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Red Blotchy Skin

Red Blotchy Skin is a condition in which small red patches appear all over the skin. These patches can either be painful or painless. Blotches can occur on any part of the body including  arms, legs, neck, chest, hand, nose, around ankles, back of the arms etc. Red blotchy skin can be itchy at times and might turn into a rash.

Redness of skin is caused by the blood flow to that area. Our body has capacity to heal itself. So, if any damage is caused to a particular area in the body due to any reasons, our body increases that blood flow in that area to speed up the healing process. Red blotchy skin can be a symptom of various diseases or can sometimes be totally harmless and go away within an hour. It can be followed by some bumps and rashes on the skin which can cause a lot of discomforts. Itching the area can be the worst thing since it may leads to the infection spreading to the other parts of the skin as well.

There are a lot of reasons for this condition to happen but in some cases, red patchy skin is a birthmark. So if the area of  skin is not showing any symptoms and is present in body for a long time, it might as well be a birth mark. Even though confirmation should be taken from the doctor.

Red Blotchy Skin Causes

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The different causes of red blotchy skin are:


Exfoliation of the skin means removal of dirt and dead skin. Exfoliation is usually done with a scrub in the whole body. Sometimes a person does not realize and applies a lot of extra pressure on the skin while exfoliating it. This causes minor abrasions in the skin leading to red patches all over. This usually happens on face and neck area since those are the softest and the most sensitive areas in the whole body.


Some skin irritants might also lead the skin to turn red. In many cases after a bath, people find their skin developing red patches. These are due to irritation of the skin caused either by the chemicals in soap or body wash. Other allergic reactions to pollen, dander, dust etc. can also lead to the development of red blotchy skin in a person. Red patches might sometimes be itchy and cause irritation in the skin. Other allergens can be cosmetics, laundry products, and skin care products.


Too cold or too warm weather can also cause red patches in the skin of a person. Heat during summers or even hot water can lead to minor burns in the skin. This, in turn, leads to the redness in the places where skin has been burnt. Cold weather and dry winds are also responsible for red patches forming on the exposed area, especially neck and nose since these are the most exposed areas.


Hive is a type of allergy that causes red patches and small red bumps on the skin. This is a very common skin allergy and occurs suddenly. Although it only affects skin for a few hours or a few days before automatically subsiding.

Sun Exposure

The exposure to the sun causes the body to develop sunburns. Ultra-Violet rays of the sun are very harmful to our skin. Like any other burnt area, skin turns red. Sunburns can happen anywhere on the body including arms, legs, neck, chest, hands, nose, around ankles and the back of arms. Sometimes the sunburns can lead to sun poisoning which is a very harmful condition. Sun exposure not only causes the skin to turn red but also causes it to swell and get inflamed. It even leads to rash and bumps on the skin.


Rosacea is a very common disorder among women older than 30. The very first symptoms of rosacea are redness of the cheeks which comes and goes and later becomes permanent. The symptoms are usually seen on the cheek and include small blood vessels visible on the skin, red bumps, irritation, inflammation, rash and skin thickening. Rosacea is not a very common cause of redness of the skin but is possible.


Lupus is a condition in which the body’s own immune system starts attacking its own cells in the body. The common symptom of lupus is the formation of a red butterfly-shaped rash on the area near the nose, neck, and face. This is like a rash that keeps coming and going with time. Lupus gets even worse if the skin is exposed to the sunlight. The other symptoms of lupus are fever, cold sores, hair loss, joint pains etc.

Polycythemia Vera

This is a blood disorder that takes place in men more than women in the age group above 40. Polycythemia Vera is a disease in which the bone marrow makes blood cells more than required. These can lead to formation of blotches on the skin. This disease can be deadly if not treated on time.


Scraping means scratching of the skin to intentionally or unintentionally cause damage to the tissues. Redness is the immediate response of the body to scraping. It can happen on any part of the body including arms, legs, neck, chest, hands, nose, around ankles and the back of arms. In many cases, the redness can also be caused after shaving since the skin gets scrapped with the razer.

How to make the Red Blotchy Skin go away?

The red blotchy skin can happen due to a large number of reasons as mentioned above.

The ways to make the red blotchy skin go away are:

Consult a Doctor

First and foremost thing that needs to be done in treating any skin condition is finding the root cause behind it. So the doctor runs some blotch tests and inquiries about other symptoms that are associated with your conditions and comes to the conclusion about your disease.

Keep the skin hydrated

Keeping the skin hydrated is the most important part in treating any redness in the skin. Sometimes redness is caused due to sun exposure which makes the skin dry, so drinking plenty of water is very important to keep the skin hydrated. Water also is very helpful in flushing out toxins from the skin with the sweat.

Cold compress

The redness in most cases is accompanied by inflammation of the skin. Also, redness is caused by extra blood flow to the specific region of the skin. So, cold compress with ice is used in order to subside the inflammation. The ice is also responsible for reduction of the blood flow to the skin, reducing the redness.


Anti-inflammatory medicines are also prescribed by many doctors to treat inflammation that is associated with the red spots. Sometimes red blotchy skin is the result of inflammation. So, keeping in mind your condition, the drugs are provided.

Other medicines and ointments

In cases of infections and allergies, medicines like antihistamines are given to the patients. Antibacterial and antifungal ointments are also given that are to be applied to the skin in order to kill the microbe causing the rash and redness.


Keeping the skin moisturized is also very important in treating the red blotches of the skin.so, use a good moisturizer on the whole body to avoid dryness. It is even better if your moisturizer has SPF. The SPF keeps the skin protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

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Natural treatments

There are some home remedies that can be used to treat red blotchy skin, These are:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel is a natural moisturizer and coolant. Applying aloe vera on the skin naturally, cools the affected area and also stops the skin from feeling itchy. Fresh aloe vera gel can be directly applied to the skin in order to get the best results. Aloe vera reduces redness, inflammation, and swelling in addition to keeping the skin moisturized. If you do not have fresh aloe vera available, then the aloe vera gel tubes are available at the pharmacies, which can also be used.


Oatmeal is another natural rehydrate. It moisturizes the skin and reduces dryness of the blotchy skin of arms, legs, neck, chest, hands, nose, around ankles and back of arms. There is a compound called avenanthramide present in the oatmeal which is responsible for reduction of inflammation and oxidation of the skin. Oatmeal bath is the best way to treat red blotches all over the body. Applying oatmeal with honey is an even better option since honey is another antioxidant and moisturizing agent

Baking Soda

In some cases of red blotchy skin, the patches have dead skin accumulated on them. This skin needs to be removed gently. So, in order to do that, baking soda is used. Baking soda is excellent natural exfoliator, it unclogs pores and cleans them to give even skin tone.


Cucumber is packed with qualities. It has antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B and vitamin A. All these vitamins are very important for healthy skin. In addition to these, cucumber is an excellent cooling agent. It helps reduce inflammation, dryness and the spots left after the blotches get healed.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E oil is one of the best remedies for healing any ailment of the skin. It is also one of the most sought after ingredient of cosmetic products. It has antioxidant property and moisturizing property that not only heals the skin but also keeps it wrinkle free for a long time. This is an amazing product to treat the dry kind of blotchy skin.

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