Topic: Desperate for a treatment for my facial redness.?
January 28, 2020 / By Bryanne Question:
I'm not sure whether I have Rosacea or not but I've had a redness on my cheeks with a few blemishes and I've had it since 7th grade. The point is it's been a while. i've tried Proactiv, dermatologist treatments which didn't work at all and now I'm kind of stuck using Neutrogena which is not working at all either.
So I've been looking at Clinique and I read the reviews for redness solutions but I'm still skeptical. I don't know whether I should just try it and return it if it's awful? I just need help because this absolutely sucks and I've had enough with this redness.
Is there something else I could try that works even better?
Please help me :(
Alleen | 5 days ago
There are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here are just a few possibilities:
- genetics / hormones
- sun sensitivity
- medication induced
For an accurate, professional diagnosis consult a certified dermatologist.
In the meantime, whether you have rosacea or not, there's certainly ways to keep some facial redness under control and less noticeable.
Increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic)
Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.
Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness and acne)
Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.
(As well, alcohol is generally a known trigger for most rosacea-prone people.)
There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce facial redness:
- There is a face cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated for rosacea-prone skin types.
- Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
- LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)
I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.
When it comes to make-up and skin conditions, less is better, as your skin needs to breathe to heal.
If you do use foundation, find a make-up primer that you apply to your face after cleansing & moisturizing, before applying your foundation. Use a good quality foundation, with a slight hint of green. It actually helps counteract the redness.
Avoid any foundations that have a pink, red or peach tone to them. Those tones will only magnify the existing redness.
It's up to you how much time & effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.
If you're interested, here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
- avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt, oils, & bacteria from your hands can clog the pores)
- avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally) Alcohol can actually burn & irritate sensitive or inflamed skin tissue.
- only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
- avoid any scented soaps and creams (scents & fragrances can irritate sensitive or inflamed skin)
- have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
- try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
- try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
- try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish.
- avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf)
- drink pure green tea (matcha), rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
- eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
- avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content.
- find out what your own personal food "triggers" are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
- avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
- try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
- try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)
Please, check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding facial redness...
You should see a dermatologist to determine whether you have rosacea or not - and if not what the cause of your condition is. You can't effectively treat something if you're not sure what it is. For rosacea, many people have had success treating it with natural remedies but it all depends on the severity of your condition, skin type, etc.
i have the same exact problem. My skin is VERY sensitive on my face. Everything that i have used never worked as well until i started using Saint Ives Sensitive. It hasnt cleared up the whole problem but it has helped a little bit. Enough to where my makeup covers it. Try it and see how it works for you. It could be that your skin is too sensitive to the other products you use.