SOS pimples and redness on the face: how to fight?

Redness, small pimples... These imperfections that lodge on the nose, cheeks, forehead or around the mouth are disturbing. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce them with an effective beauty routine, targeted treatments and even makeup.

  SOS pimples and redness on the face: how to fight?

Why do we have redness on the face?

Multiple causes may be responsible for the appearance of redness on the face . First of all, there are the genetic predispositions . If your mother is prone to these small imperfections (rosacea, rosacea), it is quite possible that you will inherit them. If your skin is thin and fragile, it will also be more sensitive to cold and pollution and therefore will develop signs of discomfort and imperfections (pimples, irritations). But it's not just sensitive skin that is prone to developing redness and pimples . In reality, all skin types can have it. Too vigorous gestures when removing make-up, the use of water that is too hot or, on the contrary, too cold, or even a cream texture that is unsuitable for your skin type can cause these skin problems.

What products to use to get rid of redness?

The morning
Essential, I recommend a moisturizer to protect himself wind, cold, pollution. The choice is made according to your skin type: dry, combination or oily. Creams now exist with or without sun protection, depending on the needs of the season. For couperose-type redness, a moisturizing cream with a slight green tint (vegetal component) hides up to 30% of redness.

The evening
A cream to feed and regenerate your skin. It is to be chosen according to its age, because the skin does not age in the same way at 35, 45 or 65 years old. We apply it with gentle gestures, and above all, we do not confuse 'fast' and 'hard', because many of us do it! In the same way, we often put our cream on five minutes before going to bed: it's not good, the skin doesn't have time to absorb it (the pillow yes!). It should therefore be applied earlier in the evening.

What are the good gestures?

What you need to know, for example, is the ideal water temperature to wash yourself. It is 32 to 34°C. This temperature prevents the skin from drying out and does not cause the phenomena of 'vasoconstriction' or 'vasodilatation' of the small blood vessels which become fragile over time. For the cleansing/make-up removal step, it is imperative in the morning and in the evening that it must be done by giving priority to make-up removers in gel form. Here are some practical tips



  • Apply and emulsify with fingertips
  • Wipe gently with either paper tissues or impregnated cotton discs
  • Spray the face with a soothing water spray and complete make-up removal with the fingertips
  • Wipe again in the same way.
  • Finally, it is very important to always hydrate your skin before moving on to make-up.

How to apply makeup when you have redness?

  • For women who have small redness and are not too used to wearing makeup, choose a face powder fluid which will look great on areas like the cheeks. We put a very small amount on the pulp of the fingers and gently tap on the redness. This is a technique that gentlemen adopt to hide their rosacea without appearing made up.
  • For a special event, an evening, this same fluid foundation smoothed over the whole face and enhanced with sun powder on the cheekbones will delight fans of the 'no make up' effect.
  • For those with more intense redness, accompanied other skin imperfections pigment spots for example, it is necessary to prefer a compact cream without preservatives and fragrance-free, which arises with a sponge, by small touches on the center of the face, then gently smoothes from the center outwards of the face. The richness in pigments (40 to 45%) of this type of makeup combines a remarkable covering effect with little product. In the case where the redness is more marked and the foundation is insufficient, we will bring a touch of green concealer , either as a brush for minor redness or as a stick for larger imperfections. This touch of green will neutralize - or gray - the redness and allow it to be concealed effectively and discreetly, by superimposing very little foundation.

Very practical, you can also use concealer brushes which arise directly on small redness. They are also perfect for dark circles, pigment spots, frown lines or nasolabial folds... touch of light or even translucent powder to fix. To increase the hold of your make-up and also enjoy a pleasant moment of freshness, complete your beauty treatment with a light misting of the face with a idea of ​​a moisturizing spray. Finally, at Avène, I offer a little trick for all skin types, to try at home, a mini thermal water treatment with a face compress soaked and kept moist using the spray for 10 minutes, before put on your night cream. In general, lifestyle plays an important role in skin health. On a daily basis, it is therefore important to have sufficient and regular sleep, to opt for a diet rich in vitamins and mineral salts (fruits, vegetables) and to protect yourself from the sun whatever the season.

Thanks to Véronique Andrieu, in charge of the Couvrance workshops within the Thermal Establishment of AvèneSource journaldesfemmes.fr