Facial redness is a problem that can strike any of us at some point, from spot-prone teenagers to those of us with delicate, ageing skin. It can manifest itself in many forms, from inflamed acne to dryness to a common condition called rosacea. Knowing the causes of your facial redness is important in tackling it, once you know the causes for your skin’s redness, you can take steps to help treat it.
Causes of facial redness
Common causes of facial redness can include:
environmental factors- temperature, dust and allergens, exposure to the sun etc
If you aren’t sure exactly what might be causing your facial redness, it is often wise to try a number of solutions and see what works for you. Unfortunately, what works for one person may not for another, but by tackling the problem from all angles, you should start to see an improvement in your skin’s condition. When you find something that works, make sure you continue this method to ensure the redness doesn’t return.
Eat the right foods…
Facial redness can be an indicator of a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins A, B, C and E, and the mineral zinc. If you suffer from facial redness, it can be a good idea to keep your levels of these vitamins and minerals topped up.
Vitamin A- in carrots, tomatoes, spinach, apricots and citrus fruits, as well as liver.
Vitamin B and B6- soy beans, nuts (particularly walnuts), seeds (particularly sunflower seeds), wheat and other grains
Vitamin C- a crucial antioxidant for the body which restores skin elasticity, vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, spinach, peppers, broccoli, papaya and sprouts
Vitamin E- another antioxidant which helps generate skin cell regeneration, find vitamin E in sunflower seeds, almonds, peppers, asparagus and spinach
Zinc- zinc is an antioxidant mineral which speeds up skin healing and can be found in oysters, peanuts, pumpkin, lamb, spinach and mushrooms
Omega 3 fatty acids- If you’re trying to beat any kind of inflammation, make sure you increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, a powerful anti inflammatory. Find these in oily fish, nuts and seeds.
…and avoid the wrong ones
Just as you should be eating the right foods to beat facial redness, there may be some foods you are already eating which are making the condition worse. Dairy is notorious for triggering inflammation, particularly milk which is full of animal growth hormones. Inflammation could also be triggered by a mild food allergy such as shellfish, celery or eggs. Try cutting out these foods for a period of a few weeks to see if your skin condition improves. If it does, it could be worth limiting these foods as part of your diet.
Keep your home clean
Just as food allergies can trigger facial redness, so can allergens around the home. A dusty or dirty environment can irritate the skin, causing an inflammatory reaction. Regular vacuuming can help to remove the worst of this dust, as well as keeping soft furnishings such as curtains and rugs to a minimum. If your facial redness is accompanied by spots, make sure you wash your pillow cases and bed sheets regularly to reduce your skin’s exposure to bacteria.
Avoid hot showers
Heat can be a severe trigger when it comes to facial redness. Not only can it cause flushing, using hot water on your skin can strip it of valuable oils, making it dry out quickly. Keep your showers short and luke warm. This won’t just save you money on your energy bills, it will help your skin retain moisture and reduce the risk of redness worsening.
Protect against the sun…
If doesn’t have to be the height of summer for your skin to be affected by the sun. Sunlight can often worsen conditions such as rosacea. On bright days, use an effective SPF cream to filter out some of the harmful rays, preventing damage to skin cells.
…and the cold!
Yes, skin can be temperamental, so as well as keeping it safe from the damage of the sun, it should also be kept protected from the cold, particularly icy winds. Cold winds can easily strip the skin of its protective layer of oil and leave you with a condition called “wind burn”, which has very similar symptoms to sun burn. If you need to go out on a cold, windy day, wrap up warm, keep your face covered with a scarf where possible, and use a good quality, organic moisturiser to keep your skin protected.
Don’t layer up the skin products
If tackling facial redness, one of the worst things to do is cake your skin in facial products, particularly those containing artificial scents, colours, preservatives and other additives. A good organic moisturiser using natural ingredients like coconut oil or shea butter should do the trick. It can be tempting to cover your face with make up to reduce the appearance of redness. Whilst this works as a short-term solution, it may slow down your skin’s recovery in the long run. Stay fresh-faced for as long as you can and you may start to see and feel a difference.
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