There are many causes of skin redness, but whether you’re a rosacea sufferer, blighted with contact dermatitis or stuck with acne scarring, there’s no doubt about one thing – red, blotchy skin is extremely frustrating.
To deal with facial flushing in the best possible way let’s get one thing straight: there is no point in self-diagnosing (aagh, my skin’s red and blotchy, I simply MUST have rosacea), then popping to the drugstore for some over-the-counter correction cream.
“Rosacea is all-too-often mistaken for acne, and exacerbating factors for acne are often confused with the causes of rosacea. This is why they can frequently be misdiagnosed,” explains board-certified dermatologist and founder of the Bay Area Laser Institute, Dr Vic Narurkar, M.D.
And as with most things, misdiagnoses can lead to disastrous results. For example, while retinol may work wonders on acne scarring, it can cause extreme irritation to rosacea-prone patients. And irritation for rosacea sufferers is very bad news indeed.
This is why anyone with moderate to severe facial flushing should always visit a specialist to talk through the possibilites in terms of both their condition and its relative treatments (but you knew that, right?).
Then, when you’ve got that far, may we interest you in some of our favorite, medical-grade solutions to skin redness? All come highly recommended by doctors, derms and plastic surgeons nationwide, making each one an effective boost in your fight against facial flushing…
Clinical studies show this moisturizing serum has the ability to improve skin redness by up to 43 percent when applied twice daily for eight weeks. Now that’s the kind of statistic we like to see. Free from colors, additives and fragrances, it harnesses Neocutis’ patent-pending Rosaplex® system which contains four ingredients to hydrate, balance and help maintain the skin’s equilibrium.
This new, calming face lotion from Jan Marini has been formulated with azelaic acid – a proven anti-redness peptide – as well as antioxidants like green, white and red tea extracts which combine to reduce the appearance of redness and flushing. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, apply it sparingly morning and night for visible results.
Highly recommended by Dr. Vic Narurkar, this fragrance-free, soothing moisturizer contains skin-repairing glycerin and cell-communicating niacinamide to help enhance the barrier function of the skin. It also contains the not-so-easy-to-spell (nor pronounce!) ingredient known as 4-ethoxybenzaldehyde which helps reduce the appearance of visible redness.
Written by: Georgia Gould