Many things ranging from acne to what we drink on a daily basis can cause redness of the face. In the United States, rosacea is a common skin problem that can leave long-term skin damage if untreated.
However, regardless of whether your facial redness is a skin condition or a temporary flush, there are natural remedies that are better suited for this issue than any over the counter prescriptions.
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Due to skin sensitivity, many people are reluctant to try too many different over the counter products, which leaves room for plenty of experiment with natural products.
Cucumber is a long time remedy recommended for patients with high stomach acidity and heartburn. Cucumber is an alkaline food that cools the body after it is consumed. The same holds true for our skin.
A cucumber facemask is an excellent option for those who suffer from redness, particularly puffiness and redness, whether it is short term or long term. Cucumber has serious anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, but it is less well known for its astringent properties, which are highly useful for skin irritation.
Remedy: Mix together half a cup of cucumber juice with a splash of lemon juice. Apply this mix as a toner every morning and evening before bed. Let it sit for ten minutes before using a wet towel to gently dab and dry.
2. Herbal tea
Herbal tea is a surprisingly common traditional and ancient method for reducing facial inflammation and overall redness. Too much caffeine consumption can trigger anxiety, depression, and irritability in the body, and this can also be seen on the skin.
Herbal tea has proven to prevent or aid various illnesses, and is recommended over caffeinated beverages such as black tea or coffee. The antioxidant properties in herbal teas act as an anti-inflammatory aid in the body, which is why it is recommended to use on the skin as well.
Remedy: Steep four to six bags of your herbal tea of choice in boiling water, ideally peppermint, dandelion root, green, parsley or chamomile tea. After the tea is drinkable, place it in the fridge and allow cooling. Dampen a face towel with the liquid and place on the face between five to twenty minutes every morning, as needed.
3. Eat Healthy
Eating the right foods is an incredibly simple advice, yet hardly mentioned by many skin care blogs. In traditional Eastern medicine, skin irritation is merely a physical canvas for internal problems. People tend to forget that the skin is the body’s largest organ, and as so, it uses it’s external platform to display any internal imbalances that may be going on inside.
The most common, and most severe resulting, food group to cause skin redness is dairy. Whether it’s ice cream or just a few spoonful’s of coffee creamer, most Americans will be surprised to find out that majorities of people suffer from either acute or extreme dairy sensitivities.
The difference between people is how this allergic reaction shows itself in the body. For some, dairy allergy can be seen in the digestive tract, and can cause constipation, bloating, and cramping. However, for others, this allergic reaction shows up on the face or on the body.
The body is incredibly intelligent and uses itself in diverse ways to tell you if something is wrong or imbalanced. In general, it is better to stay away and avoid highly processed foods such as refined sugars and bleached flours to avoid facial redness due to dietary issues.
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Remedy: Eating a diet of vegetables, fruits, and plant-based foods is ideal for those suffering from skin irritations due to dairy. Specifically, foods to make sure you eat are alkaline foods (including cucumbers as mentioned above) including avocados, celery, and other greens.
Tip: To remind yourself of what you can and cannot eat, it is recommended to keep an alkaline and acidic foods chart in your kitchen and car. This will help you to remember to eat more alkaline foods and will keep your skin clear effortlessly.
4. Liver cleanse
In more serious cases, a liver cleanse may be the appropriate measure to obtain clearer skin. If you have ever had a couple weeks, particularly around the holidays, where you find yourself enjoying one too many glasses of red wine, then you know all about the dreaded “wine face”. Too much alcohol consumption is also a leading cause of inflammation and redness. For some people who choose to only enjoy a drink or two will find that the inflammation is immediate.
Remedy: Cleanse the liver by avoiding alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. Avoid eating large, heavy meals in one sitting, and instead try having four to five smaller meals throughout the day. Herbal teas and vegetables are highly recommended.
5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has recently begun popping up in department store shelves as well as magazines. This trend has its roots in Australia. The Australian aboriginal people have used the leaves of tea trees for antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory remedies for hundreds of years. Now thanks to mass marketing, the world uses tea tree oil for a variety of skin issues including abrasions, blemishes, and facial redness.
Unfortunately, along with a majority of heavily commercialized natural products, diluted, cheaper products are sold online and in stores. It is very important when purchasing tea tree oil to buy 100% pure essential oil. If not, at best you are using diluted oil and at worst you are using a non-natural product containing chemicals and or other irritating solvents that could potentially make your skin worse.
Remedy: For every one-tablespoon coconut oil, mix two drops of tea tree oil in a small bottle and shake well. If you are ever travelling or find that you are out of tea tree oil, don’t fret! Lavender oil is an excellent substitute, as it is also know for its calming and soothing effects on the body. In fact, you may find that you prefer lavender oil at times.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera might be a product that you have yet to try, but its healing effects on red, burnt skin or so well known that aloe vera has crossed over to the beauty industry. Aloe vera acts as a skin detoxifier and promotes blood circulation, but is commonly used as a treatment for sunburns as it provides an immediate cooling relief.
As with tea tree oil, aloe vera is also a heavily marketed product and it can be difficult at times to find the pure product. If buying aloe vera, it is recommended to buy a product that is 100% untainted. This can be more difficult than the tea tree oil. But there is a simple alternative solution.
For long term sufferers of red, irritated skin, it is best to invest in an aloe vera plant to use at home as needed. By buying the plant, you are actually saving money in the long run, and your product is also 100% natural with no added chemicals or solvents. It is important to note however that aloe vera is a slow growing plant, so if you plan on using the product weekly, it may be best to purchase multiple.
Remedy: Simply slice one of the aloe vera plant leaves on its side, and slowly slice out the gel as needed. In the evening, apply the gel on the face like a mask, and let it sit and dry. There is no need to wipe it off until the next morning.
The gel is also edible and highly recommended for people suffering from heartburn or other body acidity issues.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw organic apple cider vinegar is an excellent option for those whose dermatologists have noted a pH imbalance in the skin as a cause for redness. Our skin is acidic and has its own pH balance to maintain. Interestingly, the pH found in raw organic apple cider vinegar is very similar to the one found in our skin.
Remedy: Prior to application, it is very important that you dilute the vinegar and conduct a patch test. Raw apple cider vinegar may be too harsh of a remedy for some skin types. Mix one-part vinegar with two parts water and shake in a bottle. Using a cotton pad, apply the toner on your face as needed. It is best to this at night before bed to allow for time for the skin to adjust to the vinegar.