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Does your face flushes easily, gets constantly red, or changes from day to day? The problems with facial redness can really make you feel uncomfortable. If you are an acne sufferer, you probably are familiar with background redness all over your face or, worse, splotchy red patches. Rosacea makes your easily red from triggers such as the sun or a glass of wine and perioral dermatitis causes redness around your mouth, chin, nose and even up near the eyes.

No matter what the cause of your facial redness is, here are some simple home treatments that are both gentle and effective.

1. Cucumber masks

Even though there’s no scientific research that validates cucumber’s effect on facial redness, it has been used as a natural home for redness remedy for many years. Botanist and physician Nicholas Culpeper in 1649 wrote of the benefits of the cucumber in clearing red from the face and many people still use it. All you need to do is to grate a cucumber or put it through a food processor and use as a face mask. For best results use a cucumber straight from the fridge because it cools down the irritated skin.

2. Anti-redness diet

The way we eat is very important for our skin and anti-redness diet can easily reduce systemic inflammation. You need to start by following the general guidelines of an anti-inflammatory diet.

Next is to try and clear internal heat from the body by avoiding food and drinks that cause heat such as alcohol, spicy foods, and drinks.

Fish oil supplements and probiotics are very helpful if you are on an anti-redness diet. You should definitely include in your diet cooling foods such as apple, celery, coconut, cucumber, melon, peach, papaya, and spinach.

3. Colloidal oatmeal masks

Colloidal oatmeal is a popular remedy for itching and redness in eczema. This is a natural remedy that can help with any kind of facial redness. Colloidal oatmeal is just a pulverized oats, simple as that. It is a great moisturizer and it absorbs oil and can be beneficial for acne, it also has a very low potential for irritation and very low chance of allergies. Pour a couple of teaspoons of 100% pure colloidal oatmeal into your hand and mix with enough water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area, let it dry for 10 minutes and rinse off. You can use this treatment up to four times per week.

4. Manuka honey

This special kind of honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that feed on the flowers of the Manuka tree.

Because it is rich in antioxidants, Manuka is a powerful anti-inflammatory product. It acts antibacterial against the bacteria that cause acne. It helps with rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis and eliminating redness while keeping the skin moisturized in all time.

For topical use, you will need to acquire Manuka honey that has a UMF/OMA rating of 15 or above. These numbers come from a system developed by scientists in New Zealand which describe the activity level of the honey. Simply, apply it directly on the skin as a daily cleanser.

5. Anti-redness teas

Teas are very effective in treating skin redness no matter if you drink it or use topically. Three most effective teas are peppermint, camomile and green tea.

The polyphenols in green tea have skin cell rejuvenating properties. It helps in both ways, to drink it and is great as topical wash, particularly for rosacea patients. When it comes to camomile and peppermint tea, they can be beneficial for dealing with any type of facial redness. In case you have a ragweed allergy don’t use chamomile.

To use tea as topical, you need to make a tea compress. Just steep several bags in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes and then leave the liquid in the refrigerator to cool. Pour the liquid onto a washcloth and press it on your face for up to a minute, one to two times per day.

Many people have highly sensitive skin that can be easily irritated by any topical product (including botanical ones). If your skin fits this description, be very careful when you try any new treatments. Try only one new treatment a week and before using it all over the face try it on a small part of the face.

In treating acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis you should never rely on topical products alone. As the body’s largest organ, the skin reflects number of internal imbalances, so healing from within is always the most effective way to a getting a permanent solution.