Red, ruddy skin can have numerous causes: rosacea, irritation, allergic reactions, sun exposure, etc. The best course of action if you are suffering from redness of the skin is to see a dermatologist to determine the exact cause. But there are things you can do to avoid and/or alleviate redness on your own.
Watch your diet
You may notice that, when you drink alcohol, you get a bit “red in the face.” This is not a coincidence. Alcohol consumption dilates blood vessels, causing a reddened complexion. This can also be caused by allergans in your food or in your environment. It’s best to avoid foods that have a lot of additives and preservatives.
Be careful what you put on your skin
Just as what you put IN your body can affect your skin, of course what you put ON your body can have an effect as well. Learn which products are gentle to your skin type. And keep in mind that things like laundry detergents and household cleaners can affect your skin, as well as your cosmetics. Just because you’re not applying a product directly to your skin does not mean you aren’t exposing your skin to it.
Use sun protection
Sun protection is a must, regardless of your skin condition. But it bears repeating that avoiding direct sun exposure is one of the best (and easiest) ways of keeping your skin healthy. When you have to be in the sun, make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
It’s never a good idea to scrub or exfoliate your skin too much. Aggressive cleansing and/or exfoliation can exacerbate many different skin conditions. Cleanse your skin gently, and exfoliate no more than once a week – less if your skin is particularly sensitive – and use a gentle exfoliant.
Topical solutions for red, ruddy skin
There are topical cleansers and lotions that promise to soothe and alleviate red skin, and many of these work well. Bel Mondo’s Bio Cellulose Skin Lightener Mask can help reduce redness, as well as improving hydration, and restoring suppleness.