Ever felt that your skin appears blotchy and discoloured whenever you get too much sun or eat sugar or dairy—oh, or after you exercise? If you can relate to it, your answer probably is “Always!” or “Most of the times…”, Take it from a person with a stupid-sensitive skin: excessive sun exposure is the main culprit of uneven, inflamed, and bltotchy skin. Typically, blotchy skin appears on the face and neck. Nevertheless, it can be traced on any other part of the body as well. You might be used to hearing, ‘Hey, your rosy cheeks are lovely.’ Let’s face it, buffing foundation on skin and a swirl of peachy pink on the apples of your cheeks to achieve that color is cool— but, trust me, it will be wiser of you to look for its underlying cause. Let’s take a look at the simple hacks to get rid of stubborn,blotchy skin.
Is the Bar of Soap You’re Using Too Harsh for Your Skin?
This is one product that I would never,ever use on my skin: soap bar. Soap bars are harsh cleansers that can strip your skin’s natural oils leading to irritation and blotchy skin. Think about it this way. Surfactants in soap bars mercilessly pull out the water from your skin, leading to tightness and dryness of your skin. It is highly recommended that you develop the habit of skipping soapy cleansers and rather pick a gentle cleanser with neutral pH (neither too basic nor too alkaline— friendly to your delicate skin), hydrating and non-soapy to avoid blotchiness and chalky dryness.
Do You Tend to Forget the Sunscreen?
Unprotected exposure to sunlight results in saggy and blotchy skin. Here is a complete sun protecting strategy, easy-peasy: apply sunscreen! If used correctly, the active ingredients in a sunscreen can shield your skin from the sun’s UV radiation. With so many choices, how do you pick a sunscreen that will help you get rid of unpleasant redness and blotchy skin? The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests that the perfect sunscreen is the one you are most likely to stick to, so long as it gives you effective protection, and is broad spectrum with an SPF 15 or higher. Limiting your screen time and use of antioxidant serums may also come handy.
Are You Over Exfoliating Your Skin?
“Over-exfoliating is one of the biggest mistakes we see people making,” says Dr. Aanand Geria, a dermatologist with Geria Dermatology. “Generally, the skin should be exfoliated only one to two times per week to help expedite skin cell turnover without causing damage.” The key signs of over-exfoliation are irritation, redness and blotchy skin, followed by—dry and flaky complexion. The solution, in this case, is a piece of cake: refrain yourself from using retinol products and rough exfoliators. Add gentle scrubs that contain sugar as the exfoliating particle to your skincare regimen. If you are looking for a home remedy to get rid of the redness around your blotchy skin, a cold compress should get the work done!
Does Your Skin Get Red and Blotchy After a Workout?
No doubt, regular exercise can make you feel good about yourself: it promotes physical well-being and emotional stability. But it is quite possible that your face will turn red and blotchy after a strenuous workout. Have you ever wondered what might be its cause?Facial redness and blotchiness appears after the fitness session because the increased circulation and heat of the body dilated facial blood vessels.
Here are some cool tricks that will aid you in getting rid of blotchy skin:
- Take out some time for a little stretching
- Splash water on your face in between workouts
- Exercise in cooler environments
- Soak a clean cloth in cold milk and apply on the affected area
Is Your Moisturizer or Skin Serum Fragranced?
I understand that the breath-taking aroma of your favorite moisturiser or skin serum gives you an emotional boost, but—you may develop pathetic skin rash with the use of scented skin cosmetics. Fragranced skin cosmetics should be replaced with fragrance-free and dye-free cosmetics to get rid of blotchy skin and unnecessary irritation.
Here Are Some Simple, Yet Effective Ways to Reduce Blotchy Skin
- Aloe-vera Gel
Its soothing effect helps to calm your skin naturally. Apply a generous amount of aloe-vera gel on the affected area and let it sit for 10-15minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature. Consider growing your own aloe-vera plant to extract the gel right at your home.
- Oatmeal Mask
Take 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, half cup of milk and two tablespoons of olive oil in a pot and cook until it is thick in consistency. Dab the mixture on your face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Use luke-warm water to wash. A splash of cold water at the end will aid in closing your skin pores. Replace milk and olive oil with honey if your skin is acne-prone.
- Yoghurt and Tomato
Blend yoghurt and tomato. Apply the mixture on your face and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with luke-warm water.
- Green Tea
Drink iced-green tea to relieve blotchy skin. Green tea has healing properties due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Peach Face Mask
Puree two tablespoons of peach pulp. Add one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon lemon juice, and two teaspoons milk and mix well. Dab the mixture on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
Few Other Tips
- Anxiety and stress is likely to cause blotchy skin. If this is the case, breathing exercises will help you relax.
- Avoid food that triggers allergic reactions. Certain allergies develop redness and blotchy skin.
- Cut down spicy Indian food from your favorite Indian restaurant.
Did you know that many excessive drinkers have blotchy and red skin that is visibly similar to the effects of rosacea? If you are one of them, limit alcohol consumption to reduce blotchy skin.