How to Soothe Red Skin

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Red skin is caused by excessive sun exposure, medical conditions and irritation. Cleanse and use moisturizer specifically for dry or sensitive red skin with advice from a dermatologist in this free video on soothing red skin.

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I'm Dr. Rosalyn George from Wilmington Dermatology Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, and I'd like to give you some tips on soothing red skin. So, there are three main causes of red skin. The first is excessive sun exposure. Sun exposure over the years basically causes the collagen around your little blood vessels to become weak and so those blood vessels start to show more and your skin gets more reddier red overtime. The second cause are medical conditions like acne or acne rosacea that can cause your skin to be red. And then the third thing that happens is your skin can get irritated whether it's from the products that you're using, dry winter skin or just that you have underlying conditions like eczema. So, luckily there are a lot of things that you can do for red skin. The first is using a gentle cleaner. So, looking for cleansers that are gentle or milky. Then, you want to use a very good moisturizer and you want to look for moisturizer that have a humectant in them. Those are things like dimethicone, ceramides; products like Cerave and Cetaphil, Aveeno and Eucerin are some of the brand names of gentle cleansers and moisturizers that you can find that are made specifically for dry or sensitive red skin. There are also a lot of product lines made for red skin which is really nice. Clinique has a very nice redness relief program; Eucerin makes a very nice redness relief line. And then, there are makeups that you can use to camouflage that redness and they typically have kind of a green tint to them. If you remember the color wheel from when you were in elementary school; green is opposite of reds. So, if you put a little bit of green on there, it will mask the redness. You may need to seek the help of a dermatologist; they're might be something that you're allergic to that requires allergy testing. I often recommend use testing where I tell people to put the product on the inside of their arm for the first week before they use it on their face to make sure that there not having allergic reaction to it. And then there are also conditions where you might need prescription products like Cortisone creams or other anti-inflammatories topically to reduce the redness. That was some basic information, but before you start any skin care program or have any procedures, please consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist.

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