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On (not) seeing red: Quick tips for banishing redness

Seeing red usually isn’t a good thing when it comes to your skin, but there are things you can do to combat unwanted flare-ups and bring your complexion back to a calm, glowing state. Here are a couple common causes of redness and what you can do about them.

Rosacea: You’ve likely experienced this condition for many years. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that leaves a red, blotchy appearance in its wake and sometimes even inflamed bumps. Rosacea has no known cure, unfortunately, but those with the condition have ways to keep it tame. Experts recommend using skin products with anti-inflammatory ingredients like licorice and feverfew (a medicinal herb). Your doctor can also prescribe you a medication to help keep redness and swelling at bay.

Product-related irritation: Sometimes, the stuff we use on our skin just isn’t working out. A red or itchy complexion could be a sign there’s something wrong with your cleanser or moisturizer (think: too many preservatives), so you’ll want to discontinue the use of any new products you’ve introduced into your regimen to find the culprit and add it to your beauty black list.

Over-exfoliation: Exfoliating is a good thing, but too much scrubbing can be downright painful. You’ll know you’re guilty of this if your skin becomes dry, red and flaky after you bust out the jojoba beads. Tip: Limit your scrub sessions to no more than once or twice a week for optimal results.

We know that all the good advice in the world won’t help when you just want a quicker way to erase your redness before stepping out the door. If you need a quick fix to cover up unsightly blotches, try a facial brightener and a gentle, minerally enhanced concealer to banish the red stuff. If the condition becomes bothersome or painful, it’s time to see your dermatologist.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing