Ruddy skin has an irritated appearance. Your skin will have a blotchy texture, with capillaries visibly broken. This cause of redness is hard to conceal and hard to deal with.

Sometimes, if a ruddy complexion is an inherited condition, you will have to deal with it by opting for a cosmetic palette that keeps the redness at bay. No matter how bad the condition is, a quality skin care routine will keep your skin in top shape. Why focus on your ruddy complexion when you can highlight your best assets?

Top Causes of Ruddy Complexion and Ways to Treat it!

A ruddy complexion could also be the side effect of changing environment patterns. All hope is not lost. There are a number of treatments and remedies which can camouflage the ruddy complexion quite a bit.

How Do You Ascertain the Cause of Ruddy Skin?

Is it a new condition noticed by you, or has it been in existence for a significant amount of time?

  • Have you switched over to a new skin care routine that might be causing reddish patches on your complexion?
  • Are you under a lot of stress that could be the trigger of skin disorders like rosacea?
  • Are the prescribed medications you take having an adverse effect on your complexion, affecting your skin in the process?
  • Are you using a quality moisturiser and cleanser to clean your skin during the day?
  • Does your face have areas of oiliness or dryness?
  • Is your skin overexposed to ultraviolet or sun rays?
  • Are you in the habit of applying sunscreen lotion daily?

Top Causes of Ruddy Complexion

Ruddy Complexion Caused Due to Abnormal Blood Vessels of the Face:

There are experts who are of the opinion that abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face could be a contributing factor of ruddy complexion. This could be a reason why your face looks flushed, is persistently red and shows visible blood vessels. It cannot be ascertained what causes these abnormalities. However, sun damage to your skin could also be a reason for your skin's current state.

Skin Peptides as a Cause of Ruddy Complexion:

UV rays, heat and cold and even stress could activate certain molecules inside the skin known as peptides. If these peptides spread, they might have an effect on your skin's immune or neurovascular systems. If these systems are activated, they could be the cause of dilated blood vessels, inflammation and redness.

How Alcohol Can be a Trigger for Ruddy Complexion?

If you are in the habit of having a glass of wine every night to relax, it could trigger a ruddy complexion. Alcohol could also be instrumental in altering your brain's ability to check vascular control. This could cause blood to rush to your skin's surface. The more wine you slug back, your skin will be exposed to more redness.

Ruddy Complexion Caused Due to Stress

Are you stressed at work or even at home? Chances are that this could cause ruddy complexion. Since the skin is your biggest organ, it will be no surprise that it gets affected. When your body releases stress hormones, it can lead to the production of body heat. This could lead to red, blotchy skin.

How to Treat Ruddy Complexion?

Natural Remedies to Treat Reddish Skin

Make it a daily habit to wash your face with fragrance-free cleanser and cold water. You can then apply a lotion which contains cucumber or ginger, among other properties. These properties will serve as the perfect natural remedy for a ruddy complexion. The lotion will also protect your skin from dryness, wind and other elements that can trigger a skin eruption. Avoid rubbing your skin as it could aggravate the problem further. Keep products in the fridge to ensure it remains cool. When applied to the area, it will soothe it.

A creamy, hydrating concealer which has pale-green or yellow undertones will ensure your red skin is not highlighted. How would the colour combination help? Green and yellow are opposite to red on the colour wheel, thereby a tinted foundation will be an effective neutraliser. Pat the foundation on and spread across the area for effective results. It would serve your purpose to apply the cosmetic in natural light. Also, do not overdo it. Use sparingly to avoid splotches.

During winter, a cotton scarf or cashmere will protect the skin from chaffing. Pull the scarf over the affected area to conceal it from the wind. Precaution is better than cure.

Abstaining from Alcohol Can be an Effective Treatment for Ruddy Complexion

Try and give alcohol a miss for some time, especially red wine. Alcohol contains dehydrating properties, which could expose your skin to redness and irritation. If you already suffer from ruddy complexion, red wine could cause an eruption. Instead, try and drink a few glasses of water daily to ensure you stay hydrated.

How Fruits and Veggies Can Help Treat Ruddy Complexion?

Nothing soothes a ruddy complexion than a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables and Omega-3 fats (salmon is a good choice). You might be a fan of spicy food; however, you need to steer clear from it to avoid a breakout. Spicy food may cause your skin to flush. Vegetables and fruits have high water content. They ensure that your face stays hydrated while omega-3s has anti-inflammatory properties which prevent breakouts.

You should say 'no' to processed food to ensure better complexion. Processed foods are refined and are peppered with sugar, preservatives as well as chemical dyes that irritate red blood cells, thereby causing a ruddy complexion. One should also avoid consuming too much junk food like cakes, chips and soda, among other tempting.

If having ruddy complexion is hereditary, you will learn to live with it no matter what. While there are cosmetic remedies to help minimize the redness, why make it the centre of attraction? No matter how bad or permanent the condition, a good skin care programme will keep your skin looking in the best shape possible. Preventive measures will also ensure that your skin becomes manageable. Focus on other assets that bring out the best in you rather than making your complexion the centre of attraction.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: May 3, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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