|Some people are blessed with a natural blush that gives their skin a youthful, healthy-looking glow. Others aren’t so fortunate. Some individuals flush easily and develop a redness on the cheeks and nose that can prove permanent. To make matters worse, over time this condition can worsen and become more unsightly and uncomfortable.
Here are the most common causes of facial redness and ways for you to treat it:
Rosacea – This is one of the most common causes of facial redness. This chronic skin condition involves inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It usually appears as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, and sometimes swelling. One of the main symptoms of rosacea is a tendency to flush or blush easily. When left untreated, the condition often worsens and leads to an increase in the number of spider-like blood vessels on the face. To help minimize the redness, avoid sun exposure and long hot showers. If the redness persists, IPL or V-beam laser treatments can reduce the blotchiness. A series of treatments is usually required to achieve the best results. These treatments may need to be repeated if the redness returns.
Foods and Drink – Spicy foods and very hot beverages can aggravate redness. People with rosacea can be especially sensitive to hot food and drinks. Alcoholic drinks, especially red wine, as well as fermented foods like pickles, soy sauce, vinegar, and even tomatoes can cause redness. Other triggers may include wind, cold weather, and skin care products containing fragrance, alcohol or alpha hydroxy acids.
Supplements – Taken internally, niacin (or vitamin B3) can cause a flushing of the face and chest known as “niacin flush,” especially when taken on an empty stomach. For most, the redness will subside after a few weeks. But for some, the reaction may persist and actually worsen underlying skin conditions such as rosacea. If this happens to you, talk to your doctor about possible remedies. Pro-niacin and niacinamide in a topical form have anti-inflammatory and skin lightening properties that have been shown to improve facial redness. We recommend NIA24 Skin Strengthening Cream to help repair the skin, strengthen its protective barrier and reduce redness.