Dr. Paul M. Graham
Do you suffer from facial redness? If so, this week’s tip will be vital. Facial redness is a very common concern amongst many of my patients. These simple tips will help reduce the visual appearance of redness and may change the way you take care of your skin.
Facial redness can be caused by many factors including sun damage, rosacea, acne, blood vessels, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, infection, and underlying autoimmune diseases (lupus, dermatomyositis, etc). It is vital to determine what the true cause of the redness really is, but in the meantime, follow these three simple tips to minimize the appearance of that stubborn redness.
Three Steps to Redness Relief
- Moisturizer daily!
- Nothing irritates the skin more than dry skin. If your face burns or stings when in contact with water, this is a sign of lack of moisture. Well moisturized skin decreases inflammation, reducing the redness.
- Put the green in your makeup or moisturizer
- The color green is opposite of red on the color wheel. What this means is that green tint neutralizes the harsh appearance of red pigment, forming a yellow to tan pigment. This is an easy and cheap trick to add to your daily skin-care routine.
- Apply Afrin or Preparation H to the red
- This may sound like a joke, but the truth lies within the results. These OTC products contain medications the are specifically designed to shrink the size of blood vessels. Importantly, these medications have been known to cause “rebound redness” in some individuals after the medication wears off. Try it out on a weekend and see if it works for you. Remember, these medications provide only temporarily relief. It is important to see your dermatologist to determine the exact cause of the redness. By doing so, a more effective and prolonged treatment regimen can be prescribed.
With these three simple tips, you now have an at-home toolkit to fight that pesky redness. Remember, there are many causes of redness, with some causes pointing to underlying diseases. With that said, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis!
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