If you are reading this article, you may just be coming back from a vacation or have been a little under the weather for a few days now, and you noticed that your face and some parts of your body are redder and flushed more than usual. If you are more concerned about how your vacation pictures looked with those flabby skin and love handles, you can try the Coolsculpting treatment that helps you contour your body without the surgery. Nevertheless, your skin might get irritated by such treatments so read on to find out what causes skin irritations, ways on how to reduce skin redness, and when to seek medical attention.
Why do I have skin redness?
There are many causes of skin redness, some more serious than the others. But the skin turns red when blood supply increases on the skin due to pressure and vasodilation. It may be from physical exertion(like exercise) or a defense mechanism from an allergy or infection.
What causes skin redness?
There are so many reasons why one can have skin redness. Here are some of the conditions we normally have that cause redness.
- Rash (diaper rash on kids, heat rash, bug bites, etc.)
- Skin burns
- Dermatitis (allergic, contact, atopic, seborrheic)
- Scarlet fever
- Osteomyelitis or a type of bone infection
- Skin infection (bacterial, fungal, viral, or parasitic)
- Skin reaction to a cosmetic procedure (Coolsculpting or cryolipolysis, facials, microdermabrasion, etc.)
How to reduce skin redness
The steps to reduce redness would definitely depend on what caused it in the first place. Here are some general tips on how to reduce skin redness.
Gently cleanse the area. Using cold water, gently swish some on your skin and refresh it. You may use any gentle soap to wash the affected area so as to get rid of any dirt or germs that may further irritate the skin.
Address the culprit. If the skin redness is caused by a chronic allergy, take medications prescribed by your doctor. If it is from an infection, take oral antibiotics or apply ointments that would need the infection.
Apply calamine lotion or aloe vera gel. Topical treatments and lotions can cool down and calm irritated skin from a rash or sunburn, so it can reduce the redness.
Stay out of the sun. Heat causes vasodilation, a body reaction that causes the blood vessels to dilate and allow more blood supply to come to the area, leaving it looking redder than usual. Sunburn, spider veins, and other types of skin redness are aggravated by heat, so staying indoors for a few days will help prevent vasodilation and tone down the redness and irritation.
When to seek medical attention
We are used to dealing with skin irritations on our own, but there are instances when a doctor should look into your condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, an immediate call for help from a medical professional is warranted.
- Burn (chemical or contact) that has the same size as your hand or even bigger
- Redness is accompanied by problems with breathing
- Excruciating pain
- Redness around the face reportedly affecting a patient’s vision
- Animal bite