29th March 2020

5 Reasons Your Face Is Red and What to Do About It

Last Modified: July 30, 2022

If you have ever looked in the mirror and seen a red face looking back, you will surely feel deeply concerned. But we do not want you to live in fear. In fact, living in fear can cause further health issues.

We want you to understand why you have got this red face and what you can do about it.

Keep reading for this quick guide on how to care for your face.

What to Do About Your Red Face

Having a red face can be a cause for concern but we are going to show you 5 things to do if you find yourself in such a situation.

1. Rosacea

This is a popular reason and one that we have discussed before. Rosacea begins with one's face blushing or flushing easily. If this redness prolongs or does not fade away at all - there is cause for concern. Rosacea may include small red pimples on one's face.

So what do you do about it? Rosacea can unfortunately not be cured. But it can be treated. See a dermatologist immediately and they will advise you on the best treatment based on the gravity of your condition.

2. Contact Dermatitis

If in addition to a red face you feel a facial rash or have a further allergic reaction, you may have Contact Dermatitis.

Something as simple as a soap or an ointment can cause irritant contact dermatitis which, as the name suggests, will cause irritation on your face. The other form of this condition is allergic contact dermatitis. This one causes a reddening of the face if you come in contact with anything else that can cause an allergic reaction - from poisonous plants to perfumes and colognes to latex material.

To solve this matter, you need to be aware of what products are causing the issue and switch to different products. Study the ingredients and ask an expert on what could cause the allergies/irritation.

3. Medication

Even medication such as a steroid cream can cause a red face. If this happens, ask your doctor if there is an alternate medicine that you can take.

Again, ask about the materials in the medicine and understand the risks, if any.

4. Eczema

This can cause a dry and itchy rash on your cheeks. It can often happen to children. Eczema can not be cured but you can speak to a dermatologist on what medication to take to treat it.

Eczema should not be ignored so we highly suggest seeking medical help at the early onset of it.

5. Psoriasis

Like Eczema, Psoriasis is a more serious condition. New skin cells are created at a faster pace and your face will see scaly patches.

This will cause redness in the face and possible irritation. Psoriasis cannot be cured so you must consult with your dermatologist immediately to seek the best treatment for your condition.

Book Your Appointment

Now that you know the causes of having a red face and what you should do about it, we want you to please take care of yourself.

If you do need to seek the help of an expert, we are just an appointment away.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 29th March 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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