5 reasons why your face is red

Redness: 5 common reasons for flushed or red face

Your face is your calling card to the world. That is why we usually pay attention to any sign that appears in this area of the body, such as spots, rashes, or color changes. Find out why redness might appear!

Redness in our face can be due to many factors: including sunburn, acne, and hot flashes. But there are other less obvious reasons you should look into:


Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes a red rash that often appears on the face. The rash may make the skin look oily, although other times it may appear dry and flaky.

How do you get rid of the redness? Seborrheic dermatitis usually requires treatment by a dermatologist. It may include using a dandruff shampoo and skin medicine for a short time.

5 reasons why your face is red: Rosacea // Photo: /irishskin.ie


This skin condition often makes areas of your face turn red or flushed easily. If the condition progresses, you may notice that the redness on your face lasts longer or never fades.

While rosacea cannot be cured, treatment can decrease the redness. There are different types of rosacea, pay a visit to a dermatologist who can tell you which type it is and administer a treatment plan tailored to your needs.


Some medications can cause a reaction similar to sunburn when you spend time outdoors -i.e.: photosensitivity. Using medicine, such as hydrocortisone cream (a steroid), for longer than directed can also cause a skin reaction.

Photosensitivity is an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other light sources.

The first thing to do is to check the information that comes with the drug to see if you should stay out of the sun. This may be all you need to get rid of the redness.


Atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, can cause a rash that appears suddenly.

Many babies develop this rash with itchy cheeks. Regardless of where the rash appears, this skin tends to feel extremely dry, scaly, and itchy.

Although atopic dermatitis cannot be cured, treatment can help clean the skin. A dermatologist can develop a treatment plan tailored to a child's (or adult's) needs.


Psoriasis is a condition that causes the body to produce new skin cells for days, rather than weeks. As these cells build up on the skin's surface, you may see raised, scaly patches.

5 reasons why your face is red: psoriasis

Although psoriasis cannot be cured, a dermatologist can develop a treatment plan that can help you have clearer (or fair) skin.

There are other less serious reasons that can cause redness, when in doubt consult an expert.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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