Redness and patchy flushing in the face (erythema) is the characteristic of the disease called rosacea. People belonging to the age group of 30-60 are mostly the victims of this skin disorder. It develops gradually. Initially it is usually misinterpreted as acne or sunburn, which leads to delayed treatment. With the advancement of time, the condition worsens and redness and swelling around the nose becomes more persistent and prominent.
You should first consult your physician to know the exact cause of red face. If you think that the red face is due to insect bite, eczema or an allergy, you should follow the treatment accordingly. The treatment may vary from person to person, depending upon the cause and severity of symptoms.
- Certain lifestyle changes are expected from a person suffering from the skin disorder called rosacea. The factors which trigger rosacea or make the symptoms worse, need to be avoided. For example, excessive exposure to sun or any type of chemicals, (which can dilate the blood vessels in the face) and consumption of tobacco, (smoking can cause dehydration of the skin), alcohol and spicy food should be avoided.
- These days, modern techniques like lasers, pulsed light, and other surgical devices are easily available everywhere. These devices help get rid of visible blood vessels and help reduce redness of the face. The spoiled nose can also be corrected with the help of cosmetic surgery.
- Oral antibiotic pills like erythromycin and minocycline are recommended when severe rosacea is noticed. The doctors usually start with tetracycline. Some other red face treatment options involve use of azelaic acid, retinoic acid and vitamin C.
- You should check the ingredients of makeup, cleansers, lotions, moisturizers and all other toiletries. Make sure that they do not irritate your skin. You are expected to use the products that are non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and non comedogenic.
- Ointments and creams that contain antibiotics like clindamycin and metronidazole are often recommended by doctors.
- Flushing can be a sign of stress. Techniques of stress management like yoga and meditation should be learned.
- Herbs such as licorice and burdock root work great for rosacea.
It is believed that about 14 million Americans have rosacea, a chronic skin disorder.
- With aforementioned red face remedies, you can definitely prevent the condition from worsening.
- With balanced diet (with body's own building blocks), proper medication and facial skin care, you can fight red face.
- Increasing the intake of alkaline food and drinks and performing facial exercises helps control the symptoms.
- Applying lotions containing zinc, aloe vera, and green tea, applying chrysanthellum indicum cream help lower the symptoms.
- Avoiding cosmetics that trigger swelling and reddening can help lower the irritation of your skin.
Red Face Causes
Rosacea is generally considered as a lifelong condition. It is believed that certain genetic factors are responsible for the development of rosacea but some experts do not agree with this.
- The areas of the skin that usually blush (cheeks, nose, forehead, skin around the mouth and chin) are affected by the inflammatory skin disorder called rosacea. A fine network of arteries and veins ensures blood supply to these areas. As brain receives maximum blood supply, face also receives ample blood. This leads to accumulation of acids in these areas, over the years.This eventually results in rosacea.
- People having fair complexion are more vulnerable towards getting affected by it.
- Studies show that it affects women much more severely than men.
- The actual causes of red face are still not known but it is found that certain bacteria present on the skin are responsible for aggravation of the symptoms.
- Too much exposure to sun can cause rosacea.
- Alcohol addiction, stress, anxiety, excessive smoking, consumption of spicy food are some of the common red face causes.
- Flushing is the most common sign of rosacea. The face looks reddened as if the person is suffering from sunburn. Initially, rosacea comes and goes. Afterwards, the effects last longer.
- Sometimes, there can be small, red and solid bumps (papules) or cysts on the face. The pus-filled pimples that appear on the face are called acne pustules.
- It is usually a mild disorder but when aggravated, it is known as telangiectasia. In such cases, you can easily see the tiny blood vessels under the skin.
- Due to chronic rosacea, the symptoms aggravate. The nose enlarges and becomes bumpy. The cheeks too look puffy. The condition is known as rhinophyma which is usually noticed in men suffering from this skin disorder.
- Sometimes, eye problems like conjunctivitis can occur. The eyes become watery, irritated and bloodshot. The condition is known as ocular rosacea.
- Usually, there is no itching or burning sensation but in some severe cases, itching or burning of the skin can be experienced.
Every person has a different skin tone. His/her lifestyle, eating/sleeping habits, genetic disposition, need to be taken into consideration while determining the treatment. What may work for one may not work for the other. So, you should consult your physician for proper skin treatment.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.