenols present in this food help in effectively tackling the issue of redness in the long run. Colloidal oats reduce skin irritation and inflammation.
- Mix the oats with milk to make a fine paste. Apply this mask on your face and neck, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You can use the gel from an aloe vera plant or buy it over the counter. To extract the gel from the aloe vera plant, remove a large leaf of aloe from the bottom of the plant. Cut down the center of the plant, score the insides, and pull the gel out. Then apply that gel to your face twice a day. Apply the aloe gel to your face twice daily to help decrease the redness.
Cucumber has excellent soothing and cooling properties. Cucumbers have a high water content and many vitamins and minerals that can help hydrate your skin. It will reduce the redness drastically and also keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated.
- Grate the cucumber and apply this on your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with water and moisturize as usual. Do this 3-4 times a week.
4. Green Tea Soak
Green tea has anti-inflammatory agents and helps constrict blood vessels in your skin, which will helpreduce redness and inflammation.
- Steep 2 green tea bags in the water for a couple of minutes and remove the tea bags. Chill this decoction in the fridge. Soak the cloth in this chilled tea, wring out the excess water, and place the cloth on your face. Keep it on for five to ten minutes. Repeat this daily.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural emollient, which locks in moisture. Coconut oil prevents your skin from losing moisture and becoming dehydrated, which is a common reason for redness. It also has lauric acid in it, which has antiviral, anti fungal, and antimicrobial properties to help revitalize your skin.
- Apply coconut oil to the red areas of your face and neck and massage well. Do this before going to bed. Leave it overnight. Do this daily.
Note: Be careful putting oils on acne-prone skin: oil can make acne worse.
6. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly moisturizes the skin and reduces dryness-related redness. The petroleum jelly will prevent your blood vessels from constricting and expanding too quickly, which can reduce or prevent most facial redness. Apply a thin layer of the jelly on the affected area and leave it on overnight.
Note: Be careful putting petroleum jelly on acne-prone skin, it can make acne worse.
Honey is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. It is rich in antioxidants. It has antibacterial effects against the bacteria involved in acne. It additionally benefits rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, eliminating redness while keeping the skin moisturized.
- Clean your face and apply the honey directly on the skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with water. Repeat this daily for best result.
8. Cold Compress
The cold temperature of the cloth will sooth your skin and reduce inflammation.
- Soak the cloth in the cold water, wring out the excess water, and place this on your face. Keep it on for five to ten minutes. You can also put a wet cloth in the freezer for a few minutes and use that. Repeat this twice daily.
9. Drink water and eat hydrating foods
Health diet will prevent your skin from developing the redness on your face. Try to have a diet which is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E. Hydrating, cooling foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, celery, coconuts, cucumbers, melons, peaches, papayas, spinach, and broccoli contain antioxidants capable of moisturizing your skin from the inside out. Avoid spicy foods, hot drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. These encourage skin redness and will only exacerbate your skin problem.
10. Use corrective concealer
Normal concealers do not hide facial redness well, but a corrective concealer relies on the principle of complementary colors to balance out discolored skin. For facial redness, apply a green-tinted concealer. Apply small dots of concealer over the red areas of your face. Blend it in gently using your fingertips or a makeup sponge.
- If the redness persists over time or is too strong to be covered up by concealer, you may have a condition called rosacea. Contact your dermatologist if you think you may have it.
- Avoid applying a heavy layer. The concealer may or may not cover up all of the redness on your face. Even if a standard, moderate amount does not hide every ounce of unwanted red, you should avoid using a thick coating of it. The green tint might start showing through if there is too much concealer to blend into your skin.