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How to Get Rid of Skin Redness


Skin with freckles
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Every girl in the world has had a skin issue of some sort. I know I do! I have rosacea, which is definitely not easy to deal with.

However, ever since I found out that I have rosacea, I began to adjust my eating habits slightly to attempt to bring down the inflammation naturally. In addition, I started to use special skin and makeup products made for red skin.

Below, I’m going to share my tried-and-true tips that have helped me get rid of skin redness. Read on to learn more:

Use the right skincare products and makeup.

Clinique redness regimen
Clinique Redness Solutions Redness Regimen, $49.50 at Clinique

The building blocks to a great-looking complexion starts with a fab skincare routine. However, many common fragrances and dyes found in skincare products can actually irritate red skin even more. Luckily though, some companies make products especially formulated for rosacea.

In fact, Clinique makes an amazing line of skincare products and makeup that actually calms your skin and reduces redness flare-ups. It’s the best one I’ve found thus far!

Their Redness Regimen kit (pictured above) includes a facial cleanser, moisturizer, and green-tinted primer to tone down redness before you even apply makeup. As I mentioned earlier, I have serious redness issues and these products calm my skin down enough that I don’t have to use a harsh medicated product.

Clinique redness solutions makeup
Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup, $27 at Clinique

Clinique also makes a Redness Solutions line of makeup that includes foundation, concealer, and powder. And, just like the skincare products, this makeup really works to tone down skin flare-ups. (Can you tell I’m addicted to this line?)

When it comes to applying foundation, I don’t recommend using your fingers, since they could have oils or other products on them that could irritate your skin. Also, make sure your foundation brush is clean! I just put a little bit of foundation onto an angled brush and apply it lightly to the reddest parts of my face first.

Next, I apply any powder, super lightly. I only put enough on to get rid of shininess. Putting on too much powder can clog your pores and irritate your skin even more!

Eat better!

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You know the phrase, “you are what you eat?” It’s true! In fact, certain foods can actually help curb skin redness, while others can cause it to flare up. Here are a few ways I’ve started to combat my rosacea with food:

Eat lots of nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds. An easy way to incorporate them into your diet is to sprinkle them on top of a salad, oatmeal, or cereal. They don’t have much flavor, but they will give your meal a little crunch!

These nuts and seeds can calm your skin since they contain Omega-3s (good fats), a natural anti-inflammatory.

Surprisingly, raspberries are another awesome way to calm your skin down They contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that helps prevent red skin.

Also, nuts, seeds, and raspberries can also help clear up breakouts faster, which is amazing!

Last but certainly not least, drinking tons of water also helps with skin redness. However, let’s be honest here… water helps pretty much every skin issue there is!

What do you think?

Do you have really red skin? What do you do to calm it down? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on October 22, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Skin Redness”

  1. 1
    October 22nd, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I have rosacea too. I have a couple of tricks to keep it calm…

    To get rid of red skin/contact dermatitis/any irritation instantly, I use Avene Thermal Spring water generously. Spray, let dry, spray, let dry. It works!

    To maintain red-free skin, it’s all down to skincare, for me. I use the gentlest products – and personally love the Avene line. I gently exfoliate everyday using ground oatmeal. Eventually my skin barrier is strong enough to withstand Retin A, which I use every other day.

    Last but not least, sunscreen! Sunscreen deserves a lo of love and respect. I can’t live without mine.

  2. 2
    October 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have rosacea as well! The makeup and skin care tips are definitely helpful.
    I have a few tips to add. I have noticed that the biggest contributors to skin redness are sugar and oily food. Once you eliminate them from your diet you can see a complete transformation. I tried that for 2 months and the results were amazing.
    Hot water and overexposure to sun are also bad ideas since they open up the pores more and cause more redness.
    An of course, as you said, water is very important to any skin problem out there.
    Thanks for this post. Xx

  3. 3
    October 22nd, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Dairy products also cause inflammation. I think if you have rosacea or any other medical conditions that cause inflammation (lupus, arthritis, etc) it would probably help to cut dairy products from your diet and use better, healthier alternatives.

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    October 22nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Try Organic Tart Cherry Juiced and Black Cherry Juice. Amazing wonders for inflammation, two of the most potent things! All you need it a shot glass full a day and it aids in reducing redness.

    Also, if you have a hard time drinking a lot of water, try to eat a bowl of cucumbers. They are 95% water but since they also contain fiber in the skin around it you can eat a bunch barely even noticing it.

    I have a lot of redness from inflammation on my cheeks, it sort of looks like a post acne mark but i’ve never had acne where they are, and I use Estee Lauder Advanced night repair + neutragena rapid tone repair. It takes time, but it helps. Plus the Retina in the Rapid tone repair is gentle enough for nightly use.

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