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How to reduce redness

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Persistent or occasional redness?

It's frustrating to work toward a beautiful complexion when you suffer from persistent or even occasional redness. Knowing the cause can help you find a solution and have the creamy, dreamy skin you want!

Woman applying lotion to red skin

Flare-ups

Occasional redness flare-ups may be caused by your skin's reaction to weather, stress, cosmetic procedures (like waxing) or allergies. It may also be caused by too much caffeine or alcohol, overheating while exercising, exceptionally spicy foods or a hot shower. These flare-ups are embarassing and uncomfortable and can manifest with visable broken capillaries and small red bumps.

What's new in your regime? If you've had an unusually large amount of coffee or liquor, or have been eating more spicy foods, it's time to cut back. Add a new cleanser or makeup product to your routine? Figure out what's changed and identify any source of your skin irritation.

Reactive redness can be soothed quickly with daily care and products that gently clean and moisturize the skin. It's important to calm the redness while mildly exfoliating and preserving the balance of hydration that skin craves. Clinique's Soothing Cleanser is one product formulated to do this. It melts the impurities off the skin very gently, has a built-in exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells and treats the irritation. Also, Clinique's Urgent Relief Cream restores moisture balance and calms the affected skin.

Sunny outlook

Irritated red skin is especially sensitive to sunlight. If you're suffering a redness episode, take particular care to protect your skin. Too much sun can make the redness worse, so it's critical to use sunscreen -- SPF 15 or higher -- everyday. Sunscreen protects sensitive skin and helps prevent the dryness and wrinkles that too much sun exposure can cause.

Rosacea

Persistent redness may be caused by rosacea, and if you have been diagnosed with this condition, there are simple steps to minimize an outbreak. Keep your skin clean and moisturized to relieve discomfort. Be persistent in use of sunscreen. Choose gentle cleansing products to free your skin of impurities and calm any itching. Dr Berson, a professor of dermatology at Cornell University, says rosacea patients "have skin far more likely to react to product additives." He finds that moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated by individuals with rosacea. A dermatologist can also perform in-office cosmetic procedures to improve the condition, including peels and laser treatments.

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