How to Treat Red, Ruddy Skin

Do you suffer from rosacea or a red, ruddy skin color? Here are some ways to reduce skin redness.

Are you embarrassed by a red, ruddy complexion?  One of the most common causes of a ruddy skin color is rosacea, a chronic skin condition that results in a ruddy skin color along with visible facial swelling and sometimes visible blood vessels and pimples. If you suspect you may be suffering from this condition, visit your dermatologist so you can receive appropriate medical treatment to reduce the redness. Here are some additional ways to reduce skin redness.

Don’t Use Irritating Chemicals on Your Face

Although more people are using retinoic acids, alpha hydroxy acids, and topical vitamin C to help rejuvenate aging skin, these may be irritating to your skin which can increase the redness. Choose a mild cleanser and a non-irritating, fragrance-free moisturizer. Research carefully before you buy a skin product and only use ones that have natural ingredients whenever possible. Avoid aggressively cleansing and exfoliating which can cause skin irritation, making the problem worse.

Watch What You Eat

Surprisingly, a ruddy complexion can be aggravated by eating certain foods. Some spicy foods cause release of histamine, a protein that dilates blood vessels and can contribute to a ruddy skin color. It’s also important to stay away from wine and alcoholic beverages which have the same effect.

Avoid the Sun

If you have a ruddy skin color, it’s important to avoid exposure to the sun. The best way to do this is to get a sun block that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and wear it consistently.

Use Cold Compresses

A quick way to reduce facial redness is to hold a bag of cold, frozen vegetables against your face. This will cause the blood vessels to constrict and temporarily reduce the redness.

Use Color Corrective Make-Up

Another way to camouflage a ruddy skin color is to use a special color corrective make-up with a green base. These can be found at some cosmetic counters and even some drugstores. These cosmetics are designed specifically to tone down rosy skin and can be quite effective when used properly.

A More Definitive Option

In some cases, particularly if you have rosacea, laser light therapy can treat a ruddy skin color. The energy from the laser is used to seal off superficial blood vessels that are contributing to the redness. Although your skin will look redder immediately after the procedure, the redness fades as your skin heals and you may experience significant improvement in your skin color and texture.

As you can see, there are simple ways to reduce skin redness if you suffer from a ruddy skin color. Why not give these ideas a try?

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