Redness on the Face: Treating Rosacea, Acne, Red Spots, and More

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Redness on faceA few issues, including psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, acne, and stress hives can cause redness on the face, making the skin look swollen and inflamed.

Luckily, there are quite a few natural remedies that will help ease inflammation and redness, while hydrating and repairing skin cells.

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Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, acne, and stress hives can cause redness on the face, making the skin look swollen and inflamed.

Sometimes, though, redness of the face is a result of nothing more than what you are already putting on your face—cosmetics and beauty care products.

So, how to reduce redness on the face if this is the cause? The best way to remedy this situation is to stop using your current products and move to simple cleansers and moisturizers, and then see if you notice a difference after 30 days.

What Causes Redness on the Face?

A condition called perioral dermatitis causes redness around the nose, chin, mouth, and eyes. Nervousness can cause red blotches on the face, called stress hives (though they typically don’t present as raised bumps), and acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea can all cause skin to become red and inflamed. Conventional treatments for redness on the face are available for all of these conditions and more, as well as natural remedies that can help calm redness down.

Home Remedies for Redness on the Face

The following is a list of some natural skin products that can deliver positive results when used regularly. These remedies for red spots on the face are affordable and can be purchased in local grocery stores and health food stores.

1. Aloe Vera

aloe vera for skin

Aloe vera is packed with over 75 vitamins, nutrients, and essential fatty acids that hydrate itchy, dry skin.

Rosacea, acne, and other skin problems can cause facial redness, which can be unsightly and painful. This discomfort can be soothed with aloe vera gel, which has been used for centuries as a first-aid treatment because it soothes and cools damaged skin. You can buy a plant to keep at home and snip off the pieces as needed. Bottles of already extracted aloe vera gel can also be found in most health food stores. Aloe vera is packed with over 75 vitamins, nutrients, and essential fatty acids that hydrate itchy, dry skin. Store the bottle of gel in the fridge for further use.

2. Aspirin Paste

Aspirin Paste

An interesting remedy for irritating skin issues is to use a mask made from aspirin.

Skin redness, no matter the cause, can be embarrassing and make us feel less inclined to be out in public. An interesting remedy for irritating skin issues is to use a mask made from aspirin—it can help ease inflammation and dry out the red spots. Below are some instructions for creating and using an aspirin mask.

  • Crush one aspirin pill in a small container; use a mortar and pestle if you have one. You need it to be fully crushed for this to work well.
  • Mix the crushed aspirin with water. Aim for two to three parts water to one part aspirin.
  • Apply the paste to wherever there is redness.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Remove with a warm facecloth. The paste will dry out the skin, so you can then hydrate with aloe vera gel or rosehip seed oil.

3. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip oil also has retinoic acid in it, which is known to brighten skin.

Rosacea treatments need to be gentle and non-irritating to the skin, and rosehip oil is one such treatment. It’s a soothing balm made from the seeds of Rosa moschata, and it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and E, plus antioxidants and essential fatty acids, all of which are good for the skin. These elements hydrate dry, itchy skin and reduce the appearance of scars and redness. Rosehip oil also has retinoic acid in it, which is known to brighten skin. This oil can be added to the creams you already own, or it can be used alone after your face has been cleansed. Good quality rosehip oil will have no other ingredients except for vitamin E to help prevent it from going rancid.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar

The malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar help soften and exfoliate the skin, reduce red marks, and treat acne.

How to get rid of red cheeks and redness on the face from acne with vinegar, you ask? The malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar help soften and exfoliate the skin, reduce red marks, and treat acne. You can make a toner at home using apple cider vinegar; it can be applied every night after cleansing to help keep redness at bay. All you have to do is mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a container with a lid, and shake it up to mix. Apply some of the solution to a cotton pad or a makeup pad, and swipe it all over your face or wherever there is redness and inflammation. You might smell a little bit like vinegar; this is the one downside. But it’s effective!

5. Cucumber Mash Mask

Cucumber Mash Mask

Cucumber is soothing and hydrating, and can reduce redness on the face from acne, eczema, and other skin issues.

Cucumber is an old remedy for troubled skin, and it’s a much-used ingredient in many beauty products. The water of the fruit is soothing and hydrating, and can reduce redness on the face from acne, eczema, and other skin issues. It’s safe to use on severely damaged skin, but not on open wounds. In fact, nothing should be applied to open wounds without first discussing it with a doctor. To make a cucumber mask (and this works for any part of the skin, not just the face), take two cucumbers and blend them up. Apply this mash/paste wherever your skin needs it, and allow it to sit for up to 30 minutes, then gently wipe it off.

6. Bentonite Clay

bentonite clay

Bentonite Clay has been used for hundreds of years to draw out impurities from the body.

Redness on the face due to acne can be helped by using a bentonite clay mask. The clay has been used for hundreds of years to draw out impurities from the body, and can sooth damaged skin. This mask is simple to make. Buy a bag of powdered clay from a health food store. Add one tablespoon of water to three tablespoons of powder and combine until blended. Add more water until you have a smooth paste that won’t drip down your face. Apply wherever your skin is red and irritated, leave it on for 20 minutes, and gently wash it off. This can be done a few times a week.

7. Oatmeal

oatmeal

The FDA cites oatmeal as an effective element for relieving dryness and inflammation, including rashes and eczema.

As far back as 2000 BCE, people knew about the soothing properties inherent in the simple oat grain. The FDA cites oatmeal as an effective element for relieving dryness and inflammation, including rashes and eczema. It’s no wonder then that finely powdered oatmeal is sifted into commercially produced body soaks, moisturizers, and soaps. But you can make your own oatmeal treatments for a fraction of the cost.

So, how to get rid of redness on the face using oatmeal at home? You could soak in oatmeal by taking a cup of oatmeal and adding it to a warm bath. Swish the water around a bit to help it dissolve, then sit in the mixture for 20 minutes. An oatmeal mask is another solution that’s easy to make. Simply add water to oatmeal, enough so that you have a paste, and apply anywhere there is redness. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse it off.

8. Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey

Packed with amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, and flavonoids, Manuka honey is an important part of treating and managing skin problems.

Cheek redness can be embarrassing for some people, but the remedies listed here can help reduce this redness and inflammation. One excellent balm for this is manuka honey. Packed with amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, and flavonoids, as well as having antibacterial properties, this dark, rich honey is an important part of treating and managing skin problems that cause redness on the face and body. Making a mask from this honey is simple to do. Take one tablespoon of honey and cover your face, or the affected area, exactly as you would when putting on any other mask. Leave it on for 20 minutes then gently wipe it off with a warm facecloth.

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Dr. Victor Marchione, MD

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Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The... Read Full Bio »