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How to Avoid a Red Face

Red face is actually our facial skin turning red resulting from excessive exposure to irritants, allergens, or environmental factors, as well as from internal hormonal shifts.

Irritants and allergens may seem to be the same but actually they are not the same. Irritants tend to be chemical or man-made. They can cause strong skin reactions even if the individual is not technically allergic to the substance. Some of the most common irritants are chemical-based detergents and cleaners as well as alcohol and strong fragrances.

The following can dry the skin or cause it to become inflamed:

  • Allergens, on the other hand, generally have natural origins. Dander, pollen, and dust are common allergens that cause sneezing, congestion, and inflammatory responses in the nasal passages, eyes, throat, and skin. In sensitive individuals, allergens can cause swelling and skin rashes. These rashes can be red, blotchy, or scaly, and even weepy.
  • Another cause of red skin is the environment itself. During the summer season, sunburn is the most obvious cause of red skin. When ultraviolet rays damage the skin, the immune response causes extra blood to flow to the skin’s surface. This provides oxygen and white blood cells that help heal the sun damage, but also cause the skin to be red, sensitive, and warm.
  • The last common cause of red skin is “hormones”, particularly in the form of acne. Acne often gets worse during the teenage years because hormone levels in the body trigger increased production of skin oil. This oil can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria to clog pores. If the clogs become infected, the immune system once again kicks in, resulting in sore, red blemishes as it fights the infection.

So, a red skin (or a red face for this matter) indicates that there is irritation, infection or damage, a beneficial signal that something is wrong. The severe the redness of the skin, the greater the damage could be in that area. More severe skin problems can result when red skin is not treated early. If left untreated long enough, the skin cells that are red and inflamed become permanently damaged. This damage means the cells cannot acquire the nutrients. The cells die, or their functions change and they become malignant, spreading the damage to the surrounding cells.

There are many ways of preventing and relieving red skin when it afflicts you. Taking care of you skin from the start is the first step towards a healthier complexion and less likely chance of have a red face. If you suffer from a red face, it’s likely you have sensitive skin, so using skin care products that contain natural ingredients is important for nourishing skin while at the same time preventing any irritation that could cause skin to become red.

A dermatologist can help you identify and treat the sources of your red skin. However, there are ways to care for skin redness yourself. First, make sure you are using skin care products appropriate for you skin type. Dry skin requires richer lotions or creams that order to lock in the moisture that helps repair the damaged skin. Oily skin needs a gentle and mild cleanser helps remove oil without over drying, and thus irritating, the skin. Eliminating harsh, drying, or strongly scented products can help reduce redness in any skin type. Prevention is the key when it comes to fighting the effects of red skin. Covering up with a scarf helps protect skin from the frigid winter cold, and using a suntan lotion with an SPF of at least 15, even under make-up, will help to significantly reduce sunburn and skin damage.

Lastly, daily follow up of skin care ritual will eventually give you less and less skin problems in the future and make you avoid red skin. It feels great when you have a healthy skin. That’s a fact.


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