Your face is red… again. You’re irritated and you just can’t shake the redness away. It’s like once you face is all clear and ready for the world, here it comes again. But what’s causing it? How can you get rid of it – for good?
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Causes of Redness on Face
Redness of the face is caused by a number of things. It can be caused by an allergic reaction, rosacea and acne.
Or it can be something as simple as blushing too much. Embarrassment so your skin is flushed. Or the sun kept kissing your skin leaving you sunburned and red.
Then, there is the extreme cause where the redness of your face is due to a full blown infection or possibly a disease.
Oh and the cringing one: microscopic skin mites.
The first common areas that you would find redness on your face are the cheeks. The cheeks are the most common for all skin tones.
However, on fair skinned people, flushing or redness of the skin occurs when she is either blushing or they are constantly smiling and the area becomes very red.
The second area of the face where the redness occurs is on the nose and the upper cheekbones. This happens a lot when the sun is shining bright (all year round) and your face is not being protected by SPF.
Bear in mind that in recent decades, the sun’s brightness is hitting the skin even harder.
The third area where the redness occurs is on the entire face. If you are exercising a lot and the blood is circulating, your face will show this immediately.
Have you ever gone running or taken a hot yoga class? And noticed afterwards that your face looks like cherry kool-aid?
That’s because the heat from both your body, the hot summer weather along with the hot yoga studio has dilated the blood vessels and your face is responding.
The characteristics to look out for when it comes to redness of the face are:
- Small, spidery blood vessels that can be seen to the naked eye. As stated above, this can be seen on the cheeks and nose as well as the skin surrounding the nose.
- Pimples, bumps and irritation. Guys and gals who have acne will also feel and witness pimples, bumps along with a burning or stinging sensation. Your face will feel very irritated as if you should scratch if but do not scratch. The skin is red enough.
- Thickened skin where redness occurs. On some parts of the face you will feel as if the area has pimples on top of the thickened skin that also happens to be damaged and uneven.
- Patchy areas of the skin. In some areas you will see and feel red, dry, scaly patches of skin on the forehead, hairline, neck, ears, and face. All of those can also be seen on other parts of the body.
- Diseases of the skin. Diseases of the skin such as Lupus, , which can cause damage to the surface of the skin and its underlying structure and result in permanent redness and unevenness.
How to Get Rid of Redness
There are many treatments that can help you relieve the appearance of redness of the face.
Some can be prescribed by your primary doctor and others can be purchased at either your neighborhood grocery store your natural and organic stores. We prefer the natural method.
Lavender oil is a calming oil that is also known for its antibacterial properties. Not only does the oil smell good but it is also calming and great for topical treatments when combined with a natural based oil such as jojoba, coconut or almond oil.
Due to the fact that lavender oil is an essential oil, it cannot be used directly on the skin without mixing it with the oils mentioned.
If you do take the chance to apply it without diluting it with a natural oil then your skin will become irritated and inflamed.
Tea Tree Oil
The next oil that I live and swear by is tea tree oil. Unlike lavender oil, tea tree oil is a natural based oil that is used as both a topical (on the spot treatment) and an overall hair and body treatment.
This oil is known for calming down the skin of any inflammation, reducing the appearance of redness caused by irritants and can also be used to stop a pimple before it starts.
Simply apply the tea tree oil to the infected areas with a q-tip if the area is small or apply with a cotton ball to treat larger areas.
Lifestyle has a lot to do with the redness that can occur on the face. If you are a person who consumes alcohol daily, multiple times a day then this form of alcoholism can result in the redness of your face.
Weight gain and obesity also plays a role in the increased amount of redness. When you gain weight or you are obese then the blood vessels in the face become damaged causing the red flushes to occur.
Your food choices play a crucial role in redness of the face. If you eat spicy food then expect for the face to become flushed. Really hot foods as well, like fresh out of the oven, can cause redness to occur.
If you are not drinking enough water, earth’s nectar, then you are not helping your body dilute and flush itself clean.
The goal is to stay healthy as possible so take note that what you consume can either increase or decrease your redness of the face.
Questions Your Doctor May Ask You
Every doctor is different but the most common questions are:
- Have you traveled anywhere new?
- What are you using on your skin?
- Are you taking any medications?
- Do you smoke/drink? If so, how many times a week?
- Are you allergic to any foods or medication?
- What is your diet like?
- How long has the redness occured?
- When does the redness occur?
- What have you tried to treat the redness?
Those are the questions along with others that the doctor will ask in order to properly diagnose the redness.
Remember, the redness can be something minor or it can be something major. The best way to find out if the redness is constant and skin irritating is to seek professional medical advice.