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Why Is My Skin Red?

Why Is My Skin Red?

Red skin can have a number of potential causes, most of which are completely innocuous, like heavy exercise. However, other causes may be more concerning and require treatment.

Common causes of red skin include sunburn, rosacea, allergic reactions, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis.


Most everyone will get sunburned at one time or another. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage the skin, which triggers extra blood flow and makes the affected area turn red. Other sunburn symptoms include tenderness, itching, blisters, and peeling skin.

The best treatment for sunburn is time, as the skin will heal itself after a few days. Cooling ointments and over-the-counter pain relievers can help soothe the irritation while it’s healing.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is also an inflammatory skin condition that can cause the skin to become red, oily, dry, scaly, and flaky. This condition is basically an extreme case of dandruff and generally appears on the scalp, eyebrows, nose, and behind the ears as well as on the diaper area, armpits, and neck folds of babies.

Though seborrheic dermatitis isn’t particularly dangerous, it can be quite uncomfortable. So, it’s best to help clear it up with a shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis, like Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash. Made with FDA approved active ingredient zinc pyrithione and 95% natural ingredients, Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash is tough on seborrheic dermatitis but gentle on sensitive skin.


Eczema is another inflammatory skin condition that causes red, itchy, dry, and scaly rashes on the arms, legs, and cheeks. Both adults and children alike can suffer from eczema, and there is no cure.  However, there are a range of treatments that focus on soothing symptoms and preventing future flare-ups.

For example, a skin care routine involving gentle cleansers and plenty of moisturizing can help ease a current eczema flare-up and help prevent future rashes from developing. As soaps, lotions, and any other skin products with dyes, fragrances, sulfates, and parabens can irritate eczema-prone skin, its best to use a gentle, non-soap body wash for eczema, like Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Daily Eczema Shampoo and Body Wash. You should also regularly moisturize skin with an eczema cream to prevent excessive dryness and further irritation.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a fancy word for an allergic reaction of the skin. This condition occurs when the skin comes into contact with something that its allergic to and causes redness, inflammation, and itching.

The most common allergens include soaps, lotions, and other skincare products as well as jewelry, laundry detergents, and fabrics. The best way to clear up contact dermatitis is to remove the allergen from your environment.


Rosacea is a very common skin condition trademarked by periods when the skin is temporarily flushed and red. These flushing episodes are caused by a range of triggers from exercise to alcohol consumption and can even include stinging or burning sensations.

There isn’t a cure for rosacea, but people with the condition can avoid their triggers to reduce episodes.

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