How to get Rid of Redness on the Face

If you suffer from redness on the face, you know how rough it can be. Others may shrug it off as a “natural blush” but you know the real struggle. Fussing with concealers and cover up tends to be the story of your life because we all know what happens if you leave the house without your makeup. Unfortunately having a red face is a red flag for some so people may ask if you’ve been crying, are sick, or some other insulting assumption.

Tired of redness on the face? Don’t stress, there are ways to get rid of it!

If you don’t wear makeup you may want to start, it can help get rid of redness

Makeup may only be a temporary fix for redness on the face, but it works each and every time. Be sure to get products that treat the skin well because where there is redness there is often sensitivity.


To get rid of redness in a flash, you may want to use foundation.  Foundation, or base, is a cosmetic that mimics various skin colors. The purpose of the foundation is to cover any imperfections on the face.

There are many types of foundation:



Liquid foundation is the most common foundation product used. Liquid foundation can be categorized by coverage and skin type. Depending on the severity of your redness, you may have to use a full coverage foundation to cover completely.

Powder foundation is often made from mineral powders. Powder should be used on oily skin types because it helps to absorb excess sebum. Like liquid, these foundations also come in a broad range of coverages but can look caked if too much is applied.

Cream foundation is a perfect mixture of liquid and powder foundations. Creams tend to be thicker and can cover more extreme cases of redness.

When applying foundation, it is important to use the correct tool. For those with redness use something that doesn’t cause you to rub the skin vigorously, excessive rubbing will only contribute to redness. Using a brush allows you to apply makeup gently.


If your redness stems from active acne or a severe skin condition, a concealer may be the best temporary fix. Concealer is like foundation but with much more coverage. Concealer is used to spot treat, meaning it should never be used across the entire face. This type of makeup is usually packaged in a tube less than 1 ounce so it should be used in combination with a foundation. If you wish to use concealer alone, be sure it isn’t visible to the naked eye. One of the best ways to apply concealer is with your finger because your body heat allows the product to blend more smoothly.

Color Corrector

If you’re looking for something lightweight yet efficient, using a color corrector may be your best solution. Color correctors use technology based on basic color theory. Traditionally, in order neutralize a color you learn to mix it with its compliment. If you are familiar with the color wheel, you know complimentary colors are found directly across from your starting color. Green is the complimentary color of red, and if you haven’t already guessed, you’ll be rubbing green colored cream over your face. Color correctors are transparent, so there should never be a green cast over the face unless you have used too much product!

It may be your fault you are red, change your habits and get rid of redness

Many lifestyle choices have a direct effect on the skin. If you suffer from redness and it isn’t a medical or genetic issue, there are probably a few things you are doing to cause it.

What cleanser are you using?

Many times redness arises when the skin comes in contact with an irritant. Irritants aren’t always as obvious as harsh chemicals; they can be foundin things you use daily. Cleanser is a product that commonly cause skin irritations due to the amount of sulfates they contain. Sulfate is the ingredient responsible for the suds your cleanser generates. Though you may think the more suds your cleanserproduces the better, sulfates strip the skin of its natural oils causing it to become dehydrated. Furthermore, after about 3 minutes of using a cleanser the formula becomes acidic, so be sure to cleanse fast and efficiently. Try setting a timer while you cleanse your face to ensure you aren’t cleansing too long.

You should eat the right foods

You may not want to accept it, but some of your favorite foods can cause redness. Foods that are spicy can cause redness even on those who don’t have a typical concern. If you want to ensure your diet isn’t contributing to redness here are a few foods to help soothe inflammation.

  • Canola oil
  • Grass fed beef
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Cocoa
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Broccoli

Could the redness be something else?

Get rid of redness on the face naturally

There are a few things you can do to get rid of redness without turning to cosmetics.

Make a mask

Facial masks are fun to use but even more fun to make. Here are a few masks you can use to help get rid of redness with ingredients available in your very own home!

Oatmeal Mask

½ cup cooked oatmeal
1 egg
1 tablespoon almond oil

Cucumber Mask

½ cucumber

2 tablespoons of aloe vera

Lather up in essential oil

Certain essential oils can help combat redness:

  • Oregano
  • Nutmeg
  • Lemongrass
  • Dill
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrtle
  • Tangerine
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense

Find the suspect

The only fool-proof way to get rid of redness once and for all is to find the source. You can purchase a $500 redness relief product, but if you’re allergic to one of its ingredients redness will still occur. If you aren’t sure what is causing your skin to become red, here are a few things you can do to find the source:

  1. Get an allergy test through a medical professional. If you are allergic to any ingredients, your skin will become red and irritated. If ingredients are the real source of your red skin, eliminating them will help get rid of redness.
  2. Be sure you don’t have a skin condition. Certain skin diseases cause the skin to become red. Conditions like rosacea can cause extreme redness, but since there is no cure for it, it can’t be treated, and you may have to take extra measure to care for your skin.

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