If you have skincare questions, we have answers. From acne, to eczema and sensitive skin, we are looking at some of the most common questions and associated myths, as well as providing dermatologist advice on what works and what doesn’t.
How to get rid of red skin?
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Find the culprit! Uncovering the triggers and the skin conditions that are behind the inflammation leading to the visible redness of your skin is the first step to getting rid of red skin. Once you know the causes of red skin, the next step is to reduce the look of redness by adopting a soothing, moisturizing skincare routine that will not further irritate the skin and also reduce the underlying syptoms of red skin. For more information on sensitive skin, watch our videos on why your skin itches and how to get rid of swollen eyes.
Why do I have red spots on my skin?
When you are seeing red patches or red spots on your skin, it's usually a sign of inflammation, and there can be many different causes for why this might be happening. One of the most common causes could be that your skin is experiencing a type of allergic reaction from either products your are using, or even seasonal allergies. In terms of specific redness-causing skin conditions, these could be rosacea or acne that are often characterized by redness and sensitivity. They could also leave more red marks on the skin. And last but not least, red skin can also be associated to eczema or psoriasis.
What causes skin redness?
Needless to say, the first step to managing redness is finding what is causing it. In the case that your redness is a result of allergic reactions, or even rosacea, it is essential to have a look at your medicine cabinet of skincare products. Is what you are applying on your face containing anything that could be triggering your redness? If it's the case, remove it from your skincare routine. Ideally follow the rule of less is more in this case by limiting the amount of products you're applying on your skin until you find the redness has subsided. Gentle products adapted for sensitive skin will be a better go-to. In the case of eczema or psoriasis, seeking the proper treatment will reduce the symptoms of red skin that are a symptom of these skin conditions. If you have redness that is stubborn or even painful, it's important to consult a board-certified dermatologist for the proper treatment.
How to get rid of redness on the face?
Step 1: Gently cleanse your skin+
The first step in using gentle skincare to help get rid of redness in the skin is to use a gentle cleanser that won't irritate the skin any further. Opt for a cleanser that is has a milky and non-foaming texture if you are also finding your skin to be extra-sensitive, dry, and red. Soap-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free formulas will be the safest option, and they will not cause further disbalance in the skin. Sensitive skin cleansers that can be used with and without water can be ideal for days your skin is at its most uncomfortable state. Try La Roche Posay's gentle cleansing milk that also acts as a makeup remover, Toleriane Dermo-Cleaser, especially formulated for sensitive, red skin.
Step 2: Hydrate and soothe your skin+
To follow-up a gentle cleanse, a moisturizer that has soothing and intense hydration properties will help to create a protective barrier for your compromised skin. Moisturizers that contain active ingredients to help reduce signs of inflammation and overall sensitivity could help get to the root causes of your red skin. To keep a minimalist routine, stay on the lookout for products that are alcohol-free, fragrance-free and have soothing active ingredients, such as Toleriane Ultra, an intense soothing moisturizer that repairs and protects your skin.