Facial Redness: Causes And Cures

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Facial redness is a condition that can be caused by many factors. Sometimes the redness is just temporary, but if it never goes away, it can be a symptom of a chronic condition. Read on to find out what causes facial redness and what you can do about it:


Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness of the face, but can affect other parts of the body like ears, chest and neck. It can also cause sensitive skin (burning and stinging) and pimples. To treat rosacea, use products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like azelaic acid. Also, you should consult a dermatologist for a precise diagnosis and best treatment for your condition.

Allergic contact dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction to a substance (like chemicals used in cosmetics and skincare products) that has come in contact with the skin. It causes redness, itching, swelling and scaling. Consult your doctor straight away to determine what caused the allergic reaction so that you can avoid products containing the allergen in the future.


Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells on the surface and gives your face a healthy glow. But while it is beneficial when done in moderation, exfoliating too much can be dangerous. Overexfoliation can cause redness and irritation. That’s because you scrubbed away all of the dead cells on the surface exposing the red raw skin underneath. Always exfoliate in moderation and use a gentle scrub.

Excessive Sun Exposure

Over the years, the ultraviolet radiation from the sun rays causes blood vessels to grow and spread across your face, resulting in unwanted redness. This condition can be prevented by using sunscreen everyday. To treat it, it is used a laser that makes blood vessels explode. This treatment will leave bruises on your face for a few days, but afterwards you’ll notice that redness is greatly reduced or disappeared.

Other causes

Facial redness can also be caused by several other factors: physical exercise, spicy food, hot or cold weather, alcohol and flushing. If this is the case, the redness is only temporary and will soon go away.

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  1. beautifulwithbrains says

    Citrine: yeah, that’s probably it, sometimes there’s not really a reason why skin is red :)

    Vonvon: thanks, I’m glad you find it useful :)

    Tavia: thanks for the suggestion, it sounds great!

  2. Carina says

    Great post! I know this is kinda gross, but could you write about skin infections in general; and specific cures to that ailment?

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