13th March 2020

Red in the Face? The Most Common Causes of Skin Redness and How to Treat Them

Last Modified: July 30, 2022

Everyone wants glowing and even tone skin. But if you suffer from skin redness, this may seem like a fantasy. Millions of people in the U.K. have conditions that cause redness.

While most of these conditions are incurable, there are ways to reduce symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of skin redness and how you can reduce it.


Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. In fact, about 95 per cent of people between the ages of 11 to 30 will experience acne in their lives.

Acne occurs when your skin’s pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. In some cases, it’s caused by hormonal fluctuations. Some of the signs of acne include pimples, painful cysts, and skin redness.

If you struggle with acne, following a crucial to use products that help calm inflammation. In addition, we recommend products containing the ingredient salicylic acid — an acne-fighting substance. To relieve skin redness caused by acne, we also recommend getting microneedling treatments.


Seborrhea, seborrheic dermatitis, is another skin condition that causes skin redness. The other signs of this condition include flaky and red patches. You will notice these patches on your face, chest, belly button, or buttocks.

The exact cause of seborrhea isn’t known but experts believe things like stress, genetics, skin yeast, medical conditions, and cold weather are possible culprits.

While there isn’t a cure for this condition, it can be treated through the right skincare routine and lifestyle habits. It’s recommended you use gentle cleansers and moisturize with products containing ceramides. For mild cases, a topical antifungal cream may help keep symptoms under control.


Effecting more than 17 million people in the U.K., eczema results in skin redness and dry patches.

You will also notice dry patches in the folds of your skin — elbows, behind the knees, and underarms. Eczema can also be present on your face, neck, hands, and feet.

Experts believe that the cause of eczema is a combination and genetic and environmental factors. Things like fragrances, cold weather, and fabrics could cause eczema flare-ups. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations may also be to blame.

Although eczema is a chronic skin condition, it is possible to reduce the appearance and limit flare-ups. Some of them include using products for sensitive skin, applying a heavy cream moisturizer, and wearing non-irritating fabrics.


One of the hallmark signs of rosacea is skin redness. This chronic skin condition looks similar to adult acne and is most prevalent in people with fair skin. Along with redness, the symptoms of rosacea include small red pimples and vascular lines on the face.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but there are a few factors that contribute to flare-ups. Some of these include bacteria, inflamed blood vessels, irritating skincare products, sun exposure, and poor diet.

To reduce the appearance of skin redness caused by rosacea, we recommend applying SPF before heading outdoors, using mild skincare products, and eating more anti-inflammatory foods.

You Don’t Have to Suffer From Skin Redness

Not sure what’s causing your skin redness? Book an appointment with our skincare professionals. We will assess your skin and offer a solution to get rid of redness. Glowing and supple skin is within your reach.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 13th March 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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