5 Expert Tips for Dealing With Redness

5 Expert Tips for Dealing With Redness

Learn how to prevent and fight un-even, blotchy skin with these five tips.


By: Aly Walansky

If you are among the many people with red blotches or broken blood vessels on your face, you probably find it pretty frustrating — especially if you don't know what causes it, or what can be done to treat it.

1. Cover it Up

The first and easiest way t cover up redness is makeup, says Dr. Neal Schultz, a New York City-based dermatologist. Schultz says green-tinted foundation most effectively helps hide the red (due to green being red’s complimentary color). Essentially, one neutralizes the other.

2. Hydrate
Increasing moisture in your skin will reduce redness, says Anna Logan, a holistic skin care specialist and licensed esthetician at Touch of Faith Aesthetics Skin Care and Waxing Spa.

"Redness often results from an overly acidic body and skin, which can be caused by a number of factors,” she says, “including physical activity, stress, environment and, perhaps most importantly, diet."

"Some types of food and drinks, like meat, cheese, and alcohol, and stimulants, like coffee and cigarettes, form acids when processed by the body," Logan explains. "Other foods, primarily fruits and vegetables, are alkaline-forming, which helps to neutralize acids. By following a healthy diet rich in alkaline-forming foods, you can balance your body and reduce your rosacea symptoms while improving your overall health."

3. Caffeine
You know how caffeine makes you feel more energized on those early mornings? It can also make you look better. Schultz says caffeinated products can constrict the blood vessels, which means you will squeeze some blood out and there will be less red in the skin. The reality, though, is caffeinated products usually work better to relieve the signs of rosacea because of their anti-inflammatory powers than they do to really get the red out of your skin.

"Caffeine, as an anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce swelling and bumps in the skin, in addition to helping reduce redness,” Schultz says. “Reducing redness by constricting blood vessels only is part of being anti-inflammatory, but caffeine also helps to reduce sensitivity, swelling and bumps in the skin.”

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4. Medicate
Topical cortisone products constrict the blood vessels and get the red out effectively as well, Shultz says. The problem is, however, you cannot use them on an ongoing basis. If you use them for too long after they have temporarily helped the redness, they will actually break the capillaries, cause more redness and thin the skin. So this isn't an option.

Dr. Carolyn Dean author of “The Magnesium Miracle” and medical director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association, says a surprisingly helpful skincare product is magnesium bath salts.

"Adding magnesium salts to a hot bath may soothe tired muscles, promote sound sleep and help detoxify the body through the skin, which helps with redness, acne, eczema and other skin conditions,” Dean says. “Magnesium is a natural detoxifier and a natural sleep remedy that supports deep, restful sleep. If you are retaining toxins in your body from environmental, chemical and other toxic pollutants your skin will be adversely affected and will result in redness, acne, eczema, etc.," says Dr. Dean.

5. Sleep
And yes, there is some truth behind getting your beauty sleep.

“If you are not sleeping well, this will also affect your skin!" Dean says. "Poor sleep causes dark circles and bags under your eyes, sallow skin color and removes the natural glow from healthy skin.”

How can this be?

"The human body is built to follow natural rhythms,” says Alexandra Jamieson, celebrity health and nutrition counselor, chef and author of “The Great American Detox Diet.” “Our inner body clock, called circadian rhythm, triggers the natural impulses to wake up with the sun, sleep when it's dark, as well as a host of other natural body processes.”

Aly is the senior editor of LovingYou.com, beauty and fashion editor for MyGloss.com, a style columnist for SheKnows.com, creator of A Little Alytude as well as a contributor to publications ranging from the Huffington Post to About.com.

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I appreciate all the above tips. I am not familiar with a green tinted foundation. Would you please explain more and where it might be acquired? Thank-you.

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