How can you reduce redness on your face?


I’m hearing this question a lot at the moment during my consultations – “How can I reduce redness on my face?”

Skin conditions that cause redness might start getting a little bit worse for people over the coming months. As the weather starts to change and the heating goes on, your skin can suffer a little more, especially if you’re prone to rosacea, dermatitis, and eczema.

So, what can you do to help? Here are 5 changes you can make today, that will reduce redness in your skin:

  1. Stop over-exfoliation

The first thing you can do is to stop over-exfoliating your skin. This is something I see a lot. Over-exfoliation causes more inflammation and more damage to your skin’s barrier function. The best thing to do is to stick to gentle exfoliation with enzymes. Cut out everything else, especially mechanical exfoliation with scrubs and harsh washes that sometimes contain exfoliators.


  1. Vitamin B3

Start adding some vitamin B3 into your skincare routine. This helps to reduce inflammation in the skin and helps to strengthen barrier function, ready to combat the effects of winter. You can easily incorporate vitamin B3 in serum or your moisturiser.


  1. Omegas

Using omega-3 and omega-6 will help to support your skin’s barrier function brilliantly. it also helps to moisturise and nourish the skin without any effects on barrier function. Some of the thick moisturisers available off the shelf can make your skin ‘lazy’ in the long run and can stop it from functioning properly. You’ll feel like you constantly need to apply moisturiser. I’ve had people tell me when they first start using some of my skincare, that they feel like their skin is not moisturised enough initially. I encourage them to keep going and eventually they’re really shocked at how little cream they need to apply and how nourished their skin feels. Using the correct cream is so important and that’s something I can help with if you’d like. This will help reduce redness!

It’s a bit like lip balm…

People start using lip balm once or twice a day. But over time, they start feeling like they need to use it more and more. They frequently feel like their lips are drying out. That’s because the skin in the lips has become ‘lazy’. This means that it’s not naturally moisturising anymore, so they have to apply this extra protective barrier to keep their lips feeling moist and supple. Some of the ingredients contained in lip balms can also appear in cosmetic creams and the same thing happens to the skin on your face.


  1. Diet and lifestyle

It’s crucial to look at your diet and lifestyle. If you’re going through a stressful time, this can make redness and flare-ups worse. Try to incorporate a little mindfulness into your day. This doesn’t have to be any formal routine – try reading a book, going for a walk or having a soak in the bath. Whatever you love to do, make sure that you find the time to do it for at least half an hour every day. Take some time out for yourself to relax and unwind.

Diet is a really important consideration when looking to improve your skin. Make sure you eat lots of colourful fruit and vegetables. Cut down on processed food, ultra-processed food, and sugar. Sugar is not good for the skin in any way, shape or form and it’s not good for gut health. With rosacea especially, gut health is really important. If we have a limited diet, we tend to not have a very good microbiome in our gut. The microbiome in our gut is closely linked to the microbiome in our face. And if we have a healthy microbiome in our face, we tend not to get so many skin conditions and flare-ups.


  1. There is no such thing as a wonder cream

Don’t listen to friends and family when they think they’ve got a wonder cream that’s going to solve all your skin problems. Because trust me, it won’t. When it comes to skin conditions, especially those that cause a lot of inflammation like acne, rosacea, dermatitis and eczema it’s a holistic approach that’s going to help in the long run. It’s what’s going in your body and what you’re putting on your skin that is going to help reduce redness in your skin. Using cosmetic, off-the-shelf creams often aren’t going to get you the result that you want. Book a professional consultation with a skin specialist who will look at you from the inside out, take into consideration everything that’s going on in your life, and put a proper plan together for you.

If you’d like me to help more, please click the link below and book a consultation or a skin chat.

Or if you would like to know more about Rosacea or the other skin conditions I treat take a look at my Skin Conditions page

I’d be delighted to meet you and help you make long-term changes to your skin and your skincare routine.