Natural Remedies to Reduce Facial Redness

Tea pot and two cups of green tea on table, high angle view, close up, black background, Japan
A cup of green tea on a bamboo mat. (Image: DAJ/amana images/Getty Images)

Red skin on your face can have multiple causes, from mild sunburn or an allergic rash to rosacea -- a condition of chronic inflammation of the capillaries lying underneath your facial skin. Most of the time it's more unsightly than anything else, although rashes can itch and rosacea can make your face feel hot and uncomfortable. Home remedies for facial redness concentrate on calming and soothing the skin to ease inflammation and irritation.

Cucumber-Oatmeal Mask

Combine 1 cup of oatmeal with a roughly chopped cucumber in a blender and mix for a homemade facial treatment. Apply this mask before bedtime or first thing in the morning; leave in place for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Both oatmeal and cucumber have anti-inflammatory properties; cucumber also helps moisturize the skin and is both cooling and soothing. Try chilling the mixture for extra benefits.

Green-Tea Soak

Brew some green tea and chill it. Soak a washcloth in the tea, squeeze it out and apply the cloth to your face to relieve redness. Try this whenever you need relief, such as just after you've been outside in the sun. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may help constrict the blood vessels causing facial flushing and redness. The cold temperature also helps reduce inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Pure coconut oil is a superb skin moisturizer; if your skin redness is accompanied by dryness or tightness, make this oil your go-to remedy. It's also good for wind- or cold-chapped skin. Coconut is also a mild anti-inflammatory, and anecdotal accounts support its effectiveness for some people against both acne breakouts and rosacea. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it's easy to apply to problem spots.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.