How to Get Rid of the Red on Your Face From Breakouts and Scratches

by Lindsey Robinson Sanchez ; Updated September 28, 2017

Calm pesky red marks from breakouts and scratches for a calm, clear complexion.

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What's worse than a big breakout? How about a big, red, angry-looking breakout? Your skin has tons of tiny blood vessels called capillaries just below the surface. Irritated skin, scratches and breakouts can lead to broken capillaries and red spots.
While your skin requires time to heal after a scratch or breakout, you can help calm and neutralize blotchy redness until your skin is back to normal. In the meantime, be patient and don't pick, which will just make redness worse.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Harsh cleanser with grainy exfoliates can irritate red skin. Don't rub your face with a towel, either, which can break delicate facial capillaries and cause red, ruddy skin. Blot your face until it's dry.

Dissolve 2-3 aspirin in about 3 tablespoons of water and dab onto red skin. Aspirin's anti-inflammatory properties will soothe red skin. You can also pat on a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to calm some of the redness.

Dab raw honey on red spots. Relax for 20 to 30 minutes and gently rinse the honey off. Honey has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Apply redness-reducing eye drops, which will constrict the blood vessels around breakouts and scratches. The same agent that soothes red, tired eyes will also lessen the redness in your skin for several hours.

Apply a thin layer of fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion over the affected area. Your skin acts as your body's barrier to bacteria, dirt and grime, and dry skin is more prone to irritation, chafing, redness, cracking and potential infection.

Pat on a concealer with a green base. Since red and green are color opposites, green tones will help neutralize any lingering redness. Make sure to apply green-based concealer in natural light and cover with a small amount of neutral-toned foundation to avoid an obvious green patch on your skin.


  • While green-toned concealer will help neutralize redness, lavender concealer can neutralize sallow, yellow tones. Purple and yellow, like red and green, are opposites on the color wheel.

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About the Author

Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.