Blushing every now and then is adorable. The rosy hue we get on our cheeks after a brisk walk makes us look so healthy.
But, for some of us, the redness never seems to go away. And it’s not even a healthy pink red. Nope, it’s a bright red that makes us look like a traffic lights! It can be pretty embarrassing, can’t it?
Then, there are those times when we overdo it with skincare or spend too much time in the sun, and get a red stamp on our faces as punishment.
There are so many reasons why our faces get red. If we want to deal with it once and for all, the first step is to know what causes facial redness. Then, we can finally treat it:
Rosacea is a common, but as yet not very understood condition, that mainly affects the face. But, you can get it on other body parts, like your ears, chest, and neck, too. Flushing is the most common symptom – and the first one to appear. Then, burning and stinging sensations, spots (papules and pustules), and visible blood vessels, develop, too.
I wish I had a miracle pill for you to swallow, but the sad truth is, there isn’t a cure for rosacea, yet. But, there are a couple things you can do to keep it under control:
1. Avoid known triggers like:
- spicy foods
- alcohol and caffeine
- hot drinks
- unprotected sun exposure
- strenuous exercise
2. Use a prescription product like:
- Finacea: contains azelaic acid, which helps reduce redness and bumps.
- MetroCream: contains metranidazole, an antibiotic that can kill demodex folliculorum and other microorganisms that can play a role in the development of rosacea.
- Mirvaso Gel: this can help treat chronic redness, but shouldn’t be taken if you have any problems with your circulatory system.
2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis
When we get in touch with something we’re allergic to, our body warns us by turning that area a bright red. It also makes our face itch and swell.
Avoid the trigger. If you don’t know what it is, go to the doctor and have patch tests done. If not, prepare to deal with this often. You can’t avoid the enemy if you can’t even name it!
Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It removes the dead cells on the surface of the skin, which makes your face looks smoother and brighter. But, when you overdo it and remove ALL those dead cells, you’ll expose the raw skin underneath that wasn’t ready to come to the surface just yet. Ouch! Now your face is red, and it hurts, too.
Treat your skin very gently and, the next time you exfoliate, don’t go so hard on your skin. Use a AHA based exfoliant (if you have dry or sun damaged skin) or an BHA based exfoliant (if you have oily and acne prone skin) and use it two or three times a week only. That should be enough to give you all the benefits of exfoliation without the side effects.
4. Excessive Sun Exposure
We’ve all been there. It was such a beautiful, sunny day that we spent too much time outside without wearing SPF. Or, maybe, we fell asleep at the beach, and so forgot to reapply sunscreen. And, now, our face (and everything else) is red. And, soon, it’ll start to peel, too.
1. Use aloe vera gel: aloe has hydrating, cooling, and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your sunburn.
2. Wear sunscreen EVERY day: sunburns don’t happen just at the beach. UV rays can penetrate through clouds and even get reflected on snow. Don’t risk it!
Hope these tips will help your skin go back to a healthy colour again.
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