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What Is Ruddy Skin? The Causes and How To Manage It

Ruddy skin is just another way of describing red skin. Here's what can cause it and how you can deal with it.
Updated: January 17, 2023
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These days, there seems to be an endless list of skin hazards that we all need to be vigilant about. One of the most common is “ruddy skin”. Maybe you’ve heard that term before, maybe you haven’t, but ruddy skin is growing to be an ever more prominent concern among skin-conscious people.

So, what is ruddy skin exactly? What should you look out for, and how can you manage it? Let’s go!

What is ruddy skin?

To keep things as simple as possible, ruddy skin is basically another term for red skin or skin that is displaying sudden patches of redness for whatever reason.

We’ve all looked in the mirror and been shocked at an area of mysterious redness that has suddenly appeared. Our mind races with possible reasons why, and they’re usually never pleasant. Redness in general can also be a really tricky thing to deal with and treat, as there can be so many different triggers that cause it to emerge. However, we’ll be listing some easy steps you can take immediately that can help to minimize ruddy skin further down in this article.

The causes of ruddy skin

This is quite a difficult section to explain, as there can be many potential causes of ruddy skin. For simplicity’s sake, some of the most common causes are as follows.


Seems pretty obvious, right? Sunburn can be irritating, painful, create dark spots all over the body, and yes, cause big patches of redness on the skin. Who would have thought that just spending a few joyous hours on the beach could turn you into a lobster? Well, it happens far more regularly than any of us would like to admit. Seriously though, the sun’s UV rays are very powerful, so it is super important to adequately protect your skin whenever you’ll be spending time outside on a hot day.


Millions of people around the world, unfortunately, suffer from acne. It goes without saying that acne has a big impact on the skin in many ways, but one of the main side effects is creating redness. While acne can be common and can be treated with thoughtful skincare routines, it is considered to be a medical issue that needs to be assessed by a doctor or qualified dermatologist, so make an appointment to see someone about your acne as soon as you can.

Allergic reactions

When we experience an allergic reaction, our bodies enter a protective response mode and try to fight off the threat. This act can lead to skin inflammation and a lot of redness. Make sure you are aware of any and all allergies you may be sensitive to and take the sufficient precautions necessary to best protect yourself from flare-ups.

Irritation from products

Sometimes, our skin can react negatively to various skincare products. These reactions can be pretty random and confusing, especially if you don’t usually experience them, but you may have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients in the formula.  Generally speaking, the vast majority of ingredients used in consumer skincare products are all safe and good, but there are a few potentially problematic ingredients you may need to look out for.

How you can manage ruddy skin

The good news is ruddy skin is quite easily treated with some very simple methods. We’ve piled together our best advice below for you to consider.

Use sunscreen

This goes without saying. If it’s a hot sunny day, you should never leave the house without wearing powerful sunscreen. We’d recommend a minimum of SPF 30, but you can alter this depending on your skin’s individual needs. Sunscreen will help to protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays, lowering the risk of burning and redness.

Embrace moisturizer

Keeping the skin hydrated is a fantastic way of minimizing redness and ruddiness. Moisturizers are super handy as they can be carried around where you go, and be used multiple times a day. Moisturizers help the skin retain water which keeps it looking and feeling healthy and balanced. We definitely recommend keeping a good moisturizer in your bag at all times.

Go easy with the exfoliation

While exfoliators and face scrubs are excellent tools to scrape away dirt and dead cells, they can sometimes be too harsh for the skin. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, but using a harsh exfoliator too much can leave the skin vulnerable and prone to redness and irritation. Figure out how much your skin can take, and use an exfoliator sparingly. To learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of exfoliators, read our article here.


That’s about it! Ruddy skin is simply the appearance of redness. It can be unsightly and annoying, but it’s actually easily dealt with and shouldn’t be a big cause for concern.

Evaluate what sensitivities your skin has to various ingredients and cater to your skincare routine accordingly.

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