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Can you prevent facial redness?

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Facial redness can be prevented. Several medical treatments and at home remedies can reduce facial redness, including cucumber masks, oatmeal masks, mānuka honey and antibiotics.

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Facial redness can be caused by cold temperatures, acne and rosacea. In addition, some people are prone to facial flushing. Natural ways to reduce facial redness are using cucumber masks, eating a diet designed to reduce systematic inflammation, using colloidal oatmeal masks, applying mānuka honey as a daily cleanser and drinking anti-redness teas such as peppermint tea. Facial redness can also be prevented by incorporating foods that are high in antioxidants such as carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Doctors may prescribe doxycycline, an antibiotic that diminishes inflammation, or an anti-inflammatory cream such as Metrogel or Finacea, to combat facial redness.

Cold temperatures during winter can worsen facial redness. Dressing appropriately for cold weather is also important to prevent redness. When out in the elements a person should make sure that the lower half of their face, as well as ears, hands and feet, are covered.

Before using skin-care products, a person with facial redness should check for potentially irritating ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acid and alcohol. These ingredients may cause irritant contact dermatitis leading to a red or itchy complexion.

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