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How To Reduce Facial Redness

Facial redness can be a cause of concern for many, particularly those who have fair, sensitive skin or suffer from Rosacea. Read on to discover useful product and lifestyle changes which can be made to minimise or reduce facial redness.


Exercise could actually help decrease facial redness field

Whilst exercise might seem counter-intuitive if you’re trying to combat facial redness (after all, working out often gives you a rosy, red complexion) - don’t let this stop you. Exercise is essential to your well being and stress management and might help you feel a little less worried about your facial redness. For a less flushed face, perhaps alter the way in which you work out. Short blasts of high-intensity workouts might be better suited to you as opposed to lengthy sessions. Working out in an environment that is well ventilated and air-conditioned might help too. Also, as ever, ensure you keep hydration levels and water consumption up.

lady exercising to reduce facial redness

Avoid scented beauty products

People that are prone to facial redness can have underlying sensitive skin that can cause their red complexion. It's possible your skin is extremely sensitive to or is irritated by scented beauty products. If you're experiencing facial redness, especially more than usual, try using unscented products from your beauty or face care regime and see if you notice any improvement. Even perfumes and essential oils that come in contact with your face might cause the skin to react in the form of facial redness or blotchy skin.

Use Sun Lotion to avoid facial redness

Ensure you wear a broad spectrum, high quality SPF such as Nivea Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion SPF50+ to prevent sun overexposure, make sure not to go out in the sun during peak hours. If you do experience sun damage Nivea Moisturising After Sun Lotion has a cooling formula that absorbs quickly and intensively nourishes the skin for 24 hours. It contains Aloe Vera and Avocado oil, maintaining the skins elasticity and leaving a soft and silky skin feeling.

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Stress can change your complexion, take time to relax



Some types of facial redness are caused by the condition Rosacea. If you're concerned about Rosacea induced facial redness make sure to consult a doctor. The causes of Rosacea induced facial redness aren't exactly known but there are some common triggers. These include:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Stress
  • Intense exercise (although you should definitely not avoid exercise)
  • Too much sunlight/heat
  • Spicy food
  • Cold weather
  • Humidity
  • Dairy
  • Medications

Other Causes of facial redness

  1. Over-exfoliation - exfoliating your skin too much strips the skin of its protective barrier leading to facial redness, a feeling of tightness, and dry skin as the skin is stripped of its natural oils and not given the chance to recover between exfoliation
  2. Allergic reactions or skin irritation
  3. Alcohol flush reaction - this happens when some people drink alcohol and it's a sign of alcohol intolerance, it is caused by differences in our genes meaning some people get it and others don't
  4. Eczema
  5. Sun overexposure - going out in the sun and not protecting your skin with sunscreen can cause facial redness in the short-term and long-term
  6. Acne breakouts
  7. Spider veins - spider veins occur when you don't protect your skin from the sun and over time the damage to your skin accumulates causing red veins to often appear around the nose area
  8. You're too warm - over-heating can cause your skin to look flushed as the blood is closer to the surface of the skin to help cool you down


blonde lady applying face cream to soothe facial redness

Products for Sensitive Skin

If facial redness is still a concern then be extra diligent about the skin care products you use. 

Products specifically designed for sensitive skin might be better suited for you if you do experience Rosacea or common facial redness. Daily Essentials Sensitive Day Cream effectively reduces the 3 main signs of sensitive skin; redness, tightness and dryness. This soothing day cream has an extremely mild formula, is PH neutral and perfume free. Liquorice extract and Grapeseed oil helps calm the skin as well as providing intensive moisture. SPF15 also helps protect the skin from sunlight induced environmental influences. For night time, NIVEA Cellular Regenerative Night Cream helps to soothe and calm the skin by supporting the skins regeneration process at night. Try keeping these skin products in the fridge. The coolness may help reduce facial redness and calm any irritation.

You can also read more about how to take care of Sensitive Skin here.

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Have you considered giving up makeup for a short time? Consider giving yourself a break from cosmetics and having a makeup free day. This way, you can test whether the cause of your facial redness is due to the ingredients in certain makeup products. If the redness drastically improves, then it might be that your makeup or brushes are the source of some of your skin complaints. Try gradually reintroducing your makeup products, one by one so you can identify which ingredients to avoid. Alternatively, if makeup is shown to not cause your facial redness then it can offer a great temporary solution to cover up facial redness. Read more about facial cleansing for fresh and healthy skin to get additional tips on makeup removal for all skin types.

dirty makeup brush can lead to facial redness


When applying skin products to your face or body be gentle. Rubbing your skin too vigorously with exfoliators or products unsuited to your skin can make facial redness worse. 

This also applies to taking baths and having showers - avoid extreme temperatures. Using a soft cloth with lukewarm water to wash your face and take care of it best. 

By using extremely hot water you can overly dry your skin (read NIVEA's causes of dry skin) and increase blood circulation which might be a source of your facial redness.


If your rosy complexion is related to nervousness or embarrassment, simple techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or smiling might help reduce unwanted levels of facial redness.

Beard Shaving

For men, facial shaving might be causing you to experience redness and irritation. NIVEA MEN Post Shave Balm soothes and regenerates your skin after shaving. The Aloe Vera and pro-vitamin B5 formula moisturises your skin and reduces redness and tightness. The result is skin that feels smooth, protected and comfortable.

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NIVEA Products To Help With Facial Redness