How to Get Rid of Redness From Acne

If you have acne, you’re not alone. Acne prone skin where you might experience breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads add up to be one of the most common skin conditions, as over 50 million people in the United States alone report having acne each year. While having acne, learning how to deal with it, and learning to manage it can seem like a lonely process, it’s actually a very normal, common condition.

The truth about acne is that everyone’s skin and everyone’s bodies are different. Acne can be caused by hormones, high stress levels, clogged pores, dead skin cells, and a number of other conditions. The cause of acne varies case by case and depends on how your body works and a variety of external and internal conditions. Luckily, reducing redness isn’t so complicated.

Let’s take a closer look at how to get rid of redness from acne with clean skincare and a few other tips and tricks that will eliminate redness and simplify your skincare routine.

Clean Skincare

It’s common for people to try and eliminate redness from acne by using concealer and foundation. While these products can be helpful when used in small amounts, they often don’t get the job done when it comes to hiding blemishes and reducing redness. 

In fact, using concealer or too much foundation can tend to make the problem worse or make the skin look cakey, drawing more attention to the problem. In many cases using these products further clog up the pores causing more breakouts. This is why we like to use a different method to get rid of stubborn redness caused by acne or breakouts.

Despite the variety in what causes acne, targeting and getting rid of redness from acne is relatively simple. The key lies in clean skincare. Your skincare routine doesn’t have to be a twelve-step, hour-long process packed with serums, oils, moisturizers, creams, and acids.

We’re big fans of simplifying skincare and focusing on clean products that deliver simple help for common skin concerns. So, if you’re looking to target redness from acne, knowing what clean skincare to use can be a huge asset.

So, which skincare products should you use to get rid of redness from acne? Let’s break it down.

Color Correcting

Color correcting skin care is one of the best ways to eliminate redness. Color correction works by neutralizing redness or any unwanted colors by using the opposite colors. Here’s another way to think of it. On the color wheel, each color is positioned next to its similar colors and across from its opposite colors.

In skincare, colors opposite each other can be used to cancel each other out and neutralize one another. Redness is on one side of the color wheel, and green lies directly across from it. So, to cancel out redness, you can use a thin layer of a green color and it will neutralize the skin without packing on layers of products! 

And as a bonus, this is much more appealing than concealing redness by packing on the concealer and foundation, which can look unnatural and turn out uneven.

Matcha Color Corrector

To get rid of stubborn redness from acne, try our Matcha color corrector. Just like its name implies, Matcha is a green color to cancel out the bright red color of those unwanted breakouts, thanks to its namesake tea.

Matcha not only corrects the red color, but it gently addresses the problem at hand and amplifies your natural beauty without a complicated makeup routine. Our Matcha does this by helping to dry out any spots, balances the production of sebum, and minimizes the appearance of pores and acne scars over time.

At Journ, we believe that ingredients matter. That’s why we include simple ingredients that help address the problem at hand and promote healthier skin while reducing unwanted colors and enhancing your natural beauty. Below is a list of what we used to formulate our Matcha color corrector.


If you enjoy sipping Matcha tea, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is this product Matcha inspired by a moment of sipping a frothy bowl of Matcha, but it’s packed with all the benefits of Matcha too. 

Matcha is rich in the soothing properties of caffeine, and Vitamin A and C, which can help dry out unwanted spots. Not to mention that Matcha is what inspires the rich green color, to neutralize and cancel out the redness that results from acne.


We also included Hibiscus in our Matcha color corrector, as it contains a range of benefits for skin as well. Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are derived from plants such as citrus fruits, sugar cane, grapes, lactose, and carbohydrates. AHAs help manage breakouts and minimize the appearance of pores.

AHAs also help regulate the production of sebum, which can address the underlying causes of acne over time. Sebum is the oil-like product that’s excreted from the sebaceous glands. Our bodies naturally produce this oil to moisturize our skin!

However, overproduction of sebum can result in clogged pores, which can, in turn, lead to pimples and acne. One of the benefits of including hibiscus in our Matcha formula is that it helps balances the production of sebum, helping to prevent clogged pores.


Seaweed is another vital ingredient as it contains Vitamins A, B, and C. These Vitamins are known to help promote healthy skin, reduce the appearance of acne scars over the amount of time you use it. Seaweed can also help reverse some signs of skin damage when used over time.

All of these ingredients come together to make our Matcha green color corrector, helping get rid of redness and reducing the appearance of stubborn acne scars over time. By using Matcha, Hibiscus, and Seaweed, this product is also vegan-friendly, free of parabens, sulfate, phthalate, gluten, fragrance, and of course, free of cruelty, so you can look good and feel good using it.

How to Use the Matcha Color Corrector

It’s important to start with a clean surface, so use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer to prep your skin properly. Next, place an apple seed-sized amount of product on the back of your hand (trust us, a little bit goes a long way) and use your finder to warm it.

Use a patting motion to apply product to your skin wherever you want to get rid of redness. You can also use a concealer brush or sponge. Lastly, dab outward to blend onto your skin and enjoy neutralized color. If you still notice redness, you can repeat the application until you achieve the desired results. 

Things to Avoid When Trying to Combat Redness

Now that we’ve gone over how to get rid of redness from acne, it’s also important to note a few things to avoid.

Using Too Much Concealer or Foundation

Using concealer and foundation can seem like the best way to hide acne, especially as they may be part of your makeup routine already. However, there are a few reasons why not to use these products to get rid of redness.

Whether your acne includes raised pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or all of the above, most breakouts involve raised bumps on the skin in addition to redness. This means that packing on concealer and foundation can actually tend to accentuate the texture and bumps of acne instead of concealing it. Instead, stick with our color correcting Matcha for a truly even finish.

Neglecting Self Care

One of the most common causes of acne which might not seem immediately apparent is stress, and with all of the stress that a global pandemic, taking care of a family, and working to provide for yourself and those you love can place on you, self-care has never been more important.

Even though self-care is important, we know it isn’t always easy to find the time or the effort in your busy schedule. That’s why we strive to make simple formulas for a simple routine. You don’t need a complicated skincare routine to get the look you’re going for. All you need are the right tools to correct redness from acne and enjoy the natural beauty that’s been there all along.

Try taking a warm bath, reading a book, going on walks in the morning, enjoying your favorite snack, and journaling about your day. Self-care looks different for everyone, so find what helps you relax and feel happy and do it!

Picking, Popping, and Pestering Pimples

We get it—that zit is right there, just begging to be prodded. But unfortunately, touching your acne isn’t going to help the redness go away—in fact, it will probably make it worse. Picking at your acne can increase irritation, causing more pain and redness and eventually scarring. 

Popping pimples can also cause bacteria to spread to more areas of your face, which in turn can lead to more acne down the road. The bottom line is that if you’re looking to avoid acne and redness, your face is a no-touch zone. 

Don’t Let Redness Get You Down

Trying to get rid of redness from acne can be frustrating, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Luckily, using our color correcting Matcha can help neutralize unwanted redness, dry out spots and regulate the production of sebum, minimize the appearance of pores and acne scars, and enhance the beauty you already have.

At Journ, we’re passionate about giving everyone access to clean skincare and easy beauty routines. The beauty’s already inside you—we just help you enhance it!


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