How to Cure a Red Complexion

Updated February 17, 2017

People develop red complexions for a variety of reasons. Some people develop red flushing after drinking, while others have a condition known as rosacea in which small blood vessels in the face expand, causing a red flush. For others, the close proximity of the blood vessels to the skin causes a reddish look. When the cause is not medical, there is no easy treatment to fix a red complexion, but there are some simple steps that you can take to minimise the redness and to prevent the complexion from becoming more red.

Keep a record of the days where your skin appears more red. Note what you did as well as what you ate or drank. Look for patterns. For example, if you notice that spicy food sets off the redness, which is common for rosacea sufferers, then avoid spicy food.

Take the record to your dermatologist to rule out an illness. Some conditions have treatments that can reduce the red hues of the skin. For example, rosacea can be treated by topical prescriptions.

Apply sunscreen each morning and again before you go out in the sun. Your dermatologist can recommend an effective sunscreen for your condition and your skin type.

Apply a foundation with a peach tone that complements your skin tone. Foundations that come in pots are thicker and give better coverage than foundations that are packaged in bottles.

Put on a hat before you go outside. The hat will further protect your skin from the reddening effects of the sun.


If the red condition worsens without explanation, visit your dermatologist.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Foundation
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About the Author

Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.