Many people struggle with redness on their faces causing an uneven complexion. Sometimes this redness only lasts for a short amount of time, and other times it can linger for days.
There is usually nothing to be alarmed by if you have occasional and short-lived flushed skin. However, you should pay attention to other symptoms in case they could be related to an underlying issue.
There could be a multitude of skin issues, illnesses, syndromes, and situations connected to skin redness. These skin conditions have different treatments available to prevent redness from occurring. You can also use makeup to cover any redness or hyperpigmentation on your skin.
We are going to go over why you may be experiencing redness and different treatment options to clear your skin. We will also help you learn how to conceal any redness.
What Causes Redness?
Redness is a result of hundreds of small blood vessels dilating right below the surface of your skin. When these blood vessels swell, they fill with more blood giving your skin a flushed appearance.
Many different underlying causes could be to blame for your blood vessels expanding.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, pimples, and other skin issues. The exact reason rosacea develops is unknown, but there are common triggers. When people with rosacea are in hot or cold temperatures or are exposed to the sun, it can cause a flare-up. Certain products, food, stress, and medicines can also cause it to act up.
You may be experiencing redness due to irritation from an allergic reaction. When you have contact dermatitis, it's common to be allergic to many different things.
These reactions can show up on the face. It can be from things like latex, fragrances, and certain foods.
Carcinoid syndrome is a rare disease where people's skin becomes flushed on their faces and chests. It can result in a carcinoid tumor, an uncommon form of cancer, but this only happens in 10% of people with the condition.
The endocrine system is made up of glands that generate hormones. These hormones are chemical messengers that carry data from one part of the body to another. They circulate in the bloodstream and regulate bodily functions.
However, sometimes your body can produce too much of these hormones and get out of whack. These hormonal shifts can be the result of a variety of endocrine disorders, and they can produce a wide range of symptoms. One of these symptoms is redness on the face from blood vessels expanding.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic skin condition. It causes inflammation, redness, and swelling of the skin. You can also develop a rash, small bumps, and redness when you're having a flare-up. Atopic dermatitis usually begins in childhood and can become milder or dissipate by adulthood.
Eczema occurs when your skin's natural barrier is compromised. As a result, your skin's ability to protect you from irritants and allergens is reduced. Atopic dermatitis can be brought on from genetics, an immune system issue, or an environmental trigger.
How To Treat Redness
Thankfully there are several different options to treat these conditions and the redness they cause.
There are two things to keep in mind when it comes to therapy for rosacea. First, there is no cure for rosacea, but it can be treated and managed. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you'll have success preventing it from occurring.
Second, what you do is determined by the severity of your rosacea. There are topical ointments that can constrict the blood vessels in your face and calm inflammation. You can also try a low dose of antibiotics to treat the condition.
If you have extreme rosacea, you may benefit from laser treatments. However, they will take at least four to six weeks to make a noticeable difference.
You also want to make sure you are protecting your skin's barrier. You should try to use only gentle cleansers, moisturizers and avoid harsh exfoliators. You can find plenty of products out there that target redness.
If you're experiencing redness from a rash or irritation from allergies, you should figure out what triggered it so you can stop using it. Once you're no longer using the product, the rash should go down.
There are a variety of things your skin could be reacting to, so it may take time to determine what the culprit is. Stop using all of your products and introduce them one at a time until you see your skin flare up. Then you can eliminate that product from your routine.
Carcinoid Syndrome Treatment
If you have cancer from carcinoid syndrome, it must be treated to take care of the redness.
You can have surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. You can also try medication that can block cancer cells from holding onto chemicals. These medications are injected and will also help with skin flushing.
Endocrine Disorders Treatment
If you have an endocrine disorder, you have a few options for treatment. You can take synthetic hormones that can balance out the hormones that are causing your symptoms.
Similar to the other treatment options, you will need to seek professional advice if you have eczema. A dermatologist can help you determine the type of eczema you have and the best option for reducing redness and inflammation. They will go through your medical history and what products you're currently using.
There are topical cortisones and other anti-inflammatory creams you can use. You can expect to see a difference in a few weeks. However, if topical treatments don't work, there are also oral medicines. You can take medications with systemic corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.
Eczema can be triggered by cold weather and a temperature change. The symptoms can change quickly one way or the other, depending on your environment. You can use a humidifier in the winter to help your skin in the drier months.
How To Cover Redness
There are a lot of makeup products and techniques that can help you cover any redness you may be experiencing.
Before you can apply makeup, cleanse your face and apply SPF to protect your skin's barrier. You can also apply primer if you think it's necessary.
If you have extreme redness, you may want to use a color-correcting concealer. Green concealers can help to cancel out redness. You just apply it to the areas you need to cover.
Next, apply a foundation that matches your shade and undertone all over your face. You want something with medium to full coverage to hide your redness, like HIDE Premium Foundation. It is high coverage but still feels weightless and still allows your skin to breathe. Make sure you are dabbing and pressing your foundation in if you're wearing a color corrector. You don't want to move the concealer off.
Once your foundation is on, go in with concealer on any red patches still peeking through your foundation. HIDE Premium Concealer can cover any imperfections, and a little goes a long way. It can cover anything, even if you aren't wearing a color corrector.
Finish off your base makeup with a light dusting of a translucent powder or setting spray. This step will lock your makeup in place so it doesn't slide off your red patches throughout the day.
For the rest of your makeup, consider using cool-tone products. If you use something like blush with a warm undertone, you may end up emphasizing any redness on your face. You can still use color on your face but reach for blush with a cool undertone. You may also want to use neutral-colored lipstick. If you use bright lipstick or one with red in it, you may end up drawing attention to any redness.
How To Remove Your Makeup
You always want to remove your makeup before you go to bed. If you sleep in your makeup, dirt and oil can build up on your skin and cause further irritation. It can also lead to breakouts, and no one wants that!
When you're ready to take your makeup off, you want to be careful not to irritate your skin. You don't want to vigorously rub your makeup off. Instead, use a gentle makeup remover to clean your skin. If you rub your skin too hard, you can end up with more redness, especially if you have sensitive skin.
There can be many things causing redness on your face. Thankfully there are many different treatment options to help clear your skin. You can also rely on makeup to give you perfect-looking skin.
HIDE premium products can cover anything and won't cause irritation. They are also weightless, so you won't feel like you're wearing a lot of makeup, and your skin will look like skin.