For most of us, the appearance of a red spots on our skin means it’s time to break out the concealer and acne treatments. However, it’s important to remember that not all the red spots on skin are created equal. There are many reasons your skin can develop red spots, and each type of red spot requires a different kind of care. So before you try to treat those unsightly blemishes, make sure you understand what they are!
Different Types of Red Spots on Skin
- Red Freckles – formed from skin aging due to sun damage
- Hives & Rashes – Temporary side effect from skin irritation and allergic reactions
- Acne – Pimples on the skin(learn more here)
Red Spots on Skin, Red Freckles
These types of red spots on skin usually look like tiny pinpricks that are bright red, like you’ve dotted yourself with a red marker. You may have noticed that you seem to see more of these as you get older. That’s because this particular type of spot is usually caused by skin aging caused by sun damage. While you can’t stop your skin from aging, you can certainly slow down the aging process and protect it as much as possible!
The best way to slow down the process of aging skin is regular sunscreen application. As the weather turns hotter, it is important to use a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection without making your face feel greasy or heavy. Personally, I love the Lei Lani’s Sun Block SPF 50+/PA+++ for its light, silky finish and combined UVA/UVB protection. Keep in mind, Sun block should be applied to the face every day you go outside throughout the ENTIRE year.
UVA rays are what cause age spots, red spots on skin such as red freckles and wrinkles, and UVB rays are a major cause of brown freckles as well as red freckles. This Lei Lani sunscreen is oil-free, waterproof, lightweight and gentle, which makes it suitable for all skin types. It also contains moisturizers to keep skin hydrated without any extra heaviness. While this step will not treat any existing red freckles, it will help protect your skin from developing any new ones.
Another way to protect your skin from those unsightly red freckles is with a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C not only brightens up your skin tone, but it also contains powerful antioxidants and photo-protective ingredients that help shield your skin from damaging UV rays. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is my favorite vitamin C serum. It contains 5% ascorbic acid plus a host of natural fruit and plant extracts that support healthy, nourished skin. I know some of you with more sensitive skin may worry about vitamin C irritating your face, but the Klairs serum is specially formulated to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
Hives and Rashes as Red Spots on Skin
Sometimes we have bad reactions to products, soaps or even just unexpected things in our environment. These are usually pretty easy to spot because of their sudden appearance. I know these red spots on your skin might be itchy or angry-looking, which can make you self-conscious or uncomfortable. If this has ever happened to you, you should definitely try Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream. This rich, soothing cream is packed full of protective ingredients that are perfect for quickly calming any redness.
The cream’s lovely blue color comes from guiazulene, which is a plant extract from chamomile oil. It is well-known for its soothing, healing properties. In fact, it is so calming that those who suffer from eczema and burns use ointments with guiazulene. This means that the redness of your hives or rashes are no match for this Klairs Midnight Blue cream! While the cream is soothing and emollient, it is formulated to be effective on dry, sensitive skin as well as oily skin.
Of course, the red spots on skin we are most familiar with are those caused by acne breakouts. Almost everyone gets blemishes at some point, and the red marks that they leave behind can spell out weeks of concealer and BB cream until they heal up.
Of course, treating your acne with AHA and BHA products(view how to here) will help speed up healing and skin cell turnover, but because they also make your damaged skin more sensitive to sunlight, it is extremely important to apply sunscreen diligently, otherwise your hard work will be wasted!
To help reduce the appearance of red spots on skin and keep your skin from looking irritated or discolored, there are a few things you can do. The first is to add vitamin C serum into your routine. Vitamin C not only helps shield your skin from sun damage, but it also helps brighten your complexion and even out discolorations. This means you don’t have to spend as much time covering up post-acne marks!
Soothing red spots on skin from acne is another great reason to reach for Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream as well. This cream is meant to be applied at night as a targeted spot treatment to create a soothing, protective barrier between your blemished skin and the environment that will help your skin heal faster. It can even be worn under makeup to prevent makeup from settling into the healing area and potentially clogging it further.
Another way to help soothe redness from both acne spots and allergic reactions is applying a chilled sheet mask. Sheet masks marketed as “brightening” often contain lots of hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients, which is exactly what red, irritated skin needs. While a sheet mask will not fix the problem of red spots on skin long-term, it can be a lifesaver if you have a big date or a long day ahead of you!
Remember, not all red spots on skin are created equal. Next time you see red spots crop up on your skin, pay attention to what they are so you know the best way to treat them. Red spots might be inevitable, but the tips and products I’ve mentioned will make sure that you don’t have to suffer with them for very long!