After you’ve finished fighting off an acne infection, it often leaves behind a reminder in the form of acne redness. This is a natural result of the healing process, but can still be annoying! Fortunately, many acne home remedies will work on acne redness as well. If you’re ready to stick some food on your face, you too can restore your natural complexion.
Lemon juice in particular is helpful against both acne and acne redness. Get some fresh lemon juice (either on its own or diluted with 50% water) and dab it on your face using a cotton ball or a Q-tip; let it sit for twenty to thirty minutes and then rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water. This removes excess oil from your face. It also helps clean off your face, so if you decide to use another technique – cleaning your face with a clove of garlic, cut in half – you may want to follow it up with some lemon juice.
Want to use drugs? One option is tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, which constricts blood vessels; to use it, get some Visine red eyes and use a cotton swab to apply it to the skin where you have acne redness. Still fighting acne? You can use hydrogen peroxide, which you’ll find in your medical cabinet in a brown bottle. You need to make sure that you dilute it to no more than a 3% solution, or you disk burning your skin; additionally, you must be very careful to avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth (or anything, really). This dries out the skin, so it’s similar to (but more efficient than) putting toothpaste on your face; in both cases, you need to avoid overdoing it, as repeated use can lead to overly dry skin and premature aging.
If all else fails, you can always wear a Halloween mask for the season..