five products to help combat facial redness

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a red face. Maybe not all the time but one that reddens very easily. My skin is super sensitive. I blush at the drop of a dime, physical activity definitely equals very rosy cheeks, and after washing my face for the night? Its bright red. It’s the reason I don’t dye my hair light colors and the reason I almost always wear makeup. In the grand scheme of things, its not a huge deal but I do feel self conscious about it. I guess I just assumed that was what I was stuck with. That was my skin, whatcha gonna do about it?

Recently I was watching a medical show on television where someone was diagnosed with rosacea. I saw a lot of similarities between my skin and theirs. I don’t know that I have rosacea but it got me researching what I could do to maybe help my skin a bit.

A few weeks later, I feel like a new lady! I see such a huge difference in my skin. There were two products* in particular that I started using that made me want to write this post. I don’t know how many other people out there had sensitive, red, skin but I’ve gotta share!

Five products I use to combat facial redness!

  1. Coppertone water babies 50 SPF sunscreen. An obvious one – I am now wearing sunscreen on my face every single day. Since I’m pretty heavily tattooed, it was already part of my routine to wear sunscreen on basically every visible part of my body. Somehow, like a dummy, I didn’t consider how important wearing it on my face is. I picked up some baby sunscreen since it was a high SPF and I felt that it would be gentle on my skin.
  2. Vichy Purete Thermale facial cleanser. I had begun using this cleanser before starting my little hunt to reduce redness but immediately noticed how much more calm it left my skin compared to others. I love that I can use it to take off my eye make up as well. It’s one easy step that leaves my face feeling clean but not dried out or irritated.
  3. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is said to be good for a massive number of ailments. I used to use it on my cheek piercings to get rid of bumps. It worked really well and I’m wondering why I haven’t been using it on everything all these years.
  4. Thayers witch hazel. First of all, holy smokes, this smells amazing. Basically I bought witch hazel because I read multiple places that tea tree oil shouldn’t be used by itself on your skin since its so strong. I could have chosen any number of products to use it with but wow, witch hazel was definitely the right choice. Its known to be calming, help tighten pores, and smooth all without drying. Every night I wash my face with the cleanser mentioned above then squirt a little witch hazel on a cotton pad, add a few drops of tea tree oil and run that over my face and neck. My skin feels so amazing afterward. Most nights Jeff even joins me in this routine! 
  5. Vichy aqualia thermal moisturizer. I was already using (and lovin!) this moisturizer but adding tea tree oil has made such a huge difference. I simply swipe some up with my finger and then add a drop or two of tea tree oil on the top before using it. Even without the tea tree oil, this is my new favorite moisturizer.

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Do you have any skin care products you especially love because they’re calming? I’m pretty darn happy with my current routine but always open to hear your rave reviews!

*Obviously I listed five products in this post. All of them contribute to the overall appearnace of my skin but the two I feel made the biggest difference are tea tree oil and witch hazel. I seriously cannot recommend adding them to your skin care routine enough!

I guess I should remind you that results may vary! What works for me might not work for you. I’m not a medical professional, just a gal experimenting with different products.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I guess I’m a weirdo – I love just using tea tree oil straight on my face. and even though I have ridiculously sensitive skin, tea tree doesn’t affect it negatively at all! Just a couple of drops after washing my face with water and I’m good to go!

    • Interesting! I just read so many bad things about using it straight instead of mixed with something that it scared me into diluting it. Like I said though, I used to use it on my cheek piecerings and it was perfectly fine.

      Whatever works! 🙂

  • I have been looking into Witch Hazel and have never seen it suggested to be used with tea tree oil. Thanks for the tip! Also, how do you like wearing pure sunscreen on your face? I always find that when I sweat my face starts to burn whenever I wear sunscreen. I’ve taken to wearing the IT Cosmetics CC cream that has SPF 50 instead, if you ever are looking for something new 🙂

    • I haven’t experienced any issues with it! I’ve been using it for a little while now and worn it on quite a few very sweaty bike rides and experience 0% burning.

      I will definitely check that out though! I’d much rather use a CC cream (especially SPF 50 wow!) than sunscreen. The CC cream I’m using now is 20 SPF but I’d rather have something higher anyway.

  • Mannnn skincare is my favorite thing to ramble on about, so I’m going to try to restrain myself a bit here.
    For reference, I’m a redhead and therefore also get pink very easily!
    1. I LOVE tea tree oil. Like someone else mentioned, I also don’t have any trouble using it straight. However, the key is *how* you’re using it straight; tea tree is one of the few essential oils that can be applied “neet” (i.e. in target areas). So if you have a blemish and want to treat it directly instead of using tea tree on your whole face, it works great by itself, dabbed on with a q-tip. For your purposes, however, diluting is a good idea!
    2. Witch hazel is a magical product, enough said.
    3. Have you tried out any masks?? I recently picked up Pixi’s Nourishing Sleep Mask (it was on sale at Target a few weeks ago) and man, it makes my skin feel so happy in the morning! A little goes a long way, too, so the tube is going to last forever. My skin gets oily as a result of dryness (weird, I know), and so it loves the moisture.

    • Ah! I see! That makes sense about it being good for spot treatment but not for your whole face. SO you mentioned blemishes, it helps with zits?!

      I have an abundance of masks, mostly sheet masks because I can’t resist picking them up from TJ Maxx when I see them, but I’ve never used one that I thought was worth repurchasing. Not saying they’re bad just that I love trying them all out. I’ll have to see if that one you recommended is still on sale at Target. I’m always so intrigued by that brand but have yet to try them.

      • Yeah!! It totally helps with my zits anyways, or any ingrown hairs. Stuff like that!

        Sheet masks always seem pretty hit or miss, I don’t ever repurchase them intentionally. Lush also has some really good ones though… if I wasn’t trying to save money, I’d be buying those all the time!!

  • I just started using Witch Hazel, like seriously 4 days ago, and I have this same one and LOVE it! But I didn’t know about the Tea Tree Oil so I will have to try that too! woot!

  • I’ve tried witch hazel because I’ve heard so many similar things but I think I’m allergic because my face was red-city from it. Oh well. Have you ever tried rose water? It’s similar to what witch hazel does, and it seems like something that would be right up your alley 🙂

    • Oh no! What a bummer!

      No, I haven’t. Do you use it basically the same way? Just on a cotton pad? I’ll definitely have to look into that. Thats one of the best smells ever.

      • Yep! It’s good to use after you wash your face, or just as-is if you want a quick refresh. I do recommend buying it at the grocery store in the food section though, a lot of the “skincare” versions have a lot of extra stuff added to it. You can also add it to things like bath bombs if you make your own, or put it in water if you’re giving yourself a pedicure

  • A billion percent yes to the Thayer’s rose petal. I put mine into a mini spray bottle – SO refreshing and I find it helps my moisturizer sink in better. One time I went on a trip and decided to not bring my bottle with me since it didn’t fit in my quart bag. HUGE mistake. My face just felt wrong the whole time (plus I was in the desert. Disaster). I will never be without it again! I have a dash button on amazon for it so the obsession is real.

  • Some of my favorites that has helped me with this exact problem are mostly from the Botanics brand from Target:
    Willowbark face scrub(which I normally wouldn’t use because scrubs are usually harsh but this one isn’t and it’s made a huge difference in not just my redness but breakouts I get around my jawline)

    Willowbark face mask- also super amazing for cleaning pores

    Organic oil with rosehip- this has taken place of moisturizers that would only keep my skin moisturizer for a few hours. This stuff has changed my skin. It’s never dry anymore which in turn helps reduce redness

    And then I saw someone mention the pixi brand. I use their nourishing cleansing balm to take my makeup off at night and it leaves my skin so soft and doesn’t irritate at all.

  • How have I lived almost 30 years without ever hearing about the benefits of witch hazel?!?!?!?! Brb- gonna go get some RIGHT NOW! My face and skin get really red too – and you ain’t lyin’ about blushing at the drop of a dime. At least once a week Shawn asks me if I’m okay because my face is super flushed…

    I’m not big on using straight sunscreen on my face, so I use a light moisturizer with SPF. A friend turned me onto Simple brand moisturizer, and it has been working well for me, but it’s only SPF 10, and I’d love to find something with a little more protection. I use bar soap to wash my face; most facial cleansers leave me super dry. I also have tea tree oil that I bought to use with water as a cleaner for my yoga mat – but I’m going to start using it for my face now too!

    Thanks for this post, Kaylah! <3

  • i have sensitive skin. and very red skin. always looking for something that might help. problem is that i am also super sensitive to smells. both vichy products have fragrance in their ingredients. have you noticed a strong scent to either?
    regardless, thanks for sharing what works for you!!

  • i forgot to say that my mom used olive oil and witch hazel as her “toner” and she had the best skin. so pretty, so smooth. basically took a bottle of olive oil that was mostly gone, then poured the WH into it. simply shook it up when she was ready to use, put a cotton ball over the top, and turned it upside down a few times to get enough liquid on the cotton ball. bet she would have loved the tea tree oil idea!