How to get rid of red cheeks

Updated February 21, 2017

Red cheeks are associated with acne, an allergic reaction and sunburn. But red cheeks can also be attributed to rosacea, a condition where the blood vessels in the facial area dilate too rapidly, thus causing the appearance of flushing along the cheek, nose and forehead. Seek out a dermatologist to get rid of red cheeks as the condition can worsen if left untreated, according to the National Rosacea Society. In the meantime, following these steps can help get rid of red cheeks.

Chomp on ice. Ice can effectively cool the body, thereby reducing redness.

Apply spritzer to your cheeks. Carry a spray bottle of water to cool your cheeks.

Calm down and relax to get rid of red cheeks. Feeling stressed can elevate the blood pressure and bring out the red in your complexion. Or if you have a tendency to blush when feeling self conscious, breath deeply to break the cycle of tension and reduce your blood pressure.

Apply make-up to your red cheeks. Concealers, especially those with a green or yellow base, can counter redness. Mineral make-up can also effectively camouflage the affected area.

Cleanse your face with a product that is intended for sensitive skin. Rinse your face with slightly cool water, not cold.

Pat your face with a towel or allow it to air dry. Rubbing the face with a towel can irritate the skin.

Apply moisturiser that is designed to reduce redness. A dab of moisturiser will make the application and blending of make-up easier.

Apply concealer to the affected areas with a sponge or brush. Using your fingertips to apply concealer may add oil to your face, which may lead to a breakout accompanied by redness.

Lightly brush the face with powder to finish the look.

Make dietary changes to avoid red cheeks. Avoid food and beverages that will trigger a reaction. Hot drinks, such as coffee or tea, can cause hot flushes. Alcohol can also cause flushing. Spicy foods also increase redness.

Seek advice from your medical health professional. A dermatologist can recommend a treatment to get rid of red cheeks, such as antibiotics or gels.

Protect your cheeks against extreme temperatures and wind. Extreme heat and cold can trigger the blood vessels in your skin to dilate, yielding a red cast to your cheeks. Wind can also chafe and irritate the skin.


When looking for concealer, you may want to consider getting the colour matched to your skin tone by a professional.


If you are using make-up and concealers, be sure to wash your face every night. Allowing the make-up to sit on your face all night can further aggravate or cause breakouts by clogging your pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Spray bottle
  • Make-up
  • Cleanser
  • Towel
  • Moisturiser
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Renee Vians has been writing online since 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism and language arts certification from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her articles have appeared on various websites.