Skin can become red and blotchy for many different reasons. Blotchy skin is most often a symptom of inflammation; skin sensitivity will show up as breakouts, rashes/hives or red blotches. Rosacea and allergic reactions are often the culprit of blotchy skin. The best way to treat red, blotchy skin is to have a dermatologist personally analyze it so you can deal with the underlying cause. Meanwhile, you can treat red, blotchy skin at home easily with a few ingredients from your kitchen.
Soak a washcloth in a half milk / half cool water mixture. Wring it out so that it is not dripping, but still well-soaked.
Lie down and apply the compress to the blotchy areas on the face. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes. If the blotchiness is on your body, you can soak in a tepid water bath with one to two cups of milk poured into the water.
Let your face air dry or, if you have bathed, gently pat dry with a towel. You don't want to completely dry your skin, and do not rub. Be very gentle in this stage.
Apply aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, olive oil or cod liver oil (whichever you have) with the fingertips to the blotchy areas of skin. Do this very gently. You don't want to rub on as much as you want to pat it on.
If you have bathed, sprinkle some baking soda onto your hands and then pat it on the irritated area. Baking soda is good for blotchiness or irritation on the body rather than oil, which can cause clothes to get greasy.
- Mother Nature: Rashes - Make Itchy Red Splotches Vanish
- "Light Years Younger: The Definitive Guide to Anti-Aging Skin Care;" D.J. Goldberg; Capital Books; 2003
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