Ruddy Skin? Here’s How to Deal
Between enlarged pores, dark spots and breakouts, there’s almost always something preventing your face from looking completely flawless. Ruddiness is another culprit that can get in the way of an even skin tone . For anyone who has a ruddy complexion (marked by patches of redness), whether it’s all over the face or secluded to certain spots, we’re happy to report that things can be done. We spoke with plastic surgeon and SkinCeuticals ambassador, Peter Schmid, MD, to find out the best ways to improve a ruddy complexion.
What Causes Ruddy Skin?
As it turns out, ruddiness doesn’t have one source. The reason your skin looks red and the reason your friend’s skin has a similar tone, could be completely different. “Ruddy skin may be inherited genetically or caused by hormones, acne, infections, topical retinoids, aging and poor lifestyle habits,” says Dr. Schmid. “Temperature extremes, saunas and sun damage are also common inciting factors.” It’s also important to note that not everyone is prone to ruddiness. According to Dr. Schmid, some ethnicities have a greater tendency toward a ruddy complexion.
Can You Get Rid of Ruddy Skin?
When attempting to tackle a complexion concern, it’s best not to think in terms of getting rid of anything completely. While it may not be possible to get rid of ruddy skin entirely, Dr. Schmid suggests restoring and improving your skin’s appearance over time. His first tip is to address not only the ruddiness itself but also any underlying medical condition. Once you know what’s causing your ruddy complexion, you can more easily strategize on what you can do to reduce its appearance. Beyond addressing the cause, Dr. Schmid recommends addressing a ruddy complexion through your skin-care routine, as follows:
STEP 1: Apply an Antioxidant Serum
Dr. Schmid says many of his patients have benefited from a regimen that includes an antioxidant-rich serum like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. The vitamin C formula helps to improve the look of skin.
STEP 2: Use Physical Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skin-care routine. Remember, ruddy skin can be caused by sun damage. Dr. Schmid recommends opting for a physical sunscreen (rather than chemical) like the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.
STEP 3: Try Cooling and Calming Products
Redness often points to irritation, so it makes sense that cooling and calming products can help improve the look of ruddy skin. Our go-to for this is Cooling Water by Milk Makeup.
STEP 4: Reinforce the Skin’s Barrier
Dr. Schmid reveals that those with ruddy skin often have a compromised skin barrier, meaning they’ll benefit from a moisturizer like the Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 that helps to reinforce skin’s barrier and support skin’s natural self-repair capabilities.
How Can You Cover Up Ruddy Skin?
Changing the appearance of your skin and minimizing ruddiness can take time; there’s no instant fix to leave you with skin that’s suddenly even in tone. In the meantime, you can help neutralize the look of ruddiness with makeup. Follow these simple steps to hide redness:
STEP 1: Apply a Color-Correcting BB Cream
If your ruddiness encompasses your entire face, you’ll want to begin with a base that can help neutralize redness all over. Smooth on a layer of a green-hued color-correcting BB cream like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream.
STEP 2: Use a Green Concealer
For spots that still look red, dab on a green concealer as needed like the Urban Decay 24/7 Naked Skin Concealer in Green. Don’t worry if your skin is starting to look green, the next step will take care of that.
STEP 3: Follow With Foundation
Apply the foundation of your choosing (we recommend one with a full-coverage finish) in a shade that matches your complexion.
STEP 4: Choose Cool-Toned Cosmetics
Now that you’ve effectively hidden the look of your ruddiness, there’s just one thing left to do. When it comes time to pick your color cosmetics, i.e. blush and lipstick, be sure to choose cool tones.