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5 Tips to Calm Skin Redness Before Makeup

Flawless skin is a myth. Dryness, blemishes, and redness are the reality of most skin journeys. Although issues like skin redness can be annoying, it's also very common. And while a good foundation and a stellar concealer can certainly go a long way at covering up your complexion's unwanted rosy hue, adjusting your skincare routine and products can help prevent and minimize skin redness to begin with — and that isn’t fiction.

Ahead, experts share their top skincare tips for redness, including the soothing ingredients to add to your routine. But first, learn some of the common causes of flushed skin. 

Common Causes of Skin Redness

Many different things can cause skin redness. Dr. Courtney Rubin, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder and chief medical officer of skincare brand Fig.1, says the most common conditions include rosacea and acne seborrheic dermatitis, as well as allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis.

Medical aesthetician Candace Marino, also known as "The LA Facialist," adds that other possible factors that can contribute to skin redness include dryness, irritation, sun exposure and an impaired skin barrier. Furthermore, Dr. Rubin says facial redness can also be caused by lupus, a rare and serious autoimmune disease, so getting evaluated and diagnosed by a skincare expert like a board-certified dermatologist is always advised.

"The goal when treating redness is to reduce inflammation."

Aloe vera

When you think of soothing ingredients, aloe vera is often one of the first to come to mind, and with good reason. Marino says that aloe vera is packed with vitamins A, C and E, along with amino acids. For centuries, it's been proven to have anti-inflammatory, hydrating and antibacterial effects on the skin, she adds.


Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient, says Marino, making it a must-have in your redness-fighting toolkit. "It improves skin barrier function and prevents water loss while dramatically improving facial redness," she explains. 


Be sure to add ceramides to your routine, too. "Ceramides have been shown to greatly reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea by nourishing and hydrating the skin, thus preventing dryness and reducing inflammation," Marino says.

"When redness is caused by skin barrier breakdown and subsequent inflammation, ingredients that moisturize the skin and support the skin barrier can help to improve the appearance of redness."

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