We all want to achieve that glass skin glamour. But red spots on your face are pretty inevitable and can be annoying at times.
NO WORRIES! There are proper ways to take care of those.
In this guide, we’ll share with you some simple hacks to treat red spots.
How to Reduce Red Spots
1. Natural Remedies to Treat Skin Irritation
If you need a QUICK FIX for your red spots, you can use these hacks you can easily grab from your kitchen counter!
#1 Apple Cider Vinegar
You’ve probably heard of the ACV craze in the skincare community.
Apple cider vinegar contains acids like acetic, citric, malic, and amino acids. It also has ANTIBACTERIAL and ASTRINGENT properties that can calm irritated skin.
Using apple cider vinegar can:
- Remove dead skin cells.
- Even your skin tone.
- Restore the pH balance of your skin.
- Heal sunburns.
- Lighten dark red spots and acne marks.
- Tighten pores.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Dilute 1/2 tsp. of ACV with 2 tbsp. of clean water. You can add a drop of tea tree oil in the mix to tame the smell.
- Dip a cotton pad in the mixture and apply it on the affected area or wherever the red spots are.
- Let it dry and rinse off with cold water.
Directions: Do this TWICE A DAY to get rid of red spots on your skin in a few weeks!
#2 Lemon Juice
Lemon extract is a common ingredient found in skin lightening products. The citric acid or vitamin C present in it acts like an astringent.
Lemon juice is also RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS making it perfect for:
- Keeping the pH level of your skin balanced.
- Removing excess oil.
- Cleaning clogged pores.
Vitamin C also provides bleaching properties that helps get rid of red spots on the skin, giving you a BRIGHTER and CLEARER skin complexion.
Here’s how you can use lemon juice for your skin:
- Squeeze one whole lemon. You can dilute it with an equal amount of water since the acid from vitamin C can be a bit strong.
- Dip a cotton pad and apply it on the affected areas to reduce skin redness.
- Let it dry and wash off with cold water.
- Apply a light moisturizer and sunscreen. Lemon juice can make your skin sensitive to UV rays.
Directions: Do this TWICE A DAY as well for faster results.
#3 Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is every beauty guru’s best friend when it comes to skin ailments.
This godsend plant is filled with ANTI-INFLAMMATORY properties that can:
- Alleviates sunburn
- Fights rash and soothes irritation
- Kill bacteria
- Moisturize skin
You can buy some packed aloe vera gel from drugstores and various beauty shops. Some also come in forms of moisturizers, face masks and facial cleansers.
Aloe vera is good for ALL TYPES OF SKIN.
Though those with oily skin should be cautious when using it in humid weather. It can be a cause of comedonal acne due to pore clogging.
If you’re going to harvest aloe vera by yourself, here’s how:
- Gently slice an aloe leaf in half and scrape out the gel sap.
- Apply it to the inflamed red spots on the skin.
- Leave it on like a face mask for 20-30 minutes then rinse with water.
You can store the leftover gel in an AIRTIGHT CONTAINER to save for later. Do this twice a day to remove unwanted red spots on the skin.
#4 Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is rich in what we call “phytochemicals” that can be effective to reduce redness.
Cocoa butter is also high on fatty acid that hydrates and improves skin elasticity.
Besides this, it’s also filled with antioxidants that can fight off free radicals and other irritants.
Using organic cocoa butter can:
- Moisturize your skin
- Reduce inflammation
- Lighten stretch marks and acne scars
- Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
To use cocoa butter, you will need to do the following:
- Scoop a SMALL amount of cocoa butter and soften it with the heat from your hands.
- Gently massage onto inflamed skin and leave it overnight.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water in the morning.
Directions: Repeat this EVERY NIGHT to see results. If you have oily skin, DO A PATCH TEST FIRST as it might cause more acne than alleviate it.
#5 Plain Yogurt
Plain Yogurt is filled with TONS of enzymes and good bacteria (usually for our digestive system, but works well to lighten skin too!).
Yogurt is also rich in Vitamins B2, B5, and B12 which are good for hydration and healing dry skin.
The main star for yogurt skincare is the presence of ZINC.
Zinc has calming properties and is able to alleviate skin inflammation and even out dark marks.
Grab some yogurt (make sure there are no extra ingredients) and do these:
- Rub yogurt on the red areas and let it dry.
- Wash it off with gentle soap or any foam-free cleanser.
Directions: Do this ONCE A DAY as part of your routine for effective results!
#6 Green Tea
IF YOU’RE IN A HURRY, green tea is effective in reducing redness and irritation OVERNIGHT.
Green tea is anti-inflammatory due to its high content of polyphenols called catechins. These reduce irritation, redness and swelling.
It also contains Vitamin B2 and E for maintaining collagen levels and new skin cell growth.
Green tea has caffeine and tannins which shrink blood vessels around the eyes perfect for dark circles and puffy eyes.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Chill a tea bag in the freezer.
- Take it out and place them on the affected area for 15 MINUTES.
- Proceed with your skincare routine.
The antioxidant properties and the coldness together can act as an anti-inflammatory remedy that can lessen red spots.
2. Skincare Products to Include in Your Routine
Some of the natural remedies mentioned above are already commonly used in a bunch of moisturizers, creams, serums, and toners.
But you can UP YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE with these special skincare products!
#1 Facial Oil
If you have dry skin, you can freely use these types of facial oils.
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness. It can trigger QUICK REGENERATION OF CELLS making it great for anti-aging as well.
You can buy them in the form of capsules or extracted in bottles already. If you’re using extracted oil, apply directly to red spots and leave them on OVERNIGHT.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is a MAGIC ANTI-INFLAMMATORY INGREDIENT that’s great in removing red spots on the skin.
We highly discourage applying tea tree oil directly applied as it can cause chemical burns.
Make sure it’s diluted first before using!
Coconut oil is a HOLY ELIXIR that can calm itching skin and reduce redness caused by rashes. It contains lauric acid that can remedy DRYNESS and FLAKINESS of the skin.
This has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can be used to alleviate eczema and other skin conditions.
You can use coconut oil in its pure form or mix it with other soothing ingredients for a face pack.
Here’s how to use pure coconut oil to remove red spots:
- Apply a few drops on SLIGHTLY DAMP SKIN.
- Massage gently in a circular motion and let your skin barrier absorb it.
- Leave it on overnight and wash it off with lukewarm water in the morning.
Directions: Do this NIGHTLY to soothe red marks.
#2 Spot Treatment
For a more CONCENTRATED treatment, you can focus on the affected skin with these remedies:
Petroleum jelly contains panthenol and glycerin that restores skin from dryness. This is perfect if you have FLAKY peeling skin and can even out the red spots on the skin.
Famous pimple patches are known to be QUICK REMEDIES to annoying pimples that pop out of nowhere.
You can try out the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. It’s a pack of ADF hydrocolloid dressings that suck out all the impurities from your pores.
Just stick them on directly to your pimple and leave it on for a few minutes until the patch turns completely white.
#3 Salicylic or Glycolic Acid
The BEST WAY TO FADE OF ACNE SCARS is to use cleansers, creams, moisturizers, and serums that contain salicylic or glycolic acid.
These remove impurities and scrubs off dead cells for glowing clean skin. Salicylic acid can fight off swelling, acne-related redness, and inflammation.
3. Ask Your Dermatologist for Professional Treatment
You can commit and stick to your skincare routine to get rid of red spots. But FOR MORE EFFECTIVITY, you can turn to professional treatments.
Also, consult your skin doctor if you’re allowed to go through the following options.
#1 AHA or BHA Chemical Peel to Remove Dead Skin Cells
A common way to soothe redness is to have an AHA BHA chemical peel.
Chemical exfoliants tend to be STRONGER and more effective in penetrating deep into your pores compared to scrubbing exfoliants.
AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid removes dead cells from the top layers of your skin for it to heal faster.
This lightens and reduces redness from the surface of your skin. Products with glycolic acid and lactic acid also contain traces of alpha hydroxy acid.
BHA or beta hydroxy acid, on the other hand, digs deep into the pores and removes excess oil and dirt buildup.
#2 Laser Treatment
A laser treatment usually lightens the skin surface of your body to get rid of red spots.
Laser treatment uses light to reduce pigments into smaller particles. This is done gradually in sessions – usually ranging from 3-6 sessions.
FOR POST-CARE, your doctor might require you to apply medicated skin creams that can also help in reducing redness.
Skincare Tips to Prevent Red Spots
- Lessen your sun exposure. The harmful rays can damage your skin pigments.
- Have a healthy diet to boost your body immunity to prevent red spots on your skin.
What Causes Red Spots?
There are different causes to skin redness. To properly address it, we need to identify the main problem.
Here are some of the common causes of red spots.
1. Acne-Prone Skin
Hormones can make your skin produce A LOT of oil and result in fluid-filled acne.
Most of the time, picking on them can cause nasty acne scars and leave dark red spots. It’s especially common for people with closed comedones and fungal acne.
To remedy this, SALICYLIC or GLYCOLIC treatments can help unclog pores and remove the top layers of the skin. This will make your skin cells regenerate faster!
Regular acne surgery can be done to prevent reddish acne marks caused by frequent breakouts.
2. Dry and Sensitive Skin
Having dry skin can make your face VULNERABLE to a lot of microorganisms which results in red spots.
It’s recommended to LESSEN the use of exfoliation and scrubs in this case and use facial moisturizers to strengthen the skin barrier.
This is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and swelling of the skin, resulting in redness, breakouts, and small dilated blood vessels.
You’ll need to consult a dermatologist for a proper treatment of red spots on your skin that result from this.
4. Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema
Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is often caused by genetics and makes your skin itchy and leaves red blotches. The redness may occur from allergies.
Common treatments for this would include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and topical steroids.
Wrapping It All Up...
There are A LOT of remedies available to get rid of unwanted red spots. But first, you must pinpoint the main cause of redness in order to get the PROPER treatment.
There are different remedies apt for dryness, sensitivity and oiliness. You can consult your doctor for personalized medical treatments too!
We hope these hacks were able to help you alleviate your red spots!