red·​ness | \ ˈred-nəs How to pronounce redness (audio) \

Definition of redness

: the quality or state of being red or red-hot

Examples of redness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To calm redness, this SELF Healthy Beauty Award-winning facial mist from Dr. Jart is a must-have. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Must-Have Items to Shop at Sephora's Holiday Savings Event," 4 Nov. 2020 My skin is prone to almost every concern, including breakouts, redness, dryness. Marianne Mychaskiw, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Bazaar: The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream," 25 Nov. 2020 Symptoms can include fever, rashes, rapid breathing, fatigue, red eyes, fast heartbeat as well as redness in hands, feet, lips or tongue. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "‘So happy to bring my son home.’ 10-year-old boy survives severe inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19.," 23 Oct. 2020 These alpha hydroxy acids can cause redness and can even increase melanin production, leading to dark patches. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Treating Hyperpigmentation," 22 Oct. 2020 So, really, this is sort of like talking about how seat belts may cause redness or irritation on bare skin and, in rare cases, can cause internal bleeding and organ damage during a serious car accident. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: I Don’t See the Upside of a Flu Shot," 21 Oct. 2020 Fight redness, reduce inflammation, and take down puffiness with a ice therapy session. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Skin-Care Tools and Beauty Devices to Start Using This Fall," 7 Oct. 2020 Retinol can be irritating and cause redness, dryness, peeling at first: Don't use alongside any chemical exfoliants or acids. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "The Skincare Dictionary: Every Ingredient Explained," 2 Oct. 2020 Classic medical textbooks describe this very rare type of cancer as causing swelling, indentation, and infection-like redness on the skin, says Kulkarni. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "What a Lump in Your Breast Could Mean (Besides Cancer)," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of redness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Redness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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