How to Get Rid of Redness

We turned to top skin pros for their best product picks, DIY treatments, and simple lifestyle swaps to help you banish skin redness -- for good.

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    Shop for Your Skin

    "I really like the Avene line because it is designed specifically for people with redness and rosacea. It's hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and soothing (thanks to the thermal spring water that it contains)," says Ava Shamban, M.D., dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin.
    Try: Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Soothing Cream, $36

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    Cut Back

    "Redness from rosacea may be triggered by hot and spicy foods, red wine, and temperature extremes. I'm not saying you have to give them up completely, but you should consider cutting back significantly on Cabernet, Indian food, and piping hot coffee," says Susan Taylor, M.D., a dermatologist in Philadelphia.

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    Get Blue

    “Flushing, rosacea, and facial redness are the result of dilatation of tiny capillaries located just beneath the epidermis. Blueberries are known to alleviate flushing symptoms. To make a rinse-off mask, crush organic blueberries in a bowl with a spoon, add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, and apply to the whole face,” says Ludmila Milic, lead esthetician at Lorien Spa in Alexandria, Virginia.

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    Reassess Your Beauty Routine

    "Are you doing too much? Over-active scrubbing with abrasive exfoliators or being overzealous with adult acne treatments can cause facial redness. If you notice sensitivity to a product, take it out of your regimen to see if things clear up," advises Robert Grant, M.D., a plastic surgeon in New York City.

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    Cool It with Cucumber

    "Cucumber soothes and calms on contact. Peel a small cucumber and discard the seeds. Puree the cucumber in a food processor and mix in 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mask to your face, letting it rest for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water," Milic says.


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    DIY: Homemade Skin Care Recipes

    You already enjoy hanging out in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes. Why not use those same principles to whip up a mask, scrub, or cream for your skin? Here are some of our favorite spa-quality beauty recipes that you can create at home.
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