Facial Redness Treatment

Facial Redness

Best Dermatologist’s Tips to Calm Facial Redness

Facial redness is embarrassing. When you use the right skin care products and routine you can control facial redness. If you choose the wrong products, your facial redness will get worse. Understanding why your facial skin turns red will help you pick the write products for your skin type.

The most common causes of facial redness are rosacea and facial seborrhea (facial dandruff).

It's true, most people troubled with facial redness either have rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, or both. Sun damage can cause facial redness too, because sun damaged skin is thin, fragile and easily inflamed. Irritation of facial skin from exposure to harsh climates, skin care products or skin treatments can cause redness too.

The bottom line is that facial redness often indicates that the skin is compromised, sensitive, and needs special care. Skin barrier is usually weakened in all of these conditions and skin is easily irritated. It may also be more prone to developing allergies and intolerances to some of the harsher skin care ingredients, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, fragrances, harsh preservatives, alcohol and AHAs. Complexions suffering from facial redness need to use hypoallergenic and non-irritating products for most of their facial skin care.

What are the best hypoallergenic products and skin care routines to fight facial redness?

You can improve facial redness with a skin care routine that is soothing and does not overly dry or irritate your sensitive skin. It is also important to use deeply hydrating products to heal your weakened skin barrier.

3 key tips for choosing skin care products to help calm facial redness:

  1. Choose cleansers that are gentle for your complexion and don’t leave your skin with a tight and dry feel that indicates impending irritation, skin dryness and early skin barrier damage.
  2. Always balance skin hydration after applying other product by using a moisturizer that is matched to your skin type. This is important because hydrated skin heals faster than dry and stressed skin.
  3. Sun protection is important, and mineral zinc oxide is best for sensitive skin prone to redness. Sun protection helps to reduce skin redness, and your sun screen must be non-irritating. Mineral zinc oxide products are the best fit for facial skin prone to redness. Finally, all products you use to treat skin problems, such as acne, wrinkles, sun spots or rosacea and seborrhea, need to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating. 

Remember, you always get the best results when you use a Complete Skin Care Routine. The 4 essential skin care steps of Dr. Bailey’s Complete Skin Care include,

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct,
  3. Hydrate,
  4. Protect. 

Since rosacea and seborrhea are often to blame for facial redness, using products that help these conditions will also help tame the redness.

CLEANSE your facial skin with a non-drying product such as Calming Zinc™ Soap fortified with pyrithione zinc to help fight seborrhea and rosacea. The pyrithione zinc is crafted into a natural cleansing bar that is rich in soothing glycerin. Use Calming Zinc once or twice a day. You can alternate it with another of the gentle cleansers listed below.

CORRECT facial redness after cleansing by replenishing your skin's antioxidant reserve (that becomes depleted with the inflammation that leads to redness) by using Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™. This product is the most popular product in my practice and web store to help those suffering from all causes of facial redness, especially rosacea and seborrhea. It contains a high concentration of pharmaceutical grade, stable green tea antioxidants in combination with caffeine and hyaluronic acid. Get both Calming Zinc ™ Soap and Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy ™ in my Redness Relief Kit.

If you also have dehydrated skin, consider applying my Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™ before applying Green Tea. This will instantly soothe any dehydration and plump wrinkles and crepey skin to a dewy youthful luster.

Other products you use to treat skin problems are usually applied after the Green Tea.

HYDRATE by applying one of the hypoallergenic moisturizers listed below and matched for your skin type and product preference.

PROTECT with a zinc oxide sunscreen applied daily.

If you wear makeup, use a pure mineral powder.

My pure mineral powder products are the best choice for facial redness because they are hypoallergenic (without fragrance, filler and preservatives that can cause skin allergy) and are non-irritating. They also cover complexion flaws beautifully without flaking.

My Redness Relief Kit is a huge help for people suffering from facial redness,

"I have become a complete believer in your methods, your products, and your integrity. Thank you for offering real help with the facial redness relief kit! My confidence and outlook is so much better than it was. (Your products) have been like miracles to me….” - Patty K., Puget Sound, 12/13

"I would just like to say that I have struggled with terrible skin conditions for the past few years and it was progressively getting worse. Upon finding Dr. Bailey’s website and reading her many blog posts, I realized what I had was a combination of rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis (facial dandruff), which were causing the redness, facial flushing, and clogged pores. I immediately ordered the redness relief kit & my skin just continues to get better! I have since ordered many other products including her new mineral makeup! Thank you Dr. Bailey!" - Angie C, Wichita, Kansas

Why do dermatologists recommend moisturizing face creams and sunscreens for people with facial redness?

It is important to know that facial redness indicates that your skin's barrier integrity is compromised and that you need to care gently for your skin so that it can heal. When not using my Calming Zinc™ Soap, it is best to use only gentle and non-irritating cleansers. You also want to keep your skin hydrated with moisturizers that help lock in moisture. Don't let your skin become dry, irritated and dehydrated because that will slow the healing of your skin barrier integrity.

Since sun exposure contributes to both redness and worsening of rosacea, non-irritating sunscreens play an important part in your complete skin care routine. I have found that sunscreen products made with mineral zinc oxide are best for complexions prone to facial redness.

Below find the products that I recommend to protect and improve facial skin that is prone to redness. These include cleansers, correcting products, moisturizers, sunscreens and even makeup. Pick products based on your skin type (oily, dry) and the look and feel of products that you like best for your facial skin care (light weight, rich, matte, tinted etc.).

Tips to pick the right Dr. Bailey Skin Care products for your Complete Skin Care Routine to treat facial redness.

You will notice a colored band on my each of my product labels.

A BLUE BAND indicates the product is tolerated by most people with sensitive.

AN ORANGE BAND means the product includes some ingredients that may be irritating to sensitive skin. These include powerful actives designed to treat skin problems such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, vitamin C, pyrithione zinc or benzoyl peroxide. You need to think about how your skin might tolerate these ingredients. Most people prone to facial redness should avoid these products until their skin has been calm and free from redness for several months. Then, if desired, the product needs to be tried very carefully. The product formulations are technically hypoallergenic by dermatologic criteria, but they can be irritating. Some of these important key active ingredients, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and pyrithione zinc, have a very small potential to be allergens for people with very sensitive skin.

A GREEN BAND means the formulation is natural and often made with organic ingredients. Any essential oils that could be allergens are included below the threshold concentration known to taunt skin allergy.

Of course, when it comes to skin allergy and irritation there is no guarantee that your unique complexion will respond as predicted. I try to give you enough information on each product page to make careful decisions for your skin care choices so you can better understand your skin and it’s needs over time.

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  1. Dr. Bailey's Rosacea Therapy Kit

    Rosacea Therapy Kit

    The right complete skin care routine is really important to healing your rosacea. My kit offers products to keep your complexion clear, healthy, and comfortable. >

    Regular Price: $197.00

    Special Price $185.00

  2. Dr. Bailey's Green Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    This near-magical product combination is indispensable in my dermatology practice for calming facial redness. 

    Regular Price: $98.00

    Special Price $88.00

  3. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser for facial redness and yeast acne! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully fortified with a full 2% pyrithione zinc to help solve your skin problems.

  4. Dr. Bailey's Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    State of the art antioxidant skin care powerhouse and my absolute favorite facial product. If you were going to pick just one antioxidant for your skin care, the best would be green tea - it helps calm skin redness and fights sun damage.

    $86.00
  5. Layered Up Besties

    Layered Up Besties

    State of the art antioxidant skin care powerhouse and my absolute favorite facial product. If you were going to pick just one antioxidant for your skin care, the best would be green tea - it helps calm skin redness and fights sun damage.

    Regular Price: $168.00

    Special Price $151.00

  6. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a new, winter escape and get rid of dull and dehydrated skin. Ring in the New Year with dewy, refined skin-texture and luminously-hydrated tone.

    Regular Price: $164.00

    Special Price $148.00

  7. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub™

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

  8. Dr. Bailey's Fall Hydrating Skin Trio

    Deeply Hydrating Skin Trio

    Hot dry climates or cozy winter weather don’t have to mean dehydrated and dull skin. Change your skin care with the season.

    Regular Price: $140.00

    Special Price $126.00

  9. Dr. Bailey's Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter and smoother skin instantly! Instantly brighter, firmer, and smoother skin that keeps getting better and better with time.

    Regular Price: $82.00

    Special Price $73.80

  10. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    Regular Price: $26.00

    Special Price $23.40

  11. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™

    Richly moisturizing, non-greasy technology with just a hint of hydrating oils to balance dry facial skin. Fortified with antioxidants, vitamin E and CoQ10.

    Regular Price: $28.00

    Special Price $25.20

  12. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
    $22.00
  13. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $26.00
  14. Dr. Bailey's Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula

    Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula

    Deeply quench and hydrate dehydrated skin with rich, organic oils direct from Mother Nature. Our Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula combines the most-effective, calming and non-fragrant plant oils for the best results.

    $44.00
  15. Dr. Bailey's Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil

    Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil

    Mother Nature is an amazing chemist and sometimes just what the doctor ordered! My Omega Enriched Booster Oil combines ingredients that help calm inflamed and irritated skin while restoring a weakened skin barrier with essential fatty acids.

    $44.00
  16. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  17. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    $47.00
  18. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $44.00
  19. Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.

    Regular Price: $166.00

    Special Price $150.00

  20. SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    My SunSavvy Around Town Bundle is complete sun protection that’s perfect for everyday use. Whether you’re at work, school, a weekend outing, or special celebration, you’ll be covered.

    Regular Price: $119.00

    Special Price $107.00

  21. Vanicream Lip Protectant

    Vanicream Lip Protectant

    A popular dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all together in one product.

    $8.00
  22. Dr. Bailey's Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Foaming cleanser for complete skin cleansing without drying. Ideal for sensitive skin or skin made sensitive by professional skin care routines (such as glycolic acid, retinol or acne products) or facial skin conditions such as rosacea or seborrhea. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser is an ideal cleanser to alternate with Calming Zinc or your acne cleanser.

    $25.00
  23. Dr. Bailey's Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Non-drying, soap-free and pH balanced foaming skin cleansing for thorough removal of excess oil, dirt, debris and product residue. Gentle enough for all but the most intolerant and sensitive complexions.

    $37.00
  24. Toleriane Skin Cleanser

    Toleriane Skin Cleanser

    This is a European-made, extremely gentle cleanser that hydrates and cleans with glycerin, and is free of any irritating sodium laurel sulfate type ingredients. This has been a favorite cleanser in my practice for people with ultra-sensitive skin.

    $22.00
  25. Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  26. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  27. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  28. Dr. Bailey's Men's Beard Care Kit

    Men's Beard Care Kit

    Dermatologist recommended to have an enviable beard free of beardruff, itching and dryness.

    Regular Price: $125.00

    Special Price $112.50

  29. Dr. Bailey's Pigment Fading Pads

    Pigment Fading Pads

    Made to order Pigment Fading Pads with 2% hydroquinone will even out your skin color. Add a missing treatment piece to most skin care routines to help even out skin color

    $68.00
  30. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 2.5% Sensitive Skin

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $16.50
  31. Dr. Bailey's Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Heal and prevent eczema with dermatologist’s hypoallergenic products specifically made for eczema prone skin.

    $77.67
  32. Dr. Bailey's Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    This is the skin care routine I used while undergoing chemo treatments myself. I designed these kits to help chemo patients simplify one aspect of their chemotherapy self-care. Be confident that you are taking good care of your body’s largest organ while you undergo chemo. These are also the perfect gift to send to a friend or family member who is undergoing cancer treatment. 50% of the profits donated to cancer research.

    Regular Price: $75.00

    Special Price $67.50

  33. Dr. Bailey's Natural Lip Balm

    Natural Lip Balm

    Certified organic for safe and natural hydration you can trust. Protects, hydrates and helps to heal chapped lips. Great for the entire family.

    $7.00
  34. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

    EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

    Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use. Treats and prevents chapped lips with its uniquely effective moisturizing ingredients.

    $10.00
  35. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.

    $26.50
  36. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.

    Regular Price: $48.00

    Special Price $43.00

  37. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $35.00
  38. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  39. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

    Regular Price: $62.50

    Special Price $56.00

  40. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  41. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00
  42. Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

    $20.00
  43. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!
    $25.00
  44. Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men's microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/4" brim. They fit perfectly and won't blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.

    $19.00

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  45. Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

    Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

    Block UV rays with confidence with this titanium umbrella. Make the shade follow you! This is my ultimate travel accessory and I never pack my suit case without it!

    $48.00

    Out of stock

  46. Dr. Bailey's Baked Mineral Powder™

    Baked Mineral Powder™

    Hydrating mineral powder for a luminous, velvety finish to your skin.

    $30.00
  47. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Long-lasting, full coverage in a matte finish that won’t flake or cake.

    $24.00
  48. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Silky and oil absorbing for a light weight matte finish. Use alone or as a finishing powder.

    $20.00
  49. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    $17.00
  50. Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow

    Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow™

    Luscious, creaseless, long lasting shimmery color. Do you love your eye makeup? I do, and it's because this is what I use every day!

    $20.00
  51. Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Long lasting and creaseless eye shadows with a velvety-smooth, natural finish.

    $7.00
  52. Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF Sunscreen Lipstick

    Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF Sunscreen Lipstick

    Natural non-nano mineral zinc oxide sun protection in a deeply hydrating base for your delicate lip skin. Prevent skin cancer and future wrinkles with daily use of sunscreen. That means lips too. Ever notice older lips are pale, shriveled, dry and chapped all the time. That’s sun damage. Just say no by wearing lip sun protection 365 days a year.

    $28.00
  53. Makeup Brush Set

    Makeup Brush Set

    Beautiful, economical, and ethically sourced professional brush set and tasteful tie pouch.
    $32.40
  54. Kabuki Soft Makeup Brush

    Kabuki Soft Makeup Brush

    Kabuki brushes work great with my natural mineral foundation, face powder, blush.

    $14.00

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