What is facial redness and what does it look like?
Whether it’s a tendency to flush or blush frequently, or areas of red skin, facial redness is a common concern.
Facial redness commonly affects the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and sometimes, it can also appear on the neck. Tiny blood vessels may also be visible.
Facial redness can affect anyone; however, it is most common in people who are:
- Aged 30–50 years old
- Women (though men can have it too)
- Related to someone with facial redness
Causes of facial redness and triggers
The cause of facial redness is not known for sure.
However, a few factors are believed to contribute:
A weakened moisture barrier (the outer layer of skin responsible for keeping dirt and bacteria out and moisture in)
A family history of skin redness
Regardless of initial causes, research shows that it can be triggered by certain things you may encounter in your everyday life:
Hot or spicy foods
Alcohol – especially red wine
Extreme temperatures or weather conditions
Products containing fragrances or other irritating ingredients
How to manage facial redness
If your facial redness bothers you, a dermatologist can help you better manage it.
A gentle skin care routine with the right products for your sensitive skin type can also help.
Dermakalm Rosa Cream is a moisturizer available at your pharmacy, specially formulated to reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier and protect against environmental stressors to help calm and soothe the skin. It contains a green pigment to reduce the appearance of facial redness, small veins and capillaries for healthier-looking skin.
Developed with dermatologists, Dermakalm Rosa Cream is free of parabens and fragrances.
Skin care tips for flushed faces
- Use a mild cleanser when washing your face.
- Use only your fingertips to gently apply your cleanser.
- Rinse with lukewarm or cool water – not hot.
- Pat your face dry gently with a soft, clean towel.
- Consider green-tinted products to help mask redness.
- Stay away from anything that may be harsh on your skin: washcloths, toners, astringents, and fragrant soaps.
Myths and facts
Facial redness can take a toll on self-confidence, which may worsen with the many misconceptions about this common skin concern.
Facial redness is a result of heavy drinking.
While alcohol is a trigger for facial flushing in people prone to redness, it does not cause an ongoing or chronic problem as some people believe.
A flushed face is a signal of high blood pressure.
Wrong. Facial flushing is not caused by high blood pressure (although certain medicines used to treat high blood pressure can increase redness if you’re prone to it).
Poor hygiene can lead to facial redness.
Wrong. Your skin care routine (or lack of one) is not the cause of your facial redness. In fact, washing your skin too much or too vigorously can actually increase the redness.
Living with facial redness
If you’re prone to facial redness, you may have also felt self-conscious about it.
People with facial redness may have experienced low self-esteem and/or other negative effects on some social and psychological aspects of life. This can cause stress – a known trigger for facial redness – which leads to a vicious cycle of facial redness and feelings of stress.
Break the cycle by reducing the redness as much as you can. Start by recognizing and avoiding triggers, from the foods you eat to your workout routine. Apply sunscreen daily, and seek shade whenever you can. Beyond these simple day-to-day steps, a gentle skin care routine can also help.