The lighter your skin tone, the more likely you’re left with red spots when your skin is inflamed. There’s a difference between acne scars, which are often permanent, and hyper pigmentation that’s caused by skin inflammation. You can take steps to prevent these red spots and help them to go away faster. The superficial pink, red, and brown spots on face heal over time and there’s no need to think that your skin is forever damaged. Avoid picking blemishes or skin inflammation because you’re sure to regret it later. A further note, you should also avoid using hydroquinone on your skin or any other skin lightning treatments because they don’t work on red spots in the same way they do on brown spots on your face. Also, be careful with abrasive scrubs, which can irritate your skin and make red spots worse.

1. Start with a good moisturizer. Hydrate skin inflammation and facial redness with a good moisturizer. This is especially important in the winter time when dry air can make skin irritation and red spots on face even worse.

2. Protect your skin with a high SPF. Protect your skin from sun damage and the inflammation it can cause with a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen throughout the year. Sun damage makes red spots much more noticeable.

3. Consider a chemical peel. For some patients a chemical peel is too abrasive and can irritate the skin, but for others the active ingredient glycolic acid can clear red spots on your face. Talk to your dermatologist to see if a chemical peel is a good option for you.

4. Choose topical creams with aloe. Aloe has soothing skin properties which makes it ideal as a topical rosacea ingredient. Aloe is natural and can reduce the irritation that causes facial redness.

5. Look for products with pine bark extract. As I said above, inflammation is often to blame for red spots on your face that’s why pine bark extract’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties have been well documented to clear facial redness and red spots.

Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.