Red, splotchy skin can be frustrating, but there are ways to fight back! One of the best is visiting a dermatologist, who can help you determine the underlying cause of your skin redness so you can treat it most effectively.
To help you get started, consider these common causes:
· Salicylic Acid
But when it comes to redness, avoiding irritating ingredients and products can be just as important:
· Benzoyl peroxide -- although an effective acne-fighting ingredient, and often suitable for those with only mild sensitivity -- is too strong for anyone with moderate to severe flushing and redness.
· Alpha hydroxy acids, like lactic and glycolic acid, may also be too harsh for very sensitive skin types.
· "Minty" ingredients like peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, and menthol are common causes of flushing and irritation in sensitive skin types.
· Vitamin C in its topical form may also cause redness. Consume this excellent antioxidant orally instead, and stick to topical antioxidants like green tea and coenzyme Q10.
· "Anti-redness" creams with hydrocortisone or other steroids: While these products temporarily constrict enlarged blood vessels (due to rosacea, for example), those vessels will eventually rebound and possibly even become larger, creating a cycle of inflammation.
· Toner: In general, I recommend that redness-prone skin types avoid toner, which isn't necessary and can further weaken an impaired skin barrier. If you do choose to use it, though, look for toner with anti-inflammatory ingredients like witch hazel.
Wishing you great skin!
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