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How to reduce redness on the face in 3 easy steps


Do you suffer from a red, blotchy complexion? Studies suggest that more than 50% of the population suffers from sensitive skin (1) and that often manifests as redness. Whether you have naturally sensitive skin or simply agitated, sensitized skin there are steps you can take to minimize and even get rid of redness. Keep reading to learn how to reduce redness on the face easily.


How to reduce redness on the face


1) Identify the problem

The first step to reduce redness is to identify what is causing it in the first place. It’s important to know the different triggers for sensitive and sensitized skin:

  • Your genetics
  • Allergies
  • Harsh ingredients/products
  • Over-exfoliation
  • Stress
  • Hormone changes
  • Too much caffeine or alcohol
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, etc)
  • Health problems (from common cold to cancer)
  • UV damage
  • Environmental stressors (pollution, climate, etc)
  • Lack of sleep
  • Certain medications (Accutane, Retin-A, allergy medicine, etc)
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Not removing your makeup
  • Poor diet

Certain things may be out of your control, like health problems, taking certain medications, allergies, etc. However, several of these sensitive skin triggers are completely avoidable. Go through the list and identify the most likely causes of your facial redness and sensitivity.

Once you identify the most likely causes, do your best to avoid or minimize these triggers. This will help soothe naturally sensitive and temporarily sensitized skin, which in many cases will help reduce redness and discomfort. Whether or not this helps, however, it is always crucial to follow the next step:


2) Follow the right routine

This step is critical regardless of your skin concerns, but doubly important when you’re dealing with redness and irritation.

“One way to think about redness is to think of it as a signal to how much invisible inflammation our skin is experiencing. To reduce redness, use products that will coax the skin back into its normal state. By using products designed for your skin type you can ensure your skin is clean, hydrated, protected and is behaving the way it’s supposed to.” –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

If your redness is caused by sensitive or sensitized skin, which it most likely is, then you need to use these products to reduce redness:

Sensitive Skin Cleanser

This gentle oil cleanser will calm complexions that get upset, irritated, red, or tight. When mixed with water, its olive oil, kissi and safflower seed oil formula converts to a gentle foam that gets easily washed off. Plus, it’s dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating. Cleanse morning and night.

Calmitude Hydrating Solution

Strengthen skin by adding hydration from multiple angles. After cleansing, spritz a moisture-infusing toner after cleansing like Calmitude Hydrating Solution to safeguard skin against visible irritation. It saturates sensitive skin in a soothing, hydrating mist. Formulated with licorice root and white tea extracts, it’s a daily drink for delicate complexions

Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer

With an advanced blend of soothing extracts, this is a must-have moisturizer for the most intolerant complexions. It hydrates skin that can get sensitive or occasionally upset. Dryness is relieved and skin feels the way it always should.


If you want to keep redness at bay, you need to actively fight sun damage every single day. Two-thirds of all sun exposure is incidental, so avoiding redness and irritation doesn’t mean only applying broad spectrum SPF when going to the beach. It’s not tropical vacations that cause hyperpigmentation – it’s daily life! Every morning, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen even if you don’t plan on spending the day outside.


Wondering how to get rid of redness from acne? If your facial redness is caused by breakouts, you need to treat current acne by following this routine:

Spotless Cleanser

It’s important to remove surface bacteria with a maximum strength, 2% salicylic acid cleanser. This OTC cleanser will remove surface bacteria without over-drying or stripping skin, and is dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating. Cleanse twice daily.

Acne Toner

After cleansing, drench skin to restore balance. This salicylic acid acne toner will eliminate excess oil and rebalance your skin – plus, it will help keep your skin free of new acne pimples. It is formulated with 0.5% Salicylic Acid and is dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating.

Amino Mask

Treat skin that suffers from acne and pimples with a targeted mask to deliver a concentrated dose of ingredients designed to clear skin. Amino Mask will penetrate and clear pores with 5% sulfur that will tame acne and help ease redness caused by it. Use this mask 1-3 times a week.

Breakout Control

If you experience occasional breakouts or stubborn pimples, choose a spot treatment like Breakout Control – with 5% pharmaceutical grade Benzoyl peroxide. Its light, hydrating formula works invisibly so you can wear it easily under makeup.

If you have red, angry acne scars after you’ve treated your acne you will need to follow a different procedure. Learn more here.


3) Get extra help

“If redness still exists after following the right routine for your skin type, then choose a specialized serum to take up the slack by giving the skin extra help to soothe and calm it.” –Teresa Stenzel

Sensitive skin is special skin – so sometimes it needs specialized formulas to deliver the soothing, strengthening and calming ingredients it requires. Beyond your daily essentials, these are concentrated serums that can help transform delicate skin:

  • Stress Solution calms and cools on contact – it’s a serum all sensitive skins should keep on hand.
  • Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum is a sensitive skin secret weapon – probiotic actives work “behind the scenes” to reduce redness and keep skin younger looking by maintaining skin’s natural microflora balance
  • Recovery Serum is ideal for sensitive, rough, dry skin that needs extra smoothing.

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