How to Reduce Facial Redness
Skin can become inflamed and red from many factors, including allergies, sun damage or as a side effect from skin-care products. Skin conditions such as Rosacea and eczema can also be the reason for facial redness. Whatever the cause, ruddy skin can cause your face to appear irritated and swollen. There are several home remedies you can use to diminish redness that help sooth and calm skin. Try these 100 percent natural treatments to help get you glowing again.
Apply a skin-soothing oatmeal and honey mask. Combine 2 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of raw, ground oats in a small bowl. Mix the two substances together well, and spread them onto your skin. Cover the entire area that is affected by redness and irritation. Leave the oatmeal and honey mask on your skin for at least 15 minutes. Wipe off the mask into a trash can, then rinse your skin well with warm water. You can use an oatmeal and honey mask once a day to relieve inflammation and reduces redness in your skin.
Try an anti-inflammatory aloe vera gel mask. Although aloe vera gel is most commonly used to treat burns and abrasions, it is also very helpful in reducing inflammation and redness in the skin. Aloe vera gel is available at most grocery or health food stores. Spread 2 tbsp. of aloe vera gel directly onto your skin, applying evenly over the entire area affected by redness. Leave on for at least 15 minutes, then rinse the aloe off with warm water. Apply an aloe vera mask daily to decrease facial redness.
Use ice to reduce swelling and inflammation. Ice shrinks the capillaries and reduces swelling in the skin, which diminishes the appearance of redness as a result. Always wrap the ice in a thin towel to prevent it from causing facial pain or numbness. Place one or two ice cubes in the towel and gently rub the ice over the area of your skin affected by redness. Use slow, circular motions and pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel after five minutes. Ice can be applied to the skin once a day to reduce swelling and redness.
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