Do You Have Ruddy Skin? Here’s How to Deal
If you have patches of redness on your skin, you may be dealing with ruddiness. Here, we’re sharing what causes a ruddy complexion and how to treat it with the help of plastic surgeon and SkinCeuticals ambassador, Peter Schmid, MD.
What Causes Ruddy Skin?
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.”
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, you can restore and improve 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 La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide 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 reinforce the skin’s barrier and support skin’s natural self-repair capabilities.
How Can You Neutralize the Appearance of Ruddy Skin?
Improving 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 Erborian CC Red Correct.
STEP 2: Use a Green Concealer
For spots that still look red, dab on a green concealer as needed like the Urban Decay Color Correcting Fluid 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
When it comes time to pick your color cosmetics, i.e. blush and lipstick, be sure to choose cool tones that won’t play up redness elsewhere.