Solutions for a red face after exercise

Updated April 17, 2017

When you exercise, your body temperature rises, causing you to sweat and your blood circulation to accelerate. This faster blood flow carries fresh oxygen to cells to meet the increased demands of physical exertion. It also carries blood from the dermis, the deep layer of skin, to the outer layers of skin, giving some people a blotchy red appearance. There are several ways to diminish the appearance of a red face after exercise.

Give it Time

The simplest way to diminish red face after exercising is simply to wait. Let sweat evaporate on its own instead of wiping it off--sweat is your body's natural, and most efficient, coolant. As sweat evaporates and your heart rate decreases, the redness will naturally diminish. For most people, this takes less than 10 minutes.

Cool Down

To get rid of red face faster, splash or spritz cool water onto your face, or take a cool shower. Going to a cooler air-conditioned environment will also help, as will keeping out of the sun.


Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. The New England Journal of Medicine recommends drinking fluids before, during and after exercise. This will not only help reduce redness, but also ensure your body is getting the hydration it needs to avoid overheating.


There are many lotions with cooling and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, lavender and mint. After washing your face with cool water and a gentle cleanser, applying a soothing lotion can also diminish redness.

Skin Conditions

If the redness in your face persists after these basic steps, you may have a skin condition such as rosacea, an inflammatory disorder that often flares up during exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Health, approximately 14 million Americans have rosacea, and many of them are unaware of it. Because rosacea and similar skin conditions require special medications and treatments, you should consult a dermatologist if you think these may be causing your red face.

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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.