How to Remove Redness From Acne

by Matt Scheer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Acne is a skin disease that affects people of all ages. It is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that produce oil and clog skin pores. Acne occurs densely in areas with lots of these glands such as the face, back and chest. The most common form of acne is acne vulgaris, which produces pustules that can become inflamed. Redness in acne areas is common and many people try to get rid of it. There are several home remedies you can try; however, if the problem persists you need to see a dermatologist.

Wash your face with a cleanser daily. Look for gentle, oil-free cleansers that won't clog your pores.

Apply witch hazel to the red acne areas. Witch hazel is a plant extract that shrinks blood vessels and reduces swelling. It's a common acne treatment and rids the face of redness.

Drop eye drops onto the red areas of your face. Eye drops add moisture and reduce redness and swelling. If you have dry skin, eye drops are a better option than witch hazel.

Apply a water-based moisturizer with SPF to the affected areas. This type of moisturizer keeps the pores from blocking up and creating more inflammation. SPF reduces sun exposure to the skin, which will also decrease redness.

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About the Author

Matt Scheer began writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in "The Daily Texan" and "The New York Tribune." Scheer holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Texas. He is also a certified Yoga teacher and Web designer.