Choosing a moisturiser for redness is an important step for preventing irritated skin. Ongoing redness can feel like an uphill battle that is impossible to win. It is not fun to wake up to a red face that will not seem to calm throughout the day no matter what you do. And it can really make a dent on a person’s mental wellbeing.


The products we choose can either calm our skin or make it worse. And let’s be honest – it can be overwhelming trawling through the overload of information and conflicting advice on what skincare you should be using.


A moisturiser for redness with anti-inflammatory properties can soothe and manage red skin. There are many ingredients that people swear by for redness, but the same thing will not work for everyone. Experimentation is a great thing where you can go on this process of discovery to find out what both you and your skin will love and get excited about.


A moisturiser for redness is the most essential step for combatting the irritation. This article will outline how you can find a moisturiser for redness or incorporate these oils to reduce your redness.


Causes of Redness


? Acne
? Rosacea
? Sensitive skin
? Allergic Reactions
? Spicy food, hot food and hot drinks
? Strenuous exercise
? Extreme weather conditions
? Sun exposure


Moisturiser for Redness - Carrier Oils


The following oils are all deeply moisturising and soothing for red skin. You can use some of them alone as your moisturiser for redness or add them to your usual moisturiser depending on your skin type.

  • Tamanu


Tamanu oil is produced from a nut from the Ati tree, which flourishes when close to the ocean with sandy terrain, and is native to the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Tamanu is a great moisturiser for redness because of its many healing properties, including its anti-inflammatory effect. Polynesian women have used the oil to treat their skin and counteract the impact of living in the harsh weather conditions of a tropical heaven.


Imagine the breeze constantly blowing in your face, and the harsh sunlight always beaming its aging ultraviolet UVB rays (the one that causes the skins photo damage).


Sounds like trouble in paradise to me! As redness is often accompanied with damaged tissue of the skin, tamanu oil is an ideal moisturiser for redness as it helps your skin grow new cells to repair damaged tissue and skin cells. This process is called cicatrisation, and tamanu could be nature’s most powerful plant oil to cause this process.

Although the oil is thick, it is absorbed into the skin. Apply tamanu oil alone or mix it 50/50 with another tropical oil like coconut oil.

  • Black Cumin

Black Cumin oil comes from the nigella sativa, a common flower native to South and Southwest Asia. This is the seed of the Fennel plant, used in traditional medicines and food for millennia. Avicenna, the Arabic physician, states in ‘The Canon of Medicine’ that black cumin stimulates the body’s energy, helping recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to strengthen ‘agni’, meaning ‘fire’, and is thought to measure power, strength and resilience.


Black Cumin is suitable as a moisturiser for redness as it is known for reducing inflammation. A phytochemical called TQ suppresses inflammatory responses in the body when applied to the skin and consumed as food. The oil improves melanin regulation which can protect against overexposure to UV radiation and reduce the damage of sunburn. It can also treat the skin as a moisturiser for redness for those suffering from dryness or eczema.

  • Moringa


Moringa oil, also known as a ‘miracle oil’ is an ancient botanical beauty secret that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. It can be found in tropical and sub-tropical countries, and in India, it is native to the foothills of the Himalayas. It is believed that different parts of the moringa offers a cure for over 300 different kinds of health issues.


The oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal as a moisturiser for redness, especially redness caused by acne-prone skin, eczema or psoriasis. After massaging the oil well into the skin, it can be absorbed easily without making the skin look oily or feel sticky. As well as being a moisturiser for redness, it works to fight against signs of aging as it is rich in antioxidants and omega 9 fatty acids to help smooth out fine lines and
wrinkles. Its vitamin E content protects the skin from damage, smooths irritated skin, and works to improve the internal health of the skin.


An added perk of using moringa oil is its ability to soothe an irritated mind. It has been used as a calming aid for sleeplessness so adding a few drops of lavender to moringa oil can positively impact your sleep after massaging in as a moisturiser for redness.

  • Evening Primrose


Evening Primrose (oenothera biennis) is a hardy, edible plant often found in dry, sunny meadows with roots that have a flavour similar to parsnips. It produces dainty yellow flowers during the spring and summer seasons and the oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the plant. Evening Primrose is well-known for balancing hormones in women and subsequently relieving PMS symptoms like breast pain, headaches, bloating and acne.


Its rich content of linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 essential fatty acid and also known as vitamin F, regulates brain function, bone health and metabolic function. But for our skin and hair, linoleic acid can aid in its regeneration. Essential fatty acids can also permeate the skin barrier, which aids in the penetration of other active ingredients. In skincare, linoleic acid is a renowned ingredient for healing and hydrating. It is an anti-inflammatory that can help in the healing of burns, cold sores and other minor wounds. Essential fatty acids build healthy cells, making evening primrose oil a great choice for a moisturiser for redness.


Moisturiser for Redness - Essential Oils

Here is the list of moisturisers for redness you should know:

  • Tea Tree

Tea Tree oil is perfect for treating redness and inflammation associated with acne as it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial. Tea tree oil can reduce the redness and swelling of acne whilst killing the bacteria on the skin that causes acne. You should never just add it into your moisturiser or apply it to your entire face, as using tea tree wrongly could potentially make your skin a hell of a lot worse to how it was already. Burning redness for weeks is not one of our goals! Use neat or diluted as a spot treatment on individual
pimples, but never on your whole face.

  • Lavender

Lavender is one of the most gentle essential oils and is great for treating redness of the skin. As an anti-inflammatory, it is often used to calm the symptoms of rosacea. Make sure you always do a patch test before you use any oil, because your skin can still react and become sensitive despite lavender being gentle. You can add 2 - 3 drops of lavender to a carrier oil like tamanu to create a moisturiser for redness.

  • Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has great antiseptic properties to heal skin issues like acne and antibacterial properties to fight the bacteria that is causing acne. Apply Eucalyptus oil in diluted form to the affected spots of the face. If you have asthma or are pregnant/lactating, do not use eucalyptus oil at all. Never use it internally or apply it to the nostrils, as it is highly poisonous and this can be fatal.

  • Geranium

Geranium can be used to reduce redness as it is an anti-inflammatory. It also fights bacteria that causes acne, so it is great for treating the redness and inflammation associated with this condition. As it strengthens weak capillaries in skin tissue, it is good for sensitive skin too. You can add a couple of drops of geranium essential oil to your choice of moisturiser for redness, which could potentially be one of the carrier oils above.

  • Chamomile

Chamomile is known as a calming and soothing herb. Not only is it soothing for stress, anxiety and depression, but it can also calm inflammatory skin conditions like acne, dermatitis and eczema. As a skin treatment, mix a few drops of the oil with one of the carrier oils listed and use a cotton wool ball to gently dab your moisturiser for redness over your face. Wear this alone or under makeup for dewy, radiant skin.

Chamomile can relieve skin irritations such as cracked skin, rashes, bruises, burns, ulcers and rosacea. It will also brighten dull, lifeless skin for a more even skin tone and glowing complexion.

  • Rose

Rose is an inflammation fighting essential oil which can be used to calm redness, and sooth acne. Dab a few drops diluted in water on pimples three times a day with a cotton wool ball. If your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with a carrier oil of your choice. Choose the carrier oil based on what you feel your specific skin needs are. Rose is rich in vitamin A, B, E, C and K. It can strengthen and revitalise your skin for a clear and glowing complexion, relieving inflammation, like redness and wounds, and can even reduce painful swelling of acne.

  • Rosemary

Rosemary is an ideal essential oil for inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. You can make your own moisturiser for redness by adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to a carrier oil or shea butter. This can be especially soothing and beneficial for inflamed, itchy patches of eczema. As well as treating redness, rosemary can help towards smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening the skin, reducing large pores and detoxing congested skin by purifying the pores from dead cells, pollution, germs, dirt and grime. This makes it a great choice for targeting blackheads and whiteheads that are caused by the impurities blocking the pores.

  • Thyme

Benzoyl peroxide is a chemical used in skincare and as a medication to treat the bacteria that causes acne. A study done at Leeds Metropolitan University suggested that thyme worked better than standard concentrations of benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne. Thyme is an excellent anti-inflammatory. When an enzyme called COX-2 is produced in the the body, we experience more inflammation and pain. COX-2 inhibitors reduce this inflammation. Thyme could be a natural option instead of using harsh chemical brands, some of which cause serious and unwanted side effects. As well as being an anti-inflammatory, Thyme is also antimicrobial, antibacterial and analgesic, which is everything you need to treat acne and the redness
that comes with it!

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Tips for Fighting Redness


As well as finding the right moisturiser for your red skin, there are other things you can do in the fight against a blotchy face. Here are some tips:


? Know your triggers well. Everyone will have different triggers but being proactive through adjustments to lifestyle is a good way to test out what triggers the redness of our skin. Perhaps it is spicy food and once you cut this out, your redness improves.


? Colloidal Oatmeal. But what is this? Colloidal oatmeal is simply pulverised oats and is a handy tip for beating redness. You can buy this pre-maid or grind up some organic oatmeal in a blender/food processor until it is a fine powder. You can make a calming face mask by mixing a couple of teaspoons of colloidal oatmeal with water to form your mask. Cover your face with this for ten minutes and very gently rinse off with warm water that is not too hot.


? Herbal teas. This is a big statement but sometimes it can feel like herbal tea isgreater than life itself. Okay – maybe not – but enjoying a cup of herbal tea can be a great way to relax, and all the while you are nourishing the skin from within. Not everyone knows that herbal tea can be used topically to calm skin with their healing properties. Some excellent choices for this are chamomile, green andpeppermint tea. You can make a compress by boiling tea bags of your choice in ateapot and letting them steep for a few minutes. Place the liquid in the fridge.


Once it has cooled down, you can soak a muslin cloth with the liquid and gentlypress on your face for a minute. This can be done one to two times per day.


? Manuka Honey. This is taken from the Manuka tree and is produced by bees who feed off its flowers. Manuka can be used to treat redness because its anti-inflammatory, and for redness caused by acne, it is also antibacterial, so it can be used to help clear acne whilst calming the irritated skin.


? Avoid hot showers which can irritate inflamed skin further.


? Avoid retinols which can be harsh on skin prone to redness. Look for antioxidantsand peptides instead in your skincare products as these are usually less irritating.


? If you have redness that is related to eczema or rosacea, use a mild cleanser, anduse a moisturiser for redness with ceramides or glycerin. When the skins barrier function is compromised, the skin becomes stripped of lipids, which are part of its protective outer layer. Redness can become worse in conditions like rosacea andacne. Ceramides are a type of fat that protects the skins barrier function and glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skins surface layers from the epidermis and environment.


? You might be experiencing a rash or redness because you need to change your moisturiser to one that is fragrance-free.

Will you be using one of these oils as a moisturiser for redness? Do you have any tipsfor treating red skin? Let us know in the comments or get in touch if you have any questions.

Written by Jess Burman

Wellbeing writer

BA (Honours) in Writing