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Cherry red is a fine color for a sports car, but it doesn't look nearly as good on your face. Facial redness can be caused by stress, temperature imbalances, skin reactions or skin conditions like rosacea. No matter what is causing your redness problem, you can begin to counteract skin redness -- and avoid it in the future.
Apply Tinted Makeup
When facial redness strikes and you need a quick fix, the first place to look is your makeup stash. Start by applying a cream or powder primer with a green or yellow tint to counteract the redness. Finish with a water-soluble matte finish makeup to reduce shine. Avoid makeups and facial products containing alcohol and other skin irritants, and opt for products labeled as noncomedogenic that won't plug up your pores.
Sometimes the foods you eat are to blame for facial flushing. Alcohol, hard cheeses, chili peppers and foods served at a high temperature can leave your face looking like a tomato. Avoid trigger foods or consume them in moderation. If you're eating a soup or stew or sipping on a cup of tea or coffee, allow it to cool first before digging in.
Some people have the misfortune of turning red when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Turn your home thermostat down a few degrees until you feel comfortably cool. If you begin to feel a flush coming on, apply a cool, damp cloth around your neck or suck on ice cubes to lower your temperature. Cooling facial masks made from ingredients like cucumber, mint and cold milk could also help reduce redness from flushing.
Protect Your Skin
If you easily turn red, the last thing you need is additional skin damage to make things worse. Before you go out in the winter, apply a thin coat of skin-protecting petroleum jelly to your face to guard your skin from windburn. Cover as much of your face as you can with a scarf when outside. Apply a facial sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more any time you plan to be out in the sun.