How to Reduce Redness on Your Face

BY Dermstore Editors · September 21, 2015

woman with red cheeks

The causes of facial redness range from acne breakouts to sunburn to windburn to rosacea to a reaction to skincare products. Whatever the cause, it may be accompanied by at least mild discomfort, so seeking relief ought to be high on your priority list. If persistent redness continues, or if you’re experiencing severe pain, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist as soon as possible. If you suspect that a particular product is causing the redness, stop using it immediately.

Cool Water and Meds

It may seem a basic solution, but sometimes the easiest answer is the most effective. Rosacea is often uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful. A cool bath or shower or a cool compress applied to your face will provide immediate relief to sensitive skin, and it can reduce redness. This is true for other causes of facial redness, too, including windburn, sunburn or negative reaction to a product. For particularly painful cases, a dose of acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin can provide longer-term relief while your skin heals.

Aloe Vera

Facial redness is usually a sign of inflammation or irritation, including cases of rosacea, acne flare-ups or burns. To reduce the redness, you want to soothe the skin. For some people, regularly applying an aloe vera cream, ointment or gel to your face can be beneficial. The active components in aloe vera expedite the healing process by soothing the skin, reducing pain and stimulating skin growth and repair. Look for products that contain Aloe Barbadensis Gel or Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice on the ingredient label.

Additional Soothing Ingredients

Aloe vera is a commonly used remedy to soothe skin and reduce redness, but there are other natural choices you can try as well. For example, honey reduces inflammation and has antibacterial properties. Feverfew is another natural ingredient that has an anti-inflammatory effect and may be good at reducing redness. Other soothing substances to look for include oatmeal, chamomile, cucumber and calendula. Depending on the cause of the redness, dermatologists may recommend anything from cold compresses, sun avoidance, topical steroid creams or rosacea-specific creams.

Color Correction

While you wait for your redness to lessen, consider using cosmetics to temporarily camouflage red skin. For example, a higher-coverage foundation can even out your complexion, as can concealer. You can also try a green neutralizer, which balances out the redness in your face. This is, of course, a temporary solution and washes off at the end of the day, but it may provide you some peace of mind.


This article has been reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Emmy Graber.


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