We all know how annoying it is when you’re about to take that perfect selfie but no filter can get rid of that red acne marks. That same mark can also totally ruin your day — especially if they decided to show up right before your big event. Luckily, you have landed at the right place.
In this article, we will be telling you the causes of redness and ways to keep your complexion looking its healthiest 24/7.
What Causes Red Acne Marks?
Those marks are usually due to inflammation below the skin’s surface. It normally occurs during the natural healing process when numerous Sebaceous glands placed under your skin (which are supposed to be producing oil for your skin’s good) – start producing more than the right amount causing to block the hair follicles and trap the bacteria with oil, no air.
And if you have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) –once acne redness is present, it can make your life feel like hell cause you wouldn’t want to go outside.
But don’t mope just yet! Here’s how you can get that skin admired by people.
- Spot Treat with Tea Tree Oil
We should always start by treating those spots and tea tree oil has always been well-known as a powerful weapon against bacteria and acne. You ask where does Tea Tree oil come from? It is extracted from the leaves of the tree native to Australia, called Melaleuca alternifolia. It also helps fight P. acnes and S. epidermidis, two types of bacteria that can cause pimple.
Several studies have shown that it helps lessen the amount and overall severity of acne with one found that 5% tea tree oil gel to acne lesions was about four times more effective at reducing acne lesions.
In another study, tea tree oil was found to be as effective for patients with mild to moderate acne, against acne as benzoyl peroxide (the most common anti-acne medication, the most common anti-acne medication.
So to say, tea tree oil in terms of total acne lesion count and acne severity index, was found more effective in treating acne. You should know, however, that tea tree oil is very strong and can cause redness and irritation when applied directly to the skin.
For this reason, it should be diluted with water or carrier oil, and then you may dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it directly to your marks. Afterwards, you may apply moisturizer and you can repeat the process one to two times per day, as desired.
And the icing on top is that you don’t have to fly to the “land down under” to acquire this heaven-sent oil because it can easily be purchased at natural grocery stores or from online retailers.
- Spot Treat with Other Essential Oils
Acne redness is nothing but a common but serious skin inflammation, which affects approximately adolescents and young adults in 11–30 age group. So technically, Tea Tree Oil treatment is just the first step to a glowing skin.
Essential oils such as cinnamon, rose, lavender and clove, rosemary and lemongrass and basil oil are among the most famous natural products used for medical purposes and with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help you achieve a clearer skin.
Similar to tea tree oil, these fundamental oils are very concentrated and can cause irritation if used directly on skin. In order to use them, you should mix one part essential oil with nine parts water and repeat the entire process when applying Tea Tree oil.
- Resort to home remedies.
And because you’re too embarrassed to be seen walking around with those red acne marks on your face, or to buy those essential oils yourself, I am telling you not to sweat ’cause we have nine ways which you can follow with elements you can basically find in the comfort of your home. These home remedies are:
It is not secret that the Lycopene from tomato has a long list of health benefits, not only it promotes heart health, it also makes the skin look brighter, removes excess oil and shrinks the pores. After cleaning your face, apply mashed tomato to your face as a mask. If you need a binder to make it stick better on your face, you may use egg white or honey.
Aspirin does not only reduce fever, relieve mild to moderate pain from conditions it can also relieve acne marks because it contains salicylic acid that is helpful in removing inflammatory effects and redness. How? By crushing it until it is converted into powder form then add two to four drops of tap water to make a thick paste that you may apply on the red mark for five minutes and wash it with warm water.
We know how ice cubes can every drink feel refreshing and taste better but it can also help your pores close and reduce redness from acne by easily applying them on the red marks. For this, just wrap ice cubes in a cloth and dab on the affected area gently. This mode will tighten the blood vessels and reduce down the blood circulation that causes the area to appear red. Two to five times a day of this process can quickly overcome your problem.
So you have an eye drops to relieve your eyes from dryness and redness? Did you know that you can use that for red acne marks too? Eye drops usually contain tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride which helps to remove redness.
For this, just put a small amount of eye drop on the Q tip and freeze it overnight. Apply this cold Q tip on the afflicted areas gently. This will suppress the inflammation and relieve redness from acne. Yes, that easy!
Honey is there not just to make your tea just the right taste but also it used to get rid of redness from acne. Bees just don’t spend their life producing this gem for nothing. With this home remedy, a daily dose of small amount of honey dabbed on a cotton ball will get rid of redness from acne.
You can easily apply it on the acne affected areas and leave it overnight. Then wash it in morning. Honey is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory features that will surely make those red acne marks disappear.
Lemon juice includes citric acid which is particularly useful in battling bacteria. Moreover, it also has skin lightening components that can remove redness. But before anything else, keep in mind that we must avoid going to the sun directly after applying lemon juice because it can harm our skin.
For this process, you just have to soak a cotton ball or pad in the lemon juice and apply it gently on the red marks. This method may help lighten the skin and reduce redness from acne. Diluting it in two parts water can also tone down the acidity and make it more skin friendly.
Moisturize with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a tropical plant with leaves that produce a clear gel. They contain anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics which are why it is commonly used for sunburn, itching, common inflammation and cold sores and when applied to the skin, it would help you not only to remove redness but it can also heal your acne.
You may obtain the juice from fresh Aloe Vera leaf and use it on the acne with the help of a cotton ball. Let it stay for some time and then wash it with warm and clean water. By doing this method twice a day you can get rid of redness from acne. Also, if fresh Aloe Vera is not available then you may use lotions and creams that contain Aloe Vera as an ingredient.
While there’s a chance that Aloe Vera gel could help you achieve a clear skin on its own, it may be more effective when fused with other remedies or medications.
- Go for skincare products that can be an all in one acne solution
Got no time to prepare these home remedies? Look for products that contain these and experience the same wonders! We listed down products that offer just that:
Keeva Organics offer a wide range of acne solution products from face wash to night creams which are non-GMO, paraben-free and 100% organic. It makes use of tea tree oil as its main ingredient that is in a special formulation that “cleanses, fights acne, and moisturizes all-in-one”.
All their products have good reviews and most users said that improvement in their acne scars and marks are evident in just 3 days. Aside from tea tree oil, their products are a combination of quality ingredients like rosehip oil, argan oil, olive oil and shea butter.
Tony Moly Tomatox White Massage Pack
Tony Moly is a global Korean skincare brand and among its top-selling products is the the Tomatox White Massage Pack. It is a cream type mask in a tomato-shaped jar, packed with lycopene from tomatoes. It revitalizes, restores moisture and evens out skin tone while brightening it.
Summing it up
Red acne marks can be nasty and it can get worse if you don’t pay attention to it early. These marks are caused by inflammation and without proactively taking care of it can lead to hyperpigmentation or darker marks.
These methods might not work for everyone, but it could be worth a try. Whatever your choice of remedy is, if properly and religiously done you can walk around confidently with a healthier skin 365 days, 24/7. Bottom line is, it is best to know your skin type and acne marks or scars and consult a dermatologist if necessary.