Facial Redness

Facial redness can be caused by a number of conditions, including rosacea, broken blood vessels from sun damage, seborrhea and acne. These conditions may be congenital or onset with age.

What you need to know

  • Rosacea: Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects people over the age of 30. It causes redness – and sometimes small bumps or pimples – on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. It also can cause burning and soreness in the eyes. The condition worsens when the blood vessels in the face expand. Common triggers are exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, temperature swings and hot baths.
  • Seborrhea: This is a chronic skin condition in which one or more persistent, red, scaly and dry patches of skin appear on the face. It can occur on the hairline, forehead, neck, ears and facial skin. It rarely occurs solely on the face.
  • Acne: Facial acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. Affected areas exhibit redness and pimples.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Keep your face clean.
  • Use topical treatments appropriate to your condition and skin type.
  • Ignore chronic facial redness.
  • Stress out. It can trigger further outbreaks of many facial redness conditions.
  • Ignore flare-ups. Early intervention can help alleviate the severity and durations of outbreaks.

Why treat facial redness?

Facial redness can cause severe psychological effects, including self-esteem and self-confidence issues. It also can be detrimental to professional and social interaction.

General questions to ask before the procedure

  1. Is a doctor on site?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
  3. Was my medical history taken?
  4. Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
  5. Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?

Questions to ask the dermatological surgeon 

Facial Redness Questionaire

  1. Which facial redness procedure is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
  2. What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
  3. How long is one appointment?
  4. How often will I need to receive treatment fro my facial redness?
  5. How far apart are the treatments?
  6. What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
  7. How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
  8. Does the treatment hurt?
  9. What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
  10. How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
  11. Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
  12. Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
  13. What are the risks?
  14. What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)