Skin Redness: How to Reduce Redness on Your Face

Do you experience skin redness on your face? If so, there are things you can do. We explore why facial redness occurs and provide you with tips on how to help reduce redness on your face and how to help prevent this skin concern.

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What Causes Facial Redness?

Facial redness has many causes. These can be skin conditions like eczema, acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. You can also get redness on your face from sun damage, skin irritation, over-exfoliation, and dry skin.

How to Help Prevent Redness on Your Face

If your skin redness is caused by a skin condition, it’s important to tackle that condition by using suitable skincare products and by consulting with your doctor. If you have eczema, take a look at our article A Beginner's Guide To Eczema: What To Know & Care Tips.

There are also some general tips that can help prevent facial redness caused by dryness.

Use an SPF Product to Protect from Sun Damage

Protecting your skin from sun damage is a key way to prevent skin redness caused by sunburn and irritation. Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Face Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a lightweight sunscreen that can be worn daily under makeup.

Cetaphil mineral sunscreens provide protection from UVB and UVA rays and are suitable for sensitive skin. When applying sunscreen make sure you use enough on your face and body and reapply regularly.

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Be Careful with Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin too much can cause skin redness. This can also occur if the chemical exfoliant is too harsh on your skin, or if you scrub very hard with a physical exfoliant that contains small granules.

There are gentle scrubs available like Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub, which are suitable for sensitive skin.

Use Gentle Skincare Products

Some skincare ingredients can irritate your skin and cause skin redness. To help prevent this from occurring, it’s important to choose products with mild ingredients. One ingredient which can be gentle on skin is panthenol.

Panthenol helps moisturize and soothe skin. Try Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream as part of your skincare routine, it’s proven to be gentle on sensitive skin.

Other products which are beneficial for sensitive skin include those that are hypoallergenic or fragrance-free. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Fragrance Free can deeply cleanse your skin while remaining gentle on your skin.

Lifestyle Changes

Your diet could also cause face flushing. It may be useful to limit the intake of spicy foods, alcohol, or very hot drinks.

Additionally, it’s important to keep your skin protected from the effects of weather changes. As well as sun damage, windy and cold weather can dry out your skin, which can lead to skin redness.

Moisturize at Night

If you have dry skin it’s important to apply a moisturizer overnight as this can help to prevent moisture loss. During the night, ingredients have more time to be absorbed without being exposed to the outside world.

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4 Skincare Ingredients to Help with Redness on Your Face

If you experience redness on your face, there are some skincare ingredients that can help:

Allantoin is extracted from the comfrey plant and has been shown to help with skin renewal and can protect skin against external stressors. Allantoin can help to reduce redness on your face and can be found in Cetaphil Soothing Gel Cream, which contains restorative allantoin and aloe vera.

Caffeine has antioxidant properties and is a useful ingredient that can help tackle redness-prone skin. Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20 contains both allantoin and caffeine to help soothe redness. It also provides SPF protection.

Licorice extract is an effective ingredient as it tackles sensitivity, which can lead to facial redness. Studies have shown that licorice extract can soothe redness. Licorice extract can also improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (dark spots on your skin), especially if it was caused by sun damage.

Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer is a nourishing night moisturizer enriched with licorice extract. This moisturizer can improve your skin’s texture while reducing the appearance of redness caused by dryness. Take a deep dive into some of the key ingredients used in Cetaphil products.

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 used in skincare and can moisturize your skin. To benefit from the moisturizing effect of niacinamide, use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to thoroughly wash your skin and then apply Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Both products contain niacinamide.

If dry skin is causing your facial redness, you may benefit from the moisturizing effects of ceramides by trying Cetaphil Intensive Healing Lotion with Ceramides. Suitable for rough, flaky, and sensitive skin, this lotion hydrates and smooths rough, flaky skin for 24 hours.

The Bottom Line

By following the key tips in this article you can help to avoid and reduce redness on your face. If you think you have a medical condition causing redness you should speak to your doctor to help find the right solution.