understanding your skin

How to Reduce Redness

Redness, also known as vascularity, is something that we regularly treat at the clinic and can be the result of numerous contributing factors. The causes of redness can vary from broken capillaries showing around the nose and on the cheeks, constant flushing across the whole skin, or inflammation from environmental and internal stressors such as incorrect skincare routines, chronic conditions such as rosacea and eczema, a compromised barrier, and some spicy foods and alcohol. No two cases of redness are the same so try not to compare your journey with others.

Method of self diagnosis

Look - are there areas of flushing across the skin that stay for a long time? If you look closely, can you see little thin red veins on the surface of the skin?

Touch – gently press your skin in the areas of redness. Does the point of pressure lighten to your natural skin tone? This is an indication that you are experiencing vascularity.

What can I do?

The best thing you can do to identify what triggers your redness. Keep a diary of when your skin feels inflamed or your rosacea flares up; this will help you recognise what might be causing the sensitivity so you can make the decision to limit these triggers if you can.

External

The most common triggers are:

  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Harsh Products
  • Hot showers
  • Sun exposure
  • Chlorine in swimming pools

Internal

  • Diet and intolerances
  • Genes
  • Gut health
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Acne
  • Rosacea

Take a gentle approach with your skin. Limit manipulating the skin too much (no vigourous massage) and be mindful of the pressure you use when cleansing. Avoid any cleansing brushes or cloths and pat, don’t rub, your skin dry. Steer clear of any grainy scrubs and astringent products too as these will cause unwanted inflammation.

Keep things cool. Hot showers, baths, saunas, and steam rooms all cause vasodilation; the cause of flushing which can weaken delicate capillaries. And if skin does flare up, apply an old school cold compress to the area to take the heat out of the skin.

Adapt your routine to the seasons. Skin that experiences redness is often more sensitive to change. In summer, keep on top of your SPF protection and nourishment. In winter, layer up with protective creams and calming serums.

How can treatments help?

Treatments that are focused on targeting inflammation and barrier repair are fantastic at addressing redness.

Our Gently Does It treatment is a collagen-producing, skin soothing wonder. Probiotics and epidermal growth factors strengthen the skin barrier. Advanced technologies reduce inflammation and stimulate healing.

Regular LED treatments are fantastic for those whos redness is caused by rosacea or a weakened barrier. Near Infra Red light can penetrate deep into the skin to target inflammation and accelerate healing. It’s a non invasive treatment that is best done 1-2 times a week.

To target broken capillaries and diffused redness, our Real Life Retouching uses advanced fluorescence technology (AFT) to permanently target the which targets the haemoglobin, coagulating the blood which then gets disposed of by the body via the lymphatic system.  

What products support improvement?

Your product routine should be centered around calming, hydrating and nourishing the skin. Choose a gentle milky or creamy cleanser that is free from strong actives or foam. The Esse Sensitive Cleanser is designed for the most delicate skins and is a fantastic go to. Niacinamide is a great ingredient to look out for as it helps to build and strengthen the skin barrier. SkinVital is rich in niacinamide alongside vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to protect and hydrate your skin. Other soothing serums include Essence 27 which is packed with Centella Asiatica extract to repair the skin, and Synergie De-Stress that harnesses the power of sea buckthorn and blackcurrant seed oils to repair and comfort the skin.

Exfoliation is still an important step, even for sensitive or irritated skin. Choose gentle enzyme based exfoliators or chemical free exfoliators that remove excess skin with a static charge. Our favourite for irritated skin are Esse Microderm Exfoliator, Shinso Glow and Synergie Luciderm.

And then, protect your skin with a mineral SPF. Sunscreens shield the skin from UV and other environmental stressors that can lead to inflammation and redness.