The skincare regime of the present day has literally taken a complete 360-degree turn if we look back into time, and with changing procedures and products we see changing reactions in the body.
No easy access to factory-made skin care products in the early days left us with the option to use homemade natural products.
Then came the era of using chemical products for the skin and hair and everyone felt like a whole new revolution, and coming back to today we now see a drastic shift again to everything natural and organic.
This article will give you an insight into how to reduce skin inflammation and redness if you are suffering.
1. Skin and Skin Inflammation
The human skin is literally the biggest organ of the body and is complicated too because it has many roles to play for human health and life.
It has a protective barrier and its basic function is to protect the organs and vessels that reside beneath it.
You can have skin allergies, irritated skin, redness, and skin inflammation due to a lot of reasons like immune response or microbial infection.
So, the first step in such a case is to always consult your healthcare provider to get an understanding of the causal agent.
When you go to your healthcare provider they will physically examine the affected parts of your skin and during the procedure will ask you for any prevailing allergies that you have.
They may ask about your past records and that of your family.
They will also ask for details about your exposure to irritants and changes in household products if any as they would want to eliminate the risk by reducing your exposure.
But another question is when should you consult your doctor, so if you feel like you have a fever or rash covering large parts of your skin, or a quickly spreading rash, or one which is painful, these are the symptoms that need immediate attention.
Other symptoms usually don’t last that long and can be cured easily at home which include itching, burning, stinging, thickened skin, blisters, pimples and cracks in skin, or hot flashes around the affected areas.
3. What Causes Skin Inflammation?
Inflammation is basically just your body’s immune response to something that is tampering with the actual working of it.
So, the causes of this can be exposure to some chemical substances, and everyday substances like detergents or perfumes can also lead to dermatitis and even some metallic jewelry.
These however are usually acute and temporary.
Other reasons include infections both viral and bacterial, stress, photosensitivity, extreme temperature variations, and sometimes side effects to certain medications.
Other cases of prolonged conditions like psoriasis are more dangerous and, thus need proper treatment because of deep-rooted causes.
4. Reducing Skin Inflammation: How to Reduce Skin Inflammation and Redness?
The most basic way to reduce redness and skin inflammation is cold temperature therapy, cold compression on the affected area not only soothes the skin but also reduces redness.
Topical treatments will include creams and lotions which have cortisone and corticosteroids.
There are other anti-fungal creams, calamine lotions, and mild applications that reduce irritation and calm the skin.
For any strong doses, do not use anything without consulting your doctor.
There can also be oral medications for dermatitis, this primarily involves antihistamines which help to reduce inflammation.
For consuming orally, anti-fungal and antimicrobials can also be prescribed by your doctor.
5. Reducing Skin Inflammation Naturally
A lot of things available in nature or in our everyday lives can be used in their natural forms for treating skin inflammation like aloe vera since it has a cooling effect.
Green tea and oatmeal have multiple benefits and oatmeal can even be used as a very good exfoliator.
Exfoliation helps to remove the old and stressed cells whereas licorice and vitamin C food items are also very helpful for the skin, as they contain ascorbic acid.
Ingredients which have salicylic acid are very good for acne treatment.
Other than this you should always moisturize your skin well, this is necessary so that you get the requisite amount of oils and moisture, and is generally good for the skin.
Your skincare routine should be simple, constant, and suitable for your skin type. So, use products that are beneficial to your skin type like glycerine or hyaluronic acid.
Anything that is an unnecessary topical product should be eliminated, so that the skin can rest and reset.
6. Lifestyle Changes for Treating Redness
Although we have seen how naturally and otherwise we can treat skin inflammation, there are some changes that we can bring about in our everyday lives as well to treat this condition.
Some of these include changes like showers.
If you bathe for a very long time or with very hot water it creates a moisture imbalance and affects your skin barrier, so try to take shorter and cold water showers.
Oatmeal baths are also very good for skin care and rejuvenation as they have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in antioxidants.
Change the products that you are using for your body and use soft and natural alternatives of everything.
Do not use products that have very high fragrance or a lot of dyes.
8. Final Thoughts
Skin inflammation and redness can be treated at home with ice compressions and other remedies.
However, if the symptoms are extreme you can use the doctor’s help and if it is still a prolonged and chronic condition, you should get it treated by a good medical practitioner in a reputed medical facility.
Although most of the basic and routine ways of curing skin inflammation and redness have been discussed above in this article, you should always take care of all sensitive skin and skin issues that might be relevant to your skin and act accordingly, before trying anything new do a patch test to make sure your skin does not react to something new.