One of our readers wrote in with some questions about how to reduce facial redness when you have sensitive skin. I decided to do some research to see what I could learn about this very common and embarrassing problem that so many sensitive people suffer with!
First, if you have been suffering with facial redness for a long time, I would recommend that you see a dermatologist to make sure that your facial flushing is not caused by rosacea or other condition.
Then, I recommend if you haven't already that you download our free eBook Clear Any Skin Problem Naturally which will give you some helpful guidelines on first steps to decreasing the irritation and redness your skin is experiencing. It will help you to reduce your exposure to irritating toxins, and help your whole body to be healthier.
Practitioners or acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine say that facial redness is the result of excessive heat in the body. Anything you can do to reduce this, such as avoiding spicy foods and hot drinks, will be helpful in reducing facial redness. There are many natural suggestions on ways to modify your diet and lifestyle to reduce facial flushing at our natural rosacea cures page.
Other potential causes of facial redness include:
Some herbs and even foods can help you to reduce facial redness. These can also be added to hypoallergenic products to create a customized formulation.
Some herbs that may be able to reduce facial redness include:
Some natural foods can also reduce facial redness when used as a facial mask
Other natural remedies for facial redness include:
Press an ice cube against the roof of your mouth. It will immediately cool your body and reduce the facial flushing!
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, which provides nutrients that help to clear inflammation from the body. A basic anti-inflammatory diet includes the following:
Limit your intake of the following foods, which are healthy but too much can add to inflammation in the body:
Avoid the following foods which contribute to inflammation:
In terms of skincare products, your main guideline is to choose safe skincare products that do not contain chemicals which can cause skin irritation. We have some listed here at our site that we've researched and found to be good quality and also non-irritating.
I'm not aware of any skin care products that are both chemically safe, and that also reduce facial redness. You could try some rosacea skin care lines, although most of these that I've looked at have many chemical irritants.
Unfortunately it is difficult to find truly hypoallergenic products that do not contain chemical irritants; however there is one line that we've found that is free of both plant allergens and also chemical irritants.
You will have to try different products to find the ones that work best for your skin as a facial redness treatment. Here are some options I am familiar with:
Some researchers have discovered a relationship between lower serotonin levels in our bodies and facial flushing. When serotonin levels drop, due to stress, depression, anger, exhaustion or other causes, facial redness increases.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in our brains that helps us to sleep and regulates many other important body functions. It is also found in the blood and intestines, and it regulates many important body functions.
Actually, modern living can do a lot to sap our reserves of serotonin. If you eat a standard western diet and work all day in an office, you could easily be suffering from low levels of serotonin. Here are a few of the ways we can develop low serotonin:
Hormonal imbalances or genetic factors can also cause lower levels of serotonin in our bodies.
Correspondingly, when we do activities that raise our serotonin levels, facial flushing can calm down.
Some natural methods for increasing our serotonin levels are:
It is often difficult to get adequate serotonin through our diets because other amino acids in foods often get absorbed first.
Some people increase their intake of the amino acid tryptophan, hoping to raise their serotonin levels, however all amino acids have relationships with one another and so this may not work depending on other foods you are eating, or other supplements you are using.
To help convert tryptophan into serotonin, some people supplement with natural sources of 5-HTP which is derived from the Griffonia simplicifolia plant which is native to Africa. Others prefer Rhodiola rosea, a plant that grows in cold climates that improves mood, reduces fatigue and optimizes serotonin levels.
There are also several natural supplements specifically made for facial redness treatment and rosacea such as:
If you're interested in the details of how serotonin works, please visit this free online book Secrets of Serotonin
This book written for rosacea sufferers Rosacea No More has some very helpful tips for reducing the facial redness that you may develop after exercise and in social situations. These are extremely useful in daily life including how to stop blushing and flushing even if you are feeling embarrassed!
When all else fails, try a greenish tinted mineral makeup can help to cover the redness. Be sure to use a gentle bismuth free mineral makeup that will work for sensitive skin and will not cause further irritation.
The one I am most familiar with that is safe and non-irritating, looks great and is affordable is the Cleure Loose Minerals .