What's behind your redness?
There are several reasons for chronic redness. Some people are genetically predisposed to flushing and red skin in response to stress. However, most cases happen from temporary issues like sun exposure, acne, or contact dermatitis. Chronic redness could be rosacea, psoriasis or atopic dermatitis. A dermatologist can confirm these conditions and provide the necessary medical treatment. Between any treatment, a healthy skincare routine can help reduce redness and inflammation.
A hydrated morning routine
A skincare routine is one of the best ways to keep redness, irritation, and skin sensitivities at bay. The goal is to hydrate and protect the skin as much as possible. In the morning, start with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. These should be filled with ceramides and humectants, products that help with water retention. After cleansing, move to a fragrance-free serum. Serums are products that provide high concentrations of nourishing ingredients to the skin. The best serums contain products like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and organic plant extracts. Finish off the morning routine with a moisturizer and sunscreen.
Protect skin during the day
Most people do not think a skincare routine is necessary during the day. The sun and pollutants will dry and damage the skin, causing redness. The goal is to hydrate the skin and protect the skin's moisture barrier by re-applying what was lost. Use a moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Follow this up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Sunscreen should be re-applied during the day, especially when working outdoors or venturing outdoors at lunch.
Calm things down in the evening
After a long day, some people may still see redness, especially those with rosacea. A gentle, nighttime routine can keep skin cool, clear, and refreshed. Start with a mild cleanser to remove the day's makeup, dirt and soothe the skin. Oatmeal is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient, so a cleanser with this product will work on any skin type. Follow the cleanser with an eye cream to target dark spots and redness. Finish the routine with a thicker moisturizer formulated for the night.
Keep redness at bay
A consistent skincare routine can help with redness, rosacea, and sensitive skin. Even with a skincare routine, at some point, visit a board-certified dermatologist. Dermatologists have a deeper understanding of skin issues and can prescribe medication that can help. If needed, the dermatologist can also recommend in-office procedures for a fresher, clearer look.