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How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation

by
author image Ann Jones
Ann Jones has been writing since 1998. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her journalistic work can be found in major magazines and newspapers. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Skin irritation and redness can be a result of many factors, including sun exposure, sensitivity to cleansers, or eczema -- a cluster of conditions that can also cause skin to itch. Determine the cause of skin redness to treat it most effectively. A product designed to treat acne and a product for rosacea, for example, may both be advertised as treatments for sensitive, red skin, but are specific to those conditions. Consult a dermatologist if your skin redness is persistent or painful. In the meantime, there are a few home remedies that may bring relief.

Step 1

How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Consider what could be causing your skin redness. A new cleanser or laundry detergent, a new food to which you may be allergic and even a lot of stress can contribute to skin redness. If you suspect one of these factors may be the cause of your condition, change to a bland diet for a few days; go back to your old cleanser; try stress-reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation.

Step 2

How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Grind a cup of dry oatmeal in a food processor or purchase a colloidal oatmeal bath from a pharmacy. Sprinkle the oatmeal into a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes. For facial redness, mix a handful of oatmeal in a basin of cool water, soak a clean washcloth in the water and apply it to your face. Oatmeal is particularly effective at relieving itching.

Step 3

How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Try an over-the-counter antihistamine tablet or cream if you experience severe itching, which often suggests an allergic reaction. Diphenhydramine hydrochloride is a common ingredient that may provide relief.

Step 4

How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Wash your skin with cool, rather than hot, water. Take brief, lukewarm showers and pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel. Rubbing can exacerbate redness. Moisturize afterward with an unscented lotion formulated for sensitive skin.

Step 5

How to Get the Red out of Skin Irritation
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Add anti-inflammatory foods and beverages to your diet, particularly if redness is a result of rosacea. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, these include caffeine, green or chamomile tea, licorice extract and sulfur-containing foods such as egg yolks, brussels sprouts, broccoli and garlic. Feverfew extract is an anti-inflammatory that is available in supplement form.

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