The quest for an even, unblemished skin tone can lead people to undergo expensive and often drastic procedures and treatments. Some, like acid skin peels or dermabrasion, may end up doing more harm than good, particularly if the skin suffers from redness.
However, if you can discover the source red skin, you can treat not just the appearance, but the cause. Red skin is often a signal of ongoing irritation or allergies that can cause long term damage, so early care can stop this skin damage before it becomes severe.
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Red skin can result from excessive exposure to irritants, allergens, or environmental factors, as well as from internal hormonal shifts.
Irritants and allergens may seem synonymous with one another, but in this case have different meanings. Irritants tend to be chemical or man-made. They can cause strong skin reactions even if the individual is not technically allergic to the substance. Some of the most common irritants are chemical-based detergents and cleaners as well as alcohol and strong fragrances. They can dry the skin or cause it to become inflamed.
Allergens, on the other hand, generally have natural origins. Dander, pollen, and dust are common allergens and cause sneezing, congestion, and inflammatory responses in the nasal passages, eyes, throat, and skin. In sensitive individuals, allergens can cause swelling and skin rashes. These rashes can be red, blotchy, or scaly, and even weepy.
Poison ivy is a well-known culprit; the leaves have oily byproduct that causes an itchy rash on skin. However, even exposure to more common dander or pollen allergies can cause facial skin redness.
The environment also plays role in causing red skin. In the summer, sunburn is the most obvious cause of red skin. When ultraviolet rays damage the skin, the immune response causes extra blood to flow to the skin’s surface. This provides oxygen and white blood cells that help heal the sun damage, but also causes the skin to be red, sensitive, and warm. When skin is exposed to too much cold or wind, blood flows copiously to the skin’s surface to warm the cells and repair damage.
Hormones can also trigger red skin, particularly in the form of acne. Acne often gets worse during the teenage years because hormone levels in the body trigger increased production of skin oil. This oil can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria to clog pores. If the clogs become infected, the immune system once again kicks in, resulting in sore, red blemishes as it fights the infection.
It’s clear that much red skin is due to irritation, infection, or damage. Red skin can be a beneficial signal that something is wrong. The more severe the red skin, the greater the damage could be in that area. More severe skin problems can result when red skin is not treated early enough.
If left untreated long enough, the skin cells that are red and inflamed become permanently damaged. This damage means the cells cannot acquire the nutrients. The cells die, or their functions change and they become malignant, spreading the damage to the surrounding cells.
A dermatologist can help you identify and treat the sources of your red skin. However, there are ways to care for skin redness yourself. First, make sure you are using skin care products appropriate for you skin type. Dry skin requires richer lotions or creams that order to lock in the moisture that helps repair the damaged skin. Oily skin needs a gentle and mild cleanser helps remove oil without over drying, and thus irritating, the skin. Eliminating harsh, drying, or strongly scented products can help reduce redness in any skin type.
Prevention is key when it comes to fighting the effects of red skin. Covering up with a scarf helps protect skin from the frigid winter cold, and using a suntan lotion with an SPF of at least 15, even under make-up, will help to significantly reduce sunburn and skin damage.
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