The Best Natural Ways to Treat Facial Redness

Approaching from all aspects is the most effective way to treat skin redness. Here we tell you how.

5 Minute ReadHow To by Jess Lacey


Those living with redness report that due to it being a multi-triggered skin condition, a combination of treatment approaches is often the best way to tackle redness.

Food and Supplements

Food can play a crucial part in skin flare-ups so knowing which foods to avoid and which foods help inflammation is important to managing the condition.

Common foods that trigger redness are:

  • Dairy - including yoghurt, cheese, sour cream
  • Spicy and thermally hot foods
  • Citrus fruits, tomatoes and bananas
  • Foods high in histamine
  • Soy sauce
  • Yeast extract
  • Vinegar

Foods that help calm inflamed skin are:

  • Fish high in omega 3 - salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel and lake trout

  • Nuts and seeds - walnuts, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds

  • Peanut butter

  • Eggs

  • Olive oil

Supplements that reduce inflammation
in the body have also been proven to support the treatment of skin flare-ups. The LYMA Supplement contains gold-standard, powerful ingredients to maintain a healthy skin free of inflammation. HydroCurc® 600mg, the world’s first 100% cold water dispersed turmeric extract proven to support balance.

Wellmune® Blend - a highly specialised 1,3 1,6 beta glucan proven in peer-reviewed studies to support a healthy immune system.

Cynatine® HNS - the first ever 96% solubilised keratin that fortifies skin cell function and supports essential barrier function as well as reducing redness and inflammation in the skin.

Lifestyle Choices

Natural treatment for skin redness on face also comes in the form of making smart lifestyle choices. Avoiding the food triggers listed previously and limiting alcohol consumption are often the most straightforward of daily habits to adopt in improving the appearance of red pigmentation and lessening flare-ups. Arming yourself with some effective de-stressing techniques can also help and being aware of your exposure to extreme temperatures, although perhaps less avoidable, can be predicted.

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Redness on face skincare

Before you invest in specialist skincare products to reduce skin redness on face, make sure you adopt a good skincare regime first. Dermatologists recommend the following routine:

  1. Cleanse skin with a gentle, non-stripping face cleanser to remove make-up, impurities and excess oil.

  2. Apply a calming facial serum and lightly pat it gently into the skin.

  3. Moisturise to prevent water loss that dries out skin and heightens sensitivity.

  4. Wear SPF every day to protect skin from harmful UV rays that cause face skin flare-ups.

  5. Avoid grainy facial scrubs and rough flannels and sponges. Anything that scratches the skin will exacerbate areas of redness and sensitivity.

Skincare ingredients to avoid.

  • Alcohol or acetone

  • Camphor

  • Fragrances and perfumed products

  • Glycolic acid

  • Lactic acid

  • Menthol or peppermint

  • Sodium lauryl sulphate (often found in shampoos and toothpaste)

  • Urea

  • Insect repellants

  • Witch hazel

  • Eucalyptus oil

Best skincare ingredients for redness.

To maintain consistency for skin, it’s advisable to use multiple skincare products from the same range. Here’s our selection of the best ingredients for redness that you should include to your skincare routine:

  • Acetyl tetrapeptide-40, usually referred to as “peptides”, is made by Telangyn™️. This ingredient fights skin redness caused by inflammation as well as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and reduces the appearance of dilated blood vessels
  • Palmitoyl glycine made by TimeCode™️ illuminates and rejuvenates the complexion and reduces redness through an anti-inflammaging action.
LYMA has recently flipped the skincare industry on its head, by using 80% actives and 20% water, the opposite of nearly all products on the market. “Not only is it the most active skin science in existence, it’s the first protocol to address the eight causes of skin aging,” says LYMA Founder Lucy Goff. Read the first reviews of LYMA skincare by top beauty editors and experts.

Makeup for redness

Highly advanced make-up formulations now exist to be non-irritating, effective at concealing and some even go as far as to include ingredients that treat redness.

Here are our picks of the best make-up for facial redness:

  • IT Cosmetics CC Cream

  • Rosalique 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF50

  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Foundation Fluide

  • Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

  • BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation

Medication and antibiotics

Sometimes over the counter treatments can be enough of a solution but often, prescription skincare in the form of gels and creams or a course of antibiotics are required.

  • Rhofade rosa-cea cream is commonly prescribed by dermatologists for extensive redness.

  • Soolantra cream is a prescription topical treatment that fights the bumps and blemishes.

  • Metronidazole commonly known as ‘Rozex’ cream/gel is the most widely selected treatment for mild pustules.

A course of oral antibiotics can also be used to treat more advanced cases of papules and pustules.

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Which specialist should you see for redness on face?

The best person to speak to about facial redness is a board-certified dermatologist and if you can find one who specialises in skin inflammation, even better. Some dermatologists even specialise in certain types of redness, so it’s well worth researching for someone who is highly knowledgeable on the type you have.

When to consult a doctor.

If redness is mild and not causing any discomfort, there may not need to seek professional medical help. However, the first action to take should be to consult a doctor or GP to gain an insight and decide if further steps are required from there.

Will dermatologists help?

For the most effective treatment dermatologists are the best option. They are highly trained skin specialists and can recommend the different avenues of treatment whether it be topical skincare, prescription antibiotics or laser treatment for pigmentation and discuss the best treatment plan for you.

Beware the biased advice from clinics.

A fully accredited dermatologist can be trusted to give sound skin advice from a place of knowledge and expertise. However it is prudent to remember that all dermatologists work with laser companies in using their technologies. A dermatologist is not going to recommend a laser that they don’t have in their clinic. Therefore, it’s important to research any technology they suggest and assess it for yourself.

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Your questions on the topic

How to get rid of redness permanently?

Facial redness can only be controlled, not cured. New cases can appear at any time but continual maintenance of facial skin flare-ups with the LYMA Laser will tackle issues as soon as they arise.

Does IPL get rid of skin inflammation?

IPL can get rid of redness temporarily but it is a chronic condition, so new flare-ups will occur, requiring further treatment.

Which light therapy is best for facial redness?

The LYMA laser is considered by experts to be the best at-home light therapy for skin texture and elasticity and results show its unrivalled ability to remove redness and broken capillaries without any thermal damage to skin. This makes it perfect for sensitive skin, safe to use every day and ideal for treating cases of redness as soon as they occur.

What is the strongest treatment for red patches on face?

Ablative laser treatment is the strongest treatment but these lasers, such as CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers, cause extensive trauma to skin and entail high levels of pain and prolonged downtime.

What is the most effective red face treatment?

Approaching from all aspects is the most effective way to treat skin redness. Making changes to diet, lifestyle, stress levels, sunlight exposure, skincare and a medically approved treatment plan.



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