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Inevitable Skin Redness? Here Are Some Ways to Calm Them Down

Sure, glass skin sounds ideal, but the truth is that most of us have some degree of facial redness, dryness, and skin sensitivity.

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Redness on your face can be annoying at best, but it can also be an indication of underlying health issues and a source of irritation, discomfort, or insecurity at worst. We’ve rounded up reasons why you have skin redness and inflammation and how to treat them properly.

How do you calm a red face?

Burns, allergic reactions, infections, and certain medical conditions can all cause skin redness. To properly treat redness, you must first identify the source of the problem. Here are some of the most common causes of a red face:


Acne-related redness 

Chemical acids containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid can aid in the removal of the top layers of skin by promoting cellular turnover. After the acne scars have faded, apply an oil-free hydrating cream to your skin.


Redness from dryness

Dry skin is frequently damaged and compromised, making it vulnerable to infection from microorganisms, resulting in sensitivity and redness. It is best to stay away from harsh exfoliation to reinforce the skin barrier. Look for face moisturizers with proven hydrating ingredients that have been specially formulated for dry skin.



It can burn if you expose your skin to too much sunlight without adequate protection from sunscreen and clothing. Although it may appear to be a temporary condition, sunburn—the result of too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays—can cause long-term skin damage. This damage raises a person’s risk of developing skin cancer, emphasizing the importance of sun protection. To soothe sunburned skin, apply a moisturizer containing aloe vera or soy. If a particular area is particularly painful, you may want to apply a hydrocortisone cream.

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