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Tips to reduce skin redness

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

At some point many of us suffer the effects of redness in the skin. It can come because of many different triggers. The two reasons for experiencing redness come from these;

GENETICALLY - the skin type and colour we are born with.

ENVIRIONMENTALLY- the effects from our surrounding environment, health and lifestyles can play a part in what we see on the skin.

Here I can help you find some tips for the most common skin redness concerns in the treatment room.


Skin flushing -

A rise in body temperature can cause the skin to flush. Genetically some skins are more prone to flushing than others. Also those with high blood pressure or medical related concerns. Flushing can commonly come about in hormonal triggers and changes. Flushing can even occur when shy embarrassed anxious or nervous. Assessing why and when the flushing occurs will play a vital key in learning how to control the flushing.

Being aware of your body temperature, your micro environments temperature and your feelings will help you prevent flushing. Reduce the temperature and seek cool, shade and fresh air. Take a layer of clothing off. Limiting hot drinks and make sure you consume more cool drinks, preferably water, throughout the day. Learn how to pause and just breathe. Taking some slow breaths every so often and at times of bubbling emotions can calm you and the skins flush. Take your time. Rushing around doesn't always achieve more. Organise your days priorities and an achievable list of to do.


Dilated capillaries-

As the skin ages it can also starts to thin, making capillaries more visible on the surface. Any excessive heat exposure and quick change in micro climate temperature causes the skins capillaries to dilate or constrict. Over time the capillary walls can weaken and even burst leaving the pink reddish pinprick spots or small veins to appear on the skin. Depending upon the skin colour is to how predominant they can appear.

Prevention is better in this case even if your skin is prone to these. Some products can utilise capillary strengthening ingredients such as red raspberry. Using these will help support the surface capillaries. Preventing sudden temperature change is vital. Use tepid water to wash with, avoid excessive heat I.e. saunas and steam rooms. Spicy foods and alcohol can also cause capillary dilation making the redness appear intensified. Advanced electrolysis, IPL or laser can effectively treat these in the professional skin centre or salon. Top up sessions may be required.

Skin disorders-

Such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis can happen at any time usually with an underlying trigger that needs to be pinpointed to treat. Though genetically these are common and associated with other symptoms. I.e. allergies and hay fever. Finding your trigger can be frustrating and take a long time. Its worth keeping a skin and food diary to find links. Food intolerance testing can be a great starting point. See if you can pin point when and what time of day it occurs most, is it in a certain place? after a particular activity?

Birth skin disorder-

A born with skin mark such as birth Mark's and port wine stains. Are there for life though some medical treatments can be successful in reducing these, I.e. laser therapy. Seek a dermatologists advice for these types of marks.

If you are not sure what type of redness you have ensure to seek a professional skin consultation and advice. Knowing what you are treating will determine your action plan. I have found many clients un successfully treating their skin for years trying "everything" on their skins, only to find out they were treating something they didn't have.


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