Redness of the face comes from hypersensitivity of the blood vessels in the dermis. They dilate excessively. Skin color change and can vary from pale pink to bright red through purplish red. Redness can be on the whole face, or on the cheeks, the sides of the nose, the chin.
Fair skin is often the most affected, however this concerns all skin types.
In any case, there are multiple causes leading to the appearance of redness, and it is not always easy to determine the triggering factor(s).
Among them are:
- Physical activity
- Emotions: surprise, embarrassment, shyness can make your cheeks rosy.
- Consumption of alcohol or spicy food
- Exposure to heat (on the beach, in the hammam or sauna, etc.)
- Heredity: if your parents suffer from flush, “vaso-reactive” skin, that is to say with more sensitive blood vessels than average, can be a family characteristic.
- Age: skin aging makes skin more sensitive to redness.
- An allergy
If not properly treated, redness can become chronic and settle over time. They become skin pathologies (such as erythrosis, rosacea): the redness is then very often accompanied by pimples, dilated vessels, burning sensations, rough patches and desquamation, and in the worst cases of edema. It might require a consultation with a dermatologist, who will prescribe a treatment, sometimes based on antibiotics (in the case of rosacea), or laser sessions to overcome them.
How to treat redness on the face?
Before reaching this extreme, know that it is possible to reduce the frequency and extent of redness by taking great care of your skin and being attentive to your needs. It’s ideal to identify the cause to act upstream: for example if the redness appears following exposure to the sun, it is easy to act by staying in the shade and by protecting your face with an SPF sunscreen and a hat.
In the bathroom, do not overstimulate blood circulation! Chose products for gentle skin, specially formulated to respect sensitive and reactive skin. No coarse-grained scrubs, soaps which dry out, and all gestures that involve rubbing the skin. It is better to cleanse and remove make-up from your skin with a
Here are two excellent DIY Anti-redness soothing masks
- 10 ml safflower vegetable oil
- 10 ml of hemp oil
- 1 tablespoon of white clay
- 2 drops of Italian helichrysum essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients until you obtain a homogeneous paste
- Apply to the face in a thick layer and leave on for 10 minutes
- Rinse thoroughly with water
- To maximize the benefits, rinse afterwards with a hydrosol (chamomile hydrosol for example)
If you have acne rosacea
- 1 teaspoon of calophyllum oil
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba, hazelnut or kukui oil of your choice
- 1 teaspoon calendula or safflower oil of your choice
- 4 drops of essential oil of Italian helichrysum (helichrysum italicum
- 4 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 4 drops of pistachio lentisk essential oil