When you look in the mirror in the morning, it’s alarming to see a big red spot staring back at you. You’re sure it wasn’t there last night, and yet, here it is. Ugh!
No wonder people are clamoring for ways to get rid of those pesky red dots. But, if you’re looking to eliminate them, you have to know what they are first.
We have a list of the most common reasons red spots pop up, and how to treat them.
Let’s dive in!
Why the Red Spots?
Red spots on your skin are annoying, but they don’t have to ruin your day. Knowledge is power, so the best thing to do is figure out what caused them, and then you can find the right ways to treat them. Gleamin has your back when it comes to your skin, so let’s figure out what your skin’s got going on.
We get it: acne is the worst. It itches, it looks gross, it often comes in groups, and it’s right there on your face (or body) for the whole world to see. On the other hand, it’s the easiest condition to treat since it’s so common.
Clogged pores get infected with a build-up of dead skin cells and oil, causing acne. This leads to swelling, redness, and sometimes itchiness or pain. It’s tempting just to pop those zits and drain out the liquid to reduce the size. But beware—this is one itch that shouldn’t be scratched.
As the name implies, birthmarks are something that you’re born with. Although unlikely, it’s possible that you just never noticed the birthmark before or it may have darkened in color over time. That isn’t uncommon and it isn’t something that you need to worry about.
Allergies come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, when you touch something that your skin doesn’t tolerate, you’ll see a red, itchy rash of tiny bumps break out on your upper chest, hands, arms, or face.
One of the best examples of this is poison ivy. Almost everyone is allergic to it, and that’s why you see a rash after accidentally hiking through some. If your skin doesn’t settle down within a day or two, talk to your doctor.
When you sweat a lot and your skin rubs together, like on your thighs when you go for a run, a rash pops up. Your pores get clogged with sweat and natural oils, and soon enough, your skin turns bright red.
If your skin prevents the sweat from getting to the surface, tiny bumps that feel like blisters will form. They may be red or filled with transparent liquid. These patches can feel itchy, sore, and uncomfortable.
The good news? Heat rash goes away on its own pretty quickly. You’ll probably notice that it doesn’t hurt within a day or two, and the redness will vanish too.
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How to Treat Red Spots
Most of the time, red spots will go away on their own, even if you don’t do anything special. But who wants to spend extra time with those dreaded red spots? These eight tips will prevent red spots from stopping by in the first place and decrease their appearance while they’re visiting.
Tip 1: Prevention
You’re probably tired of people telling you not to pick at scabs or zits, but they tell you that for a reason. Picking at acne increases the chance of spreading it to more places, and it could leave a scar.
When you burst a pimple, you expose the contaminated pore to toxic bacteria in the atmosphere and in your hands. Basically, you're making matters harder for your skin. Our best advice? Resist the urge to pop.
Tip 2: Drink Water
Draining out the toxins in your system is a great aid in avoiding acne. It's essential to keep hydrated, no matter how busy you are during the day. It might be convenient to get sugary sodas or something stronger, but soda and booze don't give the body the fluid intake it needs. Hydrating keeps the skin flexible and lustrous, at any age.
Tip 3: Moisturize
Your body needs moisture inside and out. Drinking water is great for your insides, but using lotion and moisturizing products like gels and creams improves your skin’s texture, too.
When you shop for a cleanser, look for one that seals in your skin’s natural moisture barrier. If your skin gets too dry, you’ll actually find that your body ramps up oil production, and your skin is even oilier than before.
Your skin needs a barrier of oil to protect it from dust, UV rays, and other harmful environmental factors. Too much oil equals acne and other red spots, but not enough is just as bad. There’s no way to tell your skin to just calm down, so give it some daily TLC to achieve radiant, smooth skin.
By using a moisturizer separately or a combination cleanser and moisturizer, you keep your skin clean, soft, and looking fabulous.
Tip 4: Exfoliate
Exfoliating helps your body get rid of dead skin cells and promotes skin cell renewal, which brightens your face and skin. Be gentle when you exfoliate, especially if you’re using a washcloth or facial brush to avoid damaging sensitive skin.
Turmeric, a key ingredient in our clay face mask, is a fantastic exfoliant. There are also plenty of natural ingredients, like oatmeal, that work as a DIY exfoliator in the comfort of your own home, too. So, explore your options.
Tip 5: Face Masks
When it comes to dealing with acne and the scars it leaves behind, there’s nothing better than a revitalizing face mask. Gleamin’s mask combines Vitamin C, Turmeric, and Aloe Vera to lock in moisture and pull impurities right out of your skin.
The antioxidants in Vitamin C help the skin repair itself naturally, so it can combat acne scarring. Also, Turmeric contains an antioxidant compound called curcumin, which lowers the creation of melanin, giving you a glowing, even complexion.
It also improves the appearance of scars from back in the day before you knew not to pick at your zits. Bonus!
Tip 6: Check Your Cover Up
It’s natural to want to cover up red spots while they’re healing. However, not all cover-ups are created equal. If you are prone to acne or clogged pores, be especially careful about the makeup you choose.
Non-comedogenic is a mouthful, but it means that your makeup won’t clog your pores. It’s makeup designed for people prone to acne and other skin irritations. If you choose makeup that doesn’t irritate your pores, acne will be a worry of the past.
While acne has many different causes, and people usually deal with two or more causes at a time (like hormones and touching their face too often), picking out the right makeup brands does wonders for your skin’s health.
Tip 7: Go Bare
Try skipping makeup for a few days. If you aren’t sure about your makeup, and want to see how much of an impact it makes on your skin, go bare. Choose a weekend where you don’t have to go anywhere if you’re worried about running around with a naked face.
Tip 8: Be Gentle with Heat Rash
Heat rash is delicate. Gently wash the area, and let it cool off. The pain should subside shortly, although a little lotion or a cold pack on the area will help, too. Aloe vera is also a great way to both relieve the pain and reduce the swelling and redness.
Get Your Glow On
No one wants to deal with red spots, especially on their face, but they’re part of life. Unfortunately, things like acne are all too common. But, as it turns out, if you’re struggling with red spots, there are many ways to pamper your skin and stop those spots from breaking out. A little TLC for your skin goes a long way toward a healthy, glowing complexion!
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