How To Reduce Redness From Acne

Acne redness is the result of inflammation in the skin. It occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, which clogs the pores and leads to bacteria growth. The bacteria cause the surrounding tissue to become inflamed, leading to redness, swelling, and pain. 

There are several ways to reduce acne redness. These include using over-the-counter topical treatments, prescription medications, and home remedies.

Over-the-counter treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be helpful in reducing acne redness. 

Prescription medications, such as topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, or topical retinoids, may also be necessary to treat more severe cases of cystic acne and reduce the redness associated with acne. 

Avoiding picking or squeezing pimples can help prevent further irritation and inflammation.

8 Tips (Home Remedies) To Reduce Redness From Acne

#1. Use Salicylic Acid Topical

Paulas Choice--SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant

Salicylic acid is an acne-fighting ingredient that can help to reduce the redness associated with breakouts. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells and the surface of the skin.

When applied topically, it helps to unclog pores and prevent new blemishes from forming. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe existing pimples.

You can find salicylic acid in various over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatment products in strengths of 0.5% to 2%.

Paulas Choice–SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant

#2. Use Niacinamide Serum

Naturium Niacinamide Face Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that has been shown to be effective in reducing redness from acne. It works by inhibiting the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that clogs pores and leads to acne. 

Niacinamide also helps to build proteins in the skin and lock in moisture to prevent environmental damage.

Niacinamide serum is typically applied to the skin twice daily, and it can be used in conjunction with other acne treatments. Usually, niacinamide serum should be applied after toning but before moisturizing. 

You can also find niacinamide in over-the-counter cleansers and creams.  

Naturium Niacinamide Face Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%

#3. Pimple Patches

Pimple Patches

Pimple patches are small, round stickers that are placed over a pimple to help reduce redness and inflammation. Pimple patches are made of hydrocolloid, which is a gel-like substance that absorbs fluid. The patch protects the pimple from bacteria and dirt while it heals. 

Pimple patches typically contain salicylic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, or some combination of these ingredients. They work by absorbing excess oil, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. 

Mighty Patch Original from Hero Cosmetics – Hydrocolloid Acne Pimple Patch for Covering Zits and Blemishes

#4. Apply a Cold Compress

apply a cold compress

A cold compress can help to soothe inflamed skin and reduce redness. To use a cold compress, wrap an ice cube in a clean soft cotton cloth and apply it to the swollen area for 5-10 minutes. Or apply a clean cloth soaked in cold water or milk to the affected area for 10 minutes. 

It is recommended to never apply an ice cube directly to the skin as it can damage the skin and underlying tissue, leading to frostbite. 

In addition, the cool temperature helps to soothe the skin and provide relief from discomfort.

#5. Use Green Tea

Green tea

Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The study found that green tea contains polyphenols (also called catechins), which are powerful antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation and redness. 

Additionally, green tea can help to reduce the production of sebum, an oily substance that can clog pores and lead to acne. You can either drink a/two cups of green tea per day or apply it topically to your skin. 

Simply brew a cup of green tea, let it cool completely and then apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. Do this 2 times a day.

#6. Cleansing


Cleansing your skin helps to remove the build-up of oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. 

Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night. Make sure to cleanse your skin with a gentle and fragrance free cleanser that is specially formulated for acne prone skin. This helps to reduce acne flare-ups and prevent new breakouts from forming.  

You can use the tea tree oil to cleanse your skin and kill the bacteria that cause acne. Tea tree oil is well known for its antibacterial properties that helps to reduce inflammation and redness on the skin, which are two common symptoms of acne.

#7. Use Moisturizer


A lightweight, non comedogenic moisturizer can help to hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation. Applying moisturizer after cleansing and before applying makeup can help create a barrier between the skin and irritants.

Look for moisturizers that are labeled as hypoallergenic and contain gentle, hydrating ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide, or retinoids that help to control sebum production, reduce inflammation, and kill bacteria.

Don’t forget to apply a sunscreen that contains centella asiatica extract which soothes redness and strengthens the skin barrier with a fragrance free formula.

#8. Anti-inflammatory Diet

Eating anti-inflammatory foods

Eating anti-inflammatory foods that help to reduce the redness from acne and promote healing. These anti-inflammatory food includes – 

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables – spinach, kale, and collards that are high in antioxidants
  • Nuts – almonds and walnuts
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits – strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

By incorporating these foods into your diet, you won’t bring quick relief but it will help to fight inflammation in the body. 

Certain foods, such as high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, can trigger inflammation and make acne worse.


Try different combinations of these tips to find what works best for you. Be patient and consistent with your skin care routine, and don’t forget to moisturize!

If you are struggling with deeper acne, talk to your dermatologist about the best course of action for you. With the right treatment, you can achieve clear, healthy skin.

About Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the founder of the NourishWithStyle. She is a self-professed skin care junkie and has an experience of more than 8 years of in the skincare domain. She loves to do experimenting with the latest beauty products and trends to share with the readers.

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