If you’ve been wondering “Why is my face always red?” you may find you’re experiencing a condition medics refer to as rosacea. While some people with this condition will always experience facial redness, others may encounter brief bursts of it.
For others, flushing and blushing are problems. As there are other medical conditions out there that can cause rosacea, figuring out “Why is my face always red?” means investigating each possibility. This is called looking at a differential diagnosis.
We’ll also examine if there are many ways you can prevent facial redness yourself. After all, being able to employ self-care is an excellent way to take charge of your health. Should those methods fail, there are treatments we can use to reduce your rosacea and restore your confidence.
What is rosacea and why is my face always red?
As we’ve already mentioned, some conditions may make your face appear as though it’s red, that aren’t related to rosacea.
Two of rosacea’s more common differentials is seborrhoeic dermatitis and psoriasis. Depending on the severity of these conditions, they may warrant the attention of a dermatologist. Or, you may be experiencing a severe form of acne vulgaris; this is more likely if you’re female and between the pre-pubescent and young adult years. Another common cause that’s age and gender-specific is the flushes that women experience during the menopause. However, unlike rosacea, they tend to come and go.
Then there are the less common, but potentially severe, conditions. Such conditions include a few cardiovascular diseases, as well as systemic lupus erythematosus. As such, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to your GP so they can determine whether you’re experiencing rosacea or not.
Moving onto rosacea
As you may have already guessed, rosacea is a condition where your face is almost always red. Your redness may become worse during certain social situations; especially those that cause you stress and anxiety. For those who are wondering “Why is my face always red?” the presence of a consistent red face can leave them feeling distressed.
There are four types of rosacea:
In addition to facial redness, you’ll also encounter small spots that may look similar to acne. This is more common in middle-aged women.
Areas of your skin may have an uneven surface or thickening. You might also see some nodules, especially around the nose and the ears.
Typically, this form of rosacea will present with symptoms that are affecting your eyes too. For example, you might encounter eye soreness or bloodshot eyes. Ocular rosacea is one of the less common forms and may require more medical input than cosmetic.
This form of rosacea may come with stinging, burning, and some signs of dermatitis.
Depending on the type of rosacea you have, our team at Rutland Aesthetics might be able to help you reduce your facial redness. If you’re unsure as to which type you have, it’s worth seeking a consultation with Dr Dhesi, who can provide advice on adapting your lifestyle factors and adopting a skin care regimen that makes it less noticeable.
Who is likely to experience rosacea?
Rosacea is three times more common in women than men, and it tends to appear between the ages of 30 and 60. As such, if you’re experiencing facial redness before this point, its worth considering whether Acne Vulgaris is the culprit. This can be referred to as Acne Rosacea.
Permanent facial redness is also more common in Caucasians. The further north you live in Europe, the more likely you are to experience rosacea. For your doctor to decide that you have the condition, you must have been experiencing the symptoms for at least three months.
If you do have this condition, you’ll experience some very noticeable symptoms. Such symptoms can include:
- You’ve always been prone to facial flushing, especially during your teenage years.
- Your bouts of facial redness were sporadic at first, but now they’re lasting longer, or have become permanent.
- You might also experience facial swelling, which we refer to as ‘oedema.’
- Some people with rosacea also feel as though their eyes are ‘gritty.’
Is my face always red because of specific lifestyle factors?
As with any area of medicine and cosmetology, the way you live your life can make facial redness worse, or more likely.
Drinking caffeine and alcohol makes the problem worseIf you drink alcohol, you’re not more likely to experience facial redness, but if you’re prone to it, you can make the problem worse. Scientists believe this is because alcohol widens your blood vessels, which means more blood rushes to the face’s skin. Red wine is the most significant culprit.
As for caffeine, it isn’t a cause, but consuming it can exacerbate your facial flushing. Scientists aren’t sure why, but they believe it may be due to the heat of the coffee you’re drinking causing facial flushing.
Facial redness and your emotionsFrom stress through to embarrassment, facial redness worsens when you experience negative emotions. It’s the leading cause of rosacea flare-ups, making the condition particularly distressing for those who are anxious, and those who encounter a lot of stressful situations at work.
Certain foods may trigger it tooIf you enjoy indulging in a spicy curry or love avocados, you might want to hold back on eating them until you find a way to prevent facial redness. Both have a link with flare-ups.
Finally, if you encounter sudden changes in temperature, your rosacea will flare up. This is especially the case when you step from the cold outside into a nicely warmed room.
Can I prevent rosacea?
Unfortunately, there’s little evidence to suggest that you can prevent facial redness related to rosacea. What you can do, however, is control the triggers that make it worse.
Ways to control stressSeeing as stress is the number one exacerbating factor for rosacea, finding ways to manage it is an excellent means of preventing flare-ups. Ways to reduce stress include:
- Practice meditating for five minutes each day. You might not see the benefits immediately, but with time your stress levels will go down.
- Remove yourself from the stressful situation and practice some deep breathing exercises. While you’re breathing deeply, push the stressful thoughts out of your mind.
- Start spending more time with your friends and discuss your stresses with others. Doing so is a prophylactic means of reducing stress.
- Listen to relaxing music, or try laughing out loud. While such measures might seem a little left-field, there is evidence to suggest that they work.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation and stress go hand in hand.
Ultimately, you need to reassure yourself that facial redness isn’t dangerous. Sometimes, worrying that rosacea might mean that there’s something more serious going on can make the problem worse.
Give yourself a facial massageRemember how rosacea may involve oedema? Giving yourself a facial massage helps the face’s lymphatic system move faster, which in turn reduces your facial redness. At the same time, you might find it relaxes you. As such, you’re technically taking two preventative approaches at once.
There aren’t any special techniques you can use for this process. Instead, try using an oil such as jojoba oil and rub it into your face with gentle circular movements.
Watch what you put on your faceIf you’re a fan of toners or waterproof makeup that require a lot of effort on the removal front, ditch them both. They aggravate your skin, which then makes your facial redness worse.
At the same time, you may find that using less makeup in general help. Or, if you do like to wear foundation, try a mineral alternative. As mineral foundations contain fewer chemicals than liquid ones, they aggravate your skin less.
Spend less time in the sunWhile you can’t control the changes in temperature that occur when you walk from a building into the outdoors, and vice-versa, you can spend less time in the sun. Also, as there’s evidence to suggest that UV rays worsen rosacea; use a sunscreen with a high SPF factor instead of your usual morning moisturiser.
Avoid anything that makes your facial redness worseKeep a diary of when you have flare-ups and take note of what you’re doing when they happen. You may start to identify patterns regarding the substances you drink and the food you eat. When you notice said patterns, eliminate them from your diet.
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Once facial redness settles in, you might want to consider turning to cosmetic treatments. Many GPs will advise that you use ‘self-help’ measures first, which we’ve already mentioned above. However, certain types of facial redness benefit from cosmetic interventions, which is where Dr Dhesi and the team at Rutland Aesthetics can help.
A consultation that advises on the right skin care products
Without realising it, you may apply skin care products that make your facial redness worse. One way to prevent rosacea gently is to seek advice from a professional, who can help you develop a skincare routine that makes it less noticeable.
With extensive cosmetic training, Dr Dhesi has the skills you need to find the right products for your face. During the consultation, he’ll take note of any other skin conditions you may have, and will also ask questions about your lifestyle. From there, he may you to use a specific skin care regime that lessens rosacea, allowing you to feel more confident about your face’s skin.
Skin peels for tackling facial redness and Acne Rosacea
Regardless of whether you can use a skin peel to treat your facial redness will depend on the type you have. Again, Dr Dhesi will perform an assessment that will help him decide which approach is best for you.
If your skin is unusually dry, you may find that you don’t benefit from a skin peel. However, if your skin is in the right condition, a skin peel will reveal fresher layers of skin beneath. In doing so, it will produce an evener skin tone that isn’t as red, allowing you to walk around feeling more comfortable.
As with many other conditions, you may need more than one chemical skin peel to see the full benefits.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, we work with some of the world’s biggest skincare brands and treatment centres to deliver therapies that tackle conditions such as permanent facial redness and Acne Rosacea. From our glycolic skin peels to Phenol, we provide a range of procedures that will either require a quicker or more in-depth approach. Or, you may just need a better skincare regime.
Whatever the resolution, you can rest assured that Dr Dhesi will provide advice that’s most appropriate to your condition. If you’re ready to begin your cosmetic journey, contact a member of our team today.