How to Treat Red Blotches on Skin

by Rachel Oliva ; Updated September 28, 2017

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.

Items you will need

  • Milk
  • Soft washcloths
  • Aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, olive oil or cod liver oil
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads
  • Baking soda (optional)
Step 1

Soak a washcloth in a half milk / half cool water mixture. Wring it out so that it is not dripping, but still well-soaked.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.


  • According to the Mother Nature website, red, blotchy skin can be triggered by anything, so it is a good idea to do a little detective work to rule out some possible irritants. For example, if the blotches were triggered by something internal (e.g. medicine, food, virus), the rash will be more widespread and more symmetrical. If the blotchiness comes from something external (e.g. detergent, poison ivy), the blotchiness will be confined to areas where the irritant touched the skin.


  • If you notice red, blotchy skin after you have begun taking medication, consult your doctor right away. You don't want to mask any irritation that may be caused by a medication.


Photo Credits

  • Victor Holguin/Demand Media

About the Author

Rachel Oliva is a writer/actress who has been writing since 2005. She has been published in "Valley Scene Magazine" and her voice has been featured in television and radio ads across the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater and psychology from Augsburg College. She studied acting at the Actors Studio and the Royal Theatre and writing at the UCLA Writer's Program.