Exfoliate regularly. Some pesky acne redness actually is the result of acne scars. When you wash your face and use mild facial masks, you take off all the grime, oil and dead skin cells that are on your face. This encourages new skin cells to take the place of old ones, and over time, your red scars can fade. Clean skin also is less prone to inflammation, which is a huge cause of the tomato look. Stick to all natural perfume- and dye-free cleansers, as some chemical agents can cause your skin to react.
Repurpose your eyedrops. Eyedrops contain tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, a mild redness-reducing agent. This substance gets the red out of your eyes, and it can temporarily get some of the tint out of your skin, too. Put a drop of the solution on your red spots after you wash your face or whenever you're putting in or taking out your contacts.
Make lemonade from your sour acne redness situation. Splash your face with a mixture of lemon juice or rosewater, or spot-treat by applying these substances with a cotton swab or cotton ball. Both agents are naturally antibacterial, and they tone and relieve redness.
Apply a natural moisturizer like aloe, which is known for its soothing, healing effects on skin. It will leave your skin soft and relieve some of the inflammation that may cause your skin redness.
Dab on some hydrocortisone cream, an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces swelling and redness. Use this with some caution, however, because it can get absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin and cause side effects like itching and burning. Your dermatologist can tell you whether you are a good candidate for the cream. As an alternative, crush an aspirin and mix it with lemon juice. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, and lemon juice is a natural bleach.
Protect yourself from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are well-documented as being damaging to your skin. Sometimes, staying out in the sun too long can worsen the appearance of redness and scars. If you plan on going to a beach fiesta, that's fine, but just pack a fun parasol, light wrap and a sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
Know your triggers. For some people, certain foods and drinks like alcohol or spicy sauces cause the skin's capillaries to expand. This is your body getting rid of the extra heat your body produces as it processes these items. The problem is that open capillaries let a maximum amount of blood through, making your skin look pinkish. Emotional stressors -- like the embarrassing time you walked out of the ladies' restroom with your skirt in your underwear -- also trigger responses in the skin. Allergies are another culprit, avoid irritants like dander or perfumes.
Stay away from facial products that contain alcohol. Alcohol is overly drying and can make acne redness worse. Look for moisturizing, anti-inflammatory agents instead.
Diet plays a big part in skin health. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables ensures your skin has what it needs to heal and fight inflammation. Water also works wonders, because skin cells, like other body cells, are mostly water. If you stay hydrated, your skin won't be as dry and irritated, resulting in less redness with your acne.
For a quick, temporary redness fix, use an ice cube on your red spots. The cold will constrict capillaries a little.