Aside from embarrassment, spicy food, and late-night benders, red skin is generally due to an inflationary skin condition. Acne, eczema, and rosacea are the biggest culprits. Depending on the severity of your redness, it might be best to consult your dermatologist. It’s possible that your concern requires a prescribed medical treatment. That said, certain cases can absolutely be treated with the right over-the-counter solutions.
Here’s a three-step guide on how to tame your skin.
1. Ditch the bar soap
Most bar soaps are formulated with harsh detergents that destroy your skin’s protective barrier (called the acid mantle). A weakened acid mantle causes a long list of skin issues with redness right at the top. Instead, start cleansing with a face wash designed for your skin.
2. Fine-tune your routine
Look for moisturizers, toners, or serums formulated with azelaic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, and squalane—all high-performers when it comes to calming skin and reducing redness.
3. Protect Properly
The sun can easily aggravate your skin and cause more redness. Use a daily SPF moisturizer that’s formulated with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—not only are these the best ingredients at blocking wrinkle-causing UV rays, but they’re also great at reducing redness and inflammation.