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Your warm blush isn’t always the reason behind your flushed red face, isn’t it? Unfortunately, your face can turn red and inflamed due to a lot of factors such as stress [1], anxiety, rosacea, etc. These indeed indicate certain serious underlying problems in your body.

While it’s important to track down the causative factor behind the recurring redness on your face, in this article, we bring you a detailed explanation of various aspects of skin redness you need to understand. Read on.

What Is Redness On The Face Called?

The reddening of your face, neck, or upper chest regions due to enlargement of blood vessels and increased blood flow is called ‘skin flushing’[2].

"Often, skin flushing happens visibly when you blush, feel extremely nervous, eat hot or spicy foods, expose your face to hot temperatures, etc.," says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.

Symptoms Of Redness On Face

The following are some of the most common symptoms associated with redness on the face:

  • Varying tones of redness on your skin
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Sores
  • Tingling sensation
  • Red hives
  • Blistering
  • Itching

Reasons For Redness On Face

As per Ayurveda, the redness on your face can be linked to elevated Pitta dosha levels in your body, which increase your blood pressure. This leads to the dilation of blood vessels and flushing of blood beneath your facial skin, thus, reddening your face rapidly. This commonly shows up in sensitive skin around cheeks, nose, and neck regions.

Factors that aggravate Pitta dosha in your body include:

  • Over intake of hot, spicy, and salty foods
  • Extreme physical exertion
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Heatstroke caused by high-temperature environments
  • Rapid temperature fluctuations
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma
  • Side effects from certain medications such as penicillin, hydrocortisone, vasodilators, etc.
  • Overuse of retinoid creams, niacin (vitamin B3)[3], etc.

Underlying conditions triggered by aggravating Pitta dosha in your body also leads to redness on your face. These conditions include:

  • Rosacea
  • Skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, eczema, shingles, etc.
  • Digestive disorders [4]
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Polycythemia (spike in the circulation of red blood cells)
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus
  • Inflammation and irritation of sinus tissues on your face.

"Sometimes, using poor quality or harsh chemical-based cosmetics can irritate your skin, cause redness and inflammation locally," says Dr. Zeel.

Rosacea is most common in females with fair skin complexion between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

How Do You Get Rid Of Redness On Your Face?

1. Ayurvedic Ways

A. Ayurvedic Herbal Skin Care

The redness on your face can be controlled by balancing the elevated Pitta dosha in your skin. Check out some of the powerful Pitta reducing herbal remedies below:

  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Massage your face gently using warm brahmi oil for 5 minutes. Do this half an hour before bathing every day.
  • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): Mix shatavari powder and rose powder in equal amounts. Prepare a fine paste by adding water to the mixture. Apply it as a face pack and wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat twice a week.
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): Massage your face with giloy oil for a few minutes daily before bathing to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
  • Karpoora (camphor): Add a little camphor in 1 liter of water. Wait until it dissolves completely. Washing your face with camphor water relieves face redness and burning sensation instantly.
  • Chandana (sandalwood): Apply sandalwood paste on reddened areas of your face and leave it for half an hour before rinsing. Repeat daily.

You can also choose your skincare products with cooling and calming herbs as above to pacify your aggravated Pitta. Answer this simple Ayurvedic quiz to understand your dosha levels.

B. Ayurvedic Internal Medication

  • Haridrakhanda (Vrihat)
  • Arogyavardhini
  • Gandhak Rasayana
  • Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu
  • Triphala Juice
  • Kamdudha Ras

Your Ayurvedic doctor can recommend you the right herbal formulation and dosage based on your underlying conditions and severity of elevated Pitta.

C. Ayurvedic Diet

  • Let your diet include vegetables such as cucumbers, leafy greens, okra, carrots, sweet potatoes, asparagus, etc. regularly.
  • Taking fruits such as melons, grapes, coconut, pomegranates, etc. helps in calming down your dilated blood vessels.
  • Spices such as cardamom, coriander, saffron aid you tremendously in controlling the inflammation caused by elevated Pitta.
  • Intake a spoon of plain ghee or herbal ghee daily.
  • Consume a cup of herbal tea made of anantamul, mung beans, amla, or rose petals half an hour after your lunch every day.
  • You need to avoid heat-inducing vegetables such as hot peppers, tomatoes, brinjal, beetroot, etc. in your diet. Also avoid using warming spices such as cloves, black pepper, bay leaf, cloves, fenugreek, dry ginger, garlic, etc.

D. Yoga To Control Face Redness

Below are some yoga postures which focus on cooling the body and helps greatly to control elevated levels of Pitta, thus reducing the redness of your face:

  • Salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
  • Baddha konasana (cobbler's pose)
  • Prasarita padottanasana (wide-leg forward bend standing or sitting)
  • Ardha matsyendrasana (seated twist pose)
  • Ardha chandrasana (half moon pose)
  • Savasana (corpse pose)

Important Note:

Please perform these yoga asanas under the administration of a certified guru.

2. Home Remedies

A. Apply honey 3-4 times a day over the flushed areas on your skin.

B. Apply freshly extracted aloe vera gel to your face. Leave it overnight and wash it the next morning. Repeat daily.

C. Rinse your face with cool chamomile decoction every day. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wash it again with normal water.

D. Apply cucumber pulp to your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Later, wash it off using plain water. Repeat 3-4 times a week.

E. Add a spoon of lemon juice into 2 spoons of yogurt and apply it to your face. After 15 minutes, wash it off with water.

F. Dilute 2-3 drops of lavender oil with a spoon of olive oil and apply it to your face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with a herbal face cleanser.

G. Soak a clean cotton cloth in ice-cold water and place it over your face for 10 minutes daily.

 cold water towel on face

3. Other Medical Treatments

  • Applying brimonidine[5] (mirvaso) and oxymetazoline (rhofade) topically helps to constrict blood vessels, thus, reducing the redness within 12 hours.
  • Drugs such as azelaic acid, ivermectin, metronidazole, etc., and oral antibiotics such as doxycycline may help in controlling redness caused by rosacea.

How To Prevent Redness On The Face?

You can reduce the risk of skin flushing with some of the following tips:

A. Control your alcohol consumption.

B. Reduce consuming coffee.

C. Avoid eating hot and spicy foods that aggravate your Pitta dosha.

D. Avoid exposing your skin to high temperatures or heat from the sun. Use a zinc-based sunscreen lotion daily.

E. Avoid using skincare products that contain parabens, peppermint, formaldehyde, sulfates, witch hazel, alcohol, phthalates, triclosan, artificial fragrances, etc. as these ingredients can dry out your skin, cause irritation and inflammation. It is best to stick with Ayurvedic products with calmative and cooling herbs.

F. Prefer patting or dabbing the cosmetics on your facial skin rather than rubbing them hard against your skin.

G. Do not use scratchy or rough makeup brushes. It is always better to use soothing wet sponges to do your makeup.

H. Work to cope up with your extreme emotions by indulging yourself in yoga and meditation.

I. Control the intake of medications like niacin. While its daily recommended dose is around 15 mg for adults, do not self-prescribe such medications. Always consult your doctor regarding the usage guidelines.

Vedix Tip: To balance aggravated Pitta, Ayurveda recommends slowing down your life pace. It is the time when you need to prioritize rest, regular sleep cycle, body hydration with adequate water consumption over anything. Also, spending time with your loved ones, reading soothing poetry, listening to calming music, etc. can help you control your emotional stress greatly.

How Long Does Redness On The Face Last?

The redness on your face can last for as long as 24 hours to 2 weeks, depending on the underlying triggering factors. "Typically, you may see a remarkable improvement in your skin within a week of treatment," says Dr. Zeel.

When Should You Call A Doctor?

"Sometimes, skin flushing or redness on your face can be an indication of severe medical conditions such as an endocrine disorder or cancer," says Dr. Zeel. If the redness on your face does not reduce within 2 weeks, despite taking treatment or is recurring frequently, then make an appointment with your doctor to further investigate the condition.

Important Note:

Please seek your doctor’s advice before using any of the treatments and remedies on your skin to deal with redness on your skin.

The Last Word

Irrespective of the underlying condition that causes redness on your face, it is essential for your body to keep your Ayurvedic doshas balanced. While Ayurvedic herbal formulations help you deal with face redness topically as well as internally, the Ayurvedic lifestyle and dosha balancing diets can boost your healing tremendously.

At Vedix, we customize an Ayurvedic skincare regimen that resolves your unique skin ailments by balancing your elevated doshas.

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