Redness on the face is caused by inflammation. Sometimes, redness comes in tandem with acne on the face. Problem redness on the face goes beyond simple, rosy cheeks, spreading to other areas on the face with a harsh, red-pink. While you could cover the redness with foundation, eliminating the problem altogether can be done with a mask made from ingredients you may already possess in your kitchen cabinet.
Aspirin Facial Masks
Aspirin can reduce redness and inflammation on the face when used as an ingredient in a mask. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory agent. If you've ever used over-the-counter acne products, you may have noticed that the words "salicylic acid" are contained in acetylsalicylic acid. Salicylic acid is often used in acne products and works in much the same way as the aspirin mask. Crush 6-8 uncoated aspirin pills and mix them with enough aloe gel or honey to make a paste. Spread on the face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Although this facial mask is easy to make, finding the main ingredient—licorice powder—is not so simple. Licorice from the regular grocery store won't do. Licorice powder is available at some natural food stores, health product stores and online. Mix enough licorice powder and aloe vera gel to create a smooth paste. Spread the mask on the skin and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Avocado Cucumber Mask
This mask uses green clay, an ingredient that can be found in health and natural foods stores. It comes as a powder. The recipe has a high yield, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for future applications. Mix 2/3 cup mashed avocado, 1/3 cup finely grated cucumber, 1 tsp. lemon juice and 3 tbsp. green clay powder in a bowl. Chill for a minimum of 30 minutes. Spread a moderately thick layer of the mask on the face. Allow it to dry. Wipe off the mask with damp, clean washcloth, and rinse any remaining mask with cool water.