5 Awesome Tips to Help Reduce Rosacea and Redness
Are you struggling with blotchy red patches on your face? Skin conditions like rosacea might be to blame! Redness in the face is a common issue among men and women of all ages, and it can often be a big cause of concern for patients aesthetically and dermatologically. While there is a huge list of reasons why your skin may experience redness, for those who experience it often, it might be due to an underlying concern.
Issues like irritation, sunburn, allergies, and even stress can contribute to redness in the skin, but they can be difficult to distinguish against something like acne or rosacea. Talking to a dermatologist, skincare expert, or aesthetic nurse can all be excellent ways to help determine what the cause is and how best to treat it.
Rosacea vs Redness
It’s important to determine what the underlying cause of your redness is (or at least rule out what’s not causing it), to help provide a customized treatment that works. Some issues can be corrected with a quick fix, like make-up or sunscreen, while others require special ointments or prescription medications to control.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that looks a bit like acne. In fact, it is often misdiagnosed and thus improperly treated, resulting in many patients who don’t see improvements. It appears as redness, bumps, and blotches around the skin, and typically shows up on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, but can stretch as far as the chest or ears. Other symptoms can include burning or stinging, patches of scaly skin, a swollen nose, enlarged pores, and more.
Other Types of Redness
More common types of redness include issues that can happen to anyone, such as windburn, frostbite, sunburn, or irritation from a fabric, lotion, or similar allergy. Typically, a similar topical solution is enough to calm or cure these. However, other types of redness in the skin can be signs of medical conditions or concerns, like psoriasis, shingles, or reaction to a medication. A dermatologist or general practitioner should be able to help with these!
Expert Tips From Our Beauty Guru
You have your everyday solutions, like color-correction through concealer or tinted moisturizer, which can be an excellent addition to your arsenal of tools for correcting redness. But, Colorado Beauty RN's owner and aesthetic nurse, Jenny, has some great tips that you might not have considered! Here are some helpful tips to control redness in the face:
1. Cold Compress
In many cases, redness can be solved with a little bit of cold water, a carefully wrapped ice pack or even a similar type of cool, soothing treat like cucumber slices or honey. Cold can help soothe swelling, irritation, and even reduce the production of oil and bacteria in the skin! For patients with rosacea, it can also provide relief to burning and stinging sensations.
2. Aloe Vera
Ever wonder why aloe vera is so popular among sunburn ointment and lotion? Research shows that aloe helps reduce inflammation thanks to a compound called aloin. This helps treat mild burns and similar types of irritation plus other issues in the skin, like - you guessed it - redness and rosacea.
3. Medical-Grade Skin Care
Medical-grade products are a huge step up from your basic run-of-the-mill drug store items. They offer a higher concentration of the ingredients that are helping to clear up any blemishes; plus, they are specially-formulated by medical experts to ensure they are light enough to penetrate your skin. Struggling with rosacea? Try one of our favorite skin correcting SkinMedica® products!
4. Know - and Avoid - Your Triggers
Redness in the skin can sometimes be linked to other factors, like anger or anxiety, high-intensity exercises, extreme temperatures, or medical issues like hypertension. Additionally, smokers are at a higher risk of developing issues that can cause redness. Assessing the things you are exposing your skin to regularly can help you determine what your triggers are, so you can contentiously avoid or prepare for them.
5. Diet Changes
Some of the foods you're eating might also be contributing to the redness on your face! Alcohol, hot drinks like coffee or tea, and dairy products could be a factor. Citruses, spicy foods, sour veggies, and spices with capsaicin are also potential triggers that could have you looking much like the dish you are eating! Consider, instead, trying soothing spices like coriander, cardamom, or turmeric, and eating more turkey, chicken, and bland veggies. Experiment with different dishes to see what helps (and what makes it worse)!
Everyone Deserves Beautiful, Blemish-Free Skin
Skin is a fickle organ - and the biggest one on the body - so it’s important to treat it with care! Wearing sunscreen, using gentle cleansers, and avoiding touching your face excessively can help to minimize exposure to bacteria, oils, harsh chemicals, and harmful UV rays - all of which help to preserve the health and beauty of your skin. A high-end hydrodermabrasion or chemical peel can also be excellent ways to boost the overall appearance of your skin!
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