Cold, windy weather or an embarrassing situation may cause temporary skin redness, but for others, facial redness is chronic — to the point of impacting their quality of life and overall self-confidence.
If you’re one of the people living with frequent and bothersome facial redness, you know it’s not fun! Not only can a flushed face and the breakouts that follow be embarrassing, but they can also be hard to predict and control. But, there’s good news...
We’re here to tell you about some simple home remedies you can use to reduce facial redness and bring peace to your skin.
What Is Facial Redness?
You probably guessed it — facial redness is characterized by flushed or blushed skin, often on the face. Along with redness, you may also notice small bumps or exposed blood vessels. Skin redness can last from days to years and can affect anyone; however, facial redness is most common among middle-aged women with fair skin.
Causes of Facial Redness
The exact cause of facial redness is unknown. In fact, it can be a sign of many different underlying conditions. However, it’s often connected to heredity and environmental factors. One important cause of facial redness that is often overlooked is an imbalanced skin microbiome.
Your skin is home to loads of bacteria, even if you can’t see these little guys with your naked eye. While the sound of bacteria may conjure up images of sickness and disease, the truth is not all bacteria are bad. In fact, many of them are good!
So what do these good bacteria do? They help boost our immune defenses by fighting off bad bacteria that can cause disease.
How does this relate to your red face?
Research shows that people dealing with facial redness have skin microbiomes that are different from those without red faces. In other words, those with facial redness have less of the good bacteria and more of the bad bacteria.
Without a proper skin microbiome, your skin’s immune system struggles to function properly. What’s this look like? Skin that turns red every time it perceives an attack… even if it’s not in danger.
Other causes of redness include skin mites (known as Demodex folliculorum), genetics, and certain medications — including some blood pressure medicines.
How to Reduce Facial Redness
1. Avoid Triggers
Triggers of facial redness are varied and may include:
- Chemicals in topical products
- Emotional stress
- Hot or cold weather
- Strenuous exercise
- Certain medications, including some blood pressure medicines
Avoiding triggers can seriously reduce facial redness, but this is easier said than done. While you could avoid every potential trigger, that would be exhausting. So first you’ll need to figure out what your personal triggers are.
Wondering how to do this? Take notes.
By keeping a log of your flare-ups, you’ll be able to better pinpoint what’s causing them. Then, you can try to limit exposure.
For example, if you realize your face turns red after washing and styling your hair, take a look at any products you use. Shampoo? Hairspray?
Also, notice the environment. Are you using super hot water or a hairdryer?
Eliminate these products and possible environmental triggers one by one until you see your redness dissipate. When this happens, you’ve found your trigger!
2. Adjust Your Diet
It turns out your diet can both help and hurt your facial redness! Diets aren't one-size fits all — we're all unique — so it may take some elimination and experimentation to determine which foods do and do not agree with your skin. We can give you some general recommendations, though:
Foods to eat:
- Foods rich in zinc – meat, legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains
- Probiotic-rich foods – miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt
Foods to test and potentially eliminate or reduce:
- Hot drinks
- Spicy foods
- Dairy, or other inflammatory foods
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to diet. Let your skin guide you in choosing which foods work for you.
3. Balance Your Skin Microbiome
Avoiding triggers helps you avoid substances that can cause flare-ups.
On the other hand, balancing your skin microbiome helps you develop skin that can better handle these triggers.
As we explained above, if you’re regularly dealing with a red face, there’s a good chance your skin microbiome is out of whack. Over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, and using products with preservatives or antibiotics can all disrupt your skin microbiome.
Fortunately, you can rebalance your skin’s microbiome. While this may sound complicated, you just need to choose a product that works with your skin’s natural defenses to return your skin to a balanced state.
Gladskin Redness Relief Cream (out Spring 2021!) rebalances the good and bad bacteria that live on the skin, thanks to endolysin Micreobalance® (our patented smart protein), while it moisturizes. It helps your skin naturally fight off the bad guys and amp up the good bacteria.
Now that’s something to celebrate.
And since it’s formulated without harsh ingredients or antimicrobials and safe for sensitive skin, you don’t have to worry about it causing flare-ups.
4. Skip Harsh Skincare Ingredients
Gladskin Redness Relief Cream is free from fragrances, alcohols, steroids, preservatives, and parabens. We’re biased, but it really is a great example of the type of clean skincare products to look out for when trying to nourish red and sensitive skin. When you’re dealing with facial redness, opt out of skincare ingredients with:
- Glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Witch hazel
- Menthol or peppermint oil
- Synthetic fragrances
- Drying alcohols
- Preservatives and parabens
To help keep your facial redness at bay, it’s essential that you keep your skin moist. As you know, this is easier said than done, since many moisturizers contain unnecessary added ingredients.
But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great moisturizer that’s safe and effective.
Gladskin’s Redness Relief Cream provides your skin with the moisture it deserves without any of the harmful chemicals it doesn’t.
No retinoids, no parasiticides, no antibiotics, no worries. Just a healthy dose of moisture.
Learn more about Gladskin Redness Relief Cream!