Why Is My Skin Red? A Guide to Problem Skin
Red skin can be frustrating -- you don't have a sunburn yet you're looking in the mirror and thinking, why is my skin red then? There are several underlying causes -- and solutions
One potential cause of red skin on your face is Rosacea, which is a chronic skin condition that results in an inflammation of cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, due to an enlargement of blood vessels under the skin. Dr Bruton says that females with fair skin that blush easily are more prone to this condition. While there is no official cure for Rosacea, this condition can be controlled by avoiding sun exposure, reducing stress and limiting intake of spicy foods.
Contact Dermatitis is caused by sensitivity or allergies to certain substances, like household cleaning products, elastic and dyes, all of which can cause you to have red blotchy skin. If you notice certain flare-ups after using particular products, best to get rid of those and find something with more natural ingredients. Other reasons why your skin is red could be due to conditions like psoriasis, which results in red dry skin patches, as well as acne. For acne Dr. Bruton recommends consulting a dermatologist, who can put you on a regimen of oral antibiotics along with a topical medication to soothe redness and prevent future breakouts.
There is also makeup for red skin to help cover the irritations until they subside or go away on their own. Dr. Jessica Wu, a Los Angeles dermatologist, recommends avoiding foundations and powders that contain ingredients like retinol, Vitamin C and glycolic acid, as they can cause irritation and redness. Dr. Wu suggests mineral makeup in powder form, which is the least likely to aggravate the red skin on your face. One of her favorite loose mineral powders is L'Oreal Bare Naturale Powder Foundation SPF 19.
Now that you are aware of several of the main causes of red blotchy skin, it will make it easier for you to take the necessary steps in preventing future irritation. Pretty soon you will no longer have to wonder, 'Why is my skin red?' Instead you'll be asking yourself, "Why does my skin look so good?"
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