How to reduce skin redness on your face


Do you experience skin redness on your face? If so, there are things you can do. We explore why facial redness occurs and provide you with tips on how to reduce redness on your face and how to prevent this skin concern.

What causes skin redness on your face?

Facial redness has many causes, such as certain skin conditions, sun damage, skin irritation, over-exfoliation, or dry skin.


How to prevent skin redness on your face?

If your skin redness is caused by a skin condition, it’s important to tackle that condition by using suitable skin care products and by consulting with your doctor. Read our article Getting started on a skin care routine if you need tips on introducing a new routine.


There are also some general tips that can help prevent facial redness.


Use an SPF product to protect from sun damage

Protecting your skin from sun damage is a key way to prevent skin redness caused by sunburn. UV rays from the sun are a major trigger of skin flushing in individuals and can worsen certain skin conditions.


Additionally, it’s important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy, as UVA rays can penetrate clouds.


Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser with SPF 50+ is a lightweight moisturiser that contains micronised Titanium Dioxide and protects against UVA and UVB rays. It is also enriched with Glycerin and Vitamin E to nourish your skin throughout the day.


Be careful with exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin too much can cause skin redness. This can also occur if the chemical exfoliant is too harsh on your skin, or if you scrub very hard with a physical exfoliant that contains small granules.


If your skin is prone to skin conditions, including redness, you should check with your dermatologist whether exfoliation is right for you. There are also gentle scrubs available like Cetaphil Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which is gentle enough to use daily on sensitive skin, both on face and body.


Use gentle skin care products

Some skin care ingredients can irritate your skin and cause skin redness. To prevent this from occurring, it’s important to choose gentle products for skin redness.


Panthenol moisturises and soothes your skin. It also helps to boost your skin’s barrier function. Try Cetaphil Moisturising Cream as part of your skin care routine, it’s proven to be gentle on sensitive skin and is suitable for face and body.


Other products that are beneficial for sensitive skin include those that are non-irritating and fragrance-free, such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser which deeply cleanses your skin while remaining gentle on your skin, both on face and body.


Lifestyle changes

Your diet may also cause face flushing. It could be useful to limit your intake of spicy foods, alcohol, or very hot drinks.


Additionally, it’s important to keep your skin protected from the effects of weather changes. As well as hot weather and UV rays, windy and cold weather can dry out your skin, which can lead to skin redness.


Moisturise at night

If you have dry skin, it’s important to apply a moisturiser overnight, as this can help to prevent moisture loss. During the night, ingredients have more time to be absorbed without being exposed to the outside world.


4 skin care ingredients to help reduce skin redness on your face If you experience redness on your face, there are some skin care ingredients that can help:


1. Soothe with Allantoin

Allantoin is extracted from the comfrey plant and has been shown to help with skin renewal and damage repair.6 Allantoin can help to reduce skin redness on your face and can be found in Cetaphil PRO Redness Prone Skin Cleansing Facial Wash, which cleanses and soothes redness-prone skin.

2. Relieve redness with Caffeine

Caffeine is a useful ingredient that can help tackle redness-prone skin. It has antioxidant properties and helps to protect against sun damage and signs of ageing.7,8 Cetaphil PRO Redness Prone Skin Tinted Moisturising Day Cream SPF30 contains both Allantoin and Caffeine to help soothe redness. It’s a neutral tinted moisturiser that provides SPF protection against UVA and UVB rays.


3. Pamper your skin with licorice extract

Licorice extract is an effective ingredient to help manage skin inflammation and redness. Studies have shown that Licorice extract can soothe redness, swelling, and itch.9 Licorice extract can also improve hyperpigmentation (dark spots on your skin), especially if it was caused by sun damage.10


Cetaphil PRO Redness Prone Skin Moisturising Night Cream is a nourishing night cream for skin redness that is enriched with Licorice extract. This moisturiser can improve your skin’s texture while reducing the appearance of redness. Take a deep dive into some of the key ingredients used in Cetaphil products.


4. Protect your skin with Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 used in skin care and can protect your skin from many of the triggers of skin redness. Niacinamide also increases the production of lipids called ceramides, which are vital in supporting your skin’s ability to protect itself.11


To benefit from the protective effect of Niacinamide, use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to thoroughly wash your skin and then apply Cetaphil Moisturising Cream.


The bottom line

By following the key tips in this article you can help to avoid, calm, and reduce skin redness on your face. If you think you have a medical condition causing redness, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist to help find the right solution.