How To Get Rid Of Redness On Face May 9, 2016

It has literally been a second since you stepped out of the house and your face already resembles a ripe tomato. No matter what you do, it doesn’t help in getting rid of this embarrassing problem. Worry no more! We have compiled a list of the best home remedies and a few simple procedures that will soothe your skin and get rid of redness on the face.

Common Causes For Redness On Face

This sudden redness on the face and neck can be simply called skin flushing, and can be caused due to different reasons. In most cases, skin flushing is a normal reaction of the body when it is experiencing strong emotions or is exposed to the sun. However, sometimes it can also be associated with medical conditions like menopause and rosacea. Rosacea is a condition where there is redness of the face due to swelling in the blood vessels that lie just under the skin (1).
Other reasons may include drinking alcohol, exercising, some medications (such as diabetes and high cholesterol medications), spicy foods, and sudden change in temperature (2).

How To Get Rid Of Redness On Face

Ease the redness, inflammation, and irritation with these effective home remedies and solutions.

  1. Face Mask
  2. Concealer
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Cucumber
  5. Green Tea Soak
  6. Petroleum Jelly
  7. Manuka Honey
  8. Cold Compress

Say Good Bye To The Embarrassing Redness On Your Face

1. Face Mask

Face-Mask

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 to 1 cup ground oats
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the water with the oats to make a fine paste.
  1. Apply this mask on your face and neck, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  1. Rinse with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this mask three to four times a week.

Why This Works

Oatmeal has a soothing effect on the skin. 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 (3).

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2. Concealer

Concealer

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You Will Need

  • Green corrective concealer
  • Concealer brush or beauty blender sponge
  • Translucent powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply small dots of the concealer on the red areas and with the help of the brush or sponge, blend the concealer into your skin.
  1. Set with a powder to make the concealer stay put.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this when required.

Why This Works

The green pigment covers the redness on the skin very well. You can also use a regular skin-toned concealer in place of the green-tinted one.

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3. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

A few drops of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply coconut oil to the red areas of your face and neck and massage well. Do this before going to bed.
  1. Leave it overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day in the night.

Why This Works

Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and helps in eliminating any dryness and tightness, thus reducing the redness (4).

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4. Cucumber

Cucumber

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You Will Need

1 medium-sized cucumber

What You Have To Do

  1. Grate the cucumber and apply this on your face and neck.
  1. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with water and moisturize as usual.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this three to four times a week.

Why This Works

Cucumber has excellent soothing and cooling properties. It will reduce the redness drastically and also keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated (5).

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5. Green Tea Soak

Green Tea Soak

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You Will Need

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2-3 cups of hot water
  • A clean cloth

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the green tea in the water for a couple of minutes and remove the tea bags.
  1. Chill this decoction in the fridge.
  1. Soak the cloth in this chilled tea, wring out the excess water, and place the cloth on your face.
  1. Keep it on for five to ten minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day to get rid of redness on the face.

Why This Works

Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and also get rid of any redness along with it (6).

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6. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum-Jelly

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You Will Need

Petroleum jelly

What You Have To Do

Apply a thin layer of the jelly on the affected area and leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this before going to bed every day.

Why This Works

Petroleum jelly moisturizes the skin and reduces dryness-related redness (7).

Caution

If you have acne-prone skin, do not use petroleum jelly as this may worsen the problem.

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7. Manuka Honey

Manuka-Honey

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You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons of manuka honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Clean your face and apply the honey directly on the skin.
  1. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this two to three times a day.

Why This Works

Manuka honey is honey collected from the bees that feed on the flowers of the Manuka tree. This honey is rich in antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory and healing properties (8).

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8. Cold Compress

Cold-Compress

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You Will Need

  • Ice cold water
  • A clean cloth

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the cloth in the cold water, wring out the excess water, and place this on your face.
  1. 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.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

The cold temperature of the cloth will sooth your skin and reduce inflammation (9).

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Tips To Reduce Redness On Face

  • Avoid hot drinks and spicy foods. These may trigger flushes.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day and also eat more hydrating foods.
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet that will provide your skin with all the essential nutrients. A diet rich in vitamins like A, B, C,and E, and minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron is required.
  • Protect your skin in extreme temperatures. For example, use a scarf to protect yourself from the sun and also cold winds during winter.
  • Maintain a healthy skin care routine that involves washing your face twice a day, followed by toning and moisturizing.
  • Use a sunscreen every day, no matter how sunny or cloudy it is.
  • Reduce stress by practicing yoga and other breathing techniques.

If you suffer from random and sudden skin flushing, you have nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. This is a completely natural phenomenon that you can easily cover up or even get rid of by using these simple home remedies we have listed above. So, go ahead and be your confident self!

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