Skin redness is an issue that many people suffer from, and, unfortunately, there is no single cause of this problem. Whether you suffer from a chronic skin condition, such as rosacea, or a temporary sensitivity, such as contact dermatitis, it is always important that you know the difference between what is going to help you, and what might just make it even worse.
This diet focuses on reducing the inflammation that occurs within the body, clearing away any internal heat that is likely to have built up. The meals that you eat should be predominantly vegetable-based, with a side portion of a rice or sweet potato dish. Foods to avoid include soy, dairy, wheat, nuts, eggs, corn and shellfish, and your intake of sugar and sweeteners should be limited. Avoid food and drinks that contain ‘heat’, such as spicy food, alcohol and hot beverages.
Honey has many anti-inflammatory properties, and manuka honey, produced by bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka tree, is especially high in antioxidants. It also has antibacterial effects that benefit acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis, and should be applied directly to the skin each day to eliminate redness, as well as keep skin moisturized. When buying manuka honey, look for one that has a UMF/OMA rating of at least 15, as this rating system, developed by scientists in New Zealand where the honey is from, describes the activity level of the honey.
Oatmeal, colloidal oatmeal in particular, is a natural remedy that is used to help skin redness. If the redness is occurring mostly on your face, make a facial mask from it by mixing a couple of teaspoons of colloidal oatmeal with some water, and applying it to your face for ten minutes, about 4 times a week. You can also regularly take oatmeal baths, which will help to soothe the skin all over your body.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot, or even really warm, water can have a negative effect on your skin, washing away all of its essential oils and moisture, and leaving you with skin that is dry, scaly, and possibly red. To avoid this, stick to warm showers that do not last for more than 10 minutes. You should also avoid using hot water when cleansing your face, and purchase a makeup remover that does not need to be rinsed off.
Certain teas have also been seen to be very beneficial in combating skin redness. Green tea works especially well for rosacea patients, whilst chamomile and peppermint tea helps any sort of facial redness. In addition to drinking the teas, you can also make a topical compress from them, pouring cooled, steeped tea onto a cloth and pressing it onto your face for 1 minute, a couple of times a day.
No matter what the cause of your skin redness may be, there are many steps that you can take to help to reduce this. If the redness is worrying you in any way, it would be best to seek the advice of a dermatologist, so that you can better understand the possible underlying cause of the issue.