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Why Is My Skin Red? A Guide to Problem Skin

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

Red blotchy skin is an issue that many women suffer with, and the frustrating thing about this condition is that there is no single cause for this culprit. According to Dr. Linda Bruton, a Torrance -based physician, there are a variety of reasons why you may have red skin. Read on to find out some of the main causes and their 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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dealing with red skin is no fun, especially when you get a combo of these reasons. I'm still looking for ways to get redness under control.

by venenumletalis Monday, April 8, 2013 at 07:23AM Report as inappropriate


by EricaC123 Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:03PM Report as inappropriate

I have the same issues and mineral make up has helped. I can't use any retinols because it does irrate my skin. It took my a while to figure all this out, too.

by mjorgens Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:18AM Report as inappropriate

I needed this, my skin is red somewhere on my face 24/7!

by peachtone Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 08:14PM Report as inappropriate

Very helpful. My skin is always red

by BareeFacedBeautyy Friday, March 2, 2012 at 05:37PM Report as inappropriate

Rosacea runs in my family. Every time I do a long run at school for P. E., my skin turns embarrassingly red. My aunt, my cousin, my mom, and my grandma all have symtoms slightly different from me. For example, my cousin has extremely fair skin, and yet she has very rosy, red cheeks. One solution for this is green tinted powder which you can just apply to your cheeks and any other red areas. This dramatically decreases the redness and it makes my skin look beautiful and fair.

by flash501 Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 10:51AM Report as inappropriate


by Nicole2814 Friday, February 3, 2012 at 04:58PM Report as inappropriate

It all depends on your skin type. I'd highly recommend testing it out on your hand before buying or trying on the face.

by Sprinklesugars Monday, December 26, 2011 at 07:01PM Report as inappropriate

You should also advise readers that so-called organic or "natural" ingredients can be just as irritating to skin as synthetic ingredients. Ingredients like lavender and peppermint oil can definitely cause a reaction - just because its found in nature does not mean its good for use in a cosmetic or not dangerous. Another reason why organic/natural doesn't necessarily mean non-irritating is because the FDA only requires that a certain percentage of the ingredients be organic - not all of them. So you shouldn't assume you are using something totally "organic" without reading all of the ingredients first.

by lyndsay_thompson Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 10:49PM Report as inappropriate

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