For some, having red skin means a life lived full of surprises – and not necessarily the good kind.
Whether you’re hot, cold, exercising or just plain embarrassed, redness can flare up at any given opportunity.
This redness is often referred to as Rosacea, a common but poorly understood skin condition.
Thankfully, there are products out there to suit every budget to not only help reduce redness but also conceal it under makeup when it does flare up.
Here’s all your Rosacea questions answered, plus the best anti-redness products on the market:
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition which can cause acne-like symptoms such as red or pink skin, exposed blood vessels, small red bumps and in some cases pink or irritated eyes.
Skincare expert Patricia Boland says there are multiple factors which can trigger Rosacea.
She said: “Sun exposure is the most common Rosacea trigger as the direct heat and light from the sun’s rays penetrate deep into the skin and increase the chances of flare-ups.”
Patricia added that other triggers include alcohol, exercise, spicy foods or hot drinks, sun and wind exposure or anxiety and stress.
What products should I avoid if I suffer from Rosacea?
As sunlight is the primary trigger of Rosacea, Patricia says it’s best to try and avoid sunlight at the hottest point of the day, as well as avoiding stuffy and heated environments.
When it comes to products, some ingredients are a no-no.
Patricia said: “Ingredients like tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, witch hazel, any strong minty ingredients such as menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus oil should be avoided. Anything with a high soap content will also aggravate the skin further.”
What kind of products should I be looking for to help soothe and conceal my Rosacea?
“Keeping your skin care routine simple is usually the trick here,” says skin expert and founder of Heaven Skincare, Deborah Mitchell, “I would always suggest using products that include calming ingredients, such as blue chamomile.”
Protecting yourself from the sun is also important, as Patricia points out: “The National Rosacea Society recommends a non-chemical sunscreen, such as a convenient mineral formulation, that contains zinc or titanium dioxide and offers UVA/UVB protection.”
These are the products that will help soothe and tackle the redness:
This daily moisturiser helps reduce facial redness and also has SPF20 to prevent skin irritation from the sun.
It also has green pigments to help achieve an even skin tone, so is a great product to use pre-makeup.
MID RANGE: Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell Chamomile Hydrogel, £19 for 30ml.
The Heaven skincare range specifically caters to those who suffer from problem skin such as acne, rosacea and eczema.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic, this cooling gel helps normalise the skin whilst the organic witch hazel reduces redness.
Infused with its own BioSolace technology, it helps neutralizes the appearance of redness as well as soothes and calms sensitive skin.
These products will help achieve an even skin-tone by concealing redness-prone areas.
A rare bargain for Rosacea sufferers, this green-tinged stick from Max Factor allows you to target red patches as well as hiding dark circles and blemishes.
MID-RANGE: Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in Green, £19.50, Debenhams
This colour correcting fluid from Urban Decay slides on like butter and offers a soft finishing look as well as targeting those pesky red areas.
It comes in five other shades to help tackle a multitude of problems such as blemishes and discolouring.
Not only does it offer smooth, even coverage for all types of skin, this light-wear foundation is surprisingly effective at concealing redness.
Couple this with a colour corrector and you’ll be good to go.