How to get rid of redness on the face? The answer will highly depend on the root cause, which may or may not have any known cure. Today, we will discuss about different solutions for removing redness from face naturally.
- 1 Essential oils for redness on face
- 2 Other ways to get rid of redness on face
Essential oils for redness on face
Bergamot essential oil helps with oily and dull skin. It also balances uneven skin tone.
Cypress is an astringent essential oil that helps reduce redness and inflammation
Eucalyptus helps fight minor infections that may be associated with the blemish-type lesions of rosacea.
Geranium essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps stimulate lymphatic drainage through the skin. Also helps regulate sebum production.
German chamomile essential oil repairs damaged skin and helps to develop new skin cells. It has also soothing and calming properties.
Juniper berry promotes a clear and healthy complexion.
Lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory and is great for rosacea and dermatitis. a
Patchouli essential oil is great for treating dermatitis.
Rosemary essential oil has disinfectant properties which helps protect the skin.
Other ways to get rid of redness on face
Causative Factor #1: Rosacea
Rosacea (said as roh-ZAY-sha) is a common facial skin disorder that’s estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. [Source. Rosacea.org] It usually affects the nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Redness of the face
- Enlarged, rounded red nose
- Pustules (pus-filled skin lesions)
- Papules (rounded skin elevations that measure less than one centimeter)
- Visible blood vessels
- Fine red lines
- Irritated and watery eyes
As of now, there’s no complete cure for rosacea. However, there are many good treatment options that could help to manage its symptoms.
Generally, topical antibiotics are the first-line drug of choice for rosacea. They’re normally applied two times a day. However, a study showed that once a day application of 0.75% and 1.0% metronidazole creams are well-tolerated and effective for moderate to severe rosacea.  Interestingly, twice daily application of15% azelaic acid gel for 15 weeks is a superior treatment to 0.75% metronidazole gel. 
Laser treatment is another option. Based on a clinical trial, pulsed dye laser seems to be a safe and effective treatment for rosacea.  But it would be more effective if it’s done by a skilled and qualified medical professional.
Green Tea Extract
Use cooled green tea infusion on your skin. It’s real soothing and helps tone down the redness on your face.
In one study, it was discovered that application of a specially formulated green tea extract facial cream twice a day for a month could significantly reduce redness in rosacea.  But the thing is the green tea leaves used for the cream in the study were picked and used within five hours.
Golden Chamomile (Chrysanthellum indicum)
Another option for you is a cream that contains golden chamomile. It seems to be well-tolerated and produces only mild adverse effects. It’s clinically tested to be highly effective in reducing redness of face due to moderate rosacea. 
1.) To avoid flare-ups, you need to know your triggers.
2.) Buy skin care products that are certified hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic (or non-blocking), and non-irritating.
3.) Regularly de-stress. Do something that brings you relaxation, such as deep breathing and massage.
4.) Never forget to wear sunscreen, preferably a brand that has a 30 or higher SPF rating and can protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays.
5.) Avoid alcoholic consumption to prevent worsening of rosacea.
Causative Factor #2: Eczema
Eczema, also referred as dermatitis, can develop in any areas of your body that’s covered by skin. It’s characterized by reddened, excessively dry, itchy, and thickened skin. So, you could just imagine if it develops on your face. Yes, it’s definitely not a lovely sight.
Bad news: The atopic (hereditary) kind of eczema is incurable.
Good news: Its symptoms are controllable.
Since it’s an incurable skin disorder, the main goal of treatment for eczema is to alleviate its symptoms, like itching, in order to prevent infection. You’ll most likely be prescribed with anti-histamines, antibiotics (if there’s infection), ultraviolet light therapy, immune system suppressants (e.g. cyclosporine), and topical medications.
A common topical anti-inflammatory medication prescribed for eczema is 1% hydrocortisone cream. It’s effective, but based on a study, a cream with 2% fusidic acid and 1% hydrocortisone acetate works better for moderate atopic dermatitis (or atopic eczema), as compared to using two separate creams containing one of each substance. 
For hundreds of years, oats have been used for skin to relieve inflammation and itching. Today, researchers identified the substances responsible for these effects of oats: polyphenols and aventhramides. 
To treat facial eczema, mill organic, non-flavored oats into a fine powder using a food processor or coffee grinder. Mix the finely powdered oats with enough honey or vegetable oil (e.g. virgin coconut oil, almond oil, and sesame oil). Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash everything off with cool water.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil has been linked to a number of health and beauty benefits. And one of them is relieving redness on face by effectively keeping your skin hydrated and getting rid of microorganisms, such as Staphylococcus aureus, on your facial skin. 
Since it tends to be heavy on the skin, make sure to apply only a thin layer on your face at least twice a day for four weeks.
1.) Use moisturizers while your skin is still wet, like after taking a shower, to lock in the moisture and alleviate itchy and dry skin.
2.) Know and avoid your triggers. Examples of these triggers are harsh soaps and detergents, stress, pollens, dust, certain microorganisms, environmental temperatures, sweat, and foods (dairy products, nuts, soy, etc.).
3.) To receive fast relief, apply cool compress. Just make sure you don’t put it on your skin for too long (more than 15 or 20 minutes) because it will damage your skin and tissue.
Causative factors #3: Allergies, Alcohol, Dry Skin, Temperature, and Sun Damage
These remedies are natural and safe for your face and will help to reduce the redness:
Aloe vera has known to have skin calming properties. Aloe vera gel is great for sun damage, skin allergies and dry skin. Use aloe vera gel on face daily for 20 minutes.
Mint has soothing properties which can reduce the redness of skin. Make a cup of mint tea. Add 3 mint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Cool it down before using it. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the tea. Apply the solution on your face. Leave it there for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid that relieve inflammation and face puffiness. The moisture and cooling effects of cucumbers work great with the facial redness as well.
Cut the cucumbers into slices and place it on your face. Keep them on your face for 10 minutes before rinsing them off. You can do this daily.
Cucumbers work wonders on reducing eye redness as well. Check out our detailed post on how to get rid of red eyes.
Olive oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E. It works well for reducing facial redness. You can also use coconut oil and almond oil to treat a red face. Pour a little olive oil into a cup. Dip a cotton ball into the oil and apply it onto your face. Leave it there for 15 minutes before washing it off.
There can be other causes for a red face, such as diabetes, lung problems (e.g. chronic bronchitis), dehydration, menopause, spicy foods, fever, exercise, anxiety disorder, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune disorders, and heart problems, among others.
Warning: Facial redness may be caused by life-threatening conditions. That’s why we highly encourage you to seek immediate medical attention if your facial redness is chronic (lasting longer than three to six months), unexplained, and accompanied by serious symptoms, like breathing difficulties, swelling, and confusion.
If you also experience a constant swollen or moon-face, check out our other article on how to get rid of a puffy face.
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