If you suffer with facial redness, the first step is to understand why.
There are a number of possible reasons which may contribute to a flushed, red or inflamed facial skin.
It could be a sensitivity to embarrassment or self-consciousness in social occasions. For others, facial redness can be triggered by consuming alcohol, spicy food or MSG (mono-sodium glutamate, a common flavour-enhancer in food). It is important to recognise any underlying medical causes
However, there are a number of conditions that CAN be very effectively treated with the latest skin treatments. These include:
- Acne is incredibly common, affecting 80% of the population at some point in their lives
- The onset is usually in puberty where hormone levels rise
- Acne is caused by an increase in sebum production, so that follicles become blocked harbouring bacteria which then leads to spots and inflamed skin
- In severe cases, acne can lead to scarring so treatment is highly advisable
- However, while cleanliness is very important, over-exfoliating can worsen the inflammation and also lead to redness
- A number of professional treatments can help, including:
- The appearance of spider veins or thread veins can cause the face to appear permanently red
- These can be especially prominent over the nose or cheeks which are more prominent and exposed with thinner skin
- More information on facial veins
Hyperpigmentation – Sun Exposure
- Excessive sun exposure can lead to redness and sun damage
- The harmful UV light can cause the blood vessels to expand
- It can also cause hyperpigmentation
- While prevention is always better than cure, sun damage can be significantly improved with cosmetic treatments e.g. laser
- This usually involves the cheeks, nose and forehead.
- Rosacea develops gradually.
- Initially it may look like sunburn or facial flushing that just doesn’t go away.
- However, as rosacea progresses it can become more inflamed, itchy and painful with small pustules on the skin which can burst and ooze.
- It can also cause the capillaries to widen.
- Learn more about rosacea and possible treatments
Dr John Quinn offers a private consultation in Quinn Clinics’ Bristol Clinic. He will perform a careful examination of your skin and offer expert advice on a suitable programme of treatment.