Redness and Dryness 101

What causes skin redness?

Skin redness is caused by inflammation in the skin, which can be a result of allergies, irritation, genetics, or underlying skin conditions. If you naturally have a dryer complexion (especially common in very fair Caucasian skin types), there is a higher possibility that your skin will be prone to redness as it will be much more susceptible to irritation. Irritation=redness.

What can I do about redness?

We recommend a three-pronged approach to dealing with redness – using gentle products, watching your diet, and focusing on some small lifestyle changes.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a type of skin condition that causes redness in the face, oftentimes with stinging, itchiness, or both. Sometimes mistaken for acne, Rosacea can start as small irritating bumps while become more intense as flare ups occur over time.

Like many skin concerns, rosacea and redness of the skin are caused by an inflammatory reaction in the body and made worse by irritation. Those with dryer skin types, especially people with very fair Caucasian skin, are more prone to exhibit rosacea and its associated symptoms.

What type of Rosacea do you have?  

There are actually 4 subtypes of Rosacea, each with its own characteristics. 

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: visible red flushing in the face 

Papulopustular rosacea: looks like a breakout, with bumps and papules 

Phymatous rosacea: skin thickens and has a bump-like texture 

Ocular rosacea: irritated red eyes and swollen eyelids, can look like a sty