Skin on Face Is Red and Dry

Updated on March 12, 2008
C.M. asks from Cheshire, CT
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Hi...does anyone have any suggestion for facial cream to help with red and dry skin? The skin on my face seems to be getting more red and dryer than usual. I have always had red cheeks and sensitive facial skin growing up. Since I had my son, the redness on my face never really went away but just seems to get worse. Someone told me that I may have rosacea because of the redness but I don't konw beacuse I don't have the acne typcial of it (if anything my skin is pretty clear on that respect). I am wanting to try over-the-counter cream first before deciding to go to a dermatologist. Any suggestions appreciated!

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Thank you for all your responses, all were really great and it was hard to decided! Also it felt good to know that other people have the same problem as well. I actually just started trying Eucerin Redness Relief face wash and daily lotion. I noticed a difference immediately from starting the product. Again, thank you all for your help!!

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D.M.

answers from New York on

It could very well be rosacea. I had the same exact thing going on all my life with outbreaks here and there but after I had my first child it was worse and never went away. I did go to a dermatologist and was given antiboitics and topical creams and it helped but never actually fully went away. Believe it or not, what really helped is Proactive. I was diagonsed with the Rosacea in my mid twenties and after spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on doctor bills and medicines I ordered Proactive for my daughter and started using it and haven't had an outbreak in over a year. You can get Proactive in Stop & Shop from a vending machine or you can order it on line at proactive.com.

Good Luck!!

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C.C.

answers from New York on

Hi C., could be capilar fragility (blood), vitamin "K" is excellent for veins, if it continue you should visit an specialist.

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C.H.

answers from Albany on

i just started trying mario bedescu's face treatment and love it! It's making my skin feel so soft!

http://www.mariobadescu.com/

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S.E.

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Dear C., I'm an Ayurvedic health consultant with an orientation to balance in life according to the 5 elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) based on 5 components for health: diet, relationship, lifestyle, bodymind consciousness and spiritual practice. When "dry, red skin" is the issue, the immediate indication is not enough space leading to an accumulation and excess of air (dryness) and fire (heat, red), which are being eliminated through the pores (also suggesting that the colon, the primary organ of elimination of these elements, isn't doing its job properly - air and space are both needed for proper elimination. Do you have a tendency towards constipation alternating with diarrhea?)

Superficially, a natural cooling and soothing skin cream - such as a good quality Chinese pearl cream with all natural ingredients or Bee Yummy Skin Food from http://www.beeswaxcandles.com/ would be helpful, but there are deeper issues that must be addressed also. Keep in mind and remember that symptomatic relief is only skin-deep, literally in your case. In the long run, discovering and addressing the cause is much more important.

Fire and air are both active elements. Briefly, air is, by nature, cold, dry, rough, harsh, moving, changing (think of the friction of wind). It ignites fire, which is spreading (because of air), hot (because of movement and friction), keen, sharp, penetrating. In excess, they aggravate each other. (Perhaps this shows up in your relationships as well.) Air needs space for movement, both of which feed fire: fire goes out without air and space. The emotional byproduct of fire is anger with issues of control, which may come up as a result of the underlying emotional byproduct of air, which is fear, anxiety, insecurity. One could say that fire, or anger, is a natural, unconscious defense mechanism for air, or fear, anxiety and insecurity.

At first glance, it looks like you're very busy, with excess activity and change at the root of the problem. Do you tend to eat "fast" foods, overly processed and ready-made to accommodate a busy lifestyle? Whereas these are usually so overly-processed they aren't very nourishing, they don't tend to process very well in the bodymind. Where is the "romance" in them? Is there time for the romance of eating, and having real relationship with food and family, or is that a thing of the past?

Ideally, you will slow down and smell the roses, literally. The fragrances of good quality rose oil and sandalwood are very cooling and calming when too much fire and air are involved in so many aspects of your life. Forgive me for saying so, but it doesn't sound like there is much room or time in your life to have another child at this point. Don't you think it is rushing things to try to have another one, regardless of the reasons? Children, especially embryos, are in a slow time of life - accumulating lots of earth and water for the long haul. They need lots of time, space, love, nurturing. Too much air and fire, without much time or space, doesn't give them the beginning that they need for the long haul. This will not only have a deleterious effect on the health and well-being of the family you already have, it will have an effect on your next child as well.

Your symptoms are trying to tell you something, something you need to "face". Better to slow down and really enjoy, savor, what you have now, and wait awhile, until life is in a more healthy balance, before adding another life to juggle.

All the best, Sumitra

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M.F.

answers from New York on

C.,
It sounds as if you may have rosecea(sp), and if that is the case you should see a dermatologist for a prescription. I too have the same problem and the longer you wait to take care of it the harder it is to get rid of.

A little about me:
I am a 41 yr old mother of two boys ages 7 and 3. I thankfully stay home with the boys but am thinking of going back to work part time.

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M.V.

answers from New York on

Hi,

I hope this information helps you. I don't think you have Rosacea, either. I think your sensitivity is such that it also exhibits itself as facial redness, which I know from personal experience.

Now, in my case, I have had red cheeks of varying degrees that can also burn from various odors or lotions, creams, make up, etc., since I was about 20 years old - I'm 32 now. I haven't had children yet, but I do have a thyroid condition I need medicine for, as well as PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome, which I take "the pill" for.

When you mentioned you've had a more significant problem since the birth of your son, this got me thinking about hormones... maybe something to ask your doctor about.

Now for me, I noticed a change in my skin after having a large extended dose of antibiotics and each time I have had antibiotics since, my redness has become more prevalent.

What is helping my skin is taking pro-biotics that must be refrigerated at all times, even when purchased (I buy them from a refrigerated case)and drinking diluted organic apple cider vinegar - two tablespoons in at least 8 ounces of water. A few doctors recommended doing these things.

I know, I was resistant myself, but after consistently drinking the diluted vinegar at least two times a day, I have noticed a big difference - the rashiness is really going away; Really.

If you try this, make sure you buy organic apple cider vinegar, because it tastes sweet and has more of the proper acidic balance to help your skin.

Also, I stopped using "regular" foundation and blush and only use mineral make up foundation and blush. I use organic soap and moisturizer and eat as much organic food as possible and avoid as much fragrance and odor as possible - these things help me. I also try to eat high quality yogurt (that states the probiotic content) on a regular basis.

I hope some of this information helps you - I wish someone had told me these things twelve years ago; I could have avoided a lot of frustration!

Sincerely,

M. V.

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J.L.

answers from New York on

It does sound like you may have a mild case of rosacea. Going to a dermatologist does not necessarily mean that you then must buy some expensive cream. My dermatologist first diagnosed that I have rosacea and then recommended using Neutrogena facial moisturizer with SPF 15. I have used that for about five years and it has helped.

However, I recently discovered a moisturizer by Aveeno that I think is even better -- it is the "redness reducing" cream. I cannot remember the specific name of it, as I have run out of it! I also use Cetaphil facial cleanser for normal/oily skin and a daily facial scrub by Aveeno too.

I hope this helps!

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L.A.

answers from New York on

I use the aveeno ulta calming cream, it seems to work.
my derm. said over the counter is just as good as the more expensive stuff.
good luck

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C.R.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I was very reluctant to try a dermatologist because of $$ and being wary of chemicals on my skin but it happened to be a great decision for me.
I was diagnosed with Rosacea and didn't believe it at first. I didn't think I fit the typical case. Before I went to the dermatologist, I tried everything and the redness never got better. The doctor prescribed a face wash that I use daily and now my face is clear and even toned. I never thought my skin could look this way. I am amazed at the difference!
Good Luck.

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A.G.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I am an independent consultant with Arbonne International. Arbonne products are btanically ased, with no chemical or fragrance that can sometimes irritate the skin. You can check out Arbonne products at my website www.annamariagrieco.myarbonne.com, or call me directly, and I can go over the different products that can help your skin. My email is [email protected]____.com.

J.N.

answers from New York on

Hi C., Please email me at [email protected]____.com with "Skin Care" in the subject line and I will send you some information on a product or products you can use for your skin condition. I am a skin care consultant and from what you say i don't think there is a nedd to spend the extra money on a dermatologist.

J.

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A.G.

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C.,
My baby's cheeks are like this; especially in the winter and the best thing was Eucerin cream (not lotion). Also helpful is a little cortisone cream under that for a few days. I know this is your issue, not your kiddos - but it may help you too. Good luck!

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D.S.

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C.,
My best suggestion is Arbonne's all natural 100% botanically based line called RE9. The ingredients are the finest quality in the world (do not contain mineral oil) and you get amazing hydration that no other products can provide. The product line is vegan, never tested on animals, and free of any chemical, fragrance, and dye. Just pure, safe and beneficial skin care. If you need a sample please contact me and I will send you one asap, for free, just to try.

I left a demanding job on Wall Street to spend more time with my kids (ages 2 & 4) last year and got involved with this company because I was looking for a flexible business opportunity that could replace the type of Wall street income I was used to. I also loved the fact that they are a 28 year old american company who is "green" doing eco-conscious manufacturing in Irvine CA. They have virtually no presence on the east coast and I knew if I loved these natural products for my skin and my kids then there were a million other moms in tribeca that would love it too! So I had nothing to loose (it's a no over head business) and I can't tell you how I am enjoying building a business with this first class company. It was one of the best things I have ever done for our family! I am happy to send you a catalogue, samples for you and your baby, and explain how to buy the product line wholesale and save 35% if you are interested. [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####. you can also look on www.newyorkcity.myarbonne.com

Best,
D.

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J.S.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,
I have extremely sensitive skin so I use Shaklee's all natural moisturizer. It works for me. If you want to try it let me know via email. I will be happy to order some for you. I have also used Avon's ANEW skin cream, which works very well. Both are comparable in price.
You might also want to think of things you are eating; anything acidic like or oranges or grapefruits. If I eat too many of them I break out in hives.
Good luck. Feel free to contact me for any Shaklee products, all natural, all green.

Of course you can only try before going to the dermatologist.

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J.S.

answers from New York on

C.,

I also have very dry skin without the redness, the product line that I use is the Lluvia Rainforest Essence Skin Renewal System. This are high quality botanicals from the Amazon Rainforest. They are far superior to any product that I have used or purchased over the counter. You can read about the product line at wholenessoflife.amazonherb.net

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L.D.

answers from Albany on

C.,

It sounds to me like you have rosacea as well. I don't think you have to have the acne with it.

I believe I can help you! Arbonne has two sensitive lines of personal care products (Intelligence and Baby Care) that can help keep your skin from getting inflamed plus the Rejuvenating Cream will do wonders to calm the redness!!

If you wanted to send me your personal email address, I'd be happy to send you some amazing before and after pictures of others who were going through the same thing as you but have found relief with Arbonne!

My sons have suffered from eczema and these products have done wonders for them as well!

L.

http://APerfectMoment.MyArbonne.com

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C.D.

answers from Syracuse on

Arbonne products...

check my website out and leave me a messsage I can help...

www.pamperedskin.myarbonne.com

C.

D.D.

answers from New York on

Alicia S if absolutely correct. I've got terribly dry patchy skin that is horrible in the winter. Nothing worked until I tried Oil of Olay. Almost overnight I saw improvement.

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M.D.

answers from New York on

I use Eucerin Calming Cream. It comes in a tube and is available at CVS, Walmart, etc. I also ONLY wash my face with Cetaphil liquid cleanser (in the pump, NOT the bar). It is not soap. This combination (Cetaphil and Eucerin) has been working for me for about 2 years. I had tried the dermatologists creams for mild rosacea but my face was still red and felt like sandpaper.
I hope this helps! :)

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A.S.

answers from Hartford on

My husband works at a rink and gets horrible dry, red patches from the cold. He's tried lots of products and now swears by Oil of Olay cream for sensitive skin that comes in a small tub with a black lid. It seems to help with the dryness without irritating the redness. It works so well that he actually keeps one at home and one at work! Good luck.

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C.A.

answers from Rochester on

I have an 18 month old son, who has the same issues. In fact if I don't take care of it quickly he itches it to the point where it can bleed. Is your face itchy also? My son has eczema and I use a steroid cream on him. Generally it clears up within 1-2 days when there is an outbreak. You may want to check with your Dr. or a dermatologist to see if that is what is going on. Remember pregnancy does some really funky stuff to the body. If you can get it cleared up with a little cream from the dr. it may not come back again.
Good Luck with school!

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S.P.

answers from New York on

C.,
Sounds like Rosacea to me...I had it after I had my first, and did not have the acne associated with it either. It does get better with time.
It is probobly getting aggivated by the skin care system, or cleansing you are using.
Arbonne International makes a product that is great for sensitive skin and those of us who have rosacea.
I am an Independent Consultant and have had many of my clients rave about this all natural, dye and fragrance free, botanically based product line.
Call me ###-###-#### or e-mail me [email protected]____.com.
I offer a 15% discount to all Mamasource members and can teach you how to save 35%. All products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can return products after trying them if you are not happy and get your money back.
Call me!!!
S.

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C.C.

answers from New York on

At a 100% certainty PURE African Shea Butter will do the trick. I use it all over, especially on problem areas, face-elbows-knees-hands-feet- belly (for stretch marks) and every where else (even my dry scalp). I'm not sure where you live, but on the streets of Harlem, and Downtown Brooklyn the vendors sell the large containers for $10.00. Good Luck...

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C.R.

answers from New York on

HI C. - It could be rosacea. I would be more than happy to send you a free sample of my line that is great for people with very sensitive skin.

You can check out my website at: www.carolinerobinson.myarbonne.com

You can email at [email protected]____.com if you are interested. I just read that Miss American 2008 is now using this line.

Talk to you soon.

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A.S.

answers from New York on

HI C.,
My name is A. and I would recomment something that might help. I would recommend a cream from Arbonne. i know it worked on a relative with very similar issue. You are welcome to email me at [email protected]____.com I'll tell you more about it.

Best Regards,
A.

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L.R.

answers from New York on

Have you tried Cetaphyl? Walmart even sells a generic, but my mother-in-law who lived in Alaska for 30 years swears by it. From what I understand it won't cause blemishes either. Good luck!

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J.K.

answers from New York on

Johnson & Johnson soothing naturals soothe & protect balm stick works wonders on my 6 mo. old. Always has,especially when I put it on his cheeks overnight.

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L.O.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,
For an over the counter remedy, you can try this cream from "DERMAREST - Rosacea Advanced Redness Treatment". It will help with the redness but it is not a cure. I started out with redness but now i have the acne to go with it. My MD gave me a topical ointment called "Metro Gel" the first time around. This completely cleared the rosacea but once the redness goes away you should'nt stop using it. The redness comes back eventually. It may take months before it appears again. I hadnt gone back to the Dermatologist in a while and the rosacea is back full force on my cheek. I hate to take pictures without putting a concealer on. It usually dries up my cheek but I'd rather have a dry cheek than a huge red patch that can be seen a mile away. Hope this is helpful.

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J.B.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I am a lisenced esthetician treating patients skin at a plastic surgeon in Smithtown NY. Rosacea is actually more common without the acne. It is the blood vessels close to the surface underneath the skin. You must treat the dryness and not use any product with fragrance or perfumes. This will aggravate the dryness and may make the condition worse. My mother in law has Rosacea along with many other people I see regularly. I have had great success using the skin conditioning oil from Arbonne. My mother in law's skin has never looked better and shes hooked. Contact me and I will help you get a discount of 35% or more and get some free product as well. or go to www.arbonne.com. Use id#17295923 to order as a client.

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S.R.

answers from Albany on

Hi, C.!

I'd recommend the Vitamin E line at The Body Shop. I have super sensative skin which has also dried out quite a bit throughout the winter. The Vitamin E products have really helped to keep my skin soft. It's hypoallergenic, so it won't ever irritate. I use the facial cleansing cream and the day & night creams. The night cream is significantly thicker, but it works great - even during the day. I'm not sure if these products will help to clear up the rosacea, but they will sure help with the dryness! Check them out at your local Body Shop store (the Vitamin E line is in pink packaging), or at www.bodyshop.com

Good luck!
S. R - 28 year old Mommy of 2

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K.C.

answers from New York on

I would go to a dermatologist and get it checked. Ive seen patients on Metrogel lotion. Plus you may be using something on your face thats making your skin worse. But its best to get an experts oppinion and a dermatologist is the best place to start.

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B.M.

answers from Elmira on

I recently saw a plastic surgeon. His suggestion for everyone for skin care is Dove soap and 15 SPF lotion (preferably Dove or Olay) I have always had some breakouts but nothing severe. So I was pretty skeptical, but following his suggestion I seldom have any pimples. You should put the lotion on after the shower. Put just a small amount on finger tips, dampen with a little water and rub on face and neck. Do not rub in completely, just let it soak in.

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M.T.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I know others have mentioned Arbonne products and that's because they are fantastic! What I will do is send you products to try in your home so you can see how wonderful they are and you wouldn't need to purchase anything unless you decided you loved it! Check out my website: www.mariatargi.myarbonne.com. You can contact me at [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####.

M.

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M.K.

answers from Syracuse on

I use Aveeno on myself as well as my daughter, I love it. Also nuetrogena daily moisterizer works good.

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S.K.

answers from New York on

The greatest products I have ever used for my skin are NO DOUBT from Arbonne. I use the entire line called Nutrimin RE9 and it has done wonders for my skin. I used to have some oily patches and some dry patches and redness near the bottom of my nose. This has helped TONS! It is hypoallergenic and has not bothered me at all. I buy it through www.ForTheCause.net. which is a fundraising company and sells arbonne. The baby stuff is great. I still use it on my 4 year old.

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L.C.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,
Have you ever heard of Arbonne? I've been using it for over a year now and it's wonderful. It's a natural botanically based product. You can't get it in the store. I'd love to send you a picture of a person who had a similar problem and then used this. You can contact me at [email protected]____.com C

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A.G.

answers from New York on

C.,

I had redness in one spot between my eyebrows since I was a kid to now 37 yrs old and unusually an acne cream worked. I use Aveeno Clear Complexion. Ever since I use this the redness has disappeared. Just don't use it more than once per day because it will dry your skin.

Good luck,
A.

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp76338_334918_sespider/aveeno/...

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D.H.

answers from New York on

I have mild rosacea - it's very hard to control; the best way is via your diet (avoid certain foods/drinks). Lots of water is very good for your skin (obviously). I have been using a specific face wash and face cream for redness by Eucerin. Seems to be working very well! Good luck

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J.C.

answers from New York on

i have discoid lupus and because my skin was so red and dry and painfully itchy, i had tried so many things. but the best cream i had found to date is by bliss spa. it's called the youth as we know it. it made my skin so soft and took away the itch for the most part. i buy mine at nordstrom or if you are in the city, you can go to bliss spa on spring st.

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N.K.

answers from New York on

Smother your fave with aquaphor ONLY at night! Works like a gem. Try pure vaseline also.

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M.T.

answers from New York on

Try "Rose Day Light Cream" by Dr. Hauschka. It's a fantastic product for redness and dryness. Although expensive, all of Dr. Hauschka's products are well worth the money. I order mine from Dudur.com, b/c they usually sell at a discount of 15-20%. If you live near a Whole Foods, you may be able to try it first, as they carry the Dr. Hauschka line.
Best of luck,
Michele

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A.M.

answers from New York on

Ever hear of Nicole Miller? She's the New York fashion designer that came up with the "little black dress". Anyway she sells cosmetics and skin care through a company called Melaeuca. I use her liquid foundation and I can't believe that a MAKEUP improved my skin's condition! She uses supplement strength vitamins and botanicals. The prices are pretty reasonable too! Let me know if you want to learn more. [email protected]____.com
A.

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S.S.

answers from New York on

my sister swears by a lotion called "yu-be". it's a japanese lotion that has worked wonders on rosacea, excema, dry skin etc. there is camphor in it so if you have any raw spots it may have a little stinging/minty feeling to it. supposedly it's a miracle :) you can definately find it on line, not sure if you'll find it in stores. she uses it on her 4 year old too...

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C.M.

answers from New York on

I also have rosacea. I did not get it until I was going through my changes. But there are a few things you can do.
You can steep some camamille tea let it cool and apply with soft cotton to your face .Let it stay on for half hour then rinse off. Also I use A wash for redness from Clinique.
Your face should have sun screen when you outside.
Hope it helps.

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D.R.

answers from New York on

This may sound like a weird concept, but it might be that you're not getting enough fats/oil in your diet! In the winter, I advise my clients to take Cod Liver Oil which contains useful Vitamin D ( not the same as in fortified milk). Also, cooking with coconut oil or adding it into foods ( it's great added to oatmeal in the morning) will help with those dry skin patches.
Most of us are not getting enough of these good fats and oils. It usually shows up in the winter.

hope this helps!
Susan :)

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